Halloween Candy Leftovers

I don’t have a problem admitting I have a huge sweet tooth, so when Halloween comes around, I tend to over buy candy. Here are some useful tips to get your money’s worth when overbuying sweet treats for Halloween.

  • You can freeze candy up to a year in the freezer.
  • Buy discounted Halloween candy for Christmas stockings and parties. Most kids don’t care if their Christmas candy is orange and black or if it has silver and gold wrappers instead of red and green.
  • Use leftover Halloween candy in Christmas baking and for making gingerbread houses.
  • Use grated or chopped chocolate in place of chocolate chips in cookies. It is easier to cut candy into pieces if you freeze it first.
  • Break Butterfinger candy bars into peanut butter cookie dough.
  • Sprinkle chopped chocolates on a white or chocolate frosted cake or use them to top ice cream and cheesecake.
  • Mix leftover chopped chocolates into cake mixes.
  • When making cupcakes, decorate the tops with one Hershey’s kiss or a mini candy bar.
  • Pour some leftover candy into a basket or pretty bowl to give to someone for a special gift. Even a Christmas bag full of an assortment of candies would be a gift that would delight anyone – kids, adults, co-workers or neighbors.
  • Chop up leftover candy apples for salads to give it a kick for the kids.
  • Send a box of candy to the troops! They love receiving care packages, especially with candy.
  • Use it for birthday party goodie bags.
  • If you work at a desk or own a business, spruce up your work space with a candy jar for clients. Or stash some away in your desk for those days your sweet tooth gets a craving.

Happy Halloween!

Halloween Candy uses

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Spooky Halloween Party Recipes

Disgusting Diaper Dip Halloween Recipe
A tasty hummus made from black beans and chickpeas, it’s actually pretty awesome! But this is one of those disgusting Halloween recipes that’s all about presentation. And if you present this Diaper Dip right, only the bravest of your guests will be willing to try it.

Ingredients:
1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained
1 C. cooked, drained chickpeas (garbanzos)
2 tbsp. tahini
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 C. chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. paprika
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Greek yogurt or olive oil, if needed to thin

Instructions:
1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine all of the ingredients.
2. Process until smooth. If mixture is too thick, thin out with a bit of Greek yogurt or some more olive oil.
3. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate, covered, at least an hour before serving and up to 48 hours.

diaper dip for Halloween

Severed Fingers Halloween Recipe
You can also try a small piece of onion for the nail, if you like, but I think the yellow bell pepper gives the best impression of thick, gross-looking yellow nails. Recipe below is for one serving– just multiply to make as many as you need.

Ingredients:
3 cocktail sausages
3 triangles of yellow bell pepper
Ketchup or BBQ sauce, as needed

Instructions:
1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
2. To make each serving of three fingers, create 3 shallow horizontal slices about halfway up each cocktail sausage for “knuckles.”
3. Boil sausages until cooked, about 2-3 minutes. Let cool slightly.
4. With a sharp knife, cut a small flat space at the tip of the sausage for a “nail.” Using a bit of ketchup, mayonnaise, or BBQ sauce, press a nail into each finger.
5. Fill a cup (in the photo it’s a plastic muffin cup, but you can use a ramekin, a little clear glass, or whatever) with a couple tablespoons of ketchup, BBQ sauce, or any other red-colored sauce. Place assembled fingers in the cup, burying the ends slightly in the sauce. Serve hot.

Tip: Heating the sauce helps keep this disgusting Halloween food from cooling down too fast.

severed fingers for Halloween

Halloween Pumpkin Eggnog Recipe
Ingredients:
4 C. milk (I use 2%)
1 C. canned pumpkin puree
7 lg. eggs
1 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
1 C. whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Spiced rum (such as Capitan Morgan), to taste
10-12 cinnamon sticks (to garnish)
Pumpkin pie spice, as desired (to garnish)

Instructions:
1. In a large, heavy saucepan, whisk together the pumpkin puree and the milk. Bring slowly to a gentle boil. Remove from the heat.
2. Meanwhile, beat together your eggs and sugar in a heat-resistant bowl.
3. To temper your egg mixture, pour a small amount of your hot milk into the eggs, whisking constantly. Add a bit more, whisking all the while, until your egg mixture is hot and close to the temperature of your milk mixture.
4. Slowly and gradually whisk your tempered egg mixture into your milk mixture. Return to a medium-low heat.
5. Add cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and stir in cream, vanilla, and rum to taste.
6. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. You’ll want to let it chill for at least four hours to let the flavors combine. Garnish each serving with a cinnamon stick and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

Tip: If your eggs weren’t tempered perfectly, you may end up with a few egg bits in your nog. If this happens, simply strain the pumpkin eggnog into your Halloween party punch bowl before chilling.

Decorating: If you want to make this Halloween party punch look a little more spooky, you can add a bit of orange food coloring before you chill it. Decorate with a little bit of black-colored sugar. Serve in a punch bowl or pretty little cups. I like clear ones.

Halloween pumpkin eggnog

Sewer Water Adult Halloween Drink Recipe

Ingredients:
1 bottle (700mL) vodka or vanilla vodka
7 C. fresh orange juice with pulp
1.5 liters (3/4 of a 2 liter bottle) Dr. Pepper
Ice

Instructions:
1. In a large, clear punch bowl combine the vodka, orange juice, and Dr. Pepper.
2. Fill a separate container or ice bucket with ice.
3. Fill each punch glass with ice before serving. Serve with a lemon wedge if desired.

sewer water Halloween punch

Rainy Day Beauty Tips

Watch Your Base
Quite frequently the main cause of makeup smudging is excessive foundation. Put on a thin coat of something that’s water resistant, and remember to make use of powder during the day.

Say No to Lip Gloss
Using lip gloss in rainy weather is just begging for smudges and smears. Grab a tube of high quality lipstick instead, and you’ll have a wonderfully long-lasting effect without having to worry about weather-related messiness.

Make Use of Color 
What better way to stand out in dreary, gray weather than to slap on some bright tones? Whether it’s a part of your wardrobe or makeup, you’ll be making a gorgeous contrast to your surroundings and stand out in the crowd.

Embrace Waviness 
When it’s rainy it’s humid, and humidity is going to curl your hair. Rainy weather is a great time to embrace the look! Make use of some curl enhancer and give up the fight for straight hair in the rain. You’ll be glad you did.

Use Skin Care Masks 
Wet and cold weather has an extreme effect on skin. A couple of times a week during the rainy season, put on a moisturizing mask on at night. You’ll see quick results, and any makeup you put on will look noticeably better!

 

Random Moments of Delight #1

Lately I have been keeping up with my fellow bloggers a bit more and came across this challenge call the Random Moments of Delight Challenge; because of the amazing entries I came across, I decided to join it myself. My first entry is about a weekend getaway where I was able to enjoy scenery that was beyond beautiful. A sunrise deep in the hill country of Leakey, Texas; spring had arrived and the array of colors46871_10200507489030197_1576457832_n proved it. Mountain laurel, cedar, oak and mesquite trees, and of course plenty of wildflowers to see; I even saw deer, turkey, doves, finches, roadrunners, lizards, and frogs. The wind felt amazing out there, crisp like the air of autumn blowing enough to give you a slight chill. The aroma of the night’s campfire blended in with all the smells of nature is unlike no other. The peace and quiet allows you to listen to things you wouldn’t be able hear in the city. The wind softly whistling, a raven flying over my head, and branches colliding together as the breeze brings them closely. I guess Mother Nature has her own symphony.

When it was afternoon there, the sky is blue and filled with huge white clouds; you would think you were looking at a painting. The sun was happily shining on all the hilltops bringing out their deep green colors. With the wind even softer than the morning, the sun kissed you enough to feel warmth.  Birds were chirping all day as if they were singing you a song. It could have been complete silence and the view alone took your breath away. God definitely blessed Texas.

843960_467312610003409_499228480_oAs the sun began to set, the sky was a burnt orange with streaks of crimson, and the sun looked like a huge citrus fruit that you wanted to sink your teeth into. Right beside it was a subtle silhouette of the moon in a blue sky. It’s amazing to see the sky at its half way point from day to night. Night time tends to come quickly here and just as you think you’ll miss all the beauty daytime has to offer, the sky is black with so many bright stars looking down at you ready to hear all your thoughts and wishes.  Again, Mother Nature’s symphony begins, even louder than when the sun is out. I think she has her creatures of the wilderness show off a bit when they can’t be seen.

Not a phone ringing, a text coming in, or any sound of city traffic. How can you miss any of that when you’re surrounded by such beauty; things we take for granted. Get out and appreciate nature, the beautiful scenery that’s close to you. Something about nature always gives us inner peace. This was definitely a random moment of delight.45472_10200386016313455_1683649840_n

 

Easy Crock-Pot Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Instead of the original recipe that takes quite a bit of time to bake in the oven, I experimented with some of the ingredients, took some out, added my own, and used a crock pot instead. This recipe is always a hit at parties, potlucks, and family gatherings. It’s quick, easy, and yummy! Enjoy!

Easy Crock-Pot Broccoli & Cheese Casserole

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 package (16 ounces) frozen chopped broccoli
1/3 cup milk
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’ s Condensed Cream of Chicken & Herb Soup
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’ s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’ s Condensed Cream of Broccoli Soup
1 jar (8 ounces) pasteurized process cheese sauce (like Cheez Whiz)
2 cups minute white rice
1 cup of warm water
Large Crock-Pot

Heat the butter in your crock-pot high on heat.
Stir the broccoli, milk, soups, and rice.
Bake at high heat  for about 20-30 minutes, stirring every 5 or 10 minutes until the mixture is hot and bubbling.
Then add cheese.
After its ready, set your crock pot on low or warm. Then serve. :)

Rainy Day Beauty Tips

Watch Your Base
Quite frequently the main cause of makeup smudging is excessive foundation. Put on a thin coat of something that’s water resistant, and remember to make use of powder during the day.

Say No to Lip Gloss
Using lip gloss in rainy weather is just begging for smudges and smears. Grab a tube of high quality lipstick instead, and you’ll have a wonderfully long-lasting effect without having to worry about weather-related messiness.

Make Use of Color 
What better way to stand out in dreary, gray weather than to slap on some bright tones? Whether it’s a part of your wardrobe or makeup, you’ll be making a gorgeous contrast to your surroundings and stand out in the crowd.

Embrace Waviness 
When it’s rainy it’s humid, and humidity is going to curl your hair. Rainy weather is a great time to embrace the look! Make use of some curl enhancer and give up the fight for straight hair in the rain. You’ll be glad you did.

Use Skin Care Masks 
Wet and cold weather has an extreme effect on skin. A couple of times a week during the rainy season, put on a moisturizing mask on at night. You’ll see quick results, and any makeup you put on will look noticeably better!

 

 

About The Author: 

April M. Monterrosa is a Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Military wife, the mama of a dachshund, a beauty writer, lifestyle blogger, a licensed Cosmetologist of 18 years, Owner of The Lil Spa Room, & a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor. With beauty & blogging being such passions, Shine Beautifully was born. Shine Beautifully will feature beauty tips, home remedies, quotes, poetry, recipes, personal stories, & travel adventures. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Skin Care Tips for the Fall Season

The days are getting shorter, the nights colder, and the breezes just a little bit crisper. It’s officially fall, and along with the festivities and fun that come with the season, the changing weather means taking a look at your skin care needs. Here are some tips to help your skin stay healthy and beautiful as you transition from the long, hot summer into the cooler and crisper days of fall.
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Moisturizing
You know your skin needs moisture and hydration to looks its best, and hopefully you’ve been keeping dull, lifeless skin and premature aging away by making moisturizer a part of your year-round daily beauty regimen, even through the summer. You may know that your skin’s moisturizing needs change with the seasons – summer’s warm weather often requires a lighter moisturizing formula to deal with sweat and higher oil production, while a cold, dry winter means heavier, more intense moisturizing. But what about the somewhere-in-between days of fall? That can change depending on the weather, your climate – and your skin type. During this time, it’s important to pay attention to what your skin is telling you, and transition from your summer moisturizer to your winter version slowly as your skin reacts to the cooler, dryer air.
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Sunscreen
Fall may mean a chance to break out your jeans and light sweaters, but just because the weather is cooler – and your skin is more covered up – doesn’t mean you can pack away the sunscreen for the season. Any skin that’s still exposed to the sun, including your face and hands, are at risk for sun damage from unprotected over-exposure. In fact, the cooler air can sometimes be more dangerous, as the lack of heat can leader to longer exposure and more damage without immediately feeling it. This is especially true in warmer climates, where fall brings a cooler air that still welcomes shorts and t-shirts. Liberally apply a high SPF sunscreen to any exposed skin while enjoying any outdoor fall activities, and give yourself everyday protection with a facial moisturizer containing sunscreen.

Exfoliate
Even if you protected your skin, a long summer of time spent in the sun can leave your skin looking dull and lifeless. Slough off the layer of dead skin and start fall with a fresh, clean face and unclogged pores by exfoliating your skin. A mild exfoliating scrub, a washcloth, and motorized facial brushes can all be helpful in removing dead, dry layers, but be sure to be gentle and use extreme care to not harm your skin by exfoliating too aggressively at home.
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*For more effective results, schedule a professional microdermabrasion or chemical peel with me so I can safely remove the dull skin and leave your face looking fresh and rejuvenated.
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Dry Weather
The upcoming winter months can severely dry out and damage your skin, particularly on your hands, face and lips. It may still be fall, but right now is a great time to stock up on the supplies you’ll need to protect your skin when winter gets here. Start getting in the habit now of applying extra lip protection and applying extra moisturizing to your hands, cuticles, and areas like your elbows and knees that dry out quickly. By preparing yourself now, you’ll thank yourself when winter comes around.

AprilApril M. Monterrosa is the Owner of  The Lil Spa Room , PCA Skin Certified, a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor, Founder of  Wonderfully Wise Women, & a Writer for SAXtreme Magazine. Just a simple &  Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Marine Corps wife, Mama of a Dachshund, & a licensed Cosmetologist of 17+ years, blogging about things I love most…Beauty, Love, Life, Spa, Wine, Women Empowerment, Random thoughts, and everything else in between! Check out my Other Blog at: wonderfullywisewomen.me