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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-18-2018

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION | OCTOBER 17-23, 2018 AT HOME 7 Recipe ideas for fun Halloween treats LINCOLN — It seems that Halloween celebrations have gotten bigger and more elabo- rate every year. It never was my favorite holiday, I just liked the candy part, chocolate especially. Back in the day, my four younger brothers and sisters and I would go out in the neighborhood with pillowcases to collect candy. The costumes were always store-bought, those silly plastic strap-on masks, and we'd recycle them year after year. If you were the "hound dog" last year it was someone else's turn the next year. We'd come home and lay claim to our haul, just picture five kids sprawled out on the living room floor with every type of candy strewn between outstretched legs. And then, the trade wars began. The key word here is "war." "I'll give you these two Necco Wafers for one Reese's," and so it went until a few days later when my mother inevi- tably said, "Just eat it all until it's gone!" By then she'd had enough with us hiding it, fight- ing over it, and most likely spazzing out from sugar highs and lows. Fast forward to modern times when during a drive down my street last night there were several houses decked out in eerie orange and purple lights. There are pumpkins in every style and color, some classy, others creepy. And the holiday is still weeks away. My grandchildren love this holiday, and the candy seems to be a secondary matter. Costume planning is often discussed throughout the year, some of the parents dress up, too. Although I still never want to dress up, I do involve myself in some fun projects around the house to make it welcoming and fun for the kids. This week's recipes are a few ideas for some simple fun projects. The kitty litter cake is a disgusting and gross, but a totally edible and yummy treat, one of several found online. The first time I saw this served was at a Halloween party at a neighbors house. The funny thing was that they placed it on the serving table and never actually said it was edible. You can imagine my thoughts, and curiosity. If you want to raise a few eyebrows, make it, place it on the table and don't tell anyone what it really is. The boys will especially love it! Sweet Halloween Treats: The Candy Man Ingredients: 1 Twix bar, in wrapper 4 pkg. Smarties candies 1 lollipop seasonal stickers, or wiggly eyes hot glue gun (makes 1 Halloween man) Directions: 1. At each of the four corners of the wrapped Twix bar place a Smarties candy and hot glue (wrapper to wrap- per) for arms and legs. 2. Place the lollipop (stick lying under- neath the Twix) with the round part positioned to look like the head. Then glue to the Twix. 3. Add stickers to lollipop to create a face. Witches Hats Ingredients: Keebler Fudge Stripe Cookies Hershey's kiss candies Frosting (colored orange) Directions: 1. Invert a cookie so that the chocolate- coated side is facing up. Add a small dollop of orange frosting (about the size of a quarter) in the center. 2. Place an unwrapped Hershey's kiss in the center on top of the frosting. Enjoy. Bowl Of Bones Ingredients: 1 bag small pretzel sticks 1 pkg. miniature marshmallows white melting chocolate (Merckens works well) The Recipe Box RHONDA HANSON KITTY LITTER CAKE may raise a few eyebrows at your Halloween celebration. Directions: 1. Melt the white chocolate in a micro- wave in intervals of 30 seconds so as not to burn. Stir after each 30 second interval. 2. Place a mini-marshmallow at the end of each pretzel stick, then roll it in the white chocolate to cover completely. 3. Let set on waxed paper until cool. Place in a bowl for serving. Kitty Litter Cake Amanda's Cookin Ingredients: 16.25 ounce chocolate cake mix 16.25 ounce yellow cake mix 5.1 ounce vanilla instant pudding mix or pistachio, (one large box) 25 oz. vanilla sandwich cookies green food coloring 15 small Tootsie Rolls 1 new kitty litter plastic pan 1 new pooper scooper Directions: 1. Prepare cake mixes and bake accord- ing to directions (any size pans but 13-by-9-inch is easiest). Prepare pudding mix and chill until ready to assemble. Crumble sandwich cookies in small batches in food processor, scraping often. Set aside all but about 1/4 cup. To the 1/4 cup cookie crumbs, add a few drops green food coloring and mix using fingers until an even green color. 2. When cakes are cooled to room tem- perature, crumble into the new litter box. Toss with half the remaining cookie crumbs and the chilled pudding. Mix in just enough of the pudding to moisten it. 3. You don't want it soggy. Combine gen- tly. 4. Put three unwrapped Tootsie Rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until soft and pliable. Shape ends so they are no longer blunt, curving slightly. Repeat with three more Tootsie Rolls and bury in mixture. Sprinkle the other half of cookie crumbs over top. 5. Scatter the green cookie crumbs lightly over the top. (This is supposed to look like the chlorophyll in kitty litter.) Heat three Tootsie Rolls in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake; sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Spread remaining Tootsie Rolls over the top; take one and heat until pliable, hang it over the side of the kitty litter box, sprinkling it lightly with cookie crumbs. Serve with new popper scooper.

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