Trick or Treat - Quick Tip Friday

Happy Halloween!

I don't know about your home, but here at our's, just looking at the candy to hand out adds pounds to my hips, and severely increases the energy level of my kids.  And we haven't even eaten any yet.

But in all seriousness, you always need to be mindful and safe while out trick or treating. 

Enter today's Quick Tip Friday.

I found this great graphic online, noting Halloween statistics, and safety tips.  Take a look.

Enjoy today's Quick Tip Friday!

A Little Bacon Candy Inspiration

This past weekend we went down to Manhattan, and the kids talked me into taking them to their favorite candy store on the upper east side.  And as they walked around the store, eyes as big as saucers, I stumbled upon a shelf of all kinds of bacon flavored sweets.

None of these things really appealed to me, but the concept is totally brilliant.  I mean really, who doesn't like bacon?!  Even my best friend, who is a vegetarian, tells me that she misses bacon more than any other meat.  

But as I stood there, I started thinking about how I could make a candied bacon and all the possibilities I could pair it with.

I often bake bacon in the oven, and I baste it with maple syrup.  And that too is candied bacon, but I decided to cook it low and slow on the stovetop.  Low and slow the key to sweet and tender cooking.  So I diced up a pound of bacon, and cooked it on low until it was a little crispy.  This took a little over an hour.  

I drained the bacon, discarded the grease, and returned it back to the pan, and hit it with a tablespoon of maple syrup, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and cooked on medium for about another 5 minutes.  

Now I had my version of candied bacon.  Sweet and savory.  Every flavor is evident.  Delish.

While I was cooking the bacon, I was watching one of those food truck shows and the entire show was dedicated to food trucks that serve waffles.

Hey, I want to get on that band wagon.  I can skip the truck, but how about some pumpkin waffles to go with that delicious candied bacon?!

And not to stop there.  How about topping the pumpkin waffles with maple ice cream and candied bacon.  

O. M. G. 

Amen.

Bone Appetit

I've got to be honest with everyone.

I'm not a big fan of Halloween.

Sigh.

Of course, the kids absolutely love it.  They plan all year what their costumes will be, and dream of having all that candy in their little hands.  And that candy is my arch-nemesis.  

Love-hate relationship.  I have been known to raid their Halloween stash.  

Three seconds to the lips, three pounds to the hips.

But the candy isn't the only issue.  The other issue is that I'm not a fan of creepy.  Not at all.  In fact, as far as Halloween goes, this is as creepy as I get:

So last Sunday, the Halloween decorations came out, and the pumpkins were carved.   Sean and the kids do those honors each year, and they always save me the seeds to roast.  

That, I can handle.  

I cleaned the seeds up, dried them off, and got them ready to roast.  

I decided I wanted to spice them up a bit, maybe candy them.  Why not - there's going to be a lot of candy in the house anyway.  If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.  And that's what I did.

And they turned out yum-O!

And these Candied Pumpkin Seeds add a little delight to my vision of Halloween. 

Click here for the recipe.  Bone Appetit! 

Keeping Fed - October '14

There is nothing like a autumn in the north east.  The colors are spectacular and the weather, for the most part, is beautiful.

And because Autumn is so gorgeous around these parts, I thought I would share the beauty in this month's Keeping Fed.

Our backyard, perfect, tree.

Our backyard, perfect, tree.

Since the weather has been so beautiful this fall season, we have gone on a couple hikes, several bike rides, and some thoughtful long walks.

The Hudson River is breath-taking all year long, but from the vantage point from the Walkway Over the Hudson, is a terrific place to see the colors.

And it's a special place.  The Walkway is where you can be surrounded by people, and still get lost in your own thoughts.  The views are majestic, and an extraordinary place to watch the seasons.

One of our hikes was at Kent Falls, which is just outside of Dutchess county.  Great hiking spot, perfect for the whole family, and offered choice leaf-peeping also.  

And in some random Keeping Fed:

I laughed hysterically along with these two.

I'm planning on mulling some of these for a Southern take on crostini.  Stay tuned.

I went on my major monthly grocery run a couple days ago.  It was a multiple-stop-kind-of-thing.   We needed beer, and I always buy our beer from here.  Keep in mind that this place is the leader in Beer of the Month club.  Great holiday gift, for sure!!  They have every beer you could ever want.

Enjoy autumn everyone, and thank you for Keeping Fed!


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