Tuesday
Aug272019

20+ Awesome Halloween Movies on Netflix



1. Scream – Rated R

In this 1996 thriller, a high school girl and her friends are stalked by a serial killer who’s obsessed with scary movies. You know the mask.


2. Casper – Rated PG

A girl befriends a ghost in this spooky comedy based on the classic cartoon character.


3. Carrie – Rated R

A social outcast with a dark gift seeks revenge on the popular kids at prom.


4. Coraline – Rated PG

This eerie and imaginative tale of a curious young girl was nominated for Best Animated Film in 2009.


5. The Conjuring – Rated R

 

Based on true events, this thriller tells the story of a New England family who experiences terrifying dark forces in their farmhouse.


6. Monster House – Rated PG

Three young friends uncover the truth about a spooky old house that’s scaring everyone in their neighborhood.


7. Gremlins – Rated PG*

An adorable Christmas gift turns out to be a nightmare for a boy and his family.


8. R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly – Rated PG

A tween boy helps a pair of young ghosts solve a mystery from their murky pasts.


9. 1922 – Rated TV-MA

This Netflix original is based on a Stephen King novella in which a farmer confesses to his wife’s murder, but that’s just thebeginning of the story.


10. The Spiderwick Chronicles – Rated PG

Young twins move to a run-down mansion in the country and discover an eerie fantasy world.


11. Texas Chainsaw Massacre – Rated R

The sole survivor of a 1973 killing spree tells the story in this bloody remake of an iconic horror film.


12. Monster Family – Rated PG

A family’s Halloween costumes take a spooky turn when a witch turns them into actual monsters.


13. The Witch – Rated R

This is the chilling tale of New England pilgrims who believe that a witch cursed their family.


14. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – Rated PG

Three teens spend their Halloween trying to keep a magical book from bringing spooky characters to life.


15. Truth or Dare – Rated TV-MA

Eight friends rent a house on Halloween to play a game rumored to have turned deadly years ago.


16. Hotel Transylvania 3 – Rated PG

It’s love at first sight for Dracula when he meets someone special while on a monster cruise with his family.


17. Insidious – Rated PG-13

A suburban family flees their haunted house, only to realize that their problems followed them.


18. Gnome Alone – Rated PG

After moving into a new home, a teenage girl discovers that she’s sharing her new house with an army of talking garden gnomes.


19. The Sixth Sense – Rated PG-13

The chilling tale of a nine-year-old boy who sees dead people (they’re everywhere!) and the child psychologist who’s determined to help him.


20. Coco – Rated PG

On the Day of the Dead, an aspiring young musician visits the afterlife to meet his ancestors and learn about his family history.

Wednesday
Aug142019

Dunkin Donuts Fall Menu

Dunkin pumpkin products for fall

Dunkin’ unveiled its fall menu yesterday, and this year there will be some new items alongside familiar favorites from autumns past. New items for fall 2019 will be the Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Signature Latte, the Apple Cider Donut, and the Apple Cider Munchkins.

In addition to those newcomers, Dunkin’ will also be bringing back its Pumpkin Coffees, Pumpkin K-Cup pods, Pumpkin Muffins, and Pumpkin Donuts. The Pumpkin Coffees and Lattes come in many forms: hot, iced, espresso, frozen, and cold brew.

Monday
Aug122019

Canning 101


Canning is an awesome way to save money and have nutritious food on hand.  

Here are the supplies you need! 
--Canning Jars and Seals – use mason-style jars with sealed lids and rings, which can be found at most grocery stores 
--Wide-Mouth Funnel – makes filling jars with sauces or jams easier and less messy
--Lid Wand – for easy removal of lids and rings from boiling water 
--Ladle – for filling jars 
--Large Pot – for boiling canned preserves and jams, fruits, tomatoes and pickled vegetables 
--Pressure Canner – used for canning vegetables and meats because it has the ability to reach a higher temperature 
--Tongs of Jar Lifters – rubberized lifters make removing cans from their water bath less slippery, but a good pair of tongs can work just as well 
--Clean Cloths – used to wipe down jars, lids and rims of jars

The Process of Preserving 
1. START BY STERILIZING YOUR JARS. 

Wash your lids and jars in hot soapy water. Then move them to a boiling water bath for ten minutes to sterilize. Remove jars from the water bath, but leave the lids in the hot water until you’re ready to use them to ensure they don’t come in contact with anything before you seal your jars. 

2. SLICE, DICE, PICKLE AND POUR. 

It is best to can your fruits and vegetables immediately after you harvest them for the highest vitamin and nutrient concentration.The longer a fresh piece of produce sits, the more vitamins it loses. Prepare fruits and vegetables by slicing and dicing, prepare your jams and preserves using your favorite recipes (or ours, as we’ll have several of our top recipes coming up this week), and pickle vegetables before placing in the jars. 

Tomatoes should have lemon juice or another citric acid added to them prior to canning to ensure their pH level is above 4.6, and ascorbic acid solutions can be added to fruits to prevent browning prior to placing in jars. 

Iron, aluminum and copper should not be used when preparing your fruits and vegetables to can. These metals can cause discoloration of the produce. 



3. FILL YOUR JARS. 


There are a few things to remember when filling your jars. First, be sure not to fill them completely. Produce expands during the boiling process, so leaving adequate space at the top prevents the jar from leaking and making a mess. 

After filling your jar with produce, unless canning jams, jellies and preserves, you’ll be pouring liquid to submerge the fruit or vegetables. Pour the boiling water, pickling solution or juice to cover up to the top of your produce. 

Make sure there are no air bubbles along the sides of the jar and that the produce is submerged in the liquid. Wipe the rims of the jars down with a clean cloth and cap with the flat sealing lids and rims. 

4. PROCESS YOUR JARS. 


Preheat water in your pot or pressure cooker. For hot produce, water should be preheated to 180º F, and for cold produce, it should be around 140º F. This will help prevent the jars from cracking when they are placed in the pot. 

Water should be an inch or two above the top of the canning jar when they are placed in the pot for a water boiling process. Use a pressure canner according to the manufacturer’s directions to determine the amount of water needed in the bottom prior to adding the jars. 

Add the jars using your tongs or jar lifter, and place them in the vessel so they are not touching. Place the lid on your pot or pressure canner. With water bath canning, bring the water to a slow boil and then start your timer to process for the length of time dictated by which vegetable you’re canning and the altitude at which you live. For pressure cooking, you’ll want to check for the length and temperature needed for your region as well. 

5. REMOVE YOUR JARS AND LET THEM COOL. 


Place your jars on a flat wood or cloth-covered solid surface to let them cool. Let them sit for a day to completely cool. While cooling, your jars will start to pop, creating the vacuum seal. 

After they have cooled, press down on the center of your jars to ensure they have sealed completely. Any lids that spring back have not sealed and can be placed in the refrigerator and eaten first. 

6. LABEL AND STORE YOUR PRESERVED FOOD. 

Label your jars with the contents and the date. You can write directly on the lid with a Sharpie or download and print or purchase specialty labels for your jars. 

Once you have them labeled and have wiped off any food pieces or water from the outside of the jar, store your food in a dark, dry place until you’re ready to enjoy. 

 

Friday
Aug022019

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars
Makes 24 bars

2¼ cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. allspice
¼ tsp. ginger
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar, packed tightly
1 egg, plus 1 yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin
12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup finely chopped pecans

8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup butter, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
2. Line a 9- by 13-inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, leaving enough room to lift paper out of the pan after baking.
3. Sift flour, baking soda, salt and spices in a medium bowl using a wire whisk.
4. Using a mixer, cream butter and both sugars until light and fluffy.
5. Add egg and yolk one at a time, until combined.
6. Add pumpkin and vanilla and mix until completely combined.
7. Stir in chocolate chips and chopped pecans, reserving a small amount of each to spread on top before baking.
8. Spoon batter onto parchment paper lined pan and then spread evenly.
9. Bake for 25–28 minutes or until done.
10. Cool, remove from pan and cut into 24 rectangular bars. Then pipe frosting on top. You can also spread frosting on top first and then cut into bars.
11. To make frosting: Beat butter and cream cheese using a mixer until completely combined. Mix in vanilla. Turn the mixer to low and add powdered sugar in small amounts until smooth and creamy.

Source: Bakerella

Wednesday
Sep262018

Cam's Fave Halloween Costumes

I love this collage of Halloween costumes that Cam has worn over the years-

 

 

Monday
Aug272018

Halloween To Do List

Monday
Sep252017

Jack o Lantern Cheeseburgers

Great dinner idea for the kiddos before they head out trick or treating! Simply stock up on Kraft cheese singles, gently carve out a jack o lantern face, melt on hamburger patty and you are done!
Monday
Sep252017

Mini Orange Jack o Lanterns

Carving oranges is a lot easier than pumpkins. Cam and I used a small paring knife and scooped out the inside of the orange. Carving the front was super easy! If you like, insert a small tealight and you have a mini jack o lantern.

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Look how cute this turned out??

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