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Best Sweet and Spicy Nut Mix

Best Sweet and Spicy Nut Mix

 

Looking for a new nut mix recipe for a party this weekend? If you like spicy nut mixes, this one is the best nut mix around! Many years back, a friend served this amazing Sweet and Spicy Nut Mix and I immediately begged for the recipe! She said that EVERYONE reacts this way and shared this with me.

“Best Sweet and Spicy Nut Mix”

Ingredients:

1 lb mixed nuts (unsalted)
3 tsp melted butter
2 T fresh rosemary
2 tsp dark brown sugar
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions:

  • Toast the nuts at 350 for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile mix the other ingredients.
  • When nuts are done, pour the butter mixture over them and stir. A really good way to mix it up is to put the nuts in a Tupperware container, put on the lid and shake!

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Fans claim that this is the way to get picky eaters to enjoy nutritious foods. Detractors are concerned about everything from the idea of tricking your kids to the time-intensive puree preparation.

Mixing veggies and fruits in with other foods is nothing new–my grandmother used to mash spinach into my mom’s potatoes. And, although I’m blessed with a little one who is the opposite of picky, I’ll sometimes put some veggies into her mac and cheese just to add additional vitamins. And you don’t have to actually be deceptive about it if you aren’t comfortable with the idea–the recipes still give you ideas about possible combinations to try.

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Halloween Party Ideas for Scribbit’s Winter Bazaar

Winter Bazaar at Scribbit

I’ve already shared my Halloween Recipe for Spicy Witch Fingers (click for a pic of these and the Monster Toes) with you as part of Mamanista’s Halloween Recipe Contest/Carnival, so here are a few more Halloween ideas:

Food and Beverage:

  • Severed Monster Toes: Make pigs in a blanket with mini-franks and crescent dough, make marks for knuckles and add ketchup for blood.
  • Monster Brains: Serve guacamole, salsa, or dip in a hollowed out pumpkin with a apainted face!
  • Jello Brains: Get a Jello Brain Mold and surround with gummy worms or spaghetti. For an adult party, you may wish to add vodka, but be careful, the results may be scary.
  • Beverages: For an adult party, serve “blood” (sangria) and mulled wine and spiced cider.
  • More Recipes: A friend shared this EXCELLENT link with a bunch of Haunted Halloween Recipes (warning: there are pictures and some are very gross).

Decorations:

  • Eerie Entrance: Cover a hallway with black plastic trash bags and light with a black light. Hand your guests white out pens as they enter.
  • Giant Hanging Spider: Paint a large beach ball black and add eyes and fangs. Create eight legs out of paper links. Suspend from ceiling and tape the middle of the legs to the ceiling so just the last part of each leg hangs down.
  • Mood Lighting: Take out at least a few light bulbs and replace with red or green lights.

Other:

  • Anne Boleyn Costume: Get a rubber hand and cut off all but the thumb (leaving attached). Get a Renaissance style dress from a thrift store. Wear light (ghostly) make up and paint a red ring around your neck.
  • Ghostly Games: Here’s another link for Halloween Kids’ Games.

Also, I’ll be making my Halloween Music Mix, soon…Monster Mash, of course…I Put A Spell On You, naturally…Werewolves of London, Little Red Riding Hood…please share your ideas, too!

This is just a few off the top of my head to share. I’ll be adding more this month, I’m sure, including the BEST RECIPE FOR PUMPKIN BREAD I’ve ever tasted. You can also check out my product review blog for cool Halloween Costumes and Deals.

Here’s a picture of a portion of our spread one year:

Halloween Table

Spicy Witch Fingers

Over at Mamanista! we’re having a Kooky Carnival, where bloggers and webmasters who contribute a will be entered to win an e-subscription to What’s Cooking and a copy of the Shrek Cookbook.

I’m not entering since I own that blog, too, but here’s my recipe for Spicy Witch Fingers:

Ingredients

12 fresh jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise and cleaned of seeds, etc.
1 red bell pepper
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, or monterey jack cheese
Spices to taste: garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper
1 cup breadcrumbs
salsa, for serving

Directions

  1. Halve and clean jalapenos carefully (most people will want to use gloves)
  2. Mix together cream cheese, shredded cheese and spices.
  3. Fill jalapeno peppers with cheese and spice mixture
  4. Roll stuffed peppers in bread crumbs**
  5. Cut the red bell pepper into mini-triangles for witch nails and press into the narrow end of the jalapeno.***
  6. Cook at 350 for 30 minutes on a greased pan or on foil.
  7. Serve with bloody salsa or other dip if desired.


** Some people like to dip the peppers first in flour, then in a well-beaten egg, then the bread crumbs

*** If prepping ahead, you can freeze these.


Captain Dad shows off my spicy witch fingers and bloody monster toes.