Wednesday, October 30, 2013



I love the smell of pumpkins pies cooking, and cookies baking.  Unfortunately, I don't bake that much anymore.  I'm always trying to lose weight, eat healthy, get the exercise in.  The family is like Meh! Whatever!  No one helps cook, or looks forward to baking cookies, but you bet they are there ready to eat them when they come out of the oven.  I don't know what it is.  I have always tried to get them involved with cooking and baking, but neither child is ever interested.  They are both older now, in college, so I'm going to bake what I want to bake and enjoy the smells and the tastes.  Though I do not have any super secret, mystical, magical recipes.  These are a few that I like.  Happy Autumn!

If you're having a Halloween party either for kids or adults, these are fun:

Velveeta Salsa Dip

 This dip can be used with tortilla chips or veggies.

1 pound (16 ounces) VELVEETA cheese
1 cup TACO BELL Thick-n-Chunky Salsa

Microwave Velveeta cheese and salsa in 1 1/2 quart microwavable bowl on High for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted, stirring after 3 minutes.

As a variation, you can add beanless chili.

For your party, put the mixture in a small cauldron after it's done!

VELVEETA Chili Dip recipe

Ghosts in the Graveyard

1 package (16 ounces) OREO cooks
3 1/2 cups cold milk
2 packages (4-serving size each) JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
1 tub (12 ounces) COOL WHIP Whipped topping, thawed

Crush cookies in zipper-style plastic bag with rolling pin or in food processor.
Pour cold milk into large bowl. Add pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes.
Gently stir in 3 cups of the whipped topping and 1/2 of the crushed cookies.  Spoon into 13x9-inch dish. Sprinkle with remaining crushed cookies.
 Refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to serve.

For a variation you can make Boo Cups.  (Me and my husband made these for a Girl Scout event once....Oy!)

Layer pudding mixture, remaining crushed cookies and candy corn or tiny jelly beans in 12 to 16 glasses or clear plastic cups. Decorate with additional candies, decorated cookies and whipped topping, as desired. 

Boo Cups recipe

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