October 31, 2015

Spider Popcorn and Candy Hands and our Halloween Recap

Every year for Halloween Ava and I create something fun to give her friends in her music class.
Everyone is already overloaded with candy so I thought popcorn would be a fun treat. I had seen similar treats called Witch's Hands but we decided to make our a little different {and more festive}.
We decided to fill gloves with popcorn, complete with a few Halloween sprinkles and candy corn fingernails, and then for a final touch we taped on glitter spiders and a lollipop {because it is Halloween and you have to give them candy ;) }. They turned out great and Ava enjoyed helping me and her friends loved them, of course! 
These treats were made for Halloween but you can customize them for any holiday! Wouldn't they be cute for Christmas or Valentine's Day?

Scroll down for the recipe and check out our Halloween pics too! 
The Hood Family Halloween 2015
Baby Cupcakes and Mama and Daddy Bakers


Makes 12 hands
  • 3 bags of microwave popcorn {I used kettle corn}
  • 12 lollipops
  • 60 pieces of candy corn
  • Halloween sprinkles or candy pieces, optional
  • Non latex foodsafe disposable gloves
  • plastic spiders
  • ribbon


  1. Pop all the popcorn and place in a large bowl or two to cool down.
  2. Drop a piece of candy corn, white part first, into each of the five fingers of each glove. These are the nails.
  3. Fill all the gloves with popcorn, making sure to fill the fingers and hand all the way.
  4. Tie securely with ribbon.
  5. Use tape to attach a plastic spider to the front of each glove.
  6. Use tape to attach a lollipop to each thumb.
  7. Give to all your friends and enjoy your spooky treat!

I found these disposable gloves at Wal-Mart.
I got non latex {some kids are allergic} and food safe.
Pop a few bags of popcorn. I chose kettle corn, 
since it's sweet and salty and oh so yummy!
Add a few Halloween sprinkles if you would like. 
Fill each gloves fingers with a candy corn, white side first, to look like fingernails. 
You could also use jellybeans.
Not will with popcorn, tie with a ribbon, and add any extras you would like.
I taped on glitter spiders and added a lollipop on each thumb.
How cute are these? Simple to make and a hit with the kids! 
These are not just for Halloween either. 
Customize them for any holiday including Christmas and Valentine's Day!
Ava and I have a tradition of "booing" the neighbors. You put together a basket of Halloween themed goodies and leave them anonymously on their doorstep. The idea is that they will boo you, and other neighbors, back! Check out www.booitforward.com.
I got lucky and scored 2 matching secondhand Old Navy Cupcake Costumes for my girls! 
Total cost: $7! Score!
I had Ava's cupcake hat made and I am obsessed with how stinkin' adorable it is! 
We attend quite a few Halloween events every year so we get to dress you all week long!
Here we are at a local church's Fall Fest.
Music Class {www.musictogether.com} is also another fun time 
to dress up... and give out treats! 
Ashton's work hosted a Halloween Party this year,
 which was a blast for my little ones.
We went trick or treating of course!
The weather was rainy but we managed to go both Friday and Saturday night.
Ava and Stella switched it up and became a Princess and Dragon the second night.
Our babies were cupcakes so we had to carve a cupcake in our pumpkin obviously!
Matching jammies for my little Halloween babies.
Even sweet Dylan wore his Halloween pjs!

Hope you had a fun Halloween too! Comment below 
and tell me what Halloween treats you made this year.
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October 30, 2015

Upchuckin' Pumpkin Loaded Pasta Salad #MakeItDelish

Halloween is almost here and we have spent all week attending parties, events, and of course trick or treating. I love this time of year and creating fun, kid friendly Halloween recipes is one of my favorite things to do. For Ashton's work Halloween party I was told to bring a side dish to share. I usually make appetizers and desserts for parties so I had to think a little differently this time and come up with a spooky side item. I decided on a pasta salad and added a "puking pumpkin" to the platter to create a gross out {but fun} Halloween theme. 
Around the same time I was coming up with my Halloween recipes, I was asked to create a themed recipe for the #MakeItDelish contest sponsored by Buddig and Old Wisconsin brands. The requirements were to use either a Buddig or Old Wisconsin meat product and a secret ingredient in an original recipe. The #MakeItDelish contest runs from October through December, with a new secret ingredient every month. The best part? There are 3 prizes every month: $250, $500, and $1000 and the grand prize is $10,000 plus $10,000 to a charity!

 I decided to incorporate Buddig brand honey ham and Old Wisconsin brand turkey sausage into my pasta salad along with the secret ingredient for October: Frigo cheese sticks. The end result was delish for sure and a winner in my book! See my video and recipe below and be sure to enter to win a #MakeItDelish Prize Pack too!

Enter you original recipe here:  www.makeitdelish.com
To celebrate family mealtime traditions Buddig & Old Wisconsin have launched the #MakeItDelish Recipe Contest! Carl Buddig & Company and Old Wisconsin are owned and operated by the Buddig family, and for them, family is at the heart of everything they do. As a family-owned company for more than 72 years, they value the importance of family traditions, especially during mealtime. Their products are versatile and can be used in entrees, sides, and appetizers. I can't wait to hear what recipe you come up with for their #MakeItDelish contest! 

Check out my How To Recipe Video below:
My #MakeItDelish Recipe Video

Enter your recipe here: www.makeitdelish.com

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  • 16oz box Rotini pasta {I used multicolored vegetable}, about 8 cups cooked
  • 1/2-3/4 cup Italian Dressing
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 oz can black olives, sliced
  • 1/2 large cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 12 slices Buddig Honey Ham, chopped
  • 10 Frigo Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese sticks, chopped
  • 1 cup Old Wisconsin Turkey Sausage Sticks, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • small pie pumpkin, for serving


  1. Cook pasta according to box directions. Drain.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together pasta, veggies, meat, and cheese sticks.
  3. Add 1/2 cup Italian dressing and toss to coat.
  4. Add additional dressing to taste if needed.
  5. Pour into a serving dish.
  6. Add grated Parmesan on top.
  7. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  8. For the Upchuckin' Pumpkin presentation, I carved a small pumpkin with his mouth open and eyes closed and placed it on the platter. Then I spread the pasta salad around it, including some in the mouth of the pumpkin to make it look like it's puking {ewww!}. A gross out presentation that is great for a Halloween party! 
Cook pasta according to box directions. Drain.
I used the multi colored veggie rotini for Halloween colors. 
For this recipe I am using both Old Wisconsin Turkey Sausage 
Bites and Buddig Honey Ham along with the Make It Delish contest secret ingredeint:
 Frigo Cheesesticks.
You can customize this recipe according to what veggies you like.
I used diced cucumber, roasted red peppers, onions, and sliced olives.
Finely slice 1 cup of the turkey sausage bites.
Dice up 12 slices of the honey ham.
Chop up all 10 cheese sticks.
Add pasta and veggies to a large bowl.
Add diced meat and cheesesticks.
Mix everything together.
Now add 1/2 cup Italian dressing and toss to coat.
Taste and add more dressing if needed. If you chill overnight
 you may need to add more dressing before serving. 
Add pasta to a serving platter and top with grated Parmesan cheese.
For the Upchuckin' Pumpkin presentation: I carved a small pie pumpkin with his mouth open and eyes closed and placed it on the platter. Then I spread the pasta salad around it, including some in the mouth of the pumpkin to make it look like it's puking {ewww!}. 
This gross out presentation that is perfect for a Halloween party 
and for the Make It Delish recipe contest!

Enter to win a Make It Delish Party Pack below and be sure to enter the #MakeItDelish recipe contest here: www.makeitdelish.com

Enter to win a #MakeItDelish Prize Pack here! 

We're giving away a prize pack valued at $25!
It includes: 
1 branded lunch bag
1 branded shopping tote
1 branded pencil case
1 Free Old Wisconsin coupon (up to $5)
1 Free Buddig 2 oz. coupon (up to $.99)
1 Free Buddig 16 oz. coupon (up to $4.99)

 This post was made possible by iConnect: Influencer Management and Buddig. I was compensated for my time, but all opinions are 100% mine. 

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