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Happy Halloween Cocktail Recipe: Candy Corn Jello Shots!

 

candy corn jello shots!

candy corn jello shots!

Celebrating the holidays to the fullest was always a very fun and important tradition in my family growing up. Luckily my little sister and I continue to carry on the tradition of making the most out of each holiday in our adult lives and this year she created something so fantastic for a recent pre-Halloween get together she held at her home!  Candy Corn Jello Shots!!!  Enjoy:)

Candy Corn Jello Shots, makes 20 shots

Ingredients:

1 small box orange-flavored Jell-O
3 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin
7 oz. sweetened condensed milk (1/2 of a 14 oz. can)
2 cups water
1 cup vanilla or cake vodka (add more if you like strong shots)
yellow food coloring
Tall shot glasses

* My sister used this recipe except she substituted coconut milk and whipped cream vodka!

Directions:

Pour 1 cup of water into a small saucepan and pour 2 packets of the unflavored gelatin into the water. Warm the water and gelatin over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until all the gelatin has dissolved (about 5 minutes). Remove pan from the heat and add 1/2 your can of condensed milk to the mixture. Stir until the ingredients combine. Add 2/3 cup vanilla vodka. Cover and set aside half of your milk mixture and evenly distribute the other half throughout your 20 shots (just don’t fill them more than 1/3 of the way full). Refrigerate your shots until firm (30-40 minutes).

When the first layer is firm, pour another 1 cup of water into your saucepan and add 1 packet of gelatin. Warm the water until the gelatin dissolves, remove from heat, and stir in the box of orange Jell-O until that dissolves as well. Add 1/3 cup vanilla vodka. Evenly distribute orange layer on top of white layer and refrigerate until chilled.

When your orange layer is solid, retrieve the second half of your milk mixture and add in a few drops of yellow food coloring. You can also only make half of the milk mixture and repeat the orange layer recipe with a yellow-colored Jell-O instead. You get more of a transparent color when you use Jell-O and a more opaque layer when you use the condensed milk, but either works!

Distribute your yellow layer on top of the orange and put it back into the fridge until set.

A Huge Happy Halloween THANK YOU to my amazing little sister Drew for sharing her delightful holiday recipe with me!

My sister and I celebrating one of many, many Happy Halloweens in the 1980's lol!

My sister and I celebrating one of many, many Happy Halloweens in the 1980’s lol!

You can see the full recipe here as well as a wonderful step-by-step pictorial on abeautifulmess.com

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The Best Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding Recipe Ever.

bananabreadpudding

As you know each year I take  a trip up to one of the most beautiful places in all of the United States,  a lovely little place in the Cape called Wellfleet, Massachusetts.   We stay at a place that is beyond description in many ways, its one of the most amazing homes I have ever stayed in and it happens to have been built by Captain Lorenzo Dow Baker, also known as The Banana King for being the first importer of bananas to the US.  In light of this, each time we visit I always make a point to make a banana dessert to pay tribute to the Banana King and banana’s foster is usually the dessert of choice. This year I made a Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding that totally knocked my socks off and had me making several 2 am trips to the fridge that week to grab just a few more bites of what was definitely the best Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding I had ever tasted.  Here is the recipe I followed that I found on AllRecipes.com, happy baking!

Ingredients, Serves 8
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups cubed French bread
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in bread, bananas, and chocolate chips, and let rest 5 minutes for bread to soak. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Line a roasting pan with a damp kitchen towel. Place loaf pan on towel inside roasting pan, and place roasting pan on oven rack. Fill roasting pan with water to reach halfway up the sides of the loaf pan. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Enjoy!

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Thanksgiving Dessert: Grandma’s Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Depending on where you live rhubarb might not be in season but around this time of year you can most likely find it in your grocery store as strawberry-rhubarb pie is a popular pie for Thanksgiving dessert.   This pie was fairly easy to make and from start to finish took about one hour and fifteen minutes.  My one oops was that i forgot to poke holes in the crust so it turned out more like a delicious sugar dome and other then that, the pie turned out delectably!.   I guarantee you will not be disappointed with this pie recipe and although it’s quite simple, the combination of citrus, cinnamon, sugar and tapioca make a great filling when mixed with the fresh sliced strawberries and rhubarb, really reminding you of your grandma’s pie growing up..  The last time I made this pie it went so fast that I didn’t even get the chance to take a “slice” picture:) You can find the full recipe here on foodnetwork.com and I listed all the ingredients you will need below.  Happy baking!

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