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Happy Haunting ~ Drinks, Eats and Decor


Tonight is HALLOWEEN and we’re getting all set up here for the big night. Our neighborhood attracts lots of little ghouls, by which I mean almost 200 trick-or-treaters. It’s kind of an occasion and we love to make special snacks and drinks. After all, there needs to be something besides candy, right?

Below, we invite you to join us and try Pumpkin Hummus, the Pom Positive shot, the Blood-Thirsty Werewolf cocktail, Coffin Crunchers and Vampire Apple Bites. After Halloween, check out our idea to upcycle your leftover broken decor pieces and used spooky cobwebs into fresh wreaths for next Halloween.

Enjoy – and HAPPY HAUNTING!pumpkinh_dhbg_lr

Pumpkin Hummus

This simple recipe comes together in about three minutes! Just add crackers for instant Halloween snacking.

1 15-oz. can pumpkin puree (not pie mix)

1 15-oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/2 lemon, juiced

2 or 3 cloves of garlic

1 tsp. fresh rosemary (woody stems removed)

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. white pepper

2 tsp. cumin

pinch nutmeg

pinch cayenne (optional)

salt, to taste

fresh parsley, to garnish

crackers or fresh veggies, to serve


Add garlic and fresh rosemary to a food processor or high speed blender with lemon juice. Process until garlic and rosemary are finely minced. Add pumpkin, rinsed/drained chickpeas, paprika, white pepper, cumin, nutmeg, cayenne and salt. Pulse until all ingredients form a smooth dip. Serve immediately or chill. Garnish with a sprinkling of chopped fresh parsley and serve with crackers or fresh veggies for dipping. Also makes a yummy spread for sandwiches and wraps.


WoldDrink_lrBlood-Thirsty Werewolf Cocktail

Yes, this drink asks for some special ingredients but we promise, they’re worth the effort. The William Wolf Pecan Bourbon is incredible! Many major grocery chains carry San Pellirgino and to find the specific spirits, be sure to check their websites for retailers.

1 1/2 oz. William Wolf Pecan Bourbon

1/2 oz. ginger liqueor (we used Koval)

2 0z. club soda

2 oz. San Pelligrino Blood Orange soda

silver of lemon

Combine bourbon, ginger liqueor, club soda and blood orange soda in a glass. Stir and pour into a second glass full of ice. Serve immediately with a sliver of lemon.



Pom Positive Shot

This shot-style drink is bright and refreshing. It goes down very smoothly, so beware!


1 oz. vodka (we used Rain Organic)

1/2 oz. pomegranate liquor (like Pama)

1 1/2 oz. pomegranate blueberry juice (we used Pom Wonderful)

1/2 oz. San Pellegrino Limonata soda (or use club soda and a splash of lemon)

 Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice. Shake and pour into a shot glass. Crunchers_dhbg_lr

Coffin Crunchers & Black-as-Night Dip

 Making a themed Halloween snack is always a festive touch. This recipe is cross-posted to Sister Eden ~ tortillas are baked into crispy coffin cruncher crackers and served in black bean dip flavored with avocado, fresh lime, salsa and spices. From start to finish, it takes about 20 minutes, so there’s still plenty of time to put finishing touches on your Halloween costume. Check out the recipe at this link. applebite_dhbg_lrVampire Apple Bites

Need a spooky activity for your little gobins? Try making these fun Vampire Apple Bites. With a small ingredient list, the apple “mouths” come together quickly using your favorite nut or seed butters, some jam “blood” and teeth made from almond silvers. Easy to adjust for any nut butter – peanut, almond, cashew, sunflower seed, soy nut or macadamia nut butters all work. Ahem… so does chocolate nut butter! The instructions for this fun, easy snack are cross-posted at Sister Eden’s blog. Won’t you drop in for a bite?  Hee hee – I had to say it!


Nov. 1: Upcycled Halloween Cobwebs and Skeleton Parts

 So what happens tomorrow  morning? It’s November 1st and you;ve got gobs and gobs of leftover cobweb. On our end, we actually save it and use it again, year after year. Yes, there are some leaves in there, but it’s fine to keep. Plus, you know that stuff will never, ever decompose. If you’re crafty, though, steal our idea and give an old wreath, like the tired Christmas wreath on the left a facelift. We used the same flowers, a little paint, hot glue and stray ribbon and decorations to upcycle a wreath and cobwebs into a fun new decoration. More details from this project are on the Sister Eden blog.


Don’t have any old cobwebs, but you do have a bunch of broken skeletons pieces? We did, too. So we bent a few branches into a second wreath, painted the “parts” an updated gold color, and hot-glued the various skeleton limbs into a frightening new wreath.


We wish you a safe and happy Halloween!

Sloppy Goblins


Halloween is BIG around here. This is our house!!! No joke – it’s not a scene from some new movie with Clark Griswald about Halloween Vacation – we live here. A few autumns ago the local paper featured our decorations as “most spooky” and all the neighborhood kids look forward to our haunted house each fall. The Dirty Hippie takes particular pride in our frightening decor and tries to rearrange the lights, tombstones and ghosts for maximum impact.


But why should the front yard have all the fun? We’re ready to decorate our food, too!

Creepy critters at Halloween are welcome additions to the table and when you play with your food, you end up with meals like Sloppy Goblins. We kept it simple with toppings, but you could add fresh tomatoes, shredded lettuce or spinach, vegan cheese shreds, and vegan mayo or mustard, too. If you family doesn’t like too much spice, just dial down the jalapeño and/or chili powder. Aside from the decorating, the star of this meal is Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles. It makes the dinner hearty and filling – perfect for before trick-or-treat and parties! Or, heck – these would be a big hit at a Halloween party, too!

Makes six small or four large sandwiches; if you’re gluten free, choose GF rolls and fries.



 Sloppy Goblins

36 to 40 frozen straight fries of choice (we used Ore Ida)

1/2 cup chopped red and or green bell peppers

1/4 cup finely grated carrots

1 tsp. canola oil

1 bag Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles, thawed

1 15-oz. can tomato sauce

1 Tbl. canned jalapeños (such as Old El Paso or Ortega)

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. chili powder

1 Tbl. dried oregano

1 Tbl. vegan Worcestershire sauce  (we used Annie’s brand)

2 Tbl. tomato paste

few dashes of liquid smoke (we used Colgin)

salt and pepper, to taste

4 large or 6 small sandwich rolls (toasted or right out of the bag, your choice)

8 to 12 olives with pimento middles, to garnish (based on number of sandwiches)

2 or 6 pickle spears, to garnish  (based on number of sandwiches)

toothpicks, to garnish


Bake fries in oven on a baking sheet according to manufacture’s directions. Make sure they are nice and crispy.

In a large pan, saute chopped bell pepper and carrots with canola oil about 2 to 3 minutes to soften. Add Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles, tomato sauce, jalapeños, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, oregano, vegan Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, and salt/pepper to taste. Cook over medium-high heat for 7 to 10 minutes, until veggies are cooked through and Beyond Meat is warmed through. The sauce should be thick and fragrant.

Spoon sloppy mix onto bun bottoms and add tops. Use toothpicks to fasten olive “eyes” on top of rolls. Insert 6 cooked fries in to each sandwich for “legs.”  To make fangs, slice each pickle spear lengthwise and cut all pickles across, so that each pickle spear is in four pickles. Use these pickle pieces to make “fangs.”

Eat ’em quick, before the Sloppy Goblins eat you!!