We just decided that we are going all out & having a Halloween party this year, complete with movie themed couples costumes & our Hocus Pocus drinking game! Hashtag never grow up. The other night I put together this festive fruit & cheese tray when we had a few friends over & thought this would be so fun to serve for Halloween parties, especially with a few fake spiders added to the mix!! I wanted to share it for a little bit of inspiration along with some of my favorite things for Fall entertaining!!
For this cheese tray we used blackberry goat cheese (the pretty purple!!), two kinds of crackers, mozzerella cheese cut into star shapes (pick your shape based on the holiday!), figs (always make things feel like Fall!), walnuts and some dark chocolate covered pretzels for a sweet + fun twist! I used my favorite polka dot cheese knives that I found last year (similar here!) but have also had my eye on these gold ones that would work for any occasion! Check your local thrift stores or flea markets for the best, worn cutting boards, my mom found mine before Harper was born at Goodwill for under $10! I love this wood + marble cutting board and this super festive black & white stripe one!!
For our Halloween party, I plan to recreate this, but extra SPOOKY along with some dry ice witches cauldrons & as many sweet treats as I can get away with. If you have any favorite festive recipes or games, I would love if you shared them with us! Who else is Halloween partying this year?! xo
Hope you all have been enjoying your holiday week! We have been extra lazy enjoying these slow last few December days, but have been getting pretty excited to ring in the new year! Brandon’s family came to surprise us and will be staying for NYE. We are planning a fun evening in with the kids (and probably a balloon drop just for added flair!) but I wanted to share some festive old fashioned stovetop popcorn that we have been loving lately that I think would be such a fun treat for the new year! I found a year in review newspaper that made the perfect way to serve it, each cone filled with different toppings. We make these all the time, and for those of you who have asked on snap or IG, we don’t use any special popcorn maker, just a pan on the stove & a big jar of popcorn kernels! It’s so easy and so much fun, especially for the older kids who can enjoy it!
Here are the basics for making stovetop popcorn.
Heat 2-3 tbsp canola or coconut oil in a large pan or dutch oven that has a lid. We used a wok here because the lid is glass & the girls love to see it pop! Shortly after you start heating your oil, drop in 2-3 kernels of popcorn, and watch for them to pop to let you know that your oil is hot enough. Once they have popped, pour in 1/4-1/3 cup of popcorn kernels, remove the pan from heat for 15 seconds, and then let it POP! It should pop evenly without burning, shake the pan around a bit to help keep the kernels to the bottom. Once you feel that most of the kernels have popped, remove from heat and immediately dump out the popped corn into a bowl! Your house will smell SO good!!!
Now for the toppings. Our three favorite ways to eat it are:
- Good old fashioned melted butter + coarse sea salt. Seriously addicting!
- 1 tsp truffle oil + 1 tbsp melted butter (mix together in a saucepan), drizzle over popcorn & add finely grated Parmesan cheese.
- 2 tbsp melted butter + handful of mini marshmallows (mix together in saucepan) & pour over popcorn quickly mixing together with a spoon. Tastes like a combination of popcorn & rice krispy treats!
POP! Fizz! Clink! Enjoy your new year friends!!! XO
It is tradition over here that we make my grandma’s sugar cookie recipe
every year around the holidays, it has only gotten more fun as the girls have gotten a little bit older & get to participate! I looked forward to my grandparents arrival on Christmas evening every year & would immediately look for the old metal cake pan that would be full of these cookies. And now I have that pan full of them on our kitchen counter & the girls can’t help but peek in it every time they come in the kitchen.
The most fun part of making sugar cookies is of course frosting them, and I am teaming up with fairlife milk
today to share our buttercream frosting recipe. fairlife milk has less sugar & more protein than regular milk, and has the most delicious, creamy flavor which is perfect for frosting!
1 stick softened, salted butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
1/4 cup of fairlife whole milk
Combine all ingredients in a bowl & blend with a hand mixer.
So simple!! This recipe will give you a super thick, whipped consistency which is perfect for basic cookie decorating. This is also what I start with if I am piping it through a frosting bag to outline cookies. As you work through the frosting batch, you can add another splash or two of milk and the frosting will become much more runny. This gives almost a glossy finish when the frosting dries & is perfect for filling in the piped outlines of the other cookies. We will have dozens more cookies to frost by the end of the day (including a double batch of gingerbread waiting in the fridge!) which means my kids will be licking this frosting off their fingers for the rest of the month!
What are you baking up this holiday season? Would love to hear! XO
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