Happy Halloween! I hope you are all having a fun day here on the last day of October- and that you were spared any damage from Hurricane Sandy. I have only treats for you today…no tricks. :) First, here is a dinner I’d like to share with you. The last Saturday in October was a good night for soup and salad. You saw the dining room ready for Halloween earlier this week, and here it is at night.
This is the menu for the meal.
The potato soup recipe is from a good friend of mine. (Thanks, Robin!) I was hoping for a few leftovers, but it was so well liked, there was only one small bowl left after the meal!
Just in case you would like the recipe for the delicious soup…
Here it is simmering in the pot.
If you like spinach salad, you will like this easy recipe.
There are many delicious spinach salad dressing recipes around, but I took the easy route and purchased spinach salad dressing (Marzetti’s brand.) My mom loved the dressing even if it did come from a jar!
You have probably made the little ham and Swiss sliders many times before, but just in case there is someone out there that needs the recipe, here it is.
And this was dessert…a pumpkin pecan cake with caramel sauce and whipped cream.
Several years ago, I was in Williams Sonoma, and a cooking demonstration was taking place. It was for this cake, and the smell was heavenly! It uses their spiced pecan pumpkin quick bread mix and their Muirhead pecan pumpkin butter.
As I was making the cake, a brilliant idea came to me. You all deserve another giveaway… another treat for today since you are all just the sweetest readers.
I was going to give away one jar of the Muirhead pecan pumpkin butter and one bag of the Williams Sonoma spiced pecan pumpkin quick bread mix so that you could make the cake for Thanksgiving, but after checking at the WS site, they are sold out of the bread mix on line. Darn it. But have no fear! They do have their pumpkin cupcake mix still, and they would be a hit with the kids if you frost them with cream cheese frosting. Yum! So 2 cans of the pumpkin cupcake mix will be headed to one lucky winner.
All you have to do is leave a comment for any post I publish between now and Saturday, November 10 (new posts – not old ones.) You can leave a comment on every one from today until then if you would like to enter more than once. Since I am so low tech, I will simply print out all the comments on Saturday night (11/10) and pull one name out of them. The winner will be announced on Sunday 11/11, and I will get your gifts in the mail shortly after that so that they will arrive before Thanksgiving. Hope you will enjoy this sweet treat.
I’ll leave you with a question to get you talking…
If you were going trick-or-treating tonight, what would be your favorite candy to get for Halloween?
(daughter’s dorm room door for Halloween. We both adore the Broadway show, Wicked!)
hoping to hear from you,
****Giveaway has closed. Winner announced on 11/12/12