Thursday, October 29, 2009

Candy Corn Popcorn Balls

I wanted to prepare a treat for the Bailey kids for Halloween. I thought about all of my childhood memories and came up with popcorn balls. Growing up in Clewiston, Halloween was a huge event and we were always allowed to run wild around town Trick or Treating. Mama just told me who was expecting my little group and we made the rounds. One of the neigbors, Mrs. Hatfield always made giant popcorn balls with candy corn added. I found this recipe and hope that my little goblins enjoyed them too.

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1 pkg. (10-1/2 oz.) JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Gelatin, any flavor
12 cups (3 qt.) popped popcorn
1 cup candy corn
MICROWAVE butter and marshmallows in large microwavable bowl on HIGH 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until marshmallows are puffed. Stir in gelatin until well blended.

POUR marshmallow mixture over combined popcorn and candy corn in large bowl. Mix lightly until well coated.

SHAPE into 16 (2-inch) balls or other shapes with greased or wet hands.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Semi Homemade Taco Mac Skillet

This is a new recipe-No family memories-YET! I was craving something a little spicy, but still wanted comfort food. I came across this recipe in Sandra Lee's Semi Homemade. It's byline was "Pot to Plate in 20 Minutes". I think the Bailey kids would like it on a cool night when Mom is really busy. The Suarez De Puga's might think it's Yummy too.

Taco Mac Skillet

1 pound lean hamburger or ground turkey
1 pkg taco seasoning mix
1 can Rotel tomatoes-I used mild and it was still spicy
2 pkgs Kraft original mac and cheese with the powder mix

Brown meat until it is no longer pink. Drain well. Stir in taco mix and Rotel. Boil macaroni according to package directions. Stir cheese powder into meat mixture. Drain noodles in colander and stir into meat mixture. I sprinkled extra shredded cheese on top for added flavor. It's like glorified hamburger helper.