Sit back and enjoy the show with an old favorite.Is there anything better than diving into a bowl of freshly popped popcorn? I have so many fond memories of popcorn. And I'm not talking nuked popcorn either - although I did eat my fair share of that in high school and college. No, I'm referring to the good old-fashioned stove-top popcorn. It's the stuff of memorable slumber parties and family movie nights. There's something about the sound of the kernels hitting the lid of the pan; the anticipation that builds waiting for that first pop. Then there's the energy of shaking the pan back and forth; it's just more fun than punching numbers onto a keypad. And finally, removing the lid to see the steam rise somehow makes the popcorn taste better. And I haven't even gotten to the toppings yet! Most nights - OK, every night - we pop a batch after the kids go bed. Then we sit down, flip on the TV and enjoy our snack. Shhh! Don't tell my kids. You'll want to choose an oil with a high smoking temperature. I prefer coconut although, manyRead More »from Pop Chef: Make Delicious Popcorn the Old-Fashioned Way
Blog Posts by Disney Spoonful
- Disney Spoonful | Shine Food – Thu, Oct 17, 2013 3:13 PM EDT
- Disney Spoonful | Shine Food – Wed, Oct 16, 2013 6:50 PM EDT
Easy crowd-pleasers.When planning a Halloween celebration, it's nice to have a combination of savory and sweet treats. These Halloween Sandwiches are simple and easy to make. You can customize your sandwiches with flavors and ingredients you and your guests will love. Use any Halloween themed cookie cutter to make your sandwiches unique.
3 loaves of bread, any kind
1 English cucumber
1 yellow squash
Whipped cream cheese (for easy spreading)
Black forest ham (or any lunch meat)
Ghost, black cat, and pumpkin shaped cookie cutters
DirectionsRead More »from Deli of Doom! Halloween Sandwiches Counter the Sugar Rush
1. Cucumber and Cream Cheese Pumpkins: Peal the English cucumber in long wide strips and set them aside for later use. Slice your cucumber thinly. Lightly spread a piece of bread with cream cheese. Cover the slice with cucumber. Spread cream cheese on a second piece of bread and put it on top of the
- Disney Spoonful | At Home – Wed, Oct 16, 2013 4:19 PM EDT
The prettiest little pumpkin around! "Pretty Little Liars" fans know one thing for sure: "A" is always watching. The mysterious "A" lives to keep Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hannah in suspense - with style. There's nothing more sinister and spooky than a glowing jack-o'-lantern, except for one carved with "A's" charming, alarming signature. Watch the "Pretty Little Liars" Halloween episode on Tues., Oct. 22 at 8 PM ET/7 PM C on ABC Family.Read More »from Pretty Little Lantern: An "A" Pumpkin Template for "Pretty Little Liars" Fans
Pumpkin (Real or carvable foam)
Pumpkin-carving kit (should be used by adults only)
Push pin, nail, or plastic poking tool
Related: 31 days of Disney pumpkin-carving templates - Jack Skellington, Mickey and more!
1. There are two ways to transfer your design onto the pumpkin. One is to copy it freehand onto a clean, dry pumpkin with a water-based marker (mistakes can be easily corrected with a paper towel). The other is to tape your template to the pumpkin, then score the design into the skin by poking holes through the
- Disney Spoonful | Team Mom – Tue, Oct 15, 2013 6:29 PM EDT
A perfect idea for your frightfest. I love gingerbread and cookie houses! Years ago, when I worked as an event coordinator at a craft store, one of my main duties was to make all of the crafty samples that were displayed throughout the store. One of those samples was a ready-to-assemble gingerbread house. This was way before I had kids, so when I finished the house and put it on display, I didn't think about whether or not it would be within reach of passing little ones, and how attractive it would be to them. Sure enough, the next day I checked in on my gingerbread house and all of the candies had been plucked off and a big old bite mark was taken out of the roof! After that, I always made sure to place edible displays under glass. I hope you'll enjoy this haunted cookie house as much as that kid enjoyed my gingerbread house display. It's fun and relatively easy to make since it doesn't require any baking. It uses packaged graham crackers, sugar cones and ready-to-spread frosting to "glue" on the candy details.
- Disney Spoonful | Shine Food – Tue, Oct 15, 2013 2:41 PM EDT
Meet your new favorite chili.I've made a fair number of chili recipes over the years, but I didn't have a go-to classic chili recipe until now. When I first tried this one, it was pretty bland, but I played around with the spices until I had a chili I absolutely loved (it's flavorful, but not spicy). Even my three-year-old, who is definitely going through a phase where she resists new foods, tried one bite and said, "Um, I think you should only make this for the rest of our lives." I wouldn't go that far, but it is absolutely delicious. We topped ours with corn chips, cheddar cheese, and sour cream, but it doesn't need any of those to be mind-bogglingly delicious. Also, because this cooks in the slow-cooker, you can go with an inexpensive cut of steak - it'll have plenty of time to get tender and delicious. (P.S. I know that some Texans don't like any beans in their chili, but since I only lived in Texas for six years, I feel just fine about throwing pinto beans in there. I love how inexpensive they are, plusRead More »from We Messed with Texas: Slow-Cooker Steak Chili (with Beans!)
- Disney Spoonful | Shine Food – Mon, Oct 14, 2013 6:59 PM EDT
A sweet-and-simple homemade bread. I saw a recipe like this floating around the internet this week, and because I had bananas getting brown on my counter, I eagerly dove in. But when I actually looked at the recipe, it called for a specific brand of chocolate peanut butter, which I didn't have and didn't want to buy. So I just made my own with some chocolate chips and peanut butter, melted in the microwave. Sadly, when I made the first batch, the banana bread itself was pretty sub-par (even my chocaholic three-year-old, after eating a slice, asked for another, and then after one bite said, "Actually, I don't really want any of this"). So, I used my own go-to banana bread recipe instead, and added the chocolate and peanut butter swirl to that (much better) bread instead.
IngredientsRead More »from This Bread is Bananas (and Chocolate-Peanut Butter Swirl)
1/4 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1/4 cup chocolate chips (any variety), plus extra for sprinkling on top
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon lemon
- Disney Spoonful | Shine Food – Mon, Oct 14, 2013 2:32 PM EDT
A perfect on-the-go breakfast! Don't just toss the seeds from your jack-o'-lantern - bake a tasty snack. I'm new at making granola bars. This is something I've always wanted to try because my family is obsessed with them. I buy boxes for the kids to take to school, for snacks at home, and for when we go out during the weekend. So why not make some of my own? Well, I don't think it's hard at all, and once you know the basics you can just change ingredients and tweak it to create other flavored bars. I wanted to add something special for the season, and pumpkin seeds were perfect. It's not often that you see the whole seed (including the white part) in a granola bar, but I love to eat them like that. The result is great - the bars are sweet and salty and it feels like you're getting lots of nutrition in there. Try them out. You'll have a wonderful homemade snack for the whole family!
IngredientsRead More »from Pumpkin-Gut Gourmet: Save the Seeds for a Delicious Granola Bar
3/4 cups of pumpkin seeds
3/4 cups of chopped peanuts
1 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup of dried cranberries
- Disney Spoonful | Shine Food – Fri, Oct 11, 2013 4:17 PM EDT
Wrap up dessert.Here are some adorable mummy cookie pops to serve at your upcoming Halloween party! Plus, they'd make great party favors!
1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury Refrigerated Sugar Cookies
1 box of white fondant
1 container of white frosting
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice Pillsbury® Refrigerated Cookie Dough into 1/4 inch slices. Place slices on ungreased cookie sheet. Slide a lollipop stick into the bottom of the slice and gently push it up so it reaches half way up the cookie. Bake for at least 12 minutes until the cookies are firm. Let cool.
2. Attach two candy eyes using dots of white cookie icing. Let dry.
3. Roll out fondant into a thin slab using a rolling pin. Then cut out strips 1/4 inch thick.
4. Spread a very thin layer of frosting on the forehead and bottom half of the mummy face. This will act as your glue.
5.Read More »from Mummies the Word! Serve Delicious Cookie Pops for Halloween
- Disney Spoonful | In The Pantry – Fri, Oct 11, 2013 4:05 PM EDT
Now you can make your family's favorite fig snack! Soft fig cookies were a big favorite of mine when I was a kid. I loved their sweet and sticky filling and their cake-like crust. My kids love them too, but because store-bought cookies are usually loaded with questionable ingredients like hydrogenated oils and high-fructose corn syrup, I make homemade versions instead. These come pretty close to the original in taste, but are much more wholesome.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 package (12 ounce) moist dried figs
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1. Finely chop 1 package moist dried figs. Mix in saucepan with 1/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup water and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Place over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, for 10Read More »from Don't Call it a Cookie: Copycat Fig Newtons® with a Homemade Touch
- Disney Spoonful | In The Pantry – Fri, Oct 11, 2013 3:52 PM EDT
What would the Pilgrims think?This old fashioned treat is almost like an inside-out apple crisp, with the oats and brown sugar filling nestled within. It's the kind of breakfast that might just get you moving on a cold winter's morning, and one you'll certainly want to share with your house guests.
4 medium apples
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
3 tablespoons softened butter
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
juice from 1/2 a lemon
1/2 cup apple juice
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash, peel the apples halfway, and remove the cores, taking care not to pierce through the bottom of the apple. Make a nice wide core, so there is plenty of room for the filling.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together the brown sugar, oats, butter, walnuts, spices and lemon juice until crumbly. Divide mixture equally between the apples, mounding it aRead More »from A Baked Apple a Day Keeps Your Sweet Tooth at Bay!