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October 29, 2009

Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, Oh My! (how predictable)

Filed under: VeryVera — sashyjane @ 10:00 am

Feeling uninspired today.  What’s that? You want another canned VeryVera article? Sure! I’ll be happy to oblige.

Whip up some ghoulishly good breakfast treats with these Halloween Pancake Molds. Designed to create pancakes in the shapes of a jack-o’-lantern, ghost and bat, these molds couldn’t be easier to use. Just place them with their handles up on a preheated griddle, then pour in your batter. After the first side has cooked, remove the molds and flip the pancakes. The molds are finished with a nonstick coating, so they’re a snap to clean. The handles fold down for compact storage.

If you’re not the canned pumpkin kind of baker, you know what a pain it can be to scoop all the goopy seeds and pulp from the inside of a pumpkin. The sticky goo gets everywhere and doesn’t make your baking terribly appetizing. Enter the Pumpkin Power Scooper. The battery operated mechanism has a rotating head that loosens seeds and pulp from the pumpkin walls making it a snap to scoop the goop. Run the scooper along the walls an additional time to thin for carving.

You’ve just finished a huge dinner of turkey and ham and all the fixings. As soon as everybody can breathe again, you’re all ready for a little sweet treat. You spent the better part of the day slaving in the kitchen, trying your very best to recreate Grandma’s famous apple spice cake. Aunt Jane wants a little taste, Uncle Jim wants a big slab, Cousin Beth wants a medium sized piece and some ice cream. Instead of destroying your beautiful creation by hacking it into varying sizes, you knew this was going to happen. You thought ahead. You bought the S-XL Cake Pan. The silicone cake mold is 8.4″ diameter and 3.4″ high, so making Grandma’s bundt cake is a cinch but you can ‘pre-shape’ any cake into 15 separate pieces, in a variation of ‘sizes’.

If you’re serving one of VeryVera’s delicious Layer Cakes, you can still serve beautiful slices without worrying about that always ugly first piece. The Cake Cutter looks like tongs with a triangle on top while functioning as a cake cutter and lifter. Simply slide it down on your cake and then slightly squeeze the tongs and a perfect piece of cake is on its way to your plate. It takes the pain out of serving, cutting and dealing with cake that needs to make its way from Aunt Lucy’s milk glass cake plate to Dad’s dessert plate.

When we were little, Susie and I would be charged with collecting the pecans the two trees in our front yard produced. We’d then spend the better part of a Saturday cracking and picking each nut for baking or freezing. I sure wish we’d had the Cubist Nutcracker! Two cubes made out of beech, 3″ x 3″ x 3″, one with different sized indentations, the other without. How does it work? Simple. Place a nut in one of the indentations so it isn’t entirely hidden but pokes out a tiny bit. Place the other smooth cube on top of it. Gently give it a good whacking. What fun that would have been as kids! The nut is open, not in a million pieces and the actual kernel is safe and in one piece.

One of my absolute favorite things about this time of year is the comforting smell of apples and cinnamon (right after the smell of a fresh Christmas tree.) To have your house smelling like fresh apple cider any time, plug in a Crock Pot Little Dipper and mix up the following recipe.

Apple Cinnamon Potpourri Simmer
1 apple
2-3 C water
6-8 cinnamon sticks
1 handful of cloves
1 dash of nutmeg
the juice of an orange
a splash of vanilla
Simmer and enjoy! This recipe borrowed from Darby.
When you’re decorating Christmas or Hannukah cookies this year, manage the mess with Kids Cookie Decorating Kit. The easy-grip plastic bottles are a cinch to manage, especially for small hands. Assorted decorating tips let kids draw all kinds of designs with icing – words, borders, petals, stars and more. The kit includes three squeeze bottles, one straight-sided bottle and four decorating tips (round, leaf, star and basket). Recipes and instructions included.



Originally published at VeryVera[dot]com.


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