Sunday


15 Fun and Boo-tiful Halloween Recipes with Photos

Looking for a special Halloween recipe? Check out my creepy collection! This is a list of 15 of the most fun and creative recipes for your Halloween party.

1. Halloween Marble Cake

From: Zoe Bakes blog

Super Yummy Marble Cake + Spiders On a Cake = Pure Fun!

Halloween Marble Cake

2. Red & Black Candy Apples

From: mattbites.com

This is without a doubt the most fabulous Halloween treat ever.

Red & Black Candy Apples

3. Black Bean Cat Crudités

From: FamilyFun

Looking for a Halloween night snack that's both healthy and festive? This skeletal array fits the bill, no bones about it - just assorted fresh vegetables and a bowl of dip arranged in the shape of a spooky cat.

Black Bean Cat Crudités

4. Pumpkin Waffles

From: smittenkitchen.com

One of the most delicious and original pumpkin recipes I've ever seen.

Pumpkin Waffles

5. Chili-Filled Coffin Recipe

From: Taste of Home

Here's an easy main dish that's cute enough to double as a Halloween table centerpiece.

Chili-Filled Coffin Recipe

6. Squid Ink Pasta

From: No Fuss Fabulous

This delicious Squid Ink Pasta in Shrimp Cream Garlic Sauce is perfect for a Halloween adult dinner party.

Squid Ink Pasta

7. Spellbinding Cookies

From: Bake It Pretty

Chocolate and vanilla cookie dough swirl together to make an irresistible conocotion sure to lure you in (and have you desperate for more).

Spellbinding Cookies

8. Jack-o-Lantern Quesadilla

From: Shindig 411

Fun and simple Halloween recipe for a kids party.

Jack-o-Lantern Quesadilla


9. I Scream Sandwitches

From: Martha Stewart

Make "sandwitches" and eat quickly. Wicked witches have a habit of melting - these ones, especially.

I Scream Sandwitches

10. Ghostly Gathering

From: Sunset

These sweet, crisp meringues will delight kids of all ages.

Ghostly gathering

11. Tombstone Cookies with Dark Chocolate Graveyard Pots de Crème

From: Sunset

This is a true chocolate-lover's dessert: rich, thick puddings topped with chocolate wafer "dirt" and cookie "gravestones."

Tombstone Cookies

12. Spooky Spider Eggs

Frightingly fun (and very stylish) party idea.

From: Sunset

Spooky Spider Eggs

13. Salty Bones

From: Cooking with ChristyB

A fun Halloween recipe that is sure to impress your kids. Salty bones are super simple to make, fun to look at and even more fun to eat.

Salty Bones

14. Spiderweb Pumpkin Cheesecake

From: ReadersDigest.com

Halloween desserts don't get any better than this creamy cheesecake crawling with melt-in-your-mouth spiders.

Spiderweb Pumpkin Cheesecake

15. Chocolate Marshmallow-Ghost Cake and Mini Cupcakes

From: Martha Stewart

Don't be afraid of these friendly ghosts - they are easy to make. Creating enough to cover and peek out from behind a cake takes no time at all, especially with help from junior chefs.

Chocolate Marshmallow-Ghost Cake and Mini Cupcakes

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Thursday


How to Stop Sweet Cravings and to Lose Weight (Fun Way)

No, it's not another "drink more water" advice. I know it doesn't work, just like many other popular diet tips and tricks. Been there, done that.

Coffee helps to fight chocolate cravings

Do you love coffee? Who doesn't! I usually drink 1-2 cups a day. I don't put sugar in my coffee and drink it unsweetened hoping that this little sacrifice helps me in my weight struggle. And if you're a chocoholic like me, you know how difficult this struggle can be when you're trying to eat only healthy food.

After reading this article in National Geographic I thought that my "chocoholism" may actually be a form of "caffeine mania" plus craving for sweet. So I decided to make an experiment. When I felt like eating some chocolate (and when I say "some chocolate" I don't mean 1-2 cubes), I made myself a cup of coffee with one-half teaspoon honey (I also add milk). To my surprise, it worked! That evening I didn't have any more cravings. The same thing happened next day. Today is the day 3 and I don't want any sweets at all, so coffee is not needed.

It doesn't mean that I consume more caffeine now - I just move my daily cup of joe to the hour when I need it the most.

Yes, it's not healthy in the same way as drinking carrot juice or eating apples. But can carrot juice or apples reduce one's appetite and stop cravings? No, they actually do the opposite. So I choose drinking coffee instead of stuffing myself with sweets.

And what about the calories? Let's check it out:

Cup of coffee with milk contains about 16 calories.
White sugar (1 tsp) - 15
Honey - 20
Brown sugar - 15
We get 35-40 calories per cup!

Comparing to calories in chocolate (100 g):
Milk chocolate: 588
Dark chocolate: 544

What will you choose?

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