Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Trick or Treat hours in NEW.

Algoma Trick or Treating, Halloween 4:30-6:30

Allouez Halloween 4-7

Appleton Halloween 4-8

Ashwaubenon Halloween 4-7

Baileys Harbor Trick or Treating, Sunday, Oct. 30 3-5
Town hall Halloween party, Sunday, Oct 30 4:30-6:00
Bellevue Halloween 4-7

Berlin Sunday, Oct. 30 3-6

Black Creek Halloween 4-6

Bonduel Halloween 5-7

Bovina No set hours

Brandon Halloween 5-7

Brillion Sunday, Oct. 30 4-6

Campbellsport Saturday, Oct. 29 2-4

Chilton Sunday, Oct. 30 3-5

Cleveland Sunday, Oct. 30 4-7

Clintonville Sunday, Oct. 30 4-7

Coleman Halloween 4-6

Combined Locks Halloween 5-7

Crivitz Halloween 3-6

De Pere Halloween 4-7

Denmark Halloween 3-6
Halloween Parade, starts behind M&I Bank 6:30

Egg Harbor Safe Walk, Sunday, Oct. 30 2-4

Fish Creek Jack O'Lantern Days Oct. 28-30

Fond du Lac Sunday, Oct. 30 3:30-5:30

Freedom Halloween 4-7

Fremont Sunday, Oct. 30 4-7

Gillett Halloween 4:30-6:30

Grand Chute Halloween 4-7

Green Bay Halloween 4-7

Green Lake Sunday, Oct. 30 3-5

Greenville Halloween 4-7

Hilbert Sunday, Oct. 30 3-5

Hobart Halloween 4-7

Hortonville Sunday, Oct. 30 3-5:30

Howard Halloween 4-7

Iola Sunday, Oct. 30 2-4

Jacksonport Halloween 4-7

Kaukauna Halloween 4-6

Kewaunee Halloween 3:30-6:30

Kiel Sunday, Oct. 30 2-4

Kimberly Halloween 5-7

Kohler Halloween 5-7

Lena Halloween 4-6

Little Chute Halloween 5-7

Little Suamico Halloween 4-6:30

Little Wolf Sunday, Oct. 30 5-7

Lomira Sunday, Oct. 30 3-5

Luxemburg Sunday, Oct. 30 1-3

Manawa Sunday, Oct. 30 5-7

Manitowoc Halloween 5-7

Marinette Downtown businesses: Thursday, Oct. 27 3:30-5:00
Residential: Halloween 4:30-6:30

Marion Halloween 6-8

(City of) Menasha Downtown @ Farmers Market: Thursday, Oct. 27 4-6
Residential: Halloween 4-7

(Town of) Menasha Halloween 4-7

Menominee, MI Halloween 4:30-6:30

Menominee Reservation Sunday, Oct. 30 2-4:30

Mishicot Halloween 4:30-7

Mountain Sunday, Oct. 30 3-5

Navarino Sunday, Oct. 30 4-6

Neenah Halloween 4-7

New Holstein Sunday, Oct. 30 3-5

New London Halloween 4:30-6:30

Niagara Halloween 4-7

North Fond du Lac Sunday, Oct. 30 3:30-5:30

Oakfield Costume judging at elementary school 1:30-2:30
Trick or Treat Sunday, Oct. 30 3-5

Oconto Halloween 4-7

Oconto Falls Sunday, Oct. 30 4-6

Omro Halloween 4-7

Oneida Reservation Halloween 4-7

Oostburg Halloween 4-7

Oshkosh Halloween 5-7

Peshtigo Halloween 4-6

Plymouth Sunday, Oct. 30 3-5

Pulaski Halloween 3-6

Random Lake Sunday, Oct. 30 3-5

Redgranite Sunday, Oct. 30 3-5

Ripon Sunday, Oct. 30 3-5

Rosendale Halloween 5-7

Scandinavia Sunday, Oct. 30 2-4

Seymour Halloween 4-6

Shawano Halloween 5-7

Sheboygan Halloween 4-7

(Town of) Sheboygan Halloween 4-7

Sheboygan Falls Halloween 4-7

Sherwood Trick or Treat: Saturday, Oct. 30 12-2
Great Pumpkin Event @ High Cliff, Oct. 29 3-9
Shiocton Halloween 5-7

Sister Bay Halloween 3-6
Halloween party @ fire station 6 P.M.

Sturgeon Bay Halloween 3-7

Suamico Halloween 4-7

Suring Halloween 1-4

Tigerton Halloween 5-7

Two Rivers Halloween 4:30-7:00

Valders Sunday, Oct. 30 5-7

Waupaca Halloween 5-7

Waupun Saturday, Oct. 30 4-6

Wausaukee Saturday, Oct. 30 1-5

Wautoma Sunday, Oct. 30 3-5

Weyauwega Sunday, Oct. 30 4-7

Whitelaw Sunday, Oct. 30 2-4

Wild Rose Sunday, Oct. 30 3-5

Winneconne Halloween 4-6

Wrightstown Sunday, Oct. 30 4-7
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tonight only! FREE Shipping on ANY order at Victoria's Secret!!

Starting at 6 pm CST get free shipping on ANY order at Victoria's Secret. To sweeten this deal if you spend $100 you will also get $15 off of your order. This offer expires at midnight. Not valid with other shipping offers or discounts applied to your entire order (only the $15 off of $100). Free shipping is not available to Alaska, Hawaii and other US Territories. Instead a small shipping charge of $4.99 is available. Now go check out their clearance section!

Monday, October 24, 2011

FREE sample Tom's of Maine Silly Strawberry Toothpaste!

I love this brand of toothpaste; especially for my kids. I haven't tried this exact flavor so I am excited. Go here to get your free sample. One per household. I would act fast as these tend to run out fast. I missed it the last time it was available.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Syrup!

Oh my goodness. I think I am in love. Every year around this time I eagerly anticipate the arrival of pumpkin creamer. I would love to say I cure my craving by stopping by some cute coffee shop, but I do not. I don't have it in me to dole out that much for their drinks. I stumbled upon this Pumpkin Spice Syrup recipe from Annie's Eats. I pinned another one of her recipes on Pinterest and ever since I have been visiting her site daily. That's a whole different post about my Pinterest addiction.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup (adapted from Annie's Eats)

Go get it:

1½ cups water

1½ cups sugar
4 cinnamon sticks (You could use 2-3 tsp. ground cinnamon, but it may be slightly gritty.)
1 tsp. ground nutmeg (I used half of this amount as I used real nutmeg and ground it myself.)
½ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground cloves
4 tbsp. pumpkin puree
1 tsp. vanilla extract (Oops, not in the picture. Vanilla likes to be fashionably late....)

Go make it:

Combine water and sugar in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until sugar has dissolved; stirring once in a while. Once sugar has dissolved add cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves and pumpkin. If you don't want this as "spice-y" you can reduce the amount of cloves and nutmeg. Fresh ground nutmeg is very "spice-y." Make sure mixture doesn't boil, but it should simmer. We don't want this to turn into candy, although that would be something to try! :) Cook for 5 minutes or so until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and let sit until it has cooled a little. It will thicken as it cools. Strain this mixture through a cheesecloth or do like I do and use a giant coffee filter. Once strained stir in vanilla. This will last about a month in the fridge. Well, maybe at your house.  ;)

Now you know what that goofy side of your grater is for. And, no that is not a gigantic piece of nutmeg. It's a super duper cutie-pa-tootie mini grater!

This isn't looking so good, but smells amazeballs.
Giant coffee filters are my friend.

This is after about 15 minutes of straining. I like to use the cinnamon sticks to stir it. This gets things a moving. I was totally tempted to take a little bite here because it reminded me of apple butter, but knew better. 
To get frothy steamed milk just pour desired amount of milk in your cup. Microwave until hot and steamy, but take care not to boil the milk over! Then take a narrow whisk and roll it between your palms like you are trying to start a fire. What? You've never tried to start a fire with a whisk before? Whisk for as long as your heart desires or until your hands hurt. Ta da!
Pour in your shot of espresso, coffee or heck even hot cocoa. Add pumpkin spice syrup to taste. Enjoy!
Oh look at that perfection!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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Feeling lucky?

If you are feeling lucky, enter some giveaways from some of my favorite places to hang out! Even if you are not feeling so lucky you just never know!

Life with Twins & A Drama Queen is giving away a 32oz. jar of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. Ends October 6. Also, an If You Care baking set. Ends October 6. Also, a Peaceable Kingdom Fairy, Mermaid, and Princess Write & Wipe Activity Book set. Ends October 10.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Seasonal Sunday: Chicken Pot Pie and Pie Crust Recipe

I am revisiting an old favorite that I posted last fall. This time with pictures. I heart this recipe and bust it out every fall and winter. It's an easy enough recipe because the filling can be as simple as a rotisserie chicken, frozen vegetables and condensed cream soup. It can also be more of a work of art if you make the crust, roast the chicken and make the cream of chicken soup. Depending on my mood I switch it up. Either route you take will make your belly happy. And if you are laughing at the thought of making your own cream is really easy and soooo much better than that stuff in the can. Don't get me wrong, the stuff in the can has a place in my home.

Chicken Pot Pie  (from Our Best Bites)

Go get it:

1 lb. cooked, cubed chicken (I prefer to roast mine, but you could boil it in a pinch.)
1 16 oz. bag frozen mixed vegetables
1 medium onion, minced
2 cans cream of chicken soup (or make your own)
5 medium red potatoes, diced
salt and pepper to taste
unbaked double pie crust (one of my fave pie crust recipes from Christopher Kimball/Cooks Illustrated below)

Go make it:

Have your pie crust made a few hours before you start this recipe. I advise you to start your crusts and then bake your chicken after your pie crusts are being chilled. You can skip this step by purchasing premade pie crusts and a cooked deli chicken from the store.

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until fork tender.
3. Saute onion in butter until translucent.
4. In a medium size bowl mix together frozen veggies and cream of chicken soup. Stir in cubed chicken and onion. Add salt and pepper to your liking. I omitted salt due to the high salt content in the condensed soup.
5. Roll out pie crust discs and place the larger of the two in the bottom of your pie plate.

6. Fill crust with chicken/vegetable mixture. Place the other pie crust on top and crimp shut. Slice vent holes in top.
7. Bake for 45 minutes or until crust is golden in color.

Foolproof Pie Dough (Cooks Illustrated, November 2007)

Makes one 9-inch double-crust pie (fits my 10" sort of deep dish pie plate just fine)

Go get it:

2 1/2 cups (12 1/2 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon table salt
2 tablespoons sugar*
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/2 cup cold vegetable shortening, cut into small bits
1/4 cup cold vodka
1/4 cup cold water

Go make it:

1. Process 1 1/2 cups flour, salt, and sugar in food processor until combined, about 2 one-second pulses. Add butter and shortening and process until homogeneous dough just starts to collect in uneven clumps, about 15 seconds (dough will resemble cottage cheese curds and there should be no uncoated flour). Scrape bowl with rubber spatula and redistribute dough evenly around processor blade. Add remaining cup of flour and pulse until mixture is evenly distributed around bowl and mass of dough has been broken up, 4 to 6 quick pulses. Empty mixture into medium bowl.

2. Sprinkle vodka and water over mixture. With rubber spatula, use folding motion to mix, pressing down on dough until dough is slightly tacky and sticks together. Divide dough into two even balls and flatten each into 4-inch disk. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 45 minutes or up to 2 days.

Or my other go to pie crust recipe if the use of vodka totally weirds you out.....

Foolproof Food Processor Pie Crust (from The Dessert Bible by Christopher Kimball)

Go Get it:

10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
10 tablespoons cold shortening
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons granulated sugar (I omit the sugar in this recipe for my pot pie)
8 to 10 tablespoons water (I used a full 10)

Go make it:

1. Cut butter into small cubes. Freeze for 15 minutes. Mix flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor. Place spoonfuls of shortening along with butter cubes. Pulse until dough appears slightly yellow and pebbly in texture. Check dough after every couple of pulses. Put mixture into a medium size bowl.

2. Sprinkle 5 tablespoons of water over the mixture (do not do this in your food processor). With a spatula fold mixture over and press down on broad end of spatula. Do this until dough stick together adding up to 5 more tablespoons. I do this using my KitchenAid stand mixer instead of by hand. Dough should be very wet and sticky. Better to have too much water than too little. Shape dough into a ball. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into two smaller sections. One should be larger than the other (the bottom crust is larger). Flatten into discs and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to one hour before rolling.