Trick or TREATS: Halloween Party Recipes

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When it comes to tricks or treats… we always choose treats!! In our office we love sweets and we love any excuse for a themed party! To spread our ghoulish fun, we decided to share some of our spookiest and tastiest recipes that you can make for your own Halloween blowout!

Classic Caramel Apples

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What you need:

  • 2 packages (14 oz each) chewy caramel candies
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8-10 tart apples
  • 8-10 thick wooden skewers or popsicle sticks
  1. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, stir the caramels with 1/4 cup of water until melted.
  2. Slide a stick into an apple, dip the apple into the caramel, then place on wax or parchment paper.
  3. Optional: Dip in peanuts or candy before caramel sets.
  4. Keep apples on parchment until the caramel is set.

Blood Splattered Cookies

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We love this eerie cookie recipe from Annie’s Eats. It’s bound to creep all of your guests out!

  • Bake sugar cookies in whatever shape you prefer.
  • Edge and flood the cookies in plain white royal icing.  Let dry completely overnight.
  • Tint some of the leftover icing dark red.  Thin it to a consistency that splatters well.
  • Lay cookies on a work surface covered in wax paper, parchment or foil.
  • Splatter away using a clean paintbrush or the tines of a fork, until the cookies look as gross as you like.  Let dry.

For more baking tips check out Annie’s blog.

Skull Cake

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William Sonoma has these incredibly haunting skull cake pans that will make any dessert table hauntingly delicious. You can choose your favorite cake flavor and the pans will transform it to the perfect Halloween treat. We personal favor a moist chocolate cake. Try this chocolate glaze recipe from William Sonoma to top off your cake:

Chocolate Glaze

2 Tbs. melted butter

8 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa

8 Tbs. hot water

4 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

1 Tbs. meringue powder

 

1. To make the glaze, combine melted butter, cocoa and hot water. Blend in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add more hot water to get a thin, pourable consistency for glazing (glaze will harden when cool).

2. Place cake on a wire rack and pour glaze over the top of the skull. As the glaze flows over the cake, use the back of a spoon to get the glaze into the eye sockets, nose and any other hard-to-reach areas.

3. Once the glaze has hardened, carefully remove the cake from the rack and place it on a cake stand using a small amount of icing to secure it to the base.

Find more skull decorating inspiration here.

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Our own Maggie , from Customer Service made these chilling treats last year for Halloween! They look dangerously delectable!! She used her skull pan from William Sonoma to create a decomposing skull cake and Monkey Bread to make frightfully real looking Brains.

Monkey Bread

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What you need:

2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 cans Pillsbury™ Refrigerated Buttermilk Biscuits
10 tablespoons butter
1 cup packed brown sugar

Directions

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Grease or spray 12-cup fluted tube pan.
  • Mix granulated sugar and cinnamon in 1-gallon bag. Separate dough into biscuits; cut each in quarters (a pizza wheel works really well for this).
  • Shake biscuit quarters in bag to coat; place in pan. Sprinkle any extra sugar mixture over biscuits.
  • In 1-quart saucepan, bring butter and brown sugar to boiling over medium-high heat; boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour over biscuit quarters.
  • Bake 30 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. Turn upside down; pull apart to serve.

Yum… now our mouths are watering! Hope your scary treats are a hit at the monster bash!

 

All you need is Love/Cupcakes

This past week has been slightly crazy for our office! We are moving offices, had multiple birthdays and the weather has not been very cooperative! After being inspired by the lovely Grammy Tribute for the Beatles this past weekend, I was reminded that maybe all our office needs is a little bit of love! The next best thing, is maybe all we needed is some cupcakes!

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We made Vanilla Cupcakes and Red Velvet Cupcakes, both topped with a vanilla butter cream frosting! Using red and blue dye and some sprinkles, I got a little creative, and attempted some fancy designs!  Here is hoping that this post inspires you to share the love, aka cupcakes!

Game Time: Food Edition

We are days away from the most watched televised event in the US, the SUPERBOWL! Over 108 million people are estimated to tune in each year to watch the biggest football game of the season. However, when it comes to the Superbowl, I care most about what snacks and dips are being served! Here are a couple of recipes that you can bring to your Superbowl party, which will surely impress!

Ina Garten’s Guacamole 

This woman can do no wrong and who doesn’t love guacamole paired with chips! It’s the ultimate snack! With this foolproof recipe, this dish is one of the best!

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Follow this link for the recipe!  How easy is that!

Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip

I recently went a party, where another guest brought this dip. It was the highlight of the evening and everyone wanted the recipe! So easy and so delicious!

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Follow this link for the recipe! Just pair it with chips and you are good to go!

Ain’t No Thing Butta Chicken Wing

According to all of my guy friends, wings are mandatory football food! The recipe, by Guy Fieri, is sure to have all the guys diving in for seconds!

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Follow this link for more recipes!

And finally, here is a dessert, that is perfect, no matter which team you support! Designed by Cupcakes and Cashmere, this adorable concept pays tribute to both teams! You can pick a team, or do both! It’s completely up to you!
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Follow this link for the recipe!

Here’s to the Broncos and Seahawks! Good luck and Happy Eating!

The Pixie Makes A Comeback

Now that we have you excited about the upcoming trends that Fall has to offer, hopefully  it has you thinking about how to spice up your own wardrobe.  After all, Fall is the season of change and maybe it IS time to mix up your look! If just trying out a new clothing trend won’t suffice,  maybe that change could come in the way of a new hairdo?

As many of you may have seen, Beyonce also switched up her locks this week. She shocked us all with photos of her new pixie cut this past week. It seems many of our celebrity favorites have been taking the dare and chopping off their luscious locks. From Michelle to Miley to Anne and now Beyonce- what is it about changing our hair that makes women feel so empowered? And we can’t help but wonder- are you feeling a little inspired to take the pixie plunge as well?

Beyonce’s Pixie Cut

Now before you go running for the scissors, keep in mind some key points when making such a drastic change, especially to your hair. While you may want a hairstyle exactly like your favorite celebrity, your face shape and texture might not be right for that look. But that’s okay, because there is a great look out that will suit you perfectly!

Face and Body Shape

This is probably the most important thing to consider when choosing the best hairstyle for you. Certain hairstyles are better suited depending on what type of face shape you have. If you are dead set on the rockin’ that pixie (and honestly, who could blame you, it’s making quite the comeback!) pixies tend to look best on round faces. But don’t get discouraged, you can still pull it off with heart-shaped, oval or square shaped face. It’s all about accentuating your best facial features. Your body shape also plays an important part. And if you’re petite, you’re in luck! This cut would look fabulous on you!

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Hair Texture

Another important factor to consider is the texture of your hair. A lot of women forget to consider this when selecting a style that’s appropriate for them. They get to the hair salon with the picture of the haircut they want and are greatly disappointed when they realize that their hair won’t fall the same way. (And this may or may not have happened to me on occasion!) Short hair tends to look best on women with straight or wavy hair. It gives it more of a sleek, edgy look whereas curly hair can end up going in every direction imaginable. Which brings us to the next factor: maintenance.

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Maintenance

How much time are you willingly to spend on your hair? The big myth is that short hair takes less time to style but that’s not always the case. Sometimes it can take longer, depending once again on the texture of your hair and the way the hair is cut. Plus if you are having a bad hair day it’s not like you can throw your hair in a ponytail and go anymore! Shorter doesn’t necessarily mean easier!

I hope that I’ve given you some helpful hints on what to consider when opting for a shorter haircut. I wish you the best if you decide to join in on all the pixie fun, and I’m sure that whatever you decide on for your new Fall look, I bet it will be nothing less than fabulous!

The Beauty Beat : Spring 2013 Trends

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Here at Linda’s Stuff fashion is not our only love… we also have a passion for beauty, and in my opinion the two go hand in hand.  We love keeping up to date on all trends including fashion, makeup, and hair. If we are going to have fabulous clothing, we are going to need current makeup and hair to complete the look! Below we have compiled some beauty trends to look out for this Spring.

Blue and Green Eyeliner

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Color is no longer just for your eyeshadow! Blue and green eyeliners are popping up everywhere. The thought of colored eyeliner may make you crinch but these colors show up subtle and look beautiful. Don’t be afraid to try out these eyeliners and bring out your eyes!

Bright Lips

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Be bold this Spring and rock a bright lip color! Bright pinks and fuchsias are a fun way to liven up your look.

Middle Part

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The middle part, aka the Kate Moss, is back! This is an easy trend to try, even if it is just for one night. Part your hair down the middle to transform your look.

60’s Mod

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60’s mod is a trend this season in both fashion and beauty. When you put on your mod mini why not have fun with your makeup and hair too? Add some volume with a beehive up-do or rock a half up-do beehive like the models above. Full eyebrows are also reminiscent of the 1960s. Add some fullness to your brows with a matching eyebrow pencil.

Metallic Accented Nails

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Bored with basic nail colors? Add a little shine to your nails this Spring to mix it up. No need to go full on metallic… just add accents to your solid nail color. Studs or a metallic design over a matte color are the ways to go!

Nude Nails

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If metallic nails are not your style, pale nails are also in for Spring. Creams and nudes make your nails look pretty and polished. Think nudes are boring? You don’t have to stick to solid colors, add some interest with a pattern in nude shades like the model above.

Be fun and fearless this Spring by trying out one of these emerging beauty trends. The best part about these looks? They aren’t permanent! You can experiment with the styles and have makeup remover handy in case you don’t like the look. It is an easy way to mix it up this Spring!

The Long Lasting Accesory: Nail Polish

While fashion is always revolving and changing so is the way we wear nail polish. Sometimes you go for the more classic look of a french manicure, other times its a fire-y red color to make a bold statement. Now fashion designers are getting in on this ever evolving trend.

We love Oscar de La Renta’s fashion and now we can love his nail polish as well. De La Renta is launching three new nail polish colors this October.

The colors include Essential Larimar, Essential Carnation, and Essential Aubergine. A light blue, bold red and deep purple.

Photo courtsey of ELLE Magazine.com

Feeling Blue?

Feeling Blue? Katy Perry sure is, or at least she’s feeling the color blue. Katy recently traded in her bubblegum pink hair for a dazzling shade of blue.

Try mixing up your look by adding some color into your hair. Not ready for a full on dye job? Try a few strands. Or the new trend of putting strands of tinsel or feathers in your hair.

Don’t want to mess with your head? Try adding a pop of color to your wardrobe? A bright bangle or necklace can make your outfit come to life.

Be bold and have fun!