Food

Fall Party Snack Mix

An easy, festive snack to share all season long
Filed Under > Entertaining

Ghost Bowl

Every year without fail the first things I pull out of my storage unit are my pumpkin and ghost bowls to fill with the easiest and tastiest fall snack mix you’ll ever make and eat.

I whip this mix up in large batch form and fill a decorative bowl full for my coffee table, bar, and I always have this on hand for whenever friends may pop by for a glass of vino or two. It pairs surprisingly well with a cheese board (just saying). And of course don’t forget to pack a ziploc or two for tailgating, send the kiddos off with a handful for their lunches, and place a few spoonfulls in a mason jar with a decorative bow to gift to neighbors. Trust me this highly addictive, snack mix will quickly become your go-to.

And like I said it’s so easy. Simply mix equal parts m&m’s (preferably the seasonal ones to stay on theme), candy corn mix, salted peanuts for crunch, and pretzels for salt and to balance out the sweet. That’s it, it’s that easy.

Enjoy, and don’t forget to tag us if you mix this up at home! Truly, MKR

Apple, Cinnamon Thyme Sangria

An easy fall cocktail you can make in batch form well before the guests arrive
Filed Under > Cocktail Hour

(As Pictured: Acrylic Pitcher / Berry & Thread Goblets / Napkins (sold out similar HERE / Board)

With cooler temps on the horizon, and having burnt through two pumpkin candles already it’s safe to say I’m officially in the fall mindset. Which along with breaking out the cozy throws, boots and sweaters means I’ll also be trading in my summer spritz with something a bit more savory. Enter my Apple Cinnamon Thyme Sangria.

Easy to make, and even easier to drink this sangria has all the flavors you crave when cooler temps hit, but also gets a fresh note from lemon and thyme and the champagne keeps it light since we know the hot weather isn’t quite done with us yet.

Like many Sangrias this one is better if everything except the champagne, sits overnight so it’s easy to make ahead of time and in large batches for guests. This Sangria gets an extra elevated feel by serving it in our favorite Berry & Thread Goblets topped with a fresh cinnamon stick.

Try it out this season, and pro tip. As the temps do keep dropping feel free to be a bit more heavy-handed with the bourbon. Enjoy! MKR

Apple Cinnamon Thyme Sangria

Ingredients:

  1. apple juice (1 gallon)
  2. lemon slices (2-3 lemons)
  3. lemon juice (1/2 cup)
  4. prosecco / or champagne (1 bottle)
  5. bourbon (1 cup)
  6. fresh thyme
  7. cinnamon sticks
  8. apples (2-3 apples)

Mix together the apple juice/cider, lemons and lemon juices, thyme, cinnamon, apple slices, and bourbon. Let sit for at least 30 minutes, but can be made ahead and sit overnight.

Before serving add a bottle of prosecco and pour over ice. Garnish with additional fresh fruit and thyme if desired.

How to put together a Halloween Candy Board

A spooky and fun take on just what you can put on a "cheese" board
Filed Under > "Hostess with the Mostest"
halloween candy board

There are a lot of food and entertaining trends I CAN’T get behind, boards for everything is not one of them.

Collecting your classic cheese and charcuterie boards in all different shapes and sizes has become as popular as collecting matchbooks or blue and white chinoiserie pieces. Not only do these boards look gorgeous placed around your kitchen, but they’re extremely practical. Practical yes for your classic cheese plate obviously, but if you’re not thinking outside of the cheese board it’s time to start. And what better way than loading one with all the Halloween treats your stomach can handle for a Halloween Candy Board.

Crafting a Halloween Candy Board is truly easier than it looks. Personally, I like to start from the center and work my way out. Mix up colors and types of treats like chocolate pumpkins, cupcakes (I just added eyeballs to store bought cupcakes), homemade mallows, and cookies. For those local, Pum’s Sweets made these gorgeous mini sugar cookies!

Always include a bowl, or rather three if you’re doing more than one as odds always work better in this case. My pumpkin bowl is filled with a classic Autumn Mixture of mine, recipe coming on Friday! And if you feel like making your own bark I highly suggest this easy bark of mine. I make it every year!

Aesthetically make sure you’re angling treats all different directions so it doesn’t look like your Halloween Candy Board is tilting or moving in one specific direction. And try to make everything flow together so you have very few spaces or gaps showing. Lastly, have fun and don’t take it too seriously.

One more thought. I love a good grazing board as much as the next person, but based on everything that’s going on grazing is a no-no. To help make your Halloween Candy Board more socially distanced friendly grab plenty of inexpensive tongs and make sure everyone has their own that way they can pile the treats on their plate and simply place the tongs in a “dirty” bucket once they’re done for the evening. And grab some Halloween themed goodie bags so guests can take a few goodies home with them.

Happy Halloween friends, and if you need any Halloween decor ideas make sure to check out my favorite Halloween-themed post HERE! Truly, MKR

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