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October 29, 2012

Costume Inspiration: Some of TV’s Best Characters

I’ve never been much of a Halloween person growing up, which I blame my mother for due to the fact that I reused costumes for years in a row and wasn’t ever allowed to consume my weight’s worth of candy. However, I’ve always been a TV person, and there are a few characters that I’d love to dress up as in the future as I learn to get into the Halloween spirit.

1. Dr. Huxtable

If I was going to dress up as any man, it would be Cliff Huxtable. His style is comfortable and easy, yet iconic enough to make an impact at any party. Its also important to note that this costume is also perfect for cool October weather, casual Halloween parties, and hoarding candy corn on the couch while ignoring the trick-or-treaters knocking at your door.

2. Felicity Porter

Specifically, I’d be Felicity Porter after the tragic season 2 haircut and I’d wear a sign around my neck that says, “I hate my haircut as much as you do”.

(Felicity is much too polite to express what she really feels about her haircut in this picture, but behind her smile she hates JJ Abrams as much as the rest of America for chopping off her lovely locks.)

3. The Morgendorffer Family

I don’t have enough friends who love Daria as much as I do to pull this off yet, but eventually, myself and 3 of my friends will be the Morgendorffer Family for Halloween. I definitely will be Helen, because other than Daria, she’s my favorite Morgendorffer. Not to mention, the 90s made the skirt suit a vision of womanly power, and I’d like to bring that back… even if its just for Halloween.

4. Angelica Pickles

 

I don’t really think that being a baby for Halloween is very acceptable over the age of 5, however, I’d make an exception for TV’s meanest (but most adorable) cartoon toddler.

5. Angela Chase (and Jordan Catalano) 

Angela Chase is the embodiment of real 90s teenage angst that avoided over dramatization by network TV (cough, Dawson’s Creek). Her amazing fire-engine red hair defined so much of her character, and she makes the 90s grunge look beautiful and less… grungy looking. If I dressed up as Angela, I’d need a Jordan, of course, a date who is impossibly adorable and sensitive, but eternally unobtainable.

 

October 28, 2012

Triple C: Candy Corn – Costumes, Cocktails and Cupcakes

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This is my 3rd Halloween ever, as we don’t celebrate it in Australia. However, I am now surrounded with the spirit of Halloween and candy living in America! And who can’t go past good old Candy Corn. Here are three ways to incorporate Candy Corn into this years Halloween.

Candy Corn Cocktails

For the infused vodka:

  • 1/2 cup candy corn
  • 1 1/2 cups vodka

For the cordials:

  • 2 ounces orange liqueur
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 large egg white
  • Candy corn, for garnish

Directions

Infuse the vodka: Combine the candy corn and vodka in an airtight container; set aside for at least 3 hours, then strain.

Make the cordials: Add 4 ounces of the candy corn vodka, the orange liqueur, lemon juice and egg white to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. Strain into 2 chilled martini glasses and garnish with candy corn.

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup buttermilk

Yellow and orange food coloring

Buttercream

3/4 cup butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 tbsp milk

3-4 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions

1. Pre-heat over to 350 and line mini cupcake baking tray.

2. In a medium bowl whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt

3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.

4. Reduce the mixer to low speed and add flour mixture ? at a time, followed by half of the buttermilk. Repeat until no dry ingredients remain and all is mixed together well.

5. Divide the batter, one with a little less than half and put in orange food coloring. Add the yellow dye to the remaining mixture.

6. Divide the orange mixture evenly amongst the pan. Pipe the yellow batter onto the top, until each cup is ¾ full.

7. Bake for 11-14 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.

8. After cooling, turn them out so that the yellow is at the bottom.

9. Pipe cream onto the top to form the white portion of the candy corn.

Vanilla Butter Cream

1. Cream butter with an electric mixer until soft. Add vanilla and milk, then gradually blend in sugar until frosting reaches a fluffy, spreadable consistency.

If you have any Halloween inspired cupcakes or cocktails, be sure to send them on over.