Thursday, October 25, 2007

Pumpkin/Apple Friday Five!

All Hallows Eve (Halloween) is near, and this week's Friday Five looks at the holiday with some food ideas thrown in for good measure.

1. How did you celebrate this time of year when you were a child?
We always went trick-or-treating. (Mrs. Steinhaus a few houses down the street made the best popcorn balls!) Here's a picture of my brother and me in our costumes one year.

2. Do you and/or your family “celebrate” Halloween? Why or why not? And if you do, has it changed from what you used to do?
Offsprings #1 and #2 always enjoyed trick-or-treating when they were growing up too. We live in a safe, "trick-or-treating friendly" neighborhood. Here's a picture of Offsprings #1 and #2 in their costumes one year.

2. Candy apples: Do you prefer red cinnamon or caramel covered? Or something else?
Caramel all the way!

3. Pumpkins: Do you make Jack O’ Lanterns? Any ideas of what else to do with them?
We carve jack o' lanterns, and Hubby roasts the seeds.

4. Do you decorate your home for fall or Halloween? If so, what do you do? Bonus points for pictures.
We usually decorate, but this is our first year of the "empty nest" so I got lazy.

5. Do you like pretending to be something different? Does a costume bring out an alternate personality?
Hmm... I enjoy wearing costumes (e.g. to a party), but I wouldn't go so far as to say it brings out any alternate personality -- I'm not that great of an actor!

Bonus: Share your favorite recipe for an autumn food, particularly apple or pumpkin ones.
In honor of Mrs. Steinhaus, here is a recipe for popcorn balls!
2/3 cup Karo Syrup
2/3 cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
8-10 cups Popped Corn
Cook sugar, syrup, and salt for two minutes and mix with corn. Form into balls with buttered hands and individually wrap.


Sally said...

love those photos!!!

leah sophia said...

absolutely great pics, and i'll take a handful of roasted pumpkin seeds to go, while i check out a few friday 5's--thanks for playing!

Presbyterian Gal said...

Sweet pictures!

...and I'm just imagining what popcorn balls with buttered hands taste like. ;)

(I think it was Deb who put me in this twisted humor....)

Barbara B. said...

LOL, PG... Perhaps it would be best if we just DIDN'T imagine that...

"PS" (a.k.a. purple) said...

I do like roasted pumpkin seeds, if someone else does the roasting.

marie said...

"buttered hands" hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
Love the pics.

Wyldth1ng said...

You were SO Cute! Your kids look Great!

And PG is so NC-17.

Diane said...

I Love love love those photos
AND your recipe!
great post, as always.

Counselor in Process said...

What cuties, but I think of popcorn balls more as Christmas. In red and green celophane. Does anyone use celophane-the word or the paper anymore?

Singing Owl said...

Awwwww, cute! I LOVE popcorn balls. I use this same basic recipe as well, and I also found one that includes peanut butter. YUM!

Jan said...

Such good pictures--thank you! I'd forgotten about popcorn balls. That sounds like fun to make them again. Thanks.

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

popcorn balls are the best! finding Karo syrup is getting tricky though in my neck of the woods...but i'm gonna keep looking!

David said...

I miss halloweens at home!


mompriest said...

Great photos, and the recipe sounds delicious!

Barbara B. said...

Thanks for everybody's comments... especially any that either stated or hinted that I was darn cute.