DON’T JUST DECORATE FOR HALLOWEEN- SERVE UP SOME DELICIOUS TREATS FOR YOUR EVENING GUESTS
Halloween recipes in our household have become somewhat of a tradition and it’s not because we are parents now because we started it years ago for a work party. I’ve never quite seen so many of my colleagues go mad for eating a finger before but I guess it’s an inside joke considering the line of work we are in.
One of our most popular Halloween recipes on the blog are Spooky Witches Fingers which are super easy to make and inexpensive. They taste very similar to a buttery shortbread cookie with a hint of almond flavour. Delicious for dunking too.
With Halloween days away we are planning on baking some Halloween treats for the kids in our neighbourhood who come by the house-and the adults too of course.
Mrs. CBB and I are huge fans of baking treats for just about any occasion and creating crafts with our son to introduce him to kitchen fun and creativity. So far, he digs it especially licking the beaters after I make something with chocolate.
Last year we made Oreo Halloween Rice-Krispies which were delicious but our little guy wasn’t quite ready for them yet. He still has yet to eat cereal as he has no interest in it and he’s 3.
For those of you who are still looking for some frugal Halloween recipe ideas I’ve taken to Pinterest to scoop up some of the best and inexpensive Halloween recipes.
These Halloween recipes are simple to whip up on the fly this weekend for your spooky party or just to nibble on while watching scary Halloween movies on Halloween Day.
I’ve added a mix of Halloween recipes that cater to different food lifestyles such as the keto-diet that Mrs. CBB has been on for the past two years right up to sweet treats no one can keep their spooky hands off.
I always find it’s important to offer an array of treats when having a party or gathering if you know that your guests have food aversions or allergies.
Shopping for baking supplies in our house
During the year we keep an eye out on seasonal baking sales so we aren’t paying full-price especially for decorations and icing colours. Most of our baking needs are purchased at The Bulk Barn, Low-Carb Grocery store, Grocery store or Amazon Canada.
Almost all of our sugar-free syrups are purchased on Amazon Canada and have come in handy on more than one occasion when baking and a must-have in our house. I’m certain we’ve amassed a collection of about 15 different flavours which makes for some interesting desserts and beverages.
These days we opt for sugar-free treats which means we’ve kicked sugar to the curb and replaced it once and for all. Not everyone likes sugar-replacement products especially Malitol which is known to upset the stomach and bowels for many people.
We avoid these products 100% because we have no interest in being doubled-over on the bathroom floor. We tend to use erytheritol and Splenda. If you’re a fan of Torani Sugar-free syrups which they use at Starbucks those are flavoured with Splenda just to give you an example.
Below are a few baking essentials for our keto-pantry;
We don’t always have everything as we may wait for a sale but for the most part you won’t go through it all weekly so they last a long time.
- Pure Madagascar Vanilla
- Almond Extract
- Lemon Extract
- Banana Extract
- Cinnamon Extract
- Swerve Icing Sugar Confectioner’s Sugar (sugar-free)
- Torani Sugar Free Vanilla Bean Flavor Syrup, 750ml
- Swerve The Ultimate Sugar Replacement – Icing Sugar, 340 Grams
- Icing colours
- Decorative Cupcake liners
- Organic Baking Soda
- Organic Almond Flour
- Wild Tusker Organic Coconut Flour, 500g
- Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips
- Organic Cinnamon and load of other spices. Spices are the flavours of life.
- Chia Seeds
- Nuts – Almonds, Hazelnuts, Pecans
- Coconut Milk
- Food To Live Organic Shredded Coconut (Desiccated, Unsweetened, Non-GMO, Bulk) (2 Pounds)
- Coconut Oil
- Low Carb 100% Pure Unflavoured Protein Powder
- Purple & Orange Halloween Sugar Strands cake sprinkles 30g for cake or cupcake decorationsBaker’s Organic Baking Powder, 210g
Once you start baking you know what common ingredients you will be using and that’s how you start to build your baking pantry. I don’t exclusively eat sugar-free or gluten-free but when I can, I do.
The above ingredients don’t have to be costly either because a little goes a long way. Eating too much food is the number one reason most people spend too much money on groceries next to paying regular price and no planning.
Discussion Question: What are some Halloween Recipe Ideas that you’d like to share with everyone? Leave your comments below. Have you ever switched up your diet from using sugar to no-sugar? I want to hear about it.
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This one is a bit self-explanatory. Buy a bag of peanut butter cups and stick a pretzel stick through the top. Easy Halloween Treat right there folks. No Effort Required.
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Another Week At The CBB House
Well, where do I start? That photo on the left by the way is our DIY Halloween Craft Fail. We still used them.
This week was expensive, like VERY expensive to the tune of about $15,000 spent on renovations. What I won’t tell you just yet is why only half of that money is for renovations on our own home.
Right now I’m in the midst of re-insulating the basement as I removed the old insulation in the summer due to mice eating through it for years after the home was built.
Trust me there are no more mice in this house as I’ve sealed everything up that the builder forgot to. It’s amazing what can happen even with a newer home.
It’s not just old homes that have issues with mice, raccoons and anything else that can make it way into the attic or walls.
Although we managed to get a $5000 reduction on the cost of the house for it we were fortunate the house was price far less than it should have. Essentially we knew that this was coming and I just wanted to get it done and over with so I can move forward with finishing our basement next year.
Yes, I go the permit! 🙂
Other than that we had a few rounds of fun at the park and play gym with our little guy and our weekly soccer practice. We’ve told our son if he has a good day at soccer we can order his favourite meal after practice, pizza. We’re thrilled with his progress this year although I’m still out there motivating and helping him. The participation factor has gone up 110%. He’s also the tallest and biggest kid on the team, lol.
The Mrs. and I made an awesome caramel cheesecake with Hazelnoots (Hazelnuts) for company that we had by and we pretty much killed that cake in under 2 days. It is of course, sugar-free, keto-friendly, gluten-free and you can’t even tell it’s that good. Recipe coming to the blog very soon so make sure you are subscribed.
That’s all for this week… keep smiling and Happy Halloween!!!
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I have read personal finance blogs for more than two years. After hesitating to start a blog for 12 years, I finally decided to take the plunge and started my blog on March 21, 2017. It’s been a little more than six months, but I have experienced many unexpected benefits and downsides of personal finance blogging.
I was born and raised in Vietnam. I came to America in 2005 to attend college and have lived in the country ever since. My husband is from China. He came to the US for a PhD program in Computer Science at the age of 29. Our baby is two and a half years old.
On my blog, FrugalAsianFinance.com, I share my money saving tips and document our family’s frugal living.
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I read a post over at I Retired Young where a wife shares her views on her husband’s early retirement at age 47. It was interesting to read how positive she is about her husband leaving the workforce so young.
I don’t know if he brings in any income but she still works as a teacher and he’s a retired accountant. They’ve had to downsize after their son went to university and are planning to move out of Dubai since it’s too costly to live. I don’t know what their financial situation is but I guess to each their own.
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Check out this awesome deal I found the other day.
I received a coupon in my email from the Petperks program offered by Petsmart for a free 6lb bag of dog food. When I picked up the food I noticed a 50% off coupon for treats. The treats were discounted if you were a Petperks member so I got them on sale plus 50% off. Spent $5.64 for all of this ?
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I have no idea where this originates from as I found it on Pinterest but there is no source. This seems like an easy enough pie crust recipe to stash away and try the next time you need to make a pastry crust. Never Fail Never Tough… this sounds like a winner!
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