Happy Halloween!

Anthony and I had a few friends over last night, and while I didn't have enough time to go crazy decorating, I was happy with the subtle Halloween touches our apartment did have. Above you can see the DIY Chalkboard I made with an old picture frame and some Krylon chalkboard paint. Mostly, I am proud of the gallery style picture frame wall I recently hung!



The pictures in each frame have already changed about 3 times, but I think I have it to a good layout now, and I am planning to change the art to match the seasons/holidays. I downloaded the skull and "Eat Drink and Be Scary" prints right off of Google Image Search (I typed in "scary halloween prints"). As far as Halloween goes, I like going for more of the spooky vintage look than gory, actually scary things. If I had more time, I was planning to make this awesome bat mobile (haha, batmobile!) from Martha Stewart's website.



But alas, school and work won the battle of "who gets Stevie's time"... I did however make a few treats for the party. Apple is my favorite flavor, so I made a tasty dip for fresh apple slices and some hot spiked cider!


Caramel Apple Dip



2 packages of Neufchatel or Cream Cheese

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 15oz container of Hershey's Caramel Topping

1/2 cup of Heath English Toffee Bits

5-6 Red Delicious Apples

Pineapple juice



If you have an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar together. If you are a poor college student like me, just melt the cream cheese in the microwave so you can stir in the powdered sugar with a spoon. Pour/spread cream cheese mixture into the bottom of a 13 x 9 baking pan, or serving tray of your choice. Pour caramel topping over cream cheese mixture and then sprinkle with toffee bits. Refrigerate until serving. Core and slice apples, allowing the slices to soak for a few moments in pineapple juice before arranging on a plate. This helps to prevent them from turning brown.


Easy as pie! Actually, WAY easier than pie. AND, my friends loved it!


Stevie's Hot Apple Cider



1 gallon of Apple Cider

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1 Red Delicious Apple

approx 1 tbsp. whole cloves

1/2 Orange

2 cinnamon sticks

Spiced Rum (to taste)



Use cloves to "stud" apple. Take some zest from the half of the orange, then cut a few circular slices. Combine ingredients in a stock pot and simmer on medium heat until cider reaches the appropriate temperature. From then on, the cider will stay warm if you turn the stove down to low heat. Add rum if desired.


I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween!