All Hail All Hallows’ Eve

Pumpkin Blues


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Pumpkins make for a beautiful centerpiece, and we’d be remiss to leave out these gorgeous gourds this Halloween season. This rustic smoky gray-blue pumpkin is a stand out piece against the wooden and blue plates. If you have a color plate you love, paint the pumpkins to match.

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Sugar and Spice

Photo Courtesy of Amber at Cake Whiz

 

The forgotten fall spice, chai, blends perfectly into this Chai Tea Spice Cake that’s all sorts of yummy.

Ingredients

Cake

2 cups All-purpose flour
1 1/2cupsSugarGranulated
1cupButterUnsaltes
4EggsLarge
8Tea bags Vanilla spiced chai tea flavor
1cupMilkWarm
2tspBaking powder
1tspBaking soda
1 1/2tspCinnamon powder
1/4tspCardamom powder
1/4tspNutmeg powder
1/4tspCloves powder
1/4tspGround ginger
1tspVanilla extract

Frosting, Filling and Decoration

2 cups American buttercream frosting
1 cup Spiced caramel sauce
1/2 cup Pistachios

Instructions

  1. Pour warm milk in a deep bowl and add all the tea bags. Let them sit for about 10 minutes. Then, squeeze out all the milk from the tea bags and discard them. Keep this chai milk aside for now and move on to the next step.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, while continuing to mix.
  4. Add vanilla extract and ground ginger and mix again.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and all the spices.
  6. Dump this dry mixture into the wet mixture. Mix everything together while adding the chai milk until just combined. The batter will be thick and there might be some lumps but don’t over mix!
  7. Pour this batter into two 8×2 greased/floured round cake pans.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Allow the cakes to cool down completely.
  10. Then, trim the edges and tops of each cake with a sharp knife.
  11. Place one cake on a cake stand and frost the top with buttercream (I used a piping bag with Tip #1M).
  12. Spread some chopped pistachios and drizzle some caramel sauce.
  13. Then, place the other cake on top of this frosting layer.
  14. Pour some caramel sauce around the edges of the cake only.
  15. Finally, frost the top of this cake with buttercream and toss some more pistachios. Slice and enjoy!

Bob for Apples

Photo Courtesy of Sugar and Charm

Moscow Mules are in and the perfect fall drink. Just the copper cup alone is enough to add it to a fall rotation. We like this apple cider version.
 2 ounces ginger flavored vodka
2 ounces apple cider (store bought or homemade)
Juice of 1 small lime wedge
Good quality ginger beer to top off (about ½ cup or so)
Cinnamon to sprinkle
DIRECTIONS
In a copper mug, add the vodka, apple cider and lime juice.
Fill the glass with ice, sprinkle cinnamon over the ice, then top off with ginger beer.

Stir well and garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.

Insta Party

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Bring your Halloween festivities together, no matter where you are, with Instagram Live for more than one person. Brands can partner with brands to create pre planned targeted live stories. Or influencers of a brand can partner coast to coast. Live streaming, whether it’s Instagram or another platform, get tons more visibility in general.

 

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