Almond Joy Popcorn

One of our favorite snacks is air popped popcorn. We found an air popper a few years ago at the thrift shop, and not only is it still fun to watch, but it’s much better for you then microwaved prepackaged popcorn.

Some times to spice things up we will add stuff in, this almond-joy popcorn is my new go to, and just lightly coats the popcorn giving it a sweet chocolate/coconut taste. You can up the amount of toppings for a much more coated snack.

Almond Joy Popcorn
-5-6 cups of air popped popcorn
-1/4 cup of silvered almonds
-1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
-1 tablespoon coconut oil
-1 tablespoon coconut sugar
-1/2 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder

1. In microwave safe bowl melt coconut oil, then mix in sugar and cocoa powder.
2. Once those are all mixed add in coconut flakes and almonds.
3. In a large plastic container with lid add popcorn and toppings, seal lid and shake vigorously.
enjoy!

Recipe: Pumpkin Gingersnap Freezer Cake

I love the idea of “icebox” cakes, they make me think of vintage cookbooks and hand written recipe cards stuffed inside recipe boxes. The basic idea of an “icebox” cake is whipped cream + cookies layered and frozen, then cut into cake. Super fast & easy, almost a crime to call it a cake…until of course you try a piece.
You’ll need:
-1 quart of heavy cream (you can make this vegan by using one of these recipes)
-1/4 c of powdered sugar
-1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
-1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
-parchment or wax paper
-about 20 gingersnaps
1. In a stand up mixer whip cold heavy cream and on low speed until stiff peaks form.
2. Gently stir in powdered sugar, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice.
3. Line a 9×9 pan with parchment or wax paper.
4. Either crush the gingersnaps or leave whole, both ways work well! Line the bottom of the pan with half of the cookie crumbs, spread in whipped topping mixture and top with remaining cookies or crumbs.
5. Freeze until firm about 2-3 hours, cut and enjoy! Store remaining slices wrapped in foil in the freezer.

Recipe – Jack O’Lantern Pot Pies

mypapercrane.com Nothing is quite as cozy as a pot pie on a brisk fall evening. We like to celebrate Halloween throughout the months of September and October so I actually made these just the other night. It might not have been brisk out, and technically it is still the end of Summer, but they were perfect for getting us into the Halloween mood. I had found dark purple potatoes and paired them with some carrots for a very festive pot pie, but you can use whatever potatoes you have on hand, the jack o’lantern faces will festive them up!
Here’s what you’ll need:

Jack O’Lantern Pot Pies

-7 oz of frozen puff pastry
-1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
-1 yellow onion chopped
-2/3 cup of carrots chopped
-1/2 cup of yellow squash chopped
-2 cups of potatoes chopped
-1/4 cup of all purpose flour
-2 cups of vegetable broth
-2 cups of fully cooked protein (I like quorn brand vegetarian chicken chunks)
-1 cup of milk (we use almond milk)
-(optional) 2-3 Tablespoons of plain potato flakes
-(optional) 1 egg slightly beaten for egg wash

Remove puff pastry from the freezer and allow to sit out covered with a towel on a cutting board. Preheat oven to 350F and lay out ramekins on a cookie sheet. I used 12 small ramekins for mine, you can also optionally use one large pie plate and create one jack o’lantern face for the top. Find a circle cup that is about the same size as your ramekins for cutting out the faces, or save one ramekin aside for cutting.

Heat oil over medium heat in a Dutch oven or heavy bottomed saucepan. Add veggies and sauté until onions are translucent. Pour flour over veggies and stir until all the veggies are coated, allow to cook for about two minutes. Add veggie broth and allow to simmer until veggies are tender. Add milk and a fully cooked protein (I use quorn brand fake chicken chunks) and remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper. Allow to cool slightly to thicken. If your mixture is still too thin or watery add a few tablespoons of plain potato flakes. Stir the flakes well and allow to absorb the broth before adding any more. Spoon the stew into each ramekin.

Uncover pastry and use your cup/or extra ramekin to cut out your circle faces. Then use a small sharp paring knife to cut out faces. Basic triangles work best and the dough is easier to cut if it’s not fully defrosted. Lay each face on top of a ramekin and press lightly around the edge to seal. If doing an egg wash beat 1 egg in a small bowl and brush beaten egg onto each face.

Bake the cookie sheet of ramekins in preheated oven for about 20 mins until faces are lightly browned.