It’s Halloween week people. Time to raise the dead.
Nah, more like put your kids in a cool costume: it's time for some Treats 'n Tricks!
I’ve just heard on the news that the most popular kids' costume this year is going to be Elsa from Disney’s Frozen.
Apparently, thousands of girls have been waiting since December 2013 for their moment to 'Let it go’ this Halloween.
So expect a lot ice princesses knocking on your door.
It's such a phenomenon, someone has even suggested a new drinking game: “Drink every time a Elsa visits your house.”
Which might not be a very good idea after all - especially if a lot of Elsas will show up asking for candies. You don’t want to be “the drunk guy” that terrorises kids. Or do you?
Talking about Treat-or-Tricks: what is the absolute worst halloween treat you ever got?
I was talking about this with some friends the other day and some funny stories came up.
For instance, I discovered that in some neighborhoods it is not uncommon to hand out to kids mini bibles, bibles quotes stapled to candybars, religious coloring books, and even religious texts on why you’ll go to hell if you celebrate Halloween.
Which got me thinking; I get that some people feel differently than myself about Halloween, and I totally respect that.
But If you decide not to celebrate it or participate in it - because it goes against your religious beliefs or because you don’t like it - just don’t get involved. It’s okay.
However, if you do participate in Halloween festivities, stick to the “rules”.
It’s called Treat-or-Trick and kids expect treats.
Let kids be kids and have fun.
Other funny/weirds treats included:
Loose saltines topped with globs of peanut butter. Like, seriously.
A quarter. No, not quarterS. Just one quarter.
A sunflower seed. Not a bag. ONE sunflower seed.
An electric can opener. Sure my friend’s parents were thrilled, but he had no idea what the hell to do with it.
A toothbrush, dental floss or mouthwash. Next door neighbor was a dentist, and apparently gave them out every year.
Necco Wafers also know as seniors’ favorite candy.
If you’re not familiar, Necco wafers are chalky, pastel colored, wafers discs rolled up in a package (there are about 8 of them in a package). And they have to be the worst candy ever. I have yet to know a single kid who likes Necco wafers.
If it was for me, I would give as treats, small mason jars filled with this awesmazing Vanilla Maple Almond Cashew Butter.
Because this nut butter is so legit, words can’t describe.
Actually, this is one hell of a nut butter.
It’s creamy, perfectly balanced and so very yummy.
There’s a hint of vanilla, and underlying notes of coconut and maple syrup. But the almonds and cashews really dominate. It’s everything you ever wanted in a nut butter and more!
I’m sure kids would dig it!
1 cup / 5 oz / 141 gr roasted almonds
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
Pinch of fine grain sea salt
Add cashews and almonds to the bowl of your food processor and run continuously for 2 minutes. Stop and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. At this point, the almond cashew butter will look gritty and dry, almost like couscous.
Run the food processor continuously for another 3 minutes, then stop and scrape down the sides. At this point, the butter will start clumping together.
Run the food processor again, the nuts will start to release some of their oil, making the mass more pliable and more inclined to stay within the path of the spinning blade, so you won’t have to stop as often. Still, I recommend stopping the food processor every 3 minutes or so to give the food processor a break and to scrape the sides bottom of the bowl.
After 10 minutes, the mixture will start to look a lot more like nut butter.
Continue processing, it will take roughly 15 to 20 minutes in total to get a very smooth, creamy, and almost liquid like butter.
Add vanilla, maple syrup, coconut oil and sea salt to almond cashew butter and process again until smooth.
Transfer to mason jar or container and store at room temperature or in fridge for up to 3 to 4 weeks.
One tablespoon yields 103 calories, 8 grams of fat, 6 grams of carbs, and 3 grams of protein.