Busch Gardens- Howl-o-Scream

“This post is a compensated sponsored campaign on behalf of Mom Central and Busch Gardens Brand Ambassadorship program.  All opinions, pictures and writing are my own.”

#buschgardens

Recently my family and I visited Busch Gardens in Williamsburg Va.   Every year Busch Gardens puts on a frightful Howl-o-Scream event that is a totally spin chilling adventure. Not only are the rides and attractions fun and exhilarating but you also have the chance to be spooked and the many Haunted houses you can visit during the Howl-o-Scream themed evening.  Watch out for the ghosts and goblins to walk the asphalt streets in each town village adorned with skeletons, devils and phantoms that will jump out to startle you with their terrifying pranks.  It’s Halloween at it’s best and complete with shows, rides, attractions and the tastiest food that puts other theme parks to shame.  I have one request if you visit Busch Gardens, Williamsburg…please try the chocolate torte sold at the Oktoberfest, Das Festhaus. It’s an absolute must!  You can also catch a live show while dining on authentic German fare.   Not a fan of German food?  Not a problem.  At Busch Gardens, Williamsburg there is a smorgasbord of food to choose from in Italy, England,Ireland, Scotland and more.  My family loved our day at the park and first time experience at Howl-o-Scream.  I really encourage you to go with your family. The park is truly filled with tricks and treats!  

 Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens#buschgardens

My kids and my daughters friend were ready for fun at the park.  Then at night when the full moon shown bright and the park was glowing in hanging jack-o-lanterns, the fun of Halloween astounded them.  They loved the interactive aspect of the park at night and the Haunted houses we walked through.   I have to admit, they got me a few times.  I have a blood curdling scream that woke up the dead!

#buschgardens

The park is filled with scary and festive decorations.  I loved the hanging pumpkins that had an eery soft glow at night. 

#buschgardens

All the rides are open except for a few water rides.  It’s too cold for those this time of year, but you aren’t missing a thing.  There is so much to do and see here.

#buschgardens

You can have your face painted by Artists who make you look spooktacular!  Children and adults walked around with fake scars, character faces, zombies faces and mauled faces. Nothing went unnoticed!

#buschgardens

 

You can eat chocolate torte… which is a must!!!!  This giant slice of heaven is a rich chocolate cake, stuffed with fluffy whipped cream buttercream.

DSC_0426

 #buschgardens

You can win fun and friendly Ghosts!

#buschgardens

and yes, there are dead people lying around.  It’s spooky and fabulous!

#buschgardens

I met my boyfriend…Dracula!  He and I go way back.

#buschgardens

You get to walk through faux castles that are adorned with hunchbacks.  

#buschgardens

You can go for a boat ride too

#buschgardens

 

and you get to watch your kids have the time of their lives.  That’s worth the trip to me.  

I hope you decide to visit Busch Gardens with your family.  If you missed Howl-O-Scream you can visit during Christmastown starting November 1.  I plan on being there to capture more memories with my family.  Happy Halloween!        

buttercream bakehouse

Apple Cider Donuts

Every year my family and I head to Cox Farms for their annual Fall festival.  It’s complete with a plethora of pumpkins, hayrides, huge slides, farm animals, barn music and the best Apple Cider Donuts ever!  When I settled my teeth into these delectable farmhouse treats, I decided that I would try my hand at making my own at home.  The “hero” ingredient is indubitably fresh pressed apple cider.  I purchased mine from the farm and in my opinion, it’s the best in the world, but use the best quality store bought brand you can find.  Steer clear of apple juice as it does not contain the fresh pressed apple bits and pulp that is infinitely present in true apple cider. Baked donuts are easy to make using a standard 6 cavity donut pan.  Fill each cavity 3/4 full will batter and bake.  The donuts usually bake under 15 minutes so you will be able to treat your family to scrumptious apple cider donuts in no time! Enjoy!

apple cider donuts #fallbaking

apple cider donuts #fallbaking

Cox Farms Apple Cider Donuts: My original inspiration for making my own Apple Cider Donuts.  These were literally inhaled by my kids and I in seconds.  They were a bit lighter and airier than the baked version and I am guessing they fry theirs.  Baking is healthier so I still opt for my recipe but I do look forward to ravaging these babies every year at Cox Farms.  The are truly heaven on earth.

Nonstick 6-Cavity Donut Pan

Click link to buy your very own donut pan for under $7

apple cider donuts #fallbaking 

apple cider donuts #fallbaking

Each donut is dipped, while still warm, in melted butter then dredged in a cinnamon, sugar mixture.  It makes the donuts extra delicious and addictive.  Be careful. That six cavity donut pan may not be enough.  Buy two…trust me on this one.

DSC_0365

apple cider donuts #fallbaking

Each cinnamon sugary bite is full of apple flavor and Fall spices.  Get ready to bake up batch after batch.  You will fall in love!

Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Apple Cider Donuts
Yields 6
Apple Cider Donuts are a great Fall breakfast treat that's baked and dredged in cinnamon and sugar. We eat them all year round at the Bakehouse.
Write a review
Print
Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
13 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
13 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1.5 cups flour
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp cloves
  6. 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  7. 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  8. 1/2 cup apple cider
  9. 1/4 cup buttermilk
  10. 2 eggs, room temperature
  11. 1 tsp. vanilla
Topping
  1. 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  2. 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  3. 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and spray a donut pan with baking spray made with flour.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the melted butter and sugar until thoroughly combined. Stir in the apple cider, buttermilk, eggs and vanilla until well combined.
  4. Slowly add the flour mixture to the cider mixture and with a spoon mix until just combined. To keep the donuts light and fluffy, do not overmix. Your donuts will be dry and heavy if you overmix.
  5. Spoon the donut batter into each section of the donut pan, filling it about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 13 minutes or until the donuts are lightly golden brown and spring back when touched. Allow the donuts to cool in pan for 3 minutes.
  6. Gently remove donuts from pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly.
  7. Meanwhile prepare topping;
  8. In a medium bowl whisk together the cinnamon and sugar. Dip the tops of the warm donuts with melted butter. Then gently roll the top of the donut and sides in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Serve warm or room temperature.
Buttercream Bakehouse http://buttercream-bakehouse.com/

buttercream bakehouse

10 Haunting Halloween Cocktails

2014 brings October 31st to us on a frightful Friday night.  So many of us will be taking advantage of the weekend Holiday by throwing a Ghoulish bash.  If you are planning a party and are looking for spine chilling cocktails to tempt your guests with, look no further.  Here is a list of 10 haunting cocktails that are so devilishly delicious, they will be the talk of your party.  Even the scariest Ghoul will be howling for more.  For an extra spooky touch, use Halloween themed stemware (you can find HERE and HERE) and don’t forget the garnishes for added spookiness.  I mean how can you not make a graveyard gruel without the faux smoke? All it takes is a little dry ice magic and you have a spectacular presentation that a Halloween cocktail can’t do without.  Directions are below thanks to Betty Crocker.  Even she knows how to be scary brilliant!  Bottoms up!

Halloween Cocktails

halloween cocktails #buttercreambakehouse

Candy Corn cocktail Buzzfeed Life

halloween cocktails #buttercreambakehouse

Candy Corn Jello Shots That’s so Michelle

halloween cocktails #buttercreambakehouse

Graveyard Gruel Fox News.  For directions on making the faux smoke, click HERE.

halloween cocktails #buttercreambakehouse

Black Martini - Party City

halloween cocktails #buttercreambakehouse

Spider Senses- Cosmopolitan

halloween cocktails #buttercreambakehouse

Bloody Mary Shots- Birds party blog

halloween cocktails #buttercreambakehouse

Vampire Cocktail- Self proclaimed foodie

halloween cocktails #buttercreambakehouse

Undead Halloween Cocktail-Azcentral

halloween cocktails #buttercreambakehouse

Halloween pumpkin punch- Honestly Yum

halloween cocktails #buttercreambakehouse

Black Magic- HGTV

A little dry ice is all you need to make a haunting Halloween cocktail come to life.  Click the link below to learn how

Graveyard_Gruel

How to make faux smoke for your cocktails using dry ice

 

 

Safety message: If you are planning a party and serving Halloween cocktails, please be responsible and don’t allow your  guests to drink and drive. Be safe out there my little goblins and Happy Halloween!

buttercream bakehouse

Sausage Apple French Toast Bake

“I am a member of the Mom it forward network and have been compensated by Hillshire Brands for this post.  All opinions, recipe,photos and text are my own.”

french toast #ad #BringHillshireHome

French toast is a favorite at the Bakehouse.  My kids ask for it often and devour it while asking for seconds every time it’s served.  What I like about french toast, is it’s versatility. You can add different spices, flavored syrups and berries or you can create a breakfast baked casserole that can be prepared ahead of time.  This time saver makes it a winner when choosing a dish to serve to overnight guests.  This recipe uses Hillshire Brands Jimmy Dean maple sausage roll.  The sweet and savory mix will have your kitchen smelling so captivating, the family will come rushing in to see what’s on the menu.  It’s the most delicious, down home cooking kind of scent that makes your belly roar.

french toast #ad #BringHillshireHome

The added protein to this fabulous french toast bake makes it extra filling and flavorful. It’s easy to add protein to your recipes with products from Hillshire Brands.  You can find sausage rolls, links, crumbles and patties at your fingertips.  Just head to the refrigerated breakfast section of your local Safeway or grocery store. 

french toast #ad #BringHillshireHome

COUPON: If you go onto the Safeway website you will find J4U (just for you) printable coupons. To get your Hillshire Farms coupons as well as other grocery items, click HERE.

french toast #ad #BringHillshireHome

Sweet and spicy is always a hit with me and this recipe is no exception. The apple slices add a Fall flare and additional flavor between each texas toast slice.  Texas toast is a loaf of very thick sliced white bread.  It’s absolutely a must for making the best french toast you have ever tasted. If you can’t find it use any good quality white bread. 

french toast #ad #BringHillshireHome

Add the cooked Jimmy Dean Maple Sausage to the top of your apple and bread slices. Then pour the egg mixture carefully over the top covering each section entirely. The egg mixture will soak into the bread and work its way down to the bottom of the casserole dish. Each slice of texas toast will puff it up slightly and to make it extra moist and delicious when baking.  It will taste similar to bread pudding.  Soft and gooey, flavorful and heavenly.  Now this is a breakfast worth waking up to every morning.  I am in love! 

french toast #ad #BringHillshireHome

I used a 1.5 quart Oval Casserole dish to make my sausage apple french bread bake, but you can use any casserole dish you own.  Just make sure it holds at least 1.5 quarts.

french toast #ad #BringHillshireHome 

The soft, eggy bread is joined by soft baked apples, spicy sweet sausage crumbles and then topped with pure maple syrup for extra flavor.  

french toast #ad #BringHillshireHome

Other great bloggers that use Hillshire Farms products

Jenerally Informed 
meatloaf and melodrama
life of a traveling navy wife
busy mom media
building our story
kleinworth and Co
a cowboy life
moms tried and tested

Sausage Apple French Toast Bake

sausage apple french toast bake
Serves 8
soft and eggy texas toast baked with apples and spicy, sweet jimmy dean maple sausage. A great crowd pleaser and make ahead breakfast hit!
Write a review
Print
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 16.0z roll Jimmy Dean maple sausage, cooked and crumbled
  2. 6 slices thick Texas Toast or 12 slices regular white bread, cut in half
  3. 2 granny smith apples, sliced
  4. 5 eggs
  5. 2 cups milk
  6. 1/2 cup apple cider
  7. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  8. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Instructions
  1. In a medium skillet, brown maple sausage roll until no longer pink and in fine crumbles. Drain and set aside.
  2. Butter the bottom and sides of a 1.5 quart casserole dish. Slice each piece of bread in half and cut apples into thin slices. Starting with the bread, alternate bread and apple sliced overlapping each.
  3. In a large bowl lightly beat with a wire whisk the eggs, milk, apple cider cinnamon and nutmeg until well combined. Pour carefully on top of bread and apple slices. Be sure to soak each slice completely and evenly. Spread sausage crumbles over top and into crevices as necessary to fill gaps and to not overflow on top.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake uncovered for 45-50 minutes until puffed, golden and bubbly. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Notes
  1. This recipe can be prepared ahead of time. Follow steps to assemble and cover with foil overnight and refrigerator. Bake uncovered the next morning as stated in directions.
Buttercream Bakehouse http://buttercream-bakehouse.com/
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

buttercream bakehouse
%d bloggers like this: