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Leftovers of the Orange and Sweet Kind

Halloween isn’t the first holiday I think of when I hear the word “leftovers”… instead Thanksgiving and turkey comes to mind. But Halloween leaves leftovers of both the sweet and orange kind.

I have two children and they got lots of candy. I restrained from buying a bag of treats  for our house this year as we never, ever get even one trick-or-treater. In the past, I used to convince myself that if the stars all lined up, I may just get ONE trick-or-treater so I should be prepared, as I didn’t want to be known as the house on the street that gave away granola bars!!

Last year we had a wedding to go to on Halloween. While that was a lot of fun, my children complained that they weren’t able to get a lot of candy since they  were invited to the festivities. So this year they were on a mission – to get as much candy as possible -which I believe they achieved. They’ve traded with each other and their cousins, the favorite bars have been eaten, but already the highly sought after loot seems to be losing its appeal.

I remember when I was young I used to hide both my Halloween and Easter candy so I’d have a stash to munch on say in a month or two. Well I would find that stash usually 6 months or a year later and by then it would look quite old and unappetizing.

So what do you do with the leftover Halloween candy?
Store it in the freezer for later indulging? My daughter loves to add candy to her pancakes, M&Ms work well for that … but talk about a sugary breakfast… baking season is coming maybe you can add some Reeses Pieces to the cookies you bake for Santa…just not sure how smarties taste in brownies…. I heard of a local orthodontist who buys back kids candy from Halloween …too bad ours doesn’t. Do you think that homeless shelters will take candy? It will probably sit on my counter for at least a month, then move to a drawer, and finally to the trash by April.

Pumpkin Leftovers
I have two pumpkins we carved for Jack-O-Lanterns, and two small ones that are decorating my porch. I did save the seeds and baked them for a nutritious snack, but now I figure in another few days I’ll move our orange decorations to the compost pile. What do you do with the orange leftovers from Halloween? Are you energetic enough to use them for pumpkin pies?  Do goats eat pumpkins … hmmm… got any good ideas for leftovers of the orange kind?? Do share …


1 jessann { 11.18.10 at 2:57 pm }

goats only eat the seeds out of them, well at least mine does.

2 fleur_ette { 11.04.10 at 10:59 pm }

Pumpkin Pie.. and pumpkin loafs..(same as banana loafs)

3 pumpkin pie { 11.04.10 at 6:34 pm }

Pumpkin pie, of course. My nickname says it all.

4 Vikki { 11.03.10 at 4:00 pm }

Pumpkin soup! Pumpkin bars! Pumpkin scones and oh yes,pumpkin seeds

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