Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies by Foodtastic Mom

I’m in full Halloween mode at this point but these brownies were actually for Bengals tailgating last Sunday. Orange and black stripes you know! But still festive for Halloween if you aren’t into football or the Benglas.

I’d been hinting to my husband that I wanted to see a Bengals game in person for my birthday gift and he delivered! We arrived to Lot 1 at about 9:30 am with some friends and had a blast. I’ve never seen so many re-habbed buses and ambulances painted to look like our favorite NFL team.


Woodbridge Wine and Cheese for Halloween

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Halloween Wine and Cheese with Woodbridge Wines

This is a tale of two wines for when you get to “adult” your Halloween. First of all, for your fellow wine-afficionados, a dressed up bottle of red is a no-brainer to bring along to a Halloween party. Using PicMonkey I made this cute printable so you can give a bottle of Woodbridge Cabarnet Sauvignon. Simply save, print and adhere the label for an instant hostess gift.


Savory Waffled Stromboli

Savory Waffled Stromboli by Foodtastic Mom

This “breakfast for dinner” is not only quick and easy but it’s kind of a fun “fake out” to play on your kids. Caleb came home from swim practice last night and was seriously confused when he saw waffles cooling on the counter, right next to a pot of veggie-filled pasta sauce. For a minute he thought mom had lost her mind.

Savory Waffled Stromboli by Foodtastic Mom

Then I told him what was hiding inside these golden brown waffle sandwiches… salami, smoked chicken and Havarti cheese. The stromboli crust is simply a can of biscuits, cooked crisp in the waffle iron. So it’s a dinner I could get on the table in a matter of minutes with very little prep involved. Perfect for busy families on a school night! There’s plenty of veggies in the sauce too, thanks to some chopped Giardiniera vegetables I added. We each got two waffled strombolis and were plenty full. Fresh raspberries rounded out our dinner.


DIY Boo Kit

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DIY Boo Kit by Foodtastic Mom

I’ve always enjoyed Halloween. It’s during my favorite season and there’s so much fun I can have with food in regards to spooky eats and treats. Plus this year Halloween falls on a Saturday for extra, BOOTASTIC fun. After trick-or-treating we’re going to be partying on our neighbors’ new porch like ghouls. I can’t wait!


Easy Egg and Rice Bowl with Uncle Ben’s®

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Easy Egg and Rice Bowl with Uncle Ben's® by Foodtastic Mom

Something that I like to do is go shopping in my house and see what fully satisfying family dinner I can create with the randomness that I often find gets shoved to the back of the pantry, fridge or buried at the bottom of the freezer. It’s like a scavenger hunt with a surprising find every time!


Sugared Walnut Grape Salad

Candied Walnut and Grape Salad by Foodtastic Mom

Judging by my personal Facebook feed when I posted my candid shot of this sugared walnut grape salad the day I made it, my Ohio friends are in love with this salad. It happens to be a copycat version of my absolute favorite salad at one of my absolute favorite local pizza joints, Dewey’s. That name won’t mean anything to those of you not residing in the Buckeye State, but this salad will sure mean something to your tastebuds no matter where you live.