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Candy Sushi & Giveaway

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Today, we’re talking about a very special treat for Halloween:

Candy Sushi

I know what you’re thinking: I HATE sushi! Raw fish? YUCK!

But wait – this isn’t your ordinary sushi from the sea, this is all made out of CANDY. And I guarantee you’ll come home with an empty plate, it’ll go so fast.

You can find detailed instructions HERE, but if you’ve ever made Rice Krispie Treats, this’ll be a snap.

Besides the makings for the Treats, you’ll need some kind of candy for the centers of the round sushi. Gummi worms (sweet or sour, your choice) work well, as does licorice (any color). You’ll also need green fruit rollups or Fruit by the Foot for the outside. For the single pieces, I like to use Swedish fish, but because my kids love raw salmon which is orange, I also do some with strips of orange fruit leather.

A couple of tips: Butter your hands like crazy when working with the warm marshmallow treats. If the hot sugar sticks to your hands, it’ll burn. You want to form the sushi before the marshmallow stiffens.

A sharp chef’s knife is the best for cutting the sushi into smaller pieces. And just like real sushi, the fancier it is, the better. Check out photos of real sushi and substitute candy look-alikes. Red hots can double for red salmon eggs, orange sugar for tobiko.

I’ve taken candy sushi to parties for several years now, and it’s always a HUGE hit. It’s also a great activity for the kids to help with, so have fun, and Happy Halloween!

What’s your favorite Halloween party treat to take or eat? Remember, every comment is a chance to win a free e-copy of Whirlwind!

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The BEST Potato Leek Soup

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here in the US, St. Paddy’s day is pretty popular. Corned beef and cabbage and green beer will be on many people’s menus tonight. Here in the DeJarnett household, our favorite Irish-inspired dish is Potato Leek Soup. We’re not Irish 8( but some of my characters are (Jason McAlister and his family), so I thought I’d share the recipe in case you’d like to try it.

NOTE: I label this recipe as the BEST because it’s gone over so well with everyone I know – even hard-to-please 10 year-olds! If fifth graders will eat it, it must be pretty good!

Potato Leek Soup

1 leek (about 1″ in diameter)
1 small onion, quartered and sliced
1/4 Cup butter (everything’s better with butter!)
2 Tablespoons flour
3 cans (14 oz size) chicken broth (I recommend Swanson’s)
4 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
16 ounce container of sour cream (light would work too)
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

In a large non-stick skillet, saute leeks and onion until soft. Add butter and flour, cook for 3 minutes. Add chicken broth and potatoes, simmer 30 minutes. Remove from heat. With a stick blender, carefuliy puree the soup in the skillet until smooth. (You can also use a blender, but the soup is very hot.) Whisk in the sour cream (you can use less than the whole container, depending on taste), and parsley, if desired. Salt and pepper to taste.

Great hot on cold days, or cold on hot days. Even the kids will eat it!

Serves 4-6

Fun FYI: I first made this recipe *cough*ty years ago as part of a research project on Ireland for the sixth grade. I have yet to visit the Emerald Isle, but it’s definitely on my list!

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