Who said dinner can’t be fun on Halloween? This fast and easy recipe for Jack O Lantern Carrot and Rice Bites makes a fun and healthy Halloween snack, side dish or lunchbox treat.

Halloween Rice and Carrot Bites Recipe

These cute little carrot and rice Jack O Lanterns are a great way to get a healthy bite into your little Trick or Treaters before they head out on the “Big Night” or stick them inside their lunchbox for a cute surprise.   The rice and carrot bites are even cute enough to dress up the buffet table at any adult Halloween Party.

This healthy Halloween snack has become a favorite at Donna’s house. And, you know Donna, if she can find a healthy way to get a snack down you, she will! There is not one drop of food coloring in these treats. Just cook the rice in carrot juice for added flavor and natural color. Then roll the rice into little balls and “decorate” with pieces of black olives and the ends of green beans for the stems.

We are so happy to share these adorable appetizers in 10 Days of Halloween hosted by Allison from Cupcake Diaries. The event rounds up 30 amazing Halloween recipe, crafts and projects from 30 different bloggers and shares one a day for the entire month of September.

So, head on over to Cupcake Diaries and check out 30 Days of Halloween but, don’t forget our little Jack O Lantern Rice Bites… we can’t let cupcakes have all the fun!
[click for recipe…]


Homemade Cracker Jack Healthy Halloween Snack

by Sandy on September 22, 2014

Homemade Caramel Popcorn takes on spooky colors for Halloween!  You can make this fast and easy Healthy Halloween Snack for your friendly, neighborhood Trick or Treaters  or… make it for your own family and friends to munch on.

This is a really fun snack that Donna makes for her family at Halloween.  The colors can turn it into anything you would like—orange pumpkin popcorn balls, green zombie brains, you name it.  Just boil the caramel mixture as she describes then, add your voice of color.  It’s that easy.  Get her recipe on her Apron Strings Blog.  The great thing is that you can easily make this for a crowd which is usually what you will find a Donna’s house on Halloween!

Make us a batch and then check out our Halloween Spooktacular Giveaway that includes everything you need for a Par-Tay including a $25 gift card!

Halloween Spooktacular Giveaway
Hosted By:

[click for recipe…]


This is not your grandmother’s banana cupcake. These moist, old fashioned banana cupcakes are topped with new fangled Nutella Ganache for a chocolate-y, irresistible icing.

There are some recipes you just don’t change. Aunt Elee’s banana cake is one of them. This recipe has been in my family longer than I have and yes, I am risking my inheritance sharing with you and everyone on the worldwide web. But shhhh, don’t tell anyone!
I did make a slight change to her recipe when I published it on Mother’s Niche last month. I turned it into cupcakes with a thin, chocolate-y Nutella Ganache instead of the cream cheese icing. I’d call it a taste of our old family heritage mixed with our newest generation (Sophie, I’m talking to you) and their obsession with Nutella or We can just say that it is about time bananas and Nutella collided!
Head over to MothersNiche.com to get the full recipe but, be careful! You will find yourself putting Nutella Ganache on anything that isn’t nailed down.

Then, come on back to Everyday Southwest and enter our Halloween DVD Giveaway filled with old fashioned scary movie fun!

Mill Creek Entertainment Halloween
DVD Collection Giveaway

[click for recipe…]


Tailgating Fun with Fire Roasted Bacon Green Chile Burgers

by Sandy September 12, 2014

The big game deserves a big burger, my Ultimate Bacon Green Chile Cheese Burger to be exact.  How can you tailgate without it? Here are links to some of our best easy grill recipes for tailgating Pin It We look forward to tailgate season around here, even if it is 500 degrees on the parking […]

Get the recipe →

Cinnamon Apple Pancake Dippers—And a Giveaway

by Sandy September 5, 2014

Try my little finger food apple pancake dippers for your weekend breakfast or brunch. They are perfect for breakfast on the go or staying at home for a cozy breakfast in bed… without the crumbs. Pin It Oh my gosh, I forgot to share my fun little Cinnamon Apple Pancake Dippers Recipe with you here on our […]

Get the recipe →

Fruitie Freeze Machine Giveaway

by Sandy September 1, 2014

If you love frozen fruit smoothies, slushies or drinks—you have come to the right place!  Not only do we have Donna’s Frozen Cantalope Slush recipe, we also have a fast and easy way to make them at home. Pin It It may be September, but it is still blazing hot in this part of the […]

Get the recipe →

GiftsForYouNow Back to School Giveaway

by Sandy August 10, 2014

******GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***** THANK YOU FOR ENTERING! Welcome to our first ever Back to School Giveaway! These adorable personalized backpacks are form GiftsForYouNow.com. and would make fantastic gifts for anyone. In fact, I think I need one for me! Pin It   Hosted By: Holiday Contest and SweepsCo-Hosted By Here We Go Again, Ready? […]

Get the recipe →

Paradise Summer Salad—Watermelon, Bacon and a View

by Sandy August 1, 2014

What is so great about a watermelon salad?  Bacon!  And a room with a view that is straight out of paradise.  Here is my take on the Watermelon Bacon Salad Recipe I have to tell you about my amazing stay in Hawaii. Usually, I am not the kind of girl to hang around the hotel, […]

Get the recipe →