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Rudy’s Recipe: (Laura’s Favorite) Pumpkin Pie

Since this weekend is Halloween I wanted to share one of my favorite pumpkin pie recipes. One of the reasons I like this recipe so well is because you use graham cracker pie crust instead of regular crust; I’m not a huge crust fan so that’s just fine with me!

You can make them at home and bring ’em with you while camping. Or if you’re staying in a rental make them there and bake in the oven. And it does make two pies so freeze one … they freeze really well and taste great after thawing. My husband can attest to this.

Pumpkin Pie


You Need:

  • 2 HONEY MAID Graham Pie Crusts (6 oz. each)
  • 3   eggs, beaten, divided
  • 1 can (29 oz.) pumpkin
  • 1-1/2 cups  half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp.  ground ginger

Make ‘Em:

Heat your oven to 400°F.

Brush crusts lightly with some of the egg. Bake 4 min. Meanwhile, mix remaining eggs with all remaining ingredients until well blended.

Pour into crusts.

Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F and then bake an extra 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool completely.

– Recipe courtesy of KraftRecipes.com

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All good things …

Must come to an end. Sigh.

Sadly, this weekend, October 29 & 30, is the last of our seven HalloWeekends. Which also means that we’ll be closing for the season after this weekend. We’ve had a wonderful Halloween season and hope you had a blast if you stayed with us!

In case you didn’t know we are taking reservations for HalloWeekends 2011. The dates are all set:

2011 HalloWeekend Schedule:

September 16 & 17
September 23 & 24
September 30 & October 1
October 7 & 8
October 14 & 15
October 21 & 22
October 28 & 29

So even though they’re almost over for 2010 you can make reservations and start counting the days until they start in 2011!

We still have plenty to look forward to. We’ll be starting construction on the Santa Claus Land of Lights as soon as our Halloween decorations are put away. And of course there’s also the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration, which starts the 1st weekend in December. I’ll be posting more about those events in the coming weeks!

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Rudy’s Recipe: Grilled BBQ Potato Skins

One of my favorite appetizers is cooking today for Rudy’s Recipe. I love these little guys!

Grilled BBQ Potato Skins

You Need:

  • 3 Russet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup Cheddar
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, warm
  • 1/2 pound pulled pork
  • Sour cream, for topping
  • 2 tablespoons snipped chives, for garnish

Make ‘Em:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake potatoes on the middle rack until fork tender, about 1 hour. Remove from oven and let sit until cool enough to handle. Bake 4 strips of bacon on a small sheet pan in the oven for 15 minutes. Crumble bacon when it’s cooled.

Preheat grill to medium heat.

Cut potatoes in half, lengthwise, and spoon out the flesh, leaving a half inch shell.

Melt the butter in saucepan and add minced garlic. Brush potatoes with the butter and garlic mixture. Flip over and butter the bottoms.

Place potatoes on grill and cook until crisp, about 4 to 4 1/2 minutes on each side and remove from grill.

Divide the cheese, barbecue sauce and pulled pork among the potatoes. Top potato skins with sour cream, crumbled bacon and chives for garnish.

No fighting over them!

– Recipe courtesy of The Food Network.

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Photos de HalloWeekends!

Fun site decorating and costume contest photos from this past weekend!

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Rudy’s Recipe: Grilled Veggie Sandwich

Rudy’s Recipe this week is great for vegetarians … a veggie grilled sandwich.

Veggie Grilled Sandwich

You Need:

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced red bell peppers
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 small yellow squash, sliced
  • 2 (4-x6-inch) focaccia bread pieces, split horizontally
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Make ‘Em:

In a bowl, mix the mayonnaise, minced garlic, and lemon juice. Set aside in the refrigerator.

Heat your grill for high heat.

Brush vegetables with olive oil on each side. Brush grate with oil. Place bell peppers and zucchini closest to the middle of the grill, and set onion and squash pieces around them.

Cook for about 3 minutes, turn, and cook for another 3 minutes. Peppers may take a little longer. Remove the veggies from the grill and set them aside.

Spread some of the mayonnaise mixture on the cut sides of the bread, and sprinkle each one with feta cheese. Place on the grill cheese side up, and cover with a lid for 2 to 3 minutes. This will warm the bread, and slightly melt the cheese.

Watch carefully so that the bottoms don’t burn. Remove from grill, and layer with the vegetables. Enjoy as open faced grilled sandwiches.

– Recipe courtesy of AllRecipes.com

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On a Roll …

A roll of carpet that is! Carpet and laminate flooring are being installed in the new office. Below are a view snapshots.

The front counter in the lobby is taking shape as well!

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Rudy’s Recipe: 30 Days of Hot Dogs

While I was browsing some of my favorite grilling sites I came across this great post from The Food Network. It’s a hot dog calendar. Now, I don’t know about you, but I love grilled hot dogs. And this post details 30 different types of hot dogs!!

Here are a few I liked:

Philly Dogs


Serve grilled hot dogs on hoagie rolls with cheese sauce, sautéed peppers and onions, and a dash of hot sauce.

Jerk Chicken Dogs

Sprinkle jerk seasoning on chicken dogs; grill. Serve on grilled buns with lettuce, jalapeños and a mix of equal parts mango chutney, mayonnaise and jerk sauce.

Chicago Dogs


Serve boiled hot dogs on poppy-seed buns with dill pickle and cucumber spears, sliced tomatoes, sweet pickle relish, pickled peppers, diced onion and yellow mustard. Sprinkle with celery salt.

Surf Dogs

Toss 1/2 cup chopped pineapple with 1 tablespoon each lime juice and diced red onion, red bell pepper and scallion; season with cayenne, salt and black pepper. Grill hot dogs, brushing with teriyaki sauce. Serve on grilled buns with the pineapple salsa.

I may have shorted out my keyboard by drooling on it! 🙂 Click here for the full calendar and recipes.


– Recipes, photos and information courtesy of The Food Network
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