Your brain-shaped gelatin mold can be used for much more than just gelatin and desserts! A couple of years back I showed you how to make my Maggot-Infested Brain Shrimp Cocktail, and now I have another recipe to share just in time for the Season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead on Sunday, February 8, 2015 – a Brain Macaroni Salad! Make this as a side dish for your premiere party, or any other time you need a little extra zombie food on hand for your undead loved ones.
How many of you are fans of Horror Block? If you’re not familiar with what Horror Block is all about, it is a monthly package full of horror-themed goodies delivered right to your door! I’ve received every Block they have put out, and have never been disappointed…plus, you get a shirt every month (sometimes TWO!). I actually ended up canceling my other monthly subscription boxes that I was previously subscribed to because I think Horror Block is the best!
Want to win a Horror Block of your own? Well, good news! The Homicidal Homemaker has paired up with Horror Block to do a giveaway for January’s box! This month’s Horror Block has an exclusive Living Dead Dolls figure, AND…not just one, but TWO shirts! I think some of you American Horror Story: Freak Show fans will love this particular one!
Just fill out the nifty little widget below, or visit the Giveaway tab on my Facebook page. Winner will be announced 01/26/15! Good luck!
Oh, and for all of you film-making fiends out there – Horror Block just announced the details for their first-ever Horror Block Film Fest (#HBFilmFest). Be sure to head over to their official Facebook page to get all the details. There are some killer prizes, so grab your cameras and crews and get started!
It’s finally here! The new year and the much-anticipated return of American Horror Story “Freak Show” on FX!
I’ve missed watching it over the holiday season, and to celebrate it’s return, I decided to share a quick and easy treat that you can put together in about 15 minutes!
If you haven’t guessed already, Dandy Mott is by far my favorite character this season. I will refrain from posting any spoilers, just in case you have yet to watch this season, but let’s just say that Dandy has some interesting hobbies!
So I combined two of his favorites – caramel corn, and, well…blood – into one tasty American Horror Story inspired treat. The caramel sauce from start to finish only takes about 10 minues to prepare, and all you need to do is pour it over your popcorn, toss to coat, and allow to set up for about 5 minutes. Make a batch to enjoy while watching the mid-season premiere of American Horror Story “Freak Show” tonight, Wednesday, January 7th, 2015.
Blood Soaked Caramel Corn
What You Need:
- 8 cups popcorn, popped
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 stick of butter
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- red food coloring (I used Americolor paste in Super Red)
Step One: Pop your popcorn, and pour into a large bowl. Set aside.
If browning butter –In a light-colored medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir constantly until butter begins to bubble and foam. Watch closely! When butter becomes fragrant and a light brown color, immediately turn off heat and pour butter into a heat proof dish and allow to cool slightly. In the same saucepan, add brown sugar and corn syrup and cook on medium high heat until sugar is melted. Add browned butter to the mixture, and allow to come to a boil. Add your sweetened condensed milk and sea salt.
If not browning butter – Cook brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Allow the mixture to come to a boil, and then add sweetened condensed milk and sea salt.
Step Three: Allow mixture to come to a soft boil for about 4 minutes. Don’t let it burn!
Step Four: Remove from heat, and add in vanilla extract and red paste food coloring. Mix until combined.
Step Five: Pour caramel sauce over the popped popcorn and mix with a wooden spoon until evenly coated. Spread mixture onto wax paper until cooled (about 5 minutes).
– The Homicidal Homemaker
While at ScareLA this past August, there was a vendor there that goes by the name of “Little Jars of Horror”, and let me tell you…these things are AWESOME! You can even have one customized with your own face! How cool is that?
What is even cooler, is that Little Jars of Horror is giving away THREE of their awesome jars to fans of The Homicidal Homemaker! You can enter by using the nifty little app below (or the ‘Giveaway’ tab on my Facebook page) to enter. All you need to do is ‘like’ both The Homicidal Homemaker and Little Jars of Horror on Facebook. Earn extra entries by following both of us on Twitter, and tweeting daily about the giveaway.
Three winners will receive one Little Jar of Horror – either a Scary Clown, a Tooth Fairy, or a Zombie!
Be sure to act fast, as the contest closes at 12:00 am on Sunday, October 27th (so you can receive your Little Jar of Horror just in time for Halloween!)
I received an invite to attend the grand opening event of the Dinuba Grocery Outlet location in early June. I live in Visalia, which is just a short drive away from Dinuba, and I visit the Visalia store almost weekly. I was super excited to hear that a newer, larger Grocery Outlet store was coming to the area! The event was open to the public, and all sorts of cool things were taking place, like free coffee and treats, free eco-friendly resuable shopping bags for the first 500 customers, Spin & Win on the Wheel of Bargains, face painting for the kids, magic cart, and tons of other cool giveaways!
If you’re not familiar with how the Grocery Outlet Bargain Market works, all stores are independently owned and operated, and all products are sold up to 50% off of their retail value. Every Grocery Outlet location carries different products, so you can’t always count on finding the same products at another location…even in the same city. Plus, when you see something you want, it may or may not be there the next time you visit the store, so be sure to grab it when you see it!
When I was invited to attend the grand opening, I was over the moon about it! I attended the event with my sweetheart, my mommy, and my best friend. We’re all frequent Grocery Outlet shoppers and were really looking forward to checking out the new store.
As soon as we entered the store, we were greeted with a smile by all of the staff members. They were all wonderful and went above and beyond to make sure we were finding everything okay. We were amongst the first 500 customers, and we each received an eco-friendly reusable Grocery Outlet shopping bag. We grabbed a cart and headed over to the first aisle. The aisle was very organized and well-stocked with an array of health, bath and beauty products. When we turned the corner, we were excited to see fresh produce, meat, milk and dairy products!
Of course, being The Homicidal Homemaker, I had my eyes peeled for items that I could turn into one of my ghoulish creations for this blog post. Since each Grocery Outlet has different products, I had no idea what I was going to come across. Even though I was only a short drive away from my standard Visalia location, I was pleasantly surprised to see so many new products that were not available at the Visalia location.
Now…the Wine and Beer section! I was so excited to see how large and organized this section was, and actually shrieked out loud when I spotted this Zombie Zin and Jawbreaker Cabernet Sauvignon. I knew right then and there what I was going to create for this blog entry…Spooky Entertaining on a Budget!
So, I headed back to the milk & dairy section to load up on cheese and other appetizers to complement my spooky wines.
As we finished our shopping, we realized we had spent around two hours just going through the store and we easily could have spent more time and found even more goodies to take home, but, our cart was completely filled!
As we were heading back to the car, we spotted the Wheel of Bargains and absolutely had to give it a spin! My mommy won a Tammy Underspend bobblehead, and I won a really cool chip-clip and a Lois Prices bobblehead.
Oh, and I had to get a photo with Lois Prices and Ben Saven!
You can view all of the photos from the event here:
Thank you to Grocery Outlet for the opportunity to attend the grand opening event, and for so generously donating two giftcards to give away to my awesome followers!
** THE GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED! Congrats to Jason S. and Lisa T. on winning $25 to Grocery Outlet! ***
Also, please remember to check back soon for my Spooky Entertaining on a Budget at Grocery Outlet guide where you can see what ghoulish treats I came up with after my trip to the Dinuba Grocery Outlet!
I am so excited to announce that yours ghoulishly has been invited to attend ScareLA and teach two classes! I’ll be teaching a horror cooking class, and a 1950’s-inspired Halloween decoration class.
I’ll be at the convention on both Saturday and Sunday, but you can join me for two classes on Sunday, August 10th:
11:30 am – “Mid-Century Macabre DIY Decor”
1950’s-inspired Halloween decorations and favors!
1:00 pm – “Gruesome Gourmet”
Slice, dice and scream your way to creating absolutely KILLER gruesome gourmet delights that your guests will be DYING to sink their teeth into!
I know how much you all like giveaways, so I have paired up with my friends from Sourpuss Clothing to give away this awesome skeleton-themed kitchen pack!
It comes with two Xray Skeleton Tea Towels, an skeleton hand oven mitt, skull potholder, and a human anatomy mug, all from Sourpuss Clothing!
Enter below using the handy widget, or use the ‘Giveaway’ tab on my Facebook page.
Earn additional entries each day by tweeting daily about the Giveaway. Please note: all entries will be double-checked!
** Congrats to Michelle Moreno on winning the Sourpuss Skull Prize Pack! Thanks to everyone who entered! **
You didn’t actually think I would forget to post a ghoulish recipe right before the return of The Walking Dead this Sunday, did you?
Back in 2009, while I was performing with my dance troupe The Horror Dolls, we were scheduled to perform at a horror convention about four hours away. Knowing that our gelatin-based gore and brains that we utilized (and ingested) for our performances likely wouldn’t hold up during the drive and heat, I was desperate for another inexpensive option. I happened to have both marshmallows and Rice Krispies on hand, so I got to work, added a little food coloring, and the next thing I knew, I had created Rice Krispy Treats that looked exactly like raw meat.
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Happy 2014! I hope you all had a great holiday season, and that the new year has been treating everyone well!
I’m kicking off 2014 with another review for some wonderfully spooky household items…these awesome Sourpuss Clothing Human Anatomy Plates & Mugs! Read the rest of this entry »