Hallo-WINE, the best kind of HalloweenOctober 26, 2015
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It's no secret that I'm not super in love with Halloween.
I'm not a candy lover (no, seriously), I never have a cool or witty costume and I'm not so in love with scary movies and murder masks. What can I say, it's just not my jam.
As much as I'd like to skip Halloween and head straight into Thanksgiving, I'm learning that I'm going to need to put my Halloween Hate aside because our new street does Halloween in a big way. Like, close down the street, huge block party, go all out with the decor and costumes big. And, seeing as we are those neighbors who wrecked the neighborhood with endless construction racket for months on end, we really need to redeem ourselves or we may get voted out of the 'hood for good.
Thankfully, someone out there (ahem, Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wines) decided that it was time to spice up Halloween in a way that even I can get on board with. Behold, the next step in the "You've Been Boo'd" phenomenon, "You've Been Hallo-Wined".
Nothing like an adults only, wine inspired, ding dong ditch style gift giving to inspire love in my Halloween hardened heart. The sweet kids on our street love Booing (leaving goodies on a neighbors doorstep, ringing the bell and leaving an anonymous note telling the recipient to "boo it forward") but I'm guessing the moms are going to love Hallo-WINED even more. I know this mom will.
With my newly found Halloween spirit, I thought it would be fun to pull together a little something for a sweet neighbor and fellow mom who has reached out to me to welcome our family to the street.
Seeing as my Halloween Spirit is fresh, I decided not to push my luck and kept the time investment minimal. I snagged ingredients for an indulgent Mom's Night In basket while on our regular grocery run and whipped up an extra loaf of my now (kinda) Insta-Famous Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread while I was already prepping our 900th loaf of the season.
I grabbed a basket and tossed in prosciutto, goat milk brie (so good!), pumpkin cranberry crackers and pumpkin spice salted caramels (they really do make pumpkin spice everything)
and a big 'ol bottle of Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon.
I attached a hand written card to the bottle that said:
You've been Hallo-WINED!
Keep the party going and share a glass with a neighbor!
I used dish towels in Fall colors as "stuffing" in the basket to keep all of the eats safe from the weight of the wine bottle and to add a little color.
Honestly, this couldn't have been easier to put together - I made it all happen while the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread was baking. And, speaking of the best bread on Earth, I thought it was high time that I finally spilled the beans on my "recipe".
It's super tricky and hard to follow.
Buy a box of pumpkin bread mix and chocolate chips/chunks/pieces
Mix according to box
Add the chocolate pieces right before popping into the oven
Bake according to the box
Cool on wire rack, wrap in wax paper and twine, consider yourself Martha Stewart!
Seriously, this is the best bread ever and it makes a perfect gift.
I added it to my Hallo-WINED basked just before we hit the streets to make the drop off during our nightly family stroll around the block.
p.s. I knew we were leaving the basket on our neighbors front steps and they might not be home so I dropped the bread into a Ziploc. Nobody needs to come home to a Hallo-WINED basket that has been looted by wildlife.
All I can say is that I hope we are now the neighbors that will drop wine on your door step instead of the neighbors that will inadvertently allow their construction crew to cut your power lines.
If you want to be crowned Neighbor Of The Year, keep an eye out for the Robert Mondavi Private Selection "You've Been Hallo-WINED" instant redeemable coupons/mail in rebates that are available from 10/1-11/30. Some bottles also have a You've Been Hallo-WINED tag complete with a Mummy's Mulled Wine recipe on back. Cheers!