3 Simple Fall Trunk Show Treats
Rebecca Fillmore is a talented food blogger, Noonday Ambassador, and mom of three. She is passionate about creating delicious, accessible meals that feed the whole family. Today on Flourish, Rebecca shares three of her favorite snacks for a fall Trunk Show or gathering!
In case you don’t remember, in my last post I went on and on about summer. I do love summer so much: the freedom, the SUN, the pool… Every year though, when fall comes around and the trees start transforming into those rich, vibrant colors, I can’t help but be swept away by it. Mums burst open and my eyes just can’t seem to get enough!
The chill in the air creates excuses for me to eat warm comfort foods and curl up with a book. On the other hand, that same chill creates the perfect atmosphere for outdoor yard work where you can be out for hours and not sweat at all. I do have to admit, raking leaves is something I love to do. I also have to admit, that I love the “jeans and a sweater” look! Throw a scarf on and I am SO ready to go! All those cozy layers (and Noonday Collection scarves)!
But let’s get to the real reason I am here, and the reason you are reading this…food. My true passion, no matter what the season! The fun part about food is that each season brings its own unique flavors, produce, and traditions. Every season I feel like I’m meeting up with an old friend. For me, fall is full of apples, cinnamon, squash, pumpkin, zucchini, and caramel. I love to bring these elements into any dinner or gathering I put together during the few months I have to take advantage of “in season” prices (or pick them from my backyard).
So what better place to serve some of those delicious fall treats than at a Noonday Trunk Show? I can’t think of a better way to enjoy these warm flavors than in the company of world changing women! In the Hostess Planner we Ambassador’s share with our Hostesses, it suggests keeping it SIMPLE and serving something sweet, something salty, and something healthy. There are so many options out there! For many people this is the stressful part, and spending 10 minutes “brainstorming” on Pinterest may make things even more overwhelming! So that’s why I’m here, to give you a few recipes and some simple ideas to make your Trunk Show (or any fall gathering) a success—and as stress free as possible. I’ll share just what the planner suggests: something sweet, something salty, and something healthy!
What says fall better than caramel popcorn? It is actually really simple to make, and oh so addicting! I personally like sticky caramel popcorn. For your guests, you can leave it in a bowl to pull apart themselves, you can form it into popcorn balls, or even put it in a greased pan and cut it into squares like you would with rice krispy treats!
The most important thing to remember when you are making caramel popcorn is to make sure you take out any un-popped kernels BEFORE you put the caramel on. I promise, you do not want to be biting down onto a kernel…I know from personal experience. You wouldn’t want any of your guests losing teeth during your Trunk Show!
Sticky Caramel Popcorn
1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar*
2 tablespoons molasses*
1/2 cup corn syrup
Pop the un-popped popcorn kernels in an air popper (this makes about 10-12 cups of popped popcorn). Remove all of the un-popped or partially popped kernels. In a small saucepan on medium high heat melt butter. Add sugar, molasses, and corn syrup when butter in almost all melted. Stir almost constantly until boiling. Remove from heat and let cool for about 30 seconds up to a minute. Pour over popped popcorn and stir until the popcorn is evenly coated with the caramel.
*If you don’t have molasses, replace the white sugar and molasses with one cup of brown sugar
Check out a “How To” video HERE.
Roasted pumpkin seeds are a wonderful nod to fall. My mom used to make these every single fall and now I do the same. My whole family is crazy about them. I make them using the seeds from the pumpkins we carve. We all look forward to munching on them during the weeks between Halloween and Thanksgiving. Yes, you can also buy pumpkin seeds at a grocery store for those of you not interested in getting your hands gooey and gross from scraping the seeds out of the middle of a pumpkin.
These are a great savory, salty finger food to serve at a Trunk Show. It’s something people can come back to again and again. It’s also an easy thing to have out so people can casually munch on them throughout the night. These do take a little of time to roast in the oven, but they are very simple to make.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
2 cups pumpkin seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups water
Bring 4 cups water to a boil. Add seeds and let boil for two minutes. Pour into a strainer and let as much water drip out as possible. Grab the seeds with a towel over your hand to dry them off some. Pour seeds in a measuring cup, add melted butter and Worcestershire sauce, and stir. Pour seeds onto a jelly roll pan (a pan with sides) and sprinkle the salt evenly over top. Bake at 250 degrees for 2 hours, stirring every half hour. Let cool, and eat! Or store in an air tight container.
Apples are a perfect fall food to have around. Add some cinnamon and you’ve got a classic combo on your hands. This snack is beyond simple to make! All you have to do is toss chopped up apples in cinnamon. Really, that’s it. This simple snack is so delicious, simple to serve, and easy to eat! The other great part about this snack is that thanks to the cinnamon, you can’t tell if the apples are turning a little bit brown from being exposed to air while sitting out during your Trunk Show. If you want to kick this snack up a notch, you can set out caramel, peanut butter, or honey to dip the cinnamon apples in.
Apple Cinnamon Snack
1 apple, sliced
¼-½ teaspoon cinnamon (depending on preference of “cinnamon-ness”)
Toss ingredients together. Can serve with peanut butter, caramel, or honey.
There are so many simple and tasty snack ideas out there that are perfect for Trunk Shows. Some of my other favorites are homemade seasoned popcorn, dipped strawberries, and homemade veggie dip. Embrace fall during your Trunk Shows and gatherings over the next couple of months. Have fun, and take the pressure off by keeping it simple! Good luck!
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Meet Rebecca Fillmore
Becca was born and raised in Iowa and is now raising her family there. She is the kind of person that when she puts her mind to something, it gets done, and it usually gets done fast! Getting up and doing something she is passionate about is what brings purpose to her life. So whether it is doing a Trunk Show as a Noonday Ambassador, developing a talent, or adventuring with her husband and three children, she considers it fuel for her life. Becca also LOVES food! Creating a meal and sharing it with others is always an exciting experience for her. She shares this excitement at dinnerforeveryone.com, which features realistic recipes and sincere thoughts.