The start of October brings fallen leaves, crisp air and... the the start of 'Boo'ing' your neighbors, coworkers and/or friends!
If you've never heard of the whole Boo'ing game, it is real simple. You create two gifts (can be any size) and leave a note on them that says 'You've Been Boo'ed". The person that receives the gift has two nights to go out and buy two more gifts to give to two people. They also need to hang the 'You've Been Boo'ed' sign on their front window, in their cubicle or wherever it can be seen... no one wants to be boo'ed twice! When you drop the two gifts off, make sure it includes a 'You've Been Boo'ed' sign and leave them when the person isn't there, so that they try to guess who boo'ed them! It is such a fun game!
A perfect place to shop for 'Boo' gifts is at Target! I found this adorable white pumpkin with a gold stem in their Decor area. They also had a lot of small gift ideas in this section.
Candles and candle holders are also great 'Boo' gift ideas. I found this package of Threshold fall scented taillights in Harvest Cider, Pumpkin Spice, Vanilla Caramel and Fall Festival and added a cute votive holder to go with them.
Putting the gift basket together was a piece of cake. I found this metal tin in Target's dollar spot. Then, I added all of these other little goodies I found in the Target store.
I wanted the basket to be 'pumpkin' themed. I stuffed the bottom of the bucket with a little extra burlap I had around to fill it in. Then, I took a 'Pumpkin' kitchen towel and layered it in the back of the bucket.
I then added the remaining items to the bucket, all which I found at Target:
- Pumpkin Kitchen Towel
- White Pumpkin with Gold Stem
- Fall Scented Tea Lights
- Tea Light Holder
- A Small Plaid Dish in Orange and White
And, don't forget the You've Been Boo'ed sign! I clipped it on with a mini Halloween clothespin that I found in the dollar spot.
And, here is the 'You've Been Boo'ed' sign if you want to borrow it for your own Boo basket!
And, then you are set! A beautiful bucket full of Halloween goodies for a coworker or friend!
But... wouldn't this gift be even better with a dessert included?
I figured since I did a pumpkin-themed basket, I would also do a pumpkin-themed dessert! So, I made mini pumpkin pies! I show them with whipped cream here, but to give as a gift I placed the mini pumpkin pies on the plaid plate (instead of keeping the plate in the basket) and wrapped them in saran wrap. Easy and such an extra special treat to give a friend!
And, did you know you can get all of the ingredients for your recipe at Target, too?! I shopped in the spice aisle and purchased their Market Pantry spices. Market Pantry even sells pumpkin and evaporated milk.
This recipe is easy and anything in a tiny form is just so much cuter and you want to eat it even more! Plus, if you 'Boo' someone at work with this little treat, they can leave it out on their desk to share. You can even include a little note that a can of whipped cream is in the refrigerator.
First you mix the sugar and spices in a small bowl. (I include the entire recipe at the end of this post.) You'll see I used Target's Market Pantry Ground Cinnamon.
Add eggs, stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture and gradually stir in your Market Pantry evaporated milk. Mix up all of these ingredients well.
Roll out some refrigerated pie crust and use a 3" cookie cutter or a glass to cut out your mini pie crusts. Place the crusts in the mini muffin pan and then pour the pumpkin pie mixture to the top of each crust. Bake.
And, you'll have yourself some adorable mini pumpkin pies.
And, you have yourself a nice 'Boo' gift to give someone! Happy October!
Mini Pumpkin Pies
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
2 large eggs
1 15 oz. can 100% pure pumpkin
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
2 refrigerated rolls of pie dough
1. Mix sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
2. Roll out refrigerated pie dough and cut 3" circles for mini pie shells with a cookie cutter or glass. Place them in mini muffin pan.
3. Pour pumpkin pie mixture into mini pie shells. Fill to the top.
4. Bake in preheated 425 F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 F and bake 25-30 minutes (this is 15-20 minutes less than a regular pie). Make sure a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 1 hour. Serve or keep refrigerated (you won't want to leave this set out on someones desk if they are out for the day!).
What favorite items from Target would you include in your Boo basket? Would you try the mini pumpkin pie recipe, or do you have a personal recipe you would try instead?
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