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25 Halloween Costumes w/Your LBD

The easiest way to create a last-minute or inexpensive Halloween costume is to start with things you already have. I do it every year, because I get so frustrated with how expensive yet poorly-made most Halloween costumes are. I'd rather use what is already in my closet, or spend a little extra on accessories or a new dress that I can wear anytime of the year. A little black dress is the easiest way to use what you have to create a Halloween costume with a few inexpensive accessories and other accessories you probably already have in your closet.Pictured Above: Halloween Black Mesh Dress


1. Black Cat - This is the easiest way to use your little black dress on Halloween. I know it's pretty much the most generic costume in history, but for good reason - it's just so easy and affordable. It's the perfect last-minute costume for women, because you could really use any black outfit even if you don't have a little black dress. Pair it with your black flats or heels and a…

Garlic and Herb Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes


If my Italian ancestors could rise from the grave and improve on American mashed potatoes, I'm quite certain they'd come up with something like this. With lactose-intolerant munchkins, I can't drown my potatoes in butter and cream. I've tried over the years to substitute with lactose-free milk and garlic, though I've never had a ton of success. The potatoes always turn out good but never great, and I refuse to make some healthy pureed cauliflower version. This year I decided to use more herbs, more fresh garlic, and a ton of olive oil. It was so worth it. These herb and olive oil mashed potatoes earned a lifetime place at my holiday table!

INGREDIENTS
*serves for a holiday dinner - for a small family dinner, you could cut the recipe down
  • two 40oz bags of Honey Golden Potatoes
  • 1/4 cup or 6-8 cloves fresh garlic finely minced
  • fresh herbs 1-2 bunches approximately 1/2 cup (I used parsley and sage)
  • 1 cup lactose-free milk
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt to taste

Two important things: Use the golden potatoes! And if you don't have a ricer or mixer, slice them into very small pieces. I would suggest this either way. I find that using the golden ones and cooking them down slowly makes for a more thick and creamy result, which totally makes up for the lack of cream and butter.

Boil until fork tender then mash the potatoes, add the other ingredients and stir. Enjoy!:)



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