We did however, get a dose of spook while visiting the famous Stanley Hotel in Estes, Colorado, just 45 minutes from our house. "The Stanley" is quite a historical landmark, both outside (and inside). Just walking around either on the grounds or in their haunting halls, can give you the chills. We treated my brother-in-law and his friend to a first class tour there.
They recently made some incredibly beautiful improvements to the grounds, including a new reflective pond and maze (just like in the movie, "The Shining").
Our self-guided tour was glorious. The sun was perfectly shining on the porch and we sat and enjoyed their garden sofas and a glass of wine with all the other tourists. Afterwards, we treated ourselves to a picnic on one of their breathtaking lawn areas...the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
If you're also doing away with the Halloween candy this year but are looking for a treat and no tricks, this little one is awesome. I took my Grandma's Layered Pudding and morphed it with my daughters' favorite S'mores. These were great for just wanting a little taste of sweet without having a full pan of calories haunting me every night!!
Shortbread S'mores Cups
1 cup flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup (plus 1 cup) powdered sugar, divided
1 (8 ounce) block of cream cheese, room temperature
1 9 ounce container of Cool Whip
1 small package instant chocolate fudge pudding
1 small package instant white chocolate pudding
3 cups cold milk, divided
Mix flour, butter, salt and 1/4 cup powdered sugar well and pat out in a 9" x 13" pan. Bake in 325 degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
While shortbread is baking, mix cream cheese, Cool Whip and 1 cup powdered sugar. Whisk/beat until well blended. Set in refrigerator for one hour.
In a separate bowl, mix chocolate fudge pudding and 1-1/2 cup milk. Whip well with electric mixer and set in refrigerator for one hour. Do same process in separate bowl with the white chocolate pudding, and also set in refrigerator for one hour.
When ready to serve, remove cooled shortbread from pan and crumble. Add a layer of the shortbread crumbles in a short triffle cup. Add a spoonful of the cream cheese/Cool Whip mixture. Then, add a small layer of chocolate fudge pudding and a layer of white chocolate pudding.
Toast your marshmallows in fire or on a gas cooktop flame (carefully). Add toasted marshmallows to top of pudding....and enjoy some ooey, gooey sweetness!!
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