Friday, October 30, 2009
halloween themed breakfast: on the menu is halloween shaped pancakes with orange sides- orange wedges and orange juice!
on the table will be my child's trick-or-treat pumpkin with his new halloween jammies inside, and a special halloween treat.
for lunch, i will probably make those adorable mummy hotdogs, posted here
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
(chocolate covered marshmallow- body? candy corn- feathers? jelly bean- face? heart shaped sprinkle? pretzel- legs? i just don't know?!)
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
pizza party! dominos is having a customer appreciation week and offering a $6 carry out deal for a Large One Topping Pizza with extra cheese. Add a Free 8-piece order of CinnaStix when you enter code ONLINE at checkout. another deal i noticed this week is that 5 buck pizza is having $2.99 medium pizzas on tuesdays and thursdays. wow!
and lastly, toys-r-us has costumes for as low as $5 on their website, here. they have a lot of cute things. so whether you are a last minute planner and haven't gotten your kids' costumes, or whether you plan in advance and want to plan for next year at a discounted price, toys-r-us has some great costumes. check them out.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
The name of this treat cracks me up. It is almost too cute to eat! Almost... This looks like quite a bit of work, but the end result is just too darling. If you're me, you are looking to take the short cut, and this is what is going through my mind right now- skinny cow makes circular ice cream sandwiches, and then top it with a chocolate covered ice cream cone. Ta-da! That's just me though, go ahead and do it the hard way if you have the time, the patience, and kids pulling at your legs. It's all worth seeing their little faces light up at such at fun, festive treat.
Makes 8 (16 circles, 8 half circles)
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 cup superfine sugar
- 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
- Pinch of salt
- 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
- Mini candy-coated chocolates, for hats
- Green mint-chocolate-chip ice cream
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put egg whites and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix 30 seconds. Mix in flour, cocoa, and salt. Mix in butter, cream, and vanilla; mix 30 seconds.
- Bake cookies: Using plastic lids or heavy card stock, cut out 1 circle (2 3/4 inches in diameter) and 1 half circle (4 1/2 inches long). Using the outlines as stencils, spread dough on a Silpat baking mat with an offset spatula to make 4 circles and 2 half circles. Transfer mat to a baking sheet; bake cookies until starting to set, 6 to 7 minutes.
- Shape cones: Remove half circles with an offset spatula while still hot. With straight sides of cookies facing up, quickly bring edges together to form cones, holding until set. Repeat three more times with remaining dough.
- Make sandwitches: Dip cones in melted chocolate to coat 1/4 inch of rims. Place cones on 8 whole cookies; press 1 candy onto band of each hat. Freeze until set, 10 to 20 minutes. Brush remaining 8 whole cookies on one side with melted chocolate. Freeze until set, 10 to 20 minutes. Cut ice cream using technique described above. Place on coated cookies; top with hats.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Object of Game: Hit the golf ball into a pumpkin.
Carve out a pumpkin. Make the mouth extra large.
Build a cardboard ramp about one to two feet side from the ground to the bottom of the pumpkin's mouth.
You will probably need some support under the cardboard.
Tape the ramp to the floor for stability.
Mark a starting point a few feet from the start of the ramp. The older the kids, the farther away.
Playing the Game:
Each player gets to hit a golf ball three times.
Each time the ball goes into the pumpkin, the player wins a piece of candy.
Object of Game: Knock over the bowling pins. Make a strike or a spare.
Select several small pumpkins about four to six inches in diameter. You need extras in case a few split or break.
Place plastic (children's set) of bowling pins several feet away on the lawn or floor of the room.
A great alternative to bowling pins are plastic liter bottles. Let the kids decorate them with Halloween objects before the game.
Playing the Game:
Measure off several feet.
Give each child two tries to knock down the pins.
A strike is worth two pieces of candy.
A spare is worth one piece of candy.
Object of the game: Roll a small pumpkin across the room and back, only using a broom stick.
1. 2 small pumpkins, gourds can also be used
2. 2 straw brooms
3. 2 chairs (or any object you can place across the room, where they will have to go anround and return.)
Playing the game:
1. Divide your guests into two teams. Line them up, and play the game relay style.
2. First team to finish, wins.
3. Winners receive a treat.
Object of Game: Roll a pumpkin closest to the big pumpkin.
Carve out a large pumpkin.
Buy several miniature or round sugar pumpkins.
Playing the Game:
Place the big, carved out pumpkin several feet away.
Give each player a small pumpkin.
Each player rolls (No tossing or throwing) their pumpkin and tries to be the closest to the big pumpkin.
The player closest wins a prize or piece of candy.
Play as many times as you want. (Or until you run out of prizes.
Object of Game: To toss a ring around a pumpkin.
Carve out a one to three pumpkins.
Buy or make three or four rings about twice as big around as the pumpkins.
If you don't know what to use, try an extra piece of leftover electrical cable and tape together with duct tape. (Scouts use this as a "Reduce, re-use and re-cycle" project)
Playing the Game:
Measure back several feet, depending on age group.
Give the rings to the player.
A piece of candy (or two) is awarded for ringing the pumpkin.
You can award one piece of candy for a partial ring and two if the ring is completely around.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
|6 Rhodes Texas™ Rolls, thawed but still cold |
3-inch square aluminum foil
6 hot dogs
8 currants or small raisins
1 egg, beaten
1 red licorice lace
|How To Make:|
|Roll each roll into a 15-inch snake, leaving one end a little thicker for the head. Using a knife and a toothpick, cut slashes and poke holes to decorate the body of the snake. On larger end of snake poke holes for the nose and slice a 1 1/2-inch opening for the mouth. Crinkle up the aluminum foil and place in mouth to wedge it open during baking. Cut slashes across the tail section to resemble a rattler.|
Wrap snake around a frank and place on a large sprayed baking sheet. Poke deep holes for eyes and press currants into them.
Brush well with egg and let rise for 15 minutes. Bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Place on a cooling rack and carefully remove foil. Poke a 3-inch piece of licorice into the throat. Clip the end to make it look like a forked tongue.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
(ADVICE: in case anybody actually looks at my blog, and is thinking about attempting this, i wanted to give some advice. i spent a few trips to DI and Savers and have found that it is a waste of time, and that even if there is something cute enough their prices are too high. so don't waste your time shopping there. simply click on your local craigslist a few times a day and eventually something will come up.)
i also am a huge fan of the two tone furniture- where you refinish some of the wood and paint the rest. my sister in law jamie found a kitchen table that she loves this way. i don't dare mess up your beautiful table until i am pro at this jam. (all pictures courtesy of Better After)
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
i was thinking that there are certain things that we buy for our kids around the holidays no matter what. right now i am thinking about halloween. most parents buy a trick-or-treating bucket... most buy halloween pajamas (or "jammies" at my house). i was thinking... rather than just hand over these typical things over to the kids, why not make it a fun gift to get them pumped up for the holiday?
imagine how your child would react when they woke up Halloween morning and found a trick-or-treat bucket with some new jammies, and maybe a special treat? how exciting would that be? so go ahead, take the items you were already planning on buying and make it a special thing for the kiddies.