Friday, October 31, 2014

Healthy Halloween Treat

 Wyatt and I were in charge of bringing a heathy snack to his Halloween party at school.  We thought this fruit pumpkin would be fun.
Can you tell it's a fruit pumpkin? I wasn't so sure but the kids liked it anyway.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

If the broom fits...

 After bringing some of these home from a party this weekend, Lucy decided she really wanted to take these to her preschool Halloween party today.  I was happy to not have to cook anything.
Here is a picture from the party I attended.  You can see the hats and brooms. She also served mummy dogs, ghost bananas, orange pumpkins, cupcakes, and guacamole coming out of a jack o' lantern's mouth.  What a fun spread!
 Here are the witch brooms and they are super easy to make.  We used long pretzel sticks (thanks Courtney) that were found at Big Lots and mini Reese's.
 I took a sharp knife to create a small hole in the Reeses and then dipped the end of my pretzel into melted milk chocolate and gently put it through the Reese's about halfway.  Be careful not to go to deep. *I think I gave up with the knife about halfway through and was just really careful putting the pretzel through.  I broke some pretzels but it was worth it.
 Witch hats-fudge striped cookies, Hershey's kisses and orange frosting.
 I attached the kiss to the cookie using melted milk chocolate or almond bark. I piped on the brim and buckle or bow using orange frosting.  Easy peasy!

 This is how we took them to her party.
Here's my cute little witch eating her witch treats.  Yummy! Love this happy witch!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween Birthday Party

 I wish I could take credit for something at this fun party but I can't.  This was a birthday party for Wyatt's school buddy Diego.  Now these people know how to throw a party.  I wanted to post about this because I have been wanting to throw a Halloween party for my kids and I swear I will do it every year.  Now I have some fun ideas for when I actually do it.
 I love the cute skeleton theme she did.  She got most of this stuff from Target.
 Chex Mix with a skeleton hanging out in it.  So fun!
 I LOVED this cute drink idea.  Nerds, Sprite and paper straws with a peep on them. This would be fun with Pop Rock candy too!
 I want to remember this cookie idea for next year.  They used a Gingerbread cutter and decorated him as a skeleton.
 They played really fun games like this pin the nose on the skeleton.
And had a huge piƱata. They also did a costume contest, had a bouncy house, played the donut on a string game where the kids had to try and eat the donut hanging from a string without touching it, and a game where they tossed a ping pong into the witches caldron.  Super fun party and the catered food was amazing!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Carnival Cupcakes

 Ethan's class was in charge of the cupcake walk again for the school Halloween Carnival.  How do we get so lucky every year!  Ethan and I searched the internet again looking for easy but fun ideas.  Here's what we came up with...
 Bloody knife cupcakes.  We found these knifes at Wal-Mart so it was super easy.  We used this recipe for the blood. We cut the recipe in half.
 These were the favorite of all the boys.  Why do they love blood so much!

 Jack Skellington- another super easy cupcake.  The thing that is so great about these is they don't have to be perfect.
 Monster cupcakes- we love doing these every year. We used different tips to create different fur. We used dum-dums, peach rings, edible eyes, and gummy lifesavers for the eyes.

We even tried to add eyelashes to a dum-dum. Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Halloween cookies

 So I realize my Halloween cookies look the same every year but I still love to post them for the memories. My kids and I did these again for our "You've been Boo'd" treat. We love this new tradition. Ethan was a huge help this year. He did all the spider webs, the skeleton eyes and the bloody bones. I love that he likes to help me!
 This gingerbread turned mummy is a new cookie this year.
 Here are some of the boxes we found to put our cookies in.  These were much more fun than a plate but we had to wait for the cookies to really dry before we could stack them in here.
 I found the 2 middle boxes at Dollar Tree.  They came in packs of 2. I am loving that store more and more.

This is how Wyatt and Lucy love to decorate their cookies!  =) I wonder where they get their love of candy from.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

"Little Man" baby shower

"Oh BOY...A little man is on his way... We Mustache you to join us for a shower before the big day!"  
 Thank you Sara and Leah for letting me help with this shower.  I loved the theme and colors!  These are the mustache cookies I made.
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup butter (creamed)
1 cup sour cream
Combine & beat until creamy. Add 6 1/2 cups flour and 2 tsp. baking soda, and 1 tsp. salt. Mix well. Roll out on floured counter 1/2 inch thick. Or place between sheets of parchment paper roll out, freeze for 20 minutes, then cut shapes out and put on cookie sheet. (This method will keep you from having to use so much flour which makes your cookies taste like flour :)   Bake for 10 min. @ 350.
Cream cheese frosting:
1 8 oz cream cheese softened
1 stick butter softened
1 tsp. vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar

 Love the bunting banners that Sara made!  Her sewing talent amazes me.

Leah did these cute drinking jars with the straws and mustaches. Love them!
So fun! Sara made drinking these look so cute so I had to take a pic with her.
 I really loved this idea of putting drinks in these cute jars. Thanks Leah!
 The shower was in the mid morning so we had brunch food which is amazing and delicious, right? Sara made these yummy yogurt parfaits with homemade granola (on the bottom) and sliced fruit to add to the top (the bananas aren't pictured here but were yummy too.)
 Banana muffins, Pumpkin muffins, cinnamon rolls, and they had a quiche and breakfast casserole too!
 I made these for a take home treat.  They were fun to do.  I found the mustache sucker mold at Hobby Lobby.  I used orange candy melts and almond bark for the white and blue (added a few drops of Americolor to the bark.)
 We decided to fill the jars with rice rather than buy more candy which can get expensive.  I remembered my dear friend Alicia Cutts coloring her rice to make a fun project for the kids.  She was right it really was easy to do.  All you need is 1 Tbsp. of vinegar (or rubbing alcohol,) 1 cup of rice and food coloring(depending on how dark you want it. I used a couple drops of Americolor per batch.)  Mix in a ziplock baggie and spread on a cookie sheet to dry overnight. The smell of vinegar goes away once it's dry. I made about 10 cups to fill all 3 of thing giant jars. I had fun making fun designs with the rice.
 This rice design turned out a little crazy thanks to the help of my 3 year old.  It was so fun for my kids to do.  I need to remember this for future boredom days!
 I cut out the bow ties with my circuit and glued them to ribbon wrapped around the jar which you can't really see.

My kids loved sampling these for me! Love them to pieces!
 This is one of the cutest things I've seen done at a baby shower! If you don't love playing games at a shower then this is perfect for you.  Thanks Amanda for the idea! So she had us write words of encouragement/silly things on a diaper so when our mom to be is up at 2 am changing her baby she will have a special note from us.  Super cute, right?
Here's the poem she used.  I think she got it off Pinterest.