Tag: Halloween

Simple Syrup & a Halloween Lunch

I’m going to tell you a bedtime story.

Today has been a pretty good day. Which is weird, considering the amount of things that were a little “off”. It started well enough. My Bigs and Smalls slept in (passed 7 woo-hoo!), I had dinner cooking in the crock pot by 8 a.m., Bigs went into school without a hitch. Then things started going wonky. My Smalls and I were meeting a friend and her littles at Walmart (because Walmart is better in pairs – strength in numbers, people!). At Walmart, I bought baking supplies for my upcoming bake-off. And since I only had a stroller with me (because…Walmart carts), my bags were flying all over the place. My 4 pound bag of sugar fell out of its Wally bag and landed with a thump on the floor. A nice construction worker, who was walking by, picked it up for me. I didn’t think twice about the incident. My friend and I said our goodbyes. Once in the car, I reached over to get my Smalls a snack, with the sugar bag IN the Wally bag in my hand, and felt some sugar pour, ever so gently, on my lap. I lifted the Wally bag, only to find that, indeed, my 4 pound bag of sugar had opened and the darn Wally bag had a hole in it. My lap and entire front seat (passenger side included) was covered in sugar. We high tailed it to a gas station to use their vacuum. I only had four quarters and a prayer. The machine (only accepting quarters) was $1.50. We went to another station, only to find that it cost $1.25. We drove home, a city away. By that time, my sweaty self had managed to make a simple syrup with all that sugar in my lap. I’m not even stretching the truth at all. I could have made you a Mint Julep if I’d had the mint. Anyways, when we finally arrived at home, I used my husband’s shop vacuum, which spewed whatever was in it all over me. Natch. During my cleaning, I found a quarter. Of course. And once inside, I found that I already had sugar. Soooo….that all happened.

But you know what? Through all that it was still a good day. I was able to laugh at my day, because it WAS quite comical. Life is messy. So was my day. But it was still good. I had more positives than negatives. Dinner was ready. The kids had a good time at Wally World. Bigs had a great day in school. I had great fun with my friend. It was all good. Sometimes, you just have to focus on the good. I have extra sugar now. My truck is cleaner than it was. It still has baby flipflops and a million umbrellas (and probably some sugar granules), but it’s [mostly] clean (on the inside, anyways). And, I went on a very sweaty and messy, but sweet, adventure. Isn’t that life? One big, (sweaty, for me) messy adventure?

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This picture doesn’t even do the amount of sugar justice. It was bad all over the place.

It’s aiight. I’m a big girl and I managed. Tomorrow’s a new day!

Here is my Bigs’ lunch for tomorrow:

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He’s got a ham, cheese, and mayo sandwich, pretzels, golden raisins, pineapples and green grapes, and for dessert, pitted dates (or cockroaches, if you want to go that route), and orange and black chocolate covered sunflower seeds.

Here’s to another great day tomorrow, but maybe with a little less adventure? 😉

Blessings!

Kristin

Halloween School Lunch

Halloween is almost here! What are your little ones going to be? We are not doing anything scary. We don’t do scary in our house. We like cute and coooool. I love doing fun lunches for my Bigs (and Smalls!) this time of year. I feel like the holiday season gets my creativity flowing more than usual (the usual being about as as flowy as molasses).

Here is tomorrow’s lunch I packed for my Bigs:

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I warmed up some frozen pizza rolls I made a month or so ago (he’ll eat them cold). I also packed seasoned corn, green grapes (or googly eyes, if you’re creative!), granola, black and orange chocolate covered sunflower seeds (found at Ross), a ghost banana (sharpie!), and a ghost cookie for dessert (pre-fab from Aldi, baked at home).

Boo! 🙂

Have a blessed day!

Kristin

 

Chocolates, malts and caramels, oh my!

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Happy Halloween!

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So, here it is…the last day of Halloween lunches. I am excited to move on to the next holiday, because that means new and exciting times with my family.  The only thing that makes me sad is that this will be the last (as will always be the case, I suppose!) Halloween where my two special boys will be this small, and their level of discovery about this holiday so new.  🙁 It just serves as a reminder to relish every single second with them. Today, I made a Halloween lunch for Bigs. He is SO excited about this holiday. It’s the first time he “gets it”. I hope these lunches I do for him help keep him excited…just about life in general! He sure makes my life exciting! And wonderful. And full. And fulfilled.

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Today’s lunch is a “scaredy” cat shaped PB&J, with crusts underneath (waste not, want not!!), pretzel sticks, a gummy worm for dessert, mandarin oranges (I gently washed off the juice they were packaged in), grapes and the little yellow container has alphabet noodles with corn in it.

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Wouldn’t it be fun to go to a party like this?

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Hoping you all have a not-so-spooky (unless that’s what you like, we don’t “do” too much spooky), fun-filled, sweet Halloween!

I’m hoping to find that Great Pumpkin.

Enjoy your kids’ candy (I will be),

Kristin

A cake with CAT-titude

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I am not a cat person. Not in any way, shape or form. They scare me. I think they can be cute, but holding them and letting their nails or teeth touch me sort of freaks me out. They know stuff. They just look at you and know stuff. It’s weird. We are a dog-loving family. Anyways, I don’t want the real deal in my house, but I don’t mind having this Kitty Litter Cake! It’s a CAT-astrophe of a cake, but it’s hilarious. And disgusting. I’ve made it more than once and it went over….you know, about as well as you can expect a cake that is basically a potty for cats can go over. I made this for my brother’s birthday a few years back and am sharing this with you today (his birthday!!) to pay homage to him and to Halloween (wouldn’t this be perfect for a Halloween party?)! This is almost too disgusting to have on my blog. And I’m the mother of two sweet little boys…and everyone knows boys are gross. But this? This is almost too grody. If you DO make it, I hope it goes over as grossly as mine did.

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Here is the recipe I have used:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/kitty-litter-cake/

Have a paw-sitive day (lol),

Kristin

Halloween & Fall Time Food Roundup

Here are some fun Halloween and fall time meal and snack ideas I’ve done for Bigs in school and for us, as a family, at home. I hope you enjoy! (And you’ll have to excuse the quality and design of some of these photos – some are older and I was just learning!)

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Ghost Themed Lunch: A ghost shaped PB&J, I used candy eyes and Food Writers for the mouth, seasoned corn, grapes, pretzel sticks, a tiny little marshmallow ghost and a ghost banana for snack.

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Pumpkin Themed Lunch: A pumpkin shaped PB&J, pretzels, Autumn mix (peanuts, golden raisins, candy corn), pumpkin shaped pear slices, a squeezy fruit and a bag (with pumpkin stickers) of carrots, PB for dipping and a cheese stick for snack.

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Spooky Themed Lunch: A Bat and moon shaped PB&J, two carrot mini muffins, Autumn mix, two pumpkin yogurt pretzels, corn and a squeezy fruit.

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Fall Themed Lunch: A pumpkin shaped PB & pumpkin butter on a pumpkin waffle, grapes and bananas, Autumn mix and one pumpkin yogurt pretzel.

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Harvest Themed Lunch: A PB&J jack ‘o’ lantern (cutouts filled with orange sprinkles), corn, homemade applesauce and two carrot mini muffins.

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Squirrel Themed Lunch: A squirrel shaped PB&J, crusts parading as tree branches, seasoned corn, pretzel sticks and an acorn for dessert, made using a vanilla wafer, chocolate chip and a Hershey’s kiss.

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A fun, festive snack made with toast shaped like a ghost and candy corn and spread with tinted cream cheese.

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Up close! I used decorator’s icing for the details.

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A spooky and disgusting-looking snack that grossed me out even making it: “Bandaids” made with graham crackers, cream cheese and decorator’s icing,  a ghost string cheese and a witch’s finger (string cheese, almond slice).

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And after dinner dessert for the family: spiders made from Rolos, black licorice and decorator’s icing, Autumn mallow candies.

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Hot dog mummies! These were a cinch to make and were probably my favorite! All you do is wrap crescent rolls (stretched out) around a cooked hot dog and bake. The spider web sauce is simply ketchup and mustard. These were a hit!

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Another after dinner dessert made from a simple meringue that I tinted and layered and decorated.

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Jack ‘o’ lantern cheeseburgers for dinner! It was very simple to cut the cheese (tee hee) and these were easy to make. This was also a hit!

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Jack ‘o’ lantern stuffed peppers! Delicious and so cute!

Have a festive day,

Kristin

Thanks be to God!

I have become a monster. Not the googly one-eyed, slime-slinging sort or the ever-popular Cookie sort (who can’t be all bad because he likes cookies so much), but the Yelling-Mommy sort, which is much worse. My first instinct upon seeing red-zone-bad behavior from my older son is to yell…even though we, as a family, have established our home as a No Yelling Zone. I broke the rules. How can I expect Bigs to effectively work through his emotions without yelling, when he sees me do it? It’s been a rough year, with him turning 3 and existing in that perpetual limbo of listening to us and doing what he wants. It’s hard. Some days I feel like he should be more thankful for the things I do for him. Like yesterday. I took him and Smalls to a local church’s pumpkin patch, at which he threw a tantrum. At a pumpkin patch (one of THE happiest places)…at a CHURCH. For crying out loud (literally…that’s what he did…very loudly). I stuck it out. Ride or die (and die a little inside, I did). But, I need to remind myself that he is 3. I expect too much from him. And, oppositely, he far exceeds my expectations of what a wonderful child should be.

Later, in looking through the pictures I took of my boys at the patch, I ran across one that stood out. It served as a reminder to me that there is a bigger picture. My son will not act like this forever. He will grow out of it. It is his age, and everything that comes with being 3, that is making things difficult. Not directly him. He and Smalls are my blessings. And I am so thankful for them. I need to remember the bigger picture when dealing with the tantrums. Thanks be to God for these little blessings!

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Oh! And also, today I made a Halloween themed lunch for Bigs for school. Ghost themed, to be more specific! OooooOooh! He said it was so fun and that everything was “ghosty” and “looked at him”! Made my day! It was a ghost-shaped PB&J (I used googly eyes and Food Writers), pretzel sticks, seasoned corn, grapes and a teeny marshmallow ghost (Food Writers) for dessert. And the ghost banana was for snack.

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Have a thankful day and remember the big picture,

Kristin