Monday, October 31, 2011

Frightfully cute kids, costumes, and food!


Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!  It falls during the perfect time of the year... I get to create awesome costumes for my whole family... The food is delicious and SUPER cute... I love it!

On Friday, we carved our first ever jack-o-lantern!

Jaden managed to pick the HARDEST pumpkin ever!

When we managed to get the top off, she was not impressed with what she saw inside.


I showed her how to scoop out all of the seeds.

Then, she drew a face on the pumpkin for me to cut out.

Taylor found the seeds and guts pretty entertaining!

When we were all done, we put a candle inside and watched him glow!

I blew the candle out and that made J sad...

I made a tasty treat out of the pumpkin seeds!  Here is the recipe I used:

pumpkin seeds
4 T. butter, melted
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground allspice

First, wash the pumpkin seeds.  Next, lay them on a cookie sheet to dry.  You can speed the process up by using a hair dryer or by putting them in a warm oven (120-150°F) and stirring often.  I just let ours sit overnight.  Then, mix all of the ingredients together and spread out onto a cookie sheet.  Finally, bake at 275°F for 20-30 minutes, stirring about every 5 minutes.  They are delish!!

On Saturday, Mike and I went to a costume party with some friends.  He went as an old classic - Waldo! 

I made myself a sushi costume.  Kani, to be exact!  Complete with the ginger, wasabi, and fake grass!


Here was my inspiration picture:

Here, maybe this will help you visualise it:

We had a lot of fun!

On Sunday, the girls got a Halloween surprise from Mike and me.

Then, we made treats to take to daycare!


Aren't they cute?!

They are just sugar cookies, frosted with chocolate frosting.  We used white chocolate covered pretzels for the skeleton body.  Then, I piped the head and body.  To get the eyes and mouth, I dipped a toothpick in black food coloring and poked it into the frosting, moving in a circular motion to create the face.  Jaden requested pink bows... heart sprinkles did the trick!

Then, the girls got all decked out in their fary costumes and we headed to Gramma Karen's for some tricks and treats!

Have you ever seen two people more excited about Junior Mints in your life??

Love it.

To finish the night, I made Mike some deviled eggs to take to work for a Halloween carry-in!

1 dozen hard boiled eggs
½ c. mayo plus a little more
1 tsp. ground mustard
1 tsp. white vinegar
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
sliced black olives
food coloring

Slice eggs in half and scoop out yolks. Mash in a small bowl.
Add mayo to the egg yolks and mix until completely blended.  Add the ground mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper.  Stir well.  To make the eyes green, and green food coloring (a couple drops at a time) until you have the desired color.
With a toothpick, draw the red bloodshot lines on the eggs.
Put the egg yolk mixture into a plastic bag, snip the corner off, and fill each egg half.
Place a sliced olive on each egg and fill the center with a dab of mayo.

Have a Happy Halloween!  Be safe trick-or-treating tonight!

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Cecilia said...

It looks like a very busy and happy halloween for your family!! :)

Jenny said...

omg.....SO CUTE!!! from the pouty face to the the JOY!! wow, you captured it all! LOVE Jaden's jack o' lantern face! Love the cookies....the eggs are over-the-top-creative!! Nice post!!

Lala said...

Oh my god. Your costume!! In the words of my favorite bobble head, Rachael Zoe, "I die."

I spent most of lunch break in the staff room sharing your costume, your eggs, the skeleton cookies.... My colleague favorites agree with me that you are not fully human. Superhero? Robot? Marty Stew undercover? We can't decide. We all do agree that you are fabulous, though.