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Halloween Treats

Halloween is favourite holiday around our house- as soon as one is done our daughter is thinking up a costume for the next year – this year she is going to go as the wicked queen from Once upon a time.  Can’t wait to see her all dressed up!
Along with dressing up she loves all the wonderful Halloween treats that go along with it.  One of My best go to places for great desserts any time of the year is Kraft Canada [well for pretty much anything] their website is filled with so many great tips and information.
The Kraft Canada website even has a page specifically dedicated to Halloween, it is full of amazing recipes, party ideas, decorations  and tips for a great Halloween party! They also have some great stencils that we can use on our pumpkin.

Halloween pumpkin stencils
After  they go out trick or treating, the kids will be coming back for some Halloween treats at our house. I took   a quick look at the site and I found some great snacks for them to have when they come back with loaded bags.  This is a Mummy cookie balls recipe I found that looks great and will be a hit with the kids. It is also one that I can easily make gluten free, so my daughter can enjoy along with her friends.

There are also some great games available  on the site that they can play! I think this will be a fun one:
Mummy Wrap:
Divide kids into teams of 3 (1 mummy, 1 wrapper, 1 un-wrapper). Each team gets 1 extra-large roll of toilet paper. This is a timed event, so instruct the kids that on your signal, one team member must wrap the “mummy” in toilet paper. When the roll is complete (and the mummy is mostly covered) the 2nd team member unwraps the mummy (no tearing the toilet paper, it has to be unrolled). The first team to finish, wins. This is a great activity, especially when you play it to fast-paced Halloween music.

Whatever it is that the kids have or play afterwards, make sure that they are safe when they are going out; have some reflective tape on their clothing [I get the glow in the dark neon bracelets and necklaces for them to wear  that way they also have  bit of a light source] and make sure there is a group of them going out together [teens don’t like you going with them] as well as making sure that they are carrying a cell phone to call if they need picking up or feel threatened in any way.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!  :)

 

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Wordless Wednesday . . . Squirrel Edition

Fruit, Wordless Wednesday - Jennifer - October 12, 2011

What happens when we get our pumpkins too early.

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Quickest, Easiest, Kid-Friendliest Dessert EVER!

Desserts, Recipes - Jennifer - January 4, 2011

I know it’s not really cooking, but I love a quick dessert that basically entails dumping a bunch of ingredients together, mixing and refrigerating.  It’s especially handy to have something you can whip together quickly for those spur-of-the-moment invitations that crop up from time to time.  Here’s my winter stand-by:

PUMPKIN MOUSSE

1 lg. can of pureed pumpkin (NOT pie filling)
1 sm. package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 sm. tub of Cool Whip
Cinnamon (start with 1 tsp. and add to taste)

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate. Serve with graham crackers or other small cookies for dipping.  We’ve been using Honey Maid Spongebobs and chocolate Mini Teddy Grahams for kid appeal.  And believe me, they belly up to the bowl when Spongebob can go diving into the Pumpkin Mousse!

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Autum Treat

EZ Baking, Recipes - Kayla - September 16, 2009

Fall is in the air and that means I am aching to spend more time in the kitchen. Something about a windy chilly fall day gives me permission to retreat to the house for some baking or canning.

One of my favorite recipes to make & share in early fall is pumpkin butter. This thick inviting butter is like pumpkin pie in a jar!I make a batch & take it to my neighbors each year to signify that fall has arrived and it’s time to go inside, get cozy, & let the aroma of fall fill your kitchens and warm your tummies.

Oh did I mention that this is super easy to make & EVERYONE loves it?

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine pumpkin, apple juice, spices, and sugar in a large saucepan; stir well. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes or until thickened. Stir frequently.
  2. Transfer to sterile containers and chill in the refrigerator until serving, water bath can like a regular butter such as apple butter, or freeze in a freezer jam container. The cool thing is that this is a super versitile recepie so you can store it according to your skill level & your time! Make it quick & stick it in the fridge or doll it up for a gift :)

 

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