Thursday, October 28, 2010

Witches Hats

Lindsay had a Joy School Party today and they made these cute little Witches Hat. It is just an ice cream cone glued (with frosting) to a little piece of construction paper cut into a circle. The inside is filled with cereal, marshmallows, and m&m's.

Bloody Cups

I can't remember where I saw this. It looked kind of fun and they were really easy. I mixed corn syrup on a plate with red food coloring. Then I dipped the top of the cup into the syrup. Then you sit the cup up and let it drip as long as you want it to. Then put it in the freezer to stop the dripping. Spooky!

I also made some kid friendly with plastic cups for the kids.

Carrot Cake Pancakes

We had these for dinner tonight. They were so good. The kids ate a ton! Yummy!

This recipe is from

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Dash nutmeg
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup packed brown or granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups finely grated carrots
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cream Cheese Spread
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 dash ground cinnamon

In a bowl, combine flour, pecans, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and nutmeg.

In a separate bowl, combine egg, brown sugar, milk, carrots, and vanilla; mix well.

Stir carrot mixture into dry ingredients until moistened. Pour batter by 1/4 cupful onto a greased hot griddle. Turn when bubbles form on the top of pancake; flip and cook until golden brown.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Bat Hands

My kids were given a little Halloween activity book last year somewhere. I ended up just throwing it in with all of the decorations last year. This year we found it and today the kids colored a few pictures and we made some cute little bats out of their hands. I also saw that you could use a foot print as the body and use googly eyes on it to make the bat face. I think they turned out pretty cute. We hung them up and the kids are pretty proud of them. Don't you love how Lindsay's bat has a belly button and painted toe nails?

Halloween Chex Mix

8 oz white chocolate baking bars, coarsely chopped (I used white chocolate chips)
4 cups corn chex or rice chex cereal (I used a mixture of both)
2 cups bite size pretzel twists
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup candy corn
1/4 cup orange and black candy decors

In large microwaveable bowl, microwave chopped baking bars uncovered on High for 1-2 minutes stirring often until melted and smooth.

Gently stir in cereal, pretzels, and raisins until evenly coated. Stir in candy and decors.

Spread on wax paper or foil until cooled and chocolate is set. Break into chunks. Store loosely covered.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Layered Crock Pot Dinner

I found this recipe here. We use our crock pot a lot because it is so hot here. We make this all the time and it is really good.

--1 1/1 lbs rib eye steak

--1 T of your favorite seasoning rub

--1 T dried onion flakes (You may also use a small onion)
--2 T Worcestershire sauce

--1/4 cup broth, apple juice, etc.)

--2-4 potatoes

--2-4 ears of fresh corn
--aluminum foil

The Directions.

Put meat in the bottom of the crockpot. Rub with seasoning and onion, and flip over to get the other side. Add liquid and Worcestershire sauce.
Wrap corn and potatoes in tin foil and place on top of the meat. Cook on high for 5-7 hours or on low low for 8 hours in your crock pot.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cute Crayons

I saw this idea here. I thought they would make great favors to put in little bags for Lindsay's birthday party. I also thought it was a great way to get rid of all the little broken pieces of crayon we have all over. I would rather make them into cute little crayons then fish them out of my daughter's nose again. So with my coupon from JoAnn's I bought some silicone mini muffin tins and went to town unwrapping broken crayons. I didn't end up putting them in candy molds like the website did, but I still think they turned out pretty cute. Can't beat, cheap and cute party favors.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ghost Feet

Today we added some feet ghosts to our hand ghosts. They loved this!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ghost Hands

The kids and I made little ghosts out of their hands the other day. They turned out pretty cute. I was going to use black paint on their thumbs to make eyes and a mouth, but my black paint was to watery for some reason. So we used a sharpie instead.

We may try again using their feet. I think they may look more like ghosts.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes

I found this recipe here. We had them for dinner tonight and the kids gobbled them up. I think these would be great for Christmas Breakfast.

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups flour

heaping 1/2 cup old fashioned oats

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

healthy pinch of freshly ground nutmeg (I didn't have nutmeg so I used allspice)

2 cups buttermilk (I used regular milk)

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (I used corn syrup)

4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

½ teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup raisins

oil or cooking spray (for cooking)

Step 1: In a large bowl beat eggs. Add buttermilk, butter , maple syrup and vanilla and mix well. Add flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. Mix well until mostly smooth. Fold in raisins and let batter set for a few minutes.

Step 2: Heat griddle or pan over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of oil to the pan or spray with cooking spray. You can test to see if the pan is hot enough by adding a few drops of water, when the drops start to dance its hot enough.

Step 3: Pour 2 Tablespoons of batter onto the griddle. Cook on the first side until bubbles that form start to pop. You can also gently lift up the pancake to make sure the bottom is not overcooking, if it is the pan may be too hot and you will need to adjust the heat. Flip the pancake over with a spatula and cook until golden brown. Repeat until all the batter is gone. Let cooked pancakes rest on a heat proof plate in a 200 degree F oven until ready to serve.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Low Fat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

    1 box Spice Cake Mix
    1 15 oz can unsweetened pumpkin
    1 C. Mini Semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Spray cookie sheet with Pam. Ina a large bowl, stir cake mix and pumpkin together until blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Use a cookie scoop or spoon to drop tablespoons of dough on cookie sheet. Bake for 12 -14 minutes. Remove to cooling rack after 1 min on sheet.