Thursday, October 31, 2013

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Happy Halloween!! Halloween Party, Spooky Food, & Awesome Costumes!

Yay! Halloween if finally here! It's one of my favorite holidays and we've celebrated it well this year. We hosted parties the last two Saturdays! One for adults and one for kids. There were so many fun food ideas at both parties, so make sure to go through the whole post if you are looking for ideas!


Halloween Spooktacular
aka annual kid party

For the kid party The Princess dressed up as Snow White and D was her prince. I was Tinkerbell.

They were so sweet!

We had about 30 kids and I thought it was going to be insane, but it actually went quite well.






As they arrived they started on their 3D haunted house crafts. I bought them at Oriental Trading and they were so cute. They were a little bit harder for the younger kids, but luckily lots of parents hung out and helped. They all turned out really great!





Every year we do a themed potluck for this party and there were lots of yummy treats! Here are some of my favorites:

Monster Watermelon Fruit Platter

Pumpkin Veggie Platter
 

Broomsticks

Mummy Dogs

Bloody Finger Dogs

Worm Infested Cupcakes


And all I made some blood punch to go with everything.
(one part Hawaiian Punch, one part sprite)

The kids loved all of the yummy snacks!



After we all filled up on spooky snacks it was time for a scary movie. Okay, not too scary! We watched Spooky Buddies. It was an adorable movie and is very family friendly.



The kid party was a blast, but after having 30 kids over I was ready to relax and have some grown up fun.


Halloween Party 
NO KIDS ALLOWED

A friend and I decided to co-host and adult Halloween party this year! It was so much fun to relax and have a fun grown up night.

For this party, I decided to go with a creepier costume. I was a broken doll! Here's my makeup. I think it actually turned out to be pretty cool!

Broken Doll Makeup

There were so many awesome costumes! 
Here were my favorites:

Zombie Dr & Zombie Nurse Costume
Also a full view of my Broken Doll Costume

Plug & Outlet Costumes

Courtney Love & Kurt Cobain

Padme Amidala & Han Solo Cotumes

Then of course D who dressed up as Waldo. He photo bombed many of the photos!

Where's Waldo Costume



There were some really fun foods for this party, too!

Mummy Smokies

Cheese Fingers

Skellington & Worm Cupcakes

It was also my friend's birthday, so I made this cake for her to celebrate.

Halloween Birthday Cake

And my favorite food (kind of) of the night:
Eyeball Jell-O shots!
These were so creepy! I got the recipe on My Science Project.

It was such a fun night!!

Both parties were a blast! I am looking forward to my preschool class party this morning and then this afternoon I will be volunteering for The Princess' class party!

The Princess will be trick or treating with her dad this year, so tonight I will be home passing out candy. I just love seeing all the costumes!

Do you have any fun Halloween traditions?

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday #29: Pumpkins

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Pumpkins!

This year we each got one pumpkin to carve at the pumpkin patch. The princess wanted to do cats, and D went for something more creepy.



Of course she wanted to do it all on her own...


The Princess and her cat pumpkin!
We used pipe cleaner for the whiskers and tail. And construction paper for the ears.

Here they are out on our front porch. I think they turned out really cute! D's is super creepy!


I've noticed that a lot of people have been opting to skip the carving and decorate in other ways. Did you carve pumpkins this year? What designs did you do?

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Pumpkin Bread with White Chocolate Chips

Joy smells like my mom’s pumpkin bread when I come home from school.
My son wrote that for a poem in third grade.  You can safely bet that I've made a lot of loaves of White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread since then!
My favorite time to make Pumpkin Bread is on Sunday evenings. We have a few slices that night for dessert when it's fresh from the oven. And, the best part is that Pumpkin Bread makes the Monday morning madness way more manageable. I know just what everyone wants for breakfast and it's ready to go. 
Oh, and if you think you need "real" chocolate for your pumpkin bread, there's a recipe for that, too. This pumpkin bread recipe makes two loaves, and I usually make a loaf with white chocolate chips and a loaf of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips. The boys always have a slice of each in the morning, because it's too hard to decide which is better. 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 fat-free vanilla pudding snack cups
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups flour (I use 1 1/2 cups whole wheat and 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
Directions
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F.
Step 2: Lightly oil two 4×8 loaf pans. I just dip a paper towel into some vegetable oil and lightly coat my pans. 
Step 3: In a large mixing bowl, add sugar, pumpkin, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and eggs. Gently whisk it all together until ingredients are combined.
Step 4: Stir together flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda in a medium-sized mixing bowl. 
Step 5: Add half of the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and stir until moist. Add the other half of flour mixture and continue to stir until all ingredients are combined and moist. 
Step 6: Fold white chocolate chips into the batter.
Step 7: Pour batter into two loaf pans and bake side-by-side on the middle rack for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Step 8: Cool 10 minutes in pans on a wire rack. Then run a dinner knife around the edges of the loaf, invert pans and remove bread. Flip loaves over and cool completely on a wire rack.
Serve slices warm (microwave for about 15 seconds) then add a little butter, a little cream cheese, a little whip cream or, if you're like me, just gobble it down as it is.

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday #28

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Bauman Farms Pumpkin Patch

One of my favorite things to do around this time of year is visit the local pumpkin patches! Yesterday we went to Bauman Farms in Gervais. It was a bit of a drive, but was so fun and totally worth it!



We went with some good friends and had a blast. Even though it was a weekday, there were so many fun activities.

We started with the slides.
 
Of course us grown ups had to try it, too!!

After that we checked out the swings.
 

There were lots of cute animals to pet and feed. 
 
The dark maze was so creepy!

We ended up having to use cell phone flashlights. I don't know how anyone could get through without one!
 
We took a hayride to the corn maze.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After we finally made it through, it was time to pick out pumpkins.
 
 
 
We had such a fun time! We will have to go back to this one on the weekend to see the other activities they offer!
 
I grew up in Southern Cal and there just wasn't pumpkin patches like this around. Do you live near any awesome pumpkin patches?
 
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