Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Quick Halloween snacks for young children

Young children  like things on the spooky side — but not too spooky.  They still have fun with plays on words and things that are not quite what they seem!   Imagination sells so you can slide in some healthy food with fun names!

Planning a Halloween play date with the preschool set can be really fun. Nothing scary for this age.   I’m a fan of decorations, snacks and games centered around scarecrows, skeletons, spiders, pumpkins and black cats for little ones. Parties should be simple, quick and colorful with the emphasis on the fun activities and games with their friends.

Here’s a few winners from the snack table-

Mummy Dogs

6 precooked  cheesy dogs or hot dogs
1 can crescent dough sheet 

Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.

Unroll crescent dough and press perforated seams together.

Cut the dough into strips lengthwise.

With a paper towel wipe the excess moisture off the dogs. 

Place one end of  dough strip on the end the dog and fold it over to form a cap at the end.

Wrap the dough around, overlapping slightly. Allow the dough to stretch a bit and skip about 1/2 inch at the "head". Tuck the end under.

Place the finished mummy on a silpat or parchment lined cookie sheet. 

Bake for 15-20 minutes until the mummies are golden brown.

 For eyes pipe a little mustard! And there is your CUTENESS!!

Veggie boy is so easy and the kids just love it!! I used green pepper for the ribs, cucumber slices for the spine, carrots and celery for legs and arms, broccoli for hair and the dip bowl for his face with cherry tomatoes for eyes and a carved carrot for mouth.

Simon the Snake is made from pieces of string cheese alternating with cherry tomatoes. He has a cheddar slice tongue and eyes from black olive. Instead of cherry tomatoes, use chunks of ham, mini crackers, carrot or pepper slices or use a fruit theme with raspberries/strawberries and slices of banana.

For this fun lunch or snack, just add sliced olives and a dot of sour cream!

As I wrote in my last blog - Wee Bear and I are off on a holiday this week!! We are flying into Prague, staying a few days, then driving to Nuremburg, where we will board a chartered river cruise, on the Danube, with friends to Budapest!! We are really excited, our first time on a  river cruise! 
I will be posting several Halloween blogs within the next week, in order to give you some terrific ideas for your Halloween parties or Mommy group gathering's! I am then taking a break until I get back from our holiday!!

My beautiful grandchildren! Madison, Olivia and Cooper, taken 2014

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Zombie Caramel Corn and more!

Just about everyone loves 

Caramel Corn and cheesy corn, truffle corn, margarita corn.... I feel like I am always talking about weird popcorn concoctions, but I do like to test many kinds of flavored corn.  I say, no this isn't that great, and then I eat so much that I am sick. And that process will just sort of repeat itself over and over again. But pretty much everyone agrees on caramel corn and it is easy to make!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Quick Halloween Cupcakes!

When the calendar turns to October I get a little excited....or  crazy. I love all new Halloween stuff that hits the stores, costumes, baking stuff and decorations....you name it! I can hardly wait to create some scary, cute and totally festive Halloween treats. There are so many cool things out there and I want to buy it all and start creating!!  And if you've been reading here for any period of time, you  know I consider myself the Temptress of Halloween.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce in the slow cooker!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Easy two ingredient "Pumpkin muffins"!

The other day, I had some unexpected company and needed a quick breakfast muffin. At first I thought I'd run to the local bakery, then I remembered "THE" pumpkin muffins. It had been years since I made them! It was back in the days BEFORE Pinterest and Facebook! Yes, my fellow internet addicts, we did have a way of exchanging recipes back then. Pumpkin muffins have two ingredients. It seems like overkill to do the step by step but, heh, why not!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Stewed Chicken Dijon

When it comes to Fall, I love soups, stews and braising. Fireplace on and the aroma's of my Fall dish drifting throughout my home.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Sweet corn soup

In this Summer or Fall recipe, I pay tribute to peak-season corn at its sweetest!