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Halloween Treats for Kids and Kids at Heart

Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. The weather is a little cooler, pumpkins and apples are everywhere, and you get to be creative thinking of fun things to dress up as or make. Even though I do not have kids of my own, I still like to get into the Halloween spirit. Mr. Teacher and I decorate our house, make Halloween themed food, pass out candy to the neighborhood kiddos, and come up with fun treats for my 4th grade class.


This year I wanted to come up with something for my class that wasn’t super spooky. Some of students are fearing Halloween,, but I didn’t want to not make them something a little special. I found these super cute Campfire Pumpkin Marshmallows at Publix, along with some Pumpkin Spice Cheerios, and Brach’s Autumn Mix Candy Corn. I decided to make treat bags for my class using these cute wax paper bags. I printed out address labels to seal the bags shut. These treat bags didn’t cost a lot or take a lot of time to make, but my students will love these when I pass them out on Wednesday. You could also make these super cute bags to give out before Thanksgiving!

 

 

Last weekend while shopping at Publix, I happened to walk past the cheese isle and discover these two Halloween themed cheeses. I instantly decided to purchase them to make a Halloween Harvest Cheese Board for us to much on while we passed out candy. I wandered around the store looking for inspiration. I thought we would need lots of garlic flavored items to keep the vampires away and the blood red beet chips would pop next to the Frankenstein cheese (It’s really a basil infused Gouda.). I knew I had other items at home I could use to round out the cheese board, so I went home to create my master piece.

Along with the items I had purchased from Publix, I added pumpkin seeds, sun-dried tomatoes, Siracha Spiced Emerald Cashews, Lindsey’s Natural Green Olives, baby carrots, dried cranberries, and sliced apples. Pepperoni or salami would have been great on here too! I highly recommend the basil Gouda on the Fire Roasted Triscut. The beet chips were also amazing dipped into spicy Arla Cream Cheese. The Transylvania Cave cheese was super yummy with the Garlic Triscuts and the apples. I think it turned out pretty cute! Of course you add in some plastic spiders and cobwebs or even googly eyes to make it more spooky. I also think you could use this same idea for a Thanksgiving Appetizer because this cheese board was very tasty. I just wouldn’t say it was Frankenstein Cheese.

Some other ideas you might want to check out for this week are Demon Eggs with Avocado & Beets and Halloween Cheesy Monster Eyeballs. 

 

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Five on Friday Week 12

This gorgeous leaf picture was taken in the UP of Michigan by my friend Bobbie Blackburn.

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Welcome to Five on Friday Week 12! 

  1. Oktoberfest-We had a wonderful time at Oktoberfest in Cape Coral with our friends. We drank super delicious giant beers, pigged out on schnitzel, brats, sauerkraut, and potato pancakes with apple sauce. We also got black forest cake, apple strudel, and this fluffy almost marshmallow dessert too. We sang toasts,danced the Chicken Dance at our table, and tried miserably to say the name of the beer correctly-schofferhofer. It was a super fun and much needed day!

    Heather and I -PROST!

    Brats with spicy mustard and sauerkraut, giant potato pancakes with apple sauce, and pork schnitzel sandwich on rye bread with mushroom gravy, more sauerkraut, and German potato salad.

    Our dessert. Sorry, I ate the cherry from on top of the cake before the picture was taken. OOPS!

  2. Coffee-So anyone who reads this or knows me, knows that I LOVE coffee. It’s not just for the need of caffeine, it’s the smell and flavor. I love an ice cold coffee with coconut milk. I am totally addicted to Starbucks frappuccinos made with almond milk and cinnamon powder or just coconut milk. Mr. Teacher calls them my coffee shakes and I can drink a venti in about 2 minutes flat. SO GOOD! But now that the weather is cooler I am back to wanting my hot coffee again made in fancy French press that Mr. Teacher got me a few years ago for my birthday.   Well Mr. Teacher found this awesome small craft coffee roasting company called S&W Craft Roasting. Their coffee is AMAZING! They focus on single origin coffees. They’re super polite and helpful. Their website gives you information about the several kinds of coffee they offer. They have a sampler pack that you can try too. I have yet to try a coffee I didn’t like! The company was so kind and generous, that when I received my order this week, they had sent me a few extra kinds to try! I was so excited to get this yummy smelling box in the mail! This week I have been drinking Costa Rica Finca San Luis Black Honey and I absolutely can’t wait to try the rest.

    Look at all this amazing coffee!

    They even wrote me a nice note!

  3. Cooler Weather-Well it finally happened in Florida, it officially feels like fall! This morning it was actually chilly out. I got to wear a super cute long sleeved dress, my favorite burnt orange fringed cardigan, and my cowboy boots. I know I should’ve take a picture, but today was a bit crazy. I might even have to wear a hoodie tomorrow morning because it will only be 66 out. YEA!
  4. Halloween Party-I am really excited that we get to go to a Halloween Party on Saturday night. I can’t wait to play games, see everyone costumes, and hang out with our friends again. We are bringing Demon Eggs to the party. You can find the recipe here. It should be a spooktakular evening! I will post pictures of our costume next week.  
  5. Baked Apple Cider Donuts-Well I said I was going to post the recipe and I like to keep my promises. These donuts are YUMMY! I just bought more cider at Publix too so I can make us another batch. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

 


 

 


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Halloween Recipes for Kids and Kids at Heart

I love Halloween! I think it is so fun to get dressed up in costumes, attend parties, watch shows about haunted locations, and make creepy, but tasty food.  I don’t always love all of the candy. I would rather have something savory. Below are a few of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them too!

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These amazing, creepy, and cool spider web pictures were taken by a friend from high school, Bobbie Blackburn, in the UP of Michigan.

Halloween Cheesy Monster Eyeballs. These delicious meatballs can be thrown together quickly. They are a great appetizer or can be served over pasta for a meal after trick or treating. 

 

Demon Eggs make the perfect party appetizer. They are dyed with beet juice and are filled with heart healthy avocado! It’s scary how good they are! 

 

Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers are cheesy and yummy! You can easily cut out a little face and make the orange pepper look like a jack-o-lantern. They are boolishious! 

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Five on Friday Week 10

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Welcome to Five on Friday Week 10! 

1-3      Well the Hurricane Drive is over. I have been in distribution and clean up mode all week. We have helped so many in need! It was so amazing to see the faces of the people when they were told to just pick and take whatever they wanted or needed. The animal shelter and homeless shelter were also incredibly grateful!                                                                                                                                    I couldn’t get an exact count of all the items because I lost count when we got in the hundreds of each thing donated. Here are the estimated numbers: After helping numerous children and their families at school who took carloads of clothing, household supplies, bedding,strollers and more, we still donated 75 fifty gallon bags of clothes and shoes to the local homeless shelter. We donated 10 bags of bedding including sheets, comforters, and blankets to the homeless and Puerto Rico.  We donated about 1,000 lbs of dog food, cat food, cat litter, puppy pads, and dog bones to the Buckingham Animal Shelter. We collected 20 boxes of kids toys, 3 chairs, 3 car seats, 15 boxes of food, and 4 cases of water that will go to the Salvation Army. We collected dozens of packages of toilet paper, paper towel, diapers, feminine products, shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes to be sent to Puerto Rico.   A set of bunk beds and a twin bed was also donated to kids in need at our school along with gift cards so they could purchase something new and needed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you to my wonderful sister who runs the Gulf Coast Town Center Starbucks and who is sending these items to Puerto Rico for us. Thank you to my awesome neighbors who are in the process of dropping off the donations to the homeless shelter.  Thank you Sheri for calling all of the people in need and getting them to come to the school. Thank you Janet for dropping the pet supplies off at the shelter and picking up furniture with me after school. Thank you to my co-workers who have helped get stuff to the stage, collected items, encouraged others to help, and who have put up with me running on very little sleep. Thank you to my students for getting your families involved, for helping to get stuff organized in the morning before school started and while attending the after school program. Thank you Ms. S and Ms. Torres for letting me take over the stage the last few weeks. Thank you to the janitors for helping to set up tables and carry heavy items.  Thank you to Mr. Teacher for putting up with take-out food, me being over tired, and a slightly messy house over the past two weeks. Thank you to everyone who donated time, money to purchase gift cards and items, or items. Words can not express how much you are appreciated!!!!!  If I have forgotten anyone I am truly sorry, it was not done intentionally!!!!

This is me with my wonderful class and a few amazing co-workers along with the stage full of donations. Sadly not everyone could make it to the picture.

Please ignore my messy counter! OOPS!

These turned out great! They were also really easy. You’re going to love them!

4. Some gracious person donated 3 huge boxes of peppers to the food drive portion of my hurricane drive. I put them on the stage and asked everyone if they wanted peppers. Apparently many people are not huge fans of bell peppers. When none were taken by the needy families, I begged the janitors at school to take some, and I also convinced my dear friend Sheri to take a few too. It was Friday night at 5:30 and I still had about 50 peppers that I didn’t want to rot, so I decided I had better take them home and put them to good use. So Saturday I washed and prepped the peppers. I ended up with a gallon bag full of sliced and 3 bags of hollowed out ones to put in the freezer for later, I kept out a container of sliced for Mr. Teacher and I to eat this week. I also decided it was the perfect time to perfect my Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers which I did using the orange peppers to give them a Halloween touch. Here is what they looked like. I will post the recipe next week. 

5. Today is Friday. I am so happy that I can sleep in past 6 tomorrow! I am so happy that it’s Happy Cart Day at work and we get lots of coffee! I am so happy that I have the weekend to get caught up on housework, report cards, and sleep! 


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