Saturday, October 29, 2011

Jack-O-Fiesta!


We made this fun and easy Jack-O-Latern Quesadilla a few weeks ago for dinner and my boys loved it! It's a great way to get the kids to load up on some black beans.

We used 2 orange veggie tortillas, shredded cheese, black beans, and just a small piece of a spinach tortilla for the stem(you could use avocado or anything really).

We melted some shredded cheese in between the tortillas in the microwave for 1 minute. Heat about a half a cup or more of black beans and add those for the eyes, nose, and mouth. Cut off a piece or a spinach or regular tortilla for the stem.

A Pumpkin Lunch!


This is the last Halloween lunch that we made that was featured in New Jersery Family magazine. Super easy!

Jack o’ lantern Sandwich...

1 slice of dark German wheat bread
2 slices of cheddar cheese (or American)
1 slice of turkey (optional)
2 green grapes

Cut the bread into a circle. Top with turkey and
cheese (you may have to use 2 pieces) to fit
the bread; cut out eyes and a mouth for a pumpkin
face. Place grapes on top for the stem.

Pumpkin Shaped Tortilla Chips...

Preheat oven to 350°. Cut tortillas into pumpkin shapes with pumpkin cookie cutters. Place your pumpkin shapes on a cookie sheet and spray with cooking spray. Flip them over and spray the other side. Bake about 10 minutes, turning after 5 minutes, then sprinkle with kosher salt. My boys love these!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fun Finds Friday!

It's our Fun Finds Friday and we just love posting fun food and crafts that we find during the week! Lots of good stuff this week and it was hard to pick our favorites!

Owl-O-Ween Deviled Eggs...how cute is this!!! Made by Rook No. 17...


Here is a cute Linus Pumpkin for all of you Charlie Brown fans! Made by Maiden Shade...


Check out these Jack-O-Latern Smile Cookies on a stick! Made by Munchkin Munchies...


Ghost Buster Cake Pops...hee hee! I bet you could use chocolate moon pies as well! Made by Pop.o.licious Cake Pops...


Bloody Jelly Doughnut Eyeballs...ewww! My boys would love this! Made by Doll House Bake Shoppe...


This Veggie Turkey would be a fun thing to make on Thanksgiving. Spotted on Craft Gossip and made by Eating With Food Allergies...


I just think this Coffee Filter Wreath is really neat! Made by The Little Brown House...


This is such a cute Halloween Lunch for kids! Made by Another Lunch...


We love this version of Turkey Cupcakes made by Amazing Moms...


Love these Candy Corn Madeleines from Sugar Swings!


I just love owls and especially owls made with food! This is a fun Cheese Owl Appetizer for kids made by Hungry Happenings. It looks pretty simple to make. I wish I could take fanastic pictures like this! I am surprised I can take a picture at all before my boys are snatching their fun food out of my hands!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Owl Pancakes



We made this fun Owl Breakfast awhile back using pancakes, a clementine, whipped cream, and 1 dark grape.

We shaped our pancakes in the pan with our pancake mix into the owl body and wings. We cut around the edges with kitchen scissors to clean it up and placed it on the plate. We used pieces of clemtine for the feet and nose. We sprayed whipped cream on for the eyes and cut 1 dark grape for the pupils.

This is so easy and a fun breakfast to make with the kids!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Spider Man Party with lots of fun Spiderman Fun Food Ideas!


My older son had a birthday this past weekend and wanted a Spider Man party. His birthday falls so close to Halloween so we thought would be fun to make all of the party food look like spiders or Spiderman. I am sure Spiderman is the #1 party for boys, but we still tried to come up with original ideas. I was pressed for time so some things look a bit sloppy, but at least you will get a idea.

I had some left over bags of easter egg marshmallows (with a good date of course) and used them for these Spider Man Pops. I just sprayed them with red color spray and added the web with black edible marker. The eyes are black and white cookie frosting. We put them on a pop and these were a definite hit with the kids!



We made this Spider Cheese Ball that turned out pretty cute! We just made a basic ranch cheese ball and shaped a body and a head. We crushed blue tortilla chips and rolled the cheese balls in that to make it black. We made the eyes with cream cheese and cut off the ends of 1 black olive for the pupils. We were going to do large pretzel legs, but the boys wanted black legs. I just grabbed some black pipe cleaners and used those.





We thought it would be fun to make a Spider Man head using 7 layer dip. I don't think ours ended up being 7 layers, but we made the top of it salsa to make it red. We made the eyes and web with sour cream and outlined the eyes with sliced black olives.


We served it with Spooky Chips that we got at World Market...I just love that store!


We made these mini Spider Web Pizzas using english muffins, sauce, and string cheese....


We made Deviled Eggs with a paprika spider on top. I just cut out a small spider that I printed from the computer and used that as a template for the spider. Quick and easy and they turned out pretty cool!


We made these easy Spider Cookies using store bought devil's food cookies. We just piped on legs onto wax paper. We put the cookie in the middle of the legs and let it dry. I had just a few edible eye balls and used those on some. For the other cookies we just piped on white cookie frosting and used mini chocolate chips for the pupils. I thought those looked better. These would look better if I had more time...I was a bit rushed when making these....


We through in some of these Cracker Spider Snacks for the little ones at the party. This was a quick and last minute thing. Kids always have fun making these!


The birthday boy wanted Peter Parker Punch so his Uncle Brian made him a label...


My son also wanted Spider Man jumping from buildings on his cake and this is the best I could come up with not having a guide of some sort. I made the cake in two jelly roll pans lined with parchment paper. I flipped one onto a dish and frosted it. Flipped the other on top of that. I made the buildings out of rice krispie treats. I made green frosting for the grass and gray for the buildings. I used cookie frosting to make the windows. I broke off pieces of graham crackers and frosted them with black cookie frosting to make the roads. I washed a few hot wheel cars to put on the roads. The webs are white chocolate that I piped onto wax paper. We used one of their Spider Man toys for the top.


Here he is and his cake (that the kids had fun playing with)! They grow way too fast!:(


This was a costume party, but my birthday boy was too hot and took his Spider Man costume off. However...his half Robin half Spider Man baby brother had a good time wearing his mask!


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Monday, October 24, 2011

Black Bean Soup with Toasted Jack-O-Lanterns!



My boys are not fond of any soups. I tried this fun way of getting them to eat black bean soup the other night and it worked! They would have never tried black bean soup if it wasn't for the tortilla shaped pumpkin. Of course I thought of the risk of them just eating the pumpkin tortilla and not taking a bite of soup, but they had to try the soup before they could eat a bite of the tortilla. They ended up loving it and had fun dipping the tortilla in the soup!

We took a veggie orange tortilla and cut a jack-o-latern out of it with a knife and kitchen scissors. Place your bowl on top as a guide. I also had spinach tortillas so we cut a stem out of that. We toasted it just a little.

Here is the recipe I use for black bean soup. I have used this one for years and I think it is by far the best I have tried....

Black Bean Soup

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 pinch black pepper
4 cups vegetable broth
4 (15 ounce) cans black beans
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn
1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

Directions...

1.Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Saute onion, celery, carrots and garlic for 5 minutes. Season with chili powder, cumin, and black pepper; cook for 1 minute. Stir in vegetable broth, 2 cans of beans, and corn. Bring to a boil.

2.Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, process remaining 2 cans beans and tomatoes until smooth. Stir into boiling soup mixture, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 15 minutes.

Pour the soup in a small bowl and place the pumpkin on top.

Give it a try and maybe it will work on your non soup eaters as well!

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Fun Finds Friday!

Another week of fun food and crafts made by so many talented and creative ladies! Here are the things that caught our eye this week....

How cool is this Brain Cake in a jar made by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen!!


We love these Rice Crispie Candy Corn Treats made by The Partiologist...


Not for kids, but these Caramel Apple Bites look so good! Spotted on Pizzazzerie...


Love the faces on these Ghost Jars that light up! Made by Southern Scraps...


How cute are these Not So Spooky Vampire Cookies! Spotted on The Celebration Shoppe and made by Sweet Sugar Belle...


Check out this beautful Candy Corn Cake spotted on Tidy Mom and made by Bird on a Cake...


Here are some fun and really cool cookie puzzles made by A Master Creation...


These Ogre Toes are a fun and easy thing to make for a kids Halloween party. Mady by Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats...


My boys will love making this Soap Slime from Craft Gossip...


Here are easy and super cute Spooky Zombie Cupcakes to make for Halloween! Made by Cute Food For Kids...