Here are a couple of quick and fun Halloween ideas that I love, but unfortunately can’t really take credit for. The first came from school, the second was from a bake sale. Oh well, have fun with them anyway!
Ghostly Foot Prints:
Boney Witch Hands:
(These are just plastic food service gloves with candy corn “fingernails” in the tips and then filled with popcorn “bones.” Tie wrists closed with black yarn or ribbon!)
Today was the first day back to school for my oldest two (9 and 7), and they were VERY excited. OK, OK, so was I (choirs of angels and all that).
The two of them were up early and dressed before I even managed to open an eye. By the time I had dragged myself reluctantly out of the shower (I am NOT a morning person) they had already made their own breakfasts and packed their own lunches.
What?? My heart sank when I heard they had packed their lunches. This was new, and entirely their idea.
Of course I immediately inspected their lunch boxes expecting to see cookies, chips and goldfish crackers, plus perhaps even some candy that had been squirreled away somewhere. What would you have packed in your lunch at that age?
However I was shocked to find that they had actually done a good job! There was leftover pasta (kept warm in thermoses), sugar snap peas, apples, yogurt, and…one Oreo each. I could live with that.
I plan to continue this self-packing of the lunch, and hope it does not fall by the wayside as school becomes less easy to wake up early for.
One less job for me is good. I am a lazy mom.
A quick post tonight. I have spent far too much of my little free time today trying to figure out what all this “tagging” business is about. I have categories, but I guess tags are meaningful for search engines??? I am learning a lot and that is good, but I have things to say that I don’t have time to say when I am learning a lot!
My sister just gave me these two books for my birthday: The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution (Alice Waters) and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (Barbara Kingsolver). I am very excited about these books because I feel that I am in an unhealthy “meat and potatoes” cooking rut. Do any of you ever get in a cooking rut? Perhaps Alice Waters can assist me in thinking a bit more broadly (but simply). Also, I have been wanting to read the Barabara Kingsolver book for quite some time, so that is a happy gift too.
Have any of you read these books? If so, what did you think of them?
A good friend of mine just brought my children a whole bag full of these “Witch Hands” treats that she found at a Halloween bake sale. I thought this idea was SO clever and easy (not to mention funny!) that I had to share it!
The “hands” are just plastic food service gloves filled with popcorn “bones” and candy corn “fingernails.” Drop a candy corn into each finger tip, fill glove with popcorn, and tie the wrist closed with black yarn. Too cool!
Today I promise not to bore you all once again with tales of my A-list vegetables…but how about my new A-list eggs!
A-list eggs are fresh from the chicken. They come in a carton of twelve, just like grocery store eggs, but they are all different sizes, colors and even shapes!!! Not the uniform white or brown varieties that look like they were made in a factory in China, along with everything else in this world today. You can sense the happiness, exuberance, and individual personalities of the chickens that laid these A-list eggs.
The shells are rough, not smooth and porcelain-like. The thickness of the shell seems to vary from egg to egg also. Do stubborn chickens lay eggs with thicker shells?
In my opinion, the yolk is what sets a fresh egg apart from its copycat grocery store cousins. When you crack a “really happy egg” into a frying pan, the yolk stands up straight and doesn’t seem to want hide itself by melting away into everything else. It stands tall and proud. It is an egg of honor. It is an egg with good self-esteem.
When you eat a happy egg, the yolk has the consistency and texture of sweet cream fresh from the cow. It coats the tongue in a most delightful way.
Signs of egg freshness:
- Shell is rough and chalky (the smoother and shinier the shell, the more ancient the egg)
- When placed in a glass of water, egg sinks. If it floats – no good! (as an egg ages, the small air pocket inside it expands and causes the egg to float rather than sink)
- I read that a stale egg has an unmistakable “rattle” when shaken, a fresh egg does not (I haven’t tried this one)
- When cracked, an egg that runs out more like water than goo is probably old
- In a pan, a fresh egg yolk stands up and the white is noticeably thicker