Five Last Minute Halloween Activities for Busy Moms

I have all the time in the world. I mean, I’m home all day on maternity leave so I should right? My husband has been working a bit more hours and I’m home getting laundry done and dinner made and the house picked up.

Oh wait, let me wake up from my dream. I’m sitting on the sofa nursing my baby girl while quickly typing this and looking at a floor full of toys and pillows and clothes and socks.

I somehow managed to rally up all four of my kids yesterday and take them to lunch, to two separate parent teacher conferences, then to McDonald’s to reward them for good grades with ice cream cones and play time, and then drag them to the grocery store because I was determined to finally make my husband a good steak for dinner.

Oh yea, I have all the time in the world. (I made the steak dinner between nursing, but didn’t get to enjoy it because baby girl wanted to be put to bed.)

Well it got me thinking, where can I squeeze in more Halloween fun?

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The boys’ painted pumpkins

Painting Mini Pumpkins
We were lucky enough to get this done last weekend. I found the cutest mini pumpkins for only 69 cents each at our local Trader Joes. Then I dug out the washable paint and the boys went crazy.

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Cookie kit we bought for $6 at Walmart

Decorating Cookies
Cookie kits are great time savers. We bought ours at Walmart yesterday for only $6 and it came with 12 pumpkin shaped sugar cookies and icing to decorate.

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Photo credit www.pinterest.com fondue in cupcake tin

Fun-due Dippers
Make your kids a safe heat free fondue and make it a fun-due. Cut up apple chunks, slice strawberries in half, pluck several grapes, dice up some cheese and lay out some crackers and jumbo marshmallows.

Serve these bite sized goodies with pourable sundae toppings like caramel sauce and chocolate sauce and cream cheese spread. I found some delicious Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread a friend recommended at Trader Joes. That works perfect with crackers AND fruit.

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The boys’ Ghostly Lollies

Ghostly Lollies
I stole this idea from grade school and my son’s respite care worker. Wrap lollipops in Kleenex and tie them with mini rubberbands at the base. Draw eyes and silly faces on them with black markers to make sweet ghostly faces to hand out to friends and family.

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Photo credit www.pinterest.com Comida de Halloween

Nutter Butter Ghosts and Mummies
I made these for a Halloween party when my oldest boy was in preschool. I dipped Nutter Butters in white melting chocolates and place mini chocolate chips for eyes.

Make it a kids craft by setting out a package of Nutter Butters and a can of vanilla frosting with mini chocolate chips and various sprinkles. Let them go crazy.

Yep we are gonna do some of these today. But first I shall bribe the kids into picking up the house so I can feel sane again.

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Happy Halloween from Optiimus Prime, Bumblebee, and The Iron Patriot

Happy Halloween! And safe Trick-or-Treating!
And enjoy the irony of my post about last minute ideas posted last minute.

Angel’s Korner-Homemade Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cups

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If you’re trying to make something yummy try making these Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cups I made.

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First, get a tiny block of butter  (1 Tb margarine)
A spoon full of peanut butter (4 Tb creamy peanut butter)
And some powdered sugar (4 Tb powdered sugar)

Put those ingredients in a little bowl and put them in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Then mix it. Put it back in the microwave for 20 seconds.

And mix again. Do this until it’s smooth.

Next, you need tons of chocolate chips. (1 cup milk chocolate chips)
A tiny block of butter (1 Tb margarine)
And some water (I’ve never tried this but he said it worked and they turned out wonderful!)

Put the chocolate chips and butter in a bowl and put them in the microwave for 1 minute. Now,add barely any water in the bowl. Mix good. Put the ingredients in the microwave for 1 more minute. If not ready try 1 more minute but be sure to stir.

Last, get cupcake wrappers. (He used 3, but had extra peanut butter-for his ice cream :P)

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Finally, you need to put (spread) chocolate on the bottom of the wrapper (with a spoon). Then put the peanut butter filling in the middle. And more chocolate on the top.

Now put these in the freezer for 4 hours.

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That’s how I made my Homemade Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cups.

 

*This has been a post by Angel Contreras from Angel’s Korner

Pineapple Fritter Donuts

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Do you ever find yourself playing in the kitchen?

I think we all have that inner child-the experimental science kid.

One evening I made some Hawaiin Chicken and Coconut Rice from a recipe I found online. It was just okay-hey, recipe trial and error!

Well I decided to make some Pineapple Fritters to finish off the meal with a sweet bit more of Hawaii. These were intended to be deep fried (feel free to deep fry the batter in spoonfuls!) but I decided to keep things light and do it this way.

I used a gluten free flour mixture for ours, for the sake of Jesse, and they were just as delicious. Moist and full of bits of juicy pineapple. Feel free to use the pineapple juice in place of some of the milk for even more pineapple goodness. 😉 —you know I did that too!

Pineapple Fritters
Ingredients
1 1/4 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/4 c plus 2 Tb milk
1 Tb vegetable oil
8 oz can crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 c powdered sugar

Combine the first 4 dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk. Combine the next 4 wet ingredients in another bowl and stir to combine. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix gently to combine.

Prepare the donuts according to the factory instructions for your donut maker, or portion in a mini muffin pan and bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Dust with a good dousing of powdered sugar and serve immediately.

My finicky kids really enjoyed these!

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What is your favorite quick donut recipe?

Pineapple Fritter Donuts

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Number of servings: 12

Per Serving 105 calories

Fat 2 g

Carbs 20 g

Protein 2 g

12


Pineapple Fritter Donuts

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 3

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 c flour or gluten free flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 c plus 2 Tb milk
  • 1 Tb vegetable oil
  • 8 oz can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 c powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine the first 4 dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk. Combine the next 4 wet ingredients in another bowl and stir to combine. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix gently to combine.
  2. Prepare the donuts according to the factory instructions for your donut maker, or portion in a mini muffin pan and bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. Dust with a good dousing of powdered sugar and serve immediately.

Early Labor Pains -and- Slow Cooker Potato Brat Corn & Cheddar Casserole

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The final 2 months of my 4th pregnancy were a stressful one. My baby wanted to make an early appearance. My girl was already showing off her “look-at-me” attitude. Thankfully the doctors were able to put a stop to my early labor and give me a couple of steroid injections within that next 48 hours, should she arrive within the following weeks.

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The first time we thought Anneliese was to arrive; 31 weeks and 6 days pregnant

I will have many stories to tell my baby girl when she is older. I can tell her of the many hours of prodromal labor I had with her, checking in to the hospital on 5 separate occasions with labor halting after several long hours.

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Waiting for our baby girl

The shopping malls we had memorized like the backs of our hands and we walked them almost daily in the last weeks, because we couldn’t travel farther than 20 minutes from the hospital-and it was a HOT summer.

I can also tell her how mommy was ordered to bed rest for a few weeks after the preterm labor scare and I made the family simple and time friendly meals. Meals like this Slow Cooker Potato Brat Corn and Cheddar Casserole that my family happily inhaled and requested seconds, and even lunchbox leftovers.

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Slow Cooker Potato Brat Corn and Cheddar Casserole

8 russet potatoes, scrubbed and washed
2 large white onions
1 15 oz can corn
8 oz cheddar cheese, grated
1 26 oz can cream of mushroom soup
1 pack Johnsonville beer brats

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Begin by slicing the scrubbed potatoes and onions thinly with a knife or mandolin, set at 1/4″ thickness.

Layer 1/3 of the potatoes and onions in the bottom of a large slow cooker.

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Slice the brats and layer 1/3 of the drained canned corn and 1/3 of the sliced brats over the potatoes and onions.

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Sprinkle 1/3 of the cheese over the corn and brats. Spread 1/3 of the mushroom soup over the cheese.

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Repeat the layers two more times and cover with the lid. Cook on low for 8 hours. Remove lid to cool and thicken for 20 minutes before serving.

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We all devoured this meal after one of our many shopping walking trips. It was great coming home to dinner and not spending the money to eat out-which we did plenty of while waiting for Anneliese.

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When she finally arrived 6 weeks and 6 days later, her grand entrance alone surprised the doctor and nurses in labor and delivery. She was born 20 minutes after we arrived at the hospital, nearly crowning by the time I got a bed.

By the time her daddy returned from dropping off the boys at his mom’s, she was already cradled on my belly, bonding quickly to the familiar smells that were her mommy.

I finally had my baby girl.

 

 

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Anneliese Roselia, 6lbs 7oz, 19.5in

Do you a have a favorite meal you’d like to see slow cooked or a shorter cooking and prep time? Please share with me!

Slow Cooker Potato Brat Corn & Cheddar Casserole

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 15 minutes

Number of servings: 10

Per Serving 424 calories

Fat 13 g

Carbs 54 g

Protein 13 g

10


Slow Cooker Potato Brat Corn & Cheddar Casserole

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 10

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 8 russet potatoes, scrubbed and washed
  • 2 large white onions
  • 1 15 oz can corn
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 26 oz can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 pack Johnsonville beer brats

Instructions

  1. Begin by slicing the scrubbed potatoes and onions thinly with a knife or mandolin, set at 1/4″ thickness.
  2. Layer 1/3 of the potatoes and onions in the bottom of a large slow cooker.
  3. Slice the brats and layer 1/3 of the drained canned corn and 1/3 of the sliced brats over the potatoes and onions.
  4. Sprinkle 1/3 of the cheese over the corn and brats. Spread 1/3 of the mushroom soup over the cheese.
  5. Repeat the layers two more times and cover with the lid. Cook on low for 8 hours. Remove lid to cool and thicken for 20 minutes before serving.

 

 

 

Gourmet Warehouse Golden Carolina Pulled Pork

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The season has changed. Fall has come to welcome crisp cool mornings and calm breezy nights. Soups and stews are making their grand reentrance into cozy kitchens and warm breads and pies are baking in hot ovens.

I can tell you I’ve been using my slow cooker more and finding many ways to incorporate winter vegetables in our meals. Especially since my Beautiful finally arrived! Stay tuned for more about her 😉

…but first, I must divulge this recipe…

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Summer has come to an end but BBQ doesn’t have to. Not with the variety of spices, rubs and sauces that Gourmet Warehouse has to offer. They have all the tastes from Italy to New Orleans and Jalapeno to Strawberry. Mustard based to Honey based, Dry Rubs to Sweet Sauces.

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I made the most succulent pulled pork with Gourmet Warehouse’s Applewood Smoked  Rub and Seasoning and Golden Carolina BBQ Sauce. The Applewood Smoked Rub and Seasoning has sweet hints of apple with the smokiness of mesquite firewood and a slight kick of spice with brown sugar notes. The Golden Carolina BBQ Sauce offers the savory tang of mustard with a smooth sweet classic bbq sauce appeal. These two products combined packed a punch to my tender pulled pork!

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Cook your pork anyway you like, but use these two condiments to set your pork over the top!

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I used my Ninja Oven and Slowcooker on the Convection Oven setting to steam roast my pork tenderloin in only 45 minutes in a good 1/3 cup of Golden Carolina BBQ Sauce.

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After searing a nice char on it first of course with 3-4 Tb of the Applewood Smoked Rub and Seasoning.

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Just look at that juicy tenderloin-seared and ready to steam cook.

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And there it is, steamy and ready for another bath of sauce.

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I shredded, pulled and sliced it to my desire and doused drenched it in even more Golden Carolina BBQ Sauce, about 1/4 cup.

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Go ahead and stir a few tablespoons into a can of baked beans too! You won’t regret it.

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And the star of the show…

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My family really loved this meal and the special ingredients we used. We will gladly use these bbq favorites again. 🙂