This week was a busy one. I feel like I need a 2 week nap. I am one of the room parents in Henry's class and volunteered to make the Halloween goodie bags (inspiration here) for the children for their party. It was a simple bat clipped onto a brown lunch bag. A handful of parents contributed little knick knacks or goodies to the bag and our contribution to the goodie bags were these: Tootsie Pops wrapped in cheesecloth (fancy, I know.) I attempted to wrap them in a mini orange & black polka dot fabric but then I thought, who am I kidding? What 5/6 year old is going to appreciate this? None. So I scrapped it and went with the cheesecloth. It worked. We took the children trick-or-treating on Friday night at Disneyland where they danced in the streets and 'treated' a ridiculous amount of candy. It was so much candy I felt like I was lugging around another child. I decided to weigh the bag of candy.....wait for it....it weighed....15 lbs. Did you catch that? 15 lbs! We re-treated it at tonight's Trunk-or-Treat (which was a bit counter-productive as they were bringing candy in as fast as I could give it away.) I think we are down to about 8 or 9 lbs and it's not even technically Halloween. Henry wanted to be a Clone Trooper this year. The conversation went a little something like this, " I want to be a clone tropper but I don't want you to make my costume. I want to buy it at the store. If you want to make a costume, you can make Kate's." There were lots of back-and-forth conversations on the subject. Then, one day he found out that his friend, Leah, was going as Princess Leia and he immediately decided he wanted to be Luke Skywalker and suddenly he was pleased as punch for me to make his costume (thank you Leah for sparing me having to make a clone trooper costume!) And so it was: Luke Skywalker. Easy Peasy because it's basically like wearing pajamas. I don't have the pattern in front of me but it was a pajama pattern for a robe, pants, etc.,. I had to alter the pattern a bit for the robe because the arms were a bit too fitted on the wrist but aside from that it's your basic robe/pant pattern. I headed downtown to the Michael Levine loft where I scored lot's of linen (for the robe and pants) and fabric for the boots & waistband. Total cost to make entire costume: $6.00. I couldn't buy something for that. The pants are straight legged and look really comfy. I'm going to talk him into wearing them to school. He's happy- I'm happy. I think he makes a very handsome Luke Skywalker!
We had a few friends over this weekend for a bit of a Halloween Dinner if you will. Corn Dogs, Chili, Cornbread, etc., We decided to make our own corn dogs and I am here to say they were fantastic. Did I just say corn dog & fantastic in the same sentence? I did and they were. We used a turkey dog and they actually ended up nice and light (if that's possible.) Here's the recipe- you should try them if you never have. They were really fun for kids & adults alike!
1 C yellow cornmeal
1 C flour + 1/2 C
dash of black pepper
1/2 C sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 C milk
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
(2) 16 oz pkgs of turkey or beef hot dogs (or smart dogs if that's the way you roll)
16 wooden skewers
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl (reserving additional 1/2 C of flour). Wisk in eggs & milk. Pour batter into a tall drinking glass. Set aside. Preheat oil over medium heat. Place additional 1/2 c flour on plate or bowl. Dry hot dogs with paper towels (dogs need to be completly dry or flour/batter won't stick.) Coat dogs with a flour, removing any excess. Place skewer into the entire length of dog. Dip into batter and shake off any excess. Fry, two at a time, for 2-3 minutes. Drain on paper towel.
was loads and loads of fun. It was a wonderful group of gals that came and the night was spent chatting & crafting (and eating) away. I unfortunately didn't take a single picture that night but have a few snapshots of what we did. First up, the "SPOOKY" banner above. There are black felt bats between each letter that aren't showing up in the photo but they were a hoot to make. We also did reverse applique pumpkins and bats and ran out of time to do the spooky tealight holders so the girls were sent home with them to complete on their own. Next up, we spent some time in the kitchen making spooky black marbled marshmallows and candy corn cookies.I had gift bags for each of the girls which included the recipes from the night, a bat template and black cardstock to cut out & make your own bats (as seen in the top photo.) It has to be one of my all time favorite Halloween crafts. It's inexpensive and look awsome on the wall. I cut mine free-hand but there are a bunch of places online you can track some templates down. I also included a CD of some of my favorite Halloween music:An instrumental version of "Ding, Dong! The Witch is Dead" by Shorty Rogers is pretty much at the top of my list of favorite Halloween Songs. They also had treat bags of marshmallows & candy corn in their gift bags: I met a lot of great women for the first time and I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did!
It was such fun that I have decided to do a Christmas Craft Party! Stay tuned in this space. I'm shooting for the first weekend in December and will have (2) parties, one on December 3rd & the other on December 4th. I'll announce more in November and will open up sign-up's then. For now, I'm off to snuggle with Kate on the couch. The fireplace is on and we're watching the Nightmare Before Christmas (it's been rainy all week and we are LOVING it!)
Kate's been running around the house for weeks saying, "Great Pumpkin, WHERE ARE YOU????" When I asked her what I could applique for her, she wanted a pumpkin. A pumpkin it was. For the Halloween Craft Night we are going to be reverse-appliqueing which is a really fun & simple technique that you can use year round. I'm getting really excited for the craft night! There is a great mix of old friends & new coming (and gosh- they are coming from hours away- which means so very much!!) Here's the part where I officially post that:
THE HALLOWEEN CRAFT NIGHT IS FULL
We are at 13 and that's all I can (comfortably) fit! Thanks to everyone who has signed up. I promise to make it worth your time (and your goodie bags will be packed!)
Mark your calendars my fellow Angelinos (that sounds/feels weird.) This looks like a great time for the whole family! I love that some of the proceeds benefit LAUSD school garden programs even though I'm pretty sure our school doesn't have one. Boo. They had me at Tote Bag, Giveaways and Chef Demo's. We'll be there will bells on; maybe we'll see you there (I'm talking to you Kimber & Chad)
One of the things I'll be doing at our craft night is showing how to make these yummy candy corn shaped cookies. These little bite-sized morsels are super simple and made with a secret ingredient : ) The batch makes a metric ton so I'm thinking I may bag these up and hand them out for Halloween...We are so excited for Halloween! The big bins with all of our decorations are on the floor and waiting to be put out. Next week we start the costumes!
There are just a few spots left for craft night; e-mail me if you are interested!
My little Charlie turned 10 months about a week and um...a half ago : ) 10 months has proven to be monumental for this one. His very first tooth finally broke through over the weekend AND he has just officially gone from his army crawl to actually crawling. We are slowly moving out of pureed baby food as he has started feeding himself small chunks of food. Oh and he likes eating legos. I think we are going to keep him.
Stay tuned for tomorrow; I'll be posting the first of what we'll be making at the Halloween party (thanks to those who have already signed up!)