Wednesday, October 29, 2014

10 Stocking Stuffer Ideas For The Woman In Your Life



If you are stuck for stocking ideas for that special woman in our life, look no further!  I have put together a list of items that she will be sure to love.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

10 Tips For A Safe And Fun Halloween

Halloween is lots of fun for kids and adults.  It's really easy to get caught up in the fun and excitement and forget about safety.  I have put together a list of 10 tips to keep everyone safe and still have a great time while trick or treating.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Chocolate Crazy Cake {Dairy and Egg Free}

We had some of Mr. J's friends over for a Halloween party on the weekend.  He had requested a chocolate cake that looked like a pumpkin.  I was happy to make one, but one of the little boys coming to the party is allergic to milk.

I wanted to make sure that he was able to eat anything that we served, so I decided to make "crazy cake"

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Ingredients:

flour - 3 cups
sugar - 2 cups
baking soda - 2 tsp
unsweetened cocoa - 1/2 cup
vegetable oil - 3/4 cup
white vinegar - 2 tbsp
vanilla - 2 tsp
cold water - 2 cups

mix together all of the dry ingredients in your pan; make 2 small wells and a large well.

Place vanilla in one small well, vinegar in the other and oil in the large well.  Cover with the water and mix together until smooth.

Bake for 30 minutes (ovens will vary - don't overbake)

Frosting:

Shortening - 1 cup
icing sugar - 4 cups
water - 2-3 tbsp (depends on consistency you want)

Using a mixer combine the above ingredients - add food colouring if desired

Hauntingly Fun Halloween Party For Kids

This year we decided to throw a Halloween party for Mr. J and some of his school friends.  Many had been asking about coming over to play, so I thought it would be a great way to have them over, without dragging it out for the next few weeks.

The kids are 7, and not knowing them very well I wasn't sure how scary we could go, so we decided to be pretty tame.

The boys and I had carved their pumpkins so they would be on the steps when the guests arrived.  I knew that having 9 kids in the house would be pretty crazy, so I planned some structure activities in hopes of keeping them somewhat calm (hahaha - that was wishful thinking - it was a crazy evening).

I picked up some foam craft sets for the kids to make; I also had some supplies on hand for them to make ghosts (white paper plate, white streamers. construction paper shapes for eyes, nose and mouth, and white glue).

When the crafts were done, we had some snacks (witches brew, mummy juice boxes, fruit, pretzels and a crazy cake in the shape of a pumpkin)

I picked up "pin the smile on the skeleton" and had it taped to the wall to play.

I found a great printable Halloween BINGO game as well.  I printed out the boards, cut the shapes and Mr. K was the BINGO caller for the evening while Mr. J and his friends played along.

As the kids were leaving, they each got a small goodie bag with a spooky plastic ring (spider, bat, witch) 2 rocket candies and a glow necklace to use when they are trick or treating on halloween night!