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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Have A Safe Halloween Party

While Halloween is meant to be a scary night we don't want it to be a horrific night of food poisoning. It is meant to be a fun night of goodies to eat, haunts to play and friends to be with . To prevent any frightening moments we don't want to happen and can be prevented.

Juice and Cider are often to served to children at Halloween parties. Be sure that they are pasteurized or treated to destroy harmful bacteria check label to ensure this.

While we love raw cookie dough it is better found in products like cookie dough ice cream etc... Be sure not to treat yourself to raw cookie dough or cake batter.

When preparing apples to bob make sure to wash them with cool running water and prepare the surface of each is washed off.

All perishable foods should be kept chilled til serving time. This will help scare away the deadly bacteria. Food such as finger sandwiches, cheese platters, fruit or tossed salads that contain pasta, meat, poultry or a dressing that is perishable. In addition don't forget those tasty treat of desserts such as cream pies, cakes with whip cream or cream cheese frosting should also be kept at cold temperatures to help keep most harmful bacteria from multiplying. The food should not be left our for more than 2 hours.

Marshmallow halloween Suckers

I have seen cute suckers like this on the shelves at the local stores for a bit. I love to make my own and know what I put inside of each and everyone and since they are so super cute I know that they should be a favorite during the Halloween season.

 1/4 cup green melting wafers
1 cup orange melting wafers
1 cup purple melting wafers
Lollipop sticks
24 large marshmallows
Sprinkles, candy corn, and candy icing decorations
1/4 cup chocolate chips, melted

Place melting wafers in separate small bowls. Microwave for 15-second intervals, stirring in between, until melted. Insert one end of lollipop sticks into melted green wafers. Push green-colored end of each stick into a marshmallow. Let set 3 minutes. Dunk marshmallows into orange or purple melted wafers, shaking off any excess coating. Place on a sheet of wax paper, and top with assorted sprinkles or decorations.
To make faces, place melted chocolate in a resealable plastic bag, and snip off one tiny corner. Pipe face designs onto marshmallows.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

5 little pumpkins

I love to do little activities with my grandbabies and this finger play is perfect for halloween
Five Jolly Pumpkins
Five jolly pumpkins, growing on a vine.
The first one said, “I’m round and fat and fine.”
The second one said, “I’ll make delicious pies” and
The third one said, “Soon I’ll have scary eyes.”
The fourth one said, “I’ll have a candle light.”
The fifth one said, “On Halloween night…”
Five Jack-o-lanterns looking at YOU!
You’d better be careful, ‘cause they might say BOO!

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Bowl of Edible Worms

Create tasty, edible worms. This recipe is simple and great for Halloween, April Fool's, or anytime you feel like snacking on wormy goodness! If you can make jello, then you can make these cool looking worms.

2 packs (3 oz) Raspberry jello
1 pkg unflavored gelatin (for extra firmness)
3/4 cup whipping cream
3 cups boiling water
15 drops green food coloring
100 flexible straws (or enough to fill your container)
Tall container (1 quart or 1 liter carton of milk)

Combine gelatin in bowl and add boiling water. Let it cool to lukewarm and then add the whipping cream and 15 drops green food coloring. Gather your straws (don't forget to flex them out) and put them in the container. It's important that the straws have a tight fit so the jello stays in the straws. For this reason, a 1 liter carton may be better; you will probably get longer worms since there is a tighter fit. If you have a bigger container, a rubber band around the straws is helpful. Or you could just add more straws to fill the container. Add the gelatin mixture to the straw-filled container and let it set until firm. There are multiple ways you can remove the worms from the straws. You can roll a rolling pin over the straws and squeeze them out or you can hold the straws over warm water. The worms will slip right out.

And voila! Jello worms are served

recipe source here

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tower of Treats Giveaway

Would it not be cool to win a tower of treats? This Skulls Night Treat Delight is a special treat from the popcorn factory. How sweet this would be to get and share. I entered for a chance to win these delicious goodies on the Networking Witches blog. Giveaway ends 10/30/14

Will You Be Treating

Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests?

Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone:
  • Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.
  • Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
  • Keep candle-lit jack o'lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave
  •  them unattended.
  • Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.
source CDC

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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

 Costumes: choose facepaint rather than a mask as it will be better for the child to breathe and see. I also know from experience that the mask never stays on long and come off often and just adds something else for the parent to carry
homemade face paint recipe
  • Baby lotion

  • Baby powder or corn starch
  • Tempera powder, various colors
  • Cups or bowls
  • Paintbrushes
  • A spoon
  • Optional:
    • Cotton swabs
    • Mirror
    • Paper towels or tissue
    Squeeze some baby lotion into a cup. We used about 1 Tablespoon per cup. Add tempera powder to the baby lotion. We used about 1/2 teaspoon per cup. Mix together until blended. Add baby powder or corn starch to thicken paint and help it dry faster. We used about 1-2 teaspoons per cup. Mix well.
    source here


     Carry a flashlight and if possible some glow in dark jewelry, bracelet or a glow stick will help others to see child better as well as offer a bit of light so child can see path better

     Check to see what preset hours are for trick or treating and try to abide by them. Having a pre-planned route helps as well

     Do not eat candy along the route wait til get home to inspect. Toss any treats that are unwrapped or damaged. If homemade treats are from some where that you do not know they should be tossed as well
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    Witch Treat

    1/2 cup vanilla frosting, divided
    36 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
     12 large marshmallows
     1 drop each green, red and yellow food coloring, optional
     1/4 cup flaked coconut
     12 chocolate wafers
     12 miniature peanut butter cups
     12 milk chocolate kisses
     For the face of each witch, place a dab of frosting on the bottom of three chocolate chips; press two for eyes and one for nose onto each marshmallow.
    For hair, combine green food coloring and a drop of water in a small resealable plastic bag; add coconut and shake well. Spread a small amount of frosting on sides of marshmallows; press coconut hair into frosting. Place 3 tablespoons of frosting in a small heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; tint orange with red and yellow food coloring. Set aside.
    For hats, spread some of the remaining frosting in the center of chocolate wafers; press peanut butter cups upside down into frosting. Lightly spread bottoms of chocolate kisses with frosting; place on peanut butter cups. Cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert a small star tip. Fill the bag with frosting and pipe stars around the base of each peanut butter cup. Secure a hat to each witch with a dab of frosting. Yield: 1 dozen.

    recipe source Taste of Home

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