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Lazy Halloween Mom

11 Jan

   For Halloween Banana Cream Pie wanted to be “a sloth in a tree”. Thanks, Diego.  I think she was the cutest sloth ever, if face paint counts as enough of a costume.  All the kids chimed in to convince her (since I was such a slacker.  Also, in my defense, I thought she meant squirrel until the day of Halloween and I had gotten brown fabric, which was not the gray she wanted.)
Key Lime Pie was happy to be a fairy.  

So fairy like she is.
Cherry Pie chose a costume from the dress up box that allowed her to wear a mustache.

Pumpkin Pie was Pocahontas.  I sewed the brown shift out of flannel.  She figured out the rest.  

Blueberry Pie really wanted to be Corvo
He made a freaking awesome mask from cardboard. (I can appreciate the skill even though I prefer Corvo without the scary mask)

I really wanted to make him the skinny steampunk black trench coat.  Really.

But I had to bow to reality.  I did not have the hours to make that coat while taking care of 2-month old twins.  I begged his forgiveness and have promised to make the coat next Halloween.  

Instead He did a pretty convincing impression of one of my favorite TV characters ever:

 Steve Urkel

We convinced Bean to be a horse so she could get candy.  But immedieately when  we got home, she wanted the costume off.  

We had some fun with mustaches   
  We even prepped a pumpkin for carving, but he never got a face.

Banana Cream Pie experienced scooping the gloop.


Halloween 2014

1 Nov

Pumpkin Pie is a mad scientist and Tamale Pie is a cute witch.  

Baby Bean as a fat little piggy has to be the most perfect costume ever.

Key Lime Pie is a Cowardly Lion!

Banana Cream Pie is the ladybug.

I stayed up all night to make this Princess Anna dress for Cherry Pie.  I started seeing at 10pm when the kiddie pies all went to bed and I turned off my machine at 5 am when it was time to wake them up for school.  

Gutting Pumpkins.  

I’m not sure how I missed getting a picture of Blueberry Pie.  I swear he carved Pumpkins too.

White Chocolate Hot Cocoa

20 Feb


Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention.

Well, this morning was so chilly, I wanted to make cocoa for the kids to warm them up.  But I realized that I had used up the last of the cocoa powder **TRAVESTY**

used it up last night making these amazing brownies. ** WORTH IT** .

(By the way, that recipe is the first one I’ve ever made that had the same fudgey consistency as brownies from a mix.  Usually homemade brownies are too cakey.  I highly recommend )

So how to make Hot Cocoa without cocoa?  Why not try to make white chocolate hot cocoa?IMG_5758

It turned out fabulous–tasted like melted cookies & cream bars.  Actually, that was a little too rich for breakfast, so I’ll use more water and less mix next time.  Here’s my delicious recipe:

White Chocolate Hot Cocoa

2 cups powdered sugar

2 1/2 cups nondairy creamer (I used french vanilla flavored creamer)

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cornstarch

1 tsp vanilla

4-6 cups hot water  (I used the 4 cups  this morning and like I said, too rich for breakfast)

Stirred all together.

If you want to make this as a mix to have in the cupboard, just leave out the vanilla

When you are ready to have your cocoa, stir 1/2 cup of the mix plus 1 cup hot water and 1/4 tsp vanilla.  voila!

**I hope you noticed that the secret to making good homemade Hot Cocoa mix of any flavor us to use nondairy creamer instead of powdered milk.

I think this would make really fun Halloween breakfast (You know, because little ghosts can only eat white food.)


When I was little, my mom would tell me the story of what happened to little ghosts if they ate food that wasn’t white.  If you don’t know that story, here it is:

 (Makes a great flannel board story for pre-school)

IMG_5763The Chocolate Chip Ghost

Once upon a time, there lived five little ghosts. One day the Mama Ghost went to the refrigerator to find some food for her little ghosts. Do you know what kind of foods that
a ghost has to eat? Yes, they have to eat white food. What kinds of food could they eat?  Vanilla ice cream, cottage cheese and what else? What could they drink? Yes, they
could drink milk. Well, there wasn’t any white food in the house and Mama Ghost needed to go to the grocery store to get food for her five little ghosts.  Before she left, she told the little ghosts not to eat or drink anything that was NOT white. She told them that something dreadful would happen if they did.
After Mama Ghost left, the first little ghost was so thirsty that he went looking for something to drink. He found a small glass of grape juice in the refrigerator. He thought, “Just one little sip won’t hurt!”  Well, what do you suppose happened? YES, he turned purple! The other little ghosts looked at him and said, “Mama told us that something dreadful
would happen and she was right!” The littleghost didn’t want his Mama to see him all purple, so he ran upstairs and hid in the toy box.
The second ghost got so hungry that he went looking for something to eat. He found a carrot in the refrigerator and thought just one bit won’t hurt! So he took one teeny, tiny
little bite and what do you suppose happened? He turned orange! The other little ghosts looked at him and said: “Mama told us that something dreadful would happen and she was right.” The little ghost didn’t want his Mama to see him all orange, so he ran upstairs and hid in the closet.
The third little got so hungry, and he looked for something in the refrigerator for something to eat. He found some spinach and what do you suppose happened? He turned green! The other ghosts looked at him and said: “Mama told us that something dreadful would happen and she was right.” The little ghost did not want his Mama to see him all green so he ran upstairs and hid under the bed.

 The fourth little ghost became so hungry,and he looked in the refrigerator for something to eat. He found a bowl of strawberries and thought just a taste won’t hurt. So, he took one teeny bite of a strawberry and what do you suppose happened? He turned red! The other ghost looked at him and said: “Mama told us that something dreadful would happen and she was right!” The little ghost didn’t want his Mama to see him all red so he ran upstairs and hid behind the door!
The fifth little ghost said, “I’m so hungry, but I will not do what my brothers did. I’ll look in the freezer and see if there is maybe just a little vanilla ice cream. When he
looked in the freezer there was some ice cream and it was almost vanilla. It was white with little brown pieces of chocolate in it.  So, the ghost said: “This shouldn’t hurt me–
those little pieces of chocolate are so tiny.” He ate one spoonful and became a chocolate chip ghost! He certainly didn’t want his Mama to see him all spotted. So, he ran upstairs and hid in the bathtub!
When Mama Ghost came home, she knew something was wrong when she didn’t see her little ghosts. She went upstairs to look for her children.
She found the first (purple) ghost in the toy box.
She found the second (orange) little ghost in the closet.
The third little ghost(green) was under the bed.
And the fourth little ghost(red) was behind the door!
And the fifth little ghost(chocolate chip) was in the bathtub!
When she found all of them, she said: “Little Ghosts! I told you that something dreadful would happen and it did!” Whatever can we do to get you white again
for Halloween?”  She called the ghost doctor and this is what he told her to do: “Keep all of the little ghosts in bed for five days and give them nothing but vanilla ice cream and
milk. They should be okay and ready for Halloween!”
So, that is what she did and by Halloween night, the five little ghosts were all white again and ready to go out haunting and spooking and shouting
BOOOOOOO! And, they never ate anything that wasn’t white again!


30 Oct

Frost Princess
**A construct a costume from the dress-up bin costume! My favorite kind.

Lady Bug

**Borrowed from a friend kind of costume! My second favorite kind!

Lizzy Bennett
*I made the red bonnet yesterday in about a hour. It’s a Butterick Pattern. The rest of the costume was found around the house. Yay.

Satyr Warrior (with hoodie)
**Re-using the goat legs I sewed for him last year, plus a $3 sword. Yay! love re-using costumes. I think he just really wanted a new toy sword and planned a costume that would require a weapon.

**Not Pictured: Cutie Pie who slept through the whole thing.**

Happy Halloween 2010

31 Oct

**BTW did you know that it is almost impossible to carve a “Pie” pumpkin? I found that out the hard way.

I only made one costume this year. Bubba has been planning to be Grover–from Lightning Thief–for the whole year. He read all the books and he and his friends at school pretend they are the characters all the time.

I found this marvelous goaty fake fur at Jo-Anns and used a Pajama pants pattern to make the goat legs, complete with tail and hooves.
After the movie came out, the deal was almost off because, suddenly Bubba though Grover should have a molded leather vest thing. I said No Way. I intended to create an orange Camp Half-blood T-shirt, but I didn’t quite get it done. That’s me, scrimping by on the least possible effort. Look, a mostly orange t-shirt. That’s good enough.

I got the clay and forced Bubba to make his own horns which I hot-glued to some black hair barretts. They didn’t stay in very well.

He had practiced a “goat walk” which was freaky, accurate, and hillarious! My son is awesome.

The girls all borrowed costumes from a friend. I love that kind. (both costume and friend)

MagPie got this floaty vampiress dress. She looked so eerie and floaty and perfect in it and then she insisted on having her face painted and that just cheapened the whole thing and she looked common. Sad day. But it was her costume, not mine, so I tried to keep my disappointment to myself.