Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Act 5; Scene 11: Ghost and Jack-o-Lantern Pizza!!!! and another costume hint

It's about time for another Halloween meal, don't you think?

We thought so, too.

But it's been a bit crazy around here, what with my recent return from a whirlwind trip to New York City (post to come very soon about that). So we went with a ghoulish twist on a classic recipe at our house: homemade personal pizzas.

And boy, did we have fun.

Tommy loves playing in flour and eating pizza dough (yuck!)

Needless to say, our house was a huge disaster by the time these beauties came out of the oven--but it was totally worth it :-)

This one looks more like a clown...but we were trying to be healthy :-)
Thomas really loved that it was a ghost. He is making ghost sounds to his pizza in these pictures:

He didn't even eat half of this baby. He can eat the rest tomorrow.
Wow that was fun! And possibly the most work I've put into pizzas. 

After dinner I went to a Witch's Night Out at the library with my good friend, where I got a load of other easy, festive, and yummy food ideas. I can't wait to try some of them out in the next couple of weeks.

Here I am on my way to the library Witch's Night, and probably the least pregnant-looking picture I have. I guess I cast a spell on the camera or something!

I included this one so you can kind of see the spider ring on my finger
And now...time for another Halloween costume hint!!!!

Costume Hint #4: The injuries that are part of our costumes I mentioned in the last post are caused by Tommy's costume character.

Any guesses? 

Happy Haunting!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Act 5; Scene 10: Jaker's Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Patch

Today we drove down to Springville to check out a local pumpkin patch. We had heard they had fun activities for kids, and the best part...it was FREE!

And it was a BLAST! Thomas had so much fun, and so did we! 

Trying to coax Tommy into the little haunted tunnel. He did actually enjoy it.

Climbing the giant hay bale pyramid

Waving from the top of the pyramid

Coming down the tube slide

A partial view of the place/pumpkin patch from the top of the slides

Dad coming down the slide!

This was a GIANT pig

I found my car! This is Thomas attempting to put his thumbs up :-)

Our tractor driver was about 11 years old. (Truly)

This donkey was rolling the pumpkin along with his nose!

Possibly Tommy's favorite thing, the hay maze.

One of the many sad attempts to get a picture here...

On the way to pick out a pumpkin from the patch

Found a great one!

Just look at the colors on the mountain!
We had such a great morning. What a great find for free! (Well, not the pumpkins, but you know!)

Did you go to a fall fest this weekend?

Happy Haunting!

Act 5; Scene 9: Spooktacular Meal #2!

This weekend has been a blast of fun, fall activities.

Yesterday Grandma Center joined us and we explored the Witch's Fest at Gardner Village.

Sadly, we were too busy there to take any pictures...but here is one from someone else. The flying bicycle witch was one of Tommy's favorites:

Then we had our second Halloween Feast of the month.

Giant Spiders!

Ham and cheese filled pastries with croissant legs

This one even turned out with a mouth! haha

Pretty delish!

We also had monster mouths
And yes, I realize now that spiders actually have EIGHT legs, not six. So these may look more like crabs or something...but we were a bit short on croissant dough, so six legs it was!

If you want to make some spiders for dinner, here is what I did:

Get two packs of biscuit dough (or you can make your own if you are less lazy than me). Flatten out however many biscuits you want for spiders on a cookies sheet. Separately, mix together about 1 cup cubed ham, 2 Tbs browned onion, and 2 tsp dijon mustard. (This made about 5 jumbo biscuit spiders, so you can up it if you want more). Lay some swiss cheese on top of the flattened biscuit, then cover with ham mixture filling, then lay another slice of swiss cheese on top. Flatten out another biscuit to lay on top of that and seal the two biscuits together. Then use breadstick or croissant dough to make some legs to stick on the sides. Bake at 375 for about 15 min.

You can add olives with pimientos for eyes, but I just squirted some mustard on mine for eyes.

They were delicious! 

We also had Robert's famous mashed potatoes....ooooohhhhh mmaaaannnnn are those good!

OK, ready for another costume hint??

Costume Hint #3: Mine and Robert's costumes involve injuries.

Any guesses?

Happy Haunting!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Act 5; Scene 8: A Haunted House

This year our library is having a haunted house display. Everyone was invited to create a Haunted House and submit it to the library by the end of this week. The houses will be displayed in the children's section of the library during October.

So of course this was a perfect project on a Monday for our little family!

We have been saving our cracker and granola bar boxes, along with any a few other recyclables to use for our haunted house. It's fun to try to make something out of random items around the house!

I did discover that Tommy's not a huge fan of finger paints--he kept asking me to wipe his hands off, funny kid! 

Here he is helping to stick the stickers on the house, probably his favorite part of the creating:

I told him to smile. After he said, "BIG smile!" Yup. 

And here is our finished product! 

And a big shout out to Kris for all of the paper and a lot of the stickers! We sure had fun!

OK, ready for another costume hint???

Costume Hint #2: Mine and Robert's costumes may make us look like zombies, but we are not.

Any guesses?

Happy Haunting!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Act 5; Scene 7: An Autumn Morning Adventure

On Saturday morning we got up and out of the house as fast as we could to go on a canyon drive.
The weather and sunshine were beautiful, even if the leaves are not too colorful yet.
It was nice feel the fresh mountain air!

Thomas loves to RUN down any path

Cascade Springs

Playing hide and seek in the trees

I found you!

After our mountain walk we enjoyed a day full of General Conference, French toast, yard work, and girls' night milkshake and shopping spree.

The only downside was Tommy's stomach bug that emerged mid-day Satuday.

But altogether a pretty pleasant weekend. Hope you had a great one, too!