And, yes, Josh has been a skeleton for 3 or 4 years in a row. Guess what he's going to be this year? Yep...a skeleton...again. Luckily, this is defnitely the last year his costume will fit...and I told him he has to choose something different next year. (even though we both know if he wants to be a skeleton again in 2009, we'll just buy a bigger skeleton costume)
Paper Crafts' newest idea book might help me in that area though.
Paper Crafts Gourmet will be hitting the stores soon - and it looks like a great book. Not only is the cover amazing (and now I'm craving homemade oreos)....I've heard it's full of yummy recipes as well as Paper Crafted cards/tags/packaging to go along with them. Here's a fun sample from Alisa Bangerter that is included in the book:
Cheesy Garlic Drop Biscuits Alisa Bangerter This is a perfect recipe to pull out if you are short on time because there is no rolling or cutting. The cheese and garlic add extra kick to a plain biscuit, and kids love them. They are the perfect accompaniment to serve with soups or stews, and are great served with a salad. INGREDIENTS 2 c. flour 2 tbsp. granulated sugar 4 tsp. baking powder 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. salt 2/3 c. butter or margarine 1 1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese 1 1/4 c. milk Chives (optional) DIRECTIONS Mix together dry ingredients. Cut in butter with pastry cutter until mixture is fine. Add cheese and mix well. Add milk and stir until just moistened. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Sprinkle top with chopped dried or fresh chives if desired. Bake at 400 degrees for approx. 15 minutes.
And the supplies and instructions for the project: Enjoy Halloween Tag Designer: Alisa Bangerter SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (ivory) Dye ink: (Black) Stewart Superior Corp.; (Summer Sun) Stampin’ Up! Specialty ink: (Mango Lemonade color wash) Stewart Superior Corp. Color medium: (black chalk) Craf-T Products Accents: (black brads) Making Memories; (chipboard bat, moon) Melissa Frances Fibers: (black striped ribbon) Pebbles Inc. Font: (Black Family) www.dafont.com Adhesive: (foam tape) Finished size: 3" x 4 1/2" 1 Make tag from cardstock. 2 Crumple tag and smooth out. Spray edges with color wash; let dry. Apply chalk. 3 Ink chipboard moon; let dry. Chalk edges and adhere. 4 Ink chipboard bat; let dry. Adhere with foam tape. 5 Print sentiment on cardstock; trim and tear edges. Chalk edges and adhere with foam tape. Attach brads. Attach ribbon with brad.
You can find out more about this special issue here and you can order it here.
Last week the kids had Thursday and Friday off school for UEA. Brad was able to take those days off work (sort of...if you don't count having to take calls on his cell phone all day) and we spent 3 days doing lots of fun family things.
Thursday, we headed to Thanksgiving Point for Cornbelly's. We knew there was a corn maze...but we were pleasantly surprised to find lots of other fun activities too. There were huge jumping mats, tractor rides, slides, tunnels, big and small mazes, and so much more. I took tons of pictures (or course).
Everything was so fun...except the food (it was expensive and greasy greasy greasy).
...and now it can be yours too - because you asked so nicely! :o)
p.s. The last time I made these, I used my new kitchenaide to mix them up...I like the texture much much better when they are mixed by hand. They're still yummy when the machine mixes them...but I'm a texture girl, and it's better when they are mixed by hand. :o)
p.p.s In case you were wondering...I always triple the recipe.
p.p.p.s. I'm making these again for Super Saturday this week...i can't wait!
My friend Shantelle says she's always wanted to host a fun halloween party. It was her turn to host bunco this month. She decided to combine the two and held an incredibly fun bunco/witch's brew on Tuesday night. Several weeks ago, she took witch's hats to everyone - we were supposed to decorate them (or not) and wear them to bunco. I was trying to think out of the box because I wanted to do something nobody else would think of. When I saw these cute little monster items at Target, I decided to turn my hat into a little monster party.
Here's my hat before I attacked it with the hot glue gun:
I rolled cardstock into a cone and put it inside so the top would stand up:
And the monster collection:
And a few items from my scrapbook/craft stash:
And here's what my hat looked like when I finished:
I know it's a little bright and gobby and silly...but my kids thought it was fun. Brad wasn't rude, but I could tell by his reaction to my lovely little hat that he wasn't overly impressed. It didn't matter though - I had fun making it and the kids liked it (Meagan's even going to incorporate it into her Halloween costume this year - she's so creative and likes to make up her own costumes). It was a bonus that I won the hat contest at bunco that night! The prize I won is the cutest little witch's broom with a sign that says "The witch is in/out" - it looks so fun by my front door!
Anyway, Shantelle really got into the evening and dressed as a witch from head to toe. She looked great! And she went all out for the dinner too. Here are a few pictures from the dinner spread:
She did extra games and incorporated some fun changes in our bunco game too. The prizes were amazing. Shantelle never does anything half-way. If she does something, she really does it and it's always incredible. It really was a fun evening - the perfect way to kick off the month of spooks and treats!!