Halloween Dinner

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Halloween time is special and that calls for a special meal near this sweet holiday. On my menu is Monster Meatloaf, deviled eggs, salad, drink of poison, and dessert. It is a fun meal to be crazy. Here’s the menu I served.

Menu:

Special Halloween Menu

Broiled Monster Feet:

Meatloaf Feet

Use your favorite meat loaf recipe and shape the meatloaf into two feet. To do this I half the meat mixture so the feet will be the same size. Make a good size ball and flatten some for the sole of the foot. Next get another good size ball and press against the back of the main foot and set upright to form the ankle. Then make four (more or less depending on your monster) small balls for the toes. Last, press almond halves or slices into the toes for toenails. Bake as per your recipe.

Boiled Dinosaur Eggs:

Dinosaur Eggs

 

 

To make boiled dinosaur eggs, take hard boiled eggs with a little pepper or paprika sprinkled on top. Place on a bed of spinach.

 

 

Eyes of Newt:

Newt's Eyes

 

To make these, take a tortilla and spread evenly with cream cheese mixed with spices.  Then roll the tortilla up and slice in into about a half-inch thick pieces. Place on their side and put a black olive on top with a pimento in the middle of the olive.


Tossed Creepy Critters
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Critter Salad

 

 

Use a mixture of spring greens that look like grass. Add carrots, celery, mushrooms, broccoli, and anything else you like. Make the pieces large enough to be easily seen.

 

 

Decorative Halloween Bowl

 

 

 

Place your food in decorative Halloween bowls, if you have them. If not, an orange or black bowl will do.

 

 

 

 

 

Cooked Meatloaf Feet

 

 

Add ketchup to the finished monster feet before serving. (Yuk!)

 

 

 

Poisoned Kool Aid

Serve green Kool Aid and call it slime or ooze. Or server water with a little food coloring and say it might be poison. I used beakers and flasks. (Keep them guessing, I always say).

The book in this picture will be featured in a future blog post.

 

 

Halloween Tablescape

This meal doesn’t have to be only for kids. Be creative with your menu. I suggest serving this meal on any night other than Halloween as the kids will be only thinking of candy. Halloween night serve a light, quick meal so as not to interfere with the main event, Trick-or-Treating.

 

What creepy menu items would you serve?


Initial Art

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I love how so many items are being personalized with initials. This is very popular in nearly every store. One day, I thought, why not make wall art out of our family’s first name initials. For my husband and I, I choose larger letters (approximately 11″ x 12″) and tried to find ones that reflect our personalities. For me I choose an “M” that is feminine with some lacy cut outs. For my husband a “B” that is strong and unadorned. Then for our children, I got smaller letters (7″ x 9.5″) that were the same style but different colors. Before hanging them on the wall, I placed them on the floor and tried different arrangements that would fit the wall I had chosen. For our family we have two with the inital B and two with the initial M. I didn’t want to place them next to each other, and I didn’t want to inadvertently spell something. When I had the arrangement I liked, I hung them on a wall. As the family grows, it will be easy to add other letters. Have fun being creative with your family’s initials.

Our Family's Initials


Dinner with My Valentines

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Dinner with my favorite Valentines

There are some holidays we never go out for dinner. Valentine’s Day is one of them, way too crowded. With three boys in the house I try and teach manners and proper etiquette. Every year I make a special dinner. The main course might not be steak and lobster, but the atmosphere is great. We begin our evening by eating in the formal dining room, using the good china, cloth napkins, and all the silverware on the table that a fancy restaurant would have. To add to the ambience, the table is lit by candlelight, and decorated with Valentine cards and small gifts, all while romantic music is playing in the background… the fun begins. The boys come to the table in a nice collared shirt and use all their manners and possibility learn a few news ones that evening. One son will move my chair and help me to be seated, we eat with one hand in our lap, ask for the food to be passed, have nice dinner conversation, and all with no bodily noises being made. I show them the proper way to use a fork and knife, about the bread plate, dessert fork and all the necessary things they might encounter on a real date at a nicer restaurant. As the boys take their plates to the kitchen after dinner, they find another surprise — money under the plate. It may not be much, but for one night they are all little gentlemen, and play their part very well. The best part, I get a candlelight dinner with my favorite Valentines.