Halloween Party Treats – Rice Krispie Pumpkins

Rice Krispies have made the perfect treat for all ages for many years. How about taking a different twist on a classic by making it fall appropriate?

Ingredients:
6 cups Rice Krispies
1/4 cup Butter
1 bag large Marshmallows
Red and Yellow Food Colouring
Mini Rolo’s
Green M&M’s
1/4 cup cooking oil in a small bowl

 

Instructions: 
1.  Melt butter in a large pot over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until melted and combined together.
2. Add several drops of red and yellow food colouring into the mix and remove from heat. After you get your desired color of orange, add in your rice krispies. Mix well.
3. Coat your hands with the cooking oil so the mixture does not stick to your hands. Roll into small balls and place onto parchment paper. Add oil to your hands after each.
4. Gently press a Rolo into the center top of the balls while they are still warm to make the stem, placing a green m&m next to it on the side as the leaf.
5. Allow to cool until firm.

DIY Costume – Identity Thief

Normally this would not be a joking matter, but it is a creative and easy to do Halloween Costume idea! All you need for this one is a pack of name tags from your local Walmart or Staples and a plain t-shirt. Write different names on each tag and stick them all over the shirt. Now you can safely steal identities around you! I love pun based costumes, there are so many good ones out there. What are some favorites you have seen before?

DIY Costume – Pac-Man

Pac-Man is one of the most easily recognizable gaming characters across multiple generations. Up until now, all of the DIY costumes we have posted were pretty straight forward. This one is going to be a little more in depth, but the results are worth it!

Materials:
Cardboard
Duct Tape
Glue Sticks
Spray Paint in Black and Yellow
Hot Glue Gun
Box Cutter
Ruler
Straight Edge
Traceable Circle (ex. Hula Hoop)

Instructions:

  1. Use your large circle to trace 2 patterns onto the cardboard. Make sure to use the straight edge and ruler when adding in the fake mouth so it is realistic. Arm circles can be drawn using your duct tape, just make sure it is big enough for your child’s arm!
  2. For the connecting center, measure from shoulder to shoulder and then add 1/2″ – 1″ of wiggle room.  Cut your connecting center so the cardboard is horizontal.  This way it can roll and take shape.
  3.  Once you have your center cut, roll it up so it will take shape easier.  Next make a line 1/2″  on each side.  Take a blade and make cuts up to that line, bending inward as you go. It also helps to score this line from top to bottom (cut, but not all the way through) so the edges bend easier and make for a cleaner fold/line.
  4. Begin your assembly by hot gluing and duct taping the pieces together. The mouth section should be made of stiffer card board, so measure and cut that separately.
  5. Once all of the assembly is complete, it’s time to paint! Spray paint is a nice quick way to do this, and you can learn some tips and techniques from the video below!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB_MtpaMYaY
    Leave the black mouth pieces unassembled and spray paint those separately.  You can add these once the entire yellow piece is painted and dry.

DIY Costume – Domino Duo

Sometimes costumes are better when you do them together! This is a great option for a couples costume, friends, or your kids to do together. For this you will need matching set of leggings and plain t-shirt which can be found at Walmart or Amazon, as well as felt in the opposing color (Black if the clothes are white, or white if the clothes are black, or whatever color you want the dots to be really). Cut out the circles and place them ahead of time to know where you want them. Then you can use hot glue to attach them or sew if you are handy with a nail and thread! Super easy and another costume under $20 for Halloween!

DIY Costumes – JellyBean Bag

There are so many different brands and types of jellybeans out there, but they are always recognizable. This DIY is simple and cost less than $20 to create! Just be careful and stay away from corners and anything sharp, don’t want to lose your beans before the party!

All you need for this costume is a large clear plastic bag and some assorted balloons from your local Walmart or Party City. Cut out holes in the bag for your arms and legs and slip the costume on. Then, fill up the balloons so that they look like large jellybeans and add them into the bag. When it is filled, use a ribbon or rope to tie everything closed and bam! Additional Logo option is completely up to you, but can be printed onto card stock and attached with tape or pins.

Back to School Snacks

August is the time when kids of all ages are going back to school, and that means more time in the morning is needed to help them get ready to get out the door! One fast tip that could save you some time is a Healthy Snacks drawer. This does not only have to be used for the kids, but for your work lunch as well. The weekend before put together some bags of grapes, cut carrots, peanut butter and jelly, etc. Then each morning all you have to do is grab and go!

A really cute back to school snack for the kids is to make a Dragon Fly snack pack. All you need to do is color a clothes pin, attach pipe cleaners as antenna, and clip is between two snack sized plastic bags. The snacks inside the bags will make the colorful wings, and it is a fun way to get kids to eat healthy!

Recommended by Jacqueline Gomes

Recommended by Jacqueline Gomes

Another Healthy Snack recommended by Jacqueline Gomes, a registered dietician. This recipe involves no cooking and easy preparation that even your children could make yourself. Peanut Butter and Banana roll up snacks are “high in protein, potassium, and whole grains”. All you have to do is spread peanut butter on a whole grain tortilla, add bananas to the center and you can slice it into pinwheels after you roll it up!

Photo Credit to Jupiter Images

 

 

Frog AppleAnother cute snack idea, this one may take some time, is a Frog Apple! I had to share this one with you, absolutely adorable healthy snack idea. All you need is Green Apples, Green Grapes, chocolate chips and marshmallows. Just cut your apple up into quarters and remove the core.  Cut three grapes in half and slice two triangle toes in 4 of the halves.  You can use a little cream cheese to stick the arms to the frog and then add his hands and feet.  For the eyes, take a couple of small marshmallows {or you could do a blob of cream cheese} and add a chocolate chip to the middle.  I stuck my marshmallows on with a little bit of cream cheese too.

Credit for the Image and Recipe to: http://www.cleanandscentsible.com/

PS – If you need a place to hold your party, try calling us at  the B&B Country Garden Inn (919) 303 – 8003

Pool Party – Recipes

Now this one is definitely not one for the kids! We have a recipe for you that would be a great pool side addition to your party, or even just a relaxing day by the pool with family.
Mojito Slush
Ingredients:

1 package (3 ounces) lime gelatin
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup boiling water
2 cans (12 ounces each) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
2 cups cold water
1 cup grapefruit soda
1 cup rum or additional grapefruit soda

Directions:

  1. Dissolve gelatin and sugar in boiling water, add mint leaves. Make sure to cover and steep for 20 minutes. Press through a sieve and discard the mint. Stir in limeade concentrate, cold water, soda and rum. Pour into a 2 1/2 qt. freezer container to freeze overnight or until set.
  2. Scoop 2/3 cup slush into a glass, pour soda over it and garnish as desired. This recipe makes 13 servings!

Credit for this recipe to Taste of Home

 

Another Recipe, this one for the kids, is Fish Shaped Sandwiches! Serving size for this recipe is six.

Fish Shaped Fillet Sandwiches

Ingredients:

1 package (21 ounces) frozen crunchy breaded fish fillets
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup prepared ranch salad dressing
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
12 slices of bread
6 slices American Cheese
6 lettuce leaves

Directions:

  1. Use directions on the package to prepare the Fish fillets. In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, ranch dressing, relish and garlic powder. Spread over six slices of bread, place two fillets on each slice as well.
  2. Add cheese, lettuce and remaining bread. Using a 3 1/2 inch fish shaped cookie cutter, you can cut two fish shapes from each sandwich. Ready to serve immediately.All credit for the picture and recipe goes to Taste of Home.