Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Lunch

Pumpkins, ghosts, and bats!

Happy Halloween! May your day be filled with smiles!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Boo Chips

So one of the biggest hits of my pumpkin carving party had nothing to do with the pumpkins. Let me introduce you to "Boo Chips."

They are seriously yummy... kind of remind me of the taste of Pringles. I got mine at Whole Foods Market, but one of my party guests said she saw them at World Market, too. 

If you ever do see them in a store, I highly recommend buying them when you first see them. I saw them at the beginning of October and when came back a week later there were only a few bags left. I'm so glad I picked them up when I had a chance!

I, for one, will be using these babies in my kids' lunches on Halloween day!

Happy snacking!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween Photo "Costumes"

I decided to dress some of our photos in "costumes" this year. Okay, so all I did was doodle onto the glass in front of the photos we have around the house, but I thought it was pretty funny. The change was so subtle that no one noticed for a few days. Then I heard my kids giggling one day as they ran around the house to see each photo's makeover.

I used wet erase markers for all of my doodles so that I could simply wipe away the art after Halloween.

I even doodled on the glass over a couple of my kids' drawings.

I think I'm a little obsessed. But seriously, it was so much fun!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Foongus Amoonguss

I'm so happy: I have completed my kids' costumes! What's really amazing is that I'm actually finished a couple of days early -- anyone who knows me and my tendency to procrastinate know this is quite a feat!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Baby Footprint Ghosts

"boo too!"

This is the card I sent out to my close friends and family shortly after my daughter was born. On the front of the card are the footprints of my then two-year-old son and his newborn little sister turned into ghosts. Many of my family members still display this card when Halloween grows near and it warms my heart every time I see them!

I love Halloween!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hot Dog Octopi

I saw a photo of these online somewhere and I just had to make them for my kids to take for lunch. I cut hot dogs in half and then sliced up the bottoms to make eight legs. Then I made some slits with the point of my knife for faces and then popped the hot dogs into boiling water. The hot water makes the octopus legs curl outward and the slits separate to make the faces more recognizable.

Happy Wednesday!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Simple Lego Chess Set

My son has decided he wants to be a chess player. He plays with friends during recess using a giant outdoor chess set, he checks out books about chess from the library, and he bugs me all the time to play with him. Up until last week, though, we didn't have a chess set. So my son decided we needed to make our own using one of his favorite building mediums: LEGO!

left to right: pawn, rook, knight, bishop, queen, and king

My mom (God bless her) had collected inexpensive used LEGO from yard sales a few years back, so luckily we had a bunch of basic LEGO pieces to work with. We sorted through our black and white LEGO bins and found enough common bricks to make up the chess pieces above. 

Once the pieces were assembled we found our checker board and played. And we've played almost every day since!

It's true we probably could have purchased a chess set for under $10, but we had such a fun time building our own. I'm glad my kids are learning to find creative solutions to their problems!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Salmon Day Lunch

smoked salmon spread sandwiches, goldfish crackers,  Swedish fish, salmon-shaped apple slices
 (notice how they have green faces and red bodies like spawning salmon... yep, that's how I roll)

My son's class is visiting a salmon hatchery today. Over the last month, his class has been studying the salmon and its life cycle and we visited a fish ladder last weekend in anticipation of his class hatchery field trip. Naturally, I had to send my son to school with a special "Salmon Day Lunch" to celebrate!

smoked salmon spread, crackers, goldfish crackers, Swedish fish, salmon-shaped apple slices

Of course I couldn't leave my non-sandwich-eating daughter out of the mix.

Happy Salmon Day, kids!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Poppa's Apple

"Poppa's Apple," an acrylic finger painting

Ah, apple season: how I love thee!

I grew up with apples and other fruit and veggies growing in my backyard. I also grew up with a very busy dad. Often I remember my dad biting into a piece of fruit on his way out the door and then he would forget his poor fruit wherever he bit into it. I love my Pop so much and now that I am an adult, just seeing a bitten piece of fruit lying around somewhere makes me smile. So I created the painting above with my dad in mind.

I had actually forgotten about the painting until I had an apple love fest this week. Look at the gorgeous pink apple I picked up.

"Pink Pearl" is this sexy little number's name.

And the inside of the apple is pretty, too!

Juicy, reddish, goodness!

On another apple note, one of our young apple trees finally grew an apple. Yes, that's right, one apple. But you would've thought we had won the lottery by the way my son reacted to being able to pick the darn thing off of our very own tree in our very own backyard!

We're so proud!

Hooray for apples!