Healthy treats that kids hate and Trick or Treating

November 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Yesterday I went to Mack’s school for his class’ Halloween Party. Mack was dressed as a dog because he did a book report on a book about a dog earlier in the day, so I dressed like a cat so we’d have a theme.

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Halloween is one of the two times a year that they are allowed to have sweets for parties at school (I think the other one is Valentine’s Day). I figured that most of the other donated snacks would be sugary or chip/cracker types of things so I was determined to make something healthy.

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I thought of the idea of making individual hummus/veggie cups and tricking them out in a spooky way.

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Actually the whole idea came from trying to figure out something to do with spooky fingers. They just seem snacky to me. I kept the veggies long and fingery.

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I thought about using peanut butter or almond butter instead of hummus, but there is a nut allergy in their class, so that was out.

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Finally I creepified each cup with two spooky fingers, two spooky spiders, and one spooky eyeball.

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Probably 90% of that went into the garbage at school. Some said, “I don’t want one,” and others just sort of sniffed at the hummus and looked at it as if it were ectoplasmic slime. Some nibbled on the un-dipped ends of the veggies. One kid (other than mine) actually tried hummus for the first time and liked it. Win! Most didn’t even try it or eat any of the veggies. Fail!  It’s a little disheartening that I went to the trouble and most of it went into the garbage, but I don’t regret making them. At least somebody gave them a vegetable for once in their life.

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And Mack liked it, so that’s the most important thing. He appreciated not only a snack that he likes but the fact that I cared enough to make something healthy. The kids did seem to like the toys (after wiping the hummus off the eyeball).

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Later we had a bunch of friends over for pizza before heading out to trick or treat.

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Some neighborhood kids joined us also and we all set out in search of candy.

No flash:

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Flash:

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Our own house was hit up first…

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then on to the neighbors.

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It was weird but fun to be trick or treating in a different neighborhood after eleven years of TOT’ing in our old neighborhood.

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There was a busy street involved this year.

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Lots of gorgeous houses to check out on our walk.

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I was quite amused by my shadow.

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My favorite house from last night:

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It was swelteringly hot last night, as it always is here on Halloween. All of the kids were soaked with sweat and thirsty pretty early, so we headed back home. Don’t worry…they all got plenty of candy.

Chad stayed at home and handed out candy, but we got less than a dozen trick-or-treaters at our house (not counting our own entourage).

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Halloween’s over. Time to take down the decorations.

This morning Chewie and I walked Mack to school.

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Mack was super tired this morning. I think he had a sugar hangover.

I spent the day at home mostly doing laundry and removing some of the Halloween decorations. I also prepped dinner. I’m making Chicken Nanking from Melissa Joulwan’s Well Fed 2 cookbook.

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I also need to do something with this assortment of seeds:

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Left to right is delicata squash seeds, spaghetti squash seeds, and then pumpkin seeds.

Now I need to go cook dinner and get ready to go out. My friend Ali and I are going to the Brocante Market preview tonight. The monthly market opens in the morning at 9…see you there! Or just…

Cya.

Happy Halloween–farewell Blogtober

October 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Happy Halloween! I made it to the end of the month. I challenged myself to blog every day in October and if you have been keeping up you know…I did it! Well, as soon as I hit publish on this one I will have done it. So I better throw something together really quickly…

Last night’s dinner included roasted curry delicata squash.

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Delicata has become my favorite winter squash. It is super easy to prepare because they are not very difficult to cut (unlike spaghetti or butternut squash) and the peel is edible.

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They taste similar to sweet potato and work well with virtually any seasoning. We had grilled Trader Joe’s turkey kielbasa and broccoli as well.

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I carved Mack’s pumpkin yesterday.

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It was based on his design:

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This morning Chewie and I walked Mack to school.

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This little brown dachshund ran up to us on our walk, creating some excitement.

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After I got home from walking with Mack I went on another walk with my friend Amy. We passed this awesome house in Allendale Terrace:

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We walked down to Crescent Lake and did a lap around.

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We saw this sign on the walk back:

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You don’t see a lost hedgehog sign every day! Or an albino hedgehog. I hope he’s okay.

Amy and I had a great chat and I got over 6 miles of walking in today. It was a great way to spend a beautiful morning. Thanks Amy! And congratulations to Michael and Ben (Amy’s husband and son) on their Marine Corp Marathon finishes!

When I got back home I carved Cal’s pumpkin, per his design.

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The afternoon was spent at Mack’s class Halloween party (fill you in on that tomorrow) and then running the boys around to their usual activities. Cal approved of his pumpkin when he got home.

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He was at the SPIFFS festival all day, thus the Peruvian hat. (Click here to read about my previous visit to the St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society festival.)

Gotta go get ready for trick or treating. I’m going to look heavenly.

Cya.