Curly Crafty Mom: October 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

2011 Halloween

bench
Soooo glad I took family Halloween pictures BEFORE Halloween night. Because, the kids are just TOO excited on Halloween night for the long awaited trick or treating, so they just cannot bear to sit still for a bench picture. This is the best I got. And, NO, I did not carve those pumpkins. Their Dad did. I have yet to carve our own pumpkin. Is it bad if we carve it this weekend?!


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And, off they go!


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Nathan's candy pile


Autties-loot
Autumn's candy. We hit two subdivisions this year. The weather was perfect, 3 years in a row now!

Jeremi went trick or treating with us, which was a little weird but probably easier than splitting the night up or rotating Halloween where I wouldn't even get to see them trick or treat. Plus, it was SO much easier on the kids, which is what is the most important. My Mom was along which made it a little less awkward. Hopefully next year will go smoothly, too. Not going to worry about that one till it comes.

Now that Halloween is over, I wish I could put my legs up and relax... but, Autumn's third birthday is now in 21 days. No relaxing till after Christmas for me!

Treat Bag Goodies from Mom

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So, everyone always gives me trouble about this... but, I always fill my kids treat bags with goodies every Halloween. I really enjoy planning out what to put in their treat bags, and its a good excuse to spoil them with something other than chocolate. I usually put a new flashlight, a Scholastic or Halloween/Fall themed book, toy and glow necklace in them. This year I added their Fall hats/mittens and Halloween stickers.


Nathan-and-Autumn-cute
I just love my two kiddos.


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Their bags. I am just still ever so pleased with how Nathan's angry bird bag turned out that I made. I am so glad the fabric glue really worked and none of the bird pieces fell off the bag.


Nathans-goodies
Its fun to look back to see what I got them for their treat bag goodies, so here is a picture of what was in Nathan's bag. He's been wanting a new Wii game since his birthday in May, and so I heard the Star Wars game was a good one and got it for him (all his other games are racing!). I got him the older version of the game so it was pretty cheap, and we are just so tired of the Wii games from the library right now. I also got him a cute matching Star Wars hat/mittens set, that I thought was just perfect.


Autties-goodies
Autumn's goodies. Autumn's flash light is a pony that sings and lights up when you squeeze it. Also, she loves pink so I am sure she will love her book about the pink pumpkin.


owl-hat
And, I saw this owl hat/mitten set the other day at Target. Can I say I love Target? Isn't it ADORABLE! I thought it may be too big for her, but it fits to a 'T' and its very warm and covers her ears well. It was the last one they had, too, but they had other animals. So glad I have their hats/gloves taken care of for when the weather turns cold.

Nathan's Halloween Party at School

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Nathan is in half day Kindergarten, so my Mom had to bring him back up to school at 2 p.m. for the classroom Halloween party. Boy, did he get some good loot! What he is holding is a truffle on a stick dipped in orange chocolate. It was good, I know because I split it up in 3 pieces on a plate so we could all try it! And, yes, that is the Wii remote in his other hand. Kids!


Nathans-class-party-loot
All his goodies from his classroom party. Nathan was really sad I couldn't be at the party today, as I was room mother last year and in ALL of his parties. I am volunteering with Parents and Teachers this year, so I hope to help out at the Santa Kottage where the kids shops for inexpensive gifts for their family and some other events. I just needed a little break from the classroom parties, it was SO much work last year. I am sure I will go to a couple of them this year. He got some really good gift bags at the party, I was surprised at how much he brought home.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Spooky Popcorn Hands

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I came across this idea LAST Halloween, but it was too late to execute it. So, I have been waiting an entire year to make these Spooky Popcorn Hands for Nathan to give out at his Halloween party at school. Aren't they spooky?


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The fingernails are candy corn and the ring finger has a spider ring on it.


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And, here is the big stack of them for his class of 19 (+1 for teacher).

Smores Pie from Pinterest :d

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Pinterest is one of my favorite sites right now. You see all these thumbnails of different crafts, recipes, home decor, etc. and it allows you to 'pin' the ideas into folders so you can retrieve the ideas later. LOVE this site. Last week I needed to make a dessert for a Chili Cook Off at my work and decided to try out my FIRST Pinterest recipe. I was just beyond thrilled. Here are the ingredients I used to make a SMORES PIE!


sugar-and-butter
Preheat oven to 350 and spray a pie dish with cooking spray. Then mix the sugar and melted butter together until well combined.


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Add vanilla, and egg


graham-crackers
Turn mixer on slow, and slowly add the graham cracker crumbs


half-dough
Divide the dough in half


bottom-of-pie
Press half of the dough into the bottom of the pie plate


marshmallow
Evenly spread the Marshmallow Creme over the bottom crust


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Now spread the broken chocolate pieces on top of the Marshmallow Creme


top-on-pie
Carefully pell the top piece of wax paper off.

Flip the crust onto the top of the pie and peel the other piece of wax paper off.

Pinch the dough together to form the crust.


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Bake 20 minutes until lightly browned.


finished-piece
I took the dessert to work so I only had a couple of small pieces I brought back home. Here is one of them. Yum!


Smore's Pie

adapted from Hershey's


6 Regular sized Hershey Bars, broken into pieces
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 7oz container of Marshmallow Creme
wax paper


Preheat oven to 350°

Spray a 9" pie pan with baking spray.

Beat butter and sugar together until combined.

Add egg and vanilla.

On low add flour, graham cracker crumbs and baking powder.

Divide the dough in half.

Press half the dough in the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pie pan.

Evenly spread the Marshmallow Creme over the bottom crust.

Now spread the broken chocolate pieces on top of the Marshmallow Creme.

Now, form the remaining dough into a ball and place on a piece of wax paper. Top with another piece of wax paper and flatten into a 9" circle.

Carefully pell the top piece of wax paper off.

Flip the crust onto the top of the pie and peel the other piece of wax paper off.

Pinch the dough together to form the crust.

Bake 20 minutes until lightly browned.

Cool completely on wire rack and slice when ready to serve.

Friday, October 28, 2011

2011 Trunk or Treat

me-and-kids
Tonight was Trunk or Treat at Nathan's school, on the same night as the final game for the World Series. Here I am with my candy loving birds. Since it was only me with the kids, I wasn't able to decorate my car tonight and I was so bummed!! (Because I know I could have WON again!) But, life goes on and there is always next year. :o)- Actually, there was a lot of really creative trunks this year and I think it would have been really hard to win.


angry-bird-car
Nathan's favorite trunk, an Angry Bird theme! Of course I had to ask the parent giving out candy if I could take a picture of it for Nathan. Autumn's favorite I did not get a picture of but it was a haunted pound and the lady had her dogs in it behind fences. It is hard to describe but it was really neat and she just loved it.


sitting-on-limo-bus
One parent had a limo bus there, and you could go inside it to see the decorations and get candy. Very cool! The kids both had very different ways of going about their business with trick or treating. Nathan was very timid and would stand there with his bag open and the parents wouldn't notice him for quite some time while they gave out candy to lots of other kids. Autumn, on the other hand, would weasel her way inbetween the kids to get up front quicker and she would say "Trick or Treat!!!!" really loud to get their attention. It took her half the time to get candy than it took Nathan. Too cute!


class-pumpkins
Here are the class pumpkins


cards-pumpkin
GO CARDS!


ghost-pop
The kids had a lot of fun going through and SAMPLING their yummy candy when we got home. I wonder if I should hide it tonight... hmmm. ;)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

PAT's Halloween Party

Nat-boo-ghost
This has been a BUSY week! The week before Halloween always is! I wasn't sure if I was going to take the kids to the PAT's Halloween party on Monday, but decided why not. Here is Nathan posing as a ghost.


Aut-pumpkin
Autumn isn't so little behind this BIG pumpkin!!!


Me-and-Aut-scooter
They had the cart the plastic spider ring to the spiderweb game again, and Autumn wanted me to ride with her.


Nat-working-on-frame
They had a really neat Halloween frame craft that each of the kids did


Aut-bowling
Autumn throwing the bowling ball with her eyes closed. Heheh


Mini-golf-both-kids
Pumpkin golf


Aut-winning-musical-pumpkins
AND, Autumn's favorite game of all time? Musical Pumpkin Chairs.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Mummy Balls

supplies
We have a Halloween tree with some homemade ornaments and some store bought ornaments on it. Last year we did not get around to making new ornaments for it, but this year I wanted to give it a try again. Nathan was asking me ALL kinds of questions about Mummy's on a drive home from my Mom's one day, so I decided it'd be fun to do something Mummy related since our tree doesn't have any Mummies yet! So, I scored the internet and found some Mummy Balls! Here are the supplies: starch (not pictured), paper towels, stryofoam balls, googly eyes, double stick tape, black electrical tape, eye hooks if you plan to make them into ornaments.

The first step, is you need to wet about 4 paper towels per Mummy ball. Wring out, and then lay flat and spray with starch on both sides and let dry. Leave a paper towel to cover entire ball with, and then rip the extra paper towels into 1"x6" strips.

Nathan-black-tape
First, cut a strip of the black electrical tape and press it on the stryfoam ball.


Autumn-googley-eyes
Glue two googly eyes on the black strip, leaving room for where you'll place a strip of paper towels inbetween the eyes.


single-paper-towel
Cover the Mummy Balls with a paper towel, cutting open the area where the eyes show out.


finished-balls
Wrap strips around the Mummy Ball until it looks Mummyfied. Use double stick tape to tape the beginning and end piece. Put the eye hook in the top of it and make a tie with some black ribbon. And, you are done!


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Mummy Balls by our Halloween tree


Nathan-holding
Nathan with his Mummy Balls. Two went on the tree, and Nathan took two to keep in his room. Autumn was busy playing dolls.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Our First Boo at the Zoo Trip

spider
I have been planning to take the kids to Boo at the Zoo and decided that tonight would be the best night to go considering the weather was BEAUTIFUL and we didn't have work the next day. Lets just say it was PRETTY crowded, but we still had a really good time. Here is a huge spider we saw while waiting in line to get our tickets.


more-decorations
Here are the decorations when you first come into the zoo. It was really too crowded to get the kids in a photo in this area, but I loved the huge pumpkins.


trick-or-treat
The first thing we did, was the Wal-Mart trick or treat line. This might have been one of the kids favorite parts of the night. They got candy, glow in the dark keychain, bracelets (glow in dark, Halloween colors, twisty skulls), pumpkin cups, bugs, crayons, root beer samples, smores granola bar and other things that I probably forgot to mention.


pumpkins-lit-up
It was exciting once it got dark, all of the decorations lit up before our very own eyes!


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Haunted house


Nathan-Ghost-TOwn-Sign
Nathan posing for a picture.


penquins
The penquins were neat, they had all kinds of lights on them


carousel
Carousel. We didn't go on, but I had to snap a picture


tree-skeletons
Spooky, they had skeletons all up in the trees


spooky-ghost
Some decorations in the Children's Zoo


Making-necklaces
The last thing we did was the craft area. Both kids, especially Miss Auttie, enjoyed this a lot.


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Nathan showing off his necklace


Autumn-and-her-necklace

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Autumn's necklace that she worked really hard on

We had a really good time at Boo at the Zoo. When we left, the kids each got a brown sack with lots of candy in it. It even had Spiderman Candy Cigarettes, those little white sugar sticks that were popular when I was a kid. I don't think we would go to Boo at the Zoo every year, but it is definitely a fun thing to do every couple of years with the kids. It was really different from Grants Farm's Halloween fun that we went to last year. I do wish the Zoo would have had more animals to see, we really only saw the penquins because they had it all lit up. Both kids seemed to have fun, and both were asleep in the car on the way home.
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