Sunday, October 23, 2011

Still here!

Never fear, we're still here!  We had some important things come up unexpectedly on Thursday, that have kept us away from our work, but we'll be catching up and bringing you some posts with new ideas throughout the week.  There are a few great ideas for Halloween here.  Enjoy!  

For a healthy snack, we made the 'Cheese-Finger Food' (which we called 'Witches' Fingers') as seen at  For it, you need string cheese, a small amount of green pepper, and a small amount of cream cheese, as well as a paring knife.
Cut your pepper into little bits to appear as fingernails, like below.
Cut your string cheese in half, then cut out an indention at the tip of each to allow a place to insert your pepper 'fingernails.'  Next, cut small slits along your cheese 'finger' for knuckles.  Finally, insert your pepper at the tip using a small amount of cream cheese for 'glue.'  
 Ready to eat!
They were a hit!  :)
For one of our Halloween crafts over the weekend, we made the 'Salt Dough Ghosts' as seen at  For the same, you'll need 1 cup flour, 1 cup salt, 1/2 cup water (or a bit more as we had to later add about 2 tablespoons), and a black marker for your ghosts' facial features.
 Combine the flour, salt, and water in a bowl and mix well.
 Form your mixture into a doughy ball and then divide your ball equally into six smaller pieces.
 With each piece, form into a ghost shape, making it so that the base is wide and flat enough for your ghost to stand alone.
Ghosts, ghosts, ghosts!  Here is Mommy's ghost ...
... Daddy's ...
 ... and Maggie's (my favorite)!
 Using the instructions from the site, 'Microwave the ghosts on a plate one or two at a time for 20- to 30- second intervals until the dough is fairly firm (about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes in total).  Let the ghosts cool (they can get quite hot).'  (They are cool to the touch in about 30 minutes.)
 Finally, use your marker to add features to your ghosts.
Our ghost family.
Later, we started work on our 'Glue Ghoulery Necklace,' as seen at  This is super easy to make, using only white glue, wax paper (or parchment paper as the site suggests), a felt-tip pen, and string. 
First, draw outlines of ghosts on your wax paper with the glue, making the ghosts' sizes appropriate for hanging on a necklace.
 After about five seconds or so, fill in your outlines with more glue, like below.  Let dry for two days before peeling off.  To be continued ...
For this morning's breakfast, I made 'Jack O' Lantern Waffles,' inspired by, but where she used chocolate chips for her jack's face (which was a great idea for some flavor for your waffle), I used black and green food coloring.  (Yes, they do make black food coloring!  I found this one at Big Lots for $1.50!)
 I colored my waffle batter with my coloring, making a small amount of black, a small amount of green for the stem, and orange for the rest of our jack o' lantern.
 Once the waffle iron was hot, I poured the black batter on to make a face and added some green batter at the top to make the stem.
 I then surrounded that in orange batter.
It turned out great!

Tomorrow, we're taking our annual October family trip to the zoo, so we'll be sure to post a few pictures!  Check back in with us, as we'll be posting all things Halloween next week!


  1. I am always thrilled to see Maggie learing and having fun.....and I am really thrilled that the profile picture made a change. Yeah!