Wednesday, October 31, 2012

BOO! Halloween Bread Sticks

How creepy is that picture?  I recently discovered that my camera actually has different camera settings (I've only had it a couple years!) so Kai and I had a little fun with it. Seemed appropriate for Halloween!  :)

Anyway, I forgot to share with you Kai's Kiwi Monster she took to lunch yesterday.  It's just a peeled Kiwi with a raisin face and a banana cap. :)

As for today, I spent last night prepping some of our treats...


1. Witch Fingers:

To make Bread Stick Witch Fingers I just used some DIY Bread Dough and some Spinach. :)

Start by chop/pureeing your spinach (A handful will do ya!)

Then pull out a handful of your dough and kneed them together.

So that you get a nice witchy green dough. :)
if you're able to blend the spinach in when making the dough it will blend better but I make a batch of dough and pull off pieces during the week.  Green bread doesn't go over well with the Hubs. :(

Then roll them into little finger logs...

And bake on a stone at 500 for about 10 minutes - just until they're cooked.

Put them on a rack to cool.

Use an Almond Slice to make a nail and you're done. :)

2. Bones

To make Bread Stick Bones all you need is DIY Dough and a bit of salt (I like chunky salt, like kosher, over the table stuff)

Roll bits of dough into long logs:

Cut a slit in each end:

Roll the 4 end pieces to make the bone nubs and then stretch them apart so that the bone itself is a little longer:

Sprinkle with some salt:

Again, bake at 500 for about 10 minutes.

Set on a rack to cool and you're done!

One of the best things about the Halloween Bread Sticks is that you can serve them with Blood, aka marinara sauce! :)

For dinner last night we had...


I followed my normal pizza dough recipe and then added toppings to make it a bit... spookier.

Kai:  FRIENDLY MONSTER FACE... assorted veggies & cheese with 2 slices of pepperoni for eyes, a mushroom nose and a sweet pepper smile.

The Hubs:  SCAREDY FACE... Pepperoni topped with cheese and 3 pepperonis to make the eyes & mouth, with mushrooms in the eyes.  (When the hub's first saw his "pepperoni pizza" he freaked out a bit thinking there were only 3 slices on it.  I assured him there were PLENTY more under the cheese)

Me:  BLOOD SHOT EYE... onion outer ring, spinach eye color, mushroom pupil and sweet pepper blood-shot-ness.

DESSERT:  It was originally going to be floating ghosts but the ricemallow wasn't being cooperative. lol!  Cocoa powder, PB2, Agave Nectar drizzle and ricemallow.


I used some of the pizza dough to make Kai's lunch for today.  Since Calzones travel easier than pizza that's what she got.

Mushroom, Spinach, sweet pepper and cheese...

Folded over on itself.  Then I pressed in 2 mushrooms for eyes and red pepper for a mouth/teeth.

And baked it at 500 for about 10-15 minutes.

Her complete lunch will be the calzone (smooshed into her lunch container), a jack-o-lantern orange and a witch finger bread stick. :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Witchy Bread Breakfast

What do you say to a Halloween Breakfast?

I saw this recipe for "Eggy Breakfast Bread" and realized I actually had most of the ingredients!

I used:
1 C Garbanzo Flour
1/2 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
2 T ground flax seed (I mixed the first T in with the dry and then realized I was supposed to mix it in with the wet so I added a second T to the wet)
1 t apple cider vinegar
1 C Almond Milk
2 Squirts of Dark Chocolate Better Stevia

Mix the dry, mix the wet, mix the wet and dry, pour into a pie dish and bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes...

If you don't have the above ingredients you could probably make a basic BIG baked pancake and then decorate it the same way. :)

To make it a Halloween dish...

Cut out your Halloween stencil.  Using a basic piece of paper I cut out a circle (moon) and then cut out a witchy silhouette from the center. 

Setting it on the bread I sprinkled Carob Powder over it so that I had a witch flying in front of a full moon.  :)

To eat we sliced it into 8 triangles and then drizzled some Honey on top. 

Add in a banana side and there was enough for Kai and I to eat it for breakfast yesterday AND today!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Costumes & Treats

Let's just start at the beginning.

On Friday I met up with the Hubs for lunch at a new place...Punch Burger.

I got the Mushroom Patty with lettuce, tomatoes, onion and guacamole with a side of sweet potato tots.  It's was REALLY good. :)  

For dinner we went to Yats where I got my favorite... B&B (black beans and caramelized corn in a light cream sauce)

For dessert we headed to Orange Leaf where I got Pecan, Pumpkin and Coconut flavors.  It was good but I've gotten used to the creaminess of YoguLatte and Urban Swirl.  I mean, I'll never turn down yogurt... it's just not the best. :)

After eating we saw the movie Cloud Atlas.

I wasn't that into it.  First of all, it's LONG and I'm not very good at sitting still.  Then it's a time jumping movie so you have to keep track of several story lines.  And then on top of all that, it's basically a long "Be nice to each other" PSA.  It was fun ID'ing the different actors in their different makeup, but if I hadn't been trapped in a theater I would not have sat through the whole thing.  Someone smarter than me would probably LOVE the movie. :)

On Saturday Kai's Nana & Papa took her to see Cinderella. She put on her Aurora costume and headed off with them.  She loved the show and got a juice box and rice crispy treat snack, plus after the show she got to meet the characters and got their autographs (ie, Prince Charming & Cinderella, etc.)

When she got back we started getting ready for my Sister-in-law's halloween party.  

The Hub's went as a monster faced guy (ie he wore his normal clothes and a mask, lol!)

Kai found a play knife and decided she wanted to be a pirate.  We already had an eye patch so an over sized button up shirt, a brown vest, boots, leggings, a skirt, a scarf around her hair and one around her waist and she was set! 

My original plan was to be a skeleton but it turns out that bleach on black makes orange, not white.  AND bleach on non-cotton fabric makes...nothing.  The skeleton costume was a complete dud.  So instead I took an old white sheet and sewed, what was essentially, a HUGE pillow case.  I cut a vertical  slit for my head at the top and two slits for my arms and then muddied the dress up outside.  With some zombie-like make up and unbrushed hair I quickly became the girl from The Ring...

 At the party we met up with my Sister-in-law and her Hubs (their boys were Batman & Robin!)

And the Hub's parents, aka, the Doctors.

Plus a couple of dozen other kids and their parents. :)

On Sunday we did some much needed grocery shopping where I got some little oranges.  With a sharpie you have instant healthy Halloween treats!

And then after an over-time win by the Colts we headed out to ZooBoo at the Indy Zoo.

I donned a Mad-Hatter's hat and although my coat took away some of the madness I did get a couple compliments. :)

These tombstones had me cracking up.  My favorite was "I told you I was Sick". lol!

The boys were less enthusiastic about costuming-up again so they went as Colt's Fans...

Kai was Aurora riding a unicorn (yes, we have a LOT of dress up clothes at home)

There was trick-or-treating (although let's be honest, it was just treating!)

My favorite "exhibit" was the recycled tin man (this year's theme was Wizard of Oz)

And it was so cool out that the animals were super active.  This lion was just staring everyone down!

Of course we had to "race a cheetah".

For dinner I had an acorn squash...

cut in half:

Seeds removed and saved for cooking later:

Acorn halves were put in a microwave safe dish:

and nuked for 15 minutes.

I ate 1 half filled with Quinoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and a drizzle of honey. :)

Now, I still plan to share the lunch wrap up at the end of the week, but since Halloween is THIS week I thought I'd share the more "Themed" aspects as they happen. :)

Lunch was a Cream Cheese & Apple Butter sandwich, cut into a ghost with raisins for eyes & a mouth. :)

With a side of Cauliflower Ghosts (just stick some raisin eyes/mouth on using cream cheese as 'glue') and a side of Orange "jack-o-lantern".