We love Halloween around here and like to do a glorified Halloween playdate for the little man and his friends.
This post comes at a time when I am really pressed between my teaching, my son’s many activities, and just trying to keep the house on this side of utter chaos, so it will be quick and easy, just like these recipes.
First up, the easiest:
Peel a bunch of clementines, Trim a celery stalk into stem-sized sticks. Jam the sticks into the clementines as if they were stems and you’re done. (“No one is going to eat them, Mom”says the little guy. “They are too healthy.” but they disappeared off the plate in coos of “How cute” and “I love clementines” and now the little man is eating…his words!)
Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon:
Set a saucepan of apple cider to low or medium low until warm. Ladle into mugs, sprinkle with cinnamon and use cinnamon sticks (medium length) as stirrers. Nice with a splash of cranberry juice too.
Apple Cider Refresher Cocktail
In a champagne flute pour one part prosecco to one part apple cider. Top with cinnamon.
Tina’s Witchy Oreos
Take Oreo cookies and top with a Hershey’s Kiss. You can use frosting to make them stick.
Spread thinly cut white bread with Nutella (add raspberries if you like). Top with another slice of white bread and for extra fun, use a Halloween themed cookie cutter to cut them into shapes. then use tiny chocolate chips for eyes,noses and mouths. Try not to eat all the cut off bits smeared with Nutella.
AND the most challenging (and still very easy)
Hot Dog Mummies
Preheat oven to 375 ºF
The Pillsbury photos show a much tidier assembly, but my mess worked just fine and the kids thought they were cool!
Be prepared with 10 hot dogs and dry them off as best you can. Moisture gums up the works a bit.
Take one tube of Pillsbury Crescent Dough and roll it out, pressing the perforations together. Take a pizza slicer and slice into thin strips (1/8 – 1/4″). Working quickly, wrap 3-4 strips around each hot dog, leaving space for eyes. Place them on an ungreased baking sheet and spray the tops with a bit of cooking spray.
Bake for 13-17 minutes until pastry is golden brown. Dot mustard or ketchup for the eyes and serve.
What I made for the grown-ups…more on this later!