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Deviled Eggs, always for Halloween, but this year we’re egging you on to eat spider eggs. Spider eggs are high protein and may be a great way to creep out some friends.

Ingredients

  • 3 slices bacon (3 oz.)
  • 8 hard-cooked large eggs
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

1. In an 8- to 10-inch frying pan over medium-high heat, cook bacon, turning slices as needed, until browned on both sides and crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. When cool enough to handle, crumble bacon.
2. Cut each egg in half lengthwise; gently scoop out yolks and place in a bowl. Mash yolks with a fork, then stir in mayonnaise, green onions, mustard, and crumbled bacon until well blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Spoon about 1 tablespoon yolk mixture into the hollow of each egg-white half. Serve immediately or cover and chill up to 4 hours.

Don’t you agree this is a super timely recipe for fun?

Wrap up some mummies then serve them up on a plate. Surprise the kiddos, there’s a hot dog inside. This how to is found at Family Fun.

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Looking for a no brainer and easy Halloween gift? This Mummy has no brain, just unwrap it and you will find Halloween Playdough. Another recipe from the Idea Room.

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Mummified Oreos could be your treat and not much of a trick to make.

Go ask How She Does It, and she will show you how to too.

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Mummy? No silly, it’s a baby, well okay, maybe a baby Mummy.

Babble claims all it takes is roll of gauze plus a cute baby and you’ll have your own baby Mummy.

All you Mummys and Daddys too, have some family fun on Halloween.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doll up your kitchen with these witty yet accurate measuring cups.  Inspired by traditional Russian Matryoshkas (wooden nesting dolls) they’re made to measure. Practical, charming, and no surprise, they’re easy to store, one tucks inside the other. Measure for measure, this set includes ¼ cup, ⅓ cup, ½ cup, ⅔ cup, ¾ cup, and 1 cup.

Every year we kick off the Halloween season with a practice run of pumpkin carving. We begin in the kitchen with this favorite recipe. Give it a try, the kiddos will love it!

Stuffed Mini Jack-O’-Lanterns

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Cut off the tops of bell peppers and use a spoon to remove the seeds. Save the tops for later!

Use a pencil to draw the faces on the peppers, then use a small serrated knife to carve out the faces.

Brush a little olive oil all over the inside of the pepper and lightly sprinkle them with salt and black pepper. At this point you can choose to bake them in a conventional oven for an hour or until soft.

In the meantime, make the quinoa stuffing:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup vegetable broth

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and saute for about five minutes or until soft. Stir in the mushrooms and saute two more minutes. Stir in the garlic and saute for just about 30 seconds.

Add the parsley salt, black pepper, quinoa, and vegetable broth. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 to 18 minutes or until all the water is absorbed and the quinoa is soft and fluffy. If the quinoa is still crunchy you can add more broth and simmer it for a few more minutes.

Stuff, and bake in a covered casserole dish at 350 degrees F. for 25 to 30 minutes.

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The Blood Moon yesterday reminded us it is time for some of this tasty bloody Vampire Punch.

Vampire Punch

1 new rubber surgical glove
2 quarts apple juice
2 quarts cranberry juice
2 liters ginger ale

1. Rinse the glove inside and out several times with cold water to make sure it doesn’t have any powder coating. Fill with water and tie the wrist tightly closed with a twist tie. Freeze solid.

2. Mix the juices and ginger ale in a large punch bowl. Cut the glove carefully off the hand and fingers with a sharp scissors and float the molded hand in the punch.

Smile Day at Totally Kids

Happy World Smile Day 2014!

Yes, it is World Smile Day once again, so go ahead and turn that frown upside down.

World Smile Day was created by Harvey Ball of Worcester, Massachusetts, who, in 1963, designed the original smiley face logo. Since 1963 they have taken over. Anybody else now see those little faces almost everywhere, every day of the year? I could not begin to count how many I see daily in email, Facebook and Twitter.

Smiley Face

He thought that we all should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world, regardless of politics, geography and religion.

World Smile Day® is always the first Friday in October each year, people all around the planet perform acts of kindness and help others smile.

Here is a healthy treat from family go that’s sure to put a “smile” on anyone’s face. Even the youngest kiddos can help create these; an excellent cook together.

This week’s Recipe for Fun: False Teeth aka Apple Smiles.

Ingredients

  • smooth peanut butter
  • 1 red apple, cored and sliced into eighths
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • miniature marshmallows

Directions

  1. Spread peanut butter on one side of each apple slice (squeeze a little lemon juice over the apple if not serving immediately).
  2. Place four miniature marshmallows on one apple slice and then lay another apple slice, peanut butter side down, on top.

innocent plantsWink, wink Betsy.

Here's Looking at You

If you are one of the guilty ones, here’s looking at you!  Go right ahead and enjoy this vegetarian recipe for Eyeball Caprese.

vegie skeleton

Scare up some veggies and concoct a skeleton to enjoy on World Vegetarian Day 2013.

You can make a difference by participating tomorrow, October 1st, in  World Vegetarian Day 2013. If you take the time you can  learn the health benefits of a vegetarian diet, as well as how it can save the lives of animals and help to preserve the Earth.

Fruits

Boo! It’s not all about veggies.

 

Boolicious-Brownie-TreatsWe believe in ghosts.

Boo-licious ghost brownies – recipe from Around My Family Table.

Ghost pretzels

Ghost Pretzels!

This is a great make together for even the youngest children.

Makes 18

8 oz white chocolate melts
18 pretzel sticks
Tube of black icing
Clear plastic pretzel bags

Melt the chocolate, then dip pretzels halfway into the chocolate and gently shake to remove excess. Dry on a rack. Decorate eyes and mouth with black icing. Wait until dry and then package in plastic pretzel bags available at craft or baking stores.

Egg-Ghost

This egg might require a ghostly talent to prepare?

Ghost Cookies

Frightfully easy ghost cookies to make with the kids.  Yes, more of the white chocolate melt, but only 2 other ingredients: Nutter Butter cookies and mini chocolate chips. Fly over to Hands on Learning Fun for the details.

ghost poop

What’s that you say?  “Still don’t believe in no ghosts?” – Here’s the evidence, Ghost Poop.  Can’t Stop Making Things has the tutorial for you.

Spider Woman

Our very own Spider-Woman Ana weaves her spooky webs in preparation for the National Costume Swap Day Party 2013.

National Costume Swap Day 2013

Hop on your brooms and fly in Saturday, October 12th for our annual National Costume Swap Day Party.

Bring in gently used child size costumes and go home with a new-to-you costume.  Exchanging costumes is a creative and eco-friendly way to get kids excited about recycling.
Join us for tricks, treats, fun games, and prizes.

Families are encouraged to bring in multiple costumes.  Any left over costumes will be donated to St. Joseph’s Home for Children, a charity that provides basic needs and emergency shelter for children.  Totally Kids fun furniture & toys and St. Joseph’s have successfully partnered in the past.  Last year Totally Kids was able to donate a carload of Halloween costumes to children.  Our goal for this year is to at least double that amount.

Batty

That’s a beautiful orange chandelier, but someone is trying to drive us batty. There will be a count the bats contest  where all kids will win a FREE prize.

Minnesota Harvest Moon

Here in Minnesota we know it’s the beginning of fall when the air feels a little crisper, the leaves begin to change color, Halloween costumes and candy start appearing in stores everywhere.  And the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, right?

Do you know when fall officially arrives this year?

You are correct if you said today.  Welcome Fall!

The Autumnal Equinox falls on September 22nd 2013 marking the transition from summer to fall.  The word equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night.”  The days will now be getting shorter and there will be more hours of nighttime darkness.

Have you seen the Harvest Moon this year?  The “Harvest Moon” is the full moon closest to autumnal equinox.  It has been positively spectacular here in the Northland.  Tonight’s moon, shown above, is a little less full, but absolutely beautiful. Photo credit T.H.

Moon in My Room with boy

Throughout the year the Moon rises, on average, about 50 minutes later each day. You can have an educational Moon in My Room every night and learn all about its phases..

Tortilla leaves

Everyone is always wowed with these falling leaves tortilla chips that are easy to make if you have a little time.  Pop on over to Kitchen Witch to learn just how to make these leaves.  Have a Happy Fall!

The Autumn equinox and the spring equinox are the two days in the year when the hours of daylight and darkness are exactly equal. – See more at: http://www.kidsturncentral.com/holidays/glossary/deffallequin.htm#sthash.BHktrTRX.dpuf
The Autumn equinox and the spring equinox are the two days in the year when the hours of daylight and darkness are exactly equal. – See more at: http://www.kidsturncentral.com/holidays/glossary/deffallequin.htm#sthash.BHktrTRX.dpuf

Ghost Suckers!

Head over to 18 twenty five and  learn the ghost sucker secret Recipe for Fun.

Boo! Don’t let these pretzel stick ghosts frighten you, they’re really not that difficult to make. Kitchen Daily shares the tricks for this great cook together with the kiddos.

We think Brownie S’mores look frightfully good, don’t you? Home is Where the Boat Is shares this and other Halloween ideas sure to please your “Peeps”.

If we haven’t scared you yet, this might!

Celebrate Halloween EEK-O-Nomically

Join us Saturday, October 13th

from 1P.M. – 3P.M.

Hop on your brooms and fly in for

fun games, prizes, hot cider and treats.

Register to win a eco-friendly car!

All children 8 years old and younger dressed in a costume

will receive a FREE prize!

Bring in a child size Halloween costume to swap

and take home a “new to you” one.

Start bringing in your costumes now and receive

10% OFF*

your purchase.

Any left over costumes will be donated to St. Joseph’s Home for Children.

Bonus: now through October 31st

all Melissa & Doug Toys are 20% OFF*.
*Not valid on prior purchases, with gift cards or other offers.

According to the nonprofit Green Halloween®, families, swapping the costumes of only half of the children who celebrate Halloween would reduce the nation’s annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons, equivalent to the weight of 2,500 mid-size cars.
Here’s how the Costume Swap works:
Drop off your swap-able costumes now.
In exchange for each complete, clean, gently-worn costume, donors will receive 10% OFF their purchase that day.