Sunday, October 23, 2016

Monster Pancakes & Frankenstein Treats

Tonight has been a little hectic at the Potter house.  Trek left today for a work trip to Boston & my kids seem to become unhinged when they know daddy is gone, even if it's less than a week.  So I thought it would be nice to let them CREATE their own spooky dinner tonight.  They had a blast.

Monster Pancakes
Lorien made pancakes in lots of different shapes & sizes.  Then I put out a bunch of toppings on the table & let them create their own faces.  They seemed to enjoy it a ton.  I like letting my kids be creative.

Canyon's Monster

My Frankenstein Pancake

Craiger's Monster

Cadence's Skeleton Monster

Taya's Swamp Creature

Bladen's Spider

Lorien's Creature

And then for dessert we made some simple 
Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats.  

Friday, October 21, 2016

Swamp Slugs, Boo Bananas, & Salad

Tonight we had a fun looking dinner.

Swamp Slugs:
My family loves chicken cordon bleu.  You can make it by hand (which is time consuming, but tastes SO good) or you can buy the frozen chicken cordon bleus in the freezer section of the grocery store.  Bake them in the oven for 45 minutes at 375 degrees.  For the "sauce" (that makes it look like an actual slug) mix 1 can of cream of chicken soup & 1 cup of sour cream.  I double that for my family.  Heat it in a saucepan & add on top of your chicken cordon bleu.  Add olives on toothpicks for eyes, & a tomato mouth.  Voila.  A slug you can eat.

Boo Bananas:
are just bananas with chocolate chips for eyes.  And then I added a salad because I love salad.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Meatloaf Mummies, Mashed Potato Ghosts, & Viruses

This was the first time I made these little mummy guys.  They are kind of cute.  The kids loved them.

Meatloaf Mummies:
Just make your favorite family meatloaf recipe & mold them into mini-meatloaf cakes in muffin cups.  Since they are cupcake size you only have to cook them for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Check them to see if they're cooked through, but it's a whole lot faster than a typical meatloaf.  Next make some mashed potatoes & try to make them a thinner consistency.  Add them to a pastry piping bag & a thin frosting tip.  Add 2 peas as eyes & frost strips of mashed potatoes on top of the meatloaves to make a little mummy face.  Super cute, tasty, & filling.

Mashed Potato Ghosts:
With your leftover mashed potatoes make little piles with a point & add olive pieces as eyes.

My kids LOVE grapes.  I asked them what they though grapes looked like that was spooky & they said a virus . . . so there you go.  Viruses.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Monster Sandwiches & Mini Pumpkins

After a day filled with SIX dental appointments, we opted for a pretty quick dinner tonight.

Monster Sandwiches:
are a favorite here.  We just get hoagie buns & heat up some mushrooms, onions, & peppers in a pan with some lunchmeat & melt cheese on top & throw it in the bun with some lettuce & tomatoes.  I added olives on toothpicks for eyes.  They are delicious & FULL of fresh veggies.  

And since we still have a bazillion clementines in the house, the kids begged for more 
mini pumpkins.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Jack-O-Lantern Pizzas & Mini Pumpkins

Tonight we made a fast, but cute dinner.

Jack-O-Lantern Pizzas:
I just take biscuit dough & smash it to make a crust, add pizza sauce, cheese, & add pepperoni to the top in the shape of a face.

Mini Pumpkins:
We love clementines in our house.  Just peel your little orange & add a cut of green onion as a stem.  Easy peasy.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Creature Lasagne & Spooky Donuts

So this week is hammered with my oldest doing basketball tryouts until 5 every afternoon limiting my dinner options & my time to make them.  We'll see what we can come up with.

Creature Lasagne: 
Tonight we made simple lasagne & added some faces to make it a creature looking thing.

Monster Donuts:
Then for dessert for Family Home Evening, I stopped by Krispy Kreme on my way home from picking up my kids & got some Halloween donuts.  Their donuts are super cute right now.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Monster Claws, Spider Web Mashed Potato Casserole, & Caramel Apple Trifle

Tonight's dinner was SUPER good.

Monster Claws:
Just make your favorite chicken nugget recipe & make sure you cut your chicken into finger like shapes.  Here is our favorite nugget recipe (which happens to be the Chic-Fil-A recipe which is amazing!)

1.5 pounds chicken cut into nuggets or slices
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
2.5 Tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 Tablespoon salt

Mix the egg & milk in a bowl & add chicken pieces.  Let sit for 5 minutes.  Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl.  Heat oil.  Dip wet chicken into dry ingredient mixture, back into the egg mixture, & once again in the dry mixture.  Place into hot oil & fry until brown & cooked through.

(FYI, we have 8 in our family & we triple this recipe to feed us all.  Every last piece gets eaten.)

Spider Web Mashed Potato Casserole:
Make mashed potatoes. . . . I leave the skins on & add bacon, green oniobns, butter,  & cheese, then I topped it with sour cream or ranch in the shape of a spider web.  Mine wasn't very pretty this time around, but that's alright.  It tasted good.

Caramel Apple Trifle:
3 Tablespoons butter
4 cups chopped/peeled tart apples
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon apple pie spice divided
8 oz cream cheese
1 jar caramel ice cream topping, divided
12 oz cool whip
2 loave pound cake, cut into 1 inch cubes

Melt butter over medium heat.  Stir in apples, walnuts, brown sugar, & 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice.  Cook & stir for 10 minutes or until the apples are tender.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until creamy.  Beat in 1/2 cup caramel topping & remaining apple pie spice.  Fold in 2 cups of cool whip.

In a trifle bowl layer 1/3 of the cake cubes, cream cheese mixture, & the apple mixture.  Repeat 2 more times.  Garnish with cool whip, caramel topping, & apple pie spice.  Cover & refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Jack-O-Lantern Grilled Cheese & Blood Soup

Tonight Cadence made dinner since my hand is still wrapped up.

Jack-O-Lantern Grilled Cheese
(your basic grilled cheese with a cute face carved into the top piece of bread.)

Blood Soup
(also known as tomato soup)

Super easy, the kids love it, & it tastes great!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Zombie Taco Salad & Hocus Pocus Potion

Tonight we had a slight mishap at the Potter house.  I somehow managed to stab myself in the hand while making guacamole.  Let's just say I had to contemplate whether or not I needed to rush to the ER for stitches.  As I type this, its still bleeding ( an hour & a half later ) so I may still need to go, but for now we are trying to enjoy our dinner.  I have 2 absolutely amazing daughters who know how & love to cook so they made dinner tonight.  They did anamazing job.

Zombie Taco Salad
Just your typical taco salad however you like it.  I add guacamole on top to make a green zombie face.  Add sour cream with olive slices as eyes & tomatoes for a mouth,

Hocus Pocus Potion

You make 2 smoothies for this.  Put orange sherbet & orange juice in a blender & blend until nice & smooth.  The 2nd smoothie is apple juice & frozen berries.  Layer the 2 to make a pretty (& yummy) potion.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pumpkin Brains & Graveyard Pudding Cups

So this is my kids' all time favorite Halloween dinner.  Favorite, favorite, favorite.  It cracks me up how much my kids LOVE peppers.  They eat them right up.

Pumpkin Brains:
Just get your favorite colored peppers, take the seeds out, & carve faces into them like you'd carve pumpkins.  I even let my girls carve their own since they know how to handle knives.  Add your favorite pasta & sauce inside so it looks like overflowing brains for your pumpkin friend.

Graveyard Pudding Cups:
My kids love pudding so I just add crushed oreos to the top to make it look like dirt.  Then I add some kind of a cookie with chocolate frosting spelling "RIP" or a skull & crossbones & add it.  I usually add those little pumpkin shaped candy corn, but I swear they don't sell them ANYWHERE here.  I checked 5 different stores.  So instead I just added some plain old candy corn.

Anyhow, my kids loved it & they were SO happy with their little pumpkins & ate every last bit of them.