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Spooky Stuffed Pepper Pumpkins

Have you planned your Halloween night family dinner?  I mean, you still have a couple of days to figure it out, right?  Well, if you are still searching, I have a great idea for you.  Spooky stuffed pepper pumpkins were on our menu last night and wow!  Seriously, the whole family loved them!  And, if that sounds good, let me fill you in on the rest of the kid-friendly Halloween menu!

Kid’s In The Kitchen ~

   

What I love most about this menu is that the kids were able to get involved.  Aprons were thrown on (I think this is pretty important for these recipes I’m about to share) and the fun began!  I should mention, however, that a little prep was done before the kids arrived.  We were packing a lot of stuff into one night so that was a huge help!

Stuffed Pepper Recipe ~

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO PRINTABLE VERSION OF STUFFED PEPPER RECIPE!

As mentioned earlier, some steps were done before the kids arrived.  It is important to get some of the cooking done ahead to make it easier for them to participate!  Otherwise, they will quickly lose  interest.  Here is what I did earlier in the day:

EARLY PREPARATIONS ~
  • Slice tops off of bell peppers
  • Cut jack-o-lantern faces in the peppers
  • Boil peppers
  • Cook meat mixture

The kids were very excited to stuff the peppers, add the cheese on top and find the right bell pepper top to fit on each one.  Finding the tops were somewhat like a puzzle which makes it even more fun!  I then placed them in the oven to start cooking and make room for the snake breadsticks!

SNAKE BREADSTICKS ~

We followed a festive breadstick recipe that we found on Pinterest from Flawlessfood.co.uk.  They give very detailed instructions to make this delightful Halloween side dish.  It is a perfect accompaniment to the spooky stuffed pepper pumpkins.  Follow this link for Snake Breadsticks from Flawless Food!

Our breadsticks did not turn out as professional as the ones  from Flawless Food, however, the kids had a blast making them.  If you prefer a deeper color, please follow their directions and paint the wash on for the last 5 minutes of baking.    This being said, I wanted the kids to be able to complete this step, so to keep any burns from occurring, I had them paint the breadsticks before baking.  They still turned out adorable and the kids were delighted when they came out of the oven.

OREO TRUFFLE BATS ~

Many of us have already discovered this sinful dessert of Oreo truffles.  What is even more amazing is while they are always such a HUGE hit, they are truly so EASY to make.  We went a step further for our Halloween themed dinner and made them into bats.  This was achieved with a little help from One Sweet Appetite.  YOU ARE DEFINITELY GOING TO WANT TO PIN THIS BAT OREO TRUFFLE RECIPE FROM ONE SWEET APPETITE!!

Below you see Addi’s  Oreo truffle bats!  *We have officially lost Max’s attention at this point!  😂 Please note that if you are making these for something other than a Hallowhttps://mimiblog.org/aob6een family dinner, you may want to do these on your own. 😁

She truly had so much fun with every step of this recipe, from crushing the oreos and rolling the dough into balls to adding the finishing touches.  We had bats with different eyes, bats with 1 eye, and bats with 3 eyes.  Much laughter was heard while creating these masterpieces.  Since we had such a packed evening, we tried to concoct our own method of attaching the bat wings.  Next time I will definitely follow the instructions from One Sweet Appetite.

Addi was so perplexed on how we were going to make the bat wings.  I pulled out the wax paper and she started laughing.  “Mimi, we can’t eat paper!”  I then drew bat wings on the wax paper.  My little princess was understandably still confused.  It was when I taught her how to cover the bat wing stencils with melted chocolate that it started to make sense.   She was amazed that we could create our own chocolate images this way.  Once again, follow the link above for more detailed instructions on this fun step!

Needless to say, we had a VERY busy night filled with festive Halloween recipes!  We topped it off with the annual pumpkin carving.  The kids went home with full bellies and carved jack-o-lanterns.  More importantly, we created another fantastic evening of wonderful family memories!

Happy Halloween!

 

 

 

Making Halloween Gingerbread Houses With Kids

Gingerbread house making and decorating has found its way into the month of October.  What a fun Halloween craft idea to do with kids!   Whether you choose to make everything from scratch or select from the fun Halloween gingerbread house kits in stores, it will be spooky fun!  You really can’t go wrong either way.  A fun day is ahead when you plan on making Halloween gingerbread houses with kids!!!

The Basics of Gingerbread Houses ~

You must first decide if you are going to make gingerbread cookies from scratch or use an alternative ingredient, such as graham crackers.  Either way you choose to go is great and may be dictated by what your family likes.  Obviously, if you are making gingerbread cookies, you will need to do that ahead of time.   Here is a GREAT gingerbread cookie recipe for you to print out!   Create some extra family fun by having the kids throw on their aprons and do the baking with you!

What You Will Need ~

Plan ahead on what toppings you want to have available.  You may already have some great ideas on what will be included, but if help is needed, here are some festive ideas:

  • gumdrops
  • candy corn
  • pumpkins or jelly pumpkins
  • candy eyeballs
  • baking chips in several flavors (chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch)
  • M & M’s (holiday ones are a plus!)
  • chocolate kisses
  • candy skeleton bones
  • various colors of icing in tubes or plastic bags
  • candy buttons

Here are some handy links to some of the items that are a bit harder to find in the stores:

The “Glue” ~

Next, you need to decide what you want to use for the “glue.”  Probably the most popular option is icing.  You can make your own or use store bought.  Be careful to not use a super creamy icing, as it is harder to make things stick!  Another option is burnt sugar.  I love Mel’s Kitchen Cafe’s post on this, which includes the directions for burnt sugar.    Check out Mel’s Kitchen Cafe post on haunted houses using burnt sugar!  *Might I suggest you save this recipe from her post as well.

Plan Ahead for Making Gingerbread Houses ~

Plan ahead and have all of your ingredients set out in bowls for everyone to easily reach.  It also helps the kids get their creative juices flowing when they can see all of the items they have to work with out in front of them.  Of course, it makes it even more fun if you serve a fun Halloween drink in a festive cup to enjoy while they are building.

Remember, the idea is not perfection when you are making these works of art with your kids.  The fun is in letting them make decisions and then you all get to enjoy it together!  Just have FUN making Halloween gingerbread houses with your kids!

Halloween Zombie Carrot Cake

Wickedly delicious “zombies” are heading your way….and just in time for Halloween!  Creepy food ideas are running rampant right now so I got the creative juices flowing to try my hand at something new.  The wonderful thing about this recipe is that it is simple to make and yet still festive enough to share with company.  Most people love carrot cake….so they have to love Halloween Zombie Carrot Cake too then, right???

This idea unfolded when I received a wonderful delivery of Edible Beach Chocolate Rock Candy from A Southern Girl’s Needs.  They sent these wonderful chocolates to me to sample in return for a review of their product.  Well, let me tell you…I love them!  There was such care in the packaging and shipping that I was immediately impressed.  What a surprise I had after opening the box to find these cute little confections.  This is definitely a small business that cares about their customers.

These perfect little chocolates  look exactly like rocks.  There is a nice variety of color tones which gives them a very realistic look.  We all loved the nice crunchy outer shell filled with delicious chocolate yumminess.   I, of course, had to make these “beach” chocolate rock candies into “graveside” rocks to create a fun Halloween cake.  I shopped for a couple of extra toppings to help create a fun grave site effect.

Making the Halloween Zombie Carrot Cake~

This step was easy as I purchased a carrot cake mix and followed the directions on the box.  After mixing the cake mix, I divided the batter into 2 prepared 9″ round cake pans and baked according to the directions.

Cream Cheese Icing~

We prefer homemade icing…and a lot of it!  I used the following recipe, and increased all of the measurements by 1/2.  Many times I double recipes, but I felt a little less than double would suffice for this cake.  It turned out that I had a little left over.  I put the leftover icing in a large zip lock baggie to use for my next small project.

Ingredients:

1 stick butter – softened

8 oz cream cheese – softened

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. salt

4 cups powdered sugar

*Reminder, I increased all ingredients by 1/2.  If you do not like a lot of icing, then the original amounts are sufficient!

Instructions:

  1. Mix softened butter and cream cheese in a bowl until creamy.
  2. Add vanilla extract and salt…continue to mix.
  3. Gradually add powdered sugar until completely combined

*If you need it to be a bit thicker you can add a small amount (tsp. or less) of cornstarch.

Assembling the Halloween Zombie Carrot Cake~

Once your cakes have finished baking, let them cool completely.  Carefully remove first cake from round cake pan and place on your desired serving dish.  I turn the cake “upside down” on the cake platter to have the smooth portion on top (which is the bottom of the cake).

Completely ice the sides and top of the first cake.  Repeat with the second cake…carefully placing it on top of the first layer.

You are now ready to decorate.

Other Ideas for the Edible Beach Chocolate Rock Candy~

  • Ice Cream Toppings
  • Displayed in Candy Dish as Graveyard Gravel Candy
  • Added in a Festive Fall Snack Mix
  • Packaged with a Gift and a label, such as “My Dad Rocks!”
  • Pudding Cup Dessert Topping such as Dirt Pudding
  • Dirt Topping for Flowerpot Cakes Made in Terra Cotta Pots
  • Gingerbread Houses
  • Bag of Coal Treat

Check out A Southern Girl’s Needs Website Here….

We still have plenty of time to enjoy this wonderful month of Halloween.  Get in that kitchen and create some spooky family delights!

 

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