Healthy Halloween Treats Hi Guys!!!

Halloween can be a crazy time for little ones!!  There are scary ugly things in places there should not be.  And all kinds of expectations from friends and family about what should be done.

No one but you knows what your children can handle.  So, my famous words,  PLAN AHEAD.  You and daddy figure out how you want events to go on in your home.  There are many fun things you can do that do not involve terrifying masks, witches, or the undead!!! In our home we always did costumes and gave away candy, but we chose to do fun crazy things rather than scary.  Our kids dressed up as hobos, ballerinas (yes even the boys), a bride & groom, a clown, ninjas, doctors, nurses, pilots, firemen, and on and on.  We carved pumpkins every year and attended alternative parties to avoid the creepy side of Halloween.

Buddy up with parents who are like minded with you.  If scary is what you like, they will be with you.  If you want to stay away from that stuff until you kids are older, they will be with you there too.  Talk to friends and family about protecting your kids while they are young.  If you put your thoughts out on the table it may lead to raucous debates, but your desires will be known.

There are all kinds of fun things you can prepare for the holiday.  Deviled Goblin Eggs came out of the Betty Crocker Cook Book (online)  They are a hoot and so much fun to include your kids in the process of preparing!!!

Please send me recipes you have enjoyed!  And I will share them, giving you credit, if you wish!!!

Happy Halloween!!!!!                      JUDY

Deviled Green Goblin Eggs

Prep Time
 30 Min   Total Time
1 Hr 30 Min     Servings
  12

Ingredients

12 unpeeled hard-cooked eggs

6 cups hot water

1 bottle (0.3 oz) yellow liquid food color

½ bottle (0.3 oz-size) blue liquid food color

½ bottle (0.3 oz-size) green liquid food color

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

½ cup Betty Crocker™ Potato Buds™ mashed potatoes (dry)

½ cup mayonnaise

½ cup sour cream

¼ cup chopped fresh chives

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon seasoned pepper blend

Directions

  • 1 Gently tap each egg on countertop until shell is finely crackled. In large bowl, stir together hot water, food colors and vinegar. Add eggs; let stand 1 hour.
  • 2 Remove eggs from water and drain on paper towels. Peel eggs to reveal pattern on whites. Cut eggs lengthwise in half; slip out yolks into medium bowl. Mash yolks. Add potatoes (dry), mayonnaise, sour cream, chives, salt and seasoned pepper blend; mix well.
  • 3 Spoon egg yolk mixture evenly into egg white halves. Gently press 2 halves together. Repeat with remaining halves. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving time.

Hunkering Down for Winter…….

In Southern California we are in the middle of our traditional ‘Indian Summer’.  Every year in August, September, & October we have unbearably (yes we are spoiled babies) hot days.  We bring out the fans, go to the beach, fill up on ice water, and lament our discomfort!  Anyway, as we deal with the heat it is the time of year to look toward winter.

My son in  Alaska has a four week old second child.  In that part of the world winter is truly winter.  For many of you the seasons may be far more defined.  Having a new baby causes concern.  How do we keep her warm?  What is appropriate clothing in and out of our home?  A newborn can not tell you if she is uncomfortable.  This makes sever cold a little scary.  Please share any ideas you have for safely keeping baby warm and comfortable during the coming winter months.   JUDY