Don't wait until next October to stock up on Halloween
decorations and costumes. You can score some great items at scary
bargain prices if you shop this week at your favorite retail store!
You may need to take a guess as to how big your child will be
next year, but many costumes secure with simple buttons or Velcro
making it easy to fit into regardless of their growth spurt. The
early bird gets the worm, so don't wait until the end of the week
to find items that will add some tricks to the trick-or-treating
Motion sensor ghosts, tombstones, pumpkin lights and other
accessories to spunk up the holiday season may be hard to store for
a year, but the wait will be worth it when you check your receipt
and have everything ready to go for the 2011 Halloween season!
I'm not one to try new recipes, heck, I'm not really one
to cook at all. In fact the joke amongst people that know me
is that if a recipe has more than five ingredients, I can't do
However I recently proved those naysayers wrong now
because......I did it! I made the Halloween Meal-in-a-Pumpkin that
was featured in MOM Magazine's recipe section of the Oct/Nov 2010
issue and there's like 17 ingredients in it!
It was very easy to make. In fact, my son Riley helped spoon the
meat mixture into the pumpkin:
Even though it had peppers, onion, mushrooms, and pimentos in
it, my boys still ate it and asked for second helpings! They loved
it. I encourage MOM readers to try this fabulous recipe, shared by
MOM Publisher (Raeann)'s mother-in-law.
MMMM.....doesn't it look yummy??
So, if you read my editorial in the Mid-Valley MOM Magazine you
know that I have 3 kids. And once again I had one that wanted
a store bought costume (Mimi is going as an adorable pink and black
spoted kitty) one that wanted a home made costume (McKenna now has
a black and pink poodle skirt) and one that waited until yesterday
at 3pm and then decided he wanted to be Picachu from
I figured finding a gold/yellow sweatsuit shouldn't be to
hard. (We are OSU Beavers at heart but there is quite a bit
of Duck stuff around). But, wouldn't you know it......(insert
explitive here) The Ducks went the green and black route this
year and not a gold color sweatshirt to be found...
Last ditch effort I ran to good old Target. I found a half
zip gold color fleece jacket but no pants. So around the
corner to JoAnn's Fabrics I went. I grabbed a pajama pattern
to make the matching pants and then found fleece that pretty well
matched the jacket. Of course according to the pattern I
didn't have enough material left on the bolt to get the pants and a
hood made for the jacket (picachu's head). So I took what
they had and then they literally locked the dorrs behind me.
Although I didn't feel to bad because they were really busy between
8pm and 9pm last night...guess I am not the only one with a last
By the time I got home, got the kids to bed, saw my husband for
15 minutes, etc, etc. It was now 11:30pm and I still had to
make the darn thing. I cut with lightning speed with the mini
size dull scissors I found in the drawer (remember we just moved
and my sewing stuff is buried in the garage). I sewed the
pants...made the hood, added the ears...crafted the tail and cut
out the face....then I went to bed at 2:00am but was so wired after
the Coke I drank I couldn't sleep until 3:00am.
My son awoke to me hollering..."get out here and get this thing
on so I can get the elastic in your pants...and your tail in the
right spot"! In the mean time I was helping both daughters
with spelling words and a math assignment about how many pockets
our family has on.....AAAhhhhhhhhhh!!!
I finished with 3 minutes to spare..just enough time to pull on
some jeans and run a brush through my hair and one over my
teeth. And off to school we went!
But, my story doesn't end there....I offered to do the crafts
for the girls classes today during their Halloween parties.
Mimi's is finished and individually bagged so the kids can get
right to work...McKenna's were another story.
I had good intentions of making these adorable "Witch Hands"
with clear plastic gloves, candy corn finger nails, filled with
popcorn and then topped off with plastic spider rings. I
borrowed an air popper from a girlfriend after an SOS was sent out
on Facebook. Candy corn..check, ring....check,
rubber band...check....gloves...OH NO...I forgot the
How hard could they be to find....hahahahahahaha! (Never
ask yourself that question the morning of the event). All I
could find were the latex type gloves...so I finally called my
local Fred Meyer and they said no...I "needed a restaurant supply
that has gloves like in our deli section...." ding ding
ding...we have an idea... "Can I buy gloves from your deli
section?" and we were off and running. Thomas the Asst,
Grocery Mgr was very helpful and said to come on down and they
would help me out! (Thank goodness for Thomas!) So,
away I drove and now I am a happy camper with gloves in
I just have to finish popping the popcorn, get a shower, find my
costumes, write this blog, get a few other work related
things done...get to the parties...(I think I will stop there and
just hope I get that far). Thanks for listening to me...I
really just had to tell someone...anyone???
I totally forgot! the Freddy's in Albany has all sorts of
Halloween stuff going on Saturday:
Cake & Cupcake Decorating 11am-4pm (you buy the cakes
and they provide the decorations)
Cake Walk Noon-130pm
Costume Contest 2pm for a chance to win at $25 gift
card to Fred Meyer (open to kids 10 and under)
I am sure the Fred Meyer in your neck of the woods has stuff
going on too! Just give them a call.........gotta go...the
popcorn popper is blowing and I need to put more popcorn in
it! Happy Halloween Everyone! I will get picture of the
costumes up soon!
Did you know that MOM Magazine has a Flickr Group?
We'd love for you to share your photos with us, and also use it as
a place for inspiration.
Let's start out by sharing pictures of your carved pumpkins. New
Here is what you need to do:
***Photo sharing tip*** I use Picasa (not the web version, the
one you download) on my computer to organize my photos. From
Picasa, I go through my photos and "star" the ones I'm going to
share/upload to the web (for Facebook, blog, Flickr, etc.). I then
select only my "starred" photos and export them in a smaller,
web-friendly size to a separate folder I have just for the purpose
of web-sharing. So when I go to upload photos to Flickr, I just
need to search for my folder I just exported to, select all the
photos, and click upload. It's easier for me because I can get just
the photos I want, and they are already resized to the size they
need to be.
Here are 5 great cupcakes that you can make and some that
are easy enough for the kids to make....I know you all have school
parties coming up!!! Check out these recipes that I found on
We grabbed a bunch of gords and squashes when we went to the
pumpkin patch yesterday. I love using them as fall decorations that
can double as a sidedish between Halloween and Thanksgiving. These
cute butternut squashes looked like a little family of ghosts, so I
gave them fun google eyes with a black sharpie pen.
I've actually become quite attached to
the little guys as they look down on us from the fireplace mantle.
I just don't know that I'll be able to throw them in the oven.
Fall into fun this season with a trip to a real pumpkin patch to
hand select that perfect jack-o-lantern! There's still time to
visit pumpkin patches such as the one offered at the Country
Mercantile store as you head south on highway 395.
Along with pumpkin fun, you and your family can enjoy a corn
maze, straw-bale maze for little kids, petting zoo and more. Pony
rides, hay rides and other venues make a trip a great family outing
to kick start your fall season. The Country Mercantile is open 7
days a week but the fun ends October 31st. The store and
fun is open from 9 am to 6 pm.
This past weekend, my boys and I went to one of our favorite
local Pumpkin Patch's to search out the one, the only, PERFECT
pumpkin for each of us this Halloween.
The day was beautiful! Not a rain cloud in sight. The boys eyed
a big red wheelbarrow for us to use on the hunt for our perfect
pumpkins. The boys took turns pushing the empy wheelbarrow and
we went in search of the perfect pumpkins for each of us. Mommy's
only rule? The boys had to be able to lift their pumpkin into
Riley found his perfect pumpkin right off the bat:
Colby must have anguished over a half dozen "perfect" ones
before he found his:
I was searching for a perfectly round pumpkin to make the
Pumpkin Casserole (from the Oct/Nov MOM issue). Guess what?! I
found it! It's going to be dinner on Tuesday night.
Another successful trip to the Pumpkin Patch to find the perfect
pumpkin! Still need to find your perfect pumpkin? Here are some
great local Pumpkin Patchs' in Lane County:
30946 Wyatt Drive in Harrisburg
Lone Pine Farms
91909 River Road in Junction City
Colonial Harvest Days at Northern Lights Farm
3677 Wheeler Road in Pleasant Hill
You've got their costumes ready, but what about their treat
bags? Don't be so quick to rush out and purchase a trendy Halloween
bucket. With a little help from Crayola and your youngsters, you
can create a Halloween bag that carries the theme of their costume
while being kind to Mother Nature.
Simply use a white, recyclable paper bag with or without handles
(they're easy to add with strips of paper and a dab of glue) and
let your child tap into his or her inner Picasso. You can also use
kid-made, earth friendly bags for birthday parties for a personal
Have your little ones draw a picture of a birthday cake or write
the age of the child on the bag for the party you're attending. Add
stickers, glitter glue, feathers or any other art supplies you can
think of and you'll have a unique bag that has you going green
without spending a lot of green. Want to go ever greener? Reuse the
brown paper bags from your local grocer. For more craft projects
and creative Halloween ideas check us out as Mom Magazine was
recently featured on KEPR TV at http://www.keprtv.com/news/adventures/105553638.html.
We're fortunate to have a variety of sports teams in the
Tri-Cities with Fever Football, Tri-Cities Dust Devils and
American's Hockey. It costs a great deal less to attend a local
sports team than to pay for travel and accommodations for a
Seahawks game (not to mention ticket prices) but there are also
other ways you can expose your kids to community events. Even if
you don't have teenagers in high school sports, Friday Night
Football games can be a fun family outing to teach sportsmanship
while enjoying all the fanfare of a major team.
Nachos and hotdogs are affordable and fun to enjoy while your
kids learn the game with great seats and easy access to the exit
signs if they get fussy. Try taking your child to a sports team of
a family friend with a high school student playing on the field, or
even to the school they will eventually attend.
It's a wonderful opportunity to build their interest and gauge
whether they're ready for a long trip to a major city. If high
school sports keep them engaged, move them to the next level with
minor league sports to ensure the entire family gets the most bang
for their hard-earned buck!
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