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Spooktacular Meals For The Littles : {Happy Halloween}

Halloween is in full swing in our house and the kitchen is no exception! If you read my blog, then you already know I am a fan of batch cooking. Meaning, I typically cook my toddlers meals for the whole week at once, depending on what it is. Since Mondays tend to be the day we typically stay home, it works out pretty perfect!

I knew I wanted to incorporate Halloween into her breakfast and lunches for the week. It was also important that I keep the prep work pretty simply for the days that we were out and about. Plus, we are not morning people and she is never a huge fan of eating at that time.

Cookie Cutters are usually my go-to for fun and simple! A few good metal cookie cutters can take a boring meal and turn it into a fabulous creation! So, I grabbed some Halloween inspired ones from the drawer.

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Breakfast

Halloween Cinnamon Sugar Crisps with Ghost Bananas 

Cookie Cutters: A cat, witch hat, and pumpkin

Whole Wheat Tortilla Shells

2 tsp Cinnamon

1/4 to 1/2 Cup Sugar

4 TBS Butter Melted

Bananas

Chocolate Chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

My daughter used the cookie cutters to make shapes out of the tortilla shells. Then she dipped them in the bowl of melted butter. Next she pressed them into the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Lastly, we placed them on a a greased baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes and Enjoy! You can store the remaining crisps in a tubber ware bowl on the counter.  (Note: I got busy and left them in for a few extra minutes and they were much darker then intended. So really pay attention to the timer.)

Cut a banana in half, to create two individual ghosts. Press chocolate chips on the bananas to create the eyes and mouth. Creating the perfect Spooktacular Breakfast!

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Lunch

Mummy Hot Dogs, Apple Teeth, & Pumpkin Carrots

1 Can of Crescent Rolls

Hot Dogs

Cheese

Apple Slices

Peanut Butter

Marshmallows

Carrots

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees. Roll out crescent roll dough. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into strips. (Note: My strips did not come out perfect by any means, but the Mummy’s still came out great!) Lay a slice of cheese under a hotdog and wrap the strips of dough around the hotdog and cheese, in a mummy like fashion. Use a little dough to create some eyes. Set them on a baking sheet and pop them into the oven for about 17 minutes or until the dough is golden brown and the hotdogs are hot. (Note: I made five hotdogs, but there was enough dough to use all 8 hotdogs if preferred. Once they were cooled, I placed the remaining mummy’s in a sealed tubber ware bowl. Put them in the refrigerator to have for the rest of the week.)

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We always seem to be pretty busy through the week. So when I plan to do a themed meal that requires a little extra prep, I try to make it as easy as possible. Buying the precut apples is one of those ways! While the hotdogs are in the oven, I pull out the apple slices, peanut butter, and marshmallows to assemble the apple teeth! Using a butter knife, I spread peanut butter on to one side of the apple slices. Line up the marshmallows on one slice and place a second apple slice on top. WALA! Apple Teeth!

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For the pumpkin carrots, I found this easy tutorial from Little Dairy On The Prairie!

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Snacks

Finally, no Spooktacular meal would be complete without dessert! Thanks to my husband for finding these super cute Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spiders!

Is Halloween a major deal in your house? What Spooktacular meals do you have planned for your littles?

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Pumpkin Patch Fun + Toddler Friendly Decorating

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Halloween is a huge deal in our house, thanks in part to Charlie Brown! When our toddler was a mere 18 months old, I turned on the annual broadcast of, “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” With all the current, more flashier cartoons, I wasn’t expecting much. So imagine my surprise when I realized my daughter was completely memorized. Thank God I DVRed it! Since then, we discuss all things Halloween, including pumpkins, year round!

This past weekend we drove back to visit family and made a stop at our local pumpkin patch. It’s the same one we have taken our toddler to since she was a baby. There isn’t an array of flashy activities like some. Instead, its a quaint family owned farm, just off the beaten path. While it can get busy, it never feels crowded and the pumpkins are reasonably priced. The weather was a perfect, sunny and 65 degrees.

This year I was in search of the perfect little pumpkin for some toddler friendly fun! Once we settled on the perfect, pumpkins – one for traditional carving and the other for my toddler to enjoy, we headed straight for grandma’s house!

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We did what I like to call, “The Rainbow Pumpkin Activity” at their house, because grandma owns a blow dryer! (Thanks mom! 😉

I did a similar activity when I taught, except I used a poster bored instead of a pumpkin. But I have to say, I like the pumpkin better!

I used a hot glue gun to attach some older crayons around the top of the pumpkin. Then, with the help of my mom, my daughter began melting the crayons with the hair dryer. The crayons melted faster when the blow dryer was pointing directly down on the crayons. My daughter was a amazed as the bright, bold colors began to drip down, consuming every inch of the once white pumpkin!

It was a quick and easy activity, that created little mess! The best part – it fed my daughters Halloween obsession and we still made it home in time to see the Cubs win their division!

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