Saturday, September 21, 2013

Halloween Prep

I'm just curious....what types of Halloween fun to you need to prepare for?  There are all kinds of possibilities that come to mind:

1. School parties
2. Trips to the pumpkin patch
3. A Boo Bash (Halloween party)
4. A Creepy Dinner party
5. Decorating your house
6. Preparing candy and treat bags for the spooky trick or treaters
7. Planning lunch boxes notes for your children
8. Participating in Booing

I guess it really all depends on your family traditions and where you are in "life" right now. Families without small children may not have school parties but don't give up on the fun of Halloween. This time of year is perfect for a creepy or autumn related dinner party. Life is too short...you might as well enjoy it fully.

You might remember last year I hosted a Ghoul Friends dinner party. It was a fun relaxing evening for a few friends.  I used a black and purple color scheme and came up with lots of fun "ghoul friends" things.

This wear I'm going with a Wigs and Wine theme if I can find some time in my busy October schedule to host it. We aren't buying wigs....we will each wear a funny (or cute) wig, drink wine, eat, and laugh!  Laughter that is the most important part! 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Thanksgiving Printable Fun!

 
This and several other adorable Thanksgiving printables are available over at Big Red Clifford. So cute!!!
 
 
 
 
Lunchbox card printables for November from Crafts and Sutch
 
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And a fun one to frame at These Creative Juices.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fall Menu Challenge Recipe: Pasta Fagioli

One of the things I love best about the autumn season is....simmering pots of soup....I just went to olive garden and had this very soup....then I saw this recipe online....can't wait to try it.

Pasta Fagioli

2 lbs ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped...
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
1 (16 ounce) can white kidney beans, drained
3 (10 ounce) cans beef stock
3 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons pepper
5 teaspoons parsley
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (optional)
1 (20 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
8 ounces pasta
Directions:

Brown beef in a skillet.
Drain fat from beef and add to crock pot with everything except pasta.
Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours.
During last 30 min on high or 1 hour on low, add pasta.


Photo: Pasta Fagioli slow cooker crock pot version... just like Olive Garden 


2 lbs ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
1 (16 ounce) can white kidney beans, drained
3 (10 ounce) cans beef stock
3 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons pepper
5 teaspoons parsley
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (optional)
1 (20 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
8 ounces pasta
Directions:

1
Brown beef in a skillet.
2
Drain fat from beef and add to crock pot with everything except pasta.
3
Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours.
4
During last 30 min on high or 1 hour on low, add pasta.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Party Favor Ideas for Halloween

Halloween party favors ideas
 
Cute and easy idea from Great Party Ideas
 
 
 
Pumpkin soda bottles. Idea from My Sister's Suitcase
 
witch halloween party favors
 
Witches Hats with a free printable over at U Create.  There's monster eyeballs also.  

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fall Menu Planning Update

How is the fall menu planning going?  I'll have some more recipes up soon for your consideration.  It's finally September but the weather is hot and muggy. Soup time is just around the corner though!

I thought to make it fun I'd share a few menu planners you can print and use to brighten up your kitchen.

 

This one is from Ollibird



This one you can bind into a menu book. It's from seven thirty three.

Meal Planner

Another version from Tip Junkie.

Good luck with your plans. I'll be back soon with some recipes.!!