SHHH. SINCE WE’RE NEW TO THE U.S. this year, we’re skipping trick-or-treating…because our kids don’t really know what it is. But that doesn’t mean they don’t want to dress up! So we had four friends over on Friday–a ballerina princess, a super hero, a unicorn-pegasus and a fairy princess, plus Pooh and Piglet (Tigger was napping)–and a whole lot of fun. There were no miniature Snickers involved and that’s just fine with this crew.
(*Today’s photos look amazing because they were taken by and generously supplied by Aubrey Whisler.)
- Mummy Turkey Dogs (recipe below)
- String Cheese Witches’ Brooms
- Apricot Ball Pumpkins (failure, also see below)
- Fresh Pineapple
- Carrot Cake “Muffins” with Cream Cheese Frosting
And for the adults, a delicious pasta dish adapted from my new favorite site, Sweet Potato Chronicles. Headed up by two former publishing pros like me, every time I read their site it’s like looking in the mirror and seeing myself–and this blog–only in a Canadian version. Anyway, you’ll hear more about them but for now, I made this pasta and everyone loved it: Late Harvest Cavatappi. My version is coming up in a post later this week.
The mummy turkey dogs were totally adorable and very easy to make. The preschoolers, however, had no idea what a mummy was, so they weren’t as appreciative as the moms. (Surprise!) The witches’ brooms were moderately popular but the apricot balls were a disaster. These were a spinoff of the very yummy chocolate fruit and nut balls we recently made, except apparently not as good. Most of the kids actually tried them. They took a bite, then left the rest. Even my own kids, who helped make them. Wah, waaaah. The pineapple got a so-so reception which surprised me. But for sure, the cupcakes were a WINNER.
Mummy Turkey Dogs
MAKES 6 MUMMY DOGS
- Hot dogs/turkey dogs (I like the nitrate-free versions of hot dogs but pick whatever works for your crew.)
- Ready-to-bake crescent rolls in a can (Meh, but this is what works.)
Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Unroll the crescent rolls and cut into strips. Wrap the strips around each hot dog leaving a little window for the face. Bake for about 12-15 minutes until the rolls look fluffy and a little brown. Add two dots of mustard for eyes. Explain what mummies are without scaring the preschoolers to death…I’ll leave that up to you and if you have a good method please share it with me immediately.