Saturday, October 31, 2009

Spooky Snacks

Happy Halloween!!!
Tonight we are going to have a small get together with some neighbors and friends we have not seen in a while. Below are some of the fun treats I made for the kids to enjoy.

Eye balls

white donut holes
chocolate chips
red icing gel

Stick a fork through a donut hole. Press a chocolate chip in the center of the donut hole.

Use red gel to make squiggly lines to look like blood shot eyes.


tootsie Roll Pops
White Paper towels

Cover the tootsie roll pop with the paper towel. Tie with a string. wahla...ghost

Spooky Graveyard

Swiss Cake Rolls
Milano cookies
black icing gel

Place oreos in a ziploc bag and mash them up...the kids have so much fun with this!

Pipe "RIP" on the milano cookies with the black icing gel.

Spread the oreo mash on the bottom of a tray. Place a swiss cake roll on top of the "dirt" and stick the milano cookie behind the cake roll using the gel as a "glue"

Spooky Cupcakes

Make cupcakes and frost as normal. Place a spooky trinket on top. I used spiders and skulls.

Bloody Punch
Red kool aid
floating eye balls

Mix kool aid as directed. Put eye balls (found at the store on seasonal asile) in bowl to float.

Have fun trick or treating !!!! I will post pictures of our get together as well as the kids in their costumes =)


Friday, October 30, 2009

Fall Party

Today was the Fall Party at Jack's pre-school. They had games, crafts, story time, and everyones favorite....snack time! It was so cute they had sandwiches cut out like ghosts, cats, and pumpkins; chips and dip; cookies;and of course cupcakes. The biggest hit though....can you guess??? The treat bags! I seriously have not seen this much candy before and I have got to get it out of this house before we (uh hum, I mean me) eats it all! Any takers????

Below are a few pictures from the party...

Cupcakes I made for the party...yes I made them (the cupcakes that is)...the spiders are plastic and just stuck on the top.

Jack getting ready to play a game.

Madi having fun playing with all the toys.

Jack playing a game.

Jack playing a game of knock over the cans.

Gotta love the t-shirt..."Who needs Halloween, my sister scares me enough"

Listening to a story.

Madeline scoping out the party.

Madeline and me at the fall party...unfortunately my batteries died before I got a picture with Jack. So...I will wait for my friend to send me her copy.

I hope you have enjoyed the pictures from the school Fall Party. Check back in Saturday afternoon (Halloween) Instead of my usual tailgating Saturday recipes, I am going to share some spooky treats...this should be fun 8)


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Carving Pumpkins

This week we decided to go ahead and carve all our pumpkins since Halloween is coming up. We have so much fun doing this! Nothing beats trying to decide how we will carve our pumpkins. We (uhum I mean Jason) is very creative...thank goodness...below are some pics of his creations:

Madeline and Jack are ready to carve pumpkins.

Helping daddy clean out the inside of the pumpkin...this lasted for less than a minute...seriously...they both got one scoop out and said they were done. Actually Madeline said it was "grossey".

Jason takes over the pumpkin cleaning and carving.

I asked Jason to make me a "C" pumpkin. I thought this turned out great! =)

check out those razor sharp teeth.

Snaggle tooth pumpkin.

Jason working hard on some more creations.

Thought you might like to see them in the dark.

My cute lil pumpkins

Posing next to daddy's hard work...check out Madi striking her little pose =)

The "A" and a ghost...I want to know where my Auburn one is???

A couple of pumpkin faces and a skeleton

All of Jason's masterpieces.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pumpkin Patch field Trip

This past week I had the privilege of going with Jack on a school field trip to the Pumpkin Patch down the rode from our house. It was a lot of fun! Jack really enjoyed it and I enjoyed getting to spend some time with my little boy. Here are a "few" pictures of our trip.

Jack playing on the slide.

The class listening to story time.

Jack picked the perfect pumpkin =)

Samuel, Chloe, and Jack with their pumpkins.

Chloe, Samuel, and Jack

My sweet Jack and me

The kids are ready for craft time.

Jack finishing up his craft.

Checking out the view from the hay ride.

Jack enjoyed the hay ride.

School picture 8)

My sweet little boy!


Saturday, October 24, 2009

More Game Day Snacking

Good Saturday morning everyone! I am super excited to share something with you....

I have a GUEST blogger today! Today's blog and recipes will be brought to you by none other than JASON! 8) Before I turn the blog over to him, I wanted to forewarn you that he does not use measurements...just know "until it tastes right"
Enjoy Jason's recipes (because we LOVE them here) and be sure to show him some love in the comments section! 8)

So with out further is Jason's recipes...oh and of course WAR EAGLE!

Bacon Wrapped Deer Tenderloin
Deer tenderloin, cubed
Bacon, cut in half
Brown sugar
Allegro Wild Game marinade

Marinate Deer Tenderloin in the wild game marinade. Wrap bacon around the tenderloin and secure with a toothpick. Sprinkle brown sugar on top of the wrapped tenderloin. (Or you can go ahead and caramelize the brown sugar and pour over the tenderloin…just do which ever you would prefer) Place tenderloins on a pan with holes or a fish basket so that the tenderloins will not fall through the grill. Place into a prepared smoker. Cook on medium heat. Do Not Over Cook!!! You will be able to tell when the tenderloins are done. Serve with Alabama football.

Low Country Boil
Fresh shrimp (usually 2-3 lbs depending on # served)
Smoked Sausage
New Potatoes
Corn on the Cob
2-3 bags of crab boil

You will need a large stock pot for making this recipe.
Cut smoked sausage. Cut new potatoes (do not peel) into quarters. Cut onions. Cut lemons in half.
Fill large stock pot with water and bring to a boil. Put crab boil in. Place sausage, new potatoes, onions, corn, and lemons in pot. Allow to cook until all ingredients are done. Turn off stove and place shrimp in the pot at the last minute. Do Not Overcook Shrimp! Serve with Cole slaw and cornbread.

Picture of final results...if outside just throw down some newspaper on a table and serve it right there.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Must See Video

I wanted to share a video with all of you that I first watched on facebook. It is a video about an amazing man who volunteers his time to make sure that all troops returning home receive a warm welcome. I cry every time I watch this video...for several reasons: 1. because I can still feel/remember the very raw feelings of picking up my soldier at the airport 2. that someone would be so willing to give of their time to show support. (and the man in the video has done it for 300 out of 365 many of us can say we have given that much time or dedication to anything?) and finally because I witnessed a group of USO volunteers just like these on the video at the Atlanta airport...I saw first hand how they cheered, clapped, hugged, and helped EVERY troop that came through. And each time it was with pure excitement and almost as if they knew that troop is so touching to witness. Not only do they take care of the troops, but they also took care of the family members waiting on their soldier to arrive... So take 3 minutes to watch this video...and the next time you are at an airport where the volunteers are set up...Thank them! (and the troops!)
*remember to pause the music player at the bottom of page before watching the video*


Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Just wanted to pass along some information that has been shared with me. I think this is really TERRIFIC and I know where my hubby and I will be headed on Vet. Day

All Applebee’s restaurants will be honoring Veteran’s on Veteran’s Day 2009 with a free meal. You must show proof of military service with one of the following:

U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card
U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card
Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW)
Photograph in uniform
Wearing uniform

Visit the Applebee’s website for all the details.

For more great Veteran’s day discounts visit the Veteran’s Day Freebie page.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Gameday Snacking

Hot Reuben Dip
1/2 lb. corned beef (shredded or chopped)
16-oz can sauerkraut, well drained
1-2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup mayo
cocktail rye bread
Thousand Island Dressing

1. Combine all ingredients except bread and dressing in slow cooker. Mix Well.
2. Cover. Cook on high 1-2 hours until heated through, stirring occasionally.
3. Turn to low and to keep warm while serving. Put individual servings on top of bread and top with dressing.

Corn Dip
1 can white corn, drained
1 can yellow corn, drained
1 red onion - finely chopped
1 16oz container of sour cream
1 cup mayo
1 package of dry ranch dip
1/2 bag of shredded cheese

Mix it all up and put it in the fridge.
Serve with scoops or tortilla chips.

Easy Chocolate Clusters
2 lbs white coating chocolate, broken into small pieces
2 cups (12oz) semisweet chocolate chips
4 oz pkg. German sweet chocolate
24 oz jar roasted peanuts

1. Combine coating chocolate, chocolate chips, and German chocolate. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low and cook 1 hour longer, or until chocolate is melted, stirring every 15 minutes
2. Stir in peanuts and mix well
3. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Let stand at room temp. until set.

ENJOY your Saturday!
WAR EAGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!