Wholesome Halloween

Parenthood comes with so many decisions. Suddenly, we are faced with deciding how our beliefs play out in today’s society. So one of my opinions (and it is okay if you disagree) is that our children are being exposed to many things before they are emotionally capable of processing the situations. That is one reason we stay in for Halloween. I cannot control the numerous houses and lawns covered in gory decorations so now that I have little ones we chose to stay in and have a more wholesome age-appropriate Halloween. By avoiding the frightful imagery we will surely have a good night’s sleep. If you think staying in is a weird tradition, let’s talk about the fact that we teach our children, “do not take candy from strangers”…except one night a year when they are dressed like death💀lol.

1. Food

To keep the holiday cute for the littles we make some themed food. Above are last year’s boo-cumbers, which are sliced cucumbers topped with laughing cow cheese spread and olives to make a face. Below is a picture of our jack-o-lantern and holy ghost pizzas.

Of course, we don’t want to miss out on the sweet part of the night. So our no trick treats are Rolo sprinkle pretzel spiders.

2. Activities

Dress Up-the kids have their everyday costumes clothes they pick from firefighter, superhero, doctor, fairy, princess, etc.

Painting-from paper to pumpkins to faces, we paint it all.

Movie-pick your favorite Halloween/Fall show to watch with the family. Our tradition is to watch Spookley the Square Pumpkin. This adorable show is age-appropriate for little ones with teachable moments of appreciating differences and living courageously.

3. Reading

Like most parents, we end the majority of our days reading as part of our bedtime routine. Some Halloween/Fall books that we enjoy are…

I love you, Little Pumpkin

Pumpkin Countdown

Mom, Why Don’t We Celebrate Halloween?

The Berenstain Bears’ Harvest Festival

Not Your Nuggets Recipe

Tired of the same old nuggets?  Here is a recipe both kids and adults can enjoy…

Not Your Nuggets

Servings: 6 Cook Time: 30 min.

Ingredients:

1 ½ lb. Chicken Breast

¼ c. Crispy Onions

¼ c. Sunflower Seeds

¼ tsp. Turmeric

¼ tsp. Ginger

¼ tsp. Salt

1 ½ c. Cheese Garlic Croutons

¼ c. Mustard

¼ c. BBQ Sauce

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 425º

-Mix crispy onions, sunflower seeds, croutons, turmeric, ginger, and salt in a food processor

-Pour mixture into a container

-Mix mustard and BBQ sauce into a separate container

-Cut chicken into nugget sized pieces

-Coat nuggets with sauces then press into crumb mixture until evenly crusted

-Place nuggets on a lined baking sheet and cook for 30 or until internal temperature is 165º

Enjoy alone, with your favorite dip, or on top of a salad🍴

Paint Runs Through Our Veins

My daughter, K.C., is five-years-old. These were painted over a year ago for a local kid’s competition. She still paints, but has been more into crafting because of all of the glitter glue involved. I mean who doesn’t love glitter glue right? I don’t know about you, but I am really excited to see what kind of art this naturally talented child produces in the future…of course, I may be a bit bias😄

These are my most recent works. I am somewhat of an amateur, but really enjoy painting and drawing so it doesn’t stop me. I wish I would have taken art electives in school, but took all home economics courses instead. I suppose that has been pretty helpful with adulting/homemaking. It’s how I learned my way around the kitchen and sparked my interest in cooking. Which by the way, I will be sharing more of my recipes soon. Enough about me…last, but not least is my mother and her artwork.

She is an extremely talented artist that has produced beautiful works for decades. The picture above features several of her charcoal drawings. She also paints with watercolors, acrylics, and oils. I think it’s neat how we can kind of inherit passions like that from our relatives. We are actually blessed enough to have 4 generations living in our family right now. My grandmother was not much of an artist, though she was a superb seamstress back in the day.

Do you have a generational story? Please share, I would love to read about it! Until next time…

Take care