Dinner in a Pumpkin

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If we haven’t already established this….I LOVE FALL!!! One of my absolute favorite Fall Meals is Dinner in a pumpkin! Its fun, its simple, its delicious, nutritious and…what better way to Trick Your Picky Eater than by eating dinner straight out of a pumpkin!? I know, isn’t it great!?

I make this dinner every single year on Halloween night and my family LOVES it! I am sure you are going to love it to! And those picky little eaters will gobble it right up!

The greatest thing bout this meal is, you can prepare it in advance! Halloween night gets NUTS! The costumes, the parties, the trick or treating…NUTS I tell you! SO, if you make this the night before, refrigerate it and stick it in the oven about 2-2.5 hours before dinner…voila! You got yourself a delicious meal without the craziness of prepping it on Halloween Night! Wahoo.

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Halloween Safety 101

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When I was a kid, we went Trick-or-Treating by ourselves without a care in the world! Unfortunately we live in a slightly different world these days. And unfortunately, Halloween has become a Holiday that is quite a bit more dangerous than it was before. But, with these simple tips, you can keep your kids safe and still have a great time! Modify the tips depending on your child’s age!

  • If possible (or if your kids aren’t too cool yet) always send your children with a chaperon.

    Ok, This may be much easier said than done. As your kids get older they are going to want to go with their friends and not Mom. Offer to drive them from street to street as they trick or treat. Tell them you will meet them at the opposite end of the street. Hint to your kids: You get places MUCH faster driving. More places=More Candy!
  • Send your kids with a flashlight, glow stick, glow in the dark tape or other light. By having your child carry a flashlight, a lit Trick-or-Treat bag, glowstick etc… not only can you keep an eye on them easier, but they are also much more visible to cars. When kids get excited they tend to dash across the road without looking. By having your child carry a light, accidents with vehicles can be greatly reduced. Want a quick way to make everything glow in the dark EASILY? Check out this amazing glow-in-the-dark Tumble Dye from S.E.I.!
  • Keep costumes safe. halloween2

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If your child is going to be wearing a mask, make sure they can see out easily. A mask should also be easily removed without any assistance. (Your child should be able to take his/her mask of by themselves). A costume should also be easy to move in and not restrict your movement or the ability to walk and climb stairs.

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Bake with your Toddler…and ENJOY it!

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Baking with a toddler…..does that sentence make you cringe? Don’t worry…you are not alone! It can be messy and quite frankly..you may not come out with anything edible. BUT… baking or cooking with your toddler is a great way to build many skills! It is a fantastic learning opportunity and it is a blast!! Not to mention, it is a great excuse to make some yummy treats!!! I LOVE this Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch! There is not better time than the Holidays to start teaching them some important and memorable skills in the kitchen! With these quick tips you will be well on your way to baking or cooking with your toddler and enjoying it!!!

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10 of the BEST Disneyland Food Copycats!

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In honor of Disney’s 60th Anniversary this year, we are going to celebrate with 10 of the BEST Disney copycat recipes! I can’t wait  to add scrumptious Disney foods to my menu at home! One of the absolute BEST parts of Disney Land (besides the rides) is all the scrumptious food! Here are 10 of the BEST! Mmmmm…..Get ready to slobber!

Homemade Disney Dole Whips 

If you have not had the chance to try Disney’s Dole Whips your life has not been completed. The first time I tried these was outside the “Enchanted Tiki Room” in the Magic Kingdom. I crave them ALL the time! And this homemade recipe does NOT disappoint!

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Lick ’em and Stick ’em [Homemade Stickers]

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I LOVE stickers! For so many reasons! They are fun, they are great motivators, they teach numbers, letters, counting, etc… the list goes on and on! But, the one downside to stickers is that they can go fast! Especially if you have a sticker lover in the house! Well, problem solved! This recipe for homemade stickers is SO simple and quick! And, I bet you have everything you need right there in your house!

What you need:

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2 Parts Elmers Glue
1 Part Distilled White Vinegar
Paint Brush
Pictures (Magazine cutouts, newspaper cutouts, pictures of your kids etc…)

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