For the past two weeks, every single day I hear, several times, variations on the following. If you have kids, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
Them: "Mom, when can we get out the Halloween decorations?"
Me, while I'm making dinner: "Soon."
Them: "Mo-om, how many more days to Halloween?"
Me, while I'm balancing the checkbook: "I don't know. Soon."
Them: "Mommy, you said we'd put up the decorations." This, of course, being said at bedtime. "Let's do it now."
Me, while I'm struggling with getting my 4 year old into pajamas: "Soon. Maybe tomorrow."
And so it goes. There is no way I am going to forget any holiday or event with my constant personal reminders. And they don't even take batteries!
Bu-ut, there is one part of the holiday, or any holiday, I love. The cooking parts. Whether it's the big meals or the once-a-year side dishes or the fantastic desserts, I absolutely love pulling together different ingredients to create something delicious or even amazing. (The amazing parts don't always work, but I try :)
Today, I want to share two recipes I worked on over the weekend that turned out rather well. Especially if you have little ones and don't mind a temporary sugar overload, give these a try:
Chocolate Covered Bugs:
- Caramels, unwrapped and worked into flat disc (or other) shapes
- Red licorice sliced very thin
- Chocolate chips, melted (I used the ready-to-dip chocolate found in the microwavable dishes)
- Candies, nuts, other edible decor for decorations
I don't give amounts because you can make as many or as few as you want.
You do want to work on wax or parchment paper.
- Take one flattened caramel and press the red licorice onto the piece with parts sticking out. This will be the legs.
- Press the second piece of flattened licorice on top.
The second recipe is for S'More's Cookies. I found this recipe in the magazine Family Fun. A fantastic mag if you have little kids. These cookies are unbelievably delicious! If you want to see a picture, click on the link below the recipe.
1/2 cup butter, softened
I hope you enjoy! Let me know how you like them!