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Haunted Gingerbread House

Baby K and I decided to take on a project this week for Halloween, building aHaloween Gingerbread House gingerbread haunted house. I wasn’t sure Baby K would be able to enjoy this very much, at 18 months, but we gave it a shot anyway. We’re using a guide from Allrecipes and just finished today. Follow the link above for the template and recipes for the gingerbread and royal icing. Be sure if you plan to eat your haunted house, that you use meringue powder instead of egg whites for the royal icing. Meringue powder is found with the cake and baking supplies at the store. In addition to the tools and supplies listed on the guide, plan on needing extra TIME. As in time for cleaning. And patience. You might as well forget the picture perfect gingerbread house in your

Marshmallow Baby Ghost

Marshmallow Baby Ghost

head, too, unless it is a picture of a gooey, handprinted, smeared up mess. That said, we sure had a lot of fun – an this was a good teaching opportunity for counting, colors, and shapes.

Changes we made: I used a round pizza stone instead of a cookie sheet. Also, I next time I will cut out the shapes AFTER I bake the gingerbread, instead of before as instructed. Cutting them before meant when they baked, the edges changed shapes slightly. Extras we used: oreo cookies, candy corn, Brach’s pumpkins, oats, mini white chocolate morsels, marshmallows, and black licorice.

Baby K loved putting all of the pumpkins in the pumpkin patch, but she also tried toBoo pull off the door, the roof, made the marshmallow ghosts fly, and she even gave the entire house a hug, repeatedly!

We also bought a little battery powered flickering light for carved pumpkins and placed it inside. When it’s on, it makes the house look spooky.

(Yeah, I know the piping is bad. Is there a “piping pen” product?)

Happy Halloween!

 

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Slow Cooker Applesauce

Choose naturally sweet apples such as Empire or McIntosh to reduce the need for added sugar. For baby’s breakfast, I’ve stirred in oatmeal cereal and ground flax seed. I haven’t tried freezing this recipe since it never lasts long at my house, but if you try, let me know how it works out! Update – I froze applesauce in 8 oz Ball freezer containers with success!

Ingredients

Sliced Macintosh Apple

Sliced Macintosh Apple

  • 8-10 medium sized apples
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wash, peel, core and slice apples.
  2. Combine apples, water and sugar in slow cooker.
  3. Cover and heat on high for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally. Apples will “mash” on their own, but for younger babies, you may want to blend further.

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For Moms – Holiday Giveaways

This week, while on my weekly quest for recipes and menu planning ideas, I came across this great site, Menu Planning Central. Menu Planning Central is a project of The Menu Mom, and provides weekly menus in a variety of options, including Family Friendly, Healthy and Vegetarian menus. Each of the menus comes with the recipes and categorized grocery lists. Speaking from experience, menu planning is hands-down the best way to save money at the grocery, eat healthier, and avoid the weeknight what-are-we-going-to-eat panics that inevitably lead to eating out or fast food. If you’re looking for a quick way to get started with menu planning, or just want something different, Menu Planning Central is worth the visit.

Right now, Menu Planning Central even has a Christmas care package, free for moms (or dads). Everyone knows that planning is key to smooth sailing at any holiday. The free, downloadable Care Package includes:

  • Printable Christmas carol songbook

    Guilty Party

    Guilty Party

  • Gingerbread house instructions
  • Online gingerbread house decorating activity
  • Snowman face-painting instructions
  • Free menu planning kit

Follow to Menu Planning Central Care Package.

Photo from Gudlyf’s Flickr Photostream – thanks!

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Baby’s First Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving from a jar? Not with these easy and nutritious meal plans. Enjoy!

Turkey with Cranberry Sauce

Ingredientscranberry

  • 1 slice of cooked turkey
  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce (recipes)

Instructions

  1. Combine slice of turkey and cranberry sauce
  2. Puree in blender, food mill or food processor
  3. May need to add a little water to reach desired consistency
  4. Warm and serve

Serve with one of the following

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