We live in a large college town (40,000+ students, 3 recent, major national championships) so the Sororities put on a trick-or-treating event for the kids on the Thursday before Halloween. The houses are all within 2 blocks of each other and are decorated to the nines, each in a different theme. My favorite was the Princess and the Frog house. They had their front walk decorated like a river with lily pads, a frog jumping game, and a real Princess Tiana, whom Audrey loves. The sorority girls go crazy swooning over the cute kids and shower them with attention, as well as candy. We're talking kiddie pools full of candy. It was kind of ridiculous.
We went early, fifteen minutes before official start time, and I was very glad of this for multiple reasons:
1) We parked without any trouble
2) We got "extras"; extra attention, extra candy, extra stuff in our goody bags.
3) A reporter with a deadline took our picture and asked us a few questions, and we made the front page!!
4) We were done JUST as it started to get crowded. It took us an hour and we had a blast.
When we got home at 6:30, I let Audrey pig out while I made dinner (below). This has always been my halloween strategy and I'm generally prepared to deal with the consequences. She went totally crazy, with a screamfest, and it was difficult to get her to bed, even after keeping her up later than usual. She also usually gets a piece of candy for going potty, but she was getting too much sugar in her diet, so on Sunday we started a new strategy. (We also already had plans to go Trick-or-Treating with friends or we would have skipped it.) Every time she does a good job, she gets a ball in a jar. When she misbehaves, she gets a ball taken out of the jar. When she has five balls in the jar, she can have a piece of candy and a sheet of stickers. So far it's happened once. I'm hoping to lessen the number of tantrums, spankings, timeouts, and treats in my house. Sunday night we went trick-or-treating in a nicer neighborhood than our own and had a barrel of laughs; the girls had so much fun. She went to bed at ten (yikes) , with one piece of candy, without much of a fuss!
You know my coconut chicken with mango salsa......I made it Thursday night with some baby peaches thrown in. It made the salsa a little more like a sauce to pour over the chicken, and it didn't affect the taste at all. Win :) I started the menus for Ayla's birthday party, Thanksgiving, and my in-laws' visit. I'm pretty excited about all the entertaining I get to do this month. Tonight we're just doing risotto....whatchacanfind. Probably onions, carrots, peas, white wine, and baby food. And Thursday I'm hoping to have some friends over for sushi which I will absolutely blog about. We've done it a lot in the past and it might interest somebody out there.
We had our book club meeting on Friday and there were some adorable food items. We read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (eh), so it was High Tea and Zombie-themed. Octopus chicken pot pies, brain cupcakes, homemade scones with lemon curd, and my all-time favorite, cucumber sandwiches.
Spread some cream cheese on your favorite thin-sliced white bread and sprinkle with dill. Place some peeled cucumber slices on the bread, cover with another slice already spread with cream cheese, cut the crusts off, and enjoy :)
Today we went to a playdate and made leaf rubbings, which I've just realized is ingenious this time of year....the leaves are all over the freaking place.......I'm totally doing it with the kids at Ayla's party! It will be perfect for their age group.
And now I'm hoping to clean up my house a little bit before my husband gets home. It has to be done at the last possible second so he notices; otherwise he thinks I didn't do it. Sound familiar?