Kids just want to have fun!
Here's a scary thought, parents are fun too (gasp!!!)
Hello my friend,
Have you ever thought about how kids love to pretend like their parents aren't fun? Even when adults are the ones who are planning, buying, creating, and preparing costumes, candy to give out, homemade treats, and a safe walking route... boo! I say.
One way to take our joy back and live our truth is to join in on the fun! Even when you can see the wincing in your children’s reactions, this is a surefire way to create lasting memories for the rest of their lives.
I still remember the overwhelming exhaustion of preparing for Halloween with young children in the house. With this in mind, I want to offer some strategies to my fellow parents that will allow the kids to let some energy out before the neighborhood walk, so that you can cut the door-to-door experience down to a reasonable amount of time.
This year, Halloween falls on a Monday, so I bet you could use all the tricks to treat your monsters to a fun, memorable, and early celebration. One trick that felt like a treat, was to have a DIY Halloween party for about an hour before you hit the walking route.
Maybe you can make Witches Hair with Eyeballs (spaghetti with halved black olives) for dinner together? Monster Cookie making was always a big hit! Creating a skeleton charcuterie board is my new favorite way to snack before go time!
Whatever you choose to do, have fun with it! Make memories and let me know how it went. Happy Halloween from Chef Pascal and Sara!
DIY Halloween Party Ideas
Witch (Chef) Pascal Makes Eyeballs (click image to see the video)
1 can of lychees
1 container of blueberries
1 bottle of natural red food coloring
1 box of toothpicks
Easy Monster Cookie Party
1 box of sugar cookies
1 tube of white pre-made icing
1 tube of red pre-made icing
1 tube of green pre-made icing
1 package of googly eyes
Witches Hair for Dinner
1 package of spaghetti (boiled and cooled, throw a small amount into the fridge and toss with olive oil so when the kids touch them, they are a little slimy)
1 can of black olives (cut in half so they look like pupils)
1 jar of your favorite sauce
Skeleton Charcuterie Board (click link to watch video for assembly)
1 prop skeleton
1 large firm cutting board
1 head of romaine
1 package of salami, ham, and turkey
1 block of your favorite cheese
1 bag of baby carrots
1 bunch of radishes
1 jar of pickles
HOLIDAY BAKING CLASSES FOR ADULTS
Why do the kids get to have all the fun? Come join me as we prepare for the most joyous time of year. That's right! I am of course talking about German Christmas season with all of the delicious traditions and treats. There will be two different offerings just for grown-ups, but it doesn't have to be all work and no play!
German Christmas Stollen
Sunday, December 4th @ 11:00am
This delicious yeasted holiday bread will be one the yummiest things you can make. It is something that we will need to three weeks prior to the holidays, as it needs to cure to be delicious!
We will also make two German cookies as well while we wait for the dough to proof. So you will have several amazing baked goods as well as recipes for years to come.
German Christmas Cookies
Saturday, December 10th @ 2:00pm
Every year we host these German Christmas cookie classes. In this class we will make some of the classics, but I always throw in a few new ones. We will be making 5 different cookies and you will end up with A LOT of cookies to give as gifts.