Lentil Candles for Halloween

Halloween candles using Halloween colors. After tonight, keep the red lentils for November themed candles.

Or you can decide that you’re really hungry and cook the lentils for lunch.

What you need:
a) A low fireproof glass jar
b) Red lentils or black beans
c) White candle, chunky kind.

What you do:
a) Put legumes into jar, about 1/3-½ full.
b) Add candle.
c) Follow usual candle safety precautions.

a) White or mung beans
b) Orange or black candles


A red candle in white beans is great for Christmas *and* Valentines Day!

Oh. The beans are uncooked. I already made that mistake so that you don’t have to.

(I’m looking for my source on this craft. Any idea? Help, please!)

Persimmon and Hazelnut Salad

I’m perfectly content eating persimmons the same way I eat apples: just bite into them. But I suppose that’s not very polite when guests come for dinner.

Persimmons are back in season here. Making a salad with them seems a great way to keep me from mindlessly – but oh so happily – devouring a whole bag.

Now where do I find hazelnuts?


Persimmon and Hazelnut Salad with Hazelnut Vinaigrette

  • ¼ cup hazelnuts, roasted
  • 3 Fuyu persimmons, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 3 handfuls mixed lettuces or trimmed watercress
  • salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons Hazelnut Oil Vinaigrette

1) Coarsely chop the hazelnuts.

2) Put the persimmons in a bowl with the nuts and the greens, sprinkle with a few pinches salt, and toss with enough dressing to coat lightly.

3) Divide among salad plates, distributing the nuts and persimmons evenly among the greens.

Hazelnut Oil Vinaigrette

  • 1½ tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons hazelnut oil
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Combine, mix and pour.


Gratefully borrowed from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone - Deborah Madison

Halloween Peek-a-boo


I’ve been signing “Halloween” to my little ones all these years?

Not “peek-a-boo”?

Halloween from Signing Savvy


(Lots more at Signing Savvy!)

Pillow People

You’re *still* looking for a Halloween costume?

Okay…..thinking thinking thinking….

How about Pillow People?


See, I didn’t forget!

Tom Arma and the Ladybug

Looking for a Halloween costume? Try Tom Arma’s costumes!

This one is perfect for a K.E.E.P. event:

Elephant by Tom Arma

I’ll wear any costume Tom Arma makes! He is a fantastic photographer and he raises awareness about the environment through his costumes.

The Super Simple Ladybug? Right here!

Ladybug by Tom Arma

His costumes are sooooo cute!

I’m sorry, what did you say? His costumes are only for babies? They’re too small for me to wear?


(Thanks, Troy!)

Penny Pitch

A penny pitching game is a fun way to practice colors, numbers, ABCs, and shapes. Plus it’s just terrifically fun throwing coins all over the place.

1. Cover a low table with paper and draw circles all over it. You can make the circles different sizes if you want to practice big, medium and small.

2. Color all the circles. Get the children to you help you with this, because it’s almost as much fun as the game itself, and it’s a good time to gossip…er, I mean, catch up with each other.

3. Dig around in your pockets and around the house for loose change. (Did you check under the sofa?)

4. Toss the coins – we used Japanese 1 yen coins – and try to land on a circle. Start with 3 tries per person.

Now what?

a) Name the color you landed on.

b) If you have numbers in the circles, name the numbers and the color.

c) If you have numbers in the circles, add the numbers. Or multiply them. Or subtract them. Or put them together to make a 3-digit number.

d) Instead of numbers in the circles, write letters. Capital letters. Lower case letters.

e) With letters, you can think of words that start with each letter.

f) Instead of circles, use another shape. Hearts are lovely. Use a whole bunch of shapes!

g) What else can you do?

Cleaning up, by the way, is another entertaining game. Challenge the children to see who can find the most (look under the sofa again). The winner gets to choose the next activity.

I suggest a good long nap after all that excitement.Penny Pitch Game from FamilyFun

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