Movie Time: The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

Haunted houses? Only when I’m smack in the middle of a group of family and friends who promise me zero interaction with the scary stuff.

Better yet, I’ll just wait outside.

Scary movies? Only in broad daylight with all of the curtains wide open.

And yet Jill highly recommends watching The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, starring Don Knotts, as a pleasant way to pass what’s left of the scary Halloween season.

**blink blink**

I trust Jill, so I’m going to take her word for it.

Just let me first call a group of my family and friends, and I will sit smack in the middle of them and have zero interaction with the scary stuff.

[Thanks, Jill! **wave wave**]

That spiced pumpkin cream cheese recipe

If, in the next 45 seconds or so, you’re going to start wondering what to do with all that pumpkin, here, try Ezra Pound Cake’s spiced pumpkin cream cheese.

It looks uncomplicated enough to have ready for breakfast tomorrow morning, yes?

Off I go in search of cream cheese and pumpkin spices, because I think I’ll need to slather this on my favorite pumpkin muffins. Oh drool drool drool.

P.S. Pull up a chair and check out the rest of Ezra Pound’s meatless recipes. Made me want to take a few weeks off just to try them all!

[h/t to treehugger and parentables.howstuffworks.com]

Vegan Marshmallows: make ’em or order ’em so that you can eat ’em

For a whole bunch of reasons, I’d taken marshmallows off my Must Eat list.

Well, look at this! Vegan marshmallows from Instructables!

As in, you can make vegan marshmallows! Who knew? You knew?

Too excited to make ’em? Buy ’em!

Now gallop to your kitchen to make this s’mores pie! Let me clarify: s’mores PIE!!!

And whoosh there go all my recent good health plans. Wheee!

The Quarterfront?

I love visual pun costumes!

My 7th grade P.E. teacher was also one of the coaches for the school’s football (American football) team.

While no girls played football at the time, this coach nevertheless insisted on everyone – boys and girls – learning something of his favorite sport. I remember memorizing a whole bunch of referee hand signals.

A bazillion years later, I don’t remember any of those signals beyond “touchdown”, which I already knew.

**sigh**

Now I want to wear this costume and find that P.E. teacher: see? I learned something!

Sorta.

**grin**

Mask on, mask off

You probably discovered a while ago that some of your toddlers aren’t huge fans of wearing masks.

And you’ve probably discovered that headband-style masks often work much better.

And you’ve most likely discovered that if you do make masks, it can take forever to punch holes and tape that tangled yarn in place. By the time you’ve gotten the fifth mask done, the first mask is already torn and ought to be laminated if there’s any hope of salvaging it.

So.

Chopsticks!

Eh?

When we made pumpkin and monster masks, Katherine, one of our teachers, discovered that simply taping wooden chopsticks to the masks and having children hold on to the chopsticks was a muuuuuch faster approach. Try it!

Plus our children were intrigued to discover they could control the mask on, mask off process.

Plus plus, it was fun watching them discover how to look through the eyeholes of the mask. *triple grin*

Got older kids who claim they’re too old for Halloween masks? Make masquerade masks!

That Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal recipe

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal needs 45-60 minutes to bake, and that’s a tad too long for my typical morning.

But on a Sunday morning when I have the Sunday New York Times and a whole pile of Sunday comics to read? Ah, Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal sounds like just the perfect breakfasty food.

You have got to read the whole how-to on Cooking With My Kid, then on your next break, sit read what all else is going on over there (note the presence of non-vegetarian foods there, just so you know). Yum!

[h/t to pinterester Tonya Rushing! Thanks!]

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