To keep them busy and out of the way, I'll be taking the kids to a Halloween party on our moving day next weekend. Since spending any amount of time cooking in the next week is unlikely (I also have a desperately-needed hair appointment and parent-teacher conferences in the middle of all of this), I opted to bring this make-way-ahead option.
I spent Friday evening following the directions atCrab and Fish and am pleased with the final product. These are a collection of Dole pears, peaches, and mandarin oranges in 100% juice. I'm not sure if this always is the case, but the expiration date on the peaches in all three packages of them was notably easier to remove with rubbing alcohol than the dates on the other fruits.
Although this whole project turned out to be much more time-consuming and expensive than pretty much any other dish-to-pass, doodling while catching up on shows in my jammies was probably a better choice for my sanity than baking something in the midst of moving.
our move likely taking place just a couple of weeks before Halloween, I
thought I'd better get thinking about costumes in this calm before the
packing/unpacking storm. I suggested dog and cat or Woody and Jessie
fromToy Story 2to Michael and Sophie. Sophie was all about both ideas, but Michael insisted on Buzz Lightyear instead. Sophie will be Jessie.
After some eBay, Etsy, Pinterest, and Google Images exploration, here's what I came up with.
White shirt with a yellow bandana -
It's not exactly Jessie's look, but it will be cute and more functional
later. The shirt was only $6 from Old Navy and the bandana was $2.
Red boots -I
didn't intend to go for boots, especially since they'll hardly be seen
under the jeans and chaps, but red cowgirl boots were staring right at
me when I went on the Old Navy site to get that white shirt. They were
on sale and look like this:
do my best get $15 worth of use out of them, perhaps swapping out the
jeans for a denim skirt and white tights for one of our Halloween
events. Knowing how much my girl loved her brown suede boots last year,
I suspect they'll get additional wear. With all of that in mind, I
just couldn't resist the splurge.
Jeans and cow print chaps -This is the only DIY-ish part of the pair of costumes. Here's what I've done:
bought 1/2 yard of "dalmatian" fabric from JoAnn Etc. (already 30% off)
with a 40% off coupon. It came to just a few dollars, and there's a
lot left over, which is good in case Sophie outgrows those jeans this
just traced around the legs of the jeans Soph will wear, from the
crotch to the bottom, adding a little "tab" at the outer ankles for
I cut the non-fringed sides and bottom with pinking shears (seemed cowgirly to me) and the top and fringe with regular ones.
traced the edge of a big plate and cut to get the rounded top edges.
The straight lines looked too severe when Sophie had them on.
may or may not sew some ribbon onto the backs of these to tie them onto
Sophie's legs with. Pinning with safety pins in between the two layers
worked fine but really isn't a ton easier than whipping out the sewing
machine for a few minutes. We'll see.
Those are all the ingredients and major steps. You'll have to check in next month to see the costumes in action!