Kids sometimes make me crazy. (“Mom, will you play with me?” “Why?” “Mom, there’s a raisin up my nose.” “Mom, can my boyfriend come on vacation with us?” [No!]). However, they can also make me feel like Superwoman because they can be so easy to impress. And there’s nothing like impressing someone to build your ego … even if you’re only impressing a kid!
I once let my daughter and her friend Brittany make a no-bake peanut butter cookie concoction – a squishy base into which they mixed cookies, graham crackers, gummies and a plethora of other stuff. I had rolling pins, colorful sprinkles, chips, you name it … and they each got an apron and a giant cookie sheet as a work station. Halfway through, Brittany looked at me with wide eyes and said in a voice breathless with excitement, “My mom would NEVER let me do this!” Well! That sure felt like a Mom of the Year nomination to me! (Hey – take it where you can get it, right?)
So this weekend, invest an hour of your life whipping up a Halloween-themed dinner for the lil’ ones you love. You’ll make a memory for them, and they’ll think you’re the best mom (or dad … or aunt … or grandma) EVER!
Here’s a fun menu that I scared up: (Ha! Get it? Oh wait … you’re probably not as easy to impress as the kids.)
- Ghost Soup – View the recipe on our website.
(It’s basically Perfectly Potato Cheddar Soup with a couple extra taters and a big handful of chopped ham thrown in!)
- Spooky Salad Bar – Label your veggies with the spooky names below and serve it all with Vidalia® Onion Dressing.
- Weeds & Grass (Lettuce Mix)
- Toad Stools (Mushrooms)
- Goblin Teeth (Shelled Sunflower Seeds)
- Ogre Eyeballs (Cherry Tomatoes)
- Mummy Bandages (Shredded Mozzarella )
- Haunted Trees (Broccoli Florets)
- Candy Corn Dessert Pizza – Check out the fun and festive recipe below, submitted by Tastefully Simple consultant Tracy Hunter (OR).
Then sit back and enjoy the compliments. Pat yourself on the back, send us a photo of your Halloween- themed dinner, and I’ll send you a gold star with your name on it!
Candy Corn Dessert Pizza
- Yield: 8-10 Servings
Perfect for a Halloween-themed dinner for the lil’ ones you love.
- 1 pkg. refrigerated sugar cookie dough
- 1 Carrot Cake Crunch Cheese Ball Mix
- 8 oz. cream cheese softened
- Candy corn
- Creamy Caramel Sauce
- Spread cookie dough onto a round pizza pan. Bake as directed on cookie dough package or until golden brown; cool completely. Combine Carrot Cake Crunch Cheese Ball Packet 1 and cream cheese; stir to blend. Spread cream cheese mixture onto cooled cookie crust. Decorate with candy corn and drizzle with Creamy Caramel Sauce. Sprinkle crumbs from Packet 2 over dessert pizza. Chill until served. Makes 8-10 servings.
- Cooking Method: Bake