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I’M BAAAACK!  I am FINALLY ready to start blogging a little again.  We are pretty much settled into our new house.  Doesn’t feel like home yet, but I’m sure that will come eventually.  I’m hoping to post at least once a week!  Wish me luck!


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spooky Halloween dinner copy

So, somehow I got myself into this crazy tradition of a themed food Halloween dinner.  Luckily, I was smart enough NOT to do it ON Halloween, but a day or two before.  My family looks forward to it every year.  I enjoy it too, but I will tell you right now it is A LOT of work.  It’s amazing how much more work it is to make food that actually looks like things.  But it is soooo much fun to see my kids faces when they see what I’ve come up with.  I do different things each year but I always set the table with my Halloween placemats, napkins, goblets, and decorations.  I put plastic bugs in the cups and on the plates.  Its fun.  I keep it simple and just use my regular Halloween d├ęcor on the table.

Here is our 2011 dinner!  I think the kids really liked the food this year. 


Ribs on a carving board with a stabbed heart.  I used precooked ribs from Sam’s club.  The heart is a red pepper.  You need to put it on a cutting board so you can stab the butcher knife into the board to keep it standing up.  The idea came from Better Homes and Gardens, BHG.IMG_6952

Spider Oreo truffles.  These were a pain in the butt to make, but aren’t they cute?  The legs are chow mein noodles dipped in chocolate.IMG_6904


This is my favorite chewy Chex mix.  I will post the recipe soon.  It is so yummy.  This time I made it festive for Halloween with green food coloring, candy corns, and Reese’s pieces.IMG_6909

Flayed skin foot with rotten toenails.  This is my favorite cheese ball, formed into a foot, covered with thinly sliced deli ham.  Ketchup on the stump for blood and almond slices painted with black food coloring for toenails.  I made it into a spider the year before.  HERE is the recipe.



A barfing Jack o’ lantern.  My famous guacamole coming out of a Jack o’ lantern’s mouth.  Looks gross, tastes great!  HERE is the recipe.IMG_6945

Bloody intestines.  I used crescent rolls sheets stuffed with chicken roll-up filling.  I will post the recipe for this soon.  It was yummy and looked even better in person.  HERE is where I got the idea, but I didn’t use this recipe.IMG_6972


And finally, Blood Spiked Punch.  I can’t remember what punch I made.  I think it had raspberries.  Any red punch would do.  Choose your favorite one!IMG_6975

Happy family!  The girl is my son’s beautiful girlfriend, not my daughter.  The boys are all mine!IMG_6982


To see a post I did about our 2010 dinner click HERE

Do you have any fun Halloween traditions? 

Have you made any fun, themed food? 

I would love to hear your ideas.  Its about time I start planning my dinner for this year!


  1. Emily, I am in Philadelphia being "Grandma" to my newest granddaughter born to Christina and Mike last month! I was using her computer because my lap top is upstairs where the children are sleeping. Somehow, your blog was up on her desktop, so....I WAS ENTRANCED and wanted you to know!!!
    HOW FUN!!! We have a couple of Halloween cookbooks with GHOULISH recipes in them! I am pretty sure you already have them with all the Halloween fun it sounds like you have been having over the years, but...I'll have to send you the titles! I am not at home, so I can't right now! Anyway, YOU DID A FANTASTIC JOB with Amanda's baby shower! IT WAS AMAZING! And what a miraculous family blessing! Well, I have to go, but KEEP UP THE CREATIVE JUICES!!! YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION! Paula Wood

    1. Thanks Paula! Congrats to Christina and Mike on the new little one! How fun! Glad you found my blog. It is fun for me, as long as I don't take it too seriously! I'd love to know what the cookbooks are. I am always looking for new ideas.

      Amanda's shower was so fun. Abby is a doll. Can't wait to see her in October for her blessing and sealing and adoption finalization! I will be posting it on the blog as soon as I can get it all ready!

      Talk to you later:)

  2. Hahaha! That is some SPOOKY looking food! I thought the ribs with the stabbed heart were scary, but then that cheese ball foot and the barfing pumpkin...OH,MY, WORD!

    1. Yes, it was a very gross dinner last year, but oh so yummy and fun! Since I have all boys they seem to really like the yucky foods! Thanks for commenting!

  3. Yeah! I'm glad your back. Although your not here in Vegas anymore :( My boys would love a dinner like this, although I don't know if I could look at that foot again!!

    1. But the foot is sooo cool! Think how you could freak your family out with it! lol. Its yummy, too!

  4. Such fun! I should be a good mom like you and do something like this, since I have so many boys too! I am glad you are blogging again!

  5. I'd really like the intestines recipe.

    1. So sorry I haven't had a chance to post it. Here are the basics:
      ok, so you know chicken rolls that are made with pillsbury crescent rolls
      and cream cheese and chicken and garlic powder? I just made the filling for
      those and then I used the crescent roll sheets (the non-perforated ones) and
      attached them end to end. I filled with that filling and rolled them up.
      arrange in the pan (spray with pam first) then I used food coloring maybe
      mixed with egg whites to paint the colors on. I cant remember exactly. I
      think I brushed the tops with an egg wash to make it look slimy. sorry I
      don’t have time to figure it out right now but hopefully this gives you a good start. it wasn't hard!


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