Now I know I promised in the next Art Of Halloween series a project and I will share it as it will be just as great for Thanksgiving too; but I came across an article of what I thought had some vital information. You see if you are anything like me you miss going Trick Or Treating as a kid. So you may be tempted to dress up and hunch down and brave the door to door faking the "I swear I'm a teen"..."really"...or settle for second best and eat the left over bowl of candy you doled out to the kiddies. Maybe you are one of those who sneaks into your kids treat bag and say...well maybe just one. Well this post comes just in time for you. Being a big kid means that the treats you choose out of the bag goes straight to the hips, belly and god knows that booty train following behind on low steam. I swear I have a caboose on top of that.
Consider these numbers: Three miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups fill your belly with more sugar than a glazed doughnut "Get in my Belly!"; half a pack of Skittles has more sugar than a scoop of Haagen-Dazs Cookies and Cream Ice Cream; nine Twizzlers carry as many calories as a Wendy’s Double Stack Burger. That’s scary! Here are some after Hallows eve tips; tit for tat which treats to choose that wont go straight to fat. Just swap outlined here just once and you’ll see, nearly 400 calories saved would be better for thee.
These are all of course just suggestions but you will be able to see the above and recognize them at a glance. Staying healthy is hard when you have so many health issues like me. Look at your body and mind and understand what a creative piece of fragile artwork you are. Try to make wise choices and most important of all: Be safe on Halloween. Wear reflective gear. Take flashlights. Use reflective tape on treat bags. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Have fun!
This is part 4 in a series based on The Art of Halloween Preparation. I want to share with you a fun alternative to candy to give to your trick-or-treaters and or to make with your kids. These are also great party items for treat bags for classes. We will cover homemade treat bags later in the series but today we are going to cover making Ooze that you can use! As you can see on the left this is the finished product. You can add flys, googly eyes or plastic spiders and eyeballs and you can get these items at the Dollar store!
There are many jars you can find and use for this project. I am including this link for the fun purple jars on the right. I have ordered from this company before and the product was excellent quality and inexpensive. The 4 oz. jars they have in the purple would be perfect for our project since they look so Halloweenie and yes "Halloweenie" is a technical term. Please note that I do not endorse any company but I will point out where I got things as well as any good deals I find. In this case you can get 24/4 oz. plastic purple containers with lids for $13. 92 not including shipping. If you do the math it comes out to less than .60 cents a jar. Now depending on if you want to use this as a party favor or for trick or treating these will go over great since they are so cute. I am so digging the purple over the clear. The 4 oz. jars are unit #0066-08. Here is the link for the jars: http://www.sks-bottle.com/fin133y.html
Moving on. To make your own Ooze you will need the following; Note this recipe is for each jar or you can split it so adjust accordingly:
Jars with Lids
2 Tsp Guar Gum (available at Health food stores)
2 Tsp Borax
5 1/2 cups Hot Water around 110 degrees (So boil and let sit a bit till it cools down)
A few drops Green food coloring
Print out labels; Double sided tape for this or a glue stick to adhere labels to top of jar.
To make the slime you will take the Guar Gum and stir it together with green food coloring and 4 cups of hot water in a glass bowl (Glass;to assist with non staining and cleanup). Once the concoction is mixed you will push this green stuff through a strainer with your spatula to remove any lumps. Set this aside. Next take your borax ( Adults only here) and mix it with 1 1/2 cups of water till its dissolved then slowly stir it into your Guar & Green booger mixture. I know you were thinking it at this point come on. Once mixed let it cool down in the glass bowl.
Now all you have to do is decant it into your awesome purple containers and add your plastic creatures. I also found some cool "Slimy Spider" Labels on Martha Stuarts' for Slime which I have included here for you to print and add to your lids. Or you can make your own using our cool free Vintage images. Just secure with double sided tape or glue stick.
Now the cautionary to ruin your fun. Just remember this stuff can stain so be sure to supervise play, keep off clothes, carpets and pets. Do not eat it and its not for kids under 3-4 years of age. Borax, sodium tetraborate decahydrate, is not acutely toxic and a very significant dose of the chemical is needed to cause severe symptoms or death. Even so please please use caution when mixing it with the water. Do no breath the fumes and make sure only an adult does the borax step so as not to breath in fumes and or powder. Borax is after all a cleaning chemical and I say always err on the side of caution. As like anything too much of a good thing can be harmful. Have fun at your own risk.
Join us for The Art Of Halloween Preparation Part5 where we will design cute treat bags using Vintage images from GrafXQuest. Thanks for coming all the way from your place to mine today.
As promised here is the delicious Witches Candy Corn brew recipe. Kid safe and fun for everyone. Get on your brooms and lets go for a ride and some fun!
First off depending on the event you plan on throwing will determine how many you make. The great thing about this recipe is that you pretty much make it by the glass so easy peasy! Lets start with the Black sugar rimmed glasses then the brew and last the cute little witches broom added for flair.
First deciding how many glasses is important. The best and most fun thing to do for the brew is to use mason jars or mason jars with handles as you want to be able to see your brew. The foam on top is very special!
So after decided on what clear glasses you will use lets move on to the black sugar you will rim your glasses with. Now just a heads up we are going to make our own because people out there are charging an arm and a leg for it and guess what? Its easy to make!
Lets make a trip to the Craft store and while there you will pick up the following items in the baking aisle: Sanding Sugar and black powdered food coloring. You want to use the powdered kind because its less messy and its ready to go right away. No drying time. You will also need a plastic baggie that zip seals.
Now just a tip on the Black food coloring. Trying to mix powdered food colors like red, green etc... to make black will often produce a dark gray color. Pre-made black food coloring is the best choice for this. So buy yours early before they run out. The closer to Halloween the shorter on the supplies.
Next on to the Candy Corn brew. The brew is actually made of a couple of layers. Here are the ingredients:
2 Liters of Ginger ale
1 Liter Mango Nectar (you can get this in cans in the Hispanic section of grocery or in the health section in the refrigerated drink area).
1 Bottle Grenadine
1 Long Eyedropper
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
2 Tbsp Of Sugar
2 Tsp of unflavored gelatin (careful on this one in case you are serving a vegan)
Enough Long Cinnamon sticks to supply each glass with one
Black paper cupcake liners
Corn Syrup bowl from dipping sugar above
Lets go ahead and make our brooms so they have time to set up. Taking a black cup cake liner make a cut into it to the center. Insert your cinnamon stick, leaving about a half inch, into the back side of the liner. Dipping your finger in the corn-syrup bowl paste some around the 1/2" end of the cinnamon stick to "glue" down your cup cake liner. Use the photo above for reference. Pinch and twist your liner around the end of the cinnamon stick to achieve a triangular appearance. Use syrup as needed to paste your ends to meet. Then taking your scissor cut fringe on the end of the cup cake liner to emulate broom bristles. Set your completed brooms aside to dry.
The foam on top of the brew is as follows. Whip together 1/2 cup of whipping cream with sugar and gelatin. Whip until it starts to get fluffy then add the other half of the whipping cream. Whip until it is foamy and stiff/fluffy. Set aside.
Now the brew. Fill your mason jars with 1/3 ginger ale. Slowly layer in about 1/5 mango juice. The idea is to not let it mix completely with the ginger ale. Next take an eyedropper with grenadine and insert it into the center all the way to the bottom of the drink and squeeze out. You should see layers like the photo above. Take the foam you set aside and spoon some onto the top of your brew enough to cover the top with a layer. Insert your broom! Walla a tasty Witches Candy Corn Brew. You can even add a little candy corn on top of the foam if you like but not necessary.
The Art of Halloween Preparation Part2
The Art of Halloween Preparation Part1
Exposed treats like apples and such
are not appreciated by strangers much.
All the trouble you go through today
will just be taken and thrown away.
You protect your kids more than any other
and so will that little trick or treaters mother.
So throughout the next week and month or so,
I will show you samples of whats good to go.
Using vintage freebies from my freebie page
we will create treats that will be all the rage.
So stay tuned my friend for Halloween fun
there's so much more in the days to come.
One more thing before I go,
I must tell you I appreciate you more than you know!
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