10.30.2014

Easy Volcano and Paleontologist Costumes

Halloween is tomorrow, so most people probably have their costumes all in place, but I wanted to share my boys' costumes this year in case you are looking for a creative, last-minute costume idea. We threw these costumes together in just a couple of hours.

Volcano

My five-year-old decided he wanted to be a volcano this year (Last year he was a crayon--he definitely likes to have unique costumes).

The main part of the volcano is gray fleece. I chose fleece so that I wouldn't have to worry about hemming. I just draped the material around my son, measured an opening for his head, pinned it down one side, and sewed a straight line where I had pinned it. Then, I cut holes for the arms and the main part was complete. We used red and orange felt for the lava. We cut the felt into wavy strips and hot-glued the "lava" on the gray fleece. We added a few extra diamonds of red and orange felt around the neck to make a sort of collar. Then, we had my son wear a red shirt underneath and the outfit was complete.

Paleontologist

All we used for this costume was a kids' fishing vest that my son filled with dinosaur toys and other tools that a paleontologist might use such as a microscope and paint brush. He added an old beaten-up cowboy hat and a regular gray t-shirt and jeans. To complete the ensemble, I made him a paleontologist nametag with a picture of his favorite dinosaur which I printed out and hung around his neck with a piece of rope.

Here my 5-year-old volcano explodes and my 6-year-old paleontologist tries to escape the blast.



They are very excited to go trick-or-treating tomorrow! Happy Halloween! (See our other Halloween Costume and  Halloween Party Ideas too!)



10.24.2014

Halloween Balloon Pumpkin Faces

Last year for my son's Halloween party, we made these little gems!  The kids loved them and they were incredibly simple!

Supplies needed:
Orange Balloon
Black Sharpie
Green Sharpie
Green felt cut in the shape of leaves
Scissors

Instructions: 
1. Have children blow up the balloons to preferable size.
2. Decorate balloon to look like a Jack-o-Lantern with balloon tie on the top of the pumpkin.  
3. Cut a slit in the end of the leaf with scissors to allow balloon tie to snugly fit through.
4.  Enjoy!





See our other very fun Halloween Ideas, Crafts, Treats,and Games PLUS creative Costume Ideas!


10.16.2014

Sticky Rice and Mangoes Recipe

Thailand is special to our family because my husband spent time as a missionary over there. While there, he picked up a few good recipes. On our very first date, he made me this simple and delicious dessert. It is a favorite of ours! He has graciously helped put together this tutorial.

Sticky Rice and Mangoes

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups sticky (glutinous) rice
  • 1 15 oz. can of coconut milk
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 t. cornstarch
  • 4 mangoes

Instructions

    • Rinse sticky rice with a bowl of water and drain water. Repeat three times.
    • Fill bowl with enough water to generously cover the rice and soak for four hours.
    • Drain water and place rice in traditional Thai rice steaming basket.

    • Boil water in pot and then place basket of rice with a lid over it on top of the pot and steam for for 15 minutes*
    • Flip rice over and steam an additional 15 minutes. Remove from heat.

    • Meanwhile, heat coconut milk and sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly until it comes it to a boil; then remove it from the heat.
    • Mix half of coconut milk/sugar mixture with the steamed rice in a serving bowl.
    • Add 1 t. cornstarch to the remaining coconut milk mixture and return it to the stove,  cooking on low heat for 5 more minutes, stirring constantly. Remove sauce from heat.
    • Peel and dice mangoes.
    • Serve dessert with sticky rice on the bottom, diced mangoes in the middle, and coconut milk sauce drizzled on top.