In other words ... it's almost Halloween and time for our annual "Spooky" post!
Answer: Pumpkin Pi
It's almost Halloween ... that creepy night of ghosts and ghouls. Little goblins everywhere are getting ready. Can Moms and Dads make it green? Well sure!! Here are some tricks and treats ... I mean tips:
-Are you going to carve a pumpkin ... or decorate one?
- If you haven't grown your own, buy one from a local farm or farmer's market.
- Use every part of the pumpkin. The seeds can be toasted and eaten as snacks ... they are healthy and taste great. One can toast them in the oven or in a dry frying pan on the stove. When they are brown, carefully remove them (they are very hot at this stage) and immediately sprinkle your favorite seasoning on them (mine is creole seasoning but kids might prefer something less spicy ... like a little salt). Not in the mood for toasting seeds? Try tossing them, either wet or dry, into the yard for birds ... they love them.
- Use the flesh of the pumpkin to make a pie, soup, cookies or flan ... it might require a bit more sugar than the smaller, pie pumpkins.
- After Halloween ... compost the shell instead of sending it to the landfill.
Answer: With a pumpkin patch
-Are you planning a party for your little ones?
- Send email invitations rather than the "snail mail" variety. There are a lot of seriously spooky e-cards on the Internet.
- Use re-usable plates, cups, utensils, napkins and tablecloths. Paper party goods can be expensive and just add more clutter to our nation's landfills.
- Serve some healthy, fun treats that aren't individually wrapped ... popcorn, apples, fruit leather (in the shape of worms and snakes) and ghostly cookie skeletons.
- Make costumes from old clothes (downsize adult suits, dresses, etc.)
- Check your closets for "retro" clothing (got any old "hippie" duds? Cool, dude!).
- Pull out costume jewelry ... little princesses, gypsies and pirates love "bling".
- Hats of any kind can "top off" an outfit.
- Shop at Goodwill ... they have not only organized merchandise into a special Halloween section but also offer some creative costumes ideas made from second-hand garb.
OK ... I'm done!