We had such a fun night the other night making these cute lanterns that I just had to share. I got the idea from here.
We've been gathering milk jugs for the past couple of weeks and we are going to keep adding to our line-up until halloween.
X-ACTO knife (box-cutter, razor blade etc etc)
Start, of course, with a washed out, empty milk jug. With permanent marker draw a ghost face on the side opposite the label.
Cut a hole in the bottom of the backside and stuff several of the lights inside.
Create your line-up! For more exact instructions you can check out the link I mentioned before. My kids had a blast creating their own scary ghost faces. I used some of my icicle lights and wove the extras through the bushes.
And, of course, we always have to have a fun treat to go with it! I just love my desserts I guess :) Today we had:
I am kind of a picky produce person. I had some apples that weren't quite perfectly fresh, still fine, but .....you know. So they weren't being eaten. Baking them is the perfect solution!
I have this really fun cookbook my mother in law gave to me on my birthday (she knows me well :) and this particular treat was in the snack section! I personally think it is much much too sweet to be considered anything but a treat or dessert. And my kids thought this was great. I loved hearing their gasps and oohs and ahhs as they opened up their apples
And at first it almost does look slightly halloweeny creepy I think! Then I cut them up for them and the sweet juices spilled out and there were red hot candies everywhere (which they love). They all just gobbled them up! I enjoyed mine, but couldn't finish it. It was very sweet, very tasty, but very sweet. The bites with the red hots were especially yum!
So here's the recipe:
6 medium tart apples
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup red-hot candies
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Cut tops off apples and set tops aside. Core apples to within 1/2 inch of bottom. Place in a greased 8-inch square baking dish.
2. In a bowl, combine, sugar, candies and cinnamon; spoon 2 tablespoons into each apple. Replace the tops. Spoon any remaining sugar mixture over the apples.
3. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until apples are tender, basting occasionally.
Yield: 6 servings
Super duper easy. I like that :)