Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Charlotte's Web Spider Web Snack

I saw these really cute spider web snacks {from Sara at Mom Endeavors} around Halloween last year when they were making the rounds on Pinterest. I thought they were absolutely adorable, but with all the stuff that we had going on for Halloween {last year and this year} I never got around to making them. So when I got a note saying Henry's class was having a County Fair to celebrate reading the book Charlotte's Web, I knew this would be the perfect snack to make! They fit in perfectly with their celebration, and they were a big hit with the teachers and the kids!
One of the best things about my version of this snack is that it only takes two ingredients:
pretzels sticks and white chocolate/vanilla almond bark.
Start by melting your almond bark according to the directions on the package. Then add the melted mixture into a plastic squeeze bottle. I get mine at Walmart. They are Wilton brand and they usually run around $3 for 2 bottles.
Lay out a big sheet of parchment paper and put your pretzels down in a sort of snowflake design. My pretzel sticks were abnormally long so I broke mine in half to make the spider webs a more manageable size. I tried to have 7 to 8 pretzel pieces per spider web so there was plenty of pretzel for the almond bark to attach to.
Gather up some of those fun plastic spider rings.
Use your squeeze bottle to make the spider web onto of the pretzel sticks. Start in the middle and add a pretty big blob of the almond bark to make sure that all the pieces stay together, then work you way to the outside edge of the pretzel sticks in a circular motion.When I first got started I thought it was going to take forever, but it actually went pretty fast once I got the hang of it!
Before your almond bark sets too much, stick a spider ring in the middle making sure to get the ring part down in the almond bark so it attaches well. Then let them set up. Mine took about 30 minutes to be completely  set up and ready to be removed from the parchment paper. I found that the easiest way to lift them was to use an offset spatula and slowly slide it under the spider webs and lift.
When I finished making about 40 spider webs {I made some extras just in case they broke because they are kind of fragile and I didn't want any of the kiddos to have to get a broken spider web.} I used the almond bark that was left in my squeeze bottle to spell out a few of the words that Charlotte had written in her web in the story! It added a little bit more fun to the snack:)

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Friday, November 2, 2012

October Recap Via Instagram

Early morning lunch making for three kiddos.
 We watched as much of the debate as we could handle...about an hour was enough for me!
 Eli left his show and tell at the park, so I had to go search for it and take it to school for him:)
 I attempted to make homemade biscuits...three times in one weekend!
 Eli and his crazy tie for Awanas.
 laundry, laundry, laundry
 Chocolate Gravy on a couple homemade biscuits.
 Early morning shopping at The Canton Flea Market.
 Roasted corn for lunch...YUM!
 Late night waffles and coffee with the hubby after helping out at the high school football game.
 Lazy Saturday morning watching cartoons.
 The boys got to meet Dennis Gage at Cruisin' the Coast.
 We ate some yummy chocolate chip cookies...and no these are not homemade:)
 I celebrated because Roomba was back in service after more than a year hiatus!
 We got some yummy pumpkin shaped donuts....
 ...and the next day we ate yummy frozen yogurt!
 We went to Praise in the Park to listen to some awesome Christian music...
 ...and poor Eli fell asleep before he got to hear his favorite song!
 Jason and I worked on Halloween costumes for the boys.
 I did more laundry!
 We got in the Halloween spirit by eating Jello brains:)
 I made some cute monster initial shirts for the boys.
 We went to the county fair to see the art that they boys had entered.
 We ate yummy pizza at Mellow Mushroom!
 We watched the football game on Saturday night with some friends.... unfortunately the Bulldogs lost their first game of the season!
 We worked on Halloween costumes again and Henry and Grant played with my hot glue sticks.
 We took a trip to the fair and rode lots of rides:)
 Eli dressed as Yoda for his class party:
Grant wore his Jedi costume to school on Halloween.
 Henry had a field trip so he didn't get to wear his costume....but he did get to see dolphins:)
 We were major procrastinators who carved their pumpkin an hour before we left to go trick or treating!
 The boys in the costumes ready for some fun!

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Jedi Halloween

After a lot of cutting, sewing, and hot gluing  Jason and I finally finished the boys' Jedi Halloween costumes just in time for Trick or Treating. Eli went as Yoda with his cute green ears and his green spray painted shoes. Henry and Grant were both supposed to be generic Jedi Knights, but they insisted that they needed to be specific ones so Henry ended up being Obi Wan Kenobi and Grant was Anakin Skywalker.
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I started to do a tutorial on how to make the boys robes, but I honestly can't remember if I took enough step by step pictures {maybe I can manage to get that posted next week}. 
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The boys' Jedi costumes were actually pretty easy to put together. Their shirts are thermals from Walmart that I cut the cuffs off of. Henry and Grant are both wearing a pair of khaki school pants. Eli's pants are brown sweatpants from Walmart. The belts are the ones the boys wear to school:) I made all three Jedi robes from felt using this tutorial. I also made the sash things that Henry and Grant are wearing from the scraps of Eli's robe. Eli's shoes got a quick coat of spray paint. I made his Yoda hat from a half yard of green flannel material using the hood of one of his jackets as a pattern. Jason crafted Henry and Grant's boots from a couple old pair of shoes, a piece of fake leather, hot glue, and some brown tape.

We completed the boys' costumes with what else.... LIGHT-SABERS!
Eli as Yoda:
Grant as Anakin Skywalker:
Henry as Obi Wan Kenobi:
And an action shot just for fun:)

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