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Sous Chef Sunday: Candy Corn Fruit Parfaits

I know, I know, there’s nothing at all healthy about the typical little candy corns I love to over indulge int, but here I can offset all the sugar — a little bit, anyway — with this inspired parfait. The sons have been asking for this all week, for dessert! And any day I can pass off fruit as a delicious dessert, that they actually RE-request, is a great day. And I know there’s those crazies (kidding!) out there who don’t particularly care for candy or sugary sweets. Well, this is a perfect sweet treat for them while still being able to be festive. In all honesty though, candy corn just might be our favorite Halloween treat (well, aside from those fun-size Butterfinger bars) so it makes sense that we’d be all about a candy corn-inspired confection. I mean it’s a fruit parfait that’s every bit as sweet and colorful as the real thing. The best part: they’re super easy to scare up!

Note to self: Monitor the sons when there’s a ratio involved between the fruit portion and the sugary one! They went a little cool-whip happy 😉

Candy Corn Fruit Parfaits

Candy Corn Fruit Parfait

1 cup pineapple chunks in 100% juice (I used 1 Dole fruit cup)
1 cup Mandarin oranges in 100% juice (I used 1 Dole fruit cup)
1 small container of non-fat Cool Whip
2 small bowls or cups to assemble parfaits

Directions

1. Strain the pineapples and Mandarin oranges. Spoon half of the pineapple chunks into the bottom of the dish, creating a solid layer.
2. Spoon half of the Mandarin oranges on top of the pineapples.
3. Top with a dollop (obviously the sons and I need to re-visit that definition), or two, of Cool Whip

Mummy Dogs

I love seeing the look on the littlest son’s face when I make him ‘fun’ food. Holidays provide the ultimate opportunity to surprise him. Still, sometimes I just don’t have the time, or the energy, but these Mummy dogs are so simple and quick. From start to finish it took less than 20 minutes. Add some fun to your Halloween lunch or dinner with this adorable idea.

4 Sons 'R' Us: Mummy Dogs

recipe adapted from Pillsbury

  • 1 can Pillsbury crescent rolls, or homemade crescent roll dough
  • 2 1/2 slices American cheese, quartered (optional)
  • 10 large hot dogs
  • cooking spray
  • mustard or ketchup

Directions

  1. If using Pillsbury crescent roll dough, unroll the dough sheet. Press together at the perforations to seal it into one large rectangle.
  2. Cut the rectangle into ten ‘bandages’. Stretch the bandages a bit to elongate them.
  3. Wrap one bandage around one hot dog and 1 quarter of cheese. Repeat for each hot dog.
  4. About 1/2 inch from one end of each hot dog, separate the ‘bandages’ so that the hot dog shows through for it’s ‘face.’ On an ungreased baking sheet, place wrapped hot dogs (cheese side down).
  5. Spray the dough lightly with cooking spray. Bake at 375 for 13 to 17 minutes or until the dough is light golden brown and the hot dogs are hot.
  6. With mustard, draw features on the ‘face.’

I’ve Got My Eye On You: The Eyeball Pumpkin

I’ve Got My Eye On You: The Eyeball Pumpkin

After over-seeing the cleaning and carving of the sons’ four huge pumpkins, I didn’t want to see anymore pumpkin guts. It looked like I’d been through a war, like I had personally massacred an entire pumpkin patch. It was a mess! But, we all had a blast, so all the debris was worth it. For my pumpkins, I decided to hit up Pinterest and find something equally creative, but less invasive, to do. When I saw the idea for the eyeball pumpkin, I knew I’d found ‘the one’.

This pumpkin is really easy to make and didn’t require any kind of template. I ‘eyeballed’ the different sections as I painted. All the neighbors have loved the giant ‘eye’, and the sons got a tickle out of it since I’m always reminding them that I do, in fact, have my eye on them!

4 Sons 'R' Us: The Eyeball Pumpkin

  • 1 medium-large pumpkin
  • acrylic paint: black, light blue, white, and red
  • paint brushes
  • paper plate or other flat disposable surface to squirt paint out onto

Directions

  1. Using warm,  soapy water thoroughly wash the outside of your pumpkin gently scrubbing to remove and dirt or mud.
  2. Begin by painting the outside of the pumpkin white. ‘Eyeball’ the top of your pumpkin and stop when you’ve reached the area where you’d like iris to start.
  3. Here is our pumpkin drying after its second coat of white paint. It’s upside down which is why you can’t see the iris/pupil area. I painted the bottom so that when I set it on our porch I could sit it on it’s side.

4 Sons 'R' Us

4. After your pumpkin has completely dried begin painting the blue iris. Again, stop painting when you reach the area where you’d like the pupil to begin. My iris was a little over 2 inches wide. Let dry. If needed apply a second coat and let dry.

5. Paint the remaining circle of unpainted pumpkin black for the pupil, including painting the stem. Allow to dry completely.

4 Sons 'R' Us: The Eyeball Pumpkin

6. Now you’re ready to get to the veins. Eew! But, man does it look cool. Paint red veins along the pumpkins natural segments. You can paint every segment, or alternate if your pumpkin has a ton of them, all close together.

4 Sons 'R' Us: The Eyeball Pumpkin

Voila! You now have a cool, creepy eyeball.

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