I think Halloween is the only significant event we have during the year that focuses on the imaginations of children. Go all out!
To add to the fun, here are some resources:
1. Target has pajama sets that have jack-o-lanterns on them and even include a little something for your dog.
They also have skeleton sets which have vibrant white skeletons on black backgrounds and may be the most fun for kids a bit older because they could be vewy, vewy scawy!
2. Kohl's has Frankenstein and witches! The sets have onesies for the teeny weeny ones and a bandana for the pups!
The study also indicated that the "average" parent stops working at 8:00 pm. I highly question this statistic. Many Moms I know start their "second shift" at 8:00 after the kitchen has closed down.
I shared that after 8, I'd continue to work on assessment reports and start prepping for breakfast and make sure everything was in order to get lunches put together for the next day.
I mentioned my Aunt Neoma (now 97!) and her famous pancake recipe which is hearty enough to be stored in the fridge overnight and still produce light, fluffy, delicious AND nutritious pancakes!
I have only recently learned that she "borrowed" this recipe from her daughter-in-law's father. Who cares?? They're super yummy and the McCulloch family puts the leftovers in the fridge for a quick zap on the microwave! Roll it up with a bit of deli meat and you're good to go!
Here's Aunt Neoma's pancake recipe.
1 cup Bisquick
1 cup buttermilk (What? No buttermilk in the fridge? Make it yourself with 1 cup milk and 4 1/2 teaspoons of white vinegar-NOT apple cider vinegar- or fresh lemon juice...stir, let sit for 10-15 minutes until it "curdles"-voila!)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Mix. Grease griddle. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter on the griddle and heat. Flip when edges are firm and lots of bubbles are rising up. Should be perfect!
Top with butter and finish off with warmed syrup. Real maple syrup is real expensive. Why not mix some real with some "other" stuff that's mostly high fructose corn syrup. Frugal and yummy!