Frankenstein Fingers and Sheep’s Eyes

For a bit of Halloween fun, try these spooky ideas! They are quick and easy and get the kids eating veg too!

Fill a small bowl with ready-made guacamole, houmous or other favourite dip. Take 5 baby carrots and take a thin slice off the tip of each. Then use the knife to make a small incision at the base of this cut and push a flaked almond into the slot to look like finger nails! Arrange the carrots into the dip so they look like fingers.

For the sheep’s eyes, peel 4 carrots and thickly slice. Slice a few green stuffed olives and red grapes. Top each carrot slice with a blob of sour cream and the sliced grapes or olives. Arrange the eyes in pairs on a serving plate.

Gruesome Halloween Treats

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Try this all-time favourite at home but take care when making as the toffee gets very hot! Children can help to weigh out and melt the ingredients but should let mum do the boiling and coating…

Makes 6

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients

6 eating apples

175g (6oz) light buttery spread

100g (3½oz) maple or golden syrup

225g (8oz) light brown soft sugar

200g (7oz) Carnation Condensed Milk

Method

Dunk the apples into a large bowl of boiling water for 30 seconds, remove with a slotted spoon and allow to cool slightly before wiping the skins with kitchen paper – this will remove any wax from the apples and allow the toffee to stick better to the skin!

Holding the apple firmly, insert a chopstick or lolly stick into the apples near the core. Place a piece of parchment onto a baking sheet.

Place the remaining ingredients into a large pan and melt gently over a low heat. Then bring to the boil for about 15-20 minutes stirring frequently – if you have a food thermometer the temperature you need is about 130C! IT IS VERY HOT SO BE CAREFUL! It will be quite a deep brown caramel colour and will have a cinder toffee smell.

Remove from the heat, and very carefully take each apple and roll in the toffee to coat completely. Leave to set on the parchment until hard.

Tips

If your caramel doesn’t set hard on the apples – it will be because the toffee did not get hot enough. It still makes a lovely chewy caramel but a good test of ‘readiness’ is if you drop a small bit of the toffee into ice cold water and it forms very hard toffee. Small strands should shatter, if it is soft and chewy then it needs to get hotter

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I quite like my weekly routine of getting weighed on Monday morning.

This week I have lost another pound which is not bad at all considering rather too much indulgence in alcohol and Half-Term activities preventing me taking as much exercise as I would have liked.

Here are my learnings so far or tips if you prefer that word.

1. You do need to be in the right mindset to lose weight. I am in that now but this has taken many years whereas for you it might be days, weeks or months. What I am saying is that you should not beat yourself up if you are not able to lose weight just now. Revisit the journey when your head is in the right place. Negative self-talk will only lead to self-sabotating behaviours.

2. You do not need fancy slimming products to lose weight. Healthy eating works just fine.

3. Remember this is your quest and don’t let other people sabotage your efforts.

4. Don’t get overly hung up with targets each week. If you stay the same or lose weight, you are heading in the right direction. Celebrate that.

5. Don’t set a specific medium or long-term target that is fixed. Pick a range that you could settle for. Mine is between 3 and 6 stone lost by the end of September 2012 in addition to the (more than) stone that I have lost in the last 7 weeks.

6. Being accountable to your blog, your diary or in any other way where you have to acknowledge your efforts each week helps. Mumentum is a great blog hop for that over on the New Mum Online blog

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7. I also find that by imagining myself slim and how my story might inspire others in due course really helps to keep me on track.

8. Think about the healthy foods that you do love and make sure you include lots of those in your weekly diet so that you feel you are treating yourself even if you are not heading for the chocolate cake.

I am no weight loss expert but I do know what I am doing now is working for me. That is why I say what I find helpful in the hope it might assist others.

Here’s hoping you see a little less of me next week.

I have had a bit of a buying bonanza in recent weeks and days. I am going to show you some of my treasures later in this post but first a little rant.

I sent an application off to volunteer in my local charity shop in early Summer. I got a telephone call from the headquarters saying the local shop would phone me to invite me in for an informal chat. Nothing happened but I did not chase it up due to being involved with the school holidays so unable to volunteer anyway.

Once the children went back in early September, I contacted the Headquarters by email. I got no response. However, one day on shopping my the shop concerned, I gave my name so I could hold a piece of furniture for later collection. At this point, the manager said was I the person who had volunteered. Yes, says I and there appeared a glimmer of light in my long quest to get involved in any form of volunteering. He asked what days I could do and we agreed on Friday mornings and he gave me a date about 3 weeks later to come in and start.

So last Friday on the appointed day, I turned up as arranged. I did make it through to the backroom this time but only to be told that yes Friday mornings were OK and I could start on 11th November. That would be about 5 months after my original application which I see as fairly ridiculous.

All the manager said apart from that was that I would be on 3 months trial and would have to be prepared to do anything. I am fine with both those things but I do wish they would train people to encourage volunteers. After all, each volunteer comes with social and economic value.

Right, back to my finds and rant over for now.

I do love my coffee and this coffee canister is just huge. I left the tea and sugar ones behind and felt so guilty about splitting them up. I may go back and get them later this week. £2.50 which I thought was a bit overpriced but I like the look of it. I knew Him Indoors would disagree as he bangs on about things being airtight and all that sort of nonsense. He likes his wooden canister so we are currently at war.

I got this because it is how my boys are at their best (and rarely!) and I like the sentiment. “Life is not about the big catch, it is how you live the moments in between”

There was a sort of matching one with a Great Dane on which I toyed with the idea of buying for Him Indoors. I will probably end up with it if it is there this week.

There was loads of office furniture in there and I liked the desk and bookshelves. I put a hold on the desk and Him Indoors collected it this week bemoaning the fact that nobody would help him from the shop due to “health and safety”.

Oh, and here is the chest of drawers mentioned in a previous post.

Then there is my wonderful 50 pences find. Can you see what it is yet? You probably all know but it was new to me.