I made my two older boys Halloween Trick or Treat bags two years ago and somehow neglected to make my youngest one. I already had the felt so I whipped this one up this afternoon so he can have a cute homemade bag too.
I did a couple of things different this time. I sewed the owl design on after gluing it to the front panel instead of relying solely on felt glue since we have been using these for several years. I also used ribbons for the handle instead of felt because after awhile the felt handle starts to get kind of wrinkly and ugly.
I am loving this owl trick or treat bag and my three year old is so excited to use it tonight. Happy Halloween! You can see my homemade trick or treat bag post from a couple of years ago for the instructions of how to make these adorable bags.
Homemade Bat Costume
My five year old really wanted to be a bat for Halloween this year. We have lots of costumes in the costume bin, but no bats. A ready made bat costume was no where to be found. So I looked on Pinterest for ideas and decided on this. There is a great tutorial here. I also looked at a picture of a real bat wing to know how many curves to cut out of the wings. There are only three.
This is really simple to make except it can get a little tight in the shoulder area so make sure to leave extra room when measuring your fabric. I actually cut the shoulder to underarm area at an angle to give him more range of motion. I also added a tie at the neck to secure it from slipping off. He already had a silly bat hat that he wanted to wear so I didn't need to make any bat ears.
Pretty simple and I only spent $4 on fabric. He's a very happy bat and will be wearing this at least two more times before Halloween week is over.
Enchiladas are a hit in our house. They are one of my go-to meals when I have leftover shredded meat and rice to use up. My husband and I are pretty good about eating leftovers, but it is a lot easier to sit down as family when there is a hot meal on the table. The kids aren't as good about leftovers so whenever I can turn the leftovers into something new, I do it.
Easter Sunday we had a fresh ham roast (uncured) that was rather large so we had lots of leftover pork roast. I made "new meals" throughout the week using the leftover pork. We had pork fajitas, pork carnitas, and pork enchiladas all from the same leftover ham roast. This easy enchilada recipe has actually been on the blog for a while, so you may have seen it before. Most of these old posts need some updating so I decided to do just that.
I made pork fajitas just like my chicken fajitas recipe, I just added chopped cooked pork to the vegetable saute after the vegetables had mostly cooked. To make pork carnitas, I just put the leftover pork in the crockpot with 2 cans of real sugar soda on high all afternoon then shredded it to make pork carnitas. Inspired by this recipe. I then used the leftover shredded pork from the pork carnitas and leftover rice that I served with pork fajitas to make easy enchiladas.
We enjoyed our Easter fresh ham roast, then had three new meals from the leftover pork roast throughout week. We had four different meals from the same pork roast for a family of six.
For convenience I use canned refried beans or black beans when making enchiladas. They work well in this recipe, just make sure to rinse the black beans first. It's super easy to make your own shredded chicken too. Just put a couple of boneless skinless chicken breasts in a small crockpot on low all day (covered in water) then take them out and shred them for this recipe. Add your favorite seasonings to the chicken after shredding if you like.
Actually this is a great use for leftover chicken or beef too. Leftover shredded meat = easy enchiladas.
Serve with some rice, homemade tortillas, and guacamole for a real treat.
(Pick and choose the filling ingredients you like)
Shredded chicken, beef, or pork (leftover meat works great)
Shredded or crumbling (queso) cheese
6 to 8 large flour tortillas (burrito size works well)
Salsa and/or Enchilada sauce
1. Prepare a 9 X 13 pan by spreading a thin layer of salsa or enchilada sauce in the pan.
2. Fill tortillas with shredded chicken, refried or black beans, rice, shredded cheese, etc. and roll them up placing them seam side down in the baking pan. Sometimes I fold two sides in a little before rolling up to help keep everything inside. Sometimes I just roll them up so whatever suits you. Six to eight should fit nicely in the pan.
3. Drizzle more salsa or enchilada sauce over the prepared tortillas. Then sprinkle more shredded cheese on top.
4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes.
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Honey Vanilla French Toast
Quick and easy, but with a little pizazz. The honey is subtle, not overly sweet... just a little. You don't need much sweetness with french toast since it is usually served drizzled in maple syrup.
Serve with a side of fried apples for a yummy fall treat. Use your favorite bread or experiment with several different kinds for fun. I used fresh sliced bakery bread and cinnamon swirl bread. Regular old sandwich bread will work great too.
1 cup half & half or milk
2 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla
1. Whisk eggs, then add remaining ingredients (except for bread). Whisk together until thoroughly mixed.
2. Dip each slice of bread into the liquid mixture making sure to coat each side.
3. Melt a pat of butter in the skillet or griddle just before placing a slice of bread on it. Do this for each slice of bread. Fry the bread until golden brown flipping to cook on each side.
4. Serve with maple syrup.
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Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned food blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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