Author and Founder of CraftBoxGirls.com Shares Her Super Secrets for Celebrating the Halloween with Craft Inspiration & Budget Friendly Recipes
Get ready! Halloween is coming, and to get you ready we have Lynn Lilly–Founder of CraftBoxGirls and author of Screen-Free Crafts Kids Will Love! Lynn is available to share some timely recipes and craft ideas for making this a frightening celebration for your viewers and listeners. Of course, Halloween involves many traditions, such as trick or treating and good food. Lynn will share some crafty ideas that will make your Halloween celebration the talk of any neighborhood or Halloween party. This renowned craft and DIY expert share some food, costume and decorating tips to help your viewers and listeners get creative with their scary-fun festivities.
A GREAT MEAL FOR HALLOWEEN
My first trick is to save more time for trick or treating or the party. Halloween is a chaotic time for moms. That’s why Red Baron pizza is an easy mealtime solution that takes the fright out of Halloween chaos. The kids are going to be eating plenty of treats, so Red Baron pizza brings peace to mealtime because it’s a meal everyone in the family can agree upon – which is especially helpful on a night like Halloween, when you need to get your trick-or-treaters out the door. Red Baron offers three multi-serve pizza crust varieties, including Classic Crust, Brick Oven and Thin & Crispy – each made with a variety of premium toppings, and available in grocery stores nationwide. For more information, visit www.RedBaron.com
SUGGESTIONS FOR A GREAT SNACK FOR YOUR HALLOWEEN GUESTS
You want to give the kids something that will sustain them before they hit the houses, so they don’t go overboard on the candy right away. This sandwich is always a winner and will leave everyone feeling satisfied and full before they go trick or treating. It is a Turkey Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwich. If you are really short on time, I like to make this simple fruit and cheese skewer made with Havarti Snack Cheese. The key though is to use quality cheese. My secret ingredient is Arla Cheeses. They are delicious because they’re so simple. Arla’s snack and sliced cheeses are free from artificial flavors and preservatives. Arla cream cheese is made from just four ingredients that you’ll recognize (cream, milk, cheese culture and salt). It’s delicious in a dip or as a spread on a sandwich or a bagel. Arla is a farm-to-fridge dairy company that’s owned by farmers and the fresh milk for their cheeses comes directly from Arla farms. You can find the recipes for both of these dishes on www.arlausa.com.
Turkey Avocado Grilled Cheese
Recipe courtesy of Ali Ebright, Gimme Some Oven
2 slices whole wheat bread
1 tablespoon butter
4 slices Arla® Muenster Cheese
1 small sliced tomato
4 pieces thinly-sliced smoked turkey
1 handful fresh arugula
Spread 1/2 tablespoon butter evenly on top of each bread slice. Place once slice butter-side-down on a prep surface, and layer it evenly (in this order) with 1 or 2 cheese slices, tomato, turkey, 1 cheese slice, avocado, arugula, 1 or 2 more cheese slices, followed by the other slice of bread (butter-side-up). Heat a saute pan or grill pan over medium-high heat until hot. Then carefully transfer the sandwich to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes on the first side, or until the bread is toasted and the cheese starts to melt. Carefully flip the sandwich to the other side, and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the bread is toasted. Remove from the pan, and serve warm. *Feel free to use more/less of the ingredients listed, per your preference.
Fruit and Cheese Skewers
For a nutritious and easy snack your kids will love, try fruit and cheese skewers with Arla® Havarti snack cheese. Your favorite fruit paired with Havarti's gentle buttery taste is the perfect complement to any lunch. Try cutting the Havarti into shapes for a fun twist on snack time.
4 pieces Arla® Havarti snack cheese cubed or cut into shapes
1 kiwi skin removed and cut into 4 pieces
Cut the Arla® Havarti snack cheese into 8 cubes. To make snack time more fun and kid-friendly, try using small cookie cutters to cut out the Havarti into hearts or stars. Spear the strawberries, grapes and kiwi on the skewer, alternating with cheese cubes, until the skewer is full. Be sure to leave about one inch on either end of the skewer for easy handling. Cut off the sharp tips before adding to a lunch box.