Mama got Krafty in the Kitchen

I think I have to sheepishly admit that I’m becoming the Suzy-Homemaker-kind-of-mom that I never thought I would or could possibly be.  I guess that’s what I get for quitting my job(s) for a year and throwing myself into a foreign culture.  I want to spend most of my time in the kitchen. Or reading British foodie magazines.  Or watching foodie shows on telly.

In my new role as Martha-Stewart-wannabe, I decided to make meals that were Halloween-themed during our week in Yorkshire.  Cute, right?  I know.  I thought it might be enticing for the often-times-very-picky children to have some “fun food”.  (It worked — they ate!)

I was very clever, you see, and had a grocery delivery scheduled for the night we arrived in our self-catering cottage.  (How cool and convenient is that?!).  I shopped online, planned my menus, and had everything taken care of before we left.  We didn’t have to do a big shopping run at the local supermarket, and we didn’t have to bring much of anything with us (a muffin pan, a baking sheet, and some spices and baking powder).  We had all of our food needs for the week conveniently delivered to our door on the night we arrived!  And even though we had to order larger quantities of some things than we actually needed for a week, we ended up spending far, far less on food than we would have if we had eaten out for our meals while we were here.

I know the suspense is killing you , so here’s what I made during our Yorkshire Halloween Extravaganza:

Jack-o-lantern burgers
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Jack-o-lantern pizza
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Beef stew and mashed potato ghosts (this was really, really good)
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Gooey worms and eyeballs (okay, I know that’s a stretch, but it worked with the kids!)
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Black Cat “Cake” (it was a giant rice krispy treat with chocolate frosting)
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We even carved a couple of pumpkins for Halloween.
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BOO!

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