Fall has most certainly arrived! With it, we’re enjoying gorgeous color, sunny days, and crisp (downright chilly!) nights.
Halloween is right around the corner and, while it’s been well-documented here that it’s not my favorite holiday, my kids are super excited about. This year, I’ll have two butterflies and a Thor (<– Norse god, not superhero.) They’ve been excitedly planning their costumes and I can’t help but smile. Their delight is infectious.
Broken record that I am, I will mention again that we are super busy. My oldest has tried out/auditioned for some amazing opportunities this year and I’m so happy for him– but it does add more activities. My girls continue to pursue their own artistic and athletic pursuits and we’re back in the church school season for all of us. Each day is pretty packed and I don’t often have a lot of time for fussing.
But if there’s one thing I’ve learned over my years of mothering, it is this– you do NOT have to do big, fancy things to delight your children. Simple tweaks to the everyday make things special and save your sanity.
With that in mind, here’s the menu plan I put together for this week leading up to Halloween…
B–Cocoa Crisp Cereal, Clementines, Milk (before 7:30AM Mass) <– orange and black!
Brunch– Breakfast Burritos
Mid-afternoon Snack– pick from the snack bag
D–Linguine with Meatballs, Salad, Broccoli
B–Buttermilk Chocolate Bread, Eggs w/ Orange Cheddar, Apples (orange and black, again!)
D–Double Decker Tacos
B–C/S Toast cut into pumpkin shapes with a cookie cutter, Orange Cheddar, Milk
D–Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo, served with Halloween shaped pasta
B–Buttermilk Chocolate Bread, Clementines, Milk (orange and black)
B–PB Toast w/ Raisins to make spooky designs, Apples, Milk
B–Cocoa Pebbles Cereal, Cantaloupe, Milk (orange and black)
D–Pizza (made in the shape of a big pumpkin– I make a stem and cover it heavily with parsley and we use pepperoni, mushrooms, and peppers to make a face)
B–Pumpkin Bread, Eggs
D–Mummies in Blankets, Carrot Sticks
And that should do it!