How to Make a Baby Ladybug Halloween Costume!

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For my daughter’s first halloween, I knew I wanted to make hand make her costume! Nothing against store bought costumes, but I was just itching to do something creative! I originally wanted her to be a baby bumble bee after I saw this No Sew Bee Costume from Sugar Bee Crafts, However, when I went to the craft store, there was no bright yellow tulle to be seen. I saw bright red tulle and was sold on the idea of a little ladybug! I started right away on making Little M’s ladybug halloween costume!

How to make a homemade baby ladybug halloween costume for your little girl, complete with a ladybug painted pumpkin, red antennae headband, matching handmade mommy and me infinity scarves, and little ladybug wings | FoodMarriage.com

With less than a week until Halloween, you can still make this easy costume if you want to! I paced myself by doing one piece of the costume each day until it was finished. Here’s what you’ll need to create this adorable baby halloween costume:

  1. Basic Black Clothes and Red Socks – Any plain black shirt and black leggings will do (Tip: Wal-Mart carries Garanimals brand clothing for babies and toddlers with mix and match separates – you can get exactly what you need at a great price – under $4 a piece!) I also picked up fuzzy red socks from Carter’s.
  2. Ladybug Wings – I was going to get red felt and then cut out black circles and glue them on, but I got lucky and found red felt that already had black dots on it the craft store. Score! I bought two pieces of felt, used a bowl from the kitchen to cut them into half-circles and then glued them together at the top with Tacky Glue. Once it was dry I used red thread and hand stitched the wings to the top of the black shirt.
  3. Tutu – I got black elastic, black tulle, and red tulle.  I followed the general idea from Sugar Bee Crafts of just hand-tying the tulle to the elastic band.  I did NOT use glitter tulle as I thought that was not a good idea for a 9-month old. I used regular matte tulle and bought one roll in each color (I used the 3-inch wide kind).
  4. Antennae Headband – Using leftover elastic that I had from the tutu waist band, I tied it in a little knot in the back to make a headband. I then took little red pom poms and stitched them on to the top with red thread.
  5. Mommy & Me Matching Red Infinity Scarves – I used to crochet a long time ago, but haven’t done it in years. I watched this Easy Crochet Infinity Scarf Tutorial on YouTube by Melanie Ham, and it came right back to me!! Her tutorial was just what I needed to get back in the swing of things and learn how to do an infinity scarf, which I had never done before. I made our scarves much smaller but the general pattern was the same with a half double crochet stitch. I wore a black shirt with my scarf to match my little one!
  6. A Pumpkin with Red & Black Acrylic Paint – We spent one night painting our pumpkin red with acrylic paint.  The next day, we painted the top black and added black polka dots with a round sponge brush.

Hand Painted Ladybug Pumpkin for Halloween with red and black acrylic paint. The perfect compliment to your little girl's costume or to your home decor. | FoodMarriage.com

We were happy to get our little girl all dressed up for a party this past weekend. And we are even more excited to get two uses out of her costume this coming weekend for Halloween!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Colcannon: Traditional Irish Recipe for Halloween!!

When flipping through “The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook,” I was surprised to find a Halloween recipe!  I found a recipe for Colcannon, which is a traditional Irish dish of creamy mashed potatoes mixed with cabbage that is often served at Halloween.  It is said that the cook would often hide a lucky charm or a coin in the Colcannon and whoever would find it would have good luck and good fortune!  There’s also a legend out there that say that a girl would put some colcannon into a stocking, hang it on the front door and whoever would come through the door next would become her husband!!

When I made my Colcannon last night, I definitely did not put any into a stocking on the door…I already have my husband and he might think I was crazy if I did something like that!!  I also didn’t hide any lucky charms in our meal because we already feel like the luckiest people in the world to have each other! Instead, we just enjoyed this surprisingly delicious food along with a roast!
Colcannon Recipe
Ingredients:
  • 4 russet potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cups light cream
  • Half of a small cabbage
  • 6 scallions
  • Salt and Pepper
Directions:
  • Wash and peel your potatoes.
  • Once peeled, cut potatoes into cubes.
  • Add potatoes into a pot of water on the stove.
  • Turn stove on high and bring to a boil.  Continue boiling until potatoes are tender.
  • Drain potatoes and add into a mixer.
  • Turn mixer on medium to mash potatoes.
  • Add in your butter and cream and continue mixing well.
  • Cut your cabbage in half (you will only use one half of it).
  • Cut the half that you are using into half again and then cut both pieces into thin shreds.
  • Cook the cabbage in a large pot of boiling salted water for about 3 minutes.
  • Drain cabbage and then add to the potatoes and mix well.
  • Finely chop your six scallion sand stir into the potato/cabbage mixture.
  • Season well with salt and pepper.
  • Hide your lucky charm at this point if you would like and serve!!

Happy Halloween!!!

ONE Year Ago: Cooking Inspiration: Julia Child
 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Candy Corn Inspired Rice Krispie Treats!!

First, I would like to report that we are safe and sound after Hurricane Sandy came through last night.  We had some high winds and a couple trees down, but we weathered the storm just fine.  Pat and I are keeping all of the affected families in our thoughts and prayers.

Next, I wanted to share something that I made this weekend, but didn’t get a chance to post until now because of power outages.  I am SO proud of myself when I come up with an idea 100% on my own and not from online or in a magazine!  I started off with the idea just to make orange-colored rice krispie treats by putting food coloring in the melted marshmallow.  I then came up with the idea to use up some candy melts and paint the tops of the krispie treats to make them look like candy corn!!
Candy Corn Inspired Rice Krispie Treats Recipe
Ingredients:
  • 9 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 bag (10.5 oz) Mini Marshmallows
  • Candy Melts (you can buy them in different colors or you can just use food coloring to dye white ones)
  • Food Coloring
Directions:
  • Grease the bottom of a 13×9 pan with butter and set aside.
  • Place 1/4 cup butter in a pan on the stove.
  • Turn burner on low.
  • Melt the butter completely and then add in your entire bag of marshmallows.
  • Keep on low heat and stir continuously until all marshmallows are smooth and melted.
  • Add in food coloring at this point to dye your melted marshmallows orange.
  • Next mix in 9 cups of Rice Krispies cereal.  Stir until well blended.
  • Pour the mixture into the 13×9 pan.
  • Let cool completely and then cut into small rectangles.
  • Melt your candy melts according to the directions on the packaging.
  • Paint the tops of each krispie treat completely with orange candy melt.  Let cool and then add a thicker stripe of yellow on the bottom and then a small bit of white on the top.
  • Let the candy melts harden completely before stacking or storing.
 
What a fun treat for this time of year!!

ONE Year Ago: Game Day Recipe: Chunky Chicken Crock Pot Soup
 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Game Day Recipe: Pumpkin Dip

To start off Pumpkin Week, I thought I would share something delicious and good for Game Day or any other get together!  I recently made a batch of it up for a potluck lunch at work and one of my coworkers described the flavor as tasting like “liquefied pumpkin cheesecake.”  It was a huge hit!

This recipe for Pumpkin Dip was passed along to me by my friend Jessica.  And now I am happy to pass it along to all of my readers!!  You can serve it in a regular serving dish along with graham crackers.  OR you can be creative like I was and actually create a pumpkin bowl to put your dip in!  All you need to do is to cut off the top of a small pumpkin and be sure to scoop out all of the insides.  So festive!!

Pumpkin Dip

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Feeds a party of 10+

Pumpkin Dip

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 7 oz marshmallow fluff
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Graham Crackers

Instructions

  • Let your cream cheese sit out for a bit to soften.
  • Mix all ingredients together (don't be afraid to add more pumpkin pie spice if you like - I accidentally did and it turned out just fine!)
  • Keep dip refrigerated until serving.
  • Serve with graham crackers and enjoy!
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xoxo, Food Marriage

Recipe: Halloween Themed Mexican Layer Dip

My friend texted me the other day, “Dear Food Marriage, Help!  I need a Halloween-Themed Mexican Dish to bring to a party!”  So I told her I’d do some brainstorming and get back to her.  I thought of a great Taco Dip that I make….but couldn’t think of how to make it Halloween themed aside from inserting tortilla chips and saying they were gravestones, but I didn’t think that the tortilla chips would ever look remotely like gravestones.

So I did some research online and came across a recipe from Sandra Lee of Food Network!  She called it “Spider’s Nest Dip.”  Here’s my adaptation of her recipe.  I made it in a white pie dish this time, but next time I may try for a clear pie dish so you can see all the layers!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning mix
  • 1 container Sour Cream
  • 1 can of refried beans
  • 1 bag of shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 jar of salsa
  • 1 can of chopped black olives
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • Tortilla chips
Directions:
  • Set cream cheese out in advance to allow it to get soft.
  • Mix the cream cheese, about 2/3 of the taco seasoning packet and 1 cup of sour cream together in a bowl.  I used a hand mixer to blend.  Save the rest of the sour cream until later to decorate.
  • Get a pie dish and spread a thin layer of refried beans on the bottom.
  • Add about 2/3 of the bag of cheese on top of the refried beans.
  • Microwave your dish with beans and cheese for about 2 minutes to melt the cheese.
  • Drain your jar of salsa in a strainer.  Remove most of the liquid.  Add the chunks of tomato, etc on top of the layer of cheese.
  • Drain your chopped olives and then add about 2/3 of the can on top of the salsa.
  • Next, add the layer of your cream cheese/taco seasoning/sour cream mixture.
  • You can then add your final layer of guacamole.
  • Now it’s time to decorate!  Put your extra remaining sour cream into a plastic baggie.  Squeeze the excess air out and zip the bag closed.  Cut a small amount off the corner of the bag so the cream cheese can come through.
  • Decorate the top of your dip like a spider web!
  • Seve with tortilla chips.
Tips:
  • It’s a pretty thick dip.  It is hard to scoop your chips in and get all the layers.  I recommend serving with plates and a serving spoon so you can scoop sections out of the dip and get a taste of each of the layers.
  • I decorated the spider web with black beans that served as the spiders for the web.  If I made it again, I would not use them because I only used about 15-20 beans and ended up throwing away the rest of the can (I’m not a huge bean person so would not use them for something else).  I think the dip would be cute just with the spiderweb alone!  OR you can decorate with a plastic spider or two for show!
This dip was absolutely delicious and I would definitely make it any time of year (without the sour cream spider web of course!)  Happy Halloween!
 

xoxo, Food Marriage