Tonight I had a PTA meeting and I was in charge of refreshments. When I went to the first PTA meeting this year, Kelly, the head of hospitality, did an entire back to school themed snack. She made a school bus shaped cake, pencils made of string cheese and Bugles for the tip, plus some other really adorable things. I felt like I had to keep up with this stellar display of refreshments so, I made my theme Halloween and went a little nuts. First, I had a veggie tray with hummus, real scary right? BUT, I peeled carrots and made them look like fingers by notching out knuckles and putting a sliced almond on the tip to make it look like a finger nail. I put these fingers in the hummus and it looked like a hand was coming out of it. Next I mixed some Tastefully Simple Spinach and Herb Dip Mix with one brick of cream cheese and the Fiesta Dip Mix with another brick of cream cheese. After letting them sit in the fridge for a while, I scooped out small portions and rolled them into small balls. I put slices of olives on them and they looked like eyeballs! These were served with crackers. I made vampire apples by quartering some Jonagold apples and cutting out a mouth, then I pushed slivered almonds into the mouth to make the teeth. Finally I made some brownies, frosted them with cream cheese frosting, and piped spiderwebs and spiders on top with milk chocolate. I think everything was a hit because there were only a few veggies and a couple of apples for me to bring home. You'll see a few of the left overs in Molly's lunch.
The vegetable side is carrots and sugar snap peas. The carrots were cut with a crinkle knife for texture and to make it easier to bite into. The sugar snap peas are alway a favorite and go well with the carrots because they are both sweet.
For our fruit side, we are using some of the left over vampire apples. We chose the Jonagold apples because of their bright red color, good for lips, and their firm yet sweet texture. The slivered almonds do become a little soft and sometimes break but that's a great way to show your kids what happens when they eat too much candy. ☺
Finally we have Annie's Homegrown Bunny Graham Friends for dessert. This is a great blend of chocolate, vanilla and chocolate chip graham crackers. It's just enough sweetness to get Molly through the second half of the day.