My pumpkins seem to have a theme, last year I did Pikachu, this year it’s Haunter! I guess I have a family of Pokemon fans.
Welcome to this weeks Kids in the Kitchen. This week we have spent a lot of time in the kitchen together especially as it’s been half term. Boo helped me make our Christmas Cake, I’ll tell you about that another time but it’s nicely stored away now ready to be ‘fed’ with brandy every week until Christmas. Boo said she doesn’t mind if she doesn’t have any so long as I make another Christmas Cake, preferable chocolate…I think maybe a Chocolate Log will be in order.
On Halloween we had some friends over and we made some plain fridge biscuits and the children had to decorate them as scarily as they could. They had lots of fun.
Our recipe this week is Pumpkin and Orange Cake. I did make pumpkin pie but it didn’t go down very well. I thought it was lovely but no-one else liked it.
As always I like to start with saying thanks to those that joined in last week. This time thanks goes to T from Autism Mumma who made a delicious looking Rustic Apple Crumble. Thank you for joining us. If you would like to join in please use the linky at the end of this post. I’d love to see and share what you’ve been cooking with your kids. If you need some inspiration check out our Kids in the Kitchen Pinterest board.
Pumpkin and Orange Cake
|How to squeeze an orange|
|Mixing in the secret ingredient…shhhh!
|Pumpkin and Orange Cake|
So now it’s over to you, get in the kitchen with your kids and come and share what you’ve cooked,
I really didn’t want to do another Halloween post, but I did want to show you this photo of one of my pumpkins and one of the luminaires we made for the day. So I’m going to link it up to One Dad 3 Girls My Sunday Photo. Actually, I might even start doing this every week.
Here’s the badge, I’m off to view all the other photos now.
I’m really looking forward to Halloween this year. After not bothering for many years, last year we moved house to an area which comes alive at Halloween with Trick or Treaters and parties. We’ve decided to join in this year and we are having friends over for a little party and the littlies will be dressing up and going trick or treating themselves. Boo calls it twinkle tweeting which is a little cuter.
I was excited to be invited to pick our pumpkins at Hatton Adventure World. This is something I’ve never done before. I’d not visited Hatton before either, despite it being just half an hour away from my home. I’ll definitely be going back.
Set in the Warwickshire countryside, Hatton Adventure World is a farm park with so many things to do. There are lots of animals to see, many play areas, a little fairground, bouncy castles, tractor rides, pony rides, sand pit, indoor play area, family theatre, cafes, restaurants and more! In fact, we will have to go back again because we didn’t have time to do everything. I didn’t have time to explore the shopping world so I’m planning a trip with just me and the Other Half to browse the shops.
Throughout the year Hatton has many events going on and we went there during the pumpkin event which is Halloween themed. All around the park you could see creepy figures, and listen to scary stories, or watch a spooky magic show. All the staff were dressed like they’d just come off the set of a horror movie.
The highlight of the day was picking our pumpkins. During pumpkin week every child gets a free pumpkin but you have to go and fetch it from the field yourself. The kids loved running around the pumpkin patch trying to see who could find the biggest pumpkin. I think they did really well and now we can’t wait to carve them. You can carve them in a spooky marquee at Hatton, but unfortunately for us time was running out as we wanted to make our way home before it became to dark.
We found Hatton Adventure World a really lovely place to visit and would love to go back again. The staff were really nice and friendly and I was always served with a smile. The guy in the refreshments store by the goldmines was particularly friendly despite having to deal with a constant queue of coffee and ice cream customers at one end of the stall and another constant queue of children waiting for their medals for collecting their gold pieces at the other end.
Also, the young man working the fairground rides was really pleasant and helpful.
My kids found it difficult to pick their favourite moment of the day, they were torn between all the fun stuff they managed to fit in. In the end we all agreed that we loved the pumpkin picking the best, after all that’s what we went for. I would recommend Hatton Adventure World to my friends. The prices are reasonable too, starting from £3.95 a ticket but rising up to £13.95 when there are special events on. It’s easy to find too being just a short drive from the A40 (that’s if you get off at the right junction, which we managed to miss on the way there, we decided to come home avoiding the motorway seeing as we live so close.)
Disclaimer: I was given tickets to visit Hatton, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
We had only just moved into our home this time last year and had no idea what to expect at Halloween. In our old home we rarely had anyone call for Trick or Treat and as the years passed by I just let Halloween pass by too without doing anything. Then, last year we had caller after caller for nearly two hours as soon as it became dusk. I ran out of treats to give them, but the little ones were so excited answering the door to see the other children all dressed up.
So this year we are planning to join in. We are going to carve pumpkins and make some decorations and I’ve been hoarding my stack of spooky treats for a few weeks now. I’ll let you know exactly how it all goes nearer the time but for now I’d like to do a round up of all the exciting things I’ve found to make Halloween a fun time for all.
How about some lovely Pumpkin bunting, even the littlies ones could help with this task from Life As We Know It.
How spooky are these Ghosts from Jelly Rose Yate, my kids would love these.
These Pumpkin Patch Carrot Dippers from Cat’s Yellow Days would look great on the party table.
I confess that I’m not that keen on pumpkin, but these Pumpkin Spiced Muffins from Dad Creek without a Paddle look really yummy
Spiders are definitely not on my list of favourite things, but I might make an exception for these Spooky Spider Cookies from Thinly Spread.
I am loving this monster sandwich from the Mini Mes and Me, my kids will love to make one.
These Witches Broomsticks and Spooky Slime drinks from Family Ties look really scary!
Places to visit at Halloween
Hatton Adventure Farm is having a pumpkin week where you can pick a pumpkin and corn on the cob a well as taking a spooky tractor ride and listening to the Wicked Witch tell some scary tales around her cauldron.
The girls already have their witches outfits and the Little Man has a Gruffalo costume (if he’ll wear it for more than five minutes) So my next decision is…do we have a Halloween party?