We had an invasion of spiders in our house yesterday. They crawled all over the goodies I made for a little party I hosted for some friends and their kids.
At first I was grossed out, but then I thought they might taste pretty yummy (nice texture with those hairy legs, and hey - we could all use more protein, right?) with the chocolate "blood" cake (raspberry jam was used on top of the white icing in between the layers, and they were encouraged to ooze off the edges of the cake) . I also let the spiders stay because they help to hide the boo-boo's I made on the chocolate web...I used chocolate icing that I microwaved for a bit, but it got too hot and oozy so I couldn't control it very well. Hence the oozy web.
We dined on grubby worms (hotdogs sliced lengthwise and boiled) with blood sauce,
crunched on salty bones (breadstick dough-in-a-can brushed with olive oil, then sprinkled with garlic salt, Italian herbs, and parmesan cheese),
and devoured headstones. These three things were repeats from last year's big bash, and I think I got the ideas for them from Family Fun magazine, but I'm not sure. My memory is not always the most reliable thing in the world.
We quenched our thirst with Blood Punch (a very spunky and tasty concoction of frozen lemonade concentrate, cherry Koolaid - with 1/2 cup sugar - and Ginger Ale. Floating eyeballs and gummy worms optional, but that's what made the kids so excited about the stuff - they all wanted a gummy worm, but since they all sink to the bottom it became a fishing venture at the punch bowl. In case you want to try the punch yourself, here's the exact recipe: 1 can lemonade, 2 cans water, 1 pkg cherry koolaid, 1/2 c sugar, 3/4 of a 2-liter bottle of Ginger Ale, and lots of ice. It's really tasty!!
I have a fancy punchbowl, but it didn't really fit the theme so I used an inverted cake plate lid on top of a glass bowl filled with treats and spiders (don't ask me how they got into that candy - they were everywhere, I'm tellin' ya)
I made white chocolate spiderwebs just like the article in this October's Country Living magazine explains how to do, but then I started making other things with the white chocolate because I got bored with making spiderwebs.
Eeek! There's a spider crawling toward me!
Boo! There's one on you too!
The crazy black cat was enjoying his perch atop a candlestick. It was a great place to keep away from the spiders, because the sides of the pillar were too slick for the spiders to crawl up. Hence the grin.
Here are the kids on a gummy worm fishing expedition.
I hope you have a great Halloween weekend! Now I need to go finish the kids' costumes and gear up for party #2 (this time for the neighborhood kids) in a couple of days! I know, I'm crazy.
This afternoon we'll carve our pumpkins, the kids are really looking forward to that. We'll see if Eliza and Hyrum are brave enough to touch the slimy insides of the pumpkins this year...it's such a tactile delight.