Thursday, October 27, 2016

Halloween Party Condiments

A little while ago I blogged about making severed fingers from hot dogs and used ketchup as vampire blood and told you about how I labeled everything. Here are all the condiments I head out to go with the severed fingers including zombie drool, vampire blood and shop toads. People got a kick out of the different names which gave it a more spooky feel.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Where Did We Go Wednesday? Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area

I have posted about the cuyuna country State Recreation Area a few times on this blog for wordless Wednesday posts but I haven't told you anything about it. Now is that chance. These were pictures taken at the end of the summer during the last weekend in August Kama which accounts for why we are dressed in more summer like clothes.

Other times I have posted pictures of us hiking in this area, which is near our cabin. This State Rec area is in the communities of Crosby, Cuyuna, and Ironton in Minnesota. One feature that we took advantage of this time around that we had not done before is the mountain biking trails. There is an extensive selection of mountain bike trails in this area. The range in difficulty can go from family-friendly and beginner courses 2 someone that needs to be quite adventurous and an expert data mountain biking. Obviously, we took the kids on a family-friendly Trail. We had never done mountain biking on these trails or any Trails like this before as a family so it was new to all of us and we were slightly nervous. It took awhile to get used to it and figure out just how our bikes and our bodies work on them. After getting rid of our initial anxieties about it we started to have a little fun but I have realized I definitely need a different bike rather than my hybrid to do anything more than this family-friendly beginner Trail.

There are also lots of paved trails that go around the mine Lakes as well and we have hike on those Trails as well as road bike on them during this time to. I am looking forward to trying out more of these trails with my family but hopefully next time I will have better bike for this type of terrain.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

#RFCFallFit Fitness Instagram Challenge for Nov 1-5, WHO'S IN?

I decided to try this one out to change things up, in addition to doing a yoga challenge. Anyone want to join in?

TAGS FOR CHALLENGE: #RFCFallFit #sweatpink @runtastic @fitapproach @lifelikelunden

Video Links for each day:  

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Join me in this #SpookyAsana Yoga Challenge - Starts Monday

Here is one filled with some pretty typical yoga poses. It's only a week! Who wants to try this one with me. Was thinking I might have some fun and dress up for some ( maybe all of them).

Friday, October 21, 2016

Halloween STEM Sculpture Activity for Kids

Aldi's sell these fun bags of Halloween Shapes (pumpkins and ghosts). Encourage kids to build a sculpture using regular mini marshmallows and these other holiday shapes. Have them problem solve how they can use these shapes that are different sizes on different ways and how they make have to change their design (especially if they have done this project with only mini marshmallows)/

I had bagged up the marshmallows in individual bags for each of the kids in my daughters classroom. We did this project 2 years ago and I just now got around to sharing it. :( Sorry I don't have sculptures to show you, but it was really fun when they had to try to figure out how to work with what they had and with the odd shapes. Makes them think!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Where Did We Go Wednesday: The Great Pumpkinfest at ValleyScare

This was our first year going to the Great Pumpkin Fest at Valleyscare which is a holiday theme for Valleyfair amusement park in Shakopee Minnesota. Before I bought are season passes for Valley Fair, I had tried to find out information about Valleyscare and it's more family-friendly features. There wasn't a whole lot of ailable until they switch their website to the holiday season. What I can tell you is that most of the rides are actually open and running. Someone at certain times and some run the entire time. They are only open on the weekends during this time. There are a variety of character shows and concerts in the park to attend as well as a viewing in the theater of a peanuts Halloween movie. There was also a petting zoo, which they sold food at to feed the animals if you wanted. There is a corn maze and a straw bale maze for the very little ones. They have a place where you can sit and color a coloring sheet and participate in a coloring contest as well as the storytelling witch which you get to sit around in a semicircle and listen to a witch tell stories. Another feature for the younger kids that are 11 and under is trick or treating. They gave each kid a small bag that was filled with Halloween stickers and they got to go to 4 different areas to trick or treat at and we're given a piece of candy a couple of other theme toys and a bag of chips.

The day we went it was sunny and in the low 60s, so it was pretty nice weather to be outside. We hardly had to wait in line for any of the rides. The kids had a chance to go on some rides they normally would only have gone on once or not go on because the lines were too long. We are actually hoping to get back there one more time yet before they closed at the end of the month. You have two more weekends to go check it out.

They also have a few haunted areas. One of the haunted areas has the lights on and is family friendly with no one jumping out at all. The other two haunted areas are open only on Sunday and have people dressed up jumping out at everyone, but they are not allowed to touch you. They recommend that 13 and older go in it but they don't turn away anyone younger. We were told that the scariness was the same during the day as it is at night in those two features the only thing is you aren't coming out into total darkness afterwards where there are other zombies and haunted things roaming around and scaring you. So you can get a sample of what it is like to do those things without going in the evening. We did do both of those but one of them I only did with my daughter.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Caprese Salad with Havarti

Just another idea for a Low Carb salad.......I know traditionally Caprese Salad uses fresh mozzarella, but I REALLY love Havarti so I thought I would try this salad with that instead and it works!

And it taste even better because I used fresh basil and tomatoes from my garden!

Be sure to use a high quality balsamic vinegar. It makes a HUGE difference!