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pound spaghetti noodles
Slice each hot dog into 4 (1 inch) pieces. Take four pieces of uncooked spaghetti and pierce through the hot dog with each one.
Cook pasta and hot dogs in salted boiling water according to pasta package directions, about 8-10 minutes.
Drain pasta and hot dogs. Serve with warm marinara sauce for dipping or tossed in pasta.
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- These disgusting finger foods will get your kids into the Halloween mood, shock your guests and grossify your party!Halloween is a kid’s dream – costumes, unlimited access to candy, and a free pass to all foul things without being reprimanded by your parents.First, surprise and delight your kids with Spider Dogs! So easy to make, but so fun to eat. Dip these in warm marinara sauce for a messy fun-filled food experience. These are my kid’s absolute favorite.Here are a few ideas to amp up the gross Halloween fun!
- Before you say “ewww”, just try one of these earwax appetizers. Take some lollipop sticks and put a mini marshmallow on each end. Dip the ends of the marshmallow in melted butterscotch chips for ooey, gooey earwax bites.
- To make these stuffed cockroaches, slice a date in half and fill it with a teaspoon of sweetened cream cheese. You can amp up the gross factor by placing plastic cockroaches around your serving dish.
- These cheesy eyeballs take less than a couple of minutes to make. Take fresh mozzarella balls and top them with sliced pimento olives for an appetizer that has its eye on you!Uncivilized and grotesque, these finger foods are perfect for any Halloween party.
- Looking for more Halloween ideas? Try our collection of spooktacular recipes!
When I was a child, my girl scout troop used to roast Spider Dogs on the campfire during camp outs. The same technique can be replicated at home sans campfire to provide a silly, fun lunch for kids!
Paired with fresh corn on the cob, fruit, and bread, this lunch makes kids very happy!
Begin by slicing regular hot dogs four ways on one side (like a criss cross). Repeat on the other end. Be careful not to cut through the middle!
If you are going to be enjoying lunch with an older child, preparing spider dogs will give them some excellent cutting practice. Even younger children could use a butter knife to easily prepare the hot dogs.
Place the cut hot dogs in boiling water, and cook as directed on the package.
If you plan to roast Spider Dogs over a campfire, insert a long roasting stick through the middle of the hot dog.
As the hot dogs cook, the cut ends curl up making it look as though the hot dog has 8 legs, just like a spider!
Remove the hot dogs from the boiling water with a slotted spoon. If desired, use ketchup and mustard to draw eyes on the spider.
Serve and enjoy, then eat perfect chocolate chip cookies for dessert!
Hot Dog Spaghetti Spiders
You can’t just serve ordinary hot dogs or a bowl of spaghetti on Halloween. Most certainly not!
A Halloween meal needs to be spooky, creepy and fun too. Our spider hot dogs are all that and delicious too!
So easy to make and quick to cook, you will love making this easy dinner recipe, even when it’s not Halloween.
Spaghetti hot dog spiders come to life when uncooked pasta is threaded through pieces of hot dogs and then cooked according to your package directions. Simple as that!
Our spaghetti in a hot dog is tossed with Parmesan cheese and butter for a yummy kids meal. But these creepy hot dog spiders also taste fabulous when tossed with your favorite marinara sauce or served with ketchup on the side for dipping.
And really now, what kids wouldn’t be happy to eat a bowl of spiders made out of two favorite kid foods, spaghetti and hot dogs? So much fun and so creepy crawly too!
Slightly Creepy Halloweenie Spider Dogs
Halloween is a fun holiday for kids (and adults) but it doesn’t have to be just about the Trick or Treating. Even before I had kids, I always enjoyed decorating the house with pumpkins, bats, spiders and lots of fake webs. Once November arrives, I pile the pumpkins at the end of the driveway in a cute display that can stick around through Thanksgiving. I always feel like I get my monies worth.
Beyond the decorations, it’s also fun to cook up a SPOOKY meal to serve on Halloween. We always seem to have friends coming and going so I like a table spread with finger foods and lots of choices. Some of our favorites include mini pizzas decorated to look like an eyeball, banana halves made to look like ghosts by adding chocolate chip eyes and a mouth, chocolate pudding topped with cookie crumbs to look like dirt with a tiny hand drawn grave stone.
As we play games, watch scary movies and wait for the Trick or Treaters we munch on the food and have a great time. Lime green punch served in chemistry beakers also adds a nice touch.
This year we will be taking out little guy trick or treating for the first time. Before we head out for the evening I want to make sure that everyone is well fed. Even if they are out collecting candy, cranky, hungry kids are no fun to deal with. And, when it comes to kids, you can’t go wrong with hotdogs!
These Slightly Creepy Halloweenie Spider Dogs are a lot of fun and are sure to be a hit at the dinner table this Halloween.
Slightly Creepy Halloweenie Spider Dogs
Serves: 6-8 as a meal, 10-12 as a buffet item
1/2 Tube Crescent Roll Dough
Cut each hotdog in half. With a paring knife carefully cut three slights in the ends of each hot dog half so you have eight legs on each piece.
Slice each triangle of crescent roll dough into 4-5 pieces and wrap each piece around the center of the hot dog.
Slice a stuffed green olive in half and place two on each spider to create eyes.
Place prepared hot dogs on a baking sheet and bake 10-12 minutes or until the crescent rolls are golden brown.
Move over meatballs! This squirmy pasta dish makes a fun project for kids and a crowd-pleasing Halloween-themed meal. For a more “mature” version, substitute your favorite cooked sausage for the hot dogs.
I’m pretty sure a spoonful of laughter and silliness makes any dinner taste better –and when the preparation of that meal can be a fun project for eager kitchen helpers, it’s a double win!
Halloween presents the perfect excuse to play with one’s food, so when I spent the afternoon with my 7-year-old niece recently, I readied myself with a few key ingredients.
The following one-pot recipe is an on-theme way to fill young tummies before trick-or-treating, but it need not be reserved as a once-a-year meal as big kids and adults always enjoy it, too.
Threading noodles through pieces of hot dog –a key feature of this recipe – may seem a tad tedious, but it’s proven to be a fun activity for little fingers. It’s good for hand-eye coordination, too.
I thought my niece might lose interest before the task was completed, but with the exception of tending to the boiling pot, she ended up preparing every last bit of the meal on her own and proudly took it home to serve to her family that evening. (Tip: a plastic knife allows young children to complete the slicing step safely.)
Grace showing off her work. (We went outside for better lighting!)
When I first saw this silly but tasty idea in a magazine many years ago, the proportion of meat to pasta was too high. The simple fix was to use more pasta and fewer hot dogs. As an added perk, the better balance stretched the yield with less work.
Adults who prepare this dish without the aid of young helpers may find the initial step to be monotonous, but it goes fast since you need only deal with 4 ounces of pasta (or one quarter of a standard 16-ounce package). An additional portion of noodles is cooked as is and serves to bulk up the meal.
Because every silly meal deserves an equally goofy name, I initially referred to these noodles as “Wormy Dogs.” Citing their appearance prior to cooking, my husband suggested “Spider Dogs,” and that name stuck. “Pasta-Threaded Sausages” can be used for a more highbrow meal. (Wink, wink!)
As such, I’ve implemented the cooked sausage option for a somewhat more mature rendition of what is undeniably a kid-friendly meal. But to be honest, most adults happily embrace their inner child with either version.
You may certainly use the recipe as a framework and increase or decrease the amount of meat or pasta according to personal preference and how many mouths you’re feeding. You can prep the noodles an hour or so in advance and let them sit at room temperature. Leftovers can be gently reheated and make a great packed lunch for those who have a microwave at work or school.
I like to serve the pasta with a hearty green salad, and my boys are always happy with a piece of garlic bread, too. This time around, my niece and I prepared a copycat version of Whole Foods’ kale Waldorf salad. For those who might like to try that healthy fall recipe, I posted it earlier this week.
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How to Make Spider Repellent at Home
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Natural spider repellents are easy to make at home and work just as well as commercial repellents, without the drawback of containing chemicals and toxins that are bad for your health and the health of your pets. Many of these natural repellents involve using ingredients unpleasant to spiders, such as essential oils and ammonia, to deter them from entering your home and encourage them to leave. By using sprays and deterrents around the points of entry in your house such as cracks or crevices and around windows and doors, you can effectively deter spiders without any negative consequences to your health.
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Before we get into keeping spiders away, let’s think about the fact that God did create them too. Our goal isn’t to kill off all the spiders – just to keep them out of our house! After all, spiders are useful and a part of the necessary food chain. They eat other insects and mosquitoes, and they are food for birds, reptiles, and amphibians. “Spider silk is used in making gun sights, range finders, bomb sights, surveying transits and levels, astronomical telescopes, optical reticules.”
Are you thinking, “That’s great, but I still don’t want them in my house!” No problem. The following homemade spider spray recipe will be a big help to you. Here are some other things you can do outside, to make your home even more unappealing to spiders:
- Check around your house and garden to see if you have inadvertently created refuges for bugs – like a firewood or other wood pile, stacked flowerpots, unused bricks, a recycle bin that hasn’t been emptied in a while, and other debris. Move those items away from your house.
- Evaluate your flower beds to find where they are active. Use cedar mulch to repel many types of bugs. Sprinkle cinnamon around the foundation of your house it is strong and bitter to spiders and ants.
- Plant herbs that repel spiders, especially by your doors and windows. Some good herbs for that are mint, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon verbena, lemon grass, lemon balm. [Did you figure out that they don’t like lemon?] Bonus: These herbs smell good to humans.
- Add a thin layer of diatomaceous earth in areas where there is a lot of spider and insect activity. Preferably, not in an area where you will be walking or working. If you have a raised foundation, try dusting a layer of DE on the ground under your home.
If you are wondering why these things work as DIY spider repellent spray, the Encyclopedia of Entomology tells us that, “…Open-ended hair-like setae at the ends of the legs and pedipalps serve as taste receptors. Spiders will avoid pungent or acidic substances upon contact.”
The idea of this homemade spider spray recipe is to hit them with strong scents that they can’t stand. You’ll want to spray it weekly at the start so that you keep the scent strong. After they’ve decided that it is more comfortable to live somewhere else, and their activity dies down, you should be able to only spray once or twice a month.
You can also just keep the DIY spider repellent spray on hand for the seasons when insects are on the move and looking for a new home. Remember, if you are spraying it outside in the spring, the rain will wash away the scent and you’ll need to respray.
More pest-control help” If you are having trouble with ants or wasps in your garden you need to check out this recipe for Ant & Wasp Killer.
If you’re looking for a bug spray to use on your family’s skin this Essential Oil Bug Repellent is the recipe for you! Repel mosquitoes with essential oils in this natural spray blend! And lastly, this Homemade Bug Repellent Floor Cleaner will make your house unattractive to many types of bugs.
Mix all dry ingredients then add sour cream. Gradually add milk until you get a smooth batter. If the batter is too runny, add a little more flour to thicken up. If the batter is too thick, add a little more milk to thin out.
Stick wooden skewer directly into one end of the Beyond Sausage® Brat Original. Slide skewer in until it is about 1 inch from the end. Do not slide completely through. Repeat with the other Beyond Sausages. Freeze in freezer for 30-45 minutes. This will help the sausages stick to the skewer.
Once hardened, pour batter into a tall glass (wide and tall enough to completely submerge sausage.
Heat a dutch oven with 4-5 inches of canola oil. Heat to 360 degrees F.
Dip and completely submerge the Beyond Sausage into the batter. Once submerged, remove and immediately (and carefully) place the batter-covered Beyond Sausage into the hot oil. Use a stainless steel spider or strainer to gently move around corn dog. Cook in oil for 1-2 minutes while carefully rotating it around to ensure all sides are golden brown. Cook until all sides are a dark golden brown. Remove and place on a wire rack. Repeat.
Camping Dessert Recipes
When you are camping, desserts needn’t mean fruits or gummy bears. You can make delicious sweet camping food for kids even on hot coals.
11. Cake in an orange peel
Here is a classic camping dessert recipe that your kids will love!
You will need:
- 1 pack of chocolate cake mix
- 1 cup of water
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup oil
- 10-12 oranges
- Prepare the cake batter using the direction on the pack.
- Slice the top of the oranges (save it for later) and scoop the pulp out. You can eat fresh pulp for breakfast.
- Fill two-thirds of the hollow oranges with batter.
- Place the top of the orange back and wrap an aluminum foil around it. Seal the foil tightly to pack the oranges tightly.
- Put the oranges in the campfire and let them cook for 15-20 minutes.
- Rotate once or twice in between.
- Remove from fire, check if they are fully cooked and enjoy.
Preparation time: 10min
Cooking time: 15-20min
12. S’mores banana boat
This is yet another traditional camping dessert that you can make in little time.
You will need:
- 4 bananas
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup mini marshmallows
- ½ cup cereal of your choice
- Cut the foil into four sheets of 12-inches each.
- Slit the bananas lengthwise, along the curve. Open the slit to make a pocket.
- Fill the gaps between the slits in each banana with two tablespoons each of marshmallows, chocolate chips, and cereal.
- Wrap the banana in a foil and seal it on top. Cook it in the campfire for eight to ten minutes, using tongs.
- Remove from the coals, peel it and enjoy the treat.
Preparation time: 5min
Cooking time: 15min
13. S’more sandwich
The best part of camping is you get to eat a lot of marshmallows. Here is the classic nighttime treat made from graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate.
You will need:
- Break the graham crackers in half, so you have two square-shaped crackers.
- Place the crackers face down on a plate. Place one square of chocolate on one of the crackers.
- Toast the marshmallow on the grill or in the campfire using a skewer, until it turns a little brown.
- Place the marshmallow on the chocolate on the cracker and cover it with the other cracker.
- Press the top cracker down to squeeze the warm marshmallow into something creamy.
- Wait till the marshmallow cools down before eating it.
Preparation time: 5min
Cooking time: 10min
14. Peanuts and almond cluster agave snack bar
This is a snack you can make at home and carry on your camping trips. Filled with nuts, this snack bar also doubles up as an energy bar and is one of the simplest kid-friendly camping meals.
You will need:
- ½ cup cashews
- ½ cup almonds
- ½ cup peanuts
- ½ cup shelled sunflower seeds
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp brown rice syrup
- In a bowl, combine all the nuts and seeds.
- Mix honey and brown rice syrup and pour this mixture over the nuts. Mix it well.
- Place a parchment sheet on a baking tray or pan and pour this honey nut mixture on it.
- Bake for 20 minutes at 350ºF.
- Let it cool and leave it on the counter overnight, to let it harden and stick together.
Try and cut it into bars using a knife or just crumble it into smaller pieces and carry it when you go camping.
Preparation time: 5min
Cooking time: 20min
Servings: 6 bars
15. Camp pie
Cooking a pie during camping may seem like an awful lot of work. But it needn’t be. Here is how you can make a blueberry hobo pie with fresh bread slices, instead of dough.
You will need:
- You will need a pie iron to make this hobo pie.
- Spray the inside of the hobo pie iron with cooking spray.
- Place the slice of bread in it and spread the apple pie filling over it.
- Butter another slice of bread and place it on top of the apple pie filling.
- Close the pie toaster and cook for four minutes over the hot campfire.
- Serve warm.
Preparation time: 3min
Cooking time: 4min
While these camping recipes are easy to try and make in the wilderness, some demand a bit of preparation. If you are up to it, then there is nothing to stop you from having a feast in the middle of a forest or on top of a mountain. Whatever you cook, make sure you do not litter or create waste that is not biodegradable. You don’t want a pile of plastic or metallic garbage to greet you the next time you go camping, do you?