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Murder Mystery Dinner

My husband and I like to entertain-it’s true!  I love a good excuse to throw a party with our friends.  Last year for Halloween, I decided I wanted to try a murder mystery dinner.  Just in case you wanted to try this with your friends, I’ll let you in on what I did….
1) Look for a game.  There are a ton online, or maybe even in your game closet! I found the best price to be on one similar to this one on ebay.  You don’t wait for any box to arrive at your house, they quickly send you a PDF file and you print everything off on your own.  I noticed right now this guy is offering a buy one get one free option too!
2) Invite your guests.  Let them know when and that they’ll need to dress up 🙂 Then, when you have your group, send out the invites.  This is really fun.  In the packet it will give you a list of all the characters and their description for the guests only to read over.
3) Make a meal plan.  We did soup bowls, soup, salad and desserts.  It was simple and easy.  I asked everyone to bring something.  I make the cheese broccoli soup for everyone.
4) I went and got some decorations that had to do with a cruise ship, since that is where our story took place.  I even got my husband a gross mustache and captains hat (since he was the captain of the ship)
It was such a fun night!  We have great friends that all participated in their parts and some of them even surprised us with their great acting skills!  Halloween is coming up, and Murder Mystery dinners can be done at any time of year.  Their are some with a Christmas theme or winter theme that also look really fun.
Tomorrow is the last day to enter!!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

October means Pumpkin Season!
Cali took this picture of my little boy Weston last year!
We have a little tradition to carve pumpkins for Family Home Evening at least one Monday night during October.

 Have you ever baked the seeds?  Here’s a recipe for it – if you want to try it this year!
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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups raw whole pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  2. Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and salt. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown; stir occasionally.               
And here is a yummy dessert recipe that I got from my mother-in-law:
Pumpkin Pie Squares

  • 1 pkg cake mix (reserve 1 cup)
  • 1/2 c. melted margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 c. pumpkin in can
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • Dash of salt
  • 2/3 c. milk
Ingredients for Top Crust
  • 1 c. cake mix
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon                
  • 1/4 c. margarine

       Mix first 3 ingredients and press into 9×13″ pan.  Push up sides.  Mix the next 6 ingredients and spread in pan.  Mix the topping and sprinkle on top of pumpkin layer.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.  Just before serving, top each square with whipped cream.

Hope you and your family have a wonderful pumpkin season!

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Halloween Handout Ideas

Last year, my sister, Holly and I were talking about how much candy our kids get at Halloween!

We don’t even go out that long, but WOW!!!  Their little pumpkins usually come home full!
We wanted to look for something fun to hand out that didn’t add to the dentist bill!
I ended going with Glow Sticks!!  It was a huge hit!
(If you missed our other post about how these glow sticks can be fun on other holidays, click here!)
I bought them from the dollar store and got 10 for $1.00.
Holly was able to find these Stretchy Mini Mice at Target and the kids loved them!


Another fun place to shop for Halloween Novelties is
(All of these pictures come from this site!)
They have almost anything you could want for a good price, BUT….you have to think early!!
(Hence the post about Halloween in September!)
Other Glow-in-the-dark items include:
Sticky Hands
or the
Nature Assortment
Pumpkin Bubbles
Or Finger Shaped Bubbles…eeeewww!
Do your kids like the Silly Bands?  My kids LOVE them.
 Or these Bracelets
I know the kids would like these flashlights.
 Fun notebooks, pencils, erasers, or crayons are always fun to get.
 All kids LOVE stickers!  Am I right??
 Right now at Oriental Trading they have free shipping on all orders over $39.
Use code:  MN1219748  (I’m not sure when it expires, so hurry!)
They also have some fun costumes too!
A couple more non-food ideas are: change from your piggy banks, spider rings, or any other small charms.
Go to your dollar store and see what you can find!
So now that I’ve got you thinking…what are you going to hand out for Halloween?

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