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When writing up a meal plan on Halloween, it’s important to resist the urge to write “candy” in every spot.  

Tempting as that is, you’re probably better off taking a piece here and there and eating it in the closet like a normal Mom.  It’s called portion control.


Now, I don’t want to start a political battle here (especially because I’d rather watch back to back episodes of Caillou than see one more election ad), but…

I think that it’s important to teach your kids about taxes using their trick or treat candy.

There, I said it.

Let’s see. We’ve covered the candy and the election, so there’s just one other thing to say before we get down to it…

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  • cereal
  • frozen waffles
  • bacon and egg burritos
  • bagels
  • toast
  • this cranberry orange bread, but be prepared for them to beg for it every day…


The kids pack their own lunches.  They choose a main item from this list, then add a yogurt or cheese, a fruit, and one junk food (assuming we have junk food on hand).

  • sandwiches
  • salad
  • chicken taquitos (I make these ahead of time and freeze them for easy lunches.)
  • leftovers (cold pizza or soup in a mug, for instance)


Dear Pinterest, Can we come to an agreement that if you have to make 2 or 3 steps on the stove before you dump stuff into the crock pot that it is NO LONGER a crock pot recipe?  

I mean, to me a crock pot recipe is supposed to scream “Look at me! I’m so easy to make!!”

Am I right here?

We have a main dish with sides of starch (potatoes, rice, noodles), veggies, and sweet tea.  I never assign a food to a night ahead of time.  

I choose the recipe that I have time for each day.

Brownies sprinkled with leftover candy.Snacks & Desserts

Happy trick or treating!  

Don’t forget, if those political ads get to be too much, empty candy wrappers make great earplugs.

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What’s on your menu this week?