Yep, you heard that correctly, we did not have a party. Well, not in our apartment anyway. You see, on Monday after work we all came home early to bake, cook, decorate and just get in the mood for Halloween. We worked until the kids went to bed and then I worked until I went to bed in order to get this place good enough for a witch or two.

Well, Tuesday morning we woke up to Alida complaining that her tongue hurt. We looked in her mouth and lo and behold her tongue was a bit swollen and just plain funny looking. I took her to the doctor first thing because I didn’t have to teach until 10. The doctor told us that she had the highly contagious hand foot mouth virus which meant kindergarten and parties were out of the question.

So, I rushed to school to tell them that I wouldn’t be in this week and to quickly write up some substitution plans with poor little Alida in tow. I was told I have to go back to work tomorrow because it’s parent teacher conferences and I have a few parents to torture, so Martin’s staying home with our sick little monster.

We did decide to come home and finish the cakes and decorating and then I made some pumpkin sandwiches for dinner, so we didn’t have to forgo the party altogether. I also called two of my friends with babies to tell them not to come at all. My other two good friends have kids that were just so excited we decided to go trick-or-treating anyway. Alida was doing fairly well and even put her costume on herself, so it was a bit of a success. We also managed to get a few pics so here they are.

carrot cake ghost

First we had a carrot cake ghost decorated by the little man.

bloody hot dog fingers

Then we had some bloody hot dog fingers. Don’t they look gross?

yummy cat litter

Of course, we also had a little cat litter cake. The recipe is found here. I didn’t do the green food coloring but I did the two cakes and pudding together with melted Tootsie Rolls on top. Thanks, Linda!!!
bugs and pooh

Here are some bugs on cookies. Alexander made the bugs with the eyes himself and I melted the chocolate with coconut, raisins and pretzels to make other bugs that turned out to look like giant poohs. Oh well, it grossed us out so much we left them like that. They were yummy!!!

pumpkin sandwiches

We also had some pumpkin sandwiches I made using a pumpkin cookie cutter. You see, my plan was to feed the kids hot dogs and sandwiches before we took out the goodies. My friend and her son had a sandwich and some cat litter in the hallway while waiting for the other trick-or-treaters to arrive. I didn’t dare let anyone in this virus infested apartment.
harry and the princessLaura-me

Here are my two favorite trick-or-treaters and Alexander’s picture of me. I was Laura from Little House on the Prairie which I had made last year. Alexander and I painted the H on his shirt using wax paper and I have to admit it’s a really cool technique. Christina, I’ll give you some of my paper if you want. I bought tons of it and it’s sooo fun to do with the kids.

batsboo banner

Just a bit of the decorations which, as you may notice, are from last year.

crown and magic wandcrown back

Here is the princess crown I made along with the ‘wooden’ magic wand Martin made using a brown paper bag and some brown crayons. I thought they came out pretty well. The kids were definitely happy so it was worth it.

Just an action shot. I think you can tell Harry was having a great time.


Here is one last look at my two favorite people-Harry and the princess.

Thank you all for joining my contest. We pulled names from the caldron (actually I wrote down all the numbers from the comments on a piece of paper and had the kids pick 3 numbers) and the oscar goes to sock pattern goes to:

#1-Leah and # 6-Rain

And one set of the above pictured stitch markers (one strawberry or cheeseburger, a beer from Germany, a giving flower and a socktoberfest sock in blue or pink) goes to:


The other set of stitch markers goes to Lolly, of the socktoberfest fame, for having such a wonderful knitalong and for being a great blog buddy!! She also has a fab nick name.

I’ll get these off as soon as I can but it may take a few days-things are just so hectic around here. Thanks again, everyone!!

Here’s a look at Alida’s Nemo party.
birthday sign

First I’ll show you proof that I should not be drawing.


Then I’ll show you our water world. I went out last week and bought 55 blue balloons, to represent water, which Martin blew up and hung from the ceiling. Don’t worry, we had one of those hand pumps for balloons which is one of the best things I’ve ever bought.
Hanging between the balloons were fish, lobsters, crabs and even a hook with a worm on it. Oh and some seaweed made out of crepe paper.
nemo veggiefishing rods

The food was yummy! Surprisingly, the kids loved the carrots, cucumbers and dip the best. The gummy fish hanging from pretzel stick fishing poles were at a close second.

nemo cake

We had Nemo cake. More proof that I should not be decorating.


They also liked the ice cream shaped cup cakes. Alida helped me decorate these.table

Each child had a name tag with a figure from the Nemo movie on it. Alida helped me with these too.

After we ate, we played fishing for the Nemo character. I had made cardboard pictures of each character with a paper clip on top. They then fished with a magnetic fishing pole. I had cards with a tire, old sneaker and seaweed in there too. Yep, that’s me among the masses. Aren’t those some adorable kids?? They were a great group.

We also played the egg game I had bought in the States this summer. There’s no need to have real broken eggs on the floor, right?

watching the puppet show

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One of the cutest parts of the party was Alexander’s puppet show. At first, the kids watched and loved it, but then they wanted to have a show of their own. It was adorable. They really didn’t need me to entertain them.
party favors

As a thank you Alida gave each child a goodie bag. We had found a glowing Nemo necklace at a 1 EURO store which was just perfect. Hey they found Nemo!
Of course, those cat paws weren’t included. Zindy is always at my side.

I’m off to knit and try to loosen up these lungs with hot tea and a bath. Thanks for the tips, Alianne and Gina!

Let me introduce a few people that have moved in for the night. It’s going to be a long one so get cosy and read on. First we have Mrs. Ingalls from The Little House on the Prairie. This was my favorite show when I was little; I remember watching it with my mother while she knit on the couch. When I moved to Germany 11 years ago and couldn’t speak a word of German I watched the reruns which were shown here. I knew every episode which enabled me to train my ear to get used to the language. I’m still trying to find the show on DVD so I can watch all the episodes one more time, well, maybe two or three.
LauraLaura back
Mrs Ingalls is quite shy and has been working in the fields all day only to come home and make bread and meatloaf. Here she’s wearing her good Sunday dress with her apron over it, she’s been cooking remember? Alexander took these pictures, do you believe it? He only took three pictures and this is what came out. I think he’s doing quite well with a camera. I can’t wait until they come out with the first Fisher Price digital camera. You know, one that can fall on the ground and keep on ticking. I’m buying it!
Dracula was also in attendance but was not impressed with the flash on my camera. He said the light was painful, I don’t know why.dracula
This was all that was left this morning when I woke at the crack of dawn.

Next we have the devil himself trying to ward off the beautiful princess Alida. The next minute he’s the kissing devil!
kidskissing devil
The devil was a dog in a former life so if you look closely you may see the tail still wagging in the back.
devilprincess and devil

There were no growling stomachs at our house last night. We had lots of goodies to go around. Just a warning some things are not for weak stomachs. First, just a bit to get you in the Halloween mood.
boo flagboo flag back
I made these flags with the intention of making a Happy Halloween banner, but after sewing my dress, the apron, Alida’s dress and Alexander’s cape and hat I decided embroidering boo on both sides was enough. I hung it in the doorway so you could see it from both sides.
pumpkinspider web
Just a bit of deco we made.
pumpkin cake
I always make my carrot cake with cream cheese frosting but this time I decided to try this pumpkin cake recipe I found at Thimble. Of course, I had cream cheese frosting which was supposed to be orange but came out a tad pink-yummy nonetheless.
spider pumpkin pie
This is your good old pumkin pie which they don’t have here so for Claudia it was a first and she thought it was delicious.
hot dog fingers
Ok, these aren’t real but they sure look it, don’t they?
This was a spinach and sour cream dip with olive oil toast as gravestones.
ghost cake
Here we have an amazingly yummy nut cake Claudia brought with her.

We went trick or treating in our apartment building which has 8 apartments so it was just enough for us to get some good grub. For the past 4 years we’ve been trick or treating here in the building. The first few years I printed out the whole Halloween story so the neighbors knew what was going to happen and why. This year I just hung up a sign on the door warning them that we were on the attack.
It’s not really custom here to celebrate Halloween but for my good friends it is and they’ve come to enjoy learning and celebrating something different. Nine kids were invited of which only 4 actually came. You know how it is, moms it’s the cold season and you’re lucky to get 6 healthy kids together in one room at any one time. In this picture Buzz Lightyear wasn’t feeling photogenic, here we have the rest of the gang.
trick or treaters
After we came back Alida immediately sat down to check out the goods. Believe me she wasn’t dissapointed.
Alida eating candy
Eventhough it’s not tradition the Halloween spirit is slowly taking over Germany. When I moved here I couldn’t find a single set of false teeth now you can find pretty much everything you need with the exception of candy corn. Thanks to my sister Judy, I had a whole bowl full and my German friends liked it. Can you imagine a world without candy corn??
emily witch
Of course Emily, here she’s dressed up as a witch, helped out with the party but she wasn’t too keen on those spider webs hanging from the ceiling or the spiders crawling along them. Oh how I love Halloween.

sign Here are just a few pictures of the party yesterday. Rosa was right-the princess and the pea!! Believe it or not those pea pods from my last post were edible gummy pea pods I found in the candy department at Karstadt. I used them in cucumber sandwiches which were supposed to represent the mattress from the princess that slept on the pea. The pretzels were the bed posts. The party was at 10:00 am and ended at 12:00 so I didn’t want the kids going home without some kind of ‘lunch’ in their bellies. Remember, click on a picture to make it bigger.
I always have some kind of raw vegetable and dip at my parties, so it’s not just cake and sweets. Here I tried to turn grapes and carrots into a crown. I used lowfat yogurt and dill for the dip.
Of course we had our sweet stuff, too. Here we have princess wands made out of nougat rolls dipped in melted white chocolate and sprinkled with colorful dots.
We also had sand castle cake which turned out way too dark, but was still yummy. This is where my theme Sand Princess party came from because my mother gave me this great sand castle cake mold for my birthday. Notice the wind is blowing the flags crazy. I also had my carrot cake because it was requested by two moms. Just ask me to bake and I will.
Well, that was the food.
bowling pinsBecause the kids were so young and we didn’t have a whole lot of time, the kids played with our toys and then we had prince and princess bowling in the hallway.
As party favors I used beach pails with their names written on them and a picture of a crown. party favorsIt was filled with a butterfly lolly-pop, a candy watch, a princess yo-yo, and a crown and hair clips for the girls, and a set of rubber jacks for the boys.
decodecorations Here are some of the great stars and crowns the kids decorated last week with crayons and glitter glue. Alexander helped us put up the decorations on Thursday night. He was so excited about the party that he finally fell asleep at 10:00! Bed time at our house is normally around 7.
The party was a blast and I think the kids really had fun. Alexander wore his Tellytubbie shirt, which is a bit small for him, but he said Alida likes the Tellytubbies and it was her birthday, so he wore it for her.
I didn’t put any pictures of the actual party because I don’t know if the parents would want me to do that. When I was in the States everyone was so worried about what they published. “Just be careful”, I was told. What do you all think? Is it dangerous to have too much information in the internet? I don’t think so, but maybe I’m too naive.
Halloween here we come!!