Our week was full of fun, family, friends, and great food! Here’s a recap, some recipes and great pictures of our Halloween week!
This new and beloved weekly tradition started months ago with our friend Rebecca and her little girl Emma (one of Gianna’s bffs) and has more recently grown to include other friends and families too. We figure everyone’s tired and cranky on Monday (adults and kids alike), so might as well be in it together. Let the kids run around and entertain each other, throw in some great food and wine and everyone’s Monday night gets a little better! This last week we had our biggest crowd yet and I made homemade gnocchi.
– Gnocchi –
I use Mario Batali’s basic gnocchi recipe found here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/mario-batali/gnocchi-recipe2/index.html
Here are some step by step pictures of my gnocchi making process:
Dough rolled out
Gnocchi cut and forked ready to be cooked
I served the gnocchi in a creamy tomato sausage sauce. One I use often with all types of pasta. Here are the basic measurements and instructions. I usually at least double the recipe depending on the size of the crowd. You can also take out the sausage for a vegetarian version.
– Creamy Tomato Sausage Sauce –
1. Cook 1/2 a chopped onion in 2 tbls of butter. When brown add 8 oz of bulk Italian sausage and cook through.
2. Add 3/4 cup heavy cream, 2 tbls of tomato paste, and 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese.
3. Bring pot to a simmer then reduce heat a bit and stir until sauce is thick enough to coat a spoon.
When you add the gnocchi or whatever kind of pasta you are using, add a few handfuls of fresh chopped flat leaf parsley and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
* The chili oil I posted a few weeks ago is great to offer guests to add a few drops of to their pasta!
Tuesday we woke up to a sick baby, so the day was full of snuggles and our fave Disney movies.
Wednesday our girl woke up a new kid, and we rested up for the Halloween festivities to come! Wednesday night we had a great time carving our pumpkins.
The day started with a fun mommy/toddler breakfast at our friends house, complete with Pumpkin Pancakes (mix from Trader Joe’s). We started this breakfast tradition last year, and its one I hope we will continue. Its a great way to see friends you might not see on Halloween night! Here are our cuties last year and this year at our Halloween morning breakfast.
At breakfast, Gianna gave out the little treat buckets she helped me put together for her friends.
All items were fun things we found in the dollar section at Target plus some break and bake sugar cookies with orange frosting (I’ve told you I really don’t bake!). Super simple, but very cute. Although the Halloween stamps we included may not have been my best idea. The kids were covered in ink as was the table within minutes.
Halloween Night –
Our house was full of family and friends! Dinner was my mom’s traditional harvest meatballs, and I made a big pot of polenta to go with them. She’s been making them on Halloween since I was a kid! There were desserts and candy to spare and my new favorite treat, hot apple cider in the crock pot. (Just dump in some store bought cider, add cinnamon sticks, some pumpkin pie spice and some apple slices and let it simmer). Adding Bourbon to the cider makes for a tasty adult treat. The toddlers lasted for a few blocks of trick-or-treating, and it was so fun to watch them experience it for the very first time! When we got back to the house, they had just as much fun handing out candy at the door, so that’s where they posted up for the rest of the night!
Gianna as Snow White (a costume my mom made for me when I was three).
Loving handing out candy with Daddy!
Friday we welcomed November with a fun impromptu morning play date with friends. Their backyard was full of fallen leaves, and the girls had a blast playing in them!
Hope you and yours had a great Halloween week, and Happy November everyone!