Cheat Treat: TMNT Party Ideas (Great for Halloween!)

Yes.  You read that right.  This post is going to be less recipe…and more inspiration!  I have pictures and ideas for you from a party my husband and I threw…just for ourselves.  For date night!!  We both grew up watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (me occasionally, him religiously! ;)).  I know there are some fellow grown up nerds out there rejoicing.  But…maybe you aren’t crazy about cartoons…but maybe your kids are!  Here are some super fun things you can do either for a party with your friends, a great date night idea, or just a fun way to make a week night seem like the best thing ever to your little ones!  Also…feel free to take my ideas for TMNT and customize them to whatever themed party you want to enjoy!

 

Wanna see what we did?  Now…I am not a pastry chef, so don’t laugh at my efforts.  We just wanted to have fun 😉

 

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Obviously most important is that you get a big ole New York style pizza!!  If you have a Cam’s Pizzeria anywhere near you, GO THERE!  That is where I got this beautiful MONSTER!  Ugh…my mouth is watering…definitely going to have to have pizza again for our next cheat day!

 

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Next?  The ninjas of course!!  Make a batch of your favorite cupcakes and frost with green frosting.  (If you can’t find green, grab a tub of white and some green dye!).  Then grab those tubes or can of colored frosting that come with multiple tips…you can get them in the baking section of any grocery store.  You need AT LEAST red, orange, blue, purple, white…and a tube of black for the little details!  Use the flat, wide tip for the bandanas, and a round tip for the white of the eyes, etc…  Aren’t they fun?!

 

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Now, the ninjas need somewhere to hide, so a good idea is to provide…

 

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The sewer!!  I did just a standard sugar cookie.  I used a tub of white frosting, and had the black gel dye (usually they come with instructions on how many drops to use for different shades of gray!)  Feel free to write “sewer” in black to make it look more legit…I just ran out of the black haha!

 

And we can’t forget what started it all…

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Toxic ooze!  Yeah baby!!  Super easy…I got small plastic “mason jars” at Wal*Mart and filled them with lime jello…then made construction paper labels!

 

 

And there you have it!  A super fun, super tasty, super cheat-day themed party!

 

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Yeah baby…talk about wholesome haha!!

 

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What a feast!!  We devoured this while watching the old movies, and ended the night by going to a late showing of the new movie when it was in theater!!  Maybe you can plan to throw one of these parties when it comes out on DVD, and surprise your family and/or friends!!  What’s your favorite theme for parties?!

Beans and Franks!

How can this be possible, you ask? I am a health food blogger after all…so how can I be blogging about beans and franks?!

Well, I have some very exciting news!  Mr. Rodgers and I were browsing the aisles in one of our favorite grocery stores, and for some reason (DESTINY!), we found ourselves looking through the cooler of hot dogs and bacon and such things.  Absently, he reached up and grabbed a pack of hot dogs and started scanning the label.  Lo and behold…it was Applegate, my favorite bacon brand!  We got even more excited when we realized these were not only all beef hot dogs…but they were GRASS FED!!  With no nitrites!!  Isn’t that the best news anyone has ever heard?!  I can tell you…summer barbecues are now easier because we know we can just grab a pack of those and still be able to eat with our friends!!

But here is another super easy, super satisfying idea I wanted to share with you!  Great for when you want something packed with protein that still has the feel of comfort food!  Beans and franks!

 

So, here’s what you need:

  • 2 Applegate Grass Fed Hot Dogs
  • 1/2 Small Onion
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1-2 Tbsp Grass Fed Butter
  • 1/2 Can Pinto Beans
  • Red Pepper Flakes to taste

 

And here’s how you do it!

  1. Heat up a grill pan and slap your hot dogs down on there.  Alternately, you can cook them in a normal pan, I just wanted the dish to have that “grill” feel.
  2. Melt butter in a small pan.  Add onion and cook for about 5 minutes, until starting to get tender.  Add garlic, stir, cooking an additional minute or so.
  3. Add beans and stir in.
  4. Slice hot dogs into slices and stir in with beans and sprinkle with red pepper flakes, cooking everything for a minute or so.  Just long enough for everything to be warm, and those flavors to be infused with each other. 🙂
  5. Dump into a bowl, and devour!!  So incredibly comforting!

 

 

Peectures!

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Cooking, waiting, yummy….

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Doesn’t get much better than that!