2009 Halloween Costumes

At the risk of being just like the stores who pull out the holiday stuff 2 months before it’s even here, I do believe it’s time to at least start thinking about Halloween costumes. Especially if you plan to make them yourself!

This year my son wants to be a ninja. Not too hard at all, and I doubt we’ll have any trouble putting that together. I refuse to pay up to $20 for a costume as simple as that, so yes we WILL be doing it ourselves. Plus I’m sure the boy and I can make a sword together, which will be fun.

The girl is still undecided. She threw out “Hannah Montana”, although I think I’ve got her talked out of it. Sure it’s her favorite, but did you see how many little Mileys there were running the streets last year? Maybe it’s not my place to dictate what she goes as, but the “WOW AWESOME COSTUME!” factor from the other kids is something I’m thinking about. Last year she was a dead bride (my personal favorite of her’s thusfar), and this year I think we can figure out something just as good. Maybe something a little more traditional such as a witch or ghost, but that we can add a bit of flare too.

What are your kids going as this year? What did they do last year that was super cute? It’s about that time to start gathering supplies, so let’s hear it!

Dinner in a Box – Is it Worth It?

Maybe it’s because of my upbringing, but I never could understand the concept of a meal in a box.

Once in a great while, I’ll wander down the “box dinner” section of the store, and pick up something that’s “super easy to make and ready in 30 mins or less”. However, I still have failed to see the real purpose of them, other than cleaver marketing.

We made a hamburger helper  beef stroganoff only once. After having to cook the hamburger and add a few other ingredients, I stood scratching my head as to WHY I bought basically the pasta and seasoning in a pretty box when I could have spent the same amount of money (or less) and time doing it from scratch. (Which we have ever since – see our Hamburger Beef Stroganoff recipe here)

Just a month or two ago, I got curious again about the boxes. As you may already know, we have a bread machine that is used on a very regular basis. A box for a wheat bread mix jumped out at me in the store, so I thought I’d give it a shot. Again, I was quite disappointed as I had to add a few of my own ingredients and it was nothing really special (we’ve had better bread from our own recipe collection).

So what about you? Do you use box dinners at all, or are you like me and questioned their purposes?