A-Team Family Halloween Costume

Halloween has already passed but I must show you our Halloween costumes from this year.  Because our kids are still too small to have a preference we decided to choose for them.  We chose to go with one of our favorite TV shows of all time (my absolute favorite!) – the A-Team!  We recently finished watching the entire season on Netflix and I was ready to start over but my husband thought we should watch something else in between.  Now we’ve moved on to MacGyver.  He’s still great, don’t get me wrong, but he’s no B.A. or Hannibal or Face or Murdock.  Not even close.

Now for our costume reveal.  Drum roll please…

Murdock and Hannibal Halloween Costumes

This is me in a giant sea monster costume.  I was Hannibal in his sea monster costume which he regularly dressed in on the show for his side job.  My daughter (Murdock) threw us a curve ball on Halloween night.  She was scared of my costume and cried and cried.  We had been talking up the A-Team to her and introducing her to the characters.  Looking back now, it would have been wise of us to tell her that I would be in a sea monster costume and not a grey haired man.  Oh, but we made memories!  After two minutes in that suit for pictures I was out of it for the night.  If anyone wants to buy a practically new sea monster costume, let me know!

A-Team Halloween Costume

My husband was Templeton Peck (aka Face) and my little boy was, you guessed it, B.A Baracus.

Mr.T Halloween Costume

B.A. stands for Bad Attitude so we thought his crying fit our theme for the night.

Murdock Halloween Costume

Check out her costume details!  We made her a custom shirt that says, “Minds are for people who think” just like the one Murdock wore on the show.  I drew a tiger and the words DA NANG 1970 to replicate Murdock’s signature bomber jacket.  I think she was an adorable Murdock!

A-Team Murdock CostumeAll in all it was a fabulous night, we had fun, made memories, and she walked away with a small bucket full of candy, or as she calls it trick-or-treats. 🙂

The pictures in this post were taken by the talented Alyson Lawton.  If you’re in the same area of NC that I am you’ll want to check out her site AlysonLawton.com.  She does tremendous work at a very reasonable price!

 

Meringue Pumpkins – Inspiring Monday

Meringue Pumpkins

Ingredients:

4 large egg whites (120 grams)
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup (200 grams) superfine or caster sugar (if you don’t have superfine sugar simply take 1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar and process it for about 30 seconds in a food processor)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
gel orange food coloring

(If you want these to actually taste like pumpkin you can carefully fold 1/4 cup of pure pumpkin purée after you’ve mixed the other ingredients.)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees and move your rack to the middle of your oven.

Using the wish attachment on an electric mixer wisk the egg whites on a low-medium speed until foamy. Next add the cream of tartar and keep mixing until they hold soft peaks when you turn off and remove the wisks.  Add the sugar a little at a time until the meringue holds very stiff peaks.  Now add in the vanilla extract and gel food coloring with a toothpick.  Remember a little goes a long way and you can’t take it back but you can always add more.

Feel a little bit of the meringue between your fingers to see if it feels gritty.  Keep beating it until all the sugar dissolves and it no longer feels gritty.

Grab a cookie sheet and cover it with parchment paper.  Dab a little meringue in each corner of the cookie sheet under the parchment paper.  This will help hold it in place while you pipe.  Add your meringue to a pastry bag fitted with your star tip.

While holding the bag straight up and down, use even pressure to pipe about a two inch round pumpkin, release pressure and gently raise.

Bake the meringues for approximately one hour to one and a half hours.  They should be crisp to the touch.  Then turn off the oven, open the door and allow them to finish trying in there for several hours (I choose overnight because it’s easier with kids).

After several hours (or many hours the next day) draw your pumpkin faces using a Wilton’s edible marker.  With a little patience and a steady hand you can’t go wrong!

These will last several days when stored at room temperature in a closed container. This recipes makes 20-25 pumpkins depending on how generous you are with your piping.  Enjoy!

 

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