Maintenance – Scary mask bean dip with veggies

I saw this cute idea on Rachel Ray today and I thought I just had to try it out for our Halloween party

The first thing you will need is any kids mask like this one (I bought it at Hobby Lobby):

Here is what I put in the dip:

15oz can of garbanzo beans, drained

juice from a small lemon

1 tbs of tahini

3 cloves of garlic

1/2 tsp of salt

2 tsp of pesto (optional, but I loved the flavor this added)

1/2 bunch of cilantro

1 avocado

4 oz of cream cheese, softened

4 oz of goat cheese (I rarely use cheese, but thought it would help hold the “mask” together)

Put all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until it reaches the desired consistency.

Keep in mind that hummus is pretty hard to screw up.  Just add or omit ingredients at your discretion.

Line the mask with plastic wrap and fill it with the bean dip.  Place it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Once the dip has hardened up a little, gently turn it over onto a tray and peel away the plastic.  Brush half of the mask with pesto and the other half with pureed sun-dried tomatoes.  For the eye socket I used a fresh sage leaf and an olive with pimento.  The mouth is sun-dried tomatoes with sliced almonds.  The eyebrows are cucumbers.  Then simply surround the mask with veggies and crackers.  Get creative and let the kiddos help out!

As a side note, I thought I would share a little something that I did with my kids last Halloween.  Before the big day I went out and got them each a gift that I knew they would love.  For example, littlest pet shops for my girls, a football for my oldest and stuff like that.  We all went trick-or-treating and had a blast. Of course the kids ate some of their candy as we were out.  When we got home they each dumped their candy out on the floor and then I brought out each of their very tempting gifts.  I told them that they could choose 3 of their favorite candies and their gift (and then give me the rest of the cnady) OR they could simply keep all their candy.  I was shocked at how quickly they each chose their gift (I think it helped that they still got to keep 3). Anyway, it was a big success and we all went to bed happy that night!

Source: WFM 1-10

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