After 14 years of tirelessly looking for the perfect costume, dressing up, trick-or-treating, it is finally over. They are now in high school and it has all disappeared, just like that. As the past few years have gone by, their costumes have become much more simple, yet home made and really putting their creative minds at work and the groups of teens have dwindled down for the race to each house in search of the best candy.
|The first years.....|
|....I really miss these days.|
|Last year's final costume appearance.|
Another Halloween tradition that has followed us, since the day I met my husband is Tamale Casserole. It comes from the family cookbook and we have either made it (or been served it) every year for the past 20 Halloweens. This is not the usual casserole that you would expect to see, it's like a homemade chili on steroids (as my husband so creatively describes it). It's a crock pot creation that is perfect to come home to on a cold fall night after trick-or-treating.
Courtesy of JoAnne and Dick
(3) extra large or (6) regular size tamales (beef or pork), cut into large chunks
(2) cans Hormel chili (without beans)
(1) large can sliced black olives, drained
(1) 15 ounce can corn, drained
2/3 pound cheddar cheese, grated
(1) 15 ounce can tomato sauce
Mix together all ingredients. Heat in a slow cooker on low heat setting for 8 hours. Serve with a dollop of sour cream.