Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Creepy Halloween Labels and Lid Toppers


For your next hauntingly good party or 
just to have some creepy snacks on display for your little goblins,
make a vintage jar
with a spooky label and jar topper. 

First you'll just need an empty jar. 
Choose shape and size that will fit your treats. 
Wash and dry your jars/lids and remove the label.


You'll need some creepy critters or wood finials for the lid toppers.
I picked up a few things at the dollar store.
Found some of the treats to go inside too.
I already had a mini plastic skull and the skinny finial.


Spray your lid and critter topper with a primer.
After it dries, spray with a black spray paint.
Here's what I'm using:


I like sitting the lids and critters on cups.
Just makes it easier to spray the sides.
Primer first.


Then spray paint. You want to use quick, short sprays of the paint.
Then it won't pool up in one area.


I thought it would be cool to add some black glitter to the spider body.
Put another coat of black on the body and immediately sprinkle your glitter on.
Spray the body with a clear sealer, just to help that glitter stick.


Glue your creepy crawlers on the lids with a strong glue like
Gorilla Glue, Loctite or E6000.
(note: some of these glues expand as they dry, so you don't need much!)
Let dry over night. 
These are looking good!



Add a label to identify your ghoulish treats!
I found this ART-C paper pack at Hobby Lobby.
The paper looks old and water stained-- perfect.


To design the labels, I used the Graphics Fairy, Chalkboard Printable Labels,
making them into the labels for Bat Wings, Spider Legs, Vampire Teeth and Danger.
You can print your own by clicking here:


Just cut them out and adhere to the jar with rubber cement or
I used my Xyron Sticker Maker. It's a manual sticker maker, easy to use- I love it!


Nice!


 The Bat Wings are chocolate wafers cut in half.  
The skull bottle holds caramel chocolate candy corns.
They look like rotting vampire teeth, don't they?!
I tied a little black tulle around the neck of that jar.


The spider legs are Root Beer flavored licorice. (Not a fan of black licorice!)
I had this old BBQ sauce bottle with little lid, perfect for the wood finial.
Thought it would make some great witch tonic. 
Had some extra Witch Tonic labels from
the fun candy & cider jar gifts we made.
Just add some food coloring to water for display
or a colorful drink for a party.




These jars are a scream!
Love, love how these turned out.
Have fun making your own!



Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Stuffed Mushrooms


I love stuffed mushrooms! A dear family friend knew of my love for them and many times would show up on my family's door step with a plate of stuffed mushrooms when I was home from college on break. A true friend indeed! Here's my recipe for this delicious appetizer or any-tizer!

Stuffed Mushrooms

12 fresh white mushrooms
3 green onions, sliced (I usually only use the white ends.)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup plain fine dry bread crumbs
8 oz softened cream cheese
diced ham (I go to my grocery store's deli department and ask for a slice or two of honey glazed ham. I ask them to cut the slices thick.) 


Mix all the ingredients together. 


Be sure to wash and pull out the mushrooms' stems. 


Then, stuff your mushrooms with your cream cheese mixture. I like to add heaping amounts to my mushrooms. 


Bake your mushrooms at 425 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. These mushrooms make a great appetizer or a side dish. We had homemade minestrone soup last night for dinner and I served stuffed mushrooms as a side. Sooo good! Enjoy!

Print this recipe {here}


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Spooky Printable Banner


Add a SPOOKY banner to your Halloween decor.
You'll need:
3 pieces of black card stock
3 pieces of scrapbook paper
(go with all one color/design of paper like I did or chose 2 colors to alternate)
1 package of 1/4" double fold bias tape 
sewing machine, Elmer's glue

Print out your SPOOKY letters on the scrapbook paper.  
If alternating colors, put your paper in the printer alternating, it is set up to print this way.
Page 1 print on regular copy paper.  This has your pattern for the card stock.
Print pages 2-4 on scrapbook paper.


Use the card stock pattern to cut 6 rectangles out of your black.
Cut out all your letter flags.  
Take some craft scissors or pinking shears with a zig-zag edge and cut along the bottom of each flag to give that jagged look. 


Glue the letters on top of the black pieces matching top edges.

Put your flags in the order you will be sewing them.
Measure in 13" on your bias tape and insert the "S".
Back stitch and sew right down the middle of the bias tape.
Insert the next flag about 1/4" from the last.


Back stitch at the end.
Measure another 13" and cut.
You've got it!
Things are getting a little SPOOKY around here. 


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fall Floral Arrangement


Happy Fall Y'all!  We like to celebrate the first day of Autumn (today!) in our family with special treats and decorations.   A great way to bring fall into your home is through a flower arrangement.  There are so many beautiful colors in flowers, foliage, and fruits that you can use to make a great arrangement!  Here is how I created this arrangement along with some tips for creating your own.


I used flowers bought at my local grocery store.  I like to use the small bouquets they sell 3 for $12.  It is cheaper and you can get a variety of just what you need- don't forget the greenery, they usually have a bag of just leaves or branches you can purchase with the deal. Along with my flowers, I used some apples since they are a wonderful fall fruit and some "fake" cotton stems.  These will add variety and interest to your bouquet.  Don't be afraid to mix and match!  Once you have gathered your items, lay them out to keep organized.  




I enjoy using different containers for my arrangements and thought I would try this ceramic pot.  To help guide this arrangement, I made my own "frog" by using masking tape to create a grid on top.  It really helps control the arrangement and can help organize the flowers by placing equal amounts in each large square.  


Attach a skewer to your apple so you can easily add it to your arrangement.  


Start with your greenery first when making your arrangement.  Try different heights to add interest and always trim off extra leaves from the bottom of your flowers and stems so they will not crowd the vase.  After my greenery is added, I like to add my smaller flowers.  Work around the vase, constantly turning it as you go to create a balanced arrangement.  I save my feature items, in this case my roses and apples, for the end. Don't be afraid to trim or start over and  don't be afraid to pull off brown petals on roses or pull off dead leaves.   Remember, your arrangement can be as tall as a least the height of your vase or container.  Better to start tall and trim down!



Pumpkin Spice Bars



Celebrate autumn with these delicious Spice Bars!

Pumpkin Spice Bars


Ingredients

4 Eggs
1 Cup Applesauce
2 Cups Sugar
2 Cups Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 Can Pumpkin

Cream eggs, applesauce, and sugar together.  In a separate bowl sift together flour, soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Add the flour mixture a  little at a time to your egg mixture.  Mix in your pumpkin.  Pour into greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Once cooled, generously frost bars with cream cheese frosting!

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 Stick Butter, softened
1 tsp. Vannilla
1 tsp. Milk
3 Cups Powdered Sugar

 Mix all ingredients together until creamy!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Trick Or Treat Pails


If you're looking for a new trick or treating pail for your child, boy do I have the answer! I made this pail today and I can't tell you how much fun I had creating it.

First, buy a clean, never been used painting pail from your local home improvement store. I bought the gallon size pail for $5. They also have quart size pails which would make great party favor containers for a Halloween party or as a gift. (Sorry for the blurring picture. It sure was difficult trying to get a good shot of the pail with that strong reflection.) 


Then, look through scrapbook paper and plot your design! I love to mix different colors and patterns. I also used some scrapbook punches/scissors to give a scallop or . . .


a bat wing edge to some of my papers.


Before taping your papers on the pail, map out your design one more time and be sure to measure the paper which will be near the pail's handles. You'll need to cut out notches in the paper to fit around the handles.


Also, get out some fun Fall/Halloween stickers. I added a border to my stickers by first placing them on some colored card stock. I then cut an edge around the stickers. Using scrapbooking dimensional stickers add some "pop" to your design by having your stickers stand out a bit.


Here, are some other Halloween stickers I found in my supplies. These stickers would be so fun on a child's trick or treating pail.


Now, start placing your paper on your pail with double sided tape.


Add those stickers.


And, some ribbon.


And, you're done! These pails will be perfect Halloween night. They will hold a lot of candy when trick or treating. I decided to make my pail for a friend as a gift. I filled the pail up with Fall baking supplies and added a tag to the handle reading, "Happy Fall Baking!"


All ready to go! Have fun and make one! These pails will definitely get you in the Fall spirit!


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sweet and Sour Chicken



Enjoy one of our family favorites with your family tonight!  

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Ingredients:

3 large Chicken Breasts, cut in large cubes 
1 egg beaten
1/4 Cup Milk
Cornstarch
Oil


Preheat oven to 325.  Mix egg and milk together.  Dip Chicken chunks into egg mixture.  Roll chicken through cornstarch until evenly coated.  In a skillet, coat the bottom with oil.  Cook chicken on all sides until browned- will not be cooked all through!  Place browned chicken in 9X13 pan and cover with sauce.  Cook for 45 minutes, turning the chicken midway through.  

Sauce

3/4 Cup Sugar
4 Tbsp. Ketchup
1/2 Cup Vinegar
1 Tbsp.  Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder


Mix all above ingredients together until mixed well and smooth.  


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Witch Tonic Printable Tags


Today we're brewing up an October treat.
A fun gift to give to your favorite goon or ghoul.
To warm them up on a cold Fall day, 
a little "Witch Tonic" should do the trick! 

Find a cute drinking glass or cup.
Get one with a lid and straw out the top.
Found this glass handled mason jar at Hobby Lobby.
Love the black chevron lid.


Pick up some green apple hard candy
and spiced apple cider packets.


I put two packets of the cider in the jar.
half of the bag of candy
and a black plastic spider for good measure.


Now to make the fun tag. 
You can print it off here:

I used a scrapbook paper that looked like old worn, stained paper.


Just cut your tag out in a square. 
Cut a piece of black card stock in a square a little larger than your tag.


You can cut around the curved corners of your tag
or I had this great corner punch that I used for it.
It's a thumb notch punch put out by We R Memory Keepers.
You can find it all over the Internet or at your local craft store.


Glue your tag on the card stock 
and then punch those corners too.


Punch a hole at the top for your ribbon.
I'm using black tulle and a sheer purple.
Love the black, green and purple combination.


Your goon or ghoul friend will dig getting some of this 
spiced apple tonic.  

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