Friday, October 31, 2008
I've had my candy for a few weeks just waiting to be given out. We're actually getting ready to get a storm this morning and then it should be clear for the rest of the day....I think. The high is supposed to be in the low 70's so should be a nice night for being out and about. Halloween is my favorite holiday, always has been. I love dressing up even now as an adult. I love to see the grin on my children's faces when they walk up to a house and say Trick or Treat and are rewarded with candy. The magical atmosphere of the entire evening is amazing.
My only wish is that school was the way it used to be. When I was little, we were allowed to wear our costumes to school. I went to a very small school where all the grades (K-12) were in the same building. We would wear our costumes and have a day of parties and games and fun. At the end of the day we would all line up and parade around the hallways and the high school kids and teachers would all come out to watch and see our costumes. It's one of the best memories for me.
Unfortunately nowadays children are not allowed to wear their costumes or even have parties for Halloween. The costumes are disruptive in the classroom they say and some view celebrating Halloween as sacrilege or devil worship so we cater to the small few who actually think that and the rest have to do without. I think it's ridiculous. America needs to get back to the way things were and I know that will never happen but it's a nice thought.
After today this blog won't be updated as frequently. Hopefully at least once a month for Great Pumpkin Day. Stay tuned.....
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I need to get the props put on the pumpkins outside and find my big candy bowl and then i'm all set. Everyday my son gets up and tells me how many days until Halloween. It's too funny. He's a holiday nut just like his mama.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
What's on your countdown list for this week?
I made a batch of sugar cookie dough yesterday and made 8 leaf cookies. Yes, 8....I get bored easily when having to roll out and cut cookie dough. I made the mistake of using orange sparkly gel to outline the edges of half the cookies. They looked pretty but I have never cared for the taste of the gels. So, they will probably all go in the trash and the rest of the dough into the freezer for later. Wasteful, I know.
I'm hoping to start on a fall throw soon. I have 6 yards of different fall fabrics and have decided that since that's not enough to make a big quilt, i'll make a throw for the living room to curl up under on those chilly nights. I just have to decide how big I want the squares and then start measuring and cutting.
Enjoy the first day of Fall!!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I'm also looking for a tall, skinny black cat to add to my altered clipboard. If anyone has an image they would be willing to share, please let me know! Enjoy GPD tomorrow. :)
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
One warning: Make sure your butter is really softened or completely melted before adding it to the liquid mixture. Mine was just softened in the microwave and I had a hard time getting it to blend with the liquid mixture and it didn't get much better when I added the mixture to the dry ingredients.
Other than that, the muffins are good warm with butter on them.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I have several yard stakes that will be placed around the edge of my brick flower beds. There will be cobweb strung on the railings with big spiders in them. Bat lights will line the long flower bed that faces the street and inside the front window. I have a sign that will hang from a lamp post on my porch. I will have my ghost ring in the yard around the big tree, as well as, floating ghosts hanging from the tree branches. Tombstones will make a small graveyard and there may just be a few bones sticking out of the ground.
This year I plan on letting the kids paint pumpkins and decorate them however they want. I'm still debating the idea of making a spooky scene in my garage. I'm leaning toward not doing it because I think it would be too much work without Chad here to help me, but we'll see.
Anyway, these are the tentative plans I have so far and they are definitely subject to change.
Friday, June 13, 2008
I have lots of stairs leading up to my front door with a little landing in the middle. I also have several flower beds and lots of yard and a few trees. I am playing with the idea of opening up my garage and making it a scene of some sort. So, I need to make a sketch and start trying out ideas. Hopefully i'll be back later to share some of them with you.
Friday, May 30, 2008
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 cup chopped dried beef
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
1/3 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1 can (2 1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
1 round loaf (1 pound) Italian or pumpernickel bread
Fresh vegetables, crackers, or corn chips
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, pumpkin, taco seasoning, and garlic powder until smooth. Stir in beef, peppers and olives. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Just before serving, cut top off bread; scoop out bread from inside, leaving a 1/2 inch shell. Fill shell with cream cheese mixture. Serve with vegetables, crackers, or corn chips.
Makes 3 cups.
*Taste of Home
2 jars (7 ounces each) marshmallow creme
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
Gingersnaps or vanilla wafers
In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and marshmallow creme until smooth. Stir in pumpkin, cinnamon, and orange peel. Serve as a dip with cookies. Store in refrigerator.
Makes 4 cups.
*Taste of Home
1. Never carry a pumpkin by the stem. If it snaps it can accelerate the pumpkin's rotting.
2. Store pumpkins in a cool, dry place until ready to cut and display.
3. Wash the pumpkin before carving. Use 1 gallon of water and 1 teaspoon of chlorine bleach. This will help prevent mold.
4. Draw the pattern you wish to use on paper or use a template.
5. To transfer a template, enlarge it, cut it out, and tape to the pumpkin. Use a craft or utility knife or pin pricks to score the surface of the pumpkin.
6. You can use all sorts of designs, not just faces.
7. Think about buying a pumpkin carving kit. They are relatively inexpensive and come with useful tools to make your pumpkin detailed.
8. Always use a sawing motion when carving your pumpkin.
9. The more pumpkins the better. Several small pumpkins have more of a visual impact than one large one.
10. You can always buy a hollow acrylic pumpkin or craft pumpkin. They can be carved and they last forever.
Monday, May 19, 2008
You could also adapt this idea to hang outside in a tree or from your roof. Use crumpled newspaper and white trash bags with ribbon to make a floating ghost. Secure with fishing line so it appears that they are floating.
Last year we made our own tombstones. Just like anything, it was a learning process. My wonderful husband made some tombstones out of plywood. We spray painted them gray and then I used black paint to write epitaphs on them with a paint brush. I highly recommend researching some funny and witty epitaphs and sketch out your writing before putting the paint on the tombstone. I’m sad to say, mine looked awful. I will probably paint over them this year and redo the epitaphs to make them more eye-catching. Maybe add in some dripping red paint to look like blood.
You could also use heavy cardboard to make your tombstones and just paint them gray or black. You could stick some fake limbs in the ground in front of them to make it look like the skeleton is trying to come up or wasn't buried all the way. You could also put spiderweb in between the tombstones to make it look really old.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
- Easy Halloween Felt Banner
- Humorous Epitaphs
- Free Halloween Screensavers
- Halloween Crafts
- Homemade Halloween Decorations Guide
Well, that's it for now. Enjoy!
* Please leave a comment as to what you're doing today on Great Pumpkin Day. :)
Friday, April 25, 2008
- ABC Family's 13 Days of Halloween movies
- Visit a pumpkin patch/corn maze
- Carve, paint, or decorate pumpkins
- Read Halloween books
- Visits from The Great Pumpkin (with gifts)
- Test run of costumes
- Possibly a party
- Halloween decorations (crafts)
- Make treat bags for trick or treaters
- Try new Halloween recipes
- Watch Halloween favorites
- Attend Heritage Days
- Nature walk
- Drive to look at leaves
- Roast marshmallows and tell ghost stories
These are what I could come up with right now. I'm sure more will come to me later. Once I start finalizing these, i'll post more details about them.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Spider Web Dip
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 jar (8 ounces) prepared salsa
1/2 cup guacamole
2 tablespoons sour cream
*Place cream cheese and salsa in blender or food processor container; blend until almost smooth.
*Spread cream cheese mixture on round serving dish or pie plate; smooth guacamole over top, leaving 1/2 inch border. Place sour cream in small resealable plastic food storage bag; seal bag. Cut off tiny corner of bag; pipe sour cream in circles over guacamole. Run tip of knife through sour cream to make "spider web".
Spooky Tortilla Chips
3 packages (12 ounces each) 8-inch plain or flavored flour tortillas
Salt to taste
* Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheet with olive oil nonstick cooking spray.
* Using 3-inch Halloween cookie cutters, cut tortillas, one at a time, into shapes. Discard scraps.
* Lightly spray tortilla shapes with cooking spray. Place on prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.
* Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 90 chips.
Recipes from Frightfully Fun Halloween Crafts & Cooking
Sunday, April 6, 2008
- Research decoration ideas
- Supply list for decorations
- Decorating plan
- Decide on party or not?
- Treat bags
- Make a Halloween notebook
- Try new recipes for Halloween
- Pumpkin carving patterns
- Make a fabric Halloween countdown calendar
Each month I will pick things to put on my monthly list that I hope to accomplish and post it here. I will also share whatever craft ideas I plan to use and recipes I plan to try, as well as other things.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
This year, I plan to get a ton of those little pie pumpkins, two for each step leading to my front door. I'm not going to carve them all, but I may draw or paint on faces or use props to make them appear to be dressed up. There are many more options for pumpkins than carving! Every year I have at least 2 pumpkins dressed up, usually one is a witch and the other a pirate. I use sewing pins to hold the props in place.
What do you like to do with your pumpkins?
* Start a costume or just buy the needed supplies
* Research decorations you might like and begin making your list of needed supplies
* Try a new recipe that you might use at Halloween
* Are you having a party? Start planning the games or activities.
No matter what you decide to do, make sure you have fun!!