Monday, October 31, 2011

The Witches are out...

 I invited a few ladies over for a Witches party.  It was a TON of fun to get ready for.  I have never been one to decorate for Halloween, but this year I went all out.  The kids and I hung spider webs all over the house, pumpkins and witches everywhere. Heather let me borrow all of her decorations to make it even better!  The decorating turned out awesome. 

I had decided to do soups and breadsticks, with some treats too. I made 3 of my favorite soups, some yummy breadsticks and some witches brew (apple cider).  Meagan made some of her famous pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  Thank you!

 Some of the decor...

 All of the witches.

  I was so impressed at how everyone dressed up.  Everyone was so cute (or scary).  One of the witches even had fake teeth made just for the night!! 
 Our witches wands

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Party

So we had a little Halloween Party on Friday, and I had so much fun making all of these little treats. For these cupcakes I just food colored the vanilla batter and frosted orange, and just put reece's pieces on top. 
 I attempted to make mummy cupcakes, but Heather's turned out so much cuter!
 Some of our few decorations
 Mummy prezel sticks. Which I think turned out to be my favorites. You just dip them into white chocolate. Use milk chocolate for the eyes dipped on with a fork, and put the rest of the white chocolate in a bag and drizzle it over the top. So cute!
 Frankenstien pudding was a close runner up. I think they turned out pretty cute. Once again I just put green food coloring into vanilla pudding, 3/4 of the way, and filled up the rest with smashed oreos and drew on the faces.

 We didn't quite get to carving pumkins before the party, so just threw on a little vinyl!
Happy Halloween everybody!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Sweet as Pie" Cupcakes

I found this recipe in the "Disney Family Fun" magazine while sitting at the doctors office today.  With fall in the air and Thanksgiving coming up I thought it was a good time to share this cute idea for something to do with the kids.  So here are the instructions that came out of the magazine and off their website.

"These cute cherry pies have a secret: they're cupcakes in disguise.

  • 1 dozen of your favorite cupcakes
  • 16-ounce can of white frosting
  • 3 drops yellow food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder OR 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • red chocolate candies, such as M&M's
  1. Bake a dozen of your favorite cupcakes. Tint a 16-ounce can of white frosting with 3 drops yellow food coloring and either 1 teaspoon cocoa powder or 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup, then frost the cupcakes.
  2. Transfer the remaining frosting to a ziplock bag, snip off a corner, and set the bag aside. Press red chocolate candies (such as M&M's) onto the top of each cupcake as shown, then use the bagged frosting to pipe a lattice pattern over them and a zigzag crust around the edge. Makes 12 cupcakes.

This recipe was adapted from What's New, Cupcake? by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson"

Great Books to Read

Percy Jackson The Sea of Monsters The Titan's Curse  Battle of the Labyrinth The Last Olympian

 So, I have just started reading the 'Percy Jackson' series of books by Rick Riordan.  Let me just say, what a good, wholesome series this is so far!  I finished the first one, "The Lightening Thief" in just a couple of days.  It was a very easy read and very entertaining.  If you liked Greek Mythology, you will enjoy these books very much.  I would give it a 4.5 out of 5 and only because there were so many of the Greek Myth characters I could not remember who were in the story and maybe could have been re-introduced to our memories a little better!  But all in all, great book, great story!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Candy Corns

So the other day as I was blog surfing I came across this post for candy corns.  It was so cute I went out and bought the cones that day.  Then I went back to find the instructions and couldn't find the blog.  So here are my instructions...
 Supplies you need:
Styrofoam cones (any size you want)
Yellow, Orange, and White Yarn
Hot glue gun

 I started by marking where I wanted each section to start.  Then I liberally applied hot glue to the top and bottom edges and a couple of lines in the middle.
You need to start with either the yellow or white, I chose yellow. 
Then just wrap it around a million times, or until it is as big and thick as you like.
Cut yarn and tuck the end in.

 Repeat the same process with the White yarn.

For the orange, glue the same as the others and wrap and wrap, around and around.  The only hint I have for this one is just make sure you make the orange level with the other two colors. 

Now you are finished! 
I think these are just darling.

thanks for looking!
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