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DIY Baby BOO Black Tie Pumpkins [Halloween Tutorial]

Are you all ready for the Trick-or-Treater’s on Thursday?  I must admit, Halloween is one of my favorite nights of the year.  If I could still get away with dressing up and collecting candy and Halloween treats door to door I definitely still would!  Oh well, at least I get to eat all the leftover candy I buy for my neighborhood kiddos =)   Every year I like to try something different with pumpkins, besides the obvious carvings.  This year, I bought a bunch of little white Baby Boo Pumpkins, which also happened to be the place cards at my wedding-here’s a photo of one of them, more wedding photos to come!

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After the wedding, I was left with lots of Baby Boo pumpkins, so I decided to dress some of them up in black and white!  These little guys looked so chic after their makeover, I dubbing them the “Black Tie Pumpkins“!

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Baby BOO Black Tie Pumpkins

Gather up:

a few baby white pumpkins

Deco Art’s Glamour Dust in Black Ice

One small paint brush

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Use a small paint brush to fill in every other ridge on the pumpkin with the black glitter paint.  The ridges on the pumpkin make it super easy to stay in the lines =)

I LOVE the way the Glamour Dust paint glitters in the sun!

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Allow the pumpkins to dry for a couple hours and there you have it, glamorous black tie pumpkins!

This is a super simple Halloween project to do with the kids =)

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Don’t eat too much candy!

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Witch Fingers & Spider Krispies [recipe]

Last week I posted 10 of my favorite Halloween recipes, which worked out perfectly because I had the opportunity to make some of those treats this past weekend at a little Halloween party Brett and I had.  I always feel like you can never have too many sweets, so I decided to make a big platter of witch finger cookies and rice krispy treat spiders!  These were so much fun to make and they look great too!  I did modify the original recipes a bit after a failed batch of finger cookies that looked more like finger pancakes…so here’s the end result, both of these recipes are Halloween “must-makes”!


We’ll start with the Witch Finger Cookies…I wish I had taken a picture of the failed batch, but trust me when I say they looked awful.  I ended up using a great sugar cookie base for the witch finger cookies instead, here it is!

Witch Finger Cookies [recipe]

Makes approx. 40 cookies

INGREDIENTS

3 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 tablespoon milk

1/2 tsp. green food coloring, plus 1/2 tsp. for almonds

1 tsp. almond extract

1/3 cup whole, raw almonds

METHOD

In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt-set aside.  In a .medium bowl, combine the butter, sugar, egg, milk, food coloring and almond extract-add to flour mixture.  Roll the cookie dough into a large ball and refrigerate for 1 hour, I have no patience so I froze mine for 10 minutes…still turned out great ;)

While your waiting for the dough you can prepare the witches (almond) finger nails!  Add almonds to a small bowl along with 1/2 tsp of green food coloring.  Stir until the almonds are coated-set aside.

Heat oven to 375.

Once cooled, roll small sections of dough into finger shapes (each cookie is approx. 2 tbsp of dough), lay them onto a non stick or greased cookie sheet.  Add one almond to the tip of each cookie for the witches nail.  Last, use a butter knife to make tiny indents on the cookie for the knuckles!  Bakes for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies are lightly golden brown on the bottoms.  Here’s how my witch finger cookies looked when they hit the oven:

Then 10 minutes later…


I may or may have accidentally broken a few…then I had to eat all the broken ones since they were no good.  These things are DELICIOUS.


Now for the Spider Rice Krispies Recipe!  This recipe couldn’t be more simple.  It’s your average rice krispy treat recipe with a spooky twist!

Spider Krispies [recipe]

Makes approx. 20 spiders, source

INGREDIENTS

6 cups Cocoa Pebbles

1 bag of mini marshmallows (10.5 oz), reserve a small handful for the spider eyes

1/4 cup butter

mini pretzel sticks (for spider arms and legs)

METHOD

Melt butter in a medium saucepan, add marshmallows and stir continuously.  When butter and marshmellows are fully melted and mixed, remove from heat and add Cocoa Pebbles, stir until pebbles are coated.  Pour into a non stick or glass baking dish and press down.  Allow to cool.

Using a knife, cut the rice krispy sheet into circles.  Stick pretzel sticks in them for arms, pieces of the mini marshmallows for eyes.  I got about three sets of eyes from each mini marshmallow.  Here’s how they turned out!

These things were so much fun to make!



These spooky Halloween treats are perfect to make with kids too!

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Fresh Picked Friday [Vol. 22]

[10/26/12]

It’s Friday, yippee! So sit back, relax with a Spiked Apple Cider Spritzer and take in some great inspiration! 

Snuggle up with some hot cocoa [DIY chalk board mug]

 

Simple dinner with “use what you have” ingredients [sweet & sour chicken]

 

Halloween, Christmas…you name it! [DIY Wopper Candy Garland]

 

Crafts with the kids [DIY felt starfish]

Simple & Chic [rustic planter with white roses]

Now THAT’S what I call a kitchen!

If you’re craving something sweet this weekend, try whipping up this Three Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Cake!

Have a fabulous weekend!

 

 

 

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Fresh Picked Friday [Vol. 21]

This week’s Fresh Picks…

[10/12/12]

I’m dreaming of… [The perfect farmhouse kitchen]

A twist on the original [peanut butter & chocolate chip shortbread cookies]

Don’t buy it, make it! [DIY coffee table ottoman]

Picture frame missing a hanger? [DIY soda tab hanger]

Cozy up with a cocktail [Fall cocktail recipes]

Spiff up the laundry room [DIY laundry soap dispenser]

Fall Style [elbow pad sweater]

“Forward” can be more than one direction…[elephant march fabric]

 

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Pumpkin Teeth & Ghost Poop! {Halloween DIY}

Halloween is such a fun time of year…not just because we get to dress up and eat lots of candy…but also because it’s one of the only times of year we can go crazy with silly/spooky decor and it’s totally acceptable!  I haven’t gotten too deep into the Halloween decorating yet, but I’ve started with a few small Halloween crafts around the house.  Halloween just isn’t complete without the infamous sugary little orange striped cones-candy corn!  So to get into the Halloween spirit, I picked up a couple of bags of candy corn the other night.  I wanted to come up with a different way to display them this year…here’s what I came up with!

PS. For another fun Halloween project, check out these Nylon Pumpkins too!

 

I had a couple extra canisters laying around, so I decided to fill them with some Halloween treats…I used candy corn and mini marshmallows, then hung silly chalkboard tags around the them for fun!  I still can’t hold back the smile each time a walk by these!

Pumpkin Teeth & Ghost Poop Halloween Candy Jars…

I started out by cutting out two small pieces of cardboard, then painting them with a quick coat of chalk paint (in CeCe Caldwell, Vermont Slate).  My new favorite chalk paint is CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk & Clay paint, it’s 100% natural with no chemicals, VOC’s, etc.  This paint comes in so many fun colors, and it applies like a dream :)

Once the chalk paint dried, I used a pair of scissors to poke holes in the corners of the chalk squares.  Then I thread a piece of twine through the holes, so that I could hang the mini chalk boards around the jars.

Using chalk, I scribbled “pumpkin teeth” and “ghost poop” on the tags, and viola!  Fun Halloween treat jars!

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Three Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Cake {recipe}

There are some delicious looking pumpkin cake recipes floating around right now and it’s absolute torture for me!  I am a complete sucker for apple and pumpkin spiced anything (hense my new favorite Fall Cocktail)!  So after a nice little Sunday dinner with the Mister, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to test out some of the pumpkin cake recipes I’d found.  I tried three different recipes, from one with a complicated list of multiple ingredients, to a simple pumpkin cake recipe that called for only two ingredients!  In the end, their was a clear winner…hands down, no questions asked.  It was the two ingredient, simple pumpkin spice cake!  I modified the recipe just a bit to soften and fluff up the consistancy, the result was plain & simple pumpkin-cake-perfection.  And the best part? So without further ado, here it is, the Three Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Cake (with apple cider glaze)…

Three Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Cake with Apple Cider Glaze

Barely adapted from the Noble Pig

INGREDIENTS

1 box yellow cake mix

1 can pumkin puree

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

Optional: A few dashes of pumpkin pie spice, just to kick things up a knotch (I did this and I highly recommended it!)

METHOD

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, blend together cake mix, pumkin puree and Greek Yogurt.  The batter will be very thick, be sure ingredients are mixed together well.

Pour pumpkin cake batter into a baking dish.  I chose to use individual ramekins, for single size servings.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cake puffs up and toothpick comes out clean.  You do not want to over cook this cake.

While cake is baking, you can whip up the simple cider glaze…

INGREDIENTS (for the apple cider glaze)

3/4 cup powdered sugar

2 tbsp Greek Yogurt

3 tbsp. apple cider

3/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

METHOD

Blend powdered sugar, Greek yogurt, apple cider and pumpkin pie spice in medium bowl.  Consistancy should be a pourable glaze.  Add more powedered sugar to thicken, and more cider to thin as needed. 

Pour glaze over warm cake and serve immediately.

Isn’t it pretty?  The perfect end to a yummy Fall dinner

Forget pretty…this is the fluffiest, most flavorful cake. Ever.

Seriously…this pumpkin cake litterally melts in your mouth…

Ahh yes.  My new favorite Fall dessert for sure!

 

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Up-cycled Burlap Pumpkin Wreath {DIY}

Yesterday, I posted a fun Fall DIY on making pumpkins from nylon stockings.  So part two of the project is putting those pumpkins to use!  I decided to use my nylon pumpkins to create a new Fall wreath!  This DIY Fall wreath could not have been simpler to make.  The only material it required was burlap and of course foam tube for the wreath.  Here’s how my Burlap & Nylon Pumpkin Wreath turned out…

Fall Burlap Pumpkin Wreath {DIY}

For this Fall wreath, all you will need is burlap and a foam wreath base.  I like to use 3/4″ pipe insulation, which is available at any hardware store (find it here).  A six foot length of the foam tube only costs $1.18 and it works perfectly for making wreaths!  This little tip will save you lots!  I cut the foam tube to size, then used duck tape to attach the ends together.

Cut your burlap material into 2″ wide strips (and as long as you can make them).  I used recycled coffee bags from a local coffee shop.

Wrap the burlap strips around the wreath base, use hot glue to secure them to the wreath.

Now its time to attach the nylon pumpkins to the wreath.  Click here for the simple DIY on how to make these pumpkins.  Use hot glue to attach the pumpkins to the burlap wreath.

Here’s a close up of the completed Burlap Fall Pumpkin wreath…

 

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Up-cycled Nylon Pumpkins [DIY]

I just started to dig into my Fall decor…don’t you just love this time of year? I can never get enough of the crisp air, warm apple cider, pumpkin pie, the list goes on!  So as I was going through last year’s Fall decor, I figured it might be fun to make something different and up-cycled this year.  The question was, what could I create for Fall using materials that I already had at home?   My mind went straight to pumpkins…and the material?  Nylon Stockings.  The end result were these (super fun to make) funky little Nylon Pumpkins!

Up-Cycled Nylon Pumpkins [DIY]

Gather up a spool of thread and a couple pairs of old nylon stockings, various colors work great (I used tan and purple).

Cut the nylon into pieces, each approx. 6″ in length.

Leaving one end sticking up, pull up the opposite end,creating somewhat of a cup.  Think of it as an upside-down mushroom.

Using pillow stuffing (or really any type of filling), stuff around the inside of the cup you created with the nylon stocking.  Be sure to keep the end you pulled through sticking up.

Using your thread, tie up the top of the filling stocking.  Leave approx. 1/4-1/2″, this will become the pumpkins stem!

Next, spin the thread up and around the stem of the pumpkin, just to get the top into that stem like shape.  Then bring the thread back down the stem and wrap it once around the body of the pumpkin.  Spin the thread around the stem again, then wrap it around the body of the pumpkin again in a different spot.  Continue wrapping the thread around the body of the pumpkin a few more times (pulling tight) so that you create the groves in the pumpkin.

Once you’ve finished wrapping the thread around the pumpkin, tie up the thread back around the stem.

At the point, you can finish off the stem however you would like.  One option is coloring the stem in with brown marker to give it a natural look….

Or, you could wrap and glue a piece of bright colored ribbon around it…

This tuned out to be such a fun project, and I’m more than pleased with the way my nylon pumpkins turned out!