Friday, October 24, 2014

{ 5 Days of Halloween} Decorating Pumpkins


How cute is this pumpkin????? Covered in chalkboard paint....kids would love this
 Photo and tutorial from Country Living

 Chalkboard Spray Painted Pumpkin
 

Use chalkbaord spray paint and a white chalk marker to decorate your pumpkin. Click the link above the view the entire tutorial but the shopping list is pretty easy:

1. Buy a pumpkin (either a pumpkin from the farm--of course you should clean it before decorating, or a pumpkin from a craft store like Joann's or Michaels which are easy to carve and decorate)

2.  Chalkboard spray paint and white chalk marker ($3 or $4 each) - can be purchased from The Home Depot or Lowe's

 

 
 
Dripping Paint Pumpkin
 Photo and tutorial from House of Joy
 

 
Use a faux craft pumpkin, or a real pumpkin, and paint with acrylic craft paint. Click the link above the view the entire tutorial but this shopping list is pretty easy also:
 

 1. Pumpkin
 2. Acrylic craft paint
 3. Paint brush
 4. Acrylic letters
 
Glitter Pumpkins
Photo and Tutorial from Martha Stewart
 
 
Supplies needed:
 
1. Medium-size paintbrush
2. White glue
3. Small pumpkin
4. Paper plate or a sheet of newspaper
5. Glitter
6. Brown acrylic paint

 
 


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

{ 5 Days of Halloween} Candy Apples

Candy Apples are another sign that Fall is here and Halloween is soon to come. It falls in the category of pumpkins, apples, scarecrows, pumpkin farms, and trick or treating-- well except for us since we make candy apples all year long using different colors and flavorings, but the traditional red candy apple and caramel apples remind us of fall and the smell of cinnamon and spice.

Need apple decorating ideas or candy apple recipe? See the pics and blogs listed below.....
 
 
Black and Red Apples "Black Heart Candy Apples" from Taste of Home
Click here to view article...

 
 
These SPOOKY SWEETS are from Hostess with the Mostess
Click here to view article..
 
 
 
 Purple Candy Apples from The Kitchen McCabe
Click here to view article..

 
 
 
Caramel Apples from Delish.com
Click here to view article
 

 
 And lastly....
 
OUR VERY OWN CANDY APPLES
 I Love Candy by Luci
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

{ 5 Days of Halloween} - Cocktails

 
**The Morgue-A-Rita Cocktail**
  recipe is from HGTV
 

As the countdown to Halloween continues, we will be posting daily during the series "5 Days of Halloween" about Halloween cocktails, craft and party ideas, homemade treats and home decor. My favorite cocktail is the MARGARITA!! This recipe is a margarita recipe with a twist found on the HGTV website. Click here for the full article and recipe.

Ingredients:
Goo:
1/4 cup light corn syrup
green food coloring

Cocktail:
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup club soda
3/4 cup tequila
3 ounces triple sec
4 cherries
4 teaspoons maraschino cherry syrup

**Zombie Slime Shooters**
recipe from HGTV.com


Ingredients:

For cocktail:
1 ounce vodka
1 ounce peach schnapps
1 ounce sour apple schnapps
1 ounce coconut rum
1 ounce sweet and sour mixFor blood slime:
3 tablespoons corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring

Rim Instructions:

1. Mix corn syrup with red food coloring.
2. Dip the rim of martini glass into the mixture, and slowly spin the glass to coat it.
3. Turn the glass upright and the blood will begin to drip slightly. Set aside.

Cocktail Instructions:

1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes.
2. Shake well and pour over ice cubes into slime-rimmed martini glass.

 
**Caramel Apple Martini**

 
 
Ingredients:
2 ounces Apple Cider
2 ounces Caramel Vodka
1 ounce Butterscotch Schnapps
Sliced fresh apple, caramel, and / or cinnamon sugar for garnish.

Instructions:
Rim your martini glass with caramel or cinnamon sugar. To get the cinnamon sugar to stick to the glass, dip the rim in a little apple cider, then the cinnamon sugar.
Combine the apple cider, caramel vodka, and butterscotch schnapps in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously.
Pour mixture into the rimmed martini glass and garnish with a slice of fresh apple.


 **Caramel Apple Pie Martini**

 
 
Ingredients:
2 ounces apple pie vodka
1 ounce kissed caramel vodka
1 ounce Velvet Cinn Horchata
1 ounce half & half
Caramel sauce and crushed graham crackers for garnish
sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)
 
Instructions:
Rim a martini glass with caramel sauce; then dip the glass in crushed graham crackers. Set aside.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine both vodkas, horchata, and half & half. Shake vigorously and pour into prepared martini glass. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the top.
 

**Witches Brew **
 recipe from HGTV.com

 
 
Ingredients:
2 oz. mixed pineapple and cranberry juice
2 oz. 7-Up or Sprite
1-1/4 oz. shot Malibu Coconut Rum

Instructions:
Mix juices and 7-Up or Sprite in a highball glass. Pour shot of rum down the side of the glass right before drinking.




Monday, October 20, 2014

{ 5 Days of Halloween} Push Up Pop Ideas



 
Click here to view the ENTIRE article and tutorial. These push pops were found on the The Frog Prince Paperie blog along with as easy to follow recipe and tutorial as a candy alternative for Halloween.
 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups Silk Vanilla Coconutmilk
  • 1/2 cup mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3/4 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • orange food coloring
  • yellow food coloring
  • 6 push-up pop containers
Instructions

 
The push pops will need to be made and frozen in layers. You can make the mixtures for the layers all at once and keep the mixtures in the fridge as you wait for them to freeze.
 
Orange layer--puree 1/2 cup Silk Vanilla Coconutmilk, 1/2 cup mandarin oranges, 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract, four drops orange food coloring and 1 teaspoon sugar in the blender. Pour mixture in each of the 6 push-up pop containers until 1/3 full. Place upright in freezer until frozen solid.
 
White layer--puree 1/2 cup Silk Vanilla Coconutmilk, 1/2 cup shredded coconut, 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract and 1 teaspoon sugar in the blender. Pour mixture in each of the 6 push-up pop containers over the orange layer until 2/3 full. Place upright in freezer until frozen solid.
 
Yellow layer--puree 1/2 cup Silk Vanilla Coconutmilk, 1/2 cup pineapple chunks, 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract, four drops yellow food coloring and 1 teaspoon sugar in the blender. Pour mixture in each of the 6 push-up pop containers over the white layer until full, and place the lids on each of the containers. Place upright in freezer until frozen solid, then serve.
 
***Alternatives***
 
The containers shown above can be purchased from Wal-Mart, Jo-Anns, Michaels or online from shops like etsy.com (The Sugar Fairy or Lola Loves A Party) or the website Candyland Crafts.
 
These containers can be filled with M and M's, colored cake and whip cream, jello, pudding, fruits from a fruit cup such as mandarinoranges and pineapple-- the possibilities are endless.
 
 



{Breast Cancer Awareness- Home Decor}


Sooo.....I found this pink beauty as soon as I walked in the door at Michaels. My goal was to find a pumpkin and paint it pink myself, but when I saw this (and noticed it was marked half off) I had to buy it. There's a scratch at the top from where my son dropped it once we made it in the house, but other than that its still in perfect condition. Even though I have this now, I still would like to paint a pumpkin--just to see how the process works. Anyways, today's post is the last post in tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness. 

So this week we covered:

Party Printables and Print Outs- Click here to go to this post and print out tags, labels, and signs for a BCA event or fundraiser

Home Decor and Crafts Ideas- Click here to go to this post and view wreaths, pink pumpkins, and party set up ideas

Desserts- Click here to go to this post and view amazing cakes, cookies and cupcakes in support of BCA

Drinks- Click here to go to this post and view pink drink recipes


****Together, we can fight Breast Cancer through education, awareness, participation, prayers, and support****

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{Breast Cancer Q & A}
per Susan G. Komen website

Are young women at risk for breast cancer?

Breast cancer is not common among young women. In the United States, fewer than five percent of all breast cancer cases occur in women under 40.


{How can I Help?}

Someone you care about has breast cancer. In our book, that makes you a “co-survivor.” And whether you’re a friend, co-worker, family member or spouse, you have a very important role to play.

Co-survivors provide much-needed emotional support such as listening, giving a hug or just being there. Some offer informational support like gathering data or the latest news on breast cancer. And others give practical help like driving to and from doctor appointments, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping and child care. All together, this is called “social support” and it makes survivors feel loved, cared for and understood.

Friday, October 17, 2014

{Breast Cancer Awareness- Cute Desserts}

 
Breast Cancer Awareness Week!!!!! Every single day this week we have been sharing cool finds from online --- party ideas, arts and crafts, cocktails, important facts about Breast Cancer and getting checked---- and today we are sharing Cakes, Cupcakes and Cookies!
 
How cute are these treats??!!
 
 

How cute are these cookies from Simply Sweets by Honey Bee. Click here for her blog and cookie and cupcake making tutorials.



 
Beautiful cake by Cake Central



 
Another gorgeous cake from Cake Central
 


 
 


 
 
 

 
 
 
Sharing all of the pics I found on Flickr was not the plan, but once I found one cute picture then another one popped up and then another one. You'll see....click on the links above.
 
 
****Together, we can fight Breast Cancer through education, awareness, participation, prayers, and support****

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{Key Statistics}
Johns Hopkins Hospital
hopkinsmedicine.org

*3-D mammography detects 27 percent more cancers than traditional mammography

*Only about 12 percent of breast cancers today are believed to be caused by the BRCA1 gene. The BRCA1 gene is associated with the highest risk of breast cancer. Statistically, the risk for carriers is between 40 percent and 80 percent.