Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Yesterday I played Mad Scientist.

Latest experiment.

Would anyone like a sip?


Happy Halloween!
I hope you all get the best candy!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Last Minute Ideas

Our favorite spooky celebration is right around the corner. While I think I have all my prep work complete here are a few last minute ideas......

These little baby mason jars full of pumpkin goodness are something I want to try for certain. The Crafting Chicks for the recipe and instructions.

Some seriously good ideas at Our Best Bites.
These spiders made from Oreos are the coolest!

These owls at Our Best Bites make me giddy.
One of my favorite blogs, I even rock their button right over there ---->

Caramel apple mini cakes via Amazing Moms. Lots of ideas there.
Pumpkin crayons via Me!
Baaad photos included.

Don't forget candy coated marshmallows with graham cracker crumbs. They are pretty tasty and look good too!

I'm off to join The Count for a pre-school party!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Day of Prep

Today was all about getting ready for a pre-school classroom party.

Goody bags all ready to go!

I wanted to give the teachers the extra candy coated marshmallows. So I thought and I thunk about what I could come up with to put them in. I really didn't want to make another trip to the local super center.

Taaa daaaaa!
I folded one of the paper bags we used for goodies down several times.
Punched holes and weaved ribbon through.
Glued on a spider and a tag.
I only made one of these, the teachers can share. Right?!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Candy Coated Marshmallows - Pumpkin Style

These are so cute and so easy!

You will need:

Candy Melts
Graham cracker crumbs
Sucker sticks
Small bags

Stick your sucker sticks in the center of the marshmallows.
Melt your candy melts in the micro following the package directions.
Dip your marshmallows making sure it's covered entirely.

Dip in your graham cracker crumbs right away.
I placed them in the fridge for a few minutes to speed up the process of them setting up enough to get in your little bags.

Place in your little bag and tie off with a green ribbon.
There ya go....a pumpkin-ish candy marshmallow.

My big girl gave me a little photo shop lesson this afternoon.
We made these labels for our marshmallows.
Feel free to right click and use! If you do, be a dear, and follow SmileMonsters.

Here is a blank label to use as you wish.
With a photo editing site like Picnik you can re size it and add your own text.

Creations by Kara

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Costume Preview

I haven't dressed for Halloween in years though I love it.
This year I'm breaking the streak.

Not complete yet but this is what I accomplished today.

Later in the week I will be doing something sweet with these supplies and sharing.
Your gonna dig it.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tres Leches Cake

I had never heard of Tres Leches Cake(three-milk cake) until my big girl came home one day last week raving about it. She said "Mom, we have to figure out how to make this!".
So I did.

It's a creamy cake soaked in three kinds of milk and generally topped with a whipped topping and/or fruit. Go HERE or HERE for the recipe. There are scads of different opinions on this cake and what makes it taste the best. The cake recipe is essentially the same. Follow a recipe and make your cake.

I used sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and half & half for my milk mixture.

I was afraid of the amount of liquid in relation to the thickness of my cake so I went with 3 1/2 cups(recipes vary). Using the whole cans of evaporated and sweetened condensed milk then topping off with half & half to equal 3 1/2 cups. Poked holes in my cake with a fork, 10 minutes after I pulled it from the oven. Poured on my milk mixture. Let set in the fridge for 2 hours minimum before sampling.

I'm a fan.
I drizzled a little dulce de leche sauce over this piece with a bit of whipped cream.

It is not overly sweet and I'd say you need to like milk at least a little to appreciate this cake. Since this is my first Tres Leches Cake experience I have nothing to compare it to but I would certainly make it again. I do wonder what it would be like using a boxed cake mix. Anyone ever try it?

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Rainy Day Box

It's a rainy day here.

That's not a creek, it's my front side walk.

So today was the perfect day to drag out the rainy day box.

The rainy day box is a box that I fill with odds and ends that I come across. I keep it tucked away for especially cabin-fever type days.

It's filled with beads, egg cartons, empty containers, bottle caps, string, you name it.

I don't know what they have made here.
It's entertaining them so that's all that matters.

Happy Saturday!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Rosy Ring

I have been admiring felt roses all over blogland.
So yesterday I made this....
A super easy, sweet rosy ring.

I started with a circle, not a perfect one.

1. Cut it in a spiral.
2. Singed the outer edge. The wind resistant lighters are very cool, kind of like a little blow torch.(I held the felt with tongs because I'm a fraidy-cat.)
3. Rolled up the felt spiral with a little dot of glue every so often.
4. Messed with it a little to get some curled petals so it would look more rosy.
5. Once happy with it, I glued it to a ring blank.

I like the singed edges.
Some fall colors will be my next project.
Hmmmmmmm, what else can I stick felt roses on?

This rosy ring post was update with much much better photos on 7/20/2011.  Same ring, better photos. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I Highly Recommend.....

Goofing around on JibJab.

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

I have been quite uninspired this week, a crafty slacker.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Roller Baby

OK, so this has nothing to do with crafting but this is to cute not to share.
Totally worth 30 seconds of your time.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Apple Dip

One bag of Caramel Bits + one can of Eagle Brand(sweetened condensed milk)

Melt the caramel in the micro then add in your Eagle Brand.
Eat with a giant honeycrisp apple.
Oh, yummmmmmm.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

We Boo'd

Last night we BOO'd!

We did homemade goodies this year.

Pop Corn Balls

3/4 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 teaspoons cold water
2 5/8 cups of powdered sugar
1 cup marshmallows
5 quarts of plain popped popcorn

In a sauce pan over medium heat combine all the ingredients.
Heat and stir until the mixture comes to a boil.
Carefully pour over your popped popcorn and stir well.
Form balls with your hands.

Be sure to cover your hands with cooking spray to prevent lots of sticking to your hands.
This is a sticky popcorn ball that stays somewhat soft.

Chocolate covered pretzels.

We did haystacks too. I didn't get a photo of those. We used white chocolate that we oranged with food coloring.

Here is a BOO bag ready to go.
I took a brown paper grocery bag. Sprayed with flat black spray paint. Stamped BOO and flecked with white acrylic paint. Whaaa laaaaa.
I had all those items on hand, so that part cost me nada.

View of the back.

I punched holes through the sack and the BOO poem. Strung a ribbon through the holes and tied a bow.

My neighbors will think I'm incredibly cheap or a crafting genius!
The photos aren't the best, darkness was right around the corner and we were in a hurry!
My big girl helped with making the goodies, and drove the get away car.

Go HERE for the poem and go do some Booing of your own.