DIY Pumpkins

I found out there is such a thing as fake pumpkins that you can carve!! I went to Michael’s and Jo-anns and waited until these pumpkins were 70 % off. I felt so much pressure trying to decide what to carve them into, since it was permanent. Then  I thought if I just added simple things to them, I could change them every year!!

Martha’s stewart stuff was all 70% off which is amazing because her stuff is WAY overpriced. I bought what I could call a “pumpkin sock” in a pack of three. I Squeezed one over the big orange pumpkin, I am not sure if I am happy about how it came out, but I like it for now.

She also had bedazzled letters on sale, which I purchased an S for my last name. Placed that on a big white pumpkin.

For the small white pumpkin I created it myself. I created a chevron print, using a ruler I measured squares, then drew diagonal lines. I filled the lines with glue and then sprinkled it in glitter. Together the pumpkins even though all very different look pretty good! Next year If I get sick of the patterns I can take them off and carve them! OR re decorate!

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Sugar Fruit Cups

I have seen pictures of these on pinterest, and I figured I didn’t need a recipe I could create them on my own! I used the cream cheese frosting I used for pumpkin bars.

Frosting:

  • 1 8oz. package of cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp milk

I used a store bought sugar cookie mix, and filled my muffin tins with them, I squished them down with a spice bottle to create a bowl with the cookie. Baked and mixed according to the package.

I had frozen berries in the freezer and topped the berries with this. I like the juice that comes with a defrosted berry.

The problem was I should of used MINI tins, the cookies came out so HUGE and it was hard for one person to eat. If I made them again, I probably wouldn’t use such a heavy cream cheese mixture,and definitely make smaller cups!!

Emoji Cookies

I was having an emoji party, where everyone was told to come dressed as an emoji. I picked the bride ( obviously). It was a great time, I thought the best dessert would be emoji cookies!

I used store bought sugar cookies I bought two mixes and made it according to the package. This was my first time attempting icing cookies and I was a bit nervous. I had a few pasty bags and tips.

Here is the recipe I followed for the icing: which I doubled

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 ½ teaspoon almond extract

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and milk until smooth.

Add in corn syrup, and 1 ½ teaspoons almond extract.  You can use vanilla extract if you wish; but almond really tastes the best here.

To be honest it was bit runny and I should of added more sugar but it was tasty!

I cut all the cookies into circles, with the exception of some triangles for the little poops. Which I pinched on the ends and top to make the curves of the poop.

First I covered all of the cookies with yellow icing, and some with “red” for the angry faces. The triangles were covered in brown.

I tried to make every emoji possible, I wish I took more pictures, but it was definitely fun to create all the different faces. I made pink and blue for accents, like the heart emojis or crying. They were all surprisingly easy to make! They would make a great gift for someone too!

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Steak Au Jus Sandwhiches

One of the easiest recipes I made in a long time, not to mention so tasty! A great middle of the week dinner!

Ingredients:

  • 4lb Rump Roast ( I used a 2lb one)
  • 12 oz beer ( I used pale ale, DELICIOUS!)
  • One can of french onion soup
  • One can of beef broth
  • I also threw in a fresh onion

Instructions:

Throw everything in a crock pot and cook on low for 7 hours! If you want you can take meat out and slice about 6 hours into it and place back in crock pot to soak flavors.

I used french baguette for the sandwich, and scooped the juice to put on the side to dip.

Tooth fairy DIY Costume

As always I made my own costume for Halloween night . I have always LOVED the tooth fairy and thought it would be a perfect costume! How ever I did not want to go over board with the fairy theme.

I started with making my own tutu with silk ribbon and white and blue tule. I did small stripes of blue tule.

For my fairy wand I picked up a wand from the dollar spot which was star shaped. I cut the white felt into tooth shape and trimmed the star so tooth would completely cover it.

I found a burlap bag at walmart which I used the same teeth cut out to paste onto the bag to carry around for my “purse”

I wore a plain pink shirt and tutu over my leggings with sparkly shoes.

I bought wings from eBay for 3 dollars !!

For my boyfriend I wanted him to be the tooth, so once again I cut a tooth out of felt and glued it to his shirt !!!l

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Bread Pudding

This time for bread pudding I decided to use some sweet bread! My boyfriends house had lots of stale bread, the end result was really tasty, but more of a baked french toast casserole rather than “bread pudding”

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 5 large eggs beaten
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large loaf of bread
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 cup peacans – optional ( I did not use them)

Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of brandy- optional ( i did not use)

1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Grease a 9×13″ baking pan.
2. Mix the sugar, eggs, and milk in a large bowl; add the vanilla. Pour over the cubed bread and let sit for 10 minutes. In another bowl, mix and crumble together the brown sugar, butter, and pecans. Pour the bread mixture into the pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the top and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until set. Remove from the oven.
3. To make the sauce: Mix together the sugar, butter, egg and vanilla in a saucepan. Stir together over medium heat until the sugar is melted. Add the brandy, stirring well. Pour over the bread pudding. Serve warm or cold.

The time I made 32 Crayola Crayon Costumes

In attempt to make a special Halloween, I took on making my buildings staff costumes. I had them all buy their individual shirts, give them to me and I would create them into a crayon!

I bought large spools of black felt and white felt. and Lots of Jumbo rick rack!

Our school has a di-cut machine where I cut out the letters Crayola with white felt. Then I cut an oval to fit the letters on black felt. I fabric glued the oval into the middle of the shirt.

I glued Jumbo rick rack across the top and bottom of the shirt.

I bought primary color party hats and covered the ones that needed shades that the pack didn’t come with.

Simple costumes but in large group looked great!

We had an asssembly and read the book ” the crayon box that talked” The kids loved it!

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

These bars are so good! and so tasty! Super moist cake that only gets more moist as days pass. So greasy although, and def not good for you!! Thanks Breadmans Wife! 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg *
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 and 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 can (15oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

Frosting:

  • 1 8oz. package of cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp milk

Instructions:

Directions:
  1. Sift dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt & soda) and set aside. In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Add the dry ingredients, gradually. Mix well.
  2. Spread batter in a greased 15x10x1 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely.
  3. Cream together butter and cream cheese until smooth and fluffy.  Add powdered sugar, vanilla and milk.  Mix on high speed until smooth creamy.

Dorrito Pie

This sounds crazy but it is so good!!! Sort of like a trailer park pie! Unique and tasty!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1 pkg taco mix
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 can crescent rolls
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded pepperjack cheese ( I used whatever I had)
  • 3 cups crushed dorritos
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/2 stick melted butter ( I used 1/4 cup)

Steps:

  1. Cook ground beef according to package. Cook. add mix, add water drain grease.
  2. Take crescent roll triangles and lay into pie pan, tips of triangle arranged in middle, and press seams together.
  3. sprinkle half of dorritos into crust
  4. spoon ground beef over
  5. mix sour cream and salsa, spoon over pie.
  6. cover with cheese
  7. cover with rest of dorritos
  8. pour melted butter over
  9. bake in oven at 400 degrees for 20 mins or until golden brown.

I topped with lettuce, olives and tomatoes!

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DIY Halloween Costumes 2014

This year I convinced all 3 kids to let me make their halloween costumes. I showed them a few ideas on pinterest and let them pick. Audrey picked that she would like to be Minnie, and we decided that means Adam could be Mickey. Amy picked popcorn. So here began the DIY Process.

The Popcorn

I drove around to several stores looking for a box, a single box, you wouldnt think it would be that hard to find, between Walgreens, CVS, Cumberlands, New England Farms the final winner was a small convenience store in Freetown.

I cut hole for Amys head and arms.

I bought white duct tape and red duct tape. I covered almost the whole thing in white, and then went over in red stripes. I was one strip short and was upset when I had to buy whole new roll to cover that part!

Once that finished, I popped pop corn and bought popcorn flavoring butter, to make the pop corn appear yellow. You could use microwave popcorn, but I found it cheaper to pop on stove with kernels

I began to hot glue pop corn all over the top of the box. I bought a winter hat from walmart for 98 cents, and covered that with popcorn using hot glue as well!

I printed the label to a pop corn box online, and taped it on both sides.

Amy loved her costume, although she did say it was a bit heavy and it was hard for her to fit through door ways!

Minnie:

I started with making the Tulle Tutu. The first mistake I made was that I purchased the tool from Jo-annes fabrics. Which mean I had to cut all the strips!! My recommendation to you is too buy the ROLLS! They make rolls of tulle in the appropriate width at any craft store. I used satin ribbon and looked up a basic tutorial on how to make no- sew tutu. I

Then I cut white fabric to polka dots and fabric glued them onto the skirt. I’ve found the cheapest kind of glue works the best. Forget fabric fusion, its the no- sew all the way.

We bought a leotard and tights from Walmart. The ears I had from the ship.

To make the yellow shoes- I bought plain white canvas shoes from Walmart for both Mickey and Minnie. I bought a packet of yellow dye, followed the directions, and dyed their shoes in the sink! The color doesn’t stick to rubber so they came out great. It didn’t stick to the laces either.

Mickey:

Same thing we bought black shirt and black tights. Mickey’s mom found red shorts on clearance and sewed them to his size. Then cut out white dots and glued them on. The ears we also found at Walmart too. WHite gloves were from walmart too!

It was all very inexpensive!

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