Thursday, October 30, 2014

Doggone Dirty Craftin Linky Party

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Give me a good tomatoey casserole on a chilly day and I am happy!  Michelle @ Sunshine and Hurricanes has a rich looking recipe that fits that bill!  I might add in a can of corn for extra snap.

I love pumpkin.  It's high in fiber, got some good Vitamin A, and tastes delish!  Maria @ Krafty Cards Etc has collected over 100 recipes using this magical gourd for us to sample.  


Tiffany at Broward Saves linked up this yummy looking recipe for Healthy Candy Corn Bars.  These are going on my recipe list for the big day.

Lou Lou Girls linked a post about 10 Halloween Minute to Win It games.  These would be great for a kids halloween party to keep the little ones busy all afternoon.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

HTTC - Emergency Spell Case Tutorial


Here's an easy home dec project to add some spooky flavor to an empty wall space.  *If you don't a have a cutter like the silhouette or circuit just pick up some fun stickers at the local craft store.*

Supplies
Small broom(I got mine in the dollar bin at target but you could easily make one with some sticks from the backyard.)
Shadowbox - one that will fit the broom
Sticky vinyl - This comes in a roll at the craft store.
Cardstock paper in various colors
Glue gun

1.  First you will apply your letters.  I took out my underused Silhouette Cameo and cut "In case of Witchery break glass" from grey vinyl.  This was my first time using the sticky stuff and I have to say I love it.  Apply your letters to the top edge of the glass on your frame.

2.  Now you will need to take the back off and insert your broom.  I had to trim mine down a little but my kitchen scissors did the job just fine.
You can see the original broom was a hair too big for the frame.  
Hot glue it into place, making sure to leave a little room in the bottom corner for your potion bottles.  I glued at the top of the handle and at the base of the broom to make sure it was really stuck on.

3.  Now you will need to make your potion bottles.  I used my Silhouette again for this step but you could just draw these out and cut them by hand.  Decorate them with glitter, embossing powder, stickers or markers.  I chose to use the glue gun to stick them onto the velvet backing that is in the shadowbox to make sure they would adhere for years to come.

DONE!  This is a super simple project you can complete in a weeknight.  Like I said above, if you don't have an electric cutter just pick up some letter stickers from Joann and get creative making your own potion bottles.  Gidget is our resident spell caster so her stamp of approval was very appreciated.

Cast on!
Anita

Monday, October 27, 2014

Costumed Canines - Super Bubs

I though long and hard about what type of superhero Abby would be.  She is way too silly to be anything hard core tough and has been known to hide behind her momma when other dogs come around so bravery is not her thing either.  She has tried to get the stuffed bunny we put out for Easter to throw the ball for her and has offered to trade her chewies for human food so she is too sweet to be a villain.  Naps are her weekend plans meaning super speed is out, and she could never stay focused long enough to even attempt to control someone mind.
So that leaves only one type of superhero.....the one that thrives in the imagination of little kids, complete with dad's clothes and a towel cape!

Mild mannered Abby by day, working a desk job for the man.

Super Bubs by night, Punisher underwear wearing vigilante keeping the streets safe for puppies everywhere. I've heard tell she might have a bit of a crush on Sgt. Smashy.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Doggone Dirty Craftin Linky Party

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Stella Marie @ Domestic Evolution created the cutest little hat.  This would be great to keep a little  Trick-or-Treater warm on the big night.

I have loved dump cakes since a summer I spent at acting camp.  I am very excited to try this fall infused one from Elaine @ Cookin and Craftin.  

What little kid wouldn't love a special note in their lunch?  These free printables from Leandrea at Coupons are Great are super festive will Halloween jokes.  FUN!

This recipe for Chocolate Raspberry Tart from Clairejustine has two of my fav ingredients in any recipe.  Chocolate and Raspberries.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Costumed Canines - Sergeant Smashy

Tough as a tank and shaped like one too Sgt. Smashy has been standing up to the forces of evil since his birth.  He is the muscle of any outfit with brains to match, a rare combination.  He stands up for the little guy, being short himself.  He is the steadfast protector of the porch, car, house and anywhere else he resides from intruders furry or not.  Don't let the tough exterior fool you though; he's a pushover for a pretty girl...especially blonds.  

Little known fact - He's pretty vain, constantly grooming to make sure he looks super handsome in his uniform.  Always ready for a photo op or to flirt with the ladies in the neighborhood.

Monday, October 20, 2014

HTTC - Molasses Sugar Cookies


Fall is by far my favorite season.  The changing of the leaves is the most gorgeous reason we have to look forward to cooler temperatures after the glory of the summer heat.  But beyond the yellows, reds, oranges, and golds, we get even more reasons to love fall: pumpkins and squash, adorable little kid costumes during Trick-or-Treating, fall baked goods, hoodies, and possibly the best reason after those amazing leaves is the local fall festival.  I live out in the country and we are inundated with them during the month of October.  Hay rides, antique sales, and craft fairs are the staples of any fest, flesh it out with a carnival or possibly a tractor show and you have your Saturday planned out in rural NW Illinois. 
You can start a great fall fest morning with a rampant increase in Garage/Yard sales to catch the crowds, the wonderful aroma of fresh apple cider doughnuts sold by the local Boy Scouts or Kiwanis group, and finally a tour of the craft show at the high school equipped with the ever present bake sale to help raise money for worthy group.  This small town bake sale is where I got my inspiration to back up some yummy fall flavored cookies.  While my husband and father were off perusing the finest farm tractors the 1930’s and 40’s had to offer I took in the crafts and baked goods.  The craft fair had the normal offerings: Pampered Chef, booths full of knitted and crocheted items, smooshed wine bottles turned cheese trays, tied fleece blankets, and for some reason a guy who did custom paintings of sports figures, he did great work, but had a few to many Green Bay Packer Players displayed for a craft fair in Illinois.  Go Bears!
 There was a very nice quilt show tacked onto the craft fair.  The organizers wanted each person to vote for their favorite and even gave you a latex glove if you wanted to touch the quilts, to turn them over and admire the back or delve deeper into the stich patterns.  I voted for one that was an appealing mix of off white, a soft pink, and a sage green, the creator had named it “spumoni”.  Anita had recently taught me how to paper piece a quilt block so this show turned out to be much more interesting than I had originally thought it would be.  Seeing how I could manipulate the patterns in blocks to create a wondrous work of art proved quite the joyous adventure!   
 I had wandered a school full of pillow covers and handmade bird houses, I had admired hours of planning and stitching of fabric, I even managed to check out a few tractors in the ever present battle of red vs green, after all that I thought deserved a treat in the form of a bake sale goodie.  This one was to benefit the marching band, and from the looks of things the every parent had brought the A game.  Cakes and pies, brownies and cupcakes, popcorn balls and candies, snack mixes, and cookies of every kind all offered up by teenagers in ridiculously loud homemade band t-shirts.  I did not know they still made puffy paint.  We got some oatmeal raisin cookies and some small molasses buttons.  I adore molasses cookies but I never think to make them, well after I ate one of those buttons I was sold.  I was inspired to make a big chewy molasses cookie with lots of spice and fall flavor.  This whole recipe mixes up in a sauce pan but makes three dozen cookies, saving you from having to get out the mixer.  I added a candy corn to add a bit more fall feeling to the cookies, and because I love how cute candy corn is!
Molasses Sugar Cookies
3/4 cup soft butter
1/3 cup of you favorite type of molasses
1 cup sugar
1 egg, or egg substitute equivalent
1/4-1/2 tsp ground cloves (1/2 tsp will be quite strong)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 Tbsp + 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
Candy corn, optional

Melt the butter over low heat and let cool.  Add the molasses, sugar, and the egg and beat well. Mix in the cloves, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda.  Mix in the flour.  Chill in the pot for 60-90 minutes, it won't be overly firm.  Preheat oven to 360.  Roll into 1 inch balls and toss in sugar, you do not need to flatten.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Press a candy corn into the center of each cookie when they come out of the oven before you cool them on a rack.  Store the dough in the refrigerator between batches. Makes 36+ cookies.

I will never forget to make molasses cookies again with how easy and tasty this recipe is. So chewy and full of depth, each bite makes me happy! I hope your fall baking makes you feel happy and full of life, the way fall should  

Kelly