RECIPE: 7 Recipes for a Halloween Feast

Every year for Halloween, my boyfriend James and I like to make a special dinner to celebrate. We’ve had small dinner parties with friends and even an intimately spooky dinner with just the two of us. We choose flavors of the fall season and get creative with presentation. Here are 6 recipes from around the web that we just love.

1. Black Magic Cocktail

We like to begin any dinner party with a delicious cocktail to relax and set the mood for the evening. This Black Magic cocktail looks wickedly delicious! Recipe from HGTV.

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2. Mummy Veggie Dip

While you enjoy your cocktails, snack on a Mummy veggie dip tray. I love having different green veggies surrounding the cheesy mummy dip. Recipe from Hostess with the Mostess.

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3. Pretzel Broomstick Party Snacks

Impress your dinner guests with these Pretzel Broomsticks made from pretzel sticks and shredded phyllo dough. Serve them with your favorite dips. Recipe from Heather Baird.

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4. Pumpkin Chestnut Soup

Sit down and begin your Halloween feast with a bowl of delicious Pumpkin-Chestnut Soup. Recipe from Martha Stewart.

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5. Wild Rice Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

Next serve everyone their own mini pumpkins stuffed with wild rice. Recipe from Whole Foods Market.

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6. Scary Candy Apples

These Scary Apples are the perfect dessert, and the presentation is freakishly fantastic! Recipe from Matt Bites.

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7. Mulled Cider

Sip on hot mulled cider and get cozy with a Halloween movie. Recipe by Evermine.

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What plans to do you in store for All Hallow’s Eve?

RECIPE: Savory Pumpkin Hummus

RECIPE: Savory Pumpkin Hummus #snack #healthy

Last weekend I hosted a crafternoon and made this delicious Savory Pumpkin Hummus for everyone to snack on while we worked. The pumpkin flavor in this hummus came out very mild, but was still delicious and full of flavor. We drank mulled cider and snacked on hummus and veggies while we worked on various craft projects together. It was the perfect way to spend a fall afternoon!

Savory Pumpkin Hummus
 
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chick peas, drained
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 cloves roasted garlic
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (extra virgin olive oil is fine, but the results will vary)
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth. My hummus came out quite thick, so I drizzled in some olive oil until I achieved my desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Serve with your favorite veggies and crackers.

 
RECIPE: Savory Pumpkin Hummus #snack #healthy

DIY: 10 Halloween Spider Projects

I love making my own Halloween decorations every year. This year, I want to create some sort of amazing spiderweb decoration. Here are 10 of my favorite spiderweb Halloween DIY Projects from across the web!

DIY: 10 Halloween Spider Projects

1. Straw Spiderweb Door Wreath by Shft Ctrl Art
2. Spider Web Cupcakes by Pizzazzerie
3. Trash Bag Spiderweb Decorations by How About Orange
4. Glitter Spiderweb by Redbook Magazine
5. Halloween Terrarium by DIY Network
6. Doily Spiderweb Corbels by My So Called Crafty Life
7. Spiderweb Cape by Delia Creates
8. God’s Eye Spiderwebs by Small For Big
9. DIY Painted Candles by Madigan Made
10. Circle Weave Halloween Spiders by eighteen25

DIY: Number Etched Drinking Jars

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I used to have a set of numbered glasses that I loved. Each was marked (1-6) with a decal. When people would visit, I would give each their own number, so they wouldn’t mix up glasses. It was lovely.

Unfortunately it’s a partial set now, because they were delicate, and I am clumsy.

It’s been my goal to replace them for some time. So that was my first project when I got the Dremel etching underway.

Supplies Needed

Dremel Micro rotary tool, or similar.
• A Dremel Diamond Wheel Point Bit.
** UPDATED 12/14 – I’ve since started using two different diamond bits with more success. 7105 Diamond Ball Point and 7103 5/64-Inch Diamond Wheel Point
• Printed Number Templates (described below)
• Scissors
• Tape
• Unlabeled Glass Jars – mason or other. I have used salsa jars for my glasses.
• Optional – Sharpie to trace template onto glass.

Safety First

Refer to your tool manual. I have listed my safety gear below, but it might not be adequate for your setup. Take all the precautions you can, and be ready to pay attention to what you’re doing.
• A respirator or dust mask.
• Safety goggles or Safety Glasses.

Tool Tips

• Practice a little bit with the tool to get an understanding of how it works on glass.
• Higher speeds seem to work best on glass.
• Build a jig to hold your glass in place while you work on it. I used a piece of plywood with scrap “rails” attached to it. My jig is painted black so I can easily see my project.
• Rubberized gloves may make it easier for you to hold onto your jar.
• Remember not to etch too deeply into the glass. Don’t hold the bit in one place for too long. Your goal is to make a pattern that is just barely felt when you run your finger across it.

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Measure your glass and decide how large you would like your number to be. (I decided that a 2.5 inch number would be perfect. That’s roughly 180 pt.) Choose your size, and type numbers in your favorite font. Make sure to leave some extra space to cut the templates apart.

Cut the numbers into strips that will fit easily within your glass. You want the paper to be pressed as closely to the glass as possible.

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Use a little tape to hold the paper template in place.

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Now it’s time to etch! First take a good look at your number and make sure it’s straight and located where you want. You will notice that the thickness of the glass will affect the way you see your template from different angles, and it may be difficult to trace the number perfectly. If you like, you can trace the number on the glass with a Sharpie to make sure you have the shape just right. (The Sharpie mark will come off easily after you are done etching.)

Your first etching step (shown above) is to make a light outline of your number, using the pointed end of the bit and a very soft touch.  Try to keep as straight-on to your template as possible– and cut yourself some slack. These are going to be awesome even if you have a stray line or two.

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Once you have outlined the whole number lightly, remove the template and retrace the number to thicken up your outline. Hold the bit close to parallel with the surface of the glass to get a thicker, more consistent, line.

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If you are happy with the shape of your outline, move on to outline the other numbers you would like to do in the same way.

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Voila! You have numbered glasses! But don’t stop there…

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Using the pointed end of the bit, add small designs and lines to the inside of your number. These little additions will look fun, camouflage any mistakes you made with the outline, and make the numbers pop-out on the glass. (This was my favorite part of the whole project. Any opportunity to doodle.)

IMG_2986I’m excited to show off my new glasses, and love that I turned something that should have been recycled into something I can use for years.

Other symbols to try

• Initial Letters for the people who visit often, or to give as gifts.
• Card Suits for game night (Which drink is trump?)
• Astrological Symbols
• Different Speech Bubbles
• Animal Silhouettes
• Punctuation marks (which I love)

What would you make?

RECIPE: Pineapple Sage Mojitos + Tiki Snack Mix

RECIPE: Pineapple Sage Mojitos + Tiki Snack Mix #summer #drink #cocktail #party

August is my favorite summer month. The first reason is that it’s my birthday month (duh) and it’s the final official month of summer here in Portland. We’ve got just one more month of hot weather (hopefully we’ll have more than that, but there’s no gaurantee in the Pacific Northwest), so we’ve got to make the most of it and have some summer fun! I consider August to be the time to check off anything that’s still on my summer bucket list.

One thing that’s been on my list is to make a cocktail using the pineapple sage I’ve been growing in my garden. The leaves smell just like pineapple and the plant produces hot pink flowers when it blooms. We served up our drinks in our favorite tiki glasses and sipped them in the backyard. Yummmm…

RECIPE: Pineapple Sage Mojitos
 
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I also made a pineapple sage simple syrup for this cocktail. If you've never made infused simple syrup before, check out this post by The Hip Girl's Guide To Homemaking.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Ingredients
  • Pineapple sage leaves
  • Lime, cut into wedges
  • 2 tbsp pineapple sage simple syrup
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • 1.5 oz white rum
  • Canned pineapple chunks, for garnish
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Add about 8 sage leaves and a lime wedge to a glass. Use a muddler (or wooden spoon) to crush up the sage and lime to release the sage oils and lime juice.
  2. Add 2 more lime wedges and the simple syrup and muddle again to release the lime juice.
  3. Don't strain the mixture, fill glass with ice and then top with rum and pineapple juice.
  4. Garnish with pineapple chunk, lime and sage leaves.

RECIPE: Pineapple Sage Mojitos + Tiki Snack Mix #summer #drink #party #tiki

I’m a huge fan of anything tiki and love throwing a tiki party for friends when I can. This recipe for Tiki Snack Mix is always a huge hit! The combination of roasted nuts, bacon, and pineapple is irresistible.

Tiki Snack Mix
 
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Yields 4½ cups.
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 8 thick slices of meaty bacon
  • 3 cups salted roasted peanuts and cashews
  • 4 candied pineapple rings, cut into ⅓-inch triangles
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on a rack set over a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, until the bacon is crisp. Drain on paper towels and cut into ½-inch strips.
  2. In a bowl, toss the bacon with the peanuts, pineapple, sesame seeds, soy sauce, honey and cayenne. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, stirring once, until the bacon is browned. Season the mix with salt and stir occasionally until cool, then serve.

RECIPE: Tiki Snack Mix + Pineapple Sage Mojitos #party #snack #tiki #summer

What’s left on your summer bucket list? I’d love to hear your plans and adventures in the comments 🙂

DIY: Lucky Buddha Tiki Torches

DIY: Lucky Buddha Tiki Torches #decor #outdoor #summer
This project has been on my list for a while now and I’m so excited to finally make these tiki torches from Lucky Buddha beer bottles. They just look awesome! And they’re the perfect backyard lighting and decoration for summertime.

DIY: Lucky Buddha Tiki Torches #decor #outdoor #summer

Supplies Needed:

• Lucky Buddha beer (6-pack)
• Tiki torch fuel
• Tiki torch replacement wicks
• 1/2″ x 3/8″ copper coupling
• Sealing tape

Step One: Drink beer!

Enjoy a refreshing Lucky Buddha beer with friends! Make sure to save the bottles. Wash and let dry.

Step Two: Prepare the copper coupling

I found both the copper couplings and sealing tape at Home Depot. The first step is to wrap sealing tape around the smaller end of the copper coupling. You want to wrap enough tape around the copper that it will seal around the bottle opening. Insert the tape-wrapped copper coupling snuggly into the bottle opening.

DIY: Lucky Buddha Tiki Torches #decor #outdoor #summer

Step Three: Fill with tiki fuel

Using a plastic funnel, fill each bottle with tiki fuel. Then insert the wick. Let wick soak up the fuel for a few minutes before lighting.

DIY: Lucky Buddha Tiki Torches #decor #outdoor #summer

DIY: Seed Sling-Shot + Free Template

DIY: Seed Sling-Shot + Free Template
Now, a typical person might throw away the scrappy evidence of a long week of paper making… but no one said I’m typical. My most recent batch of paper contains wildflower seeds, so I decided the scraps would make lovely confetti (and grow, too!)

Using this video tutorial, I made an origami pop-up box perfect for storing a small stash of confetti or flower seeds.

DIY: Seed Sling-Shot + Free Template
I used paper that already had colored pattern on one side, and as an added “bonus”, I printed a corny poem and a thank you message in the box.  So all the people who get one will know to “pull the flaps, fling, and make it bloomy.” I closed each box with a piece of ribbon.

I’m sure you can come up with something less silly- so I’m giving you a pdf template* you can add your own wording to. Click the image below, and go to town!

The template is 8.5×11 inches, and you can resize if you need to. Make sure to use light-weight paper, and fold the printing into the box while you’re working.

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*After you save the file to your desktop, you should be able to open and edit the file in Adobe Reader. If you don’t have Reader, it’s available for free here.

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! from @Adventuresinmkg

Wishing you all a happy 4th of July! Hope you are spending your day relaxing with friends and family, grilling on the BBQ, eating watermelon and watching fireworks. Don’t forget to make yourself a delicious root beer float- a classic American treat. Happy Friday!

Love,
Rachel & Alison

DIY: Summer Citronella Candles

DIY: Summer Citronella Candles #outdoor #candle #centerpiece #party

This simple craft is perfect for summertime and can make for pretty outdoor centerpieces for a backyard get-together. I first discovered this idea on Nest of Posies blog and knew I had to try it. The ingredients are simple and easy to find at my local grocery stores, plus I used fresh herbs from my garden!

DIY: Summer Citronella Candles #outdoor #candle #centerpiece #party

Summer Citronella Candles

• Mason jars
• Floating candles
• Lemons and limes
• Citronella essential oil (I found mine at Whole Foods)
• Fresh herbs
• Twine or ribbon

To assemble my candles, I first sliced up the lemons and limes. The fruit will float in the jar, so I recommend adding them in last. Place your fresh herbs in each jar (I used rosemary, lemon thyme, lavender and chamomile from my garden). Fill the jar about half way with water and add about 10 drops of citronella oil to the herb and water mixture. Next, add in the sliced citrus and fill the jar the rest of the way up with water. Finally I added the floating candle and tied a piece of twine around each jar.

Place one or two candles at each table of your next outdoor party!

DIY: Summer Citronella Candles #outdoor #candle #centerpiece #party