{friday favorites…halloween dinner}

Halloween night is one of the most fun of the year! Dressing up, going door-to-door, enjoying the nighttime air, seeing friends and family--it's enjoyed by children and adults alike at our house.In anticipation of all.that.candy, I like to serve a yummy, filling dinner that's also festive, fun, and kid-friendly. It's usually a chilly night here, so something warm always sounds good, but these recipes are yummy no matter where you live.Here are a few of my favorite ideas: (click on title for recipe)Scary Shepherd's Pie(www.kraft.com)Spooky Eyeball Tacos(www.kraft.com)Mummy Face Pizzas(www.kraft.com)Bats & Cobwebs Pasta(www.marthastewart.com)Ghost of Monte Cristo … [Read more...]

{monster mash}

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Need a Halloween "something" to give to a teacher, neighbor, or friend? How about some Monster Mash? I made these for a few girls that I visit each month, and I love how yummy, fast, and easy it came together. Monster Mash Equal parts candy corn, honey roasted peanuts, and Reeses' Pieces. I used the boo printable from TomKat Studio, inserted it into a Word document, then re-sized it, printed it, and cut it out. I used my 2 inch circle punch to cut out black scrapbook paper, and mounted the monster tag using double stick tape. Punch a hole in the tag, thread your ribbon through, tie it on, and you're ready! I also think this would be a yummy addition to any party-- … [Read more...]

{free canvas!]

***Don't forget to enter the Leslie Graff giveaway, HERE!!***We just had our family pictures taken last week, so when I saw an offer for a FREE 8x10 canvas (a $55 value) from Canvas People, I knew I had to take advantage of it.I just got my pictures back, so I should be ordering mine this week. I love what Shelley, over at HowDoesShe? did with hers...Want something a little bigger? It's only $9.99 to upgrade to an 11x14--what a fabulous deal!! They are also offering 50% for additional canvases, so if you want to create a grouping like the one above, this is your chance! I actually have the perfect wall in my house, and now I'm just trying to decide whether to do them in color, or b&w. … [Read more...]

{friday favorites…free books!}

Over the past few years, over 140 children's books have been delivered to our home--and they were all free! Each month, my four youngest kids receive their very own book in the mail, specifically for their age group. It's something they look forward to, and it's an exciting day when we check the mail and find books inside. From birth to age 5, this monthly book will continue coming to our home.It's all possible thanks to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and our local community, and it might be available in your community as well. It's definitely worth checking out! Click HERE to go to the Imagination Library site, where in the top left hand corner ("find your affiliate"), you can put … [Read more...]

{“nest” pillow}

A couple months ago, I was shopping at the Pottery Barn Outlet with a friend, and came across the PERFECT pillow for my guest room. I would have bought it in a heartbeat, except it came with a $40 price tag, and I just couldn't bring myself to pay that much for one pillow.So, when I came across this version at Sew Unique Boutique of that very same pillow, I was thrilled! I can't wait to make my own! And can I just say that I love that she used a Sharpie marker? … [Read more...]

{“go team!” bunting}

Well, I've now combined sports with crafting. My husband is so excited. :)We love football at our house. (Okay, so we love basketball, too.) Nothing beats a great game day, with food, football, and friends. We've all seen so many cute bunting variations, but I thought it would really fun to have one for our favorite teams. Just one more great way to celebrate a big game!You're not limited to colleges, though. What about your kids' high school or middle school? If you have a child that participates in a sport or other activity, this would be a really fun way to support them on their big day. What about a national team? My next one will be black and gold...Go, Steelers!This method is … [Read more...]

{friday favorites}

The fall is the perfect time for some of my favorite foods, and I thought I would pass them along to you! Soups, breads, cakes, yummy drinks--it's cozy food for the season......One of my favorite things throughout the fall and winter is wassail, or hot apple cider. I love to have it simmering on the stove or crockpot all day, so not only can I enjoy the taste, but the fabulous smell as it wafts through my house. When I was trying to find the perfect recipe for me, I really wanted one with pineapple juice in it, so when I found this one on allrecipes, I couldn't wait to try it. It surpassed my expectations, and now it's a staple!Autumn Punch12 c. apple juice4 1/2 c. pineapple juice6 T. … [Read more...]

{2×4 candy corn}

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Okay, I'm seriously out of control with the 2x4's!!! There are just so many fun things you can do with wood, and it's so inexpensive that it's even more irresistible. We have a ton of scrap wood down in our basement, and after seeing some candy corn (and eating a few, too) I was inspired to make one for my front porch. I almost used paint (which you most certainly could do), but when I saw the yellow polka dot paper, I knew I wanted to use it. I love the plain papers on the top and the bottom, with the pattern in the middle. And yes, I do realize that I mixed up the yellow and orange! :) By the time I realized it, everything was already mod podged on, and I didn't want to change it. Good … [Read more...]

{monogrammed pumpkins}

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I really wanted to be able to do something cute with the pumpkins my kids picked, and be able to carve them. The solution? A super fun monogram on one side, and and another side all ready for carving! Then even their carved pumpkin will be personalized, just for them. This is an easy, fast project, and looks darling on the front porch! Monogrammed Pumpkins ITEMS YOU NEED: pumpkins scrapbook paper mod podge and foam brush twine, or ribbon DIRECTIONS: 1. Clean your pumpkins well, then dry completely. 2. Print and cut your desired letters. Trace them backwards onto your choice of scrapbook paper, then cut them out. 3. Apply some mod podge directly onto the pumpkin, where … [Read more...]

{100 days of Holidays}

If you haven't had a chance to check out the 100 Days of Holidays at Parents.com, you need to head on over there now!Each day they are featuring a slide show of different holiday crafts, food, decorating, parties, costumes, and more! You can even sign up to receive their newsletter via e-mail, so it's delivered right to your inbox.I am thrilled to be one of their Crafty Contributors this year, and you can find my Trick-or-Treat Buckets featured HERE.......When I was browsing through the featured Halloween invitations, I fell in love with this darling bat invitation. It is simple, but maybe one of the cutest I've ever seen. I am crazy about ribbon, so maybe that has something to do with … [Read more...]