Monday, October 16, 2017

How to Use Icicle Lights to Illuminate Paper Luminaries


Courtesy of Emily Fazio
Photo By: Emily Fazio

Happy Halloween Friends,

Paper luminaries can serve as beautiful, simple decor for various holidays and events, and icicle lights can be used to illuminate a long running strand. Cut a hole in the bottom of the bag and insert an “icicle” into the bottom of each bag. You may not need or want to cut a design into the front of the bag, but we do like these Halloween-themed luminaries, which light a sidewalk nicely for trick-or-treaters.

Light the way for your Halloween trick-or-treaters...

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Chill Out


Courtesy of Chrissy Giglio
Photo By: Hortus Ltd.

Happy Halloween Friends,

While the fall is often associated with warm beverages, there’s no reason to rule out cold options. Forget your boring old ice bucket though, and keep your bottle right inside of a hollowed out pumpkin instead. After scooping out the seeds, simply fill it with ice and a bottle of your favorite bubbly. This autumnal hack is sure to make any fall party a hit.

Cheers!

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Spiky Candy Corn Cupcakes


Courtesy of HGTV
Recipe Courtesy of Sandra Lee

Happy Halloween Friends,

Looking for a simple, instant Halloween classic? Use yellow food coloring to match vanilla frosting to the color of candy-corn bottoms, then arrange candy-corn pieces sticking up in a circular pattern until all of the spaces are filled for a super-sweet cupcake treat.

Total: 30 min
Active: 30 min
Yield: 6 cupcakes
Level: Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 can white frosting
  • Yellow food coloring
  • 1/2 dozen store-bought un-iced vanilla cupcakes
  • 1 large bag yellow, orange, and white candy corn
Directions
In a bowl stir together the white frosting with enough yellow food coloring to match the color of the bottom of the candy corn. Ice the cupcakes with the yellow frosting.

Starting from the center and working your way outwards in a circular pattern, put the candy corn on the icing of each cupcake.

Arrange the cupcakes on a platter and serve.

Beware, it's Friday the 13th...

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Elegant Jack-O'-Lanterns


Courtesy of HGTV
Photo By: Mark Fonville/Hortus Ltd.

Hi Friends,

A Halloween party wouldn’t be right without at least one Jack-O'-lantern. These silver bowls give Ole Jack an air of sophistication.

Happy Halloween!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pecan Caramel Spiders


Recipe Courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Hi Friends,

Chocolate-caramel nut clusters turn into these creepy-cute spiders with the help of licorice legs. Get the recipe.

Total: 1 hr 30 min
Active: 30 min
Yield: 30 Spiders
Level: Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups toasted pecans
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, in pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 ounces thin black licorice strands, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • Chocolate curls or jimmies, optional
Directions
Line 2 baking sheets with waxed paper and lightly spray with nonstick spray. Mound 30 small clusters of pecans, about 3 or 4 pecans each, spaced a couple inches apart on the pan.

Make caramel: Warm the cream over low heat and keep warm while you cook the sugar.

Put the sugar and corn syrup and in a deep, heavy-bottomed large saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Stop stirring, raise heat to medium-high, and simmer until the sugar reaches the hard crack stage, or 305 degrees F on a candy thermometer, about 7 minutes.

Whisk the butter and salt into the sugar mixture. Gradually pour in the cream and vanilla taking care since the mixture will bubble up. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar reaches soft ball stage, 240 degrees F on the thermometer, about 5 minutes more. Immediately remove from the heat and cool for a minute.

Ladle a couple tablespoons of warm caramel over some of the nut clusters, to make the spider bodies. Then press 6 pieces of licorice into the warm caramel to make the legs. Repeat with the remaining caramel and licorice. (It's helpful to have an extra hand here, since the caramel can set quickly. If caramel hardens, warm over very low heat. ) Let spiders cool 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, put the chocolates in a medium heatproof bowl. Bring a saucepan filled with 1-inch or so of water to a very slow simmer; set the bowl over, but not touching, the water. Stir the chocolate occasionally until melted and smooth. (Alternatively, put the chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Melt at 50 percent power in the microwave until soft, about 1 minute. Stir, and continue heat until completely melted, 2 to 3 minutes more.)

Spoon about 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate on top of each spider. Sprinkle with jimmies or chocolate curls, if desired. Let cool until firm.

Bon App├ętit...

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

How to Make a Pumpkin Candy Dish


Courtesy of HGTV

Happy Halloween Friends,

For a truly seasonal candy dish, hollow out a pumpkin and slice it with two-thirds at the bottom and one-third for a lid. Line the bottom with seasonal fabric and fill it with candy for trick or treaters.

Materials Needed:
  • medium or large artificial pumpkin
  • 1/2 yard of burlap or any fall-themed fabric
  • X-Acto or pumpkin-carving knife
  • 2 thumbtacks
  • 1 yard of yarn or thin rope
  • pencil
  • Halloween candy

Pin Rope


Use a thumbtack to secure one end of a piece of yarn or rope to your pumpkin. It should be secured as close to the pumpkin's center as possible.

Create Center Line


Wrap the yarn or rope all the way around the pumpkin, making sure it stays as level as possible, and secure the other end of it with a thumbtack (Image 1). The two thumbtacks should sit right next to each other. Using the yarn or rope as a guide, draw a light pencil line all the way around the pumpkin. Wrap the yarn or rope all the way around the pumpkin, making sure it stays as level as possible, and secure the other end of it with a thumbtack. The two thumbtacks should sit right next to each other. Using the yarn or rope as a guide, draw a light pencil line all the way around the pumpkin.

Cut Pumpkin


Remove the thumbtacks and yarn, then carefully cut the pumpkin in half with an X-Acto or pumpkin-carving knife. Tip: To make sure your pumpkin top lines up correctly with its base after it's cut, look for the large vertical seam found on one side of all artificial pumpkins. Line the base of the pumpkin with fabric or burlap, then fill with Halloween candy.

Perfect treat dish to goodies for your trick-or-treaters...

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy Columbus Day!



Hi Friends,

Columbus Day is a celebration of discovery and adventure. Hopefully, we have given you great ideas to discover the interior designer in you and the spirit of adventure to create your perfect space.

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