Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pick Your Poison


Courtesy of Brian Patrick Flynn

Hi Friends,

Make your home stylishly spooky with these midcentury-modern Halloween decorating ideas inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's timeless films.

Don't toss that empty bottle. Instead make it part of your spooky Halloween decor. Collect empty glass bottles throughout the year, especially those with interesting shapes. In a well-ventilated area, coat each with two to three coats of flat black spray paint. Check your local craft store's scrapbooking area for blank labels or make your own with card stock and a permanent marker.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pumpkin Cut-Out Pie


Compliments of Television Food Network, G.P.
Recipe Courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Hi Friends,

Classic pumpkin pie tastes great as is, but you can jazz up its appearance with a simple pumpkin cut-out made with extra dough. It bakes with the pie so there are no extra baking steps; and your guests will love the whimsical attention to detail.

Get the recipe here...

Total: 4 hr 20 min
Active: 35 min
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
Dough:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting (see Cook's Note)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 3 large eggs
Filling:
  • One 15-ounce can pure pumpkin puree (about 2 cups)
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups half-and-half
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Directions
For the dough: Whisk together the flour, granulated sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Using your fingers, work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles yellow cornmeal mixed with bean-sized bits of butter. (If the flour/butter mixture gets warm, refrigerate it for 10 minutes before proceeding.) Lightly beat 2 eggs in a small bowl. Stir them into the dough with a fork or by hand. If the dough is dry, sprinkle up to a tablespoon cold water over the mixture.

Alternatively, make the dough in a food processor. In a machine fitted with the metal blade, pulse the flour, sugar and salt until combined. Add the butter and pulse until it resembles yellow cornmeal mixed with bean-sized bits of butter, about 10 times. Lightly beat 2 eggs in a small bowl, add them to the machine and pulse 1 to 2 times; don't let the dough form into a ball in the machine. (If the dough is very dry, add up to a tablespoon cold water.) Remove the bowl from the machine, remove the blade, and bring the dough together by hand.

Form the dough into a ball, then cut in half. Form each half into a disk, wrap with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 1 hour.

On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 disk into a 12-inch circle about 1/8-inch thick. Transfer the dough to a 9-inch pie dish and trim the edges, leaving about 1 extra inch hanging over the edge. Tuck the overhanging dough underneath itself to form a thick edge that is even with the rim. Flute the edge as desired. Freeze the pie shell for 30 minutes.

Line a baking sheet with parchment. On a lightly floured surface, roll the remaining disk into a 12-inch circle about 1/8-inch thick. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes.

Position 2 oven racks in the center and lower third of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. Put a piece of parchment or foil over the pie shell and fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake on a baking sheet on the center rack until the dough is set, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and lift the sides of the parchment paper to remove the beans. Continue baking until the pie shell is lightly golden brown, about 10 more minutes. Cool on a rack. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.

Meanwhile, make the pumpkin cut-out. Lightly beat the remaining egg in a small bowl. Remove the rolled dough from the freezer and, working on the baking sheet, cut out a solid 9-inch circle. Using a pattern or working free-handed, cut out two circles for the eyes, a triangle for the nose, and a toothy grin to resemble a jack-o'-lantern's face. Mimicking the ribbed indentations of a pumpkin, cut out indentation markings along the top, bottom, and sides of the face (these will act as vents for the filling as well). Using a scrap of dough, cut out a "stem" and attach it to the top of the face using the beaten egg wash as glue. Return the face to the freezer for 20 minutes.

For the filling: Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, eggs, brown sugar, half-and-half, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, salt and nutmeg until smooth. Return the pie shell to the baking sheet and pour in the filling.

Brush the frozen pumpkin face with the beaten egg, then lift it off the baking sheet. Place the face gently over the filling.

Bake on the lower oven rack until the top crust is golden brown and the filling is set but the center is still slightly loose, 50 to 60 minutes. (If the edges get very dark, cover them with aluminum foil.) Cool on a rack. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

Cook's Note: When measuring flour, we spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off the excess. (Scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods.)

Bon Appétit...

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Caramel, Chocolate and Candy Apples


Recipe Courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis
Photo By: Brian Kennedy, Television Food Network, G.P.

Hi Friends,

Giada covers small apples with melted soft caramel candies and chocolate plus some colorful toppings.

Get the recipe here...

Total: 5 hr 20 min
Active: 10 min
Yield: 6 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 6 small apples, washed and dried, stems removed *see Cook's Note
  • 2 (9.5-ounce) bags soft caramel candies, unwrapped (recommended: Kraft Classic Caramels)
  • 1/4 cup pulp-free orange juice
  • 1 (4-ounce) bar 53 percent cocoa dark chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces (recommended: Nestle Chocolatier)
  • Assorted small candies, chopped nuts and sprinkles
Directions
Special equipment: 6 craft or thick wooden sticks.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it with vegetable oil cooking spray. Insert the craft sticks halfway into the stem-ends of the apples.

In a medium, heavy saucepan, over low heat, combine the caramel candies and orange juice. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the candies have melted and the mixture is smooth, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool for 2 minutes. Dip the apples in the caramel until coated and put them on the parchment paper until firm, about 2 hours.

Put the chocolate in a medium bowl and set it over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is smooth and melted. Using a fork, drizzle the melted chocolate over the caramel. Put the apples back on the parchment paper for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with small candies, chopped nuts or sprinkles and allow the chocolate to harden, at room temperature, for about 3 to 4 hours.

Cook's Note: Some apples have a wax coating that will prevent the caramel from sticking. To remove the wax coating, dip the apples for 4 seconds in 6 cups of boiling water mixed with 1/4 teaspoon white vinegar. Dry thoroughly before using.

Bon Appétit...

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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 Appétit...

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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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Friday, October 6, 2017

Pumpkin Cupcakes


Recipe Courtesy of Sandra Lee

Happy Halloween Friends,

Add pumpkin puree to store-bought yellow cake mix for this shortcut party-ready treat.

Get the recipe here...

Total: 1 hr 42 min
Active: 30 min
Yield: 12 cakes
Level: Easy

Ingredients
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • All-purpose flour
  • 1 (18 1/4-ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree, plus more if needed
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
Icing:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Red and yellow food coloring, if desired
Directions
Special equipment: 12-count mini pumpkin cake mold pans.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray the cake pan with nonstick cooking spray, coat with flour, and knock out the excess.

Combine the cake mix with the pumpkin puree and oil. Beat with a hand mixer on medium until well incorporated, about 2 minutes. Some pumpkin purees have more moisture than others, if the cake batter seems dry then add more pumpkin puree, 1/4 cup at a time.

Using an ice cream scoop, fill the molds 2/3 of the way to the top with batter. Bake until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 12 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

In a large bowl, combine the icing ingredients and mix together until well blended; the icing should be thick but have a pourable consistency. If it's too thick add a little water to thin. If you want the color to be more orange add a few drops of red and yellow food coloring. Dip the top 1/2 of each cupcake into the icing and place onto a sheet pan fitted with a wire rack allowing the icing to drip down the sides. Let icing set for 1 hour before serving.

Bon Appétit...

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Ghostly Pumpkin Puddings


Recipe Courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Happy Halloween Friends,

Top creamy pumpkin puddings with a swirl of light, fluffy meringue for a ghostly effect. Just decorate with candy eyes to complete these cute mini Caspers.

Get the recipe here...

Total: 12 hr 30 min
Active: 5 min
Yield: Serves 12
Level: Intermediate
Nutrition Info: Healthy

Ingredients
Pudding:
  • 1 package gelatin
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks (reserve 2 whites for topping)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pure pumpkin puree
Topping:
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 pinch fine salt
  • Small candy, for eyes
Directions
For pudding: Put 1 tablespoon of cold water in a large bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over the surface, do not stir, and set aside until gelatins softens and blooms.

Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a saucepan that can hold a stand mixer's bowl above the water. Whisk milk, sugar, yolks, cinnamon and salt in a heat-proof bowl. Set the bowl above the boiling water and cook, stirring constantly with a heat-proof spatula, until mixture begins to thicken and coats the back of a spoon and almost boils, 10 to 12 minutes. Immediately remove from the heat and pour over the gelatin, whisking constantly until gelatin is completely dissolved and evenly distributed. Whisk in pumpkin until combined and completely smooth.

Evenly divide mixture into 12 small 3-ounce cups (paper works fine) and refrigerate until set, about 4 to 8 hours.

For topping: Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a saucepan that can hold a stand mixer's bowl above the water. Whisk the 2 egg whites, sugar, cream of tarter, and salt in the bowl by hand. Set the bowl above the boiling water and continue whisking until the mixture is hot to the touch and the sugar dissolves, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer bowl to mixer and beat with the whisk attachment at medium-high speed until eggs hold a stiff peak, about 5 minutes.

Spoon topping onto puddings in the shape of a ghost. Decorate with candy eyes and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Bon Appétit...

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Witch's Brew


Courtesy of H. Camille Smith and Sara Levine, FoodNetwork.com
Recipe Courtesy of Sandra Lee
Photo By: Brian Kennedy

Happy Halloween Friends,

Throw a spooktacular monster mash with crafty Halloween decorating and party ideas paired with Food Network's top Halloween recipes.

This adults-only punch will be the centerpiece of any Halloween bar. A little dry ice is responsible for the steamy special effects – you can find it at many supermarkets, or ask your local ice cream shop. Get the recipe.

Total: 20 min
Active: 20 min
Yield: 12 to 16 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 (6-ounce) package lime gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 3 cups chilled pineapple juice
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle chilled lemon-lime soft drink or ginger ale
  • 2 cups chilled vodka, optional
Directions
Special equipment: 1 large black plastic cauldron (available at party or craft stores) 1 punch bowl that fits inside the cauldron 1 plastic hand (available at party supply stores), sterilized in hot water 1 block dry ice (available at supermarkets, ice cream shops or ice companies).

Pour the gelatin mix into a large bowl. Slowly stir in the boiling water. Stir at least 2 minutes, until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir in the pineapple juice. Let cool to room temperature.

Wearing heavy duty gloves or using tongs, place the block of dry ice in the bottom of the cauldron (Dry ice will burn skin, so handle it with gloves and tongs and keep it away from kids and pets!).

Use an ice pick to break the block into smaller chunks, if necessary.

Fill the cauldron with just enough water to cover the dry ice. It will begin to "steam."

Place the punch bowl inside the cauldron, on top of the dry ice. The cauldron will appear to be magically smoking.

Entrap the sterilized rubber hand between the cauldron and the punch bowl, squeezing it tight so the hand appears to be reaching out of the mist for help. Hot-glue the hand to the cauldron, if necessary, to hold it in place.

Carefully pour the drink mixture into the punch bowl. Slowly add the chilled vodka and lemon-lime soda or ginger ale. Stir gently to mix.

Cheers!

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

FREE Printable Pumpkin-Carving Templates


Compliments of Sam Henderson

Hi Friends,

From printable party invites to cute cupcake, gift bag and party favor embellishments plus pumpkin-carving templates and props for a photo booth, we'll help you get your spook on this Halloween over the days leading to October 31st.

Halloween's almost here and it's time to get carving! We have 34 HGTV-exclusive pumpkin-carving patterns designed specifically for beginning pumpkin carvers.

Click the individual listings below to be redirected the FREE printable template:

Print the Friendly Robot pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Cute Owl pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Rocket pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Candy + Arrow pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Haunted House pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Candy Corn Duo pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Magic Wand pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Bats pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Candy pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Graveyard Ghosts pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Wolf + Full Moon pumpkin-carving template.

Print the EEK! pumpkin-carving template.

Print the BOO pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Candy Corn pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Scaredy Cat pumpkin-carving template.

Print the SPOOKY pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Boo Jack-O'-Lantern pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Candlestick pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Frankenstein pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Lantern pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Witch pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Cat and Moon pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Vampire pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Sinister Jack-O'-Lantern pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Happy Jack-O'-Lantern pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Grinning Jack-O'-Lantern pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Snaggletooth Jack-O'-Lantern pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Man in the Moon pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Spider pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Candelabra pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Dotted Jack-O'-Lantern pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Pumpkin Nightlight pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Flowers pumpkin-carving template.

Print the Pumpkin pumpkin-carving template.

What a treat to share on trick-or-treat...

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Monday, October 2, 2017

FREE Printable Halloween Templates


Courtesy of Kim Stoegbauer
FREE Printable Templates Compliments of TomKat Studio

Hi Friends,

Enjoy the FREE Halloween printable templates, compliments of TomKat Studio. TomKat Studio is one of the largest resources for printable templates and party planning ideas in the industry.


Download printable Beware of Monsters Sign template.


Download printable Candy Sign template.
Download printable Points for Marshmallow Toss Game template.


Download printable 4x6 Photo Frame template.
Download printable Sweet Treats Label template.
Download printable Black Stripe Candy Bar Wrapper template.


Download printable Trick-or-Treat Tote Bag template.
Download printable Happy Halloween Flag template.
Download printable Bottle Wrapper template.


Download printable Treat Bag template.
Download printable Party Favor Striped Flag template.
Download printable Party Favor Treat Flag template.


Download printable Striped Treat Cone template.
Download printable Party Favor Thank You Tag template.
Download printable Small Eek! Boo! template.


Download printable Party Black-and-White Invite template.
Download printable Large Bat template.


Download printable Party Graphic Invite template.
Download printable Party Trick-or-Treat Station Snack Label template.


Download printable Haunted House Invite template.
Download printable Boo! Eek! Labels template.


Download printable Halloween Cupcake Party Invite template.
Download printable Striped Spider and Bats Label template.


Download printable Fancy Cupcake Label template.


Download printable Multi-Color Tag template.


Download printable Large Party Circles template.
Download printable Monster Mash Invite template.


Download printable Black-and-White Striped Paper template.

Join us in a special thank you to TomKat Studio for sharing their printable templates at no cost. Thank you, TomKat Studio!

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Happy Halloween Printing!

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fire Pit Designs and Plans


Courtesy of Julie Martens Forney

Hi Friends,

Thinking about adding a fire pit to your yard? Discover great design ideas to make your fire pit a favorite gathering spot.

Dress up your outdoor living spaces with the warmth and ambience of a fire pit. This hot trend makes any backyard a go-to destination, especially when you customize fire pit designs to suit your lifestyle. The simple backyard fire pit has come a long way from traditional campfire-style to sleek gas-fired fire bowls and boxes. Before you make any decisions, consider these key points to create winning fire pit designs.

Deciding which outdoor fire pit design is right for you depends on a variety of factors, including budget, where you intend to light the blaze, and how you want to use the fire pit. Before you kindle any outdoor fire pit plans, check with your local city hall or firehouse to determine what types of outdoor flames are legally permitted in your area.

A small budget may dictate a DIY fire pit, where you purchase materials and supply your own elbow grease to build a fire pit. This type of outdoor fire pit design may limit you to traditional wood-fired options, like a metal fire ring or paver stone fire box. Or you may want to explore stone options, utilizing native stone to build a ground-level fire ring.

If you’re confident with concrete, you can craft permanent fire pit plans that mortar local stone or colorful tiles as part of the design. Even with a limited budget, check with local contractors that specialize in outdoor fire pit designs. You might be able to get a customized plan that you install yourself.

Location is another key consideration as you ponder outdoor fire pit designs. Where do you plan to savor the dancing flames? Many people prefer locating a fire pit near an existing patio or other outdoor living area. Always keep safety in mind when you’re deciding where to create your fire pit. Avoid spots too close to flammable structures or overhanging and nearby vegetation. Also locate your fire pit near an easily accessible water source.

As you ponder fire pit designs, think about how you intend to use the fire pit. To create a gathering place, make sure your fire pit plans are large enough to accommodate more than just a few people, especially if you have teenagers whose friends will be eager to huddle around a campfire. If you hanker to roast hot dogs or marshmallows or grill meats and veggies over the flames, choose fire pit designs that accommodate these activities.

You might be counting on your fire pit to warm a patio on chilly evenings. In that case, select a design that provides maximum access to the flames, like an above-ground fire or a bowl. Also look at fire pit designs that include metal, brick, or tile copings that radiate heat. Just be careful because, when hot, these materials do become burn hazards.

Outdoor fire pit plans feature different shapes. A round fire pit offers an informal feel and allows more people to cozy up to the flames. A square or rectangular fire pit creates a more modern, contemporary look.

Cozy up a crackling fire this Fall...

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Yvonne

Friday, September 22, 2017

First Day of Autumn!


Courtesy of Anna Fletcher

Hi Friends,

Hope everyone enjoyed the hot days of Summer and ready to welcome Autumn with opened arms. We have a lot of great ideas in the coming weeks and look forward to sharing them with all our friends...

Now that the Fall season is almost upon us! The leaves are about to start changing, the days will get shorter, and mornings will grow chillier and crisp as summer fades away. And though we will miss long summer days and warm nights, we have a brand new, exciting season approaching! So why not start thinking about some fun outdoor activities you can do to celebrate the coming of autumn?? Here are a few…

10 Outdoor Activities to Kick Off the Autumn Season!

1. Attend a Barn Dance. Whether it's contra dancing or square dancing, hoedowns are a great way to spend fall evenings and nights. Have a blast and work up a sweat in the cold, autumn night air while you dance along to foot-tapping bluegrass and fiddle music!

2. Go Mountain Biking. Okay, so you can mountain bike at any time of the year (except maybe the dead of winter…ice and snow are no bueno for your tires). But there's something about the chilly air and bright orange, red, and yellow leaves all around you that makes biking during the fall so amazing.

3. Take a Scenic Drive. Early to mid-fall is one of the prettiest times of the year, as the trees still have most of their leaves which have turned vibrant with the coming cold. This is the one of the best times to take a drive through the woods, around town, or through the mountains.

4. Go Pumpkin Picking. Fall season means one thing - pumpkin season! Restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, and many other places around town start selling pumpkin foods, drinks, and products to welcome in the season. You will also be able to find whole pumpkins all over town, whether you want to go pick your own at a patch or get one from the store. If you do take a trip to your local pumpkin patch, you can do many fun, free activities that they offer, like hay rides, corn mazes, and petting zoos. Make a jack-o-lantern with your new prized pumpkin and be sure to keep the seeds so you can roast them! Yumm.

5. Host a Bonfire. Shorter days and cooler weather make perfect ingredients for a bonfire. Grill out, have a tub of hot apple cider, and don't forget s'more fixings!

6. Go Climbing. One of the best times of the year to rock climb is during the fall. As leaves begin to drop and greenery wanes in anticipation for winter, rock faces become more exposed. Cooler weather also means fewer bugs zipping around your face as you make your way up the cliff!

7. Do Some Photography. Bright multi-colored leaves, teaming autumn wildlife, colorful pumpkins and gourds, and clear, sunny days make for great photo ops. See what amazing autumn things you can capture on your camera!

8. Go Camping. Cooler, dryer weather means fewer bugs and fewer people, so fall is one of the best times to go camping. Just remember your cold weather hammocking gear, and you'll be toasty and comfy in the chilly autumn air!

9. Visit an Orchard. 'Tis the season for apple picking! The prime months for ripe apples is September and October, and most local orchards open their doors to the public during this time to do some picking. Just think of all the pies, apple butter, cider, and applesauce you can make! And even if you're not a big apple-eater, just strolling through the trees in the cool fall weather is a great way to spend the day!

10. Play Some Pick-Up Football. Labor Day weekend officially kicked off football season, so what better way to celebrate that than to play some football yourself? Grab family and friends and head out to the park or backyard for some down-set-hike!

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Live well,
Yvonne