Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Manitou Springs, CO

We decided to drive to Manitou Springs to try the mineral springs that we heard people talking about. Their are 10 natural springs around Manitou that you can try. They are all natural with minerals that the human body needs. Our favorite spring was Twin Falls or the "Fountain of Youth", as referred by the locals. Twin Falls which has potassium and calcium in it.


If you are in the area it's definitely worth coming to see. After you can drive to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, about a 10 minute drive away. Or 7 falls is a really pretty area after you walk up the 224 stairs their are 2 hiking trails you can take. 7 falls also does a nightly lighting ceremony and they light the falls up different colors.

Monday, November 29, 2010

crinkle card board owl ornament



I love this guy! Sorry I wish I could have taken more pictures as I was going but my camera died and I really wanted to get this posted. My Mom first showed me this on West Elm. I thought that would be so fun to make since I had some crinkle cardboard left over from a package I ordered.

I started with the body. I put a little glue on one of the ends of cardboard and started rolling the cardboard into the circular shape. My pieces we're small so at the end I just added a little more glue and continued rolling. Until my circle was about 5 inches in diameter. I then went to the eyes and did the same as the body to about a 2-2 1/2 inch diameter. I had some brown marbles laying around that I hot glued to the centers of the eyes. Of course you could use buttons or anything else you have in the house. I hot glued the two eyes together and then to the top of the body.

For the eye brows I traced two leaf shapes, connect the bottoms so it's like a uni brow shape. On a  flat piece of crinkle cardboard. Hot glue it behind the eyes.

I cut a rectangle shape about a half an inch long and cut a triangle shape for another half inch for a total of an inch long for the nose. I then hot glued the rectangle side between the eyes and for the triangle you can hot glue it to the body like I did or you can leave it extended out.

For the feathers I cut out 14 leaf shapes and hot glued them to the back of the owl's body.

To finish the owl off I put some fishing string in between the eyes and the eyebrows.

elves on break...


Materials:
Cotton balls, white glitter, tin foil, favorite candle, 2 tree candles, few artificial tree branches, 4 pinecones, felt, 4 wooden balls, 2 candy canes, candy bar, pipe cleaners in brown and white, hot glue gun, frosting

Instructions:
I started with making the pine cone elves. For the sledding scene I placed a piece of tin foil down and covered it then with cotton balls. I left a little ice skating rink and the base on the sledding hill icy/tin foiled. I made a hill out of cardboard and placed the sled on top. (Two candy canes that I used hot glue to secure to the hill and to secure it to the chocolate I used white frosting.) I just placed one of the elves on the chocolate bar but if you want to secure it on you can use a little bit of frosting. I stuck a few pieces of the artificial tree branches I cut from my tree on the side of the hill and down below in the cotton. In the big pile of snow to the left of the hill I put my favorite candle in and placed a few evergreen tree candles around. I also put an Eiffel Tower ornament near the ice skating rink. I sprinkled the snow and tin foil with white glitter.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Movie premier party

I found this neat idea to make popcorn cupcakes and a cake. I made it for a movie night with my parents and sister.


Ingredients:
Yellow cake box mix: (2 eggs, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, and water)
1 can of cream cheese frosting
I bag of mini marsh mellows
Yellow food coloring or yellow sugar sprinkles
Red food Coloring or red tube of squeezable frosting

I first I mixed all the ingredients together according to the box mix. I then lined my 12 cupcake pan for 4 cupcakes and filled them half full. I then used the left over cake batter for a small square baking dish (9X13). I cooked the cupcakes first and once I put a toothpick in and it came out clean :) about 12 minutes I put the cake in for about 30 minutes. I let both of them cool and after 15 minutes flipped the cake out onto my counter. I then cut one side of the cake to make more or a rectangle shape and put the cut cake to the side for now. If you wanted you can cut the cake to more of a U shape to resemble a popcorn container.

I started to frost my cake. After I was finished I placed the cake on my cake stand. In the middle of the cake I then took some of the frosting maybe a couple of table spoons and added red food coloring. I added that to a piping bag and in the center of the cake drew a circle big enough to be able to write popcorn in the middle of it. After drawing the circle then write POP CORN inside with the red frosting. To finish off the red I drew about 6 vertical red lines down the cake.

Now frost the cupcakes with white frosting and put aside.For the cake we put aside, I just chopped that up into little cubes and added a couple big chunks to the top of the cupcakes to help mound it up. The rest I placed at the top of cake on the cake stand. I frosted the cupcakes again with a little bit of frosting to cover the cubes and make the mound shape come more to life. I did the same with the cake. Make sure not to use too much frosting.

To make the popcorn:
Take the marsh mellows and cut them in the center about halfway down. A few of the marsh mellows I cut them in the center about half way down vertical and horizontal. I think they look like teeth, but after you brush them with yellow food coloring they look like popcorn :). You will need quite a bit to cover a your cupcakes and cake. To add a 'butter' effect to the popcorn, take a tiny bit of water, add two drops of yellow food coloring and mix well. Using a paint brush (preferably not the ones you have already used crafting =)) lightly brush on the water mixture to your marshmallows, place them in a ziploc until you are ready to decorate.Working in a random pattern, begin placing the prepared marshmallows onto your cupcake. The icing will hold them in place. You want to make sure you cover as much icing as possible, leaving as little of space possible between each piece. After placing them where I wanted them, I brushed more butter but just add to your liking.



Yellow food coloring and water, I didn't have food coloring so I used yellow sugar sprinkles

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Popcorn cupcake chilling in the freezer


Snacks and popcorn containers for the real stuff!



Friday, November 26, 2010

It's finally here!!!

I can't believe it's Black Friday! Why would people get so hyped up on a day that they have to deal with crowds and spending lots of money?! I'm not sure but I love getting deals so I look forward to Black Friday. Last year Andy and I got up at 3am just to get in line and wait in the cold for new laptops! lol! This year I won't be getting up that early since we don't really need anything that big. Of course that may change if I find something that I can't pass up at the stores. This year I'm hoping to get all my Christmas shopping done for everyone on my list!! Wish me luck! Have fun and try not and get trampled!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I am thankful for: FAMILY, Jesus Christ, friends, health, prayer, food, love, crafts, memories, job, money, life, heaven, faith, music, and YOU! I hope everyone has somewhere to go on Thanksgiving. I'm also, thankful to have my family living in Colorado with us not to far away so we don't have to travel a long distance. Time for some yummy food and day with family and friends! Happy Thanksgiving all!

Turkey Cookies...


A friend of mine just made these and I think they are adorable. So I had to try them for myself. They are really easy and only took 20 minutes! It would be a fun family thing to make while waiting for the turkey to cook :).
 
Turkey Cookies:
 
Ingredients:
  • Chocolate Wafer Cookie
  • Frosting
  • Candy Corn
  • Hershey kiss
For the feet, put a little bit of frosting (if using white frosting be careful not to put too much on so it doesn't show.) on the yellow bottom of the candy corn and place on the bottom of the cookie, repeat with second foot. Then put a little frosting under the hershey kiss and place right above the feet centered. For the feathers I used 5 candy corns and put a little frosting on one side and placed the white tip into the kiss. A few of them I put the yellow end to the kiss. Then I found broken tip candy corns and frosted the back and placed it on top of the hershey kiss. Place in the freezer or refrigerator until ready to eat.     
 
Pilgrim Hats:
For the pilgrim hats I just used the left over cookies and put a little bit of frosting on a rolo and placed in the center of the cookie. (Be careful not to add to much frosting if you use white frosting like I did). I made a few with reeses. I stuck them in the freezer for 10 minutes and pulled them out to put on yellow buckles.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

last minute Thanksgiving cupcakes


I wish I could have taken more step by step pictures but I left my camera in my car. :(

Ingredients:
1 can of vanilla frosting
2-inch slice pound cake
1 cups corn flakes
Green frosting
12 vanilla cupcakes baked (yellow cake box mix)
12 thin pretzel sticks
1 bag of round Carmel's (you can use the square ones too but my walmart didn't carry them)
Course salt
Maraschino cherries
Runts

For Cornucopia cupcakes
I put about 10 carmel bites in the microwave for 15 seconds and flattened the carmels into one circle. About the size of a cup, and then I shaped the carmel into a cone/cornucopia shape. I then added some frosting to the inside of the cornucopia and placed a few runts in and coming out of the cornucopia. I used green frosting to make it look like it was on lettuce. For a couple I used the green wheaties mixture.



For cherry cupcakes:
I just flattened a few of my cupcakes so that I could put my maraschino cherries on a flat surface. I realized I didn't have yellow frosting so when I stop by the store today i will pick some up and add a lattice design. I think they look good the way they are too maybe a few star pipes with white frosting for "whip cream".

For turkey cupcakes:
Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Place the corn flakes in a large bowl.  Heat the green frosting in a microwave-safe bowl until liquid, about 10 to 15 seconds, stirring well. Pour the frosting over the corn flakes and toss until completely coated. Pour the coated corn flakes onto the prepared cookie sheet and spread out into a single layer. Allow the corn flakes to dry, about 30 minutes.
 Meanwhile, cut the pound cake into 1/8-in. cubes; cover until ready to use.
 Cut the pretzel sticks in half. Soften several caramels in the microwave for no more than 3 seconds. Flatten a caramel slightly and place one end of a pretzel stick in the center of the flattened caramel.
Bring the caramel up and over the end of the pretzel stick and shape into a drumstick. Trim the overhanging end of the pretzel stick to 1/2 in. with a serrated knife.
Microwave several caramels at a time to soften, about 3 seconds. Press the caramels together and roll them out to a 3-1/2-in. diameter. Cut caramels into a 3-1/2-in. circle with a round cookie cutter or the opening of a glass. Cut out an opening for the stuffing about 1-1/2 in. wide and deep.   Place the caramel skins between sheets of waxed paper. (The drumsticks and skins can be made up to 4 days in advance and kept in an airtight container.)
Place a mound of vanilla frosting on top of a cupcake; top with a caramel turkey skin. Tuck the edge of the caramel in 1/4 in. from the edge of the cupcake. Use a small knife to push the caramel into the frosting: it will make the turkey look plumper and give room for the lettuce corn flakes. Pinch the ends of the caramel opening; some of the frosting will pop out. Press some of the cake cubes into the frosting as the stuffing.
Lightly brush one side of each drumstick with a bit of water. Press each drumstick to each side of the stuffing opening. Hold several seconds to secure. Repeat with the remaining drumsticks.
Add the green corn flakes around the edge of the cupcake to look like lettuce. Use some vanilla frosting if necessary to help secure. Pipe dots of vanilla frosting on the ends of the pretzel sticks to look like the ends of the turkey bones. Add more cake cubes as stuffing if desired.
Sprinkle the top of the caramel turkey with some course salt. You could also use cinnamon. I just like how well carmel and salt go together.

Monday, November 22, 2010

MN travel

Since it's getting to be that time of year when people are going to start traveling out of state I thought I'd share some of my favorite things about MN and if you get time to them you won't disappointed (at least I hope not!)

  • Mall of America - it's just something about a 3 stories of shopping/movie theatre, half mile each level!  
    • Ground level of Macy's outside by the parking. Their are hands in the concrete of the workers that helped build the MOA and their families. My sister and I are in there up near the top. Our Grandpa did concrete work so he made sure we were one of the first ones to get our hands in!
    • Amusement park- when I grew up and went all the time it was snoopy land but now it's Nickelodeon themed. Regardless the theme it's still a really fun area to take a break from shopping. I love the flume ride!!
    • Underwater Aquarium- I went there one year for my bday and it was so much fun! Plus after you walk through they have the gift shop and an area where you can touch star fish, sea urchins, sting rays, etc. I've never been to an aquarium that lets you touch the sea life.
    • Plus all the shopping! I think theirs a little something for everyone there so you won't have to worry about making sure no one gets bored.

  • Downtown Minneapolis Macy's store- if you have kids. Every year after Thanksgiving they do a free Holiday show. This year will be "A Day in the Life of an Elf".  When I was growing up we went every year so I have so many found memories of our Mom taking us there. After we went to the Nicollete Street Holidazzle parade which is another must see! I love that the parade happens after Thanksgiving and goes up until almost a week before Christmas! In Denver we have ONE night to catch the lights parade :(.

  • IKEA - if you don't have one in your state, Denver doesn't :(.

  • Swedish Institute Minneapolis- I think this is a really neat museum even if your not Swedish.
  • Duluth is really pretty! They have a fun little small town and Lake Superior is a must see. Their are multiple lighthouses around Lake Superior. I remember a few in Duluth. Of course, I love lighthouses so if you don't that might not interest you :). while walking on the rock beaches you can find Superior agates that you can sell or decorate your home with.

  • St Paul winter carnival - I haven't been back for a few years to see this but I remember going with my grandparents. They used to have a huge ice castle. Not sure if that still happens. But I know they do ice sculpting competitions.

  • State Fair- this is a fun event for my family. If your state has a fair I'm sure it's not to different from yours. Denver doesn't have one. We have one in Pueblo but I don't want to drive 3 hours for the fair!


  • A few of more places to visit are (depending on how long you have):
    • Stillwater
    • Grand Marais
    • Boundary Waters
    • Rochester
    • Minnetonka
    • Uptown Minneapolis
    • Minnehaha falls in Minneapolis
If you have any questions just let me know or if you'd like more in site on areas/where to go I'd be happy to answer your questions.

CO travel

Moving to new States does have it's perks of being able to be a tourist. I've seen a lot of Colorado and can recommend places to see now:

  • 16 Street Denver - I like to catch the light rail in Englewood and it takes you under the convention center and to the 16 Street Mall. Their are free shuttles that you can take, in case you wore the wrong shoes :). Their are a lot of cute boutiques in the Pavilions which is 16 and Welton. If you get hungry their are plenty of restaurants you can stop in. You also have to walk down to 15 and Larimer, they have a lot of cute boutiques too and the best zucchini cake topped with fresh fruit (Spring Fling) at The Market. I would say come down about 4pm because that's when they turn the white Christmas lights, they are up year round!
  • The Broker restaurant - I love it because it's built in an old bank and some of the tables are in the vault. We always get a big bowl of shrimp with a dinner entree complimentary.
  • If you have time to catch a play the Preforming Arts does a really good job with their plays. My favorite is "A Christmas Carol". We catch it every year :).  The architecture is great and the sculptures out front are really neat too. If you want to catch a bite their are a few restaurants inside or within walking distance. A favorite of ours which is a few blocks away is La Fondue.
  • Pepsi center- if you into hockey like we are it's a nice arena. Although, I haven't been anywhere else :). The people are really friendly when I where my MN Wild jersey.
  • Estes Park is a really cute little town with fun souvenir shopping. You can drive through the national park too and see elk, maybe even moose. It's also home to the famous Stanley hotel. (click Stanley hotel for pictures and my previous review). We took a ghost tour which I thought was really fun and interesting. I would definitely recommend getting a room here if your into ghosts. A few of the rooms are haunted and I think someday would be fun to have my own personal experience.
  • Botanic Gardens are really pretty and offer free days throughout the year (sorry 2011 isn't available yet). I love going to Blossom of Lights in Denver or Trail of Lights in Chatfield. Click here to see pictures from the fall.

  • Denver Zoo - is a really fun place to go too. Of course if your city has a zoo I'm sure it's the same thing :). But you definitely should go to the zoo lights I think it's really pretty to see the animals exhibits covered in lights.
  • Lights parade - happens the first Saturday on December.
  • Belmar - or Lakewood (Alemeda and Wadsworth) I love the artsy vibe of Belmar. They have really nice condos that over look the shopping center. In the winter they decorate the streets with lights and ornaments. They even make their own ice skating rink for a few months and have skate rentals. I get the New York City vibe, of course it's not as big. I just think skating outside in a city is what does it for me.
  • Downtown Historic Littleton - for more little fashion boutiques.

  • A few of more places to visit are (depending on how long you have):
    • Colorado Springs
    • Red Rocks
    • Evergreen
    • Steamboat Springs
    • Breckenridge
    • Georgetown
If you have any questions about where to go or if something is fun let me know! :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

you light up my life...

Our patio with the Christmas lights
I hope everyone had a great Sunday! I didn't get much done but sometimes those days are the best.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Last Halloween post in November...

I'm sorry for all the Halloween posts. The day after Halloween we went out of town for a funeral and while we were out of town I wasn't able to get on the Internet, otherwise I would have posted these sooner!!



Salt Dough Ghosts...
I absolutely love these ghosts!

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  •  spoon
  • ghost cookie cutter
  • permanent black marker

Instructions
  1. Combine the flour, salt, and water in a bowl. Stir the mixture with a spoon until smooth.
  2. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces and flatten each piece so you can use your ghost cookie cutter to make 6 ghosts. I then pinched the sides so that the ghost could stand up on it's own. if you don't have a ghost cookie cutter you can mold each ball into a ghost shape.
  3. Once your satisfied with your ghost put them on a microwave safe plate and put in the microwave for 3-4 minutes. Times may vary based on your microwave so just use your judgement on if you think their done.

  4. Let the ghosts cool for at least 5-10 minutes and then draw a face on each ghost.

wicked witch of the west



I've seen so many cute ideas for doing the wicked witch of the west's legs: under a house, underneath your work desk, hanging down from the chimney. I just had to do it! I bought some green and black stripped tights from Party America and filled them with crinkled newspapers. I thought about putting them outside but since I live near a busy bike trail and in apartments I thought it's probably better to keep them in the house. So I put them at the patio door. But she was missing something.... RUBY SLIPPERS. I thought about sticking a pair of my red stilettos on her but then I came across this witch shoe template.

 Looked super easy to make so  printed it out and I had some plain cardboard folders laying around so I taped the template to the front page and cut through the closed folder. After I had cut around the shoe I took one of the shoes and scored it on all the dotted lines and started to fold the shoe, holding it together with a little bit of hot glue. Repeat with the other shoe.




 Since I didn't have a red folder I had to paint the shoes red with a few coats. I then painted Elmer's glue on and sprinkled with red glitter. I used some of my left over red glitter ribbon to make little bows for the shoes. I was getting glitter everywhere though so I sprayed them with alittle hairspray and that solved the problem. I'm sure you could use any sealant though :). I then put the shoes on the witches legs.





 I kept them up till a few days before Halloween when Andy and I decided to go out to some Halloween parties and I was saving the Queen of hearts for our big party!! So I put together a Wicked witch of the west costume.


Super cute spider earrings from Target

Mascaraed Ball- I couldn't decide what to wear for a mask. I tried painting butterflies on the sides of my eyes. Wasn't sure if I liked that though....



Then I remembered I had a mask that I bought at Pottery Barn last year that would be perfect and boy was I right! :)

mummified liquor bottles


I love this idea I saw on the Martha Stewart show, it's wrapping your liquor/wine bottles like a mummy. She used gauze on the show, I had to make due with what I had in the apartment :). I thought I'd trying using white paper towels. I covered the liquor label with a piece of construction paper and wrote poison on one and XXX on the other.  I then cut the paper towels  maybe a half inch thick and started taping them to the bottles. I've seen it done with big bottles and thought it would be cute to try small bottles, so I bought the one shot vodka bottles. Then just continue to wrap your bottles leaving the label until your satisfied with them. I drew a little skull and cross bone on the lid of the bottle for a little extra tough :).

easy candy corn sphere...

Caution these are top heavy. I put my in a hurricane vase on my fire mantel with some heavy beads in the bottom to keep in balanced.


Supplies needed:
2 bags of candy corn
Styrofoam ball
long wood sticks
hot glue gun

I started by pushing the wood stick half way through the Styrofoam ball and to seal the hole I just filled in some hot glue. I then started to hot glue the Styrofoam ball and placed the candy corns in a row all around the ball. I did this for one half and once I got to the end it wasn't really working to go in a row anymore so I just started placing them as needed. Repeat for the other half :) If you want to you can spray it with a protective spray. This is my first time making it and it was so easy that if it doesn't last I will just make one again next year.
I like the look of placing it on the candy corns like a Carmel apple but I think it might break off the tips.

Floating ghost




Here's what you need:
1 Liter Pop Bottle
Starch
Cheese Cloth
Scrap piece of felt or black paper
Styrofoam ball (the white kind works better)
Scissor
wire hanger or any wire you have will work 

Make you ghost form. I tapped the Styrofoam ball on top of the bottle. You can also poke the neck of the bottle into the Styrofoam ball. (if you are using a green floral ball cover it with plastic wrap or something so you don't get green fuzzies on your cheese cloth.)

I  used a wire hanger to make arms, lay the cheese cloth over your ghost form. Spray it down with starch. I like to use a spray bottle so I can control how my starch I use. The more starch the stiffer your ghost
Next let your ghost sit for a few hours and dry. If you'd like you can set it outside in the sun or use a blow dryer but I wasn't really in a hurry so I just went to work on another project while waiting. Once it is completely dry, pull it off of your form and glue on some black eyes and mouth. I used black paper from a DSW bag :), you can also use black felt if you'd like. I glued it on with Elmer's glue and tada you have a cheese cloth ghost!
This is what happens when you leave your ghost where your cats can get to it!

Pine cone elves

I absolutely love these pine cone elves from Martha Stewart.  Below is the tutorial that I copied from Martha's website with a few modifications as to how I did the elves.

Step 1

Make arms and legs: Cut 2 pieces, each about 4 inches long, from brown pipe cleaners. Hold a pine cone (about 2 inches long) so bottom end points up. Tuck 1 piece of pipe cleaner between the scales of the pine cone, positioning it as the arms. Position the other piece as legs. Secure with a hot-glue gun. Bend ends of legs to make feet.
Step 2

Make head: Hot-glue a 3/4-inch wooden craft bead (hole side down) to the end of the pine cone. Draw 2 eyes and mouth with a black felt pen.
Step 3

Make mittens:  Stack 2 pieces of felt and free cut a mitten. I then placed the mittens on the pipe cleaner arms and hot glued them on.

Step 4

Make shoes: Stack 2 pieces of felt and free cut a shoe, I did a circular pattern. I then placed the shoes on the pipe cleaner legs and hot glued them on.

Step 5

For the scarf I cut a 6 inch piece of felt and cut the tips for a triangle look. If you wanted you could cut little slits at the ends to make more of an authentic scarf. I then wrapped it around the elf and crossed it in the front with hot glue. For the hat I cut a rectangle and folded it into a triangle and hot glued the round opening to the head and the seam up to the tip. You can leave it long or I brought the cone down and hot glued it to the side. I didn't really like the cone head look. I also then added white pipe cleaner to the hat. 

16 st zombie crawl

Every year around Halloween 16 Street turns into a zombie crawl. We decided to go this year but didn't really know what to wear and didn't want to buy outfits. So we threw together some old work uniforms and used red paint to resemble blood, white face paint, and black for stitch marks. I was a dead lifeguard and Andy was a dead Outback Cook LOL!


tiny red hat and card wand

To make our teeny tiny top hat, you'll need:
Some flexible plastic, I used a 1 liter Mt Dew bottle
Scrap cardboard, I used a 24 pack pop box
Red paint
Red Glitter (optional)
Red glitter ribbon (optional)
Colored Gems (optional)
Hot glue
Scissors
xacto knife
 
First I took the label off the Mt Dew bottle. Then with my xacto knife in the area I took the label off cut the top off and then the same with the bottom of the bottle. The center where the label was I thought made the perfect height/width for the hat. Plus the lines on the bottle make it easy to cut out. But you can also use those red plastic cups, no cutting involved in that cup.
 
Then I painted the plastic cylinder I just cut out red. I had to use a few coats to get the color I wanted. I then traced the circle to the pop box and cut the out and glued it to the top of the cylinder. Then I painted the top red.
 
For the base I looked around my place for a circle object that I felt would be proportioned right to make a circular base it ended up being an uggs box I got from ugg earmuffs. I then painted the base circle top and bottom red. Once it dried I hot glued the cylinder to the center of the circle.
 
I felt the hat needed alittle something more so I added red glitter ribbon to the base of the hat. I also had some left over colored gems from scrape booking so I used them to put on the top circle base. I saw these with alot of Halloween costumes this year but they had a dorky elastic band to keep it up so I thought I would hot glue a few bobby pins under the hat. Just make sure when you do it to open the bobby pin so you don't hot glue both ends together. :)
 
for the card wand I just took a wooden stick and painted it black and found a deck of cards, picked out the King, Queen, Jack of hearts and hot glued them together and to the stick. I then put a heart sticker in front.



Finished tiny hat and card wand

I glued glitter to my hat for a final touch. I also used the red paint to paint a heart over my lips and the blue eye shadow from the new Alice and Wonderland movie.
 

spooktacular

I love Halloween so the whole month of October I was trying to come up with Halloween related dinner ideas. So we had twice baked mummy potatoes, Ghostly pizza (homemade pizza crust, hunts tomato sauce, and sliced cheese that I used a ghost cutter to make the cute little ghosts, I also carved out a couple oranges and did faces to resemble pumpkins to put our strawberry salad in. I then used the fresh orange puree to make vodka martinis, mmmm)

Apple orchards...

I'm sorry I haven't posted my Halloween pictures or apple orchard pictures. Things got alittle crazy towards the end. But I'm back and feeling better. I start my new job in a week so I'm really excited and I will definitely be posting more tutorials on crafts after I get paid!! :D

We went to Apple days in penrose which doesn't even compare to the orchard I used to go to when I was a kid in MN but you have to make due with what/where you are. It was definitely an experience we saw the local parade and got a free slice of apple pie. After we tried to find 3 apple orchards. We found one no problem but for some reason we couldn't find the other two, lol! Anyway, we picked up a gallon of fresh apple cider, which had to be the best I've ever had! I wish we would have gotten more. But theirs always next year. We also picked up about 5lbs of apples that I made apple pies with.