Friday, October 17, 2014

Halloween Air Plant Terrarium

Last month I posted a tutorial on how to make Air Plant Terrariums. When I was making these terrariums for around the house, I knew I wanted to make a Halloween themed terrarium to set out with my Halloween decor.  I followed the same method that I used in my Air Plant Tutorial, and just added some little Halloween decorations.

I found a larger round glass bowl that was just large enough to the little tombstone that I have had for years. You can find glass bowls like this in most craft or floral departments, and I found this mini tombstone years ago at a craft store, and usually see similar ones in the craft stores' Halloween section.

I filled the base with the same pebbles I used before, and sunk the tombstone into the pebbles. I added two little air plants, and used some bright green moss, a mini pine cone that I pulled off of a fall floral pick, I also pulled off a mini orange pumpkin from the same floral pick, you fin find autumn floral picks in the floral department of most craft stores. Just arrange the little details the way you want.

I also found a little bag of miniature skulls, they are about the size of a marble, I thought they would be perfect for this terrarium, I tucked one next to the tombstone and another in the front peaking out. They are so similar to the pebbles they fit right in, and give this terrarium a spooky touch.

I set the terrarium out next to some of my other Halloween decor, another mini tombstone, and my little Ghost Potbelly figure. This was a fun project, you could be so creative with all of the different Halloween minis that are available in the craft stores. :)

I am having so much fun with these terrariums, I am already thinking of what minis I have to make one for Christmas when it is time to pack away my Halloween decor! :)

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My 2014 Halloween Home Tour .

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2014 Halloween Home Tour and Boney Bunch Collection

Every October I look forward to getting out all of my fun Halloween decor and transforming our home with whimsical Halloween decorations. Every year I add a few new decorations to our collection, and its fun to mix up my old decor with the new. Here is a tour of my 2014 Halloween Home. (click on the photos to see a larger image)

This is the decor in my little foyer, I love the new crow silhouette lantern I found at Target, it matches some of the metal pieces I have from previous years like my spooky tree candle holder. The orange and black metal pieces coordinate nicely with my growing Yankee Candle Boney Bunch collection.

I have been collecting the Yankee Candle Boney Bunch Halloween Candle holders now for four years, this year they came out with a bunch of new cute items, like the bird plane votive holder that lights up and looks like it was inspired by Victorian Steam Punk.

On my dining room bookcases I have tucked in a bunch of little Halloween ornaments, including the new Fish Skeleton Boney Bunch, and one of my favorite 2014 Boney Bunch pieces the orange cab. Below, on top of my bookcases I have Frankenstein and his Bride taper holders and a caged animated crow. I don't normally buy animated electronic decor, but for some reason this year I thought it would be fun. I actually had this caged animated crow in and out of my cart at Target multiple times on two separate shopping trips, the second trip and in and out of the cart a couple more times, I decided I must really like it if I was so torn, and I am happy he came home with me. He fits in well with the dining room decor and it's fun when his eyes light up and he caws. :)

On my craft cupboard in the dining room I have a couple of haunted houses, the new one in the center under the dome, also from Target, lights up and little plastic pieces fly around inside to look like bats, all while playing a spooky tune. Me and the kids all thought our spooky phone (Target) was another fun addition. Our actual home telephone is a vintage black reproduction of a turn dial phone, so this Halloween phone fits right in. When you dial, it has an old fashioned ring, and when you answer a very spooky man's voice gives one of a five or six spooky messages.

Also on our craft cupboard is a framed vintage looking lenticular old fashioned picture of a man. When you walk by his face switches in between his face and a skeleton face. This is our only really scary decor, I don't go for scary for the most part, but now that the kids are young adults I felt we could have something like this for a little spooky fun. We are pretending that the man in the photo is the sinister voice in our Halloween phone. :)

These metal bell crow topped trees are some of my oldest decor that I have enjoyed for years, the cat and pumpkin figures have a vintage folk art look and are also some of my favorite older decor. The School Bus is another 2014 Yankee Candle Boney Bunch piece, the bus lights light up, and it holds three little tea lights, the school bus looks cute with my little Halloween costumed figures that look like they are waiting for the bus on a fall school day.

Throughout the house I have various candy dishes. We have Cow Tales in the new Boney Bunch Coffin candy dish, a Tootsie Roll assortment in my old Boney Bunch candy dish, my childhood favorite Sixlets in Halloween colors in my everyday candy dish, and of course candy corn in another of my Halloween Candy dishes. Between the multiple Trick-or-Treaters and all my candy dishes we go through quite a good supply of candy in October!

I absolutely love the Peanuts, and love It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. I have been collecting some of the Hallmark Peanuts Halloween ornaments over the years and think they are so cute. The newest one is Snoopy on top of his dog house with little hanging Woodstock vampire bats, Here is the Hallmark link so you can hear it's sound, which is really quite good for a little ornament, every time snoopy chuckles I can't help but chuckle myself, so cute!

In my living room I have decorated all the little end and side tables, I love my little Halloween metal tree with painted wooden balls I got a few years back, and have lots of little trinkets that I have collected over the years.

Last year Yankee Candle put out this Boney Bunch Train that is perfect displayed under my Hiawatha Train print, it lights up and holds tea lights, it is one of my favorite decorations.

Just a side note, I have a multitude of candle holders that I use in my Halloween decor and fill them with pumpkin and candy corn scented candles, however I don't usually light the candles that are sitting throughout the house because I worry about candle flames. I usually light jar candles in my kitchen window and mantel where they are away from where people walk and flammable material. If I do light one of the tea lights in my candle holders, I move it to a safe spot and keep my eye on it. Even without being lit though all the tea lights put off a subtle scent which I really enjoy. :)

The mantel is decorated almost the same as last year with the Boo Banner I made last year and fall floral picks among candles and Halloween trinkets. Sitting next to the fireplace is our Halloween book basket which I like to keep out for any young visitors, and because I love children's literature so its fun to sit down and page through these beautifully illustrated books. :)

I think the best way to build holiday decor for any holiday is to collect favorite new pieces every year, store them carefully in organized totes during the off season, and over the years your collection will grow. I have been decorating our home for Halloween now for twenty years, and I really love all the Halloween treasures I have found over the years.

So that is our 2014 Halloween Home Tour, I had fun decorating this year, and am looking forward to our annual Halloween Open House as well as as many nights as possible with popcorn, cider and a fun Halloween special with my family. :) I hope you are all enjoying autumn as well! :)

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Apple Recipe Round Up - 15 Yummy Apple Recipes

I love baking with apples. One thing I always look forward to every fall is apple season and all of the beautiful varieties that are available, including my favorite Honeycrisp apples. Last week I stopped by the farmers market and bought a nice selection of various local apples. They are all so pretty!

I have posted quite a few apple recipes over the years, so I thought it would be fun to round them all up in one post. Here are some of my favorite apple recipes to inspire you during apple season. :)

One of my most recent posts was a wonderful recipe passed down to me from my grandma- Dutch Apple Cake with Dessert Sauce, this is a wonderful dessert for fall evenings.

One of my favorite old fashioned classic cakes is Applesauce Spice Cake, this was the first cake I learned to bake and a project of mine for my middle school Home Ec. class, it turns out great every time and the whole family loves it.

Most recently I made this Rustic Apple Cake with Maple Glaze, perfect with coffee or tea!

I love this recipe for soft old fashioned Apple Spice Cookies, this recipe was inspired by a recipe my grandma and great grandma used to bake.

These Norwegian Apple Squares have a delicious buttery rich base and a spiced apple filling. I make these every year, this easy recipe turns out delicious every time!

I found this recipe for Eve's Pudding years and years ago in a magazine, and it is one of my most favorite apple desserts, easy and absolutely delicious!

Of course a simple and delicious baked apple is always a welcome fall dessert in our home, either plane or served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce - yum!

Another simple and classic apple recipe is homemade apple sauce, I like to keep the apple pieces in chunks and add cinnamon, I love to serve homemade applesauce with pork chops or pork roast.

For a fancy luncheon or tea party Apple Cheddar Tea Sandwiches are easy to make and yummy!

I love Apple Slaw, this is a great side dish for lunches, picnics, or a holiday buffet, the apples give this slaw a sweet and tart kick and is one of my favorite slaws to make.

For a rustic fall dinner I love serving sausages over sauteed apples and onions, this is delicious served with baked sweet potatoes or winter squash.

Another fall favorite is a nice steaming crock pot full of warm mulled cider, I make this every year for my Halloween appetizer buffet open house. It is delicious topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel, everyone loves it and it makes the whole house smell absolutely delicious! 

Every year I make a big batch of Apple Butter in the crock pot. Apple butter is delicious served over warm biscuits and muffins, or on toast at breakfast. The whole house will smell delicious while it is cooking away. :)

Last week I made this very yummy Apple Bread with a Browned Butter Glaze, everyone loved it, the little chunks of apple through the bread keep the bread moist and the the browned butter glaze is the perfect topping!

Lastly I will share my recipe for Classic Apple Crisp, growing up in the 70's and 80's I enjoyed, yes, enjoyed many a school lunch, back then our school had wonderful cooks who made wholesome well rounded meals, one of my favorite desserts was always the various fruit crisps and especially apple crisp, this recipe was inspired by that memory. I love apple crisp served with ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel syrup. Quintessential comfort food! 

Hopefully this list has inspired you to pick up some apples from your farmer's market or local grocery store and have fun baking and cooking them up this fall!

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