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Monday, October 26, 2009

A few more Halloween crafts for you

Here are a few more crafts that you can do. Refer to these posts for directions for the wreath and the letters.One thing I did differently was to add a black boa to the top. All you have to do to add that is use craft or hot glue and stick it down carefully. You can certainly add it to a board or hang it with ribbon.
This wreath differs from the Valentine wreath in that I bought wooden shapes from the craft store. I colored them with Sharpies, then sealed them with Mod Podge. That will help protect them in case of rain. I hot glued them to the wreath.

This was a really easy craft. I spray painted terra cotta pots with a glossy black paint. I added the round foam and stuck the flowers in. To use it for Thanksgiving just remove the garland and raven.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Pumpkin Table Runner

Several pieces of orange, black and green felt (Yellow felt if you'd rather use that for the faces.)
Sewing machine
Orange, black and green thread (or you can just use one- your preference)
Patterns (Either printed from the computer or cut out with a Cricut machine. You need two sizes so you can back it.)
Temporary (repositionable) fabric glue
Cut out the pumpkin either from a computer printout or on your Cricut. Also make one that's 1/2" larger for the backing.
Cut out the pumpkin, stem/leaves and the backing. Cut out the pumpkin faces with either the black or yellow. When you're done with the faces then use a temporary fabric glue to secure them.

When the glue is dry stitch the faces to the pumpkins. The first picture is the backside, and the second picture is the front view.After you've stitched the faces on there arrange them until you like the way they look. When you have them the way you like them stitch them together using black thread. You can have them face the same direction or twist and turn them to add visual interest.

I opted to keep them all facing the same way. This is how my table runner looked when completed.Here's how it looks on my table. I spray painted the sticks black, found black roses and have a couple of luminaries. Fun stuff!

Candy Corn Decorations

I saw a picture of some felt candy corn that a friend had made so I decided to do the same. This is a really simple craft to make if you have a sewing machine and basic sewing skills. (Mine are not much better than basic so if I can do it so can you!) The hardest part for me is always cutting the pieces out. And that's not even hard, just a little time consuming.

Supplies Needed:
Orange felt sheets
Yellow felt sheets
White felt sheets
Orange thread
Marking pen or marker
Sewing machine
Pattern for candy corn (printed to desired size from computer)

  1. Cut out candy corn printed from your computer. Then cut along each color.
  2. Trace each shape onto desired color of felt and then cut them out. Remember that these are double sided so you'll need to double the number you cut out. (If you want 5 total, then you'll cut out 10 total of each piece.)
  3. Sew the three pieces together. I used the zigzag stitch so they would easily stay together.
  4. After you finish sewing the 3 pieces together then get two complete candy corns and put them back to back. Using a straight stitch sew beginning at the widest portion on the end. When you're about 3" from your starting point start filling with batting. Finish sewing shut, making sure there is no gap.
  5. After I finished sewing I used my scissors to trim around the edges to make sure they were even. Mine ended up being about 6" tall. If I made them a little bigger I would have gone around the edges with pinking shears.
  6. Decorate as you will. I put mine in a jar. If you want to you could always sew coordinating ribbon on in loops and hang as garland. *Another option is to use the dark brown instead of the yellow for a twist on the candy corn. Use your imagination and have fun!

Easy Layered Bean Dip Recipe

Here's a quick, relatively low fat recipe for bean dip. It's also yummy so enjoy!

2 cans low fat refried beans
1 16 oz. tub of low fat sour cream
2 c. shredded cheese (I use regular cheese, but you can sub low fat cheese)
1 pkg taco seasoning (approximately 2 T.)
2 bunches green onions, diced
3-4 roma tomatoes, diced
2 avocados (optional)
juice from 2 limes (use with avocados)
1 can sliced olives (optional)

Open your cans of refried beans and spread at the bottom of a 9" x 13" pan.
Cut open and mash the avocados. Mix with lime juice to prevent browning. Can add salt if you desire. Spread on top of the beans.
Mix the package of taco seasoning with the sour cream until completely blended. Spread on top of avocado mixture.
Dice tomatoes and put on top of sour cream mixture.
Dice green onions and put on top of tomatoes.
Put shredded cheese on top, making sure you get good coverage.
Put sliced olives on top of everything. (I can't eat olives so I put it on half and left the other half alone.)
Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. This tastes great with tortilla chips and feeds a ton of people. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas (on the stovetop)

Here's a quick and easy meal that makes a ton of food. You get the flavor of green chile chicken enchiladas with half the work. You can serve it with Mexican rice, beans and tortilla chips.


2 dozen corn tortillas, torn up

1 can green chile enchilada sauce

2 c. shredded cheese

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 c. water

1 1/2 - 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast

Boil chicken in salted water about 20 minutes, or until cooked through. When chicken is done remove it from stove top and drain water. Let cool and then shred or cut up chicken.

Pour in green chile enchilada sauce, soup and tortillas. Stir until the tortillas are all covered. Add the chicken and cheese. Add enough water so that the tortillas will be able to soften up. Cook until cheese is melted and food is heated through, approximately 15 - 20 minutes.