Thursday, October 31, 2013

Double Chocolate Orange Macaroons ~ Happy Halloween!


While all the spooks, ghosts and witches are busy getting themselves ready for an evening of trick or treating, you can get ready to surprise them with a batch of last minute Double Chocolate Orange Macaroons!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Skull Head Fingernail Polish

Found some cool Skull Head Fingernail Polish and right away thought these would make cool preteen and teenage girl Halloween gifts for the nieces. We always like to give them something, and we like the fact that it is not candy to be eaten, but candy for the hands!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Sweetly Spooky Sweets Jar ~ Upcycle

Sorry girls, this one is for the boys! 

Sometimes that is how it has to be. 

As mothers of boys we love being able to craft up something especially for the boys in mind that they are sure to love. 

We even picked out special allergy free sweets to fill our Sweetly Spooky Sweets Jar with.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Black Widow Treat Can

Just in case you need a quick and easy idea to hold a few Halloween treats to give to a neighbor, coworker, friend or whomever... may we present to you our Black Widow Treat Can.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Loaded Pumpkin Cookies

Our pumpkin cookies are loaded!!!! That is...with yummy good things to eat! 
Which by the way are good for you too. Do you like coconut? Got it! Do you like chocolate? Got it! Do you like walnuts? Got it! Do you like raisins? Got it! Told you they were Loaded Pumpkin Cookies!!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Make Glow Stick Trick Or Treat Favors

When you have had enough of the sugary Halloween treats, 
here is a fun little non-sugar Halloween treat to make up and pass out as party favors or to give out to the neighbor kids. Parents will appreciate one less piece of candy in the pillow case of jack o lanter  when you give them Glow Stick Trick or Treat Favors.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Spiders

Today we are sharing a sweet way to enjoy spiders...made of chocolate! A little peanut butter in the cauldron doesn't hurt either. 

Well, we have both here! And who doesn't the combination of Chocolate Peanut Butter Spiders!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Monster Marshmallow Pops {Allergy Free}

We got a little help from our friend Mr. Bones to help serve up some allergy free Halloween Monster Marshmallow Pops!

These pops will surely give those children with food allergies a chance to feel like they too can have something special for Halloween and fit in with everyone else.

Gluten free. Dairy free. For those special little monsters!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Agave Cinnamon Kettle Corn

It's popcorn time! Not just any old popcorn mind you. 

But homemade delicious Agave Cinnamon Kettle Corn! 

Why buy the pre made, overly unhealthy popcorn from the store when you can prepare a batch at home that takes soooooo much better!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Halloween Drink Wraps For Kids and Adults

You don't have to be planning a Halloween party in order to have fun and festive Halloween Drink Wraps!

Why save all the fun stuff for a party when you can make your own drink wraps for the family...just because... and make some memories and family traditions that will last forever!

That is what we did here. We love taking a boring drink can or bottle and dressing it up and serving it to our family...just because. Celebrating life's special occasions everyday!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Black Licorice Play Dough

It has be awhile since we made play dough around here. 

What little ghost and witch, at this time of the year, would not enjoy playing with some black licorice with glitter play dough?!

Count us in! We have said it before and we will say it again, WE LOVE PLAY DOUGH!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bandana Treat Ghosts

Looks like someone is trying to get your attention! That would be our Bandana Treat Ghosts of course. They are more friendly than they are scary, but shh, don't tell them that, we would hate to hurt their feelings so close to Halloween.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Classroom Halloween Party Favors ~ Make Them Yourself!

Times may have changed in a lot of ways, but somethings don't have to change or die out if we are willing to keep them alive. 

In days gone by, the Halloween school parade and Halloween party were so exciting and looked forward to days in advance. The homemade costumes were truly one of a kind artistry and the handmade crafts and goodies will always hold fond memories for us. 

In today's world, aka, our little world, we are choosing to keep the idea of a school "classroom party favor" alive for our children by making up Halloween party favor bags for the classroom.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Handmade Halloween Greeting Card

The tradition of sending good wishes goes back many centuries, probably beginning with the Chinese and Egyptians who exchanged goodwill messages at the start of a new year to ward off evil spirits. However, these tokens were not sent at other times of year and didn't bear any resemblance to cards we recognize today.

There is evidence of printed cards from the 14th Century in Germany where images were carved onto wood blocks, which then be covered in ink and used to print onto paper. These forms of cards were very expensive since they were handmade so were only accessible to well to do and wealthy individuals.

Sir Henry Cole has been credited with establishing the first printed cards that has developed into the mass-production industry we know today. Cole asked his friend and artist John Calcott Horsely to create a painting that could be printed in quantity for him to give to all his friends. Sir Henry Cole was an enterprising man with interests in a number of areas. He quickly recognize the opportunity this printed greeting card could offer, even selling off the remaining stock of cards from this first print run in central London. {source and to learn more}

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies

Are you loving all the pumpkin inspired recipes floating around? 
Have you ventured out and made any yet? We are dabbling here and there.

 Today's recipe is a delicious, gluten, grain, dairy free chocolate chip recipe from one our  very favorite clean foods blog and cook book,  Against All Grain.

This recipe is delicious as is... just being chocolate chip cookie recipe... however, we added some pumpkin and some cream filling and made little sandwiches... and just can't get enough of them! 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Make Spooky Dog Treats For Halloween

Do you have a four legged friend who would love a treat after a trick for Halloween?! 

Just in case you are like us, and you do, why not make up some Spooky Dog Treats that will leave them wanting to do more tricks for treats!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Handmade Ghoulfriend Candy Wrappers

We all know by now, Halloween is NOT all for the kids! In an effort to transport the ghoulfriends back in time to those carefree Halloween days, we thought they might appreciate a special ghoul friend treat made especially with them in mind.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Trick ~Or~ Trinket Gift Boxes

This Halloween we are taking our sisterly "trick ~ or~ treat" gift idea to the next level and giving more than just some generic candy thing.

To be exact we are giving Trick or Trinket Gift Boxes we made from paper mache boxes we had, black paint and Halloween craft embellishments. Super simple!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Make Healthy Sugar & Spice Pumpkin Seeds

One of the fun parts of Halloween growing up was gathering the family together and craving all those pumpkins... and then scooping out the seeds to roast and eat later. 

The entire experience will be forever engraved in our memories. 
Well we are grown up now, still carving pumpkins and roasting the seeds... only with our personal twist on them now.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Gypsy Tea Light Jars

In Provence it seems the Gypsies were welcomed.  It is there that they first began to be called Bohemians.  People flocked to them to have their fortunes told.  The Gypsies claimed to have dukes and counts among them, and later added captains and kings. 
The Spanish nobility protected the Gypsies at first.  Gypsy women were adored for their beauty and seductive charms; Gypsy men were admired as excellent judges of the quality of horses, and hired by nobles to procure them for their stables.   But in 1499 King Charles expelled all Gypsies from Spain, under penalty of enslavement. {source and to learn more about Gypsies}

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Paleo Pumpkin Bars

Ready to treat yourself and your family to healthy Paleo Pumpkin Bars? The recipe comes from Elana's Pantry, where Elana serves up recipes that are gluten and dairy free as well as Paleo recipes too.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Halloween Tissue Paper Decoration

Our homes interior is a white door home. Kind of a blank canvas for adding color through decorations as the seasons or mood change. Being that is is Halloween time, we wanted to add some Halloween color.

We took the white door in our kitchen nook and added some color through vintage style Halloween colors and decorations.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Upcycle~ Produce Net Pumpkins

Please don't throw out the net bag the oranges, onions or ornamental pumpkins and gourds come in! 

Reuse and recycle them into a Produce Net Pumpkin display for your home or office just like we did. 

Here's how!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Make Skull Halloween Pencils For Class or Party Favors!

Hello! Thank you so much for stopping by today!

We came up with a non-sugary treat, perfect for boys for a Halloween party at school or home. Every kid can use an extra pencil or two, and while the novelty Halloween pencils are just "okay", we decided to kick them up a notch by adding our own little touch and turning them into something spooktacular!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Apple Butter Cake ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free

Don't overlook baking with apples even with all the pumpkin recipes taking center stage right now! 

We found a new apple recipe over at The Clean Dish recently and just had to give it a try!
Sure glad we is DELICIOUS!