Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Halloween Treat

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Quick and Easy Halloween Treat

I had to take a minute to share these. I've been seeing all sorts of cool Halloween-themed treats floating around Pinterest lately. This idea came from a good friend who brought them to our first Halloween party about 6 years ago. We go all out for Halloween and continue the yearly Halloween party tradition that was started by my parents years ago. I decided to bring back these Brownie eyeballs this year, and I'm so glad I did. Everyone loves them (especially Violet who just eats the M&Ms off of them.)

Just a Few Easy Steps:

- Make and bake brownies as you usually would. I went for Betty Crocker's fudgy mix.
- Wait for brownies to cool to the touch, but not completely, then dig in with your hands and roll them into balls. I went for golf ball sized so the M&M iris would be proportionate. 
- Heat up some white melting chocolate (sold at AC Moore and other craft stores.)
- Drop in the brownie balls one at a time very gently. The first one I made crumbled because I was holding it too tightly and picking it up from the top. If your brownies are too hard around the edges, give them a little squeeze as your form them. This should bring out some of the oil and help it stick together a bit.
- Put the dipped eyeballs on wax paper (or foil) and drop an M&M in the center of each. 

Now Decorate! 

You can pick up a small tube of black decorative icing for the pupil and red for the veins. I didn't have the red handy this year and instead mixed some good ol' store bought, white icing with a few drops of red food coloring in a ziploc bag. Poke out the corner out with a paperclip (scissors will create a bigger hole and therefore larger "veins") and decorate! 

And there ya have it! A slightly creepy, but delicious addition to any Halloween spread.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fun Halloween Decor

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Gourdgeous 'staches and Fangs

I am so in love with these little guys and sincerely wish they weren't going to rot away in a few weeks! Thankfully they are super easy to make.

I've had a pin on my Pinterest since last Halloween and couldn't help but snicker every time I came across it. The other night I decided to try my hand at some "pumpkin couture" with a bottle of wine and a good girlfriend. During a quick stop at the local craft store to pick up various Halloween crafties I came across a sheet of fuzzy mustache stickers and just couldn't help myself. When I remembered that I had also just discovered a wealth of plastic vampire teeth among all our Halloween paraphernalia, I knew it was meant to be. Thus came my twist on these Pinterest- inspired little dudes. 

I used a short blade kitchen knife to cut small, rectangular holes for the fangs. about 1.5in. x 3in. Scoop out the pumpkin guts (just a small amount in these itty bitty gourds) and insert fangs.

 Add a mustache and somehow it's instantly cooler.
 You can even draw and cut them out of black paper that you have handy! 

That's pretty much it!

Getting Fancy.

When I could finally tear myself away from my new fanged friends, I used some of the feathers and frills I had to decorate a few more medium-sized pumpkins; Some shiny letters on top of stripes made with glittery, black craft tape, flourished with a sparkly spider- the best part? I should be able to pull some of these decorations off to use again next year (so long as I didn't over do it with the hot glue...)

*Quick tip: Use black electrical tape to cover an unsightly rough patch. It has just enough shine, staying power, and you can paint on it immediately.

                 Trick or Treat!


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