Thursday, October 23, 2014

{Get Crafty} Hitchhiking Ghosts Glowing Mason Jar


The Haunted Mansion is one of our favorite rides at Walt Disney World so when I saw this pin for a Hitchhiking Ghosts Glowing Mason Jar, I knew I had to make it.
 Luckily, I had all of the supplies on hand.  The instructions link to a printable stencil for a larger mason jar or a smaller one. I did the larger size.  I printed it out and cut out the stencil then taped it to the inside of my (thrifted,natch) mason jar.
 This was the part I wasn't too sure about. I had to trace the design on the outside of the jar with PERMANENT marker.   I used a fine tipped Sharpie to outline, then fill in the design.  I checked that I hadn't missed any detail by gently pulling the stencil away from the jar without completely removing it.
 The tutorial called from purple metallic paint but I mixed up my own with a combination of purple, glitter and gold metallic craft paints.
 I added some water to my paint mixture then swirled it around the inside of the jar.
 The hard part is waiting for it to dry.  I flipped it over to drip dry on a paper plate and wiped the rim of the jar every 15 minutes or so as it was drying.
Once it was dry, I was ready to light it up. I love these battery operated Halloween lights because they are so bright and they fit inside most pumpkins but the jar's opening wasn't quite big enough. So underneath it went!
Ta-da!
I get a little bit of Disney with my Halloween decorations. I can't help hearing "and a ghost will follow you home" every time I look at it!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wordless Wednesday 10.22.14

 A birthday photo shoot with Miss High School and...
...the chair!
Two beauties!!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

{Recipe} Lightened Up Pumpkin Ravioli


These might not be the prettiest ravioli but they were tasty! In keeping up with my Fall Bucket List to try at least 3 new savory pumpkin recipes, I decided to tackle pumpkin ravioli.  I was inspired by a recipe in Taste of Home but it was loaded with butter and heavy cream and used 6 eggs for the pasta. 
 I wanted to lighten it up and created my own recipe (using some of Hungry Girl's tips). I mixed up a filling of approximately 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin, 2-3 Laughing Cow light cheese wedges, salt, pepper and nutmeg.  Using wonton wrappers really lightens up the recipe and is a time saver. Put about 1 tablespoon of filling in the middle of each wonton wrapper (make two at a time and keep the package covered while working).
 Moisten the edges of the wonton wrapper with your finger dipped in water and fold over, pinching the sides together to close up the wrapper.  
 Keep filling the wrappers until you have as many as you need (this made about 15 total for us).
When you're ready to cook them, have a pot of boiling water ready and cook them a few at a time.  They only take about 2 minutes to cook. Remove them to a plate to keep warm while the sauce is cooking (or make the sauce first).
 I made a basic white sauce for the ravioli, melting 1 TBS of butter and whisking in 1 TBS of flour.
 Then I added in 1 cup of skim milk and whisked until thickened.  
I added a few tablespoons of pureed pumpkin, whisking it in and seasoned with a pinch of nutmeg, salt and pepper.
Add the sauce to the ravioli and enjoy!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Funny Birthday Cards

I received some really humorous birthday cards this year.
 My friends and family know me so well.
What can I say? I love a funny card!

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