As soon as I saw this super fast, really cool Graveyard Bean Dip idea at bloggy buddy Jacqueline's I added it to our Sunday dinner. Her ghosts were so cute, my ghosts turned out a little sad looking... too much haunting this close to Halloween I guess:@) I do know some sour creams are thicker than others, so you might want to keep that in mind. I used a food writer pen for the lettering and while it worked great for the tombstones, I couldn't get it to leave a mark for the ghost eyes. Actually, I might try to cut a ghost shape out of a slice of cheddar the next time, a small cookie cutter would work great! And I'm thinking you could use a sharpie for the tombstones if you tell folks not to eat them.
This is basically a deconstructed Mexican Seven Layer Dip, so add whatever your crew likes and serve with tortilla chips or Fritos.
The main idea behind this year's Barbie Spider Woman Halloween Costume is to show how decorated hairbands can be slid onto her waist to create a fun outfit! I picked up these spider hairbands at AC Moore last year, a pack of two for $1. The necklace is a plastic spider ring with the ring part cut off and glued onto a sparkly pipe cleaner. Her headband is the ring from a water bottle with another spider hot glued onto it. I chose green because of the iridescent spiders on the hairbands.
It was a bright day and the camera created it's own almost glowing spooky effects...
And in the true spirit of Halloween here are some filter effects from pizap.com...
Let's start off with the silly purchase, I love this crazy solar turkey from Dollar Tree! His head goes up and down and wings flap, he's sitting on the window sill in the kitchen and will bring smiles through Thanksgiving.
As a life long fan of lollipop trees, I had to share this great idea from I Gotta Create using a Dollar Store skull. It's just too fun and looks like you (or the Hubby:@) could whip one up in no time with a drill. To make it even gorier add some of those real thin snakes sticking up between some of the lollipops!
For my PIGskin Challenge this week I found some fun football/Christmas inflatables at Walmart.
Now if only they were green they'd be perfect here in Eagles territory... just sayin'.
And I'll leave you with... Well, honestly I don't know what to say about this folks...
But I'll bet he wins the award for Tastiest Costume:@)
I had a blast setting up the 6' tree this year! Love it and will continue decorating a big Halloween Tree. Here it is from back when I first set it up and the lighting was better for pics, my livingroom is dark and I have added to the tree since then. The colored C7 bulbs are blinkers so some times I catch them, sometimes I don't... Warning: picture overload-Proceed with caution:@)
Some folks have said they'd like to have a Halloween tree but don't know where to get ornaments. The easiest way to start gathering them is while Christmas ornaments are out, just imagine what would work for Halloween. The solid black balls, owls and blue stars are all from clearance last year.
I love the costume award buttons, they are a great size and the ribbon detail is cool.
Was hoping Walmart would have more this year, but no-bummer.
An inexpensive pack of plastic treat pumpkins goes a long way in helping to fill out a tree.
I tucked larger wooden cut-outs and scarecrow picks deeper inside the branches.
The orange cat cookie cutter in the pic below is a great example of filler... I grabbed a pack of 6 plastic Halloween cookie cutters at Big Lots on clearance for 25¢ last November. They may eventually get make-overs, but I enjoyed them as is this year.
The black bat above (some are orange, there are 6) is a spinner the boys gave me,
the heat from the bulbs makes the fins in the middle turn.
I simply added orange bead dots from Michaels to a couple plain black balls, love the way they look!
The caution tape did turn out to be a fun, colorful garland for the tree.
The fiber optic witch tree topper that I shared earlier HERE.
So that's my tree this year folks-
You don't have to decorate a big one, I used a 28" feather tree for years, I just... um, outgrew it.
I loved the idea of trying this savory recipe for Pumpkin Palooza this year, but what really caught my eye was they said you could sub butternut squash for pumpkin if you wanted to... I'm very fond of butternut squash folks, so that's what I used this time. The colors in this Pumpkin, Beef and Black Bean Chili are beautiful! I really felt like I was eating something very healthy. And it would have been even more colorful if I remembered to add the fresh cilantro at the end-ugh...
I like my chili sauce to have a little viscosity to it so I did add extra black beans and mashed some.
This was a nice change from our usual Sunday dinner chili.
Pumpkin (or Butternut Squash), Beef and Black Bean Chili-Country Living Magazine Oct 2014
1 1/4 lbs ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tblsp chili powder
2 Tblsp oregano-that's a lot of oregano folks... I used 1 tsp
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
3 C cubes pumpkin or butternut squash-I aimed for about 1/2" pieces
14.5oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
14.5oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes with juice-I used a can of Rotel and shake of smoked paprika
14oz can of beef broth
S&P to taste
1/3 C chopped fresh cilantro
sliced fresh jalapenos-may I suggest pickled ones:@)
chipotle sour cream These directions seemed rather involved to me... I just browned up the hamburger, then added the onion for about 5 minutes, then added everything except the beans. I added the beans to heat trough when the squash got soft.
Cook beef in dutch oven until no longer pink. Remove with slotted spoon.
Cook onion and next 2 ingredients in drippings for 7 minutes.
Stir in chili powder and next 2 ingredients, cook 1 minute and stir in pumpkin and next 5 ingredients.
Bring to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until pumpkin is tender (I'm guessing they want you to add the beef back at this point...).
Stir in cilantro (I forgot this) and season to taste with S&P. Serve with jalapenos and Chipotle Sour Cream.
Chipotle Sour Cream
Stir together 8oz sour cream, 1 Tblsp minced canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, 2 tsp lime zest and 1 Tblsp lime juice. Season to taste with S&P.
My boys are grown and on their own and while the day job puts food on the table, it doesn't feed the soul. So this Philly Girl started Pig In Mud. Please join me as I welcome each season and holiday through frequent brief posts focusing on home cooking, baking and crafts. I hope you'll find this a happy place that provides inspiration:@) Lynn