Halloween Wreath

Semi-Homemade Halloween Wreath

This past weekend, we had a lot of fun getting in the spirit of the season and decorating for Halloween. In an effort to better document my Halloween exploits, I’m going to try to post a project each day.

One of the oldest projects on my Halloween to-do list was to make a wreath. Last year, I bought a spooky-ish (but plain) black wreath from CVS on 60% clearance the week after Halloween was over. The wreath sat in our Halloween bins in the attic all year. I got it out this past weekend and decided to spice it up with some dollar store items: Centipedes, roaches, a fly, spiders, a ghoul, and the dollar store spooky gray cloth. Total budget for this wreath ended up being about $5, and we’re pretty pleased with the effect.

Winter Yarn Wreath (with little owl friend)

I love outside Christmas decorations. We actually start our outdoor decorating in October for Halloween, use our non-carved pumpkins & add some scarecrows for Thanksgiving, then take down all the autumn and put up pretty lights and a wreath. (If it was up to me, I’d leave our Christmas lights up year-round, but Rob thinks it might make the neighbors think that we’re just too lazy to take them down…) Read more

Chocolate Kahlua Pecan Pie

For Thanksgiving festivities this year, I made/created a Chocolate Kahlua Pecan Pie. I know some pecan pie lovers are purists and against adding other ingredients to their traditional pecan pie, but I am not. And I love chocolate…and liquor! There’s nothing better to add to a pecan pie to make it even better!
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Pumpkins!

Happy Halloween!

Here’s a picture of our jack-o-lantern’s and overall Halloween diorama that sits outside our apartment door.

Wedding China

As some of you may know, I’m getting married on April 19th. Well, I’m really excited right now. Some of our wedding gifts have started rolling in, and I would like to rave about my china–Taika by iitala. I just picked it out because I really liked the graphics, but I hadn’t seen it in person. Mom and Dad have given me and Rob a few place settings, and here are the pictures. It’s really gorgeous stuff! The colors are beautiful, the graphics are fun, the heft of each dish is good.

I can’t wait to start using this stuff!

My New Bar

I made a stereo cabinet that I got from the Habitat Resale Shop into a bar. All I did was rearrange the shelves a bit, put mirrors on each shelf, and update my stemware/liquor collection. This was a pretty cool project; I’m very happy with the results! Cocktail hour at my place tonight.

My Bar

My Bar - Detail

Fat Cracker

The perfect hors d’oeuvre for any Champagne Thursday is Fat Cracker. I don’t know the original names for these divine little appetizers, but they really should just be called Fat Crackers. Bacon fat baked into club crackers with melted, bubbly Parmesan cheese. Yummy. I’m lucky–because my metabolism is so high, I can eat a million Fat Crackers and still not gain any weight! (haha, I wish.)

The Recipe

Pecan Pilaf

We have another great recipe called Pecan Pilaf. My mom made this for Thanksgiving; it tastes very, very yummy.

The Recipe

Cheesy Pineapple Casserole

Now that the post-Thanksgiving Rush has settled down, and I’m looking at the home stretch for my exam studying (12/5 & 12/6), It’s time to post some new recipes.

The Recipe

Shara’s Neckwarmer

It’s about time to post this neck warmer I made. It’s a great pattern by Shara at Craftster (Pattern Link Here.) I worked on this lovely piece at the meeting of crafty/stitchin’ ladies here in Myrtle Beach that happens every other Sunday evening.

See the Neckwarmer