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  • Christmas Tree Waffles

    One of the things I make for my kids every Christmas season are these Christmas Tree Waffles! I made them one year and now they've become a tradition in our household and my kids love them! Jump to recipe! Christmas Tree Waffles Making holiday-themed food is always so fun for me. These Christmas Tree Waffles are a great breakfast to enjoy this Christmas season. These semi-homemade waffles are simple enough to make on school mornings or let the kids help make and decorate their Christmas Tree Waffles on the weekend. The best part is that they are made with spinach (not food dye), so you get lots of good vitamins. They don’t taste like spinach either. My kids love them, and even request them! I’ve made spinach waffles from scratch before, but these Bisquick spinach waffles are just as good, and much easier! I just follow the recipe on the back of the box of Bisquick for waffles, but add spinach and adjust the milk a little. First, to incorporate the spinach into the waffles, mix the spinach and milk together in a blender until smooth. Christmas Tree Waffles (with spinach) Ingredients: 2 cups original Bisquick mix 1 large container of fresh baby spinach – about 16 oz 1 1/2 cups milk + spinach blended (note: the original recipe calls for 1 1/3 cup but I increased it just a little.) 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 egg toppings: whipped cream, sprinkles, Christmas M&M's Special Tools: Blender, waffle maker Directions: 1. In a blender, add in your 1 1/2 cups milk and the whole container of spinach. Blend until spinach is incorporated. 2. In a large bowl, add your Bisquick mix, milk mixture, vegetable oil, and egg. Whisk together your ingredients until smooth. 3. Pour the waffle batter into your prepared waffle maker and cook. I use this flip Belgian Waffle maker. 4. Cut apart your waffle triangles and arrange them into a tree shape on your plate. 5. Top with holiday M&M’s to look like ornaments and add a squirt of whipped cream at the top as a star! Serve and enjoy! My kids love them with hot cocoa in cute Santa mugs! To be extra fancy, try drizzling them with chocolate syrup or adding sprinkles! Shop this recipe:

  • Gifts for Disney Lovers

    Finding cute Disney things for kids can be easy, but finding cute Disney things for adults is a little harder. No worries, we're sharing some fun gifts for the "older" Disney lovers in your life! Disney magic is for everyone! These gift ideas are sure to bring a little magic to their everyday lives, even when they aren't in the parks! Gifts for Disney Lovers Disney Ring - This simple yet elegant Disney ring is perfect for someone who likes little touches of magic in their daily life. A fun gift for a Disney friend! Disney Lego Up House - A fun gift for someone who loves creative play! This Up house has balloons, how cute is that! Disney Watch Band - This engraved watch band fits Apple watches and has such cute designs on it! Kinda feels like wearing a magic band all year long! Princess Eras Shirt - Got a Disney/Swiftie you're shopping for? Check out this perfect princess-themed shirt from MaddyGiftsShop on Etsy! Be sure to check out our Swiftie Gift Guide for more ideas! Mickey and Minnie Luggage Tags - Know someone who is Disney-bound? These would make a cute family gift or stocking stuffer for the family! Disney Trivia Game - Challenge your Disney-loving friends with this fun trivia game. Check out our other favorite family games that includes two more Disney themed games! Malificent AirPods Case - Keep their Air Pods safe with this cute villain case. They also have Grogu and Tigger if that's more of their vibe. Disney Cutting Board - This cute Mickey-shaped cutting board is great for parties. It even comes with these Mickey cheese knives that can be stored underneath it. Mouse Ring Dish - We adore this minimal Mickey-shaped dish from BrightsideDecorCo on Etsy! Fanny Pack Bag - This Freshly Picked Fanny Pack bag is so on trend! We like the Mickey Mania but there are other styles to choose from too. Welcome Sign - This magical home sign has interchangeable icons for all the seasons and holidays! Disney Parks Cookbook - We have this cookbook (and the Drink Cookbook version) and we love it! We shared the Cheshire CatTails Recipe from it. Alice in Wonderland Makeup - This metallic makeup palette by Sigma is inspired by Alice in Wonderland. It's so shimmery and pretty! Disney 100 Vinyl - In celebration of Disney's 100th anniversary this 2 LP set has lots of family favorites! Check out our other Gift Guides for more shopping ideas!

  • DIY Advent Calendar Free Printables

    My husband is into craft beer and I thought it would be fun to wrap up different craft beers as a 12 Days of Beer Advent Calendar. If you’re looking for an advent calendar printable, we’ve got you covered. I painted these watercolor wreaths and I’ve turned them into advent tags that can be used for so many different types of advent calendars. I personally think a book advent calendar would be super fun! Today I'll be sharing how I turned these watercolor advent wreath printables into a beer advent countdown! DIY Advent Calendar – Beer-y Christmas! I’ve been a busy little elf. I’ve been working in secret to create this craft beer advent calendar for a special little elf (my husband). Supplies: Wooden Craft Crate gold spray paint (optional) Holiday Tissue Paper 12 craft beers Ribbon to decorate your crate with Watercolor Advent Printables To create my beer advent calendar, first, I hit up my favorite shop for wine, beer, and spirits – Total Wine. I scoured their craft beer section and picked up 24 different craft beers. Winter ales, IPA’s, stouts and more! You can do as many or as little as you want to create your advent box. This would even work for unique sodas, mini wine bottles, books, or little trinkets. I wrapped each bottle with red tissue paper and tied a numbered advent wreath tag that I cut out (download the pdf) around the neck. This wooden crate (spray-painted gold”) made a perfect container for my craft beer advent calendar! Tie a big festive ribbon into a bow around your crate and you’ve got a fun adult gift that keeps on giving throughout the holiday season! What kind of DIY advent calendar will you make with these printables!? Let the holiday season begin! Shop for Gifts for Dads, Swiftie Gifts, Gifts for Happy Campers, and Outdoor Toys for Kids!

  • Gifts for Swifties

    Swiftmas is right around the corner and let's face it, you probably have a Swiftie in your life! We're sharing some of our favorite gift ideas for Swifties. Some are more Taylor-themed, while others are a more subtle nod to Taylor. We have small items that would be fun for friends or stockings and bigger items for the favorite Taylor lover in your life! Gifts for Swifties Watch Band - at only $10.99, this Eras Tour Apple watch band makes a great Secret Santa, stocking, or bestie gift without breaking your budget. Taylor Swift and The Clothes She Wears - It's a beautiful picture book chock full of stunning photos of Taylor Swift's most beloved fits. In My 2024 Era Calendar - A wall calendar with artistic scenes from the eras tour each month. Light Up Ivy - Know an Evermore girlie? These light-up Ivy lights might be right up her alley! Fujifilm Instax Square Camera - It's the modern-day Polaroid and we know Taylor loves Polaroid photos! Be creative and take your own instant photos with this pretty camera. Album as Books Shirt - This is such a cute fan-made sweatshirt from OceanBlueClothingUS Etsy shop! Perfect for the bookworm Swiftie. Pat McGrath Lipstick - Taylor is known for her "red lip classic thing" and has been confirmed to use Pat McGrath lipsticks! This red lip is great for many skin tones and stays for hours! Moon and Saturn Necklace - Some swifties like subtle nods to song lyrics. This GoldThreadCandleCo Estys shop moon/Saturn necklace combo fits the Folklore girlies who love the lyrics and pretty jewelry! "Love you to the moon and to Saturn" 1989 Vinyl - Get the latest re-release from Taylor (1989 Taylor's Version) in this tangerine orange color! Record Player - This Audio Technica turntable is of great quality. I prefer the brown front for a vintage feel. Paired with these bookshelf speakers it makes a great "big gift" that will elevate their music listening sessions to the next level. Midnight Slippers - Meet me at midnight in your comfy clothes for a TS dance party in these fuzzy slippers! Loop Earbuds - Protect your hearing with these highly popular concert earbuds. These noise-filtering buds allow you to vibe at concerts or other loud environments without harming your hearing. Patriarchy Keychain - We remember it all too well. This would pair nicely with the Taylor Swift Advent Calendar for the car we shared! Car Air Freshener - It's so true, we get in and immediately pick our era for the trip. We love the disco ball addition as well! Blind Date with a Book (Taylor's Version) - Take Me To The Lakes Co Etsy shop allows you to choose your favorite Taylor album (or song) and get a book that fits that vibe. How cute is this idea! You can tell the shop owner hand wraps and decorates each book so cute! I got the Christmas Tree Farm version and it was so cute I didn't want to open it right away and just admired the cute packaging. What is your favorite gift for your swiftie this holiday season? Check out our 10 books for the 10 Taylor Swift Eras! For more Taylor Swift fun check out Taylor Swift's Chai Cookies Recipe, Taylor Swift Party, Lavender Haze Cocktail, DIY Friendship Bracelet House, Lavender Lemonade, and DIY Concert Confetti Shadow Box.

  • Advent Calendars for Kids and Adults

    How is it almost the end of the year? December is right around the corner and we're starting to get things ready for the holiday season. An advent calendar is a fun way to count down to the Christmas holiday and we found some of the best ones for kids and adults! Here are some fun advent calendars your family will enjoy. Check out our collection of Advent Calendars For Little Kids advent calendars for little kids, older kids, teens, and adults! Shop By Section: Advent Calendars For Little Kids Advent Calendars For Older Kids Advent Calendars For Teens/Young Adults Advent Calendars For Adults Fill Your Own Advent Calendar Advent Calendars For Little Kids Bluey Suprise Advent Calendar - If your kids love Bluey, they will love this Bluey advent calendar. 24 different Bluey figurines, accessories and stickers to open each day. The characters even have adorable Christmas jumpers on! Train Advent Calendar - Each day you get to open one of 12 different wooden train pieces. Each train is magnetic and connects together to build a long train. Kiwi Crate Christmas Village - This special advent crate allows you to build a festive Christmas village. For 24 days, you'll open a special envelope with the supplies to build a new feature of your village. You can also get Santa's Train and Winter Wonderland advent crates. Lego Friends Advent Calendar - 24 mini surprises including 2 Lego friends and 8 Lego pets. Build a festive playground where they can play throughout the month of December. PlayDoh Advent Calendar - Get a mini PlayDoh can a new surprise tool each day! Includes a playmat for creative fun! Advent Calendars For Older Kids Hidden Game Advent Calendar - 24 mysterious letters from all over the world, one to open each day as you solve the puzzle and play the game. Diamond Painting Advent Ornaments - If your kids enjoy diamond painting they will have fun creating these mini diamond keychains that double as ornaments for an advent calendar. Magic Advent Calendar - Add a little magic to your every day. This magic inspired advent calendar from National Geographic has 15 different magic tricks and 9 science magic experiments to open and do! This one is sure to impress the friends! Family Game Advent - 24 fun games to play daily with the whole family! Recommended ages 6+ Advent Calendars For Teens/Young Adults Beauty Advent Calendar - With all the holiday events and celebrations this beauty advent will be a fun gift this holiday season. This advent contains 20 different beauty-related products for hair, face, eyes, lips, and more! Brain Teaser Advent Calendar - Challenge your mind with these 24 metal or plastic puzzles. Great for those out-of-the-box thinkers. Christmas Tree Building Toy Advent Calendar - Build your own mini Christmas tree with LED lights and tiny decorations. Each day has something new to create your tree and by Christmas Eve you'll have your own mini tree built. Taylor Swift Car Vent Clips Advent Box - This cute vent clip looks like a tiny record player. There are 24 different records that double as scent incense diffusers to "play" in your car. Advent Calendars For Adults Hot Sauce Advent Calendar - Spice things up this year with this hot sauce advent calendar. 24 days of 20 different hot sauces to unwrap! Wooden Advent Tree - This classic wooden tree will make a beautiful decoration for years to come. Open a new ornament each day to decorate your tiny tree. Perfect for small spaces, offices, or bedrooms! 12 Days of Socks - For the person in your life who likes to wear those silly holiday socks! This "12 days of socks" calendar will be fun to open leading up to the holiday season. Puzzle Advent Calendar - A 1000-piece Christmas scene puzzle comes in 24 different boxes to open and put together. Sounds like a cozy activity for the winter. Fill Your Own Advent Calendar Christmas Village Advent Calendar with Drawers - This reusable advent calendar is beautifully crafted with a village on top and drawers to fill with your own treats, goodies, or activities. Christmas Tree Pocket Advent - This Christmas Tree hanging has little pockets with ornaments that you decorate the tree with. You could also add a little chocolate to each pocket (or random pockets) as a fun surprise. Wooden Tree with Drawers - This feels so classic. Like something you could pass down for generations to come. This wooden tree with drawers could be used for so many Christmas styles. Fill it with your favorite goodies and enjoy all December long.

  • One-Pot Million Dollar Spaghetti

    Like most families, spaghetti is a staple food around our house and we usually make it a few times a month. Recently though, I changed it up. I started making what I call Million Dollar Spaghetti! I named it that because 1. It tastes like a million dollars, it's so yummy! 2. I make it with some of the pricier sauces i.e. it "cost a million dollars". Not really, but it was a joke that stuck in our family. Now, this one-pot million-dollar spaghetti can totally be made with whatever sauce your family likes the best but I've made it with a variety of sauces and we keep coming back to this flavor combination. This makes a big batch of spaghetti, perfect for a large family or leftovers because it's remarkably even better the next day! One-Pot Million Dollar Spaghetti 1 lb mild Italian sausage, ground mushrooms, sliced (I use a whole pack of fresh mushrooms but skip if you don't like mushrooms) Rao's tomato basil spaghetti sauce, 24 oz jar Rao's roasted garlic Alfredo sauce, 15 oz jar 1 box of spaghetti noodles, uncooked 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese Serves: 8 Total cook time: 40 mins 1. In a large Dutch oven, cook your ground Italian sausage over medium-high heat until almost cooked through. 2. Add in your sliced mushrooms and cook down. 3. Mix in your spaghetti sauce and then fill the empty jar about 1/2 way with water and add that too. Stir to combine 4. Break your spaghetti noodles in half and put them on top of the sauce. Stir slightly to cover the noodles. 5. Top the noodles with a jar of Alfredo sauce. 6. Add your shredded mozzarella cheese to the top of everything. 7. Cover and cook on low, simmering, for 10 minutes. 8. Remove the lid and stir the noodles to make sure they are not clumping. 9. Cover and continue to cook on low for another 10 minutes. 10. Stir noodles again and recover for another 10 minutes. Your noodles are going to cook for a total of 30 minutes. I've tried to space it out more and only stir ever 15 minutes but I've had trouble lately with the noodles sticking so I've changed up the time a bit. 10. Stir before serving and enjoy! We serve our million-dollar spaghetti with a yummy side salad and sometimes some garlic bread.

  • 7 Fun and Easy Halloween Foods

    I'm a sucker for holiday-themed and cute food. To celebrate Halloween, here are 7 fun Halloween foods I enjoy serving my kids during the Halloween season. These ideas are sure to make this last week festive and fun! 7 Fun and Easy Halloween Foods Yes, I have served all of these fun foods to my kids either this Halloween or last Halloween. They love themed food and I’m totally that mom who loves making it! I might as well enjoy it while they’re young and still think my quirkiness is cool. Check out some of my favorite Halloween foods for kids. 1. Green Eyeball Pasta I love making this for Harry Potter movie night as well as Halloween. We call it Mad Eye Moody Meatballs if we are serving it for Harry Potter. You can also dye spaghetti green for a brighter pasta which I have done here to make it more spooky. Full recipe here. 2. Pumpkin Face Pancakes and Boo-nanas Create pumpkin pancakes and then cut them out with pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters. Give the kids candy corn and chocolate sauce to make faces (or make it for them). Add chocolate sauce to half a banana for boo-annas! 3. Mummy Pizza and Spider Eggs On half of an English Muffin make a cheese mummy pizza using strips of mozzarella cheese and olives for eyes. Serve grapes (spider eggs) on the side with a plastic spider ring on top for them to wear during their meal! 4. Mac and Cheese Jack-o-lanterns Jazz up some basic stovetop Mac and cheese for Halloween. I added about 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree, extra cheddar, and served them in orange bell peppers that I carved to look like mini jack-o-lanterns. 5. Candy Corn Waffles I made a batch of Pumpkin Spice waffles. Before cooking them in my waffle maker, I separated the batter into 2 bowls and added orange and yellow food coloring. Pour the orange batter in the middle and some yellow around the outside. Once they are cooked, separate the triangles and dip them in a simple milk, vanilla and powdered sugar glaze to create the white tip. Yum! 6. Zombie Brains These sushi zombie brains are super creepy but fun for sushi-loving kiddos. I didn’t want to make a whole batch of sticky rice, so I used Annie Chun’s white sticky rice and it worked perfectly! Check out the video on our TikTok to see how easily these come together. Full recipe here. 7. Jack-o-lantern Quesadillas We made jack-o-lantern quesadillas to eat for our pumpkin carving night. I just cut pumpkin shapes (or have older kids make their own pumpkin faces) out of one tortilla and then line up two tortillas to cut the pumpkin stem at the top. Fill with cheese, spray the outside with cooking spray, and bake in a 400-degree oven for 8-10 minutes until melted. Make these Halloween treats even more festive by serving them on Halloween plates! Which one looks the most fun to make? Let me know in the comments. Shop Halloween Deals

  • Plan a Trip to visit Halloweentown

    Did you know you can really visit the town where the Halloweentown the Disney movie was filmed? Take a trip to the Pacific Northwest this Fall and plan a trip to visit "Halloweentown" in St. Helen's Oregon, a quaint little riverside town. We went last year and it was so much fun. This blog guide will help you plan your trip to Halloweentown. Put on a spooky outfit and channel your best witchy vibes. Plan a Trip to Halloweentown While we spent the day in St. Helen's, Oregon, we really planned the trip to visit Portland, Oregon, and the Oregon coast so I'll touch on some of that in a later post if you're interested in our entire trip. But let's dive right into some Halloweentown tips and tricks to plan your trip. How Far is St. Helen's from Portland? St. Helen's is only a 40-45 minute drive from Portland so it makes a great day trip. Because it was so close we knew it would be a town to visit to kick off the Halloween season and put us in the Halloween mood. When to visit Halloweentown? St. Helen's is a regular town so you can visit any time of the year, but they really put on a show for Spirit of Halloweentown from mid-September all the way until Halloween (Sep 16-Oct 31, 2023). Because of our trip itinerary, we visited on a weekday which was much more chill, but if you visit on the weekends, they open their main attractions and it's much more fun! What to do in Halloweentown? The main attraction in my opinion is the plaza in front of the courthouse with the large Halloweentown pumpkin! This is open on the weekends (weekdays for free) for photo ops and walking through. You can also see Benny the cab driver and pose with him for a picture. On October 7th, they have a big Halloweentown parade that ends with a pumpkin lighting so that's fun! On weekends you can purchase tickets to other attractions as well such as the haunted house, Big Halloween Exhibit, boat ride to Sand Island to hunt for Big Foot, a decorated houses tour, alien museum, movie theater showings, celebrity photo-ops and more! They host a costume contest every Saturday and Sunday with cash prizes up for grabs so go all out! Weekend attractions are usually open from 10 am to 5 pm unless otherwise noted. Halloweentown Photo Op Places? Giant Pumpkin - Halloweentown Plaza City Hall/Courthouse Plaza - Halloweentown Plaza at 275 Strand Street Benny’s Cab - Parked along Halloweentown Plaza (it's not exactly the cab from the movie, but Benny will be there in the driver’s seat and it's a fun photo to snag!) Bus stop - Halloweentown Plaza Old Theater: 212 S 1st Street (You can actually watch movies here including Halloweentown!) If you're looking for Aggie Cromwell’s house, it's located at 3814 SE Martins Street, Portland, Oregon so that's a bummer. Special events in Halloweentown? On October 21st- 22nd it's the 25th anniversary of the original movie and they will have special guests including "Sophie, Dylan, Luke, and Marnie" there, where you can get paid autographs and/or pictures with the cast. There is even a pizza party with Sophie, Dylan, and Luke you can attend. You can go inside the courthouse and see part of the movie set as well as scripts and other props and view the Halloweentown movie in their theater to celebrate! Other weekends are a host to special events such as Twilight weekend (September), Hocus Pocus weekend (September), Haunted Hotrods (October) and Witches Beer Fest and Witches Celebration (October). If you're a Twilight fan, the Bella Swan Twilight house is also in St. Helen's. You can stop by to see it and take your picture out front as well. Where to park for Halloweentown? During the weekdays you can park in the city on 231 S First Street and it's free. On the weekends, because it's a small town that pulls a big crowd, they offer parking passes for 1810 Old Portland Road and will shuttle you into the town. Parking on weekends costs $15 a day online and $20 in person so plan ahead. To get more information and purchase your tickets for attractions, celebrity photos, parking, and more, visit their Halloweentown website. Visiting Halloweentown is such a fun trip and such a unique place! If you are planning a trip to Portland or the Oregon coast, come back soon for my 4-day trip itinerary and guide! Looking for more Halloween fun? Check out our DIY Cheesecloth Ghosts, 13 Witchy Reads for Fall, and Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam Recipe.

  • Taylor Swift's Chai Cookies

    We are less than 1 month away from getting Taylor's Version of 1989 and I'm here for it. You know I'm a swiftie and if you haven't seen our Friendship Bracelet Lover House, Lavender Haze Cocktail, or Concert Confetti Shadow Box, go check them out. If you have seen them, let's add something new to our Taylor Swift content - Taylor Swift's Chai Cookies! During her original launch of 1989, Taylor hosted Secret Sessions, where she invited fans to a secret album listening events and she made these Chai Cookies to bring to them. Yes, Taylor bakes! You can check out her 2014 Tumblr post where she shares her cookie recipe. These cookies would be a great addition to an album-listening Taylor Swift party! Taylor Swift's Chai Cookies Cookie Ingredients: 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 cup vegetable oil, such as canola or sunflower oil. 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 large egg 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, or the seeds of 1 vanilla bean 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt Icing ingredients: 1 cup powdered sugar 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon 3 tablespoons milk or eggnog (Taylor called them TAYblespoons and it's so frickin cute!) Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or grease generously with butter or cooking spray. 2. Using a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter in a large bowl on medium speed for about 1 minute. Add the vegetable oil. It may not fully incorporate with the butter, but that’s okay. Add the granulated sugar, powdered sugar, egg, and vanilla, beating on medium speed until each ingredient is completely incorporated. 3. Stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt all at once using a wooden spoon or the mixer set on low. The dough will be soft. 5. Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour or freeze for 15 minutes just so it’s easier to handle. 6. For large cookies, dollop 2 Tablespoons of cookie dough onto the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. For smaller cookies use 1 Tablespoon for each cookie. Press the dough evenly with your fingers or palm to 1/4-inch thickness. 7. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes for larger cookies or 8 to 10 minutes for smaller cookies. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes before transferring to racks to cool completely. For the icing: 1. Mix together your ingredients for the icing and drizzle on top of your cookies. Adjust the milk and powdered sugar as needed to get the consistency you like the best. 2. Drizzle or spread on your cookies. I sprinkled mine with a little bit of cinnamon to finish them off. The cookies will keep for 3-4 days if stored in an airtight container. As Taylor would say, " bakers gonna bake bake bake bake bake." Happy almost 1989 Taylor's Version!

  • Zombie Brain Sushi Recipe

    This zombie brain sushi is a fun food for Halloween. It's creepy looking, but really it's just sushi jazzed up to look like a brain and my kids eat it up (literally)! Zombie Brain Sushi *This recipe makes 4 brains, using 1/2 of an avocado for each brain. Ingredients: avocados x 2 cooked sushi rice cream cheese, about 4 tablespoons smoked salmon, about 9 oz red food coloring, a few drops Directions: Prep: Cook your sushi rice as directed on the package. I cooked 1 cup of dry sushi rice. Cut your avocado in half and take out the pit. Scoop the flesh out of the skin leaving the whole avocado in that half shape. Fill the hole in your avocado with some softened cream cheese. 3. Place the avocado, cream cheese side down, onto your plate. 4. Cover the avocado with the cooked sushi rice (save some sushi rice in a small bowl for the last step. Have a bowl of water nearby to wet your hands so that the rice doesn't stick to your hands. 5. Take pieces of the smoked salmon, fold them to create the brain-like folds, and place them on top of the rice, folding them to create that brain look. 6. Cover your brain with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge. This helps mold that salmon into the brain shape. 7. Add a few drops of the red food coloring to the sushi rice that you saved earlier. Stir it around to coat. 8. Take out your sushi brains and add the red rice in a line down the center of your brain. 9. Cover with plastic wrap again and store in the fridge until you're ready to eat it. These are great to make ahead for Halloween night and eat them before or after trick or treating. For more Halloween fun check out these posts: 13 Witchy Books for Fall DIY Cheesecloth Ghosts Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • DIY Cheesecloth Ghosts

    I remember a family friend making cheesecloth ghosts when I was a child. Although I loved them at the time, I never made them myself until I was a mom with kids and wanted more "homemade" Halloween decor. These ghosts are simple but make a big impact and are seriously so cute! The ones I remember from childhood were simple, but I added matching buntings to my ghosts to match my DIY Happy Halloween Bunting. Supplies: Cheesecloth Liquid starch Balloons or Christmas ornaments Jars, glasses, or vases Pipe cleaners,any colors Pans (to set ghosts in while they dry) Bowl (to soak cheesecloth) DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Directions Step 1: Create the shape for your ghosts by setting a blown-up balloon in a vase or jar. I used a pipe cleaner under the balloon to create arm shapes. Play around with different sizes of ghosts to see what you like best. I used pieces of tape to secure my balloons to the jars before I began adding my cheesecloth. This will give your ghost a head and arm shape. *Note: Be sure to put your ghost shapes on a clean tray to keep the mess contained once you add the liquid starch. Step 2: Measure and precut your cheesecloth to fit your ghosts. I discovered I liked 3-4 layers of cheesecloth to achieve the transparency I desired. Make sure to leave enough cheesecloth at the bottom of each ghost to puddle and create a base for the ghosts to stand up. Step 3: Pour some liquid starch into a bowl and wet your cheesecloth. Be careful your layers don’t get too bunched up. When your cheesecloth is completely wet, sloth off some of the excess and arrange it on your ghost mold, draping from front to back. You have time to arrange it how you like making sure you leave a puddle of cheesecloth around the front and back for your ghost base. Once you are satisfied with your ghosts, let them dry overnight. Step 4: While you wait for your ghosts to dry you can create their banners. I wanted my ghosts to be holding bunting that matched my DIY Happy Halloween Bunting. I used a few extra pieces of the black burlap bunting and cut mini buntings to match for my ghosts. Step 5: Cut rectangles the size you need and then snip out a triangle shape from the bottom going from each corner at an angle to the middle of your rectangle to creating a bunting shape. Using white paint, create your letters. I made my buntings say “boo” for the big ghost and “trick” “or” “treat” buntings for the 3 smaller ghosts. Step 6: Gently remove the ghosts from their mold. I popped my balloons and just loosed the ghosts from the ornament molds. They look awesome don’t they! Step 7: Now you can attach your buntings. Thread your bunting letters onto twine and attach them through each of the ghost’s hands. Tie a knot on the underside of the ghost hand to keep the bunting attached. These DIY Cheesecloth Ghosts make a great centerpiece for a Halloween party or just use them to decorate around your house. Make large ghosts and place battery-operated tea lights under them to line your steps or walkway outside! They just make me so happy! Shop this project: More Halloween Fun: 13 Witchy Books for Fall Pumpkin Chocolate Cookies

  • Easy DIY Halloween Bunting

    I wanted to create a simple DIY Halloween bunting banner that could be used for different Halloween décor not only for this year but for years to come as well. I kept it simple with a classic black-and-white color combination. I found black pre-cut burlap bunting at my local craft store and I used white craft paint to freehand paint my letters on the bunting. I added simple ghosts for a little spooky touch. It looks great with my DIY cheesecloth ghosts. Easy DIY Halloween Bunting SUPPLIES Black burlap (or sturdy black fabric cut to shape, felt might work too) White craft paint and paintbrush Twine Large needle White scrap fabric Cotton balls Black marker White thread DIRECTIONS: Step 1: Cut your fabric to the shape and size you want. Mine are about 5 x 7 inches, and then I cut it angled in at the bottom to make the bunting shape I wanted. Step 2: Using white craft paint, paint “Happy Halloween”, one letter at a time, on each of the bunting pieces. This took a long time but was worth it in the end. You may have to do 2 or 3 coats to get the white just right. Step 2: To make the ghosts I just used 4 jumbo cotton balls wrapped in a piece of white fabric and tied with white thread. I drew on black eyes with the marker. Step 3: Using a large needle and some black and white twine I threaded on each letter to make my banner. I made 2 separate buntings, one for the word “Happy” and another for “Halloween”. Step 4: String the ghosts through the head on each end of the word “happy” to complete your banner. Hang and enjoy for many Halloweens to come! I made mini versions of these buntings when I made my DIY cheesecloth ghosts. Head over to that post to make this craft. Looking for more Halloween? Check out these posts: 13 Spellbinding Witchy Books to Read this Fall Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam Starbucks Copycat Recipe

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