October 30, 2013 by Jenn
Halloween is tomorrow and I just can’t wait. Emily and I are doing Guns N Roses. She is Axl and I’m Slash… photos to follow. Anyhow, I enjoy a good spooky front yard. However, we don’t have a front yard. Living in Baltimore city, we basically have a flower bed. So I worked with what I had and came up with a spooky fence and sign for our front “yard”. Here’s how to make it!
You will need:
- gray spray paint
- thin wire
- wood (I found these cool small stakes from my local hardware store for 50 cents a piece)
- white paint
First I took all of my wood pieces and spray painted them gray.
I sanded the wood a bit with the sandpaper to make them a little rough. Next you’ll want to white wash the wood to make it appear older. White wash in stores can be expensive and it’s much easier to make your own. Just mix water with your white paint until it has the consistency of glue. Paint the gray wood with the white wash mix until it looks spooky. I then nailed the wood into the front flower bed. Once all my pieces were in order, I wrapped the metal wire around them. Super simple and easy.
To make my beware sign, I took a wood piece from my boyfriend’s stock and spray painted some of the edges red and used black acrylic paint to write beware. Again, so easy.
We spray painted a few old boxes gray and organized our pumpkins on them. Voila. Spooky front yard display.
I used yellow and orange lights all around the perimeter of the flower bed to make it look spookier at night.
Yay! Halloween party is ready for tomorrow night. What’s your favorite way to decorate?
October 26, 2013 by Emily
Recently my dad gifted me a giant box of matzo crackers… and by giant box I mean a large box containing 30 regular sized boxes of matzo. And after gobbling up all of my hummus, cheese and peanut butter with the crackers i still have 29 boxes to deal with and started to noodle around with other ways to use them up.And then I remembered cracker toffee…
My roommate from freshman year in college would make this toffee with saltines in our dorm rooms toaster oven and we would devour sheets of it during last-minute all nighters. While our loving friendship didn’t last, my love for these candies did.
This candy is super easy to make and a real crowd pleaser, I put this out at my husbands birthday party and it was gone in a flash. I also plan to make a large batch of these to bring to my co-workers around the holidays(I have scads of matzo, I should share the wealth right?)
What You’ll Need:
5 to 6 sheets matzo (or about 50 saltine crackers)
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup slivered almonds
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 11×17 baking sheet completely with foil and lightly grease with butter.
Line the bottom of the baking sheet with matzos, filling all the spaces.
In a saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together, stirring over medium heat until it begins to boil.
Let the caramel boil and bubble for about three minutes to allow it to thicken, stir in the vanilla and sea salt then pour evenly over the matzo.
Bake the sugar covered crackers for 10 minutes, watching carefully to ensure they don’t burn.
Remove from the oven and immediately cover the surface with the chocolate chips, let the heat from the caramel to melt the chocolate for about 5 minutes before spreading with a spatula.
Top with the almonds and use your spatula to gently press the almonds into the chocolate to ensure they are stuck in there!
Allow to cool completely until the chocolate it set, remove from the baking sheet and break into bite sized pieces.
It should keep a week, but mine was gone in a day!
October 23, 2013 by Emily
It that time of year again, where girls are going absolutely bananas for all things pumpkin spiced. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice Oreos (yes, thats a thing now), pumpkin spice lotions… I could go on. The men in my life are getting on the pumpkin spice train as well…but mainly focusing their attention to pumpkin spice beers.
I know that my husband is very invested in finding the best pumpkin “adult beverage”, and there isn’t really an option outside of beers…Until now!
Yep, that’s pumpkin spice bourbon! Infusing alcohols is ridiculously easy, and an awesome way to tailor your bar to the seasons.
What you’ll need:
1 sugar pumpkin (NOT a carving pumpkin!)
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
750 ml bottle of bourbon (I used Evan Williams)
Peel and gut your sugar pumpkin and cut into thin slices.
Arrange on a baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar and pie spices.
Place in a 400 degree oven and roast for 30-40 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender and just a little caramelized.
Allow the pumpkin to cool and place in a large sealable jar or jug and fill with the bourbon, making sure the pumpkin is covered completely.
Set in a cool, dark place for at least a week to infuse (2-3 weeks will get even better flavor!).
Strain the bourbon through a cheesecloth or coffee filter (the coffee filter will take longer, but you will get fewer little bits and pieces floating around.) and return to the jar or bottle for storage.
Drink and enjoy!