Sunday, September 29, 2013

More Halloween Fun!

Here are some more ideas that I have found while looking around the web.




Kitty Litter Cake

This was a hit at all my halloween party's.

1 (18 oz.) box spice or german chocolate cake mix...
1 (18 oz.) box white cake mix
1 pkg. white sandwich cookies
1 large box vanilla instant pudding mix
12 small tootsie rolls
1 litter box (preferably a NEW one!)
1 plastic scoop
green food coloring
 

Fan Share: Kitty Litter Cake

 This was a hit at all my halloween party's.

 1 (18 oz.) box spice or german chocolate cake mix
 1 (18 oz.) box white cake mix
 1 pkg. white sandwich cookies
 1 large box vanilla instant pudding mix
 12 small tootsie rolls
 1 litter box (preferably a NEW one!)
 1 plastic scoop
 green food coloring

 See more... http://www.kidskuisine.com/kitty-litter-cake/
See more... http://www.kidskuisine.com/kitty-litter-cake/


Spider Cupcakes
www.holidaycottagepage.com/spider-cupcakes/

Photo: Spider Cupcakes
www.holidaycottagepage.com/spider-cupcakes/


Photo

Candy Corn Pizza
www.holidaycottagepage.com/halloween-cookie-pizza/

Photo: Candy Corn Pizza
www.holidaycottagepage.com/halloween-cookie-pizza/


Photo: Cool idea!


29 gross-out halloween party recipes!
 

29 gross-out halloween party recipes!
---> http://diycozyhome.com/29-halloween-recipes-creepy-fun-disgusting-scary-gross/

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http://www.cutefoodforkids.com/2011/09/29-creepy-spooky-scary-gross-and.html



Make the shape with bottle, ball and wire. Drape over cheesecloth and spray with starch. Once dry remove supports. So clever... Great project for entire family

 then spray lightly with glow in the dark paint. Hang in trees with black lights. lol cute
Make the shape with bottle, ball and wire. Drape over cheesecloth and spray with starch. Once dry remove supports. So clever... Great project for entire family

then spray lightly with glow in the dark paint. Hang in trees with black lights. lol cute
Recipes, Tips & Crafts Oh My


Photo: Skeleton Cupcakes
 
http://cookiesandcups.com/skeletons-and-scenes-from-a-playground/
http://cookiesandcups.com/skeletons-and-scenes-from-a-playground/


Monster Toes!

Photo: Fan Share: Monster Toes

http://spoonful.com/recipes/monster-toes
http://spoonful.com/recipes/monster-toes




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Candy corn DIY tree. shared from The Gardening Cook
Cute idea!  Candy corn DIY tree. shared from @[491975297498569:274:The Gardening Cook] 

See directions:  http://thegardeningcook.com/creative-ideas-for-fall-decorations/

original Idea from http://www.womansday.com/
directions: http://thegardeningcook.com/creative-ideas-for-fall-decorations/


crayon drip pumpkin!
full tutorial ---> http://diycozyhome.com/crayon-drip-pumpkins/
 
crayon drip pumpkin! <3 <3 <3 
full tutorial ---> http://diycozyhome.com/crayon-drip-pumpkins/

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Halloween decor idea! so easy
Halloween decor idea! so easy :)

>> See more at @[428753140509191:274:Cool Products & Ideas]

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Painting leaves to look like ghosts... fun little fall craft.
Want to see more crafts? visit www.pinterest.com/m0msgotink !!
Painting leaves to look like ghosts... fun little fall craft. 

Want to see more crafts? visit www.pinterest.com/m0msgotink !!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Homemade Coffee Creamer – Over 2 Dozen Flavor Varieties!

Homemade Coffee Creamer – Over 2 Dozen Flavor Varieties!

For whatever flavor of creamer you want, you start off with the same basic ‘base’ recipe.

14oz sweetened condensed milk
1 3/4 cup milk or cream (whole, lowfat, skim, almond, soy, heavy cream, half & half etc – whatever your preference, however the more fat, the more creaminess)

Mix the ingredients together well. Add them to a mason jar and shake it like crazy or you could also opt to use an old (washed) creamer container.

French Vanilla Creamer
2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR vanilla coffee syrup

Vanilla Bean Coffee Creamer
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

Chocolate
2-3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
(1 tsp vanilla extract, optional)

Chocolate Almond
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon almond extract

Strudel
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

Vanilla Caramel
2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Chocolate Raspberry
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons raspberry syrup

Irish Cream
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

Coconut
2 teaspoons coconut extract

Samoa (like the Girl Scout Cookies)
2 teaspoons coconut extract (or sub coconut milk or cream of coconut, heated & strained, for the milk/cream)
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping

Peppermint Patty
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Cinnamon Vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Pumpkin Spice
3 tablespoons pureed pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Honey Vanilla
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Almond Joy
1-2 teaspoons coconut extract (or sub coconut milk or cream of coconut if you heat it first, strained, in place of the milk & extract)
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

Sweet Cream
Use 1 3/4 cups of heavy cream instead of the milk in the base recipe
2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR the inside of a vanilla bean, scraped
1 teaspoon almond extract

Chocolate Orange
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1-2 teaspoons orange extract

Hazelnut
2 teaspoons hazelnut extract

Chocolate Hazelnut
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 teaspoons hazelnut extract

Cinnamon Cake
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Salted Caramel
2-3 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
1/2 teaspoon salt

Eggnog
replace milk in base recipe with equal amount of heavy cream
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons rum extract
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Toasted Almond
2 teaspoons almond extract

Directions & Tips:
In all these recipes, anything that has a dry or thick ingredient (like cinnamon, honey, etc..) should be heated up with a small amount of your milk/cream from the base recipe so it can dissolve properly. You don’t want grainy creamer! Then, add the rest of the milk/cream along with the sweetened condensed milk.

If you want really creamy creamer, use heavy cream instead of milk in your base recipe.

You'll want to stick a piece of tape on they mason jar lid with the expiration date from the milk used. Use this as a guideline as to when the creamer should be used by.

Please feel free to play around with amounts of extracts and other ingredients used if you like stronger or less intense flavors!! And, let your imagination turn, and make up your own combinations. Use this as inspiration to create your very own perfect homemade flavored creamer!


I do not know who to credit for these recipes. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Homemade Garbage Disposal Refreshers

Homemade Garbage Disposal Refreshers

If your garbage disposal isn't as fresh as it should be, then drop in one of these homemade refreshers for a quick fix. Made with lemon peel and baking soda, these little rounds pack a serious cleaning punch while costing only a few dollars to make. And they look darn cute in a glass jar next to your sink

For the recipe and instructions click on this link:
http://www.savvysugar.com/Homemade-Garbage-Disposal-Refreshers-27889472

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fun and Frugal Kids Activities - Part Three

I have a lot of fun looking for ideas of fun and frugal activities to do with my grandchildren.  Here are some ideas I've collected.




Awe! How cool of an idea is this for keeping those busy toddlers occupied.




How cute is this way to play checkers....cats one side, dogs the other.
How cute is this way to play checkers....cats one side, dogs the other...kids would love this :) <3

via pinterest
via pinterest



DIY Organic Calming PlayDoh with Lavender and Magnesium
via Health Home and Happiness


Paper plate hats
Paper plate hats ... cool activity to do with the kids <3 .. >>> See more at @[428753140509191:274:Cool Products & Ideas]

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A Doctor's Kit
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http://sevensistersinchrist.blogspot.com/2011/01/doctors-kit-for-real-play.html


Story props - Goldilocks & Three Bears!
 


http://katherinemariephotography.com/blog/archives/9024


A way to reuse scrap fabric!

Such a great gift idea! Make 50 copies of a paper doll on cardstock, save up scraps of fabric, and include scissors and glue sticks!
 

Photo: A way to reuse scrap fabric! 

Such a great gift idea! Make 50 copies of a paper doll on cardstock, save up scraps of fabric, and include scissors and glue sticks!

http://thismamamakesstuff.com/2009/08/making-stuff-fabric-scrap-paper-doll-kit/
http://thismamamakesstuff.com/2009/08/making-stuff-fabric-scrap-paper-doll-kit/


Toddler friendly sewing basket

Photo: Toddler friendly sewing basket 

http://childhood101.com/2010/09/our-toddler-friendly-sewing-basket/
http://childhood101.com/2010/09/our-toddler-friendly-sewing-basket/




Word and Color Match





Photo: Great idea!



Photo: Duplo Blocks



Thursday, September 12, 2013

Monster Finger Cookies for Halloween!

Definitely a MUST for Halloween!!

Monster Finger Cookies!

 Roll out sugar cookie dough into a thin line (dough will spread when baking), score at knuckles and apply an almond shard at the tip.
 Bake as directed on package. 
 Brush cooled cookies with a little cocoa-powder to add contrast.

@[100000145130276:2048:Alisha Taylor] or @[515873095129127:69:The New Healthy You with Alisha Taylor] for more great posts!
Monster Finger Cookies!
 Roll out sugar cookie dough into a thin line (dough will spread when baking), score at knuckles and... apply an almond shard at the tip.
Bake as directed on package.
Brush cooled cookies with a little cocoa-powder to add contrast.

Alisha Taylor or The New Healthy You with Alisha Taylor for more great posts!

Halloween Frugal Fun!

Frugal Ideas that I've collected.  Hope you enjoy them!



Spider Pops

 

Spider Pops
 
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Photo: How cute are these ghosts bananas and orange pumpkins for Halloween table! >> See more at Cool Products & Ideas

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Photo: Halloween Spider Cakes

Recipe: notmartha.org/archives/2007/10/26/spider-cakes/

>>See more at Cool Products & Ideas

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Recipe: notmartha.org/archives/2007/10/26/spider-cakes/

Thrift Store dolls could be used to make this scary sculpture.
  





Freeze plastic spiders in water in your ice cube trays for the drinks for Halloween.



halloween-mummy-jars
 
Photo: halloween-mummy-jars

http://dailysavings.allyou.com/2012/10/23/goofproof-diy-halloween-mummy-jars/?crlt.pid=camp.A5xEgYHl3EBY
http://dailysavings.allyou.com/2012/10/23/goofproof-diy-halloween-mummy-jars/?crlt.pid=camp.A5xEgYHl3EBY


Photo: Marshmallow Witches

 Ingredients

 1/2 cup vanilla frosting, divided
 36 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
 12 large marshmallows
 1 drop each green, red and yellow food coloring, optional
 1/4 cup flaked coconut
 12 chocolate wafers
 12 miniature peanut butter cups
 12 milk chocolate kisses

 Directions:

 For the face of each witch, place a dab of frosting on the bottom of three chocolate chips; press two for eyes and one for nose onto each marshmallow.
 For hair, combine green food coloring and a drop of water in a small resealable plastic bag; add coconut and shake well. Spread a small amount of frosting on sides of marshmallows; press coconut hair into frosting. Place 3 tablespoons of frosting in a small heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; tint orange with red and yellow food coloring. Set aside.
 For hats, spread some of the remaining frosting in the center of chocolate wafers; press peanut butter cups upside down into frosting. Lightly spread bottoms of chocolate kisses with frosting; place on peanut butter cups. Cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert a small star tip. Fill the bag with frosting and pipe stars around the base of each peanut butter cup. Secure a hat to each witch with a dab of frosting. Yield: 1 dozen.
Halloween idea...

Marshmallow Witches

Ingredients

1/2 cup vanilla frosting, divided
36 miniature semisweet chocolate chips...
12 large marshmallows
1 drop each green, red and yellow food coloring, optional
1/4 cup flaked coconut
12 chocolate wafers
12 miniature peanut butter cups
12 milk chocolate kisses

Directions:

For the face of each witch, place a dab of frosting on the bottom of three chocolate chips; press two for eyes and one for nose onto each marshmallow.
For hair, combine green food coloring and a drop of water in a small resealable plastic bag; add coconut and shake well. Spread a small amount of frosting on sides of marshmallows; press coconut hair into frosting. Place 3 tablespoons of frosting in a small heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; tint orange with red and yellow food coloring. Set aside.
For hats, spread some of the remaining frosting in the center of chocolate wafers; press peanut butter cups upside down into frosting. Lightly spread bottoms of chocolate kisses with frosting; place on peanut butter cups. Cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert a small star tip. Fill the bag with frosting and pipe stars around the base of each peanut butter cup. Secure a hat to each witch with a dab of frosting. Yield: 1 dozen.
 
 
 
 
Photo: http://cutediypins.com/2013/02/07/pinner-said-i-used-surgical-gloves-you-can-find-them-at-walgreens-walmart-rite-aid-for-the-fingers-i-used-smarties-then-i-filled-them-rest-of-the-way-with-mini-hershey-candy-bars-and-mini-ree/
 

Fun Halloween place setting
 
 
milk-jug-craft-jack-o-lantern
 
Photo: milk-jug-craft-jack-o-lantern

http://www.squidoo.com/milk-jug-craft-jack-o-lantern
 
 
 
glowing-severed-hand-halloween-punch
 
Photo: glowing-severed-hand-halloween-punch

http://www.chow.com/recipes/30137-glowing-severed-hand-halloween-punch
 
how-to-roast-perfect-pumpkin-seeds
 
Photo: how-to-roast-perfect-pumpkin-seeds

http://ohsheglows.com/2012/09/17/how-to-roast-perfect-pumpkin-seeds-easy-crunchy-addictive/
 
 

Make Your Own Fake Blood for Halloween

MYO Fake Blood
MYO Fake Blood
by Budget101


  • 1/2 bottle of light corn syrup
  • very hot water
  • 1 tsp of liquid dish soap (Dawn)
  • red food coloring
  • blue or green food coloring (optional)
In a small bowl combine the corn syrup and water (just add a little add a time till the correct consistency is achieved. Add your red food coloring, it can be made darker by adding the blue/green.
Store in the fridge. Prior to applying to the skin, apply cold cream. To use: drip, spray or smear as your ghoulish heart desires.....
OR
For blood use blue liquid laundry starch with red food coloring added. It sticks well, it gives the coloration of blood, and dries with the consistency of real blood. Or a mixture of cocoa and water with food coloring, placed in squeeze bottles drips marvelously. Very gory.
OR
For a simpler simulation of blood: mix catsup and face cream!

Read more: Budget101.com - - MYO Fake Blood http://www.budget101.com/special-effects-halloween/myo-fake-blood-2704.html#ixzz2ehW2cMHr

Monday, September 9, 2013

Starch for Ironing Recipe

I was given this recipe by a friend.  Thanks Maria!!

Starch for Ironing

16 oz of water
2 tsps. of corn starch
and a dash of downy

Shake well and iron. Storage in the refrigerator between usages.   

It leaves the clothes very nicely pressed. Especially jeans.   

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Quotes About Money

I had a lot of fun collecting these quotes about money.  Hope you enjoy them too!

"That man is the richest, whose pleasures are the cheapest."  ~ Henry David Thoreau

"Economy is a strange thing: It means buying the big size in a box of cereal and the small size in a car."  ~ Anonymous


"November runs into December, December runs into Christmas, and Christmas runs into money." ~ Anonymous

"Credit is a clever financial trick that enables us to spend what we haven't got."  ~ Anonymous

"He who buys what he does not want will soon want what he cannot buy."  ~ Anonymous

"Money: The mint makes it first, and it's up to us to make it last."  ~Anonymous

"When your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep is your downfall."  ~Anonymous

"The only food that never goes up in price is food for thought."  ~Anonymous

"Enough is as good as a feast." ~John Heywood

"He that burns logs that cost nothing is twice warmed."  ~Benjamin Franklin

"Most families can afford to be without the wonderful household necessities no family can afford to be without."  ~Anonymous

"Neither a borrower nor a lender be."  ~William Shakespeare,  Hamlet

"Beware of little expenses: a small leak will sink a great ship."  ~Benjamin Franklin

" Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold." ~Thomas Jefferson

"A small house is better than a large mortgage."  ~Anonymous

"It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow."  ~Aesop, The Ant and the Grasshopper


"Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is"  ~Benjamin Franklin

It's not what you've got, it's what you use that makes a difference." ~Zig Ziglar

"You will either learn to manage money, or the lack of it will always manage you".  ~Dave Ramsey

"A budget is telling your money what to do instead of wondering where it went." ~ John Maxwell

 
'They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?"  ~Princess Diana

"Take care of your cents: Dollars will take care of themselves!" ~Thomas Jefferson


"Ben Franklin may have discovered electricity- but it is the man who invented the meter who made the money."   -Earl Warren