Monday, October 25, 2010

Disney Pumpkins

This year my girls wanted to be Minnie mouse and Daisy Duck for Halloween. Aren't they cuties? And didn't Grandma do such a great job on the costumes?!
 So we decided to do our pumpkins Daisy and Minnie too. I drew the designs and got to work.

 I had great helpers.

 And here they are!

 This is where a DSLR camera would be soo nice.
 This is how I "shave" the skin off the pumpkins. It is a Speedball Linoleum Cutter used for Printmaking.
 Oh how I love toasted pumpkin seeds.
 Don't you just love carving pumpkins? We do.What did/will you carve this year?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Book Pumpkins & Other Easy Halloween Decor

 Aren't these the cutest little Jack-o-lantern's you've ever seen? 
What a simple and cheap Fall/ Halloween decoration.

Book Pumpkins
1. First find an old book or pick one up from Goodwill for $.50.  Then mark 2 lines on the side.
 2. Make a mark in the center of the top too.

3. Start folding up the corners at right angles. I did 3 pages at a time then separated.
4. After separating ink the ends, and paperclip the "end" pages together to keep it "round".
5. Cut your jack-o-lantern face and tape on and decorate the top with leaves jute berries or whatever you have! Wah lah- a free/ cheap Halloween decoration!
You can also make a taller skinnier cylinder one by folding the pages right in half. You can also remove the face for fall decor. :) P.S my book was small, probably 4x6 and 200 pages.

And here's a few other cute easy Halloween ideas.
  • A friend gave the the bottle of Candy corn and I thought it would just be cute as a decoration. 
  • I also love my calendar blocks and Scentsy wrap.

  •  Try painting some terra cotta pots for a cute candy dish and decoration. These pots are only about $.25 each.
  • And what's a Holiday post without mantel decorations? Here's what I did this year.
  •  I made a makeshift wreath holder out of wire. I then sewed a straight line down the edge of a 3 x 24 inch piece of fabric for this festive wreath holder cover. "Sew" easy cheap and cute. My kinda craft.
What are you going to try? I would love to hear if you make anything- savvychichome@gmail

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Monday, October 18, 2010

2 Great Recipies!!!

I'll plain out say it. I am not a cook. That is why I love these recipes and am sharing them with you. If I can do it, anyone can. They are easy, fool proof and cheap. :)

The first one is a family favorite from my MIL. It has gotten rave reviews from my friends. We made this caramel popcorn yesterday for a snack and I ate so much I wasn't hungry for dinner. :) You've had your warning.


1 stick margarine
2/3 cup corn syrup (can use pancake syrup too)
3/4 cup brown sugar

Boil for a minute. Pour over popped popcorn about 1 1/2 cups of seeds popped or 2 large bowls. Makes a "soft" caramel popcorn. Add some candy corn, M&Ms or red hots for an extra holiday kick to it. Makes a great Family Home Evening treat or neighbor holiday gift.

This Bread Machine Cinnamon roll recipe I got from Money Saving Mom, a great couponing website. Pretty easy, no rising time needed and super yummy!

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm milk
3 tablespoons canola oil- (I used veg oil)
1 egg, lightly beaten plus 2 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons bread machine yeast

Filling: (this is my version a little beefed up)
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup brown sugar mixed with 1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon milk
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
4 tablespoons (or less) butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla

Put the dough ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed and run on the dough cycle. After the dough cycle is finished, roll the dough into a large rectangle and spread it with butter and filling mixture.

Roll up and cut into 10-15 rolls and place in two greased round cake pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until browned. Spread the icing on as soon as they come out of the oven. You can even freeze the second pan. But you'll probably just want more the next day. :)

YUMMMM! Hungry yet?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I'm a Winner!!!

So I usually never enter these blog giveaways. But I decided to this time and I actually won!!!
What me? Oh my, Yayyy, Yippiee, Wah hoooo!
Poppies at Play
is throwing a big party for gaining 1000 followers and is giving away a bunch of cute, cool prizes.
Today I won a full custom design blog makeover there,
which will be created by Not So Homemade !!!
Wow what a generous gift.
I can't wait to have a cutie blog with a custom header and cutie buttons and fonts and everything else. Ohh So exciting. Maybe now I can go pro. ;)
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