Thursday, October 31, 2013

Spider Bite Halloween Cocktail

I know that no holiday is complete without a signature cocktail. So, in the spirit of the Halloween, I decided to whip up something special. I'm calling it a spider bite. I made it with things we already had in our liquor cabinet. It's sweet and bright, and here is the recipe. Cheers!


1 1/2oz vodka
1oz Cassis Liquor
1/2oz St. Germain (Elderflower liquor)
Juice of half a lemon
Berry flavored sparkling water
Red sugar

 Pour red sugar onto a small plate and set aside. Cut lemon in half and run the cut side of the lemon around the rim of your martini glass. Dip the edge of your glass in the sugar and set aside. Combine vodka, cassis, St. Germain, and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled, and strain into prepared glass. I added a cheap little spider ring for fun. Dress it up if you like, and enjoy!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Inside Our Haunted House

Yesterday, I gave you all a look at what we've done to decorate the yard for Halloween. Today, I'm giving you a look at the inside. Again, I either made most of it, or purchased it at the dollar store. I wish I could have done more, but I just didn't have as much time as I would have liked. Next year I'll really knock it out of the park! Anyway, here are some creepy little corners around the house!

I picked up this gauze panel and spider web at the Dollar General.

I also snagged this awesome glittery skull at the Dollar General.

I made and put together the pieces for my gallery wall. You can see the details here.

I bought these salt and pepper shakers at the Ross for a few bucks.

I found all of these fantastic body parts at Dollar Tree.

I made these labels on the computer, printed them out, but them out, then mounted them on black card stock.
I used double stick tape to attach the labels to the ribbon and simply put the lid over the ribbon to keep it in place. 

I love this guy that I picked up at Ross!

When I did my taxidermy project, I had a leftover doll that met an untimely fate.

We picked up this ceramic skull on our last trip to Guatemala.

This awesome glittery hand came from Ross, and the antlers from an antique shop.

I was thrilled when I found this beaker at Goodwill. The crow came from Ross.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Our Haunted House

  Hello friends, fiends, ghouls and goblins alike! Welcome to our haunted house! Actually, welcome to our decked out little duplex. Despite our lack of ownership, we have an abundance of enthusiasm for keeping our abode fun and inviting; especially for holidays! Most our decorations I made myself or bought from the Dollar Tree. The blood on the front door is fake blood that I picked up at the Dollar General. I honestly don't know it it's going to wash off. Here's hoping! 

So, here is a peek at some things lurking outside of our home this Halloween.

The bats are cut out of stiff felt from the craft store

The spider and webs were inexpensive snags from the Dollar General.

This wreath was a cheap purchase from the craft store that I covered in plastic bugs from Dollar Tree and spray painted black. I added the bats and webbing from the Dollar General after the fact.

These styrofoam tombstones and severed body parts were Dollar Tree purchases.

All of my awesome rats were found at the Dollar General

We shredded inexpensive white fabric from the craft store.

My hubby's pumpkin.

My pumpkin.

My broom and crow were picked up at Goodwill last year.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Prickly Pear Syrup


The hubs has been eying the prickly pears growing on the cacti growing all around our neighborhood. He's passively looked up various tutorials on how to pick them, prepare them, and recipes to use them in. The other day, he decided it was time to put this plan into action. We loaded a backpack with a paper bag, work gloves, and a set of long handled tongs (we used a set made for grilling), and saddled up on our bikes to cruise the neighborhood in search of these bristly little gems. We ended up not needing the gloves, as the long tongs worked perfectly. We pulled about two dozen before heading home.

To prepare them, Keith laid them on the hot grill, moving them around with the tongs. This cooks and softens the fruit, loosens the skin, and helps remove the small spines that grow in patches around the fruit.


The rest of the preparation is messy and can stain your hands, clothing, and towels, so be careful. Using some latex gloves would be a wise decision. He carefully peeled the skin, because there may still be a few remaining pricklies.

 Next, he put them in a small food processor; chopping it to a fine mash.

To separate the the juice from the seeds, we put the pulp into a few layers of cheesecloth and squeezed the liquid into a small bowl. We ended up with about a cup of liquid.

 We turned that into a syrup by combining this with 1/4 cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar. Let the liquid come to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about twenty minutes, or until it become thick and syrupy.

We let it cool, then put it into a small mason jar to keep in the fridge. It can keep for up to two weeks. We wasted no time putting our little concoction to work. We whipped up a batch of prickly pear margaritas! We used a regular margarita recipe, and substituted a little prickly pear syrup for simple syrup. They were so good!

Monday, October 14, 2013

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 Hey guys! Halloween is creeping up  right around the corner, and I know many of you are planning awesome parties. If you need some items to make your party a cut above the rest, head over to my Etsy shop and pick up some cute party decor! There is still time to order it and have it shipped before Halloween! Here's what's still available. Scroll down for coupon code!

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