Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Well this week I wanted to twist it up a bit with some drink recipes for Halloween. As an Elementary Teacher, I have seen it all. These are some of my all time favorite punch recipes that parents have made for our parties. Go ahead and give them a try.


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Witches Brew
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Submitted By: MOMMYGABS
Photo By: laurie k.
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 7 Days
Servings: 16
"A fun Halloween attention getter. Great for parties. A fake hand is frozen in a disposable glove and then slipped into the punch bowl!"
1 (10 ounce) package frozen raspberries
, thawed
2 1/2 cups cranberry juice
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
2 liters ginger ale
2 liters sparkling apple cider (non
6 gummi snakes candy
1. To make the frozen hand: Wash and rinse the outside of a rubber glove. Turn glove inside out and set aside. In a 4 cup measuring cup, combine the thawed raspberries and cranberry juice.
2. Pour 2 cups of the raspberry mixture into a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over and let stand 2 minutes. Warm over low heat, stirring constantly, just until gelatin dissolves. Mix back into the reserved raspberry mixture in the measuring cup.

Black Halloween Punch
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Submitted By: Kathleen
Photo By: Nikkir
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour
Servings: 32
"Grape and orange soft drink mix are combined with sugar, water and ginger ale for a scary looking punch -- and don't forget the frozen hand!"
1 (.13 ounce) envelope unsweetened
grape soft drink mix
1 (.13 ounce) envelope unsweetened
orange soft drink mix
2 cups white sugar
3 quarts cold water
1 liter ginger ale
1. To make a frozen hand, wash a disposable glove, fill with water, seal with a rubber band and freeze until hard.
2. Stir together grape soft drink mix, orange soft drink mix, sugar and water until solids are dissolved. Combine with chilled ginger ale just before serving. Dip the frozen hand briefly in warm water, then peel off the glove. Float the prepared hand in the punch bowl for a ghastly effect.
3. Pour raspberry mixture into the inverted glove. Gather up the top of the glove and tie securely with kitchen twine. Freeze until solid, or several days if possible.
4. To serve: Carefully cut glove away from frozen hand. Place frozen hand, palm side up, leaning against side of a large punch bowl. Pour in ginger ale and sparkling cider. Garnish with gummy snakes.       

Give them a try for all your Halloween Parties...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Eerie Luminaries

 (Better Homes and Garden)

 I thought I would share these with you. They are so adorable and not hard to make.
What You Need:
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Illuminate a haunting path
with this spooky characters.
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  • Patterns
  • Gallon plastic jugs rinsed with labels removed
  • Utility knife
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Paint markers in silver, orange, green, yellow, red, and black
  • Goo Be Gone
  • Paper towels and cotton swabs
  • Thick white crafts glue
  • Monster: 2 each of bolts, nuts, washers; white and black crafting foam scraps, such as Fun Foam
  • Cat: 2 12-inch lengths of 20-gauge steel wire
  • Darning needle and pliers
  • Sand and candles, flashlight, or a string of lights
Instructions: 1. Download the free patterns. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat.)
2. Carefully cut the spout and handle off the jug. Enlarge and trace the patterns. Cut out face patterns and tape to the inside of the jugs.
3. Outline the skeleton with silver; the monster head with green; and the cat with black. To spread the color over the face of the jug, squeeze a few drops of Goo Be Gone onto a folded paper towel and rub it over the paint marker. Continue working around the edges, wiping the paint toward the center of your design. If you're working on the skull, you'll need to draw an additional line of orange around the skull and then spread it outward with the paper towel and Goo Be Gone. Let dry.
4. After the paint has dried, add eyes, nose, teeth, hair, and scar with the different colored paint markers. Remove any mistakes or unwanted marks by squeezing Goo Be Gone onto the end of a cotton swab and then wiping away the problem spot (use paper towel for larger areas). Once you're pleased with your design, outline the features with the black paint marker.
5. To insert the bolts in the monster's neck, prepoke a hole on each side of his neck with scissors. Thread a washer onto the bolt and push it through the hole. Reaching inside the jug, screw a nut onto the end of the bolt. Use the cat ear, collar, and bow tie patterns to cut pieces from foam. Slip the collar under the washers and glue the bow tie to the center of the collar. Glue the cat ears in place.
6. To thread the whiskers onto the cat, prepoke two holes on each side of the nose with a needle and poke the wire into a hole on one side of the nose and out the hole on the other side. Repeat the process with the second wire. Use pliers to make curls on ends of the wires.
7. If using candles to light the luminarias, pour 2 to 3 inches of sand in the bottom of each jug. Place a candle in the center. Note: Never leave a burning candle unattended.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Thanks for the "Tell Me About Yourself Award"

Thanks to Jenn Duffy-Pearson for nominating me for the "Tell Me About Yourself Award." I appreciate it.

The rules of this award is that:
1. You need to tell 7 things about yourself
2. You'll have to pass this award to 15 bloggers.

Seven Things About Myself:   
1. I love to help people from all walks of life.
2. I love pizza.
3. I am an Elementary Education Teacher.
4. I have a hearing impediment and wear hearing aids.
5. I love, love my husband, family, and friends.
6. I love to swim and walk on the beach.
7. I have traveled all over the world and enjoy seeing new cultures and eating new foods.

Passing it onto 15 Bloggers

1. http://www.wine-n-chat.com 
2. http://stoopinitinthesuburbs.blogspot.com
3. http://jo-mywanderingmind.blogspot.com 
4. http://www.word-nerd-speaks.com
5. http://cnovac.blogspot.com 
6. http://joycelansky.blogspot.com 
7. http://lindasays-beachlover.blogspot.com 
8. http://todaysworkingwoman25.blogspot.com
9. http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com 
10. http://millerwrites.blogspot.com
11. http://paulamartinpotpourri.blogspot.com 
12. http://www.casadelhansen.com 
13. http://katieharperwrites.blogspot.com 
14. http://bestdadevar.blogspot.com
15. http://fromthemomcave.blogspot.com

Please take some time and read all of the beautiful blogs above.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Vacation-Blog Hop #22
for the Writers Post
Mahogay Bay, Roatan
(A dream vacation only comes once in a lifetime...if it ever comes at all. I have been so blessed to have the privilege to go on such a vacation with my family. My parents are getting older each and everyday. My Dad, turned 81 this year right after we got home from this vacation. As you can see by the pictures below, I will always cherish this trip. I have been a lucky girl to have my parents for such a long time in my life. A vacation has a way of bringing everyone closer together. This vacation was truly one that I will cherish for a lifetime.)

There is just something about going on a cruise that says fun and relaxation awaits you. It is an atmosphere that can only be felt through experiencing the moment. As I boarded The Legend bound for an experience of a lifetime, little did I know that I would find a place of paradise in Mahogany Bay, Roatan.

Mahogany Bay is a man made island owned and operated by the Carnival Cruise Lines. It is situated in between the Coxan Hola and the French Harbor on Roatan Island, Honduras.

In the early morning hour, I stood aboard the top deck of The Legend. My eyes could  not believe what I was seeing. I guess someone knew I was coming to find my little piece of paradise. Before me was the most beautiful rainbow, thus setting an atmosphere that welcomed me instantly.
With much anticipation of exploring this beautiful place, I set out to take some more pictures before our ship finally docked. As you can see below, the atmosphere was pure heaven and I was eager to start exploring.