Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pumpkin Heads 2013

It's that time of year again!!

Pumpkin Heads of Years past:

I have been making these for several Halloweens now
but they are a little different every time.
But what always stays the same is 
the Ground beef and carrots (Sorry Hubby...) 

Here is the Original recipe:
Trick or Treat Turnovers from Taste of Home

This year I fried up some panchetta to go with the beef.

I remembered this year to use regular biscuits- NOT the flaky ones....

The Recipe-kinda

Fry some meat, season to taste. 
I fried the panchetta first, then added the ground beef.
I used Salt, onion and garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce.

Once the meat cooks up a bit, add the carrots and minced garlic.
Once there is no more pink add your cheese and mustard.

I can't say I have measurements really...
This year:
I used 1.5 lbs beef, Match stick carrots, maybe a tablespoon of minced garlic, sprinkled the seasoning then a handful of cheese- adjust to however you like to flavor your meat =)
You can probably even use a taco seasoning mix if the mood strikes.

Buy some jumbo refrigerated biscuits.
I rolled them out so they were 5-6 inches in diameter.
Spoon about 1/2 cup of meat then add the top rolled out biscuit.
I cut pumpkin faces out for mine.

Bake on a greased pan (I lined mine with parchment for easy cleanup) 
@ 350* for 20 mins
I brushed the tops with an egg wash prior to inserting in the oven.

Make some this year for a quick before Trick Or Treat Dinner! =) 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween Cupcakes

I bought some fun icing decorations to bake with for Halloween!

I saw these over the summer and almost bought them then
I had to make these...... 

and these were so cute!

I didn't know if I would miss our meeting closer to 
Halloween at work so I made them early. 
(for our 10/10/13 mtg)

I used a red velvet cake mix and tub frosting
 (since the decorations were the star)

LOOK how red it ketchup! 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

FO: Owls for Allison and Mila

My cousin is into Owls so I made her a Christmas Ornament :

Scrap Red Heart Super Saver Yarn
H Hook
he is about 5 inches tall and stuffed with scrap yarn tails
Started and Finished in 2 hours: 9/21/13
**Sew the eyes on BEFORE stuffing**

Whoooo's Keepin' Warm this Winter? Mila is! =)

My first hat!!
So on our trip Aunt Karen see's one of these in the store and says- You can make this...
so I did and will be sending it to my cousin's daughter soon.

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn scraps
Hook: H
Pattern: Owl Hat
Started and Finished on 9/22/13
**the ear flaps were a bit prickly to crochet**

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New Store and Project- FO: Fall Spiral

I was so excited to find a new Local yarn Shop in the area!
I had to go immediately.
The store is called Crochet Innovations.
I liked being able to go into a store that was maily Crochet-bc most all of them focus on Knitting...
I don't knit. 
I met the owner, she was very pleasant and helpful
The store was pretty busy because it was part of the Annual Yarn Discovery Tour
I can't wait to go back again soon!!! 

oooo look at it =)

I have a hand sanitizer cozy to try to make using this : 

I saw several Shawl Pins Online I liked but once at the store I bought this one.

Fall Spiral Scarf
I started as soon as I got home from the shop...

Berroco Vintage Yarn: Purple
Berroco Vintage Chunky Yarn: Green
**I didn't mean to get one chunky and one regular...**
Hook: K
Start:: 9/13/13
Finished: 9/15/13
I had run out of the Green a bit earlier than I had wanted...

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

FO: Pretty in Purple Shawl

I had bought some Lion Brand Heartland yarn a few months back and could not wait to use it!
It is super soft- plus I had coupons haha

I am not into V stitches like this pattern called for- I get the rows all out of order.

Lion Brand Heartland Yarn in Black Canyon and Hot Springs
J Hook
Measures 12x72 inches pre-blocking.
Started: 9/3/13
Finished: 9/19/13

Monday, October 14, 2013

FO: Labor Day Shawl

This is the first poncho I have ever made =)

I used Caron One Pound Scraps I had to make this
M/N hook
Started 8/21/13
Finished 8/28/13

Sunday, October 13, 2013

W Va Videos

Hubby took 2 videos on Saturday of everyone dancing in the street to the band 


Saturday, October 12, 2013

W Va part 2 Labor Day weekend

We (Allison Aunt Karen myself and the kids) went to a craft fair on Saturday. 
I wish we had big ones like this here in Cleveland! 
It was a beautiful day!

Native American Dancers

a plate in Aunt Karen's dining room 

Relaxing on the porch

Saturday Night at the Festival
Entertainment was Lou Gramm of Foreigner

Then Fireworks! 

Everyone waiting on Amici
(Videos to come)


I love the street signs!!

Jo Dee Messina

Hubby bought me this hooded wool poncho there =) 
He snuck away as Jo Dee was on 

MMMM My Gelato-before dinner

The shop window heehee

The Public Works Building

Comfy Much?

Look at him holding his paws!
He needs to teach Chet that!

The new grass growing