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Candy Corn Martini Recipe – Halloween Cocktail with Three Layers

Are you looking for a drink that takes the flavors of a favorite Halloween candy and puts them into an adult beverage? Try this candy corn martini. This fun Halloween cocktail uses candy corn to make and infused vodka and then pairs it up with pineapple juice and cream for one delicious drink. Candy corn …

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Halloween Plants – 21 Spooky Plants to Set A Scary Mood

It’s time to get your spook on – with creepy flowers, Halloween plants and all sorts of growing things that are sure to make you feel a Halloween mood. Traditional Halloween decorating is done with just a few plants and colors. This time of the year is cold and plants in most areas of the …

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Halloween Cross-Stitch patterns – Crafting Spooky Embroidery Designs

These Halloween cross-stitch patterns are a great way for those who love to embroider to celebrate the holidays with their craft. If this is you, stitch one up an embroidery design today! Difference between cross-stitch and embroidery Some people use the two terms to indicate a similar technique, that of stitching a pattern on a …

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Decorating with Indian Corn for Thanksgiving – Indian Corn Decorations

Fall is the time for decorating with Indian corn. These rustic ears of ornamental corn are the perfect addition to any Autumn decorating project. Rustic and colorful, this variety of corn has been around for centuries. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Some of the links below are affiliate links. I earn …

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Pumpkin Carving Tips and Tricks – Carve a Pumpkin Easily

These pumpkin carving tips will bring out the artist in any budding Halloween decorator and give you a fun decor item to share in your home. If you have tried your hand at pumpkin carving, you will know that an easy Jack o Lantern design is not too difficult. But attempting more elaborate designs may …

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Knucklehead Pumpkins – Why do Pumpkins Have Warts?

Knucklehead pumpkins, as the name suggests, are covered with warts that are reminiscent of the knuckles on your hand. This type of pumpkin, along with heirloom pumpkins of various colors and shapes, are all the trend right now for decorating. Have you ever headed to to pumpkin patch to get your pumpkin to carve only …

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Cocktails for Halloween – Halloween Punch – Witches Brew Drinks & More

Halloween is right around the corner. Are you looking for some boozy cocktails for Halloween to make for your next Halloween party? These cocktails named after witches are just what you need! For some people, Halloween is all about the candy. I’m much more in favor of a glass of witches brew to get me in the …

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Crow’s Blood Halloween Drink – Champagne Cocktail Recipe

It’s time to pick your poison! This Crow’s Blood Halloween Drink is a champagne cocktail that is made even more gruesome with the addition of the lychee eyeballs that garnish the bloody looking brew. Halloween is the beginning of three months of non stop cooking, decorating and entertaining for me. My garden is being put …

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20+ Halloween Cocktail Garnishes – Special Effects for Halloween Drinks

From weird and wonderful Halloween cocktail garnishes to fall-inspired layers, to the use of special effects and color changes, learn how to create show-stopping drinks that will both charm and frighten your guests. The best cocktails for Halloween are those that are made by invoking an eerie mood with special effects. There are lots of …

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Candy Corn Plant – Cuphea Micropetala | Types of Candy Corn Plants

The common name of this pretty perennial says it all – candy corn plant has blooms that look quite similar to the popular candy that we love to eat in the fall! It wouldn’t be fall without a candy corn martini, or a candy dish or two loaded with candy corn. Good news for gardeners …

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Antipasto Platter Tips – 14 Ideas for the Perfect Antipasti Platter

An antipasto platter is a delicious combination of cheeses, vegetables and meats, usually served with good wines. It’s a great way to start an evening with friends and is very easy to put together. The holidays are filled with opportunities to gather with friends. What better way to start a party than with an antipasto …

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Decorating with Natural Elements for Autumn – Fall Greenery Ideas

Fall greenery is perfect to use when decorating with natural elements.  It’s both bold in color and rustic in texture and gives a calming look to any home decor project. I love the feel and look of fall. There is nothing like cool days when the garden starts to die down for winter.  It may …

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DIY Pumpkin Succulent Planters – Easy Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece

Are you looking for a natural and easy to care for fall arrangement?  Try making these DIY Pumpkin Succulent Planters. They look great and can be put together in almost no time at all. If you love succulents as much as I do, you will want to check out my guide for buying succulents. It …

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Halloween Witches Brew Cocktail – Fruity and Tart Halloween Drink

Halloween is right around the corner and that means that it is time for some spooky cocktail recipes. Fruity and delicious, this Halloween Witches Brew Cocktail is the perfect way to get your holiday party started. The leaves are falling, the temperatures are getting colder and the holiday season is approaching again. Where on earth …

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Terra Cotta Pumpkin – Recycled Clay Pot Pumpkin Candy Dish

Don’t you just love fast and easy home decor ideas that add seasonal flair to your home at very little cost? Me, too!  This terra cotta pumpkin looks great as a decor item and also does double duty as a candy dish.  Win – win in my book! Thanksgiving tablescapes often make use of a …

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Old Man Cactus – Growing Tips for Cephaocereus Senilis

Old Man cactus has so much character and personality! Even the botanical name – Cephalocereus senilis – hints at the senility of an Old Man! The spiky body of this cactus plant is covered with fine white hair which gives the impression of a frail senior citizen – thus the common name. I first discovered …

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Rotisserie Chicken Mini Terrarium – Recycled Mini Terrarium or Greenhouse

It’s time for one of my DIY garden ideas on a budget!  This Rotisserie Chicken Mini Terrarium is inexpensive to make and looks great as a table decoration. It is also a fun way to get a head start on spring gardening by using the recycled container to start seeds. Early spring or late winter …

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Cooking Cutter Eggs – How to Make Egg Molds in Fun Shapes

Breakfast just got more fun with this playful idea for making eggs.  If you are like me, you will have a whole host of cookie cutters that you rarely use.  Put them to a creative use by making cookie cutter eggs. Breakfast is considered by many to be the most important meal of the day. …

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Softening Brown Sugar – 6 Easy Ways to Soften Hard Brown Sugar

Do you wonder what to do with that large lump of hard brown sugar? These easy tips for softening brown sugar will have it soft and usable in no time at all. Here are 6 of my best tips to make brown sugar soft again, and suggestions for how to store it for a longer …

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Easy Way to Peel Garlic – Peel a Whole Head of Garlic in Just Seconds!

Peeling Garlic is one of those chores that makes you say “oh no! All those tiny things again?”  But it does not have to be hard.  This easy way to peel garlic cooking trick will peel an entire head of garlic in just seconds. I once saw an idea similar to this used on the …

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Food Hacks That Really Work – 11 Kitchen Shortcuts – Cooking Tips

From making eggs with cookie cutters to whipping cream with a whisk and storing ginger in vodka, these 11 genius food hacks will make life in the kitchen more fun and cooking easier, too. Getting great food on the table doesn’t have to be a complicated process. Just take advantage of these simple DIY food …

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Make Your Own Seed Tape – Homemade Seed Tapes From Toilet Paper

Make your own seed tape with some seeds and a roll of toilet paper. Why waste money on store bought seed planting tape when you can make your own seed tape with this common household item? The tutorial shows you how easy it is to plant tiny seeds in a vegetable garden. Have you ever …

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Homemade Greenhouse Ideas – DIY Greenhouses, Cold Frames and Terrariums

These homemade greenhouse ideas make use of recycled household materials in a fun new way.  Extend your growing season with one of these creative ideas for DIY greenhouses, cold frames and terrariums. When I tour Botanical gardens around the USA, the ones that appeal to me most are those that have greenhouses as part of …

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Grilled London Broil with Spicy Rub and Red Wine Marinade – It’s BBQ time!

This easy grilled London broil recipe has a zesty rub that gives it a load of flavor and a red wine marinade that tenderizes the meat. We make this a Saturday night tradition at our house all year round! This delicious recipe for grilled London broil is easy to do. Just prepare the rub and …

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Using Potato Water in the Garden to Nourish Plants with Potato Starch

Plants need nourishment to perform in the best way.  Flowers and vegetables love potato starch and using potato water in the garden is a good way to give it to them.  To add starch in a “green way”, save the water you boil your potatoes in.   Starchy water will spur the release of plant nutrients …

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Homemade Fly Repellent – Keep Flies Away with Pine sol

This homemade fly repellent formula uses the common household cleaner Pine Sol. The reason it works is because of pine oil. Read on to discover why this fly spray works. We all know how bothersome flies can be in any outdoor gathering. Keeping them away often means using harsh chemicals. What if I told you …

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