Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Halloween Ideas


Here are what I would like to make!

Craft a Simple Candy-Corn
Door Decoration for Halloween

Make this easy Halloween door decoration out of plastic foam and felt (to simulate candy corn), then fill it with dried naturals and artificial crows.

What You Need:
10 x 15-inch piece of 1-inch-thick plastic foam
Serrated knife
27 x 27-inch square of batting
Straight pins
Sewing threads to match felt colors
Sewing needle
Crafts felt: 27 x 27-inch square of orange, 7 x 10-inch piece of white, and 5 x 27-inch piece of yellow
Twig (We used Manzanita.)
Black spray paint
Florist's wire
3 small artificial crows
Dried naturals such as stems of millet, grasses, and dried Japanese lanterns
How to Make It:
Place the plastic foam flat on a cutting surface with the 10-inch ends at the top and bottom.
Cut out a triangle shape from the foam, leaving a 1-inch-wide "point" at the bottom. The triangle should measure 10 inches across the top, 1 inch across the bottom, and approximately 16 inches along each side.
Wrap the triangle with batting, neatly pinning it to the back.
Shape and trim away the excess batting until it smoothly fits the back of the triangle. Baste the batting edges together, removing the pins as you sew.
Cover the triangle with orange crafts felt in the same way. Using the 7x10-inch piece of white felt, add a 4-inch-tall band to the bottom of the triangle, wrapping the felt around the bottom edge.
Pin, trim, and sew the band in place. With the 5x27-inch piece of yellow felt, add a 5-inch-tall band to the top. Do not wrap the felt over the top edge.
Pin, trim, and sew the band in place. Spray the twig black; let dry. Secure the twig in the

Mummy Meatloaf

1-1/2 lbs. extra lean ground turkey or beef
1 small white onion, finely chopped
1 egg
1 cup skim milk
1 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/3 cup + 2 Tablespoons ketchup
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
8 ounces pappardelle pasta (or lasagna noodles, cut lengthwise in half with frilly edges removed)
1 3-ounce mozzarella ball, divided
2 pitted black or green olives
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch round baking dish (I used a springform pan). Combine the meat, egg, onion, milk, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Empty mixture onto baking dish and shape into a dome.
Mix together ketchup and brown sugar in a small bowl. Spread mixture evenly over meatloaf.
Bake meatloaf for 1 hour. Let meatloaf rest for 20 minutes.
While meatloaf rests, cook and drain pappardelle or lasagna noodles according to package directions.
If using a springform pan, remove outer piece before placing pasta on meatloaf. If using other type of pan, remove meatloaf from pan and transfer to serving plate.
Slice mozzarella ball in half. Layer pasta strands over meatloaf to look like mummy’s wrappings, adding mozzarella circles about halfway throught the process. Cut a small piece off the bottom of each olive and place, flat side down, in the middle of each mozzarella “eye.”
Serve and enjoy!

Yummy Mummy Cupcakes

The only thing you need to take off this dessert to enjoy is the wrapper.
To make them, follow these steps:
Start with frosted store-bought or homemade cupcakes.
Use a pastry bag with basket-weave tip to pipe on white frosting.
Pipe red frosting on for the mummy's eyes.
Make two dots with black frosting to make the pupils.