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Monday, October 17, 2016

Easy Halloween treats kids can make on their own or as a group party project...FUN & FOOD & FUN & FOOD!

Classic popcorn balls taste even better when you sneak in a few candy treats! Coat your microwave popcorn with homemade brown sugar syrup, then sprinkle with candy-coated chocolate before rolling into balls.

For a quick and spooky Halloween treat, use marshmallows and fondant to form tasty ghouls. Tint the fondant and use candies and pretzels to decorate each ghoul to ghastly perfection.
For a tall white ghoul, use clean scissors to snip one end each from two large marshmallows. Press the cut ends together.
Roll fondant to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out a 4-1/2-inch-diameter fondant circle. Shape the fondant over the marshmallow stack.
Add eyes and a mouth with decorating gel.
To color ghouls, tint fondant with a small amount of food coloring. For the striped version, roll small ropes of different colors of the fondant. Press ropes together and roll out with a rolling pin. Finish as directed above.
If desired, use small candies for features, attaching them with decorator frosting.

Craving something salty and sweet? This irresistible blend of pretzels, chocolate, and candy is frighteningly good and an easy Halloween treat. Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan with foil. Brush with 1 tablespoon melted butter; set aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt white chips then stir until smooth. Stir in the candy pieces, small pretzels and cookie pieces of your choice. Spread into prepared pan. Chill until firm. Break into pieces and fill paper cups.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Stepping into the Unknown

"And I said to you, You have come to the hill country of the Amorites, which the Lord our God gives us. Behold, the Lord your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has said to you. Fear not, neither be dismayed." Deuteronomy 1:20–21

Parents, teachers, and other role models can teach children how to fear or they can teach them to be bold. A mother who is fearful herself will transmit that fear to her children. She will be overly cautious about many things, and a silent fear sinks into the heart of her children. We should not teach our children to live recklessly, but we should teach them to be bold, take action, and to never be so afraid of making mistakes that they won’t try things. I believe we should teach our children and those under our authority to take chances in life. If we never take a chance, we will never make progress. Progress always requires stepping into the unknown. Experience gives us confidence, but we never get experience unless we step out and try things we have not tried before.

I encourage you to teach others by word and example how to be bold and courageous. Tell people to try things, reminding them that making a mistake is not the worst thing that can happen.

Lord, help me both in word and deed to show others to be bold and courageous. I will gladly follow You into the unknown. Amen.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Decorating for Halloween or Fall with carved, drilled, Sharpied or painted pumpkins....these pumpkin ideas will for sure be the focal point of your Halloween decorations and/or harvest displays.

Use an assortment of looks to achieve a front porch vignette that feels collected yet coordinated like here, where gold and chalkboard paints are used to add texture and dimension to six plump, squatty, and playful pumpkins.

Create your own "gourd"-geous no-carve pumpkins by incorporating two traditional office supplies ~ thumb tacks and a permanent marker. For one, grab a black permanent marker and add a weblike chevron pattern to a white painted pumpkin. For the second, push white thumbtacks into an orange pumpkin in the shape of a ghost. Black thumbtacks provide his eerie eyes and mouth.

Quotes are a huge trend this year! Pumpkins can even get in on the get the look of these wordy Halloween pumpkins, paint your gourds with chalkboard paint and trace on your words using stencils. Remove the stencils, then fill in the letters with traditional white or colored chalk.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Make this the year you WOW everyone with your front door and/or your front porch .... go all out with these ideas while taking full advantage of nature's beautiful autumnal colors!

We love all that fall has to offer -- pumpkins, flowers, baskets, and leaves! No need to pick a favorite with this mix-and-match design featuring several pretty ideas: gourds pouring from an upturned basket, dried hydrangeas in a tin vase, and scattered leaves around the whole display.

Carved pumpkins aren't limited to October 31. Turn a few pumpkins into bowls by cutting off the top and scooping out the insides. Use a pencil to trace a scallop design and carve. A power drill and drill bits make quick work of adding decorative circles. Place a vase of flowers in one pumpkin and candles in others. Display with squatty pumpkins with their stems cut off for optimal stacking potential.

An autumn wreath featuring crisp green apples matches a porch full of fall flowers, gourds, and pumpkins. Hay bales and apple baskets let you play with the heights of your display.