Monster Eye Lollipops

homemade lollipops I’ve never made hard candy before. To be honest, the idea of making any recipe that requires using a candy thermometer has scared me in the past. But, this Halloween I thought it was the perfect time to put my fears aside and give it a try. I’ve always wanted to make homemade lollipops so I decided to start there. After doing a bit of research, I discovered that the ingredients needed are super minimal. Like, two. TWO. That’s simple enough for me! The base of my lollipop recipe requires only two things; sugar and corn syrup. I added in food coloring and candy eyeballs (for the spook factor). I used Sugar In The Raw Organic White® which is unbleached and true to its natural color (like the original Sugar In The Raw®), but its finer crystals make it perfect for cooking and baking because it blends easily into any recipe. This was key for making our green lollipops!

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Make It :: DIY Ghost Candles

DIY halloween decorations :: Ghost Candles

 Looking for a cool, simple, inexpensive, Halloween idea? These DIY ghost candles are your ticket. DIY Halloween decorations cannot get easier than this. Really.

DIY Ghost Candles

I picked up these tall white candles for 50 cents each at the dollar store. Drew ghost faces on them with a sharpie… and had instant ghosts! Sooooo simple! (and it only costs $3.00!)

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Make It :: Crafts & Decor Using Old Book Pages

If you’re a librarian, you might want to turn away. Kidding (well … sort of).

If you have old books lying around (maybe in the garage or in storage) chances are you have some books that are too worn or damaged to read or pass on to others. Even though these books might not serve their original purpose any longer, there are ways you can re-purpose them into new things that are totally awesome. I love the texture and color of old book pages and recently used them as inspiration and key element when planning a book-themed baby shower. Also, can we talk about their smell? Mmmmm love it (is that weird?). 

 

4 ways to re-purpose old book pages 

Book Page Crafts | Thoughtfully Simple

1. As a backdrop

Attach old/damaged books to a piece of plywood to make a cool 3D book wall or backdrop. Here, I simply used a staple gun to secure damaged paper back books to the wood.

2. Book Pages as “wallpaper”

You can cover any type of surface using old book pages and a little Mod Podge glue (find this at your local craft store). Above I covered a cardboard letter that I then used as party décor. You could cover boxes or walls too – the options are endless!

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Join In :: Share A Meal

Share-a-Meal---Thoughtfully

We talk a lot about food here on the blog. And my family is always looking for ways to gather around and share a good meal. We’re pretty darn lucky to have more than we can eat on most days. But did you know that right here in America, there are 16 million children struggling with hunger? All walks of life, all cities….you just never know who is struggling. The fact that 1 in 5 children are unaware where their next meal is coming from breaks my heart. It could be our neighbor, or yours.

This fall I’m excited to be teaming up with Unilever Project Sunlight  to help  rally people across the country to join in their #ShareAMeal initiative. I’ll be sharing ways we’re tackling this issue in our own neighborhood soon.

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Serve It :: Vietnamese Style Hot Dogs

Vietnamese Hot Dogs

This summer we’ve done our share of grilling and experimentation with hot dog toppings (remember these bruschetta topped dogs?). And now that we’re moving along into football season, I know we will have plenty chances to serve up a hungry crowd. Since I’m always looking for creative ways to spice up a meal, I decided to top these Hebrew National hot dogs with a Vietnamese style topping.

Vietnamese Hot Dogs Recipe

I love so many things about this topping. It’s fresh and crisp (think cucumber, carrots, lime, and cilantro), and it has some heat (I made a Sriracha ketchup to top it all off.

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