Gingerbread houses

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The kids made these with their dad. My children had fun right before thanksgiving making gingerbread houses with their dad. I some how misplaced this photo.

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Happy Halloween

Hope every one is safe tonight trick or treating .  The three dresses you see my daughters wearing are all hand made the blue one is Cinderella (a dress we used in the ball scene in sound of music).  We thought it close enough to be Cinderella even with out the puff sleeves and flounce.  The green tan dress is a peasant dress my children have for Shakespeare week at school that doubles as a Halloween costume and the red Shakespearean costume I made 2 days ago ( 20 hours of cutting and sewing in one day to make that dress.  It will be used for Shakespeare week as well.  It is a little big for all my girls but I figure we have a ton of costumes that fit them well so this is one with growing room.  The nice man in the photo is my husband who I am lucky enough to be married too.  I was dressed up as well in a Shakespeare costume mine was red velvet with gold trim but since I was the one with the camera no one took a picture of me.

New Red Shakespeare dress

I made this dress on October 29th just in time for Halloween.  It is a size 6 adult dress and my daughter needs to grow a little to fit it well as she is about a size 2 to size 4.

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Halloween fun

Here are some recipes and fun things to do this season.

caramel apples I made
homemade caramels

so much to do so little time

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Mummy Egyptian Mask

after being trimmed 

My middle daughter has been studying Egypt in school and they are supposed to make a death mask.  Well that was supposed to happen this morning but with a fever 101+ yeah umm she didn't go to school.  So I went to school for about an hour so I could see how it was done and came home and did this with her.
This is how I was taught to do this…
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beaded headpiece

right side and front 

Remember how for the play I was looking for a beaded head band that I made years ago to put on Potifer's wife.  Wouldn't you know it I just found it.  Too late for the play but hey you get to see it all the same.  It is the same design on the front as the one…
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Caramel Apples

caraqmel apples I made

Last week for family home evening the girls and I made caramel apples from scratch.  MMMMM so good!  We used this recipe from the Anderson’s that I posted a few years back just cooked it a little longer to the hard ball stage to make the caramel a little more ridged so it would not slide off of the apples.  Place on a greased cookie sheet to cool and enjoy. Please let me know if you make some and if you enjoyed them.

>Pumpkin…Big Tree…

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pumpkin project

The project is done the pumpkin has been cooked and processed by hand and put in bag to freeze till use.  I have roasted the seeds and there are about 3 cups of them for the kids to snack on.  Yes that is the inside of my side by side fridge freezer.  Not much space in there.  I will take these bags out latter to the big freezer in the garage once they are frozen all the way.  The seeds will not stay in the freezer that was just for the photo.

In the process of making the pumpkin seeds my oven decided to play mean for some reason the door decided it didn’t want to stay together all the way.  Guess add that to the honey do list.

tree trimming can you see him
at the beginning 
(the red hat is my father-in-law the person up in the tree is my husband can you find him in the top photo and the last photo he is hidden pretty well)

I have the best husband in the world no kidding the at man can do anything he puts his mind too.  A few weeks ago to help out our extended family he and eight other relatives and friends  made a 60 foot tree into a 30 foot tree at the cities requests.

there he is

He strapped on his rock climbing gear and up he went into the tree.  I think I would have had some trepidations on this.  I don’t talk about him much on here.  He usually isn’t involved in most of my craft things but he is very much a part of my life for many many years now.

my husband on the right

I could not ask for a more wonderful man as a husband he is caring, loving, silly, responsible  and most important of all very very patient with me and the children.

timber near the end

>Is it Halloween or Thanksgiving

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destroying a few pumpkins

scrapping Two of my children drew and painted on their pumpkins at Halloween.  Because they wanted to be able to have pumpkin squash for dinner around Thanksgiving.  So the destruction of their Halloween pumpkins has begun this morning to make room for their Thanksgiving squash.  After these are dismantled they will go into the crock pot to cook the whole day away.  Then tonight soft squash will be mashed and some had for dinner like mashed potatoes with butter and sour cream and the rest will go into the freezer for future dinners, cookies, and bread ideas. 

the carnage If you notice the stems are set into a separate bow.  I want to make some velvet Thanksgiving pumpkins if they dry well that is.  You make crushed velvet pumpkins (use your favorite pattern for this)  then you attach the dried steam to the fake pumpkin ( E2000 just do it neatly) for a nice effect.   This will not happen this season, but maybe for next year they will be done.

 dismantling

Roasted pumpkin seeds will be made today as well.

>Happy Halloween

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Vintage Halloween Post Card, originally uploaded by riptheskull.

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