Trick-or-Treat Manners posted in: Etiquette

Five things to keep in mind before stepping out with your little pumpkin(s) for trick-or-treat fun:

1. Remind your little goblin not to be greedy; one piece of candy from each house is the general rule. And saying thank you is a must.
2. In terms of costumes, ghoulish makeup and army fatigues are acceptable. Guns and bustiers are better left at home.
3. If you don’t like Halloween, you don’t have to participate. Either go out for the night (and suffer the TP consequences) or turn off your front lights. Parents will get the message-but some older kids might, too, so be prepared for possible “tricks.”
4. If your area isn’t kid-friendly, it’s fine to pack up your brood and head to Grandma’s neighborhood or to your best friend’s block.
5. Dumping off a carload of kids in an area where you don’t know anyone or haven’t been invited is definitely impolite-and possibly dangerous.

Happy Halloween!

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Pimp Your Pumpkin: Spellbinding posted in: Uncategorized

Any way you slice it, carving a pumpkin into a fabulous piece of art can be sloppy, labor-intensive and time-consuming. So, skip the monstrous mess in favor of pimped pumpkins. In this blog series, we’re going to share designs that take a fraction of the time it does to carve doesn’t involve knife skills worthy of a top chef.

Spellbinding

First up, is a simply spellbinding design.

Creating this look is so easy, trust us, you’ll
be fascinated.

 What you need:
1 medium-sized pumpkin
1 small witch’s hat
1 felt spider
Glue or double-sided tape

Easy as 1,2 3

Whether you’re carving or decorating, we hope our pumpkins inspire you this season. Check back tomorrow for more design ideas.

XOXO,

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For the Love of the Game posted in: Weddings

 Among the many couples who have decided to forego the traditional and embrace what is truly authentic to them, we have the sport enthusiasts. Am I speaking to you? Perhaps your first date was a Pro Game or maybe you and your guy share an undying devotion to your alma mater. Want to include your love for the game into your wedding day, but not sure how to “tackle” this one? No worries! We’re playing safety and have got your six (guy speak for “got your back”).

Season Tickets

Here are some ideas that can make the play on game day:

Custom designed ticket invitations will set the tone for your sports-themed nuptials. These invites look and feel exactly like a game day ticket…right down to the perforated RSVP ticket stub! Official game day programs are also available to feature photos and stories you and your groom and your wedding team party.

Pro and college stadiums allow access for private events – PER-FECT and unique venues. Also check into local school football and baseball fields and basketball arenas as possible options.

For sports-chic aisle-style, imagine pulling out an Astroturf runner. At the altar what about saying “I do” on home plate! For the guest roster, have guests sign a customized football jersey or a guestbook with pages that look like basketball brackets. Add extra flair by having the groom and groomsmen don festive baseball or football boutonnieres, or hire a sports announcer to introduce the wedding party at the reception. 

A Home Run!

Present the dinner menu in a custom jacket that has the look and feel of a real basketball or football for a sophisticated touch. Keep with the fun of game day fare by serving appetizers during cocktails like mini soft pretzels and French fries in wax paper cones with assorted gourmet condiments (currently all the rage in the culinary world) such as Jack Daniels Maple Ketchup. And for a cake that will score big points with the groom – think, a replica of his fave team’s stadium or the Stanley cup.

Be sure to hire a first round draft pick photographer to capture memories and décor of game day. Think pre-wedding shots from the locker room, you and your wedding party warming up to the camera with fun props like helmets (customized in your wedding color with your monogram), penalty flags, etc., and you running out of the tunnel and onto the field with your wedding party! 

With this theme, there’s plenty of ways to create a day that your fans will remember for years to come.

 XOXO,

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Fall Party Ideas posted in: Events, Uncategorized

Planning a fall party can be bushels of fun.  host a fall fete your guests won’t soon forget using these pro tips and recipes…

  1. Location
    Plan your parties outdoors when you can. Whether you are out on the deck or down on the farm take advantage of Mothers Nature’s décor and enjoy the nice weather if you can.
  2. Atmosphere
    It’s all about being laid back and easy. Long wooden or small spool tables. Tall back wooden chairs or blanketed bales of hay, or upside down buckets topped with a big cushion are great seating options. For an added touch hire a guitarist or a banjo picker to liven up the scene.
  3. Décor
    The traditional fall palette never goes out of style think yummy tones of chocolate, spiced pumpkin and butternut squash. Burgundy, blackberry, and cream  also work nicely. For flowers, again keep it fresh using in season blooms such as sunflowers and mums. Pumpkins, mini gourds and acorns are fun. Accent the scene with candles housed in lanterns and jars.
  4. Food
    When it comes to  harvest season dishes– fresh is best. Select recipes that include in-season fruits and veggies such as pumpkin, butternut squash, and apple pie. Comfort foods such as chili, cornbread, creamy soups, apple pie and spiced pumpkin mini cupcakes are popular choices. Present food on a buffet created from a large board with wooden barrels to create the table base. Drape the tabletop wth burlap and fresh blooms for an even more festive feel.
  5. Beverage
    Hot cider is a must. Add in a few favorite wine selections, beer and soft drinks and you’re ready to go. Service iced drinks in a metal tub or pumpkin cooler and use mason jars for glassware.

 Now you’re all set! here are some great recipes to incorporate into your fall party menu.

Roasted Potato & Okra Salad

Ingredients:

2 lb small potatoes such as fingerling, red, or yellow-fleshed
1 large bunch scallions, halved lengthwise and roughly chopped
2 large fresh rosemary sprigs, plus 1/2 teaspoon chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
2 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 lb small (2- to 3-inch) okra, heads removed
1 cup fresh corn (from 1 to 2 ears, I used a combo of frozen kernels plus 1 ear of corn)
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot

yum! yum!

Directions:

Roast potatoes and okra:
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 450°F.

Halve potatoes lengthwise and toss with scallion pieces, rosemary sprigs, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Spread potato mixture in a large roasting pan and roast, stirring once, 20 minutes. Stir potatoes and add okra to pan, tossing to coat. Continue to roast until okra and potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes more.

Cook corn while potatoes roast:
Cook corn in 1 quart of salted boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Make dressing and assemble salad:
Whisk together lemon juice, shallot, chopped rosemary, and remaining 2 tablespoons oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl until combined. Discard rosemary sprigs, then add hot potatoes and okra to dressing along with beans, corn, and salt to taste, tossing to combine. Serve hot or warm.

from erinsfoodfiles.com via TheKitchenSink, who originally adapted from Gourmet.

The Best Mexican Cornbread You Will Ever Eat

Ingredients:

Cup Margarine Melted
1 Cup White Sugar
 4 Large Eggs
1 15 Oz. Can Cream Style Corn
1 4 Oz. Can Green Chile Peppers Very Well Drained
1/2 Cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 Cup All Purpose Plain Flour
1 Cup Yellow Corn Meal
 4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Salt

Delish!

  Directions:

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and spray a 9inch times 13 inch baking pan.

In a large bowl mix together all your ingredients together very well. Pour your mixed ingredients into the baking dish and bake for 1 hour until a toothpick pushed into the center comes out clean. Recipe courtesy of crazyhorseghost

For more Chili recipes than you can shake a stick at, click here.

Enjoy!

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