Pick A Pop

The game making and decorating is now in full swing as the Halloween party draws nearer.

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This game is such a great combination:  children love candy, and children love games.This is easy and fairly cheap to make.

You will need;

A large sturdy plant pot.

A ruler.

A pencil.

A drill.

A  drill bit to match the diameter of the lolli stick

Spray paint.

Marker or stamp pad.

Lollipops, I used Dum-dums.

Acrylic frame

These are the measurements of my pot;

Top circumfrence 29 inches.

Bottom circumfrence 41 inches

Height 12 inches

You will need to adjust your measurements a little depending on your own pot.

Using the drainage holes on the bottom as a guide, line up the ruler. Put your first mark 1 1/4 inches from the bottom. Moving upwards keep marking  in increments of 1 1/4 inches.

From the original mark at the bottom work around the circumfrence marking every 4 inches. Once you have marked all the way round use these as a guide and begin marking vertically. Every 1 1/4 inches.

Using a mark along the bottom measure 2 inches and mark. Using this as a guide mark 1 inch from the bottom. Working veritcally meaure and mark in increments of 1 1/4 inches again. You are adding another coloumn of marks inbetween the first round. Repeat working around the pot.  Your holes will be staggered from the first go-round.

Mark the spot.

Mark the spot.

Mark the bottom of the pot too. I did this ramdomly, and eyeballed the spacing to be similar to that on the sides.

The difficult part is over.

Using a drill bit that is slightly bigger in diameter than the lolli sticks, drill all the holes. Be careful not to force the drill or apply too much pressure as you run the risk og cracking the pot, and I’m sure you don’t want to mark a new one all over again. If you do split the pot all is not lost. After drilling and spray painting you can cover the hole with electrical tape. One piece on either side and poke a hole with a skewer.

Spray paint the pot the colour of your choice. I chose black beacuse this one is for Halloween and the Dum Dums really pop on this background.

This holds around 200 lollipops. I Selected about a fifth of that number to dip in ink to mark the bottoms.

Next fill up with lollipops, I had a very willing helper and it only cost me a couple of Dum Dums.

I covered a folding tray in a plastic Halloween tablecloth to sit the game on and printed up a sign with instructions how to play. I slid it into an acrylic frame and taped it to the table.

Its so much fun that I’m not sure that anyone will even care about not having a dip in the prize bag. Happy Halloween. -F

DIY: Easy Candy Corn Trick or Treat Tote

Done! The marker only looks pale on the left because of the light coming in from the window, its writes quite dark, and it doesn't belld, even on this thin cotton. Now you're ready to fill her up with candy! You can also stitch some scary black ribbon onto the handles if you wanted to....

What you’ll need:

Plain muslin tote

Freezer Paper

Pencil

Ex-acto knife

Iron

Paint brush

Fabric Paint in White, Yellow & Orange

Fabric marker in Black

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Sketch out your design on the freezer paper. If you are making letters, numbers or words, make sure you’re drawing on the dull side of the paper.

I used a sharp Exacto knife to carefully cut it out.

I used a sharp Exacto knife to carefully cut it out.

Cut out and ready!

Cut out and ready!

Position it on your tote where you want it. I decided on the middle, tilted slightly in a jaunty fashion...

Making sure that the shiny side is down, position it on your tote where you want it. I decided on the middle, tilted slightly in a jaunty fashion. With a moderately warm iron, press the freezer paper onto the tote.

You don't need fancy brushes, I used these inexpensive sponge brushes to paint my fabric paint on the tote. I slipped an old magazine inside so that the colors wouldn't bleed through to the back side.

You don’t need fancy brushes, I used these inexpensive sponge brushes to paint my fabric paint on the tote. I slipped an old magazine inside so that the colors wouldn’t bleed through to the back side.

Once its dry, carefully peel the paper off and discard it.

Once the paint is completely dry, carefully peel the paper off and discard it.

So CUTE! Now you are ready to add some detail with your fabric marker.

So CUTE! Now you are ready to add some detail with your fabric marker.

Done! The marker only looks pale on the left because of the light coming in from the window, its writes quite dark, and it doesn't belld, even on this thin cotton. Now you're ready to fill her up with candy! You can also stitch some scary black ribbon onto the handles if you wanted to....

 

I hope you fill it up with loads of your favorite candy! -Marie

Chocolate Apples

I love playing around in the kitchen and seeing what happens. It doesn’t always go my way, but I always learn something. Candy apples are one of my favourite treats this time of year, so I wanted to try something new with them.

What you’ll need for this confection adventure.

1 large honeycrisp apple.

1 bag of gummy worms.

Flat wooden ice pop sticks.

10 oreos.

8 oz semi sweet chocolate.

A wide smoothie straw.

A sense of fun.

Remove the filling from the oreos and crush, somethimes I use a food processor and sometimes I beat them with a rolling pin in a zip lock bag.

Make little slits in the apple with the tip of a knife, this makes pushing in the blunt stick a little easier.

Slice the apples and pat a little with kitchen paper to dry them.

Melt the chocolate.

Make the holes in the apples using the straw.

Cover both sides with chocolate, it may need a little help as the choclate doesn’t really like the moist apple.

Roll in the cookie crumbs and stand in a glass.

Reapeat for the other slices.

Pull, poke strecth, weave the gummie worms in, out and around the holes on the apple.

Eat immediately, the coating will begin cracking and falling off.

I had to share this because the reaction on the face of my Tiny Terror was worth the mess.

After a little coaxing he dove in.

Happy Halloween. f

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Halloween

The crisp air, the rustle of leaves under foot, sky high piles of sweets in the shop can mean only one thing, that Halloween is just around the corner. Ever since moving to The Croakery we have had a Halloween party for the Tiny Terror. And this year is no exception.  I’ve just finished the invitations and I’m very excited.

Gather the supplies

Gather the supplies

The supplies:

Glow in the dark witch’s fingers.

Wooden coffin boxes from Michael’s

Fake blood stained cheesecloth from Joanne’s

Coffee

Paper

Wood burning tools

Print the wording part of your inviation on to coloured paper. I chose red, but think maybe I should have stuck to white with bloody fingerprints.

I rinsed the cheesecloth and let it soak in the brewed coffee for about 30 minutes. Let it dry.

Dirty the cloth

Dirty the cloth

Roll the paper and slide it into the finger.

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Rip the cheesecloth into stips twice as wide and a little longer than the coffin, put inside and nestle the finger into it.

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Finished and ready to hand out.

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The Simple Steps

Here is last years invitation.

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To make these use striped card stock as the base. The wording is printed on the Avery sticky labels. Paint the admit one ticket orange. Make two little slits in the card and slide the ticket through. The trick or treat circle is attached with a brad so it can spin and the orange stitching was added to create an hypnotizing effect. And finally  a little triangle of orange card stitched on serves as a pointer.

Here is a pdf for the spinning trick or treat wheel.

Trick or treat invite download

Happy Halloween. f

Halloween at The Croakery

Halloween was rather crazy up here in the woods. The Tiny Terror hosted a party, need I say more. Everyone got into the spirit and dressed up including the adults, there were games, crafts and a scavenger hunt! A spooky good time was had by all.

 

A flying ghost greets the guests

Tiny Terror is a dab hand at crafts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The worlds cutest bat, doing a final walk through before the guests arrive

 

After 20 minutes TTT was ready to change out of his costume, I’m so glad I spent so much time making it!

 

Witch (Grammy) & Slice of pizza (GG)

Doofenshmirtz and A Spider

My spider babies making their way down from the nest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A part wouldn't be complete without a cake or two

Another party, another costume

He must be my son. In true Florrie fashion, The Tiny Terror decided that he need a different costume for his pre school party.  f

 

Halloween Fruit Tart

Halloween doesn’t have to be a candy explosion and it’s certainly NOT just for the young, it’s for the young at heart. This tart will get you in the festive mood just in a slightly more grown up manner.

 

PASTRY DOUGH

This is a pate brisse dough

 

8oz Butter

 

8oz all purp flour

 

4 oz cake flour

 

1/2 tsp salt

 

1/4 tsp baking powder

 

3 fluid oz ice cold water

 

I coloured the dough as I was adding the water at the end but think it may be easier to soften the butter and add the food colouring to that and then re refrigerate it before you start.

 

Cut  the butter into little pieces Combine the dry ingredients; Rub butter in by hand or with a paddle on the lowest speed, leaving pieces of butter no bigger than the size of a pea.

 

Stir in the water little by little until the dough holds together. Scrape out of bowl and wrap in cling film and flatten into a disk. chill for 30 mins in fridge.

 

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Roll out until 1/8 -1/4inch thick and big enough to hang over the edge of a 9 x 9 inch square tart pan,Press into the edges and leave the over hang, Prick bottom of pastry with a fork.

 

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Chill for a further 30 mins and then bake blind for 20-25 mins leave to cool and trim edges with a sharp knife

 

PASTRY CREAM

1 pink milk

 

2 oz corn starch

 

4 oz granulated sugar

 

1 egg

 

4 yolks

 

2 oz butter

 

1/4 vanilla extract

 

orange food colouring

 

3 oz orange liqueur

 

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Dissolve cornstarch in 1/8 total amount of milk

 

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Combine remaining milk with sugar in a saucepan, bring to a boil.

 

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Whisk the whole egg and then yolks into cornstarch mixture.

 

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Pour a third of the boiling milk into the egg mixture, whisking all the while. Return the remaining milk mixture to the boil

 

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Whisk the egg mixture into the boiling milk, whisking all the time until the pastry cream thickens and returns to the boil. Whisk constantly for 1 min.

 

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Dissolve food colouring in orange liqueur

 

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Remove  the custard mixture from heat and beat in the butter, vanilla and orange liqueur.

 

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Pour into a bowl and cover with cling film pressing it directly onto the surface. Chill immediately

 

ASSEMBLING THE TART

These are the fruits I chose to use

 

Concord grapes

 

Blackberries

 

Blue berries

 

Green grapes

 

Kiwi fruits

 

You will also need some apricot preserve to glaze the fruits with.

 

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Trim the edges of the pastry with a sharp knife. Remove the pastry cream from the fridge, you may need to whisk it slightly to loosen it up. Then pour the pastry cream into the pastry shell and pop back into the fridge while you prepare the fruit.

 

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A beautiful assortment of fruits that will set off the orange pastry cream and black pastry perfectly.

 

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Slice the kiwi and lay in a circle on the pastry cream, overlapping them as you go. Pat the kiwi slices to remove any excess moisture

 

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Fill in the corners with a mixture of blueberries and concord grapes

 

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Add a circle of grapes inside the kiwi’s and finish with the blackberries and more blueberries in the centre.

 

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Melt the apricot jam and brush over the fruit.

 

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All that’s left to do is cut into the tart and watch the pastry cream ooze out.