Monday, October 27, 2008

Halloween Eyeballs

OK. So who doesn't like to eat yummy treats on Halloween? I know I do, especially when it is fun making them. Well, Jake and I love to make Halloween Eyeballs. Yep, they look like bloodshot eyeballs. And, they are super easy to make (oh, and delicious!).In the photo, they are not quite set, so after about a half an hour in the freezer, they will be ready to serve.
Here is the recipe:
1/2 C butter
1 1/2 C peanut butter
2 C confectioner's sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
white melting chocolate
chocolate chips
red gel

In a medium bowl, mix the butter, peanut butter, confectioner's sugar, and vanilla. Form into balls. Place on wax paper and put in freezer for at least 1/2 hour to firm. In small saucepan, mix about 1 TBSP Crisco with white melting chocolate over low heat. Stir constantly and until smooth. With a toothpick, dip the balls into th echocolate to coat. Place on wax paper. Remove toothpick and insert upside down chocolate hip into the hole form the toothpick. After they set a bit, make squiggly lines going from the chocolate chip to make the eyeballs look bloodshot. Place back into freezer to set. After they are set, take a wet paper towel and smooth out the edges from the white chocolate.

To serve, cover a plate with lettuce and place eyeballs on them. Enjoy!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Halloween Party!!!

A Fanciful Twist is having a Halloween party tomorrow (Saturday, October 18)! How much fun. Check out her blog here, and then link to the other blogs that are also playing along with the party. There will be lots of fun.

For my part...I found these silly videos on you tube. Perhaps they will bring some fun Halloween memories from your past. I know I remember watching some of these.

Popeye's Halloween: click here

Donald Duck - Trick Or Treat - 1954: click here
A Scooby Doo Halloween: click here
Betty Poop Halloween Party: click here
Mickey Mouse Haunted House 1929: click here
Skeleton Dance: click here

I will try to have a tutorial on how to make chocolate peanut butter EYEBALLS...but, since I have to work, I might have to add that a little later for you.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Two More Digi LOs

Remember my post with the pictures of the Elizabeth Gardens? Well, I created the following LO using those pictures plus a few others that I had taken on various other trips. Amanda Probst was the guest designer for the AMR crop this past weekend. She issued her own challenge for us. She asked us to lift one of her pages using one of her sketches. I chose a single page LO from her November sketches. Her LO was perfect for using many pictures on a single LO.
I also created this LO for the crop. I just love these pictures of Jake at Grandmas's house. His face and the way he is wearing the bathing cap is just adorable. And, I really think the orange stands out with the blue. What a cutie he is!
Hopefully I will have some more LOs finished soon. I'm sure with football and cub scouts and Halloween and fall festivals (and everything else, LOL), I'll have a lot of photo opportunities.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

(Finally) Some New LOs!

So, as many of you know, I have not been able to scrap lately. AMR had their monthly crop this weekend and I was not only able to participate in it, but also able to crop. Woo Hoo! Here are 3 of the LOs that I was able to finish so far. Each is a digi LO. Oh, and check back for (hopefully) some traditional LOs, too since the challenges are not due until wednesday. Maybe I can scrap tonight.

This first LO is of Jake. He always looks happy and has a great smile. The challenge was from the member spotlight (Sandy), who challenged us to take 3 colors from the photo and use them and only them in the LO. I chose black, tan, and white for my three colors. I really wanted the colors in this terrific photo to stand out.

This next LO was Debbie's challenge. She asked us to create a LO of a life altering event. I chose my arthritis and many surgeries. Since I didn't want to gross anyone out by photos of replacements or scars, I chose to make it simple and do the journaling on the back. There's been a lot of pain...(but I'm still walking). Isn't that the truth! And, you know, I'm happy that I can still function on my own. Somethings are a little difficult (and there is the constant pain), but I can still manage!

In this last LO, we were challenged by Heather to scrap our favorites. Funny how I love the color purple and didn't use that in my LO. Oh, and I just love older movies as you can see. Danny Kay, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney...well, you get the point. Maybe when I reach another milestone age I will change my mind. :)