I can’t believe that tomorrow begins the month of October. The countdown to Halloween is officially here! For me, Halloween is such a fun season to use creativity and imagination with everything from costumes to food, decorations, and more. When most stores are overstocked with the same old, boring, commercial “Made in China” Halloween decor…using one’s creativity is essential.
Fortunately I have a fiancé who loves Halloween just as much as I do, maybe even a little more. Last week he came up with the brilliant idea of reusing some mason jars with some of our existing arsenal of craft supplies to make these adorably cute mason jar jack-o’-lanterns! So I wanted to share this with all of my readers so you can join in on the fun too! It really doesn’t get more easy to make and most of the supplies you probably already have.
- Mason jar
- Elmer’s glue
- Orange tissue paper
- Black construction paper
- Green ribbon
- Tealight candle
- Cut strips of orange tissue paper and lightly glue them vertically to the outside of your mason jar.
- With a pencil, draw eyes, a nose, and mouth on the black construction paper and cut them out. Great jack-o’-lantern face patterns are available for free downloaded on the internet if you need some added inspiration.
- Glue the face cutouts to the outside of the mason jar.
- Wrap the green ribbon around the mouth of the mason jar and tie a bow for extra cuteness. You could also add some crafty extras like fake vine, leaves, etc. if you like.
- Slightly fill the bottom of the mason jar with rice and put a lit tealight down in the center.
Voila! Now you have yourself a cute, little mason jar jack-o’-lantern!
Sometimes deciding what to make for dinner after a long day at work can be as task in itself…not to forget the side dishes which will accompany that meal! Perhaps you have an invitation to a dinner party or a potluck and need a quick and simple dish to whip up at the last-minute.
Nothing says “yummy” like a fresh and unique salad, especially during the summertime! As wonderful as a salad made with fresh greens is, I sometimes like to use a fresh vegetable as a salad base. Not only does it offer a more crisp texture, but it’s more filling as well. My fiancé and I had an abundance of broccoli that we bought from the farmer’s market that we needed to use up. So he came up with this simple and delicious salad which we ate as a side dish with grilled veggie burgers.
- 12 ounces fresh broccoli crowns
- 3/4 cup Vegenaise®
- 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/8 cup red wine
- 2 Tablespoons organic coconut palm sugar
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- salt and pepper to taste
Break apart 8 ounces of the broccoli crowns. Finely chop 4 ounces of the broccoli crowns using a food processor.
In a bowl, whisk together Vegenaise®, red wine vinegar, red wine, and organic coconut palm sugar. Combine the finely chopped broccoli crowns to the dressing mixture. Fold mixture into the remaining broccoli with the slivered almonds and dried cranberries. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve immediately or chill for more flavor.