My favorite things this week…
apple picking at MacQueen Orchard
family fun at the Wheeler Farms Corn Maze
a trip to Gust Brother’s Pumpkin Farm…yes, we packed in all the midwest fall activities in just under 24 hours while Audrey was home for fall break
lunch at Zingerman’s Delicatessen…love their reuben!
a cute and creative minion pumpkin, carved by Grace
chalkboard banner from Found in Ann Arbor…couldn’t resist those pompoms!
Last month I shared a fun and preppy care package that I sent to my oldest daughter who started her freshman year of college this year. If you missed that post, click here for the details.
I love putting surprises in the mail to her, and I think she likes receiving them…although, I did tease her when she was home for fall break that she’s taking them for granted!
Today, I’m sharing my latest care package…a Halloween care package.
First, I decorated the inside flaps of the box in much the same way as the other package, by adhering cardstock to them. I used orange (of course) and a black and white pattern of clocks. I thought it was appropriate since this is a countdown box, of sorts.
Some adhesive letters were put on the box flaps, giving the package a name…THE 13 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN.
Wording was added to the box flaps, with instructions to open one “trick or treat” each day until Halloween.
Next, I filled the box. I wrapped 13 surprises in brown kraft paper and tied them with baker’s twine. Then each one was assigned a number.
The directions say to open #1 on October 19th and then one each day. That means #13 will be opened on Halloween! A box of 13 fun surprises for the days leading up to Halloween!
All that is left to do is seal the box and mail it!
And wait to hear when she receives it…
Candy buffets have become quite popular lately…I see them at birthday parties, weddings, and other events. It is fun to see how candy can be displayed in various containers with unique labels. Sometimes these displays are even too pretty to eat!
I enjoy creating fun little displays of candy for our family and guests for the various holidays…so when I came across these fun gummy candies at Target, I just knew what I would do with them!
Gummy candy shaped like skulls, fangs, and fingers…so cute!
And not the typical chocolate candy, like so much of what you see around Halloween time.
It made me think of monsters and all their body parts!
So I created a MONSTER MASH MIX candy buffet, starting with a colorful banner.
I placed the candy in some glass apothecary jars and labeled them using cardstock and baker’s twine.
My Heidi Swapp lightbox was used as another sign…just in case someone isn’t sure what they are eating!
And there it is…the MONSTER MASH MIX candy buffet, just waiting for all those ghosts and ghouls to sample.
Skulls, fangs, and fingers…oh my!!
My favorite things this week…
love my new multi-colored tassel necklace from Vann and Liv
pulling off a surprise (I hope he was, anyway) 50th birthday party
hocus pocus wall decals…found at the Target Dollar Spot area
tan suede booties from J Crew Factory…so cute and comfortable I’m living in them
adorable Christmas scrapbook paper…spotted at Hobby Lobby (and no, I haven’t even started to think about Christmas…I just like the paper)
Now these are the kind of monsters your kids will WANT in the house!
These monster treats are so fun and simple to make…no baking involved AND your little ones will be impressed with your effort!
Start with rice krispie treats. I use the pre-made, packaged ones…they are the right size and they are already made! Easy enough, right?
You will also need meltable chocolate candy in various colors, as well as candy eyes.
Melt the chocolate candy discs in a microwave safe bowl, one color at a time. Microwave for 60 seconds, and then stir. Then microwave them at 30 second intervals, stirring in between until fully melted.
Then dip one end of the rice krispie into the melted chocolate to cover about 1/3 to 1/2 of it. Press the eyes into place, and remember these are monsters…so they can have three eyes or one, or however many you choose.
I love the eyelashes…must be a girly monster!
Place them on waxed paper, and allow to cool and “set.”
Believe me, your little “monsters” will love them…and you won’t find them hiding under the bed!
Apples are abundant this time of the year, and there are so many ways to enjoy them…apple pie, apple crisp, baked apples, applesauce…to name just a few.
Another great way to add some apples to your meal is this apple Brie salad recipe. This salad is perfect for fall weather! It combines the crispness of apples, the crunch of pecans, and the creaminess of Brie cheese with some healthy greens.
- 10-12 oz. of mixed greens
- 8 oz. Brie cheese (cut into one inch pieces)
- 1-2 large apples (cut into one inch pieces)
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 4 green onions (chopped)
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon apple cider
- 1 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
Add the salad ingredients to a large serving bowl.
Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk vigorously. Drizzle over the salad and toss to throughly combine all ingredients.
Looks yummy, right? It is one of my favorite salads…so pretty and colorful, and it is quite delicious!
My favorite things this week…
where else but in the south would I find these fun cotton stems…spotted at the Cafe at Williams Hardware–a great place for eating, browsing, and shopping
always love the crepes at TANDEM, but especially the pumpkin pie and apple crisp ones that are on the seasonal menu right now
and maybe some chocolate…
discovering this adorable children’s shop, Vann & Liv…although Phillip wishes I hadn’t
smoothie bowls from Southern Pressed Juicery…so good I could eat one every day
yes, we ate and shopped our way through Greenville last weekend…but the best part of the week was being together with Audrey for Furman Family Weekend