Creepy Cool Concrete Ghost

Create a unique ghost for your Halloween decor! After creating our Concrete Pumpkin Planter, we had some extra concrete left over. The flower beds were looking a little empty and needed a spooky touch. I decided to try the technique of making a concrete ghost! Like the Concrete Pumpkins, everyone has their favorite method of making these. This process I'm sharing, I found to be the easiest way to make a fun concrete ghost! To get started you will need to gather some supplies. You will need a 1 - 10 lb bag of quick-dry concrete, a container to mix your concrete in, some thick rubber gloves, an old towel, and some pieces to build your ghost armature from. We used some PVC pipe, and a ...

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Smoked Farm Fresh Eggs!

Take Your Farm Fresh Eggs to the Next Level! If you have raised chickens, you learn quickly the different ways to cook and preserve your eggs. There is nothing better than a simple scrambled farm fresh egg in the morning, but it's such a blessing when you have a fridge full of eggs from your own flock to try different recipes with! We have both duck and chicken eggs, so I spent a lot of time experimenting in the kitchen with the eggs. Recently we acquired a smoker for next to nothing, and are pretty excited with the new addition. Smoking is something we have been really wanting to try, so when the opportunity came up, we jumped on board. It's not a huge smoker, but it's perfect for ...

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DIY Photography Backdrops

Propel your picture taking ability to the next level with some simple to make photography backdrops! It’s no secret I love photography! Everyone who takes pictures whether you do it for fun or for profit has their favorite subjects. Personally, I have a few different “niches” I really enjoy, but one favorite is food photography. I found quickly that with food photography you need a great backdrop to really make your photos special. There are many different types of tabletop “backdrops” you can purchase out there but they can be a bit pricey. If you are like me though you want some different options for your photography without spending a ton of money. As the daughter of a floor ...

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Making Homemade Fudge With Mashed Potatoes!

With a few items from your pantry, you can have delicious fudge in no time! I have a serious obsession with vintage cookbooks! Every time we head out to our favorite antique store, I run to the book section. Though I love our modern conveniences we have today, it is so great to learn the "old ways". You really gain a better appreciation for certain recipes this way. Over my next few blogs, I thought it would be fun to try some of the recipes in my vintage cookbooks! The first recipe we are going to look at is Old-Fashioned Mashed Potato Fudge from the Wilton Complete Book of Candy. When I first saw this recipe I had to do a double-take. Fudge and mashed potatoes are not something I ...

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Skeleton Pocket Pies

Create some fun, and portable pocket pies! Continuing our Halloween recipe series, today we are sharing quick Skeleton Pocket Pies! I'm a huge fan of puff pastry. Puff pastry is probably one of my favorite things to bake with. Nothing compares to the fluffy texture, and it's so versatile. You can purchase puff pastry in your local grocer freezer section or you can get ambitious and make some of your own - which I highly recommend. To make Skeleton Pocket Pies you will need to gather a few ingredients and tools. To make the skeleton shape we used a larger shaped skeleton cookie cutter. If you don't have a skeleton cookie-cutter, feel free to try other shapes. You will also need a sheet ...

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Spooky Spider Bread

Get creative with some pizza dough to make a fun spider! We have made Dracula's Drink, and had some mummy fun with Mr. Mummy Dogs. Today's recipe is creepy, crawly, but also kind of cute! Spooky spider bread is another recipe that requires you to play with your food a bit, but you'll have lots of fun, I promise! To create Spooky Spider Bread you will first need to gather some ingredients. The bread dough we used in this recipe is basic pizza dough. You can also purchase frozen or fresh pizza dough to use. I'm not a huge fan of appliances that take up a ton of space, but I do really like my bread maker. Nothing compares to fresh bread made in the oven, but the bread maker is wonderful ...

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Dracula’s Drink

Enjoy a drink inspired by Dracula himself! Halloween is going to be a little different this year. We thought it would be fun to share a few ideas to help you celebrate a great Halloween at home with your family, and also get a little creative. For the first part of the series I'm introducing - Dracula's Drink! I got the inspiration for Dracula's Drink from our family tradition of making "Shirley Temples" at Thanksgiving. This recipe is a fun, easy to make, non-alcoholic drink. Feel free though, if you would like to make a more "adult" version to experiment with. A traditional Shirley Temple is typically made with Ginger Ale and grenadine. Grenadine is a syrup made with pomegranate and ...

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Preserving Ramps

Learn How We Preserve and Dehydrate This First Sign of Spring! We wrote this article back in 2020, and still continue to dehydrate our ramps this way! Allium Tricoccum aka ramps is a wild onion found in North America. Ramps hearken the arrival of spring to Ohio. There is something incredibly special about the dirty, oniony smell during the first harvest. It's a sign of new life, time to put away the winter gear and get ready for the spring and summer ahead. When ramps are in season we make sure whatever we harvest is put to good use. A favorite way to preserve ramps is to dehydrate them for use all year long! Every time I open one of my mason jars of dried ramps I'm reminded of the ...

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Roasting Pumpkins

There is nothing better than roasting your own pumpkins. The humble pumpkin. The sign of the harvest, fall, and Halloween fun! Did you know that pumpkins are very nutritious? Pumpkins are high in fiber, which helps to stabilize blood sugar and give you a boost of energy. There are many minerals in the pumpkin to help with blood pressure including potassium, iron, and magnesium. You can get a healthy dose of antioxidants from pumpkin, which is helpful for immunity support. Potassium, vitamin E, and C are also noted when eating pumpkins. The pumpkin deserves a superhero cape for all it offers! There is nothing better than roasting your own pumpkins. The taste is far superior to any ...

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