Halloween approaches! This week, we share two ideas for easy-to-make decorations, a recipe for sweet potato salad and, of course, our garden update and the bears!
We created the Halloween tree pictured above using easy-to-find items, most of which were purchased at our local dollar store.
You will need:
- 1 tree branch with some off shoots – our’s is 22″ tall
- Two 8-eight foot strands of black garland
- Decorative plastic Halloween figures
- Plastic Halloween rings (ours are bats, skulls and spiders)
- One 18-inch square of fabric. We used fleece, but burlap would be great, too!
- Gravel to act as stabilizer in the pot
- Newspaper and/or plastic bags for filler
- Curling ribbon
- Basket, flower pot or the vessel of your choice
We foraged our yard for a spooky-looking tree limb with offshoots on which to hang our decorations. The branch was wrapped in the black garland. The garland had pumpkin and skull images on it, which we removed and saved for another project (see below).
How to create your tree:
- Line flower pot/basket with cloth.
- Put gravel in cloth-lined pot.
- Nestle tree in gravel.
- Fill pot around tree base with newspapers and/or plastic bags.
- Gather cloth up around base of tree and secure with ribbon.
- Arrange the Halloween rings and decorations on your tree.
This tree can be made any height, depending on the size of the tree branch and container used. It would make a great addition to a children’s Halloween party. At the end of the party, kids can take tree decorations home as favors. Do your own variation with light-weight candy, toys or whatever says “Happy Halloween!” to you!
The first step in this easy-to-make decoration is to line a 12-inch wire wreath form with black garland (shown). Next, cover the wreath with an orange and black pumpkin-themed garland (thanks, dollar store!). To finish it off, a larger pumpkin (leftover from the tree project above) represents the moon, lighting the sky for one of our cute clip-on witches from last week’s blog.
SWEET POTATO SALAD
This sweet potato salad is a delicious side dish for your Halloween and fall celebrations!
Tricia Yearwood (yes, that Trisha Yearwood!) had this recipe on one of her recent Food Network television programs. We tweaked the recipe by using non-fat sour cream, doubling the hot sauce and topping with toasted chopped walnuts. Very tasty. Like all potato salads, it’s even better the next day!
With frost warnings predicted for our area last Sunday night, we brought our flowers, basil, chocolate mint, and pepper plants indoors. We also picked most of the tomatoes, even though they were still green (see veg art below). Temperatures have risen, the plants are now back outside, and they are having another resurgence. One more unexpected comeback!
JOKE OF THE WEEK
What is one room a ghosts’ house doesn’t need? A living room! source: Halloweenjokes.com
Hmm . . . we didn’t know the bears were expecting company! Not sure they did either!
Roy & Kevin