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Healthy Halloween Snack (Monster Cheese)

Nope, I don’t have preschoolers….yes, they are in high school….does that stop me from making really fun, cute halloween treats…NO! Sadly this is how my brain works….while in the grocery looking at string cheese…I thought, “hey it would be so cute to make that into a ghost for a preschool Halloween snack.” Have I seen this somewhere and it is just in my “random crap you remember from pinterest” memory?? If so…and you have seen this before…please tell me! I am thinking it is an original idea….but what are those anymore #pinterestoverload :)

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So….make some of these cute healthy monster cheese….serve it up with some crackers and fruit…to monsters of any age:) Really….no tutorial needed…yall are quick like that:) And hey….teens love them too:) This one came home from school and opened the fridge and shouted “MOM that is SO CLEVER!!” awwww shucks….I still got it:)

monster cheese

 

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You will need:

string cheese

feather boa in black

orange pompoms

double sided tape

ribbon

stick on eyes

 

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This one reminds me of beaker from Muppets….see it??? So basically you dry off the string cheese to get off the condensation. Use a piece of double sided tape to pop on your eyeball….and place a piece of the top to adhere the pompom or feather….whatever you like…no rules:)

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Have a great weekend peeps!

PS thanks for all your good vibes and prayers…my friends son is improving daily…. #prayerswork!

xo

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Cheap update for plastic planters

Thanks for all the kinds thoughts and prayers about my friend’s son…this I know…Prayers WORK! He continues to improve everyday and I will keep you posted….

So I was hanging onto 1/2 of a yard of burlap FOREVER….I mean like FOREVER…I have had it for probably 3 years….and yet I still moved it to the new house. Time to put that burlap to work!!! I bought some mums at Lowes last week (only $4!! Holla!) and I don’t replant….just because…A. I don’t’ really know how. B. It causes me stress to move all the root thingies. And C. it is just so much easier to just place them on the porch ya know? So, I was on a mission to use the burlap AND make my planters prettier. Here is how is went down….

 

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Cut some twine, cut a square of burlap, wrap and tie. Are you with me? I know right…..a bit to easy to call it a “tutorial”…and yet at the same time it took me 41 years to think of this idea. I’m sure I’m not the first person to ever wrap material around a planter….but I just had to show you in case you wanted to try it too:)

 

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I ran out of burlap….so I used kraft paper for 2 of the mums….yes, it will get wet….but I don’t really care…I like how it looks;)

 

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Now cross your fingers for me so that they bloom mmmkay?!?! :)

 

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Easy Fall Planter (Outdoor Fall Décor)

Good gravy we made it to Friday! My boys have big sports plans this weekend that include an NBA exhibition game…an NFL game and a huge rival high school football game. The peanut and I are looking forward to PUPPYTIME with our Stella girl who will be coming home on Saturday:) Plus, the weather is turning cooler…whoot!!! I wanted to share this super easy fall planter….in case you wanted to make some this weekend….

I drilled some fake pumpkins this week. I probably enjoyed it a bit too much….I wanted to go buy more fake pumpkins just so that I could drill some more….anywho, these easy fall planters are my new favorite thing and they would be a perfect weekend project!

 

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There are similar projects all over the internet…and I am sure this is not an original idea….but my thought was to try and save the plants that were still thriving (which is quite  amazing I might add…) and just add a little fallication to them. Yes…that is a word.

I bought these tall planters at a place called “At Home”…(which was formally garden ridge). I think they were $50 each….which didn’t seem too bad given how large they are. I think they will look great year round too….10623811_759801160727582_1249539671_n

 

Perfect for the scale of the front door and they looked so pretty with these green plants inside (cannot remember the name of them…. #brownthumb.) To add a bit of fall to the green leaves….and to match the wreath on the door….I decided I would add some fake pumpkins….Here is how I secured them to the plants….

 

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You will need:

2 tomato stakes (mine are 30inches)

2 medium fake pumpkins

2 smaller fake pumpkins

1 9 foot fall garland (cut in half)

3/8 inch drill bit and drill

To Do:

Drill a hole in both the bottom and top of the medium pumpkin

Place tomato stake in planter

Thread the medium pumpkin onto the stake

drill hole in bottom only of smaller pumpkin

thread onto stake

wrap and wire garland in the center (I cut one garland in half…but use whatever you wish…your planters not mine:)

 

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A simple and quick tip to bringing a little fall to your greenery:)

Go forth and fall up the house this weekend:) And if you have a chance to sit and peruse….be sure to check out some of my new additions in my etsy shop.  Use coupon code FALLYALL for $5 off!! I have been busy crafting for the upcoming season:)

xo

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Monster Pasta Salad (Halloween Party Food)

Back from a weekend of good food, good drinks and good shopping in Chicago. We celebrated our 18th in style:) I am pulling some fun post together but is taking me a while to get my stuff together. It seems I am still trying to get us “settled” in our new house…September has been a a blur but at the same time a really long month. Hoping that I get that blogging mojo back soon. I have been concentrating on being creative…which usually pulls me back to center:) This week we are also preparing for our new baby Stella:) She will join our family on Saturday…and we are all so excited for the little ball of fur! I am busy baby proofing the house…and making sure we are set to go:) I shared this little Halloween snack over at my girl Jen’s a few weeks back but I like to share it here too in case you missed it the first go around….It is a great way to make a fun Halloween meal—without the sweet:)

With all the treats and sweets during Halloween time…..it is nice to have a healthy “fun” food dish to serve up your little monsters before they head out to all the parties. This grumpy monster pasta salad is full of veggies and pasta…and is sure to be a hit with your little gremlins. I was going for the “Bride of Frankenstein” look….what do ya think? Obviously feel free to substitute your families favorite veggies or cheeses…make it your own:)

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I may have had a little bit too much fun putting this together…just sayin…When folks are ready to dig in…just place a large serving spoon beside the tray and little friends can grab their favorite things from the platter. A little container of ranch or dressing is perfect to drizzle on top. Easy!

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Use a large platter or even a cookie sheet to contain your veggies. A foil “template” may help to visualize your design. Get the kids involved and have them create with the food….win win:)

Here is what I used to create mine:

Monster Pasta Salad (Halloween Party Food)
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 red pepper (eyes and mouth)
  • 1 bunch of celery
  • dried sausage
  • a bit of green food coloring (for the eyebrows)
  • 1 small box bowtie paste cooked and cooled
  • bottle of favorite dressing
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta and cool...set aside.
  2. Peel long pieces of cucumber.
  3. Cut celery into narrow pieces to arrange face.
  4. See picture to get clues for how to put your monster pasta salad together.

See picture above to get clues for how to begin your monster. I peeled about 7 long pieces of cucumber and set them in between the pasta to look like hair. I created the face with celery pieces, red pepper, cucumbers and a sausage nose. I found that it helped to dry the pasta a bit on a towel so that is wasn’t too slippery.

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It is a good idea to have some extra veggies on the side…and some pasta too—especially if you are feeding a crowd.

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Like I said….have fun with it…and get the kiddos involved—they may never look at red peppers the same again:)

 

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Sticky Chicken Legs (slow cooker chicken legs)

I’m recouping today after a fun fall break. Lots to share with you…but today…I am going to share a really easy recipe that would be perfect to whip up for Halloween night. Yet another slow cooker recipe that I promise will not let you down. If you want to be all gory you could call these “Sticky Bones”….up to you;) Whatever you call them….call them easy…because it doesn’t get any easier than this….

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I always cook chicken on low in the slow cooker. Especially when you are using a newer slow cooker….they heat up quick and they retain heat better than the older ones….so don’t overheat…or your chicken will be sure to dry out.

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That’s right….2 ingredients. Can you handle that? If you want to be super fancy…make this barbeque sauce..(Homemade sugar free bbque sauce recipe). If you are in a pinch….just grab one bottle of your favorite sauce.

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Not kidding…it is that easy:)

Sticky Chicken Legs (slow cooker chicken legs)
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 8-10 chicken legs (rinsed and pat dry)
  • Foil
  • One bottle favorite barbecue sauce
Instructions
  1. Crumple up foil on the bottom of slow cooker. Do this so that the chicken legs do not rest on the bottom of the pot.
  2. Pour entire bottle (12 oz) on top of chicken.
  3. Cook on slow 4.5 hours.
  4. To serve, brush a bit more sauce on top.

 

 

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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