October 13, 2010

HALLOWEEN OPEN HOUSE ~ recipes, crafts, inspiration and a warm libation

Welcome Friends, to my
 2010 Virtual Halloween Open House!

Come up the stairs...don't be shy...
Hungry Witches?
Haunted Woods?
Hairy Werewolves?
Nah, it's just Gordy & Gussie, the friendly Pumpkin people welcoming you in!
1893?  Yes indeed.
Don't bother to knock, just come right in...
Warm your spirits and and soul with a Hot Cider Catalonia 
(WARNING:  You may never want to drink regular cider again).

To make the Catalonia, simply add a splash of Chambord (raspberry liquor) and a splash of Frangelico (hazelnut liquor) to a cup of hot apple cider. The Chambord adds depth and the Frangelico adds a wonderful nuttiness (what's a holiday without a little nuttiness?). Top with whipped cream and garnish with a cinnamon stick if you're feeling extra festive! Special thanks to my dear friend Geri for introducing me to the Catalonia.


Gobble down some blue cheese covered grapes ~ they get their green from crushed pistachios.

There are five tiny skeletons hidden around our house.
It's become a sort of game for the children who visit our house to find them all. 

Hekyl, Jekyl, and Hyde
I made these custom alphabet blocks and got the boys all gussied up to stand guard.
You can find my TUTORIAL guest posted over at Reflections...On Living Creatively

You can find the tutorial for how to make these
 festive skulls for under $1 a piece here:

Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore"
As an homage to Edgar Allan Poe, 
I created this vintage style decoupage skull.
You can find the TUTORIAL by clicking HERE.

My collection of vintage wedding cake toppers got a Halloween makeover.
"Till death do us part..."
Wait a second, I thought there were three birds in there!
It looks like they're up to something!

Out for a joyride!

I've whipped up an original recipe for you.  If you enjoy cheesecake and pumpkin pie and can never get enough chocolate, you're going to love it!  You've probably heard of pumpkin pie cheesecake, but this is a new twist:  Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie ~ the cheesecake and pumpkin pie are in separate layers (rather than combined), so you get the best of both.  There are also dark chocolate chips and a chocolate cookie crust.  This recipe is going to be featured as a guest post on another blog later this month, so stay tuned!

And how about a big hug, for the road?  This guy, "Piplinstein", is the creation of my 9-year old daughter.  She found the skeleton hands in my bag-o-craft stuff and came up with the project on her own.  I must admit, I think he's my very favorite Halloween decoration of all!

Thanks for visiting!


  1. That is some major Halloween decorating! I love it!

  2. holy moly, I feel like a total slacker! Just kidding. Sort of. It looks awesome, though.

  3. Wow looks perfect. This is my favorite holiday. I would be perfectly content to leave my decorations up year round.
    Your blog is very cool by the way. Don't change a thing..

  4. ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!?!?! ARE YOU FREAKING SERIOUS?!!?!! THIS IS THE COOLEST HALLOWEEN DECORATING EVER!!! AW MAN, I wish I lived at your house. Everything looks so great and I just wanna come over and be there!!! How fun, Jenn! You are awesome. Great idea to have a virtual open house ;)
    I love the wreath and the pumpkin people!

  5. i LOVE the Pumpkin people! I so want them!!!

  6. Great decorations. I love all of them. I'm Italian and really curious to know American way to live Halloween.
    Hi from a SitsGirl

  7. Wow, what a cool Blog! I love all your decorations and can't wait to try your pumpkin/chocolate cheesecake.


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