Monthly Archives: October 2014

Halloween Decor – On a Budget

Hi-Lo!!

Do you put up Halloween decorations? I do, it’s one of my favorite holidays! I get a kick out of watching scary movies all month long and taking the kids trick or treating. It’s also my queue to start planning and shopping for Christmas since it’s right around the corner. But that’s another post entirely 🙂 I don’t put up anything that’s scary or gory. I like to think I keep my halloween decorations fun and classic with cobwebs, spiders, skeletons and eyeballs. Last year I put up a few decorations so I started by taking a look at what we already had. As always my goal is to keep things simple, inexpensive, and not clutter the house with unnecessary purchases since space is ALWAYS an issue. I had a couple ideas in my head and had been searching Pinterest, you can check out my Halloween board here.

halloween decor collage, dollar store decor, cheap halloween decorations

This wreath for the front door was easy, quick and cheap. My kind of project!! I just wrapped some cobwebs around a foam wreath I had in the stash, added some spiders and a black ribbon to hang it with.

Spider Wreath, DIY, Cheap, easy, Halloween

I put cobwebs up in the corners of the living room and stuck some spiders in them because what’s a web without spiders? I just started arranging random items on the shelf until I was happy with the end result.

halloween shelf, dollar store decor, cheap halloween decor

I made the mummy votives by wrapping some cheesecloth from the dollar store around recycled jars, adding some google eyes and dropping a couple battery operated tea lights inside. The rest of the stuff came from random places like the dollar store, Michael’s and the 99 cent store.

halloween shelf, dollar store decor,

I re used my hurricane jars on media center, filling them with candy corns, mini skulls, skeleton hands and dollar store ears. I wrapped the books with some black construction paper to give them a little height.

halloween decorations, cheap decor, dollar store decorations

The glass thing hanging by my front door (that I have no name for) was filled with some eyeballs.

halloween display, eyeballs, cheap decorations

I’m really happy with the Halloween decorations this year, now it’s tIme to start looking for costumes.

Super Easy Carrot Cake Recipe

easy carrot cake recipe

I absolutely LOVE to bake, I always have. And now that I’ve taken a few cake decorating classes at Michael’s I love to decorate cakes as well. One of my favorite kinds of cake is carrot. This is one of the easiest and most delicious carrot cake recipes I have ever tried! I can’t take credit for the recipe though, I found it on Jessica’s website Mom4real.

  Ingredients

  • Cake:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups grated carrots (I like mine finely grated)
  • Icing:
  • 3/4 stick of softened butter
  • 1 8oz bar cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 16oz box of confectioners sugar

Instructions

  1. Cake:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Combine dry ingredients with a whisk or spatula
  4. Add oil and then eggs one at a time. But do not over beat
  5. Fold in carrots
  6. Fill 2 round cake pans floured and greased or 24 cupcakes and bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick in the middle comes out clean
  7. Icing:
  8. Beat together butter and cream cheese until smooth
  9. Add extract and mix in
  10. Add entire box of powdered sugar and beat until creamy and smooth about 5 minutes

Notes

You can half the recipe for a dozen cupcakes or just one pan.

The cupcakes are flavorful, moist and light. Truly one of the most delicious carrot cake recipes I’ve ever made 🙂 I learned how to make buttercream frosting a few months ago and have been obsessed. Now this is my new go to icing. It’s AWESOME! I’ve already baked twice this week.

easy carrot cupcake recipe