Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Witch Cake Stand

Isn't the internet wonderful?  I can't imagine not having a computer and the internet.
I was looking around one day and came across the cutest witch cake stand.
I knew I had to make it.

You will need these materials to build the cake stand:
One 12 inch wood round,
one 2 inch x 7 inch dowel,
three witch shoes.
small pieces of 1/4 dowel, 
Gorilla Wood Glue.

My husband glued and screwed the pieces together for me and then I proceeded to decorate the stand with Halloween scrapbook paper, buckles, ribbons and fringe.

My inspiration is from Crafty Sisters. They have a great tutorial on their site.


Now on to the Butternut Squash Soup

  • 4 pounds whole butternut squash (about 2 medium), halved lengthwise and seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick)
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple (about 8 ounces)
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion
  • 8 fresh sage leaves
  • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds, for garnish (optional)

Heat the oven to 425°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
  1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the squash pieces cut-side up on the baking sheet. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter and brush all of it over the tops and insides of the squash halves (alternatively, you can rub it on evenly with your fingers). Season generously with salt and pepper. Roast until knife tender, about 50 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, peel, core, and cut the apple into medium dice. Cut the onion into medium dice. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the apple, onion, and sage, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 7 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
  3. When the squash is ready, set the baking sheet on a wire rack until the squash is cool enough to handle. Using a large spoon, scoop the flesh into the saucepan with the sautéed apples and onions; discard the skins.
  4. Add the broth, water, and measured salt and pepper, stir to combine, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally and breaking up any large pieces of squash, until the flavors meld, about 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cream.
  5. Using a blender, purée the soup in batches until smooth, removing the small cap (the pour lid) from the blender lid and covering the space with a kitchen towel (this allows steam to escape and prevents the blender lid from popping off). Alternatively, use an immersion blender. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve garnished with the pumpkin seeds, if using.
Have a great week!  Halloween will soon be here.

Here's some of my other Halloween decor:
Spook-tacular Buffet-
 Gathering of Witches -
 The Witches Have Landed

Linking up with the following blogs:
The Dedicated House  for Make It Pretty
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire me Tuesday
 Ivy and Elephants What's It Wednesday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fabulous Witch Shoe Party!

Calling all Witches....Bring your fabulous shoes to the party!
Just because there are witches, it  doesn't mean they are all evil.
We like the fun witches who love to party.

The centerpiece is a wonderful glittered shoe from Pier 1.  It is sitting on a witch shoe cake plate.
The witches love color, so  purple, orange and green are used.
I started with a purple tablecloth wit a spider web topper.

Witch shoe candle holders from Pier 1.  The purple salad plates I bought last year on clearance.
They look pink here, however they are purple.

Orange and purple napkins are slipped inside the black goblets by Zgallerie.
I followed this color theme with layering the orange chargers, black plates, purple and black salad plate., followed by the purple compotes . I am using green flatware.

Witch legs and shoes were added to the backs of the chairs, along with purple pillow cases.
 One cannot have enough shoes...cackle...cackle...cackle...

We cannot party without our Witch Brew!  It is tucked away in a fabulous shoe.

I found the high heels at Ross, so I thought they would make great name place holders.  I decorated them with purple and green glitter.  I also used purple flower picture holders to hold the place cards.

 Let the fun begin!

I am starting to feel better.  I thank those who offered their support and love.
My hubby and I are working on a Halloween cake plate stand.  I will be posting it soon, along with the Butternut Squash soup.  Happy weekend...
I am joining the following linky parties...

 Bouquet of Talent @ Life on Lakeshore Drive
 Inspire Me Monday @ My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings The Heart of Your Home 
Table It Decor Linky Party @Rustic and Refined

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Decor from PW

Pardon my absence from blogging.  I have been trying to get over pneumonia.  Little by little, I am getting better. I thought I would share some Halloween decor from a fabulous store,  Pottery World.

Glittered Skulls

See No Evil Skeleton



Thanks for visiting.  Have a wonderful week.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Glam Skullduggery

My husband and I first saw these black with gold skull plates at Zgallerie.  They have been on sale for awhile, so I thought they would look great with the gold goblets we bought.
I love black and gold together.  I guess this table connects visually with Jacqueline's Purple Chocolat Pirate Poison table.
She  is using the black and silver skull plates with her design

The table starts with this beautiful tablecloth from My Chair Covers.
I layered it with our gold glitzy placemats.

Gold flatware from Horchow. The golden goblets are Zgallerie.  We bought them months ago when they were on sale.

I used black chargers with the golden plates I also found at Zgallerie on clearance.
Then I added a black plate, another gold plate from Home Goods and then topped it off with the gold skull plates.

The centerpiece is a cake plate from Home Goods, topped off with a large skull from Ross.
The skull lights up.

The little skeletons are from the dollar store.  I spray painted gold.

There you have it.  A creepy but elegant skull table with golden highlights.

I did this table earlier....Just trying to find some energy to post it.  I am recovering from pneumonia.
Stay healthy and have a fab weekend. The butternut squash soup will have to wait until next week.



This post was written by:

Linda from Northern California.
I enjoy blogging, Designing Blogs, Decorating, cooking, entertaining, gardening and clogging.
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