Working Wednesday – Digitals and Barnes & Noble

I have been wanting to create some Halloween fabrics for this year. My inspiration came from the vintage paper pulp treat buckets that I love so much. I made the designs first with paper cut outs, which I then scan and clean up in photoshop. I’ve ordered my proofs from Spoonflower and will post once they are available.
Speaking of work–I finally added some goods to my Society 6 shop. I hope to have my Halloween print from two years ago added there soon!
In Yummy news, you can now find a bunch of the yummies at Barnes & Noble bookstores! I love the cardboard display they have!

How To Tuesday – Halloween Crates

halloween decoration I know that technically it is still Summer (first day of Fall is Sat the 22nd) but I wanted to get a jump start on my Halloween projects so the house will be decorated the entire month of October and I thought you might feel the same. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and I love decorating for holidays! My favorite kind of decorations are the ones you can make yourself, and the ones that are somewhat functional. These little mini crates are great for storage that is also festive. Keep them on a kitchen counter and hold your spices, put them on a a shelf and fill them with jars of Halloween candy, or put them in your bathroom to hold soap, and other bathroom essentials.
Here’s what you’ll need:
-mini wooden crates, I found these at AC Moore for $2.99 each (bring a coupon and they are even cheaper!)
-wood stain, I went with walnut
-brush
-multi-purpose spray adhesive
-labels page 1 here and page 2 here, I made 2 of each so you can put one label on each end
1. Stain all the crates and allow to dry (check your stain for dry times)
2. Have labels printed (I had my printed by Staples for a little over $1, and they print on a laser printer so you don’t have to worry about the inks smearing) cut them out.
3. Use the spray adhesive in a well ventilated area, spray the back of each label and press it onto the side of the crate. Voila…super easy, and actually pretty fast too!
Please remember these labels are for personal use only, not for re-sale.

Recipe – Jack O’Lantern Pot Pies

mypapercrane.com Nothing is quite as cozy as a pot pie on a brisk fall evening. We like to celebrate Halloween throughout the months of September and October so I actually made these just the other night. It might not have been brisk out, and technically it is still the end of Summer, but they were perfect for getting us into the Halloween mood. I had found dark purple potatoes and paired them with some carrots for a very festive pot pie, but you can use whatever potatoes you have on hand, the jack o’lantern faces will festive them up!
Here’s what you’ll need:

Jack O’Lantern Pot Pies

-7 oz of frozen puff pastry
-1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
-1 yellow onion chopped
-2/3 cup of carrots chopped
-1/2 cup of yellow squash chopped
-2 cups of potatoes chopped
-1/4 cup of all purpose flour
-2 cups of vegetable broth
-2 cups of fully cooked protein (I like quorn brand vegetarian chicken chunks)
-1 cup of milk (we use almond milk)
-(optional) 2-3 Tablespoons of plain potato flakes
-(optional) 1 egg slightly beaten for egg wash

Remove puff pastry from the freezer and allow to sit out covered with a towel on a cutting board. Preheat oven to 350F and lay out ramekins on a cookie sheet. I used 12 small ramekins for mine, you can also optionally use one large pie plate and create one jack o’lantern face for the top. Find a circle cup that is about the same size as your ramekins for cutting out the faces, or save one ramekin aside for cutting.

Heat oil over medium heat in a Dutch oven or heavy bottomed saucepan. Add veggies and sauté until onions are translucent. Pour flour over veggies and stir until all the veggies are coated, allow to cook for about two minutes. Add veggie broth and allow to simmer until veggies are tender. Add milk and a fully cooked protein (I use quorn brand fake chicken chunks) and remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper. Allow to cool slightly to thicken. If your mixture is still too thin or watery add a few tablespoons of plain potato flakes. Stir the flakes well and allow to absorb the broth before adding any more. Spoon the stew into each ramekin.

Uncover pastry and use your cup/or extra ramekin to cut out your circle faces. Then use a small sharp paring knife to cut out faces. Basic triangles work best and the dough is easier to cut if it’s not fully defrosted. Lay each face on top of a ramekin and press lightly around the edge to seal. If doing an egg wash beat 1 egg in a small bowl and brush beaten egg onto each face.

Bake the cookie sheet of ramekins in preheated oven for about 20 mins until faces are lightly browned.