Sometimes Simple does the Job

Banana Dolphins. Image courtesy of Luz's Unique Creations on Facebook.

Banana Dolphins. Image courtesy of Luz’s Unique Creations on Facebook.

We’re all in to creating, or at least most of us that visit this page, but sometimes…doing something so simple does the job in a big way: It puts a smile on the faces we love. Here is a healthy snack that only takes minutes to create.

You’ll need:

Bananas (washed)
Grapes – green and red (washed)
Small Containers
A Knife
A Black Marker (non-toxic)

1) Fill containers with grapes of both colors, leaving enough room for the banana to stick in.
2) Cut the end tip of the banana long enough to hold a grape and mimic a mouth.
3) Use the marker to make dots for the eyes of the dolphin.
4) Place each banana into the container, pull apart his mouth and place a grape in it.

Option 2: For Those with more Time on their Hands

Looking at this idea, another one came to mind: Instead of using grapes for inside the container, make blue gelatin.This can be achieved by either making the blue gelatin in a large bowl and after it firms up, scooping up pieces( it will look like waves) into each container or just pouring the gelatin into each individual container(which could be more cumbersome in the refrigerator), but it will look like still waters.
Place the cleaned and prepared bananas (as in in directions above) into the gelatin and place an orange fish cracker in the mouth.You can also scatter a few crackers on top of the “water.” Enjoy!

St. Patrick’s Day Food Fun

Quick and easy shamrock cupcakes. Image courtesy of recipebyphoto.com.

With St. Patrick’s Day only a week away, the party planning better begin.We’ve all seen green beer and green hair, but how many of us can say we ate a green shamrock? These adorable shamrock cupcakes take only a few extra minutes of preparation compared to their regular counterparts.

You’ll need:

1 Cake Mix (any light-colored flavor)
Green Food Coloring
Cupcake Liners
Glass Marbles or Aluminum Foil (rolled into some balls)
Frosting (Green)
For the Smile: You can use black gel writer, or cut a small piece of black string licorice.
For the Eyes: Use paper dot candies and follow directions of my earlier post called Not the Gingerbread Cookies Your Grandma Made or buy pre-made edible ones.

1) Make the cake batter according to package directions and add green food coloring to your desired shade of green.
2) Place the wrappers in each muffin hole and in between the wrapper and pan, place the marbles or rolled foil to help  shape the shamrock.
3) Do not over fill each shamrock with batter- no more than 1/2 full.
4) Bake at the temperature directed by the cake mix box, but for a few minutes less than the time the box suggests.To ensure they are cooked, stick a toothpick into a cupcake and if the pick comes out clean – they’re done. Let cool.
5) Add green food coloring to white frosting if you didn’t purchase green frosting. Frost the cupcakes, add the eyes, and either the gel or tiny strips of black licorice for the smile.
6) Enjoy with friends and family and have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Last Minute, Quick New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

A quick last minute appetizer. Image courtesy of Weezerthewonderful at FlickrCC.

A quick last minute appetizer. Image courtesy of Weezerthewonderful at FlickrCC.

Not all of us are great planners. So  for those of us who decided to throw a last minute impromptu party, here are a few suggestions:

Keep It Simple Appetizers

  • Cheese/Crackers/Pepperoni Trays
  • Fruit trays – Grapes, Orange Slices, Melons, Kiwi, Strawberries
  • Cheese Ball and Crackers, Bagel Chips or Baguette Slices
  • Veggie Trays – Celery, Baby Carrots, Pepper and Cucumber Slices, and Broccoli or Cauliflower Crowns
  • Rye Bread Bowl – Dig out “bowl” in rye round bread. Break apart bread pieces and scatter around the bowl. Mix 16 oz. sour cream, 1-2 tsp. powdered beef bouillon and 1-2 Tbsp. dill weed for dip center.

Easy Oven Appetizers:

  • Bruschetta
  • Easy Potato Skins
  • Oven BBQ Chicken Wings – In a large foil turkey pan, place 5 pounds of frozen wings to 3 bottles of your favorite sauce and bake between an hour and an hour and a half covered in foil. Remove foil last 10-15 min. for crispier wings.

It doesn’t hurt to ask people to bring their own bottle, dish, dessert, or appetizer to pass.

For quick decorating tips, check out Easy Decorating Ideas for New Year’s Eve by Jan Peterson.

One more thing: Have the Happiest New Year Ever!

The Unexpected

There are very few things that stop me in my tracks. A serious illness that prevents me from thinking or typing coherently, or…death of a loved one.

It is the later mentioned circumstance that has me at a stand still. These are the first words I’ve been able to type. My 26-year-old daughter died unexpectedly and has turned my world upside down.

The world is a little darker with the beautiful light that was dimmed. My daughter - Tiffany Scheel.

The world is a little darker with the beautiful light that was dimmed. My daughter – Tiffany Scheel.

I want to apologize to my followers for the lack of offerings – especially during these holidays that I am usually all about. I also want to apologize to the people I follow and engage with. I miss our collaboration of creativity.

So for those who enjoyed or looked forward to my posts, please have patience. Somewhere within my broken heart is the writer who wants to continue to share and communicate.

I’m hoping that with each day, I will feel more capable of returning to our exchange and commentary. But for now, this is all I can offer.

Twas the Night After Halloween…

Twas the night after Halloween and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…Because we were all so tired from celebrating! Here was the yard this year and a highlight of costumes at the Halloween Bash.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Below are a few memorable costumes from our annual Morrow Halloween Bash. I’m sorry for so few. My photographer aka my husband was having such a great time he forgot his job for the night.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Tutorial Writing – Not an Easy Task

The head for the Mayor from The Nightmare Before Christmas is made from a garbage can squashed a little. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow. All Rights Reserved.

The head for the Mayor from The Nightmare Before Christmas is made from a garbage can squashed a little. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow. All Rights Reserved.

For those who are looking forward to the Mayor tutorial, you may have to wait a little longer than expected. I’ve already started the first of the series, which is probably the most daunting.

This is not a task to take lightly. I must step into the shoes of a person who has no knowledge of PVC frame building.

With over 40 cuts of PVC needed to make the frame along with finding the word usage for the assembly – it will take several days to add the steps in a clear, concise manner.

I have reread and edited after taking a break, in order to help those who are really interested in building it. Will they have the directions in time for Halloween? Probably not.

I’m sorry to disappoint those who were waiting. Yet, it is more important to give accurate and clear directions rather than posting pics without guidance.

DIY: Transforming the Easter Bunny into a Zombie

This zombie bunny looks thirsty. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow. All rights reserved.

This zombie bunny looks thirsty. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow. All rights reserved.

With The Walking Dead, Warm Bodies and other zombie movies warming our hearts, how could we not want to make zombies of our own?

To make this zombie bunny you’ll need:

1 Blow mold bunny (Craigslist and Ebay)
Outdoor craft paint - red, dark green, white, and black
Paint brushes with small tips
Small cups or an empty egg carton to mix colors
Pumpkin Teeth (Walgreens, Walmart)
Hammer
Metal shish-kabob skewer or roofing nail
Paper towel (cheapest brand works best)
Water

Directions: Continue reading

DIY Unique Costumes

Image and directions of the Composer Bust Statues can be found at http://www.instructables.com/id/Composer-Bust-Statue-Costumes/

Image and directions of the Composer Bust Statues can be found at http://www.instructables.com/id/Composer-Bust-Statue-Costumes/

Some people get really disturbed when they go to a Halloween party and find others dressed in the same costume. Although I look at it as: the-more-the-merrier, others might not feel the same.

So here’s a few unique ideas that I’ve NEVER seen before today.

Image of Homemade Bath Pouf courtesy of Carleyy at Instructables.

Image of Homemade Bath Pouf courtesy of Carleyy at Instructables.

Directions for the Human Scrubby can be found at the Instructables page called Homemade Bath Pouf Costume.

Smile for the Camera!

How would you like to find a camera case for this one? Image courtesy of tylercard at Instructables.

How would you like to find a camera case for this one? Image courtesy of tylercard at Instructables.

I wonder if any students can get extra credit for their photography class by actually becoming the camera? Either way, the costume can be found at Instructables and is called the Fully Functional Camera Costume.

Be a Thirst Quencher

You'll never get thirsty with the Box of Wine Costume. Image courtesy of Carlyy at Instructables.

You’ll never get thirsty with the Box of Wine Costume. Image courtesy of Carlyy at Instructables.

At least this wine spigot costume girl never leaves her friends high and dry. On the Instructables page called a Box of Wine Costume, there is an actual contest being held for anyone who makes the costume, takes a picture of themselves, and then posts with comments. Just don’t tell your friends if you want to be the only wine box at the party.

Do you have any unusual costumes you’d like to share? Send your photos and/or instructions of how you did it and I’ll post them – giving you the credit. Thanks!

Tutorial Coming Soon: The Mayor From The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Mayor is ready for my yard haunt.

The Mayor is ready for my yard haunt.

A new prop has joined the family: The Mayor from The Nightmare Before Christmas has been completed and in the next week or two I’ll be posting the tutorial.

If anyone needs the tutorial earlier, or wish to email me, please feel free to use the contact form below. Thanks!

Part 4: Completing Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Sally posed to hold a skull, large flower head, or potion.

Sally posed to hold a skull, large flower head, or potion.

This is the last part to making Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Part 1 covered making the body and frame, Part 2 covered the head and hair, and Part 3 dealt with making the dress. Now we’ll cover the skin, hands, shoes and how to preserve your prop.

As mentioned before in Part 1, Sally’s skin color in the movie had various tints of grey to blue. I went with a grey-blue hue. Either way, you’ll be able to make the skin by finding a pair of tights to match your chosen color.

The Skin

You’ll need:

2 pairs of adult tights (matching the color of your Sally face)
Black outdoor acrylic paint
Paint brush with a thin tip
Boxing/package tape (clear) Continue reading