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Halloween Dinner Traditions

When I think about family holidays, the food is usually the first thing that comes to mind. My mother’s family has food traditions for every holiday, even Halloween. My grandmother always made chili. One reason I think that she liked serving chili for Halloween is that it’s easy. When you’re busy trying to get eight kids dressed for trick-or-treating, you can’t be hassling with a dinner that needs constant attention. My grandmother could get the chili started while the kids were still at school so that she could focus on getting them, not dinner, ready once they got home. Chili was also a good choice for them because they lived in a part of the country that is generally chilly (pun intended!) on Halloween. Having a warm, hearty dinner before hitting the sidewalks is important if it’s a cold night. Because my grandmother always made it, you’ll find chili bubbling on the stovetop of most of my aunts’ and uncles’ houses on Halloween.

As much as I love family traditions, I also think that it’s important to create some of your own. I always serve Mummy Dogs for Halloween. If you’ve never heard of them, check out this recipe from Pillsbury.

 

Pillsbury Crescent Mummy Dogs

 

All you need are hot dogs, crescent rolls, mustard, and cheese (which I don’t always include) for this easy, cheap, and fun dinner. Think of them as Halloween-themed and dinner-sized Pigs in a Blanket. Sounds yummy, huh? I usually serve my Mummy Dogs with a cup of tomato soup, especially when it’s cool out.

Whether you’re making a dinner passed down from generation to generation or trying something new this year, don’t forget about Halloween dinner. Maybe the kids won’t eat so much candy if they start the night with a full belly. Who am I trying to kid? They’re still going to eat loads of candy, but at least you’ll know that they had some real food, too. Happy Halloween!

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DIY Embossed Halloween Cards

One of my recent crafting purchases is a Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine. I bought it because I came across a slew of Sizzix Embossing Folders on deep clearance.  They were 80% off, and I just couldn’t resist despite that I didn’t own an embossing machine. After researching all of my options, I settled on the Texture Boutique because it is very reasonably priced. I figured if I hated embossing that I wouldn’t be out much money. Plus the machine is really cute. It looks like a purse. How could I pass that up?

Halloween is my first holiday with this new toy. One set of embossing folders that I scored for a wonderful price (though not 80% off!) is the Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades Halloween Night and Poison set. Frequent readers of the blog know that I am crazy for Tim Holtz products. His line for Sizzix was a major contributing factor in my initial embossing purchase. This set features a fabulous Halloween vignette as well as a poison label.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

The label references Jackson, TN, which happens to be not too far from my hometown, Memphis. Would you believe that I didn’t even notice the Jackson bit when I bought the folders? It’s sadly true. I was blinded by the Tim Holtz label. I have little to no self-control when I find his products on clearance.

I love creating handmade cards, so making some was a natural choice for my first Halloween embossing project. Read below to learn how I made them.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Supplies:

  • Sizzix Texture Boutique or other embossing machine
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades Halloween Night and Poison Embossing Folders
  • Orange Cardstock
  • Paper Trimmer or Scissors
  • 5×7 Black Cards and Envelopes
  • Zots Small Adhesive Dots

Step One:

Cut your cardstock into pieces that will fit the embossing folders. For this particular set of embossing folders, I cut one piece of 8 1/2×11 orange cardstock into four, equal-sized pieces.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Step Two:

Place one piece of orange cardstock into the embossing folder.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Sandwich the embossing folder between the Embossing Pads and Mylar Shim that come with the Texture Boutique.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

One thing that I appreciate about this machine is the pictorial directions on one of the Embossing Pads. If you need a refresher on what to do, you can simply look at the Embossing Pad instead of rifling through your whole craft room for the instruction booklet. I love user-friendly tools. Crank your “sandwich” through the machine.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Step Three:

Place a glue dot in each corner of the embossed cardstock, and attach it to the black card.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Aren’t these cards so easy? You can finish them in under 10 mins. once you get the hang of the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine. These cards are simple, but I think elegant. Although I love me some glitter, I’m not convinced that everything has to be sparkly or overly embellished to be beautiful. As I get more daring with my embossing, I’m sure that my projects will get more involved, but I’m still really pleased with how these turned out. Happy Halloween and embossing crafting!

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Halloween Hair Ties

If you follow me on Facebook (which you should!), you’ve already seen a sneak peak of the ultra cute, Halloween elastic that I bought from Sunshine Shoppe. They are now selling many of their elastics in 5 yd. packages, which is great for those of us making lots of hair ties or headbands at a time. Halloween prints are included!

Halloween Elastic

Making your own hair ties is much easier than you might think. Check out my tutorial to learn how. I bought the 5 yd. packages of Halloween prints and coordinating solids to make sets of three hair ties to sell at a craft fair scheduled for October. You could also make these Halloween sets of hair ties to give out as favors if you’re throwing a spooky bash. To finish off my sets, I simply placed them on 3 x 5 index cards. You could also use pieces of a decorative cardstock.

Halloween Hair Ties

Whether you’re making these hair ties for yourself or others, I guarantee that they will be a huge hit. Happy Halloween crafting!

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