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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Happy Harvest Hoedown Ideas

My computer is currently very sick and I have absolutely no access to photos I have down loaded previously, nor can I download the images I currently have on my camera. I am back to posting on blogger versus my beloved Microsoft live writer. Mr. Decor has been working on repairing this electronical nightmare for 5 days. I think it might be time to call the geek squad since there is also the issue of not being able to access my CAD (computer aided drafting) files which makes it impossible to do my school work. But I am willing to be patient a few more days to allow my darling hubby the chance to slay this dragon. Chocolate anyone?

While I love posting original, fresh material I have to currently settle for reconstituted images. Here are a few things that are currently inspiring me during this harvest season that I plan to cook, create or just plain enjoy at Decor To Adore manor.

First up: food. Every year I try to create a fairly healthy and fun Halloween dinner.  You are welcome to click on my archives to see what I have prepared in the past. Here is what is on the menu for this year.

Jack~ O~ Lantern Sandwiches

I love these pumpkin burgers too.

These yummy ham and cheese delights will be served with homemade tomato soup worthy of boil, boil, toil and trouble. 

I also like the idea of butternut squash soup served in scooped out pumpkin shells. I would choose the bitty white versions.

Nothing says Halloween like a cauldron full of green liquid. This Brew Ha Ha couldn't be easier.

Ending on a healthful note Devilishly Delicious Dip in a Cauldron looks SO yummy.

Cauldron Full of Devilish Dip

In terms of decor I really love the Halloween Banner (3) download that Tip Junkie featured by Moselle. I plan to make it my own with the addition of some old buttons, tissue paper fringe and other spooktacular delights.

all crafts 20 Free Halloween Printables

Leave it to Matthew Mead to give us classic cuteness. I am also going to make the owl garland for a girl that I adore. Do you know WHOOO she is? I also love this simple decoration. Wouldn't they be so cute placed over a string of white lights?

Matthew Mead Halloween Tricks and Treats

My nieces will be receiving these paper doll pretties in the mail. There is also a darling boy version as well.

On Saturday the 30th we are planning a scary movie marathon. Our choices are a bit more tame than most. Forget the kidlets, this mama can't handle true terror.

The Fashionista and Sweetboy's favorite is Hocus Pocus.


I am in the mood for some Ghostbusters. Sing with me..."Who Ya Gonna Call?"

After Sweet Boy and I retire for the evening, I have been told that this classic will be viewed.

For now I'll sign off with a "Z" as I need to put some finishing touches on Sweetboy's costume.

Do you have any special plans or costumes in the works?



dreamday said...

great ideas!!! and i will forever more remember that stressed is desserts spelled backwords! :)

Karena said...

Hi Laura, I would say in spite of all of your tech and computer problems, you put together a great post!!

Lots of frightful delights!

Art by Karena

The Boston Lady said...

Please sign me up for The Shining! I will bring my own tricks and treats. Sounds like you will have a fun time. I keep meaning to tell you how much I love your Halloween inspired blog banner - terrific! Ann

jeanette from everton terrace said...

How fun you are! Halloween is my best friends favorite holiday. When my daughter was still at home we got completely engrossed in all things pumpkin and witch but since she has flown the nest, not so much. I like the idea of a scary movie marathon - can't watch Shining though, still freaks me out.

French said...

Laura~ I love all the ideas! I am going to my neighbor's house for a party, and as soon as it stops raining I will get some pics of her decorations. I have a few fun things planned. But definitely not any scary movies, count me out for Jack or Jaws!

Linda Chapman said...

I LOVE the cupcake papers with eyes....and am SO going to use that idea with a 20 count string of white lites!!! THANKS! said...


Wonderful post on your limited supply of available resources. Loving all these recipes and that banner. No trick or treaters here. We are too far off the beaten path. :( But we make up for it! Stay tuned.

Your Friend,

* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

~**~Love the farmtable image with all of the chippy chairs and pumpkins!!!! Hugs,Rachel~*~*~

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great pictures and links, Laura! I am very sympathetic to your technological issues; I have had some of my own this past weekend {and still} but mine just affect Windows Live Writer and not the whole laptop. I am very distressed by the Live Writer issue as I have been using it for awhile now and have really come to rely on it for drafting my posts. I'm trying to give it a rest for a few days though before I re-tackle.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Fun post as usual! The Halloween weekend is also Parent's weekend at our daughter's college--so those are our plans!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Laura even with computer whoa's you assemble the perfect post. Bravo to your husband for trying to tackle the computer dragon & yes, chocolate heals most everything!!

Wishing you smooth sailing from here on out! xx

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What wonderful ideas! It's fun to have holiday traditions! Hope you're computer is better soon...mine has acted weird tonight! EEEE!!! Hugs! ♥

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh I hope your computer gets fixed soon!!! I got a 'typepad' pop up on my own blog this AM and HAVE NO IDEA how to make it go away :( ... I loveeeeeeeeee those halloween cheeseburgers!! And for the Nikki Sivils papers... they have them at Crop Girls at 97th avenue and Peoria... INCLUDING the "FOR JULIE" paper!! I really like that store... very well laid out and the staff are VERY nice! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Privet and Holly said...

My sixth grader
still wants to
trick or treat,
but he is tall
for his age and
I'm afraid that
candy-givers might
look at him as if
he is too old to
trick or treat!
He actually turns
12 on the 30th, so
it's going to be
party central at
our house that weekend!
Love all of your
great ideas; with or
without your own pics
you are always brilliant,
xx Suzanne

My Cottage Charm said...

Hi Laura :)
Your post looks perfectly lovely even without your own pictures. :) That bread bowl with the dip looks positively yummy! OH and I love the Decor to Abhor title! bwa ha ha ha!! Too cute! (or spooky....oooo) :)
Carson is excited for Halloween to come, he's going to be Luigi from Mario Brothers. He has the cute little hat and mustache too, he can't wait!)
Thanks for your well wishing on my new cupcake's been fun so far.
Better run, gotta get some dinner on the stove.

HUGS to you!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Laura, Hope your computer gets over it's cold or virus soon!
I just love the outdoor farm tablescape. It was worth the visit just to see that!
I recieved my package today!!!!! I was THILLED! Even my husband was so very impressed. I'll highlight it next week, as I already have posts ready to go until then.
Thank you sooooo much. Every item was a treasure on their own! The sheet is fabulous, luxurious, and monogrammed beautifully!
I felt like I won the lottery.... I am the basket queen!
xo Yvonne

Jenny said...

Your blog is full of so many great ideas!! I'm having fun reading back through your past posts and thought I'd say hi!!
See you soon!