Halloween Haunted House

Halloween Haunted House. These Halloween Haunted Houses are great for table decor, a centerpiece or on top of your mantel.


Your craft will really pop when you use these easy step-by-step haunted house directions! Just ten minutes of your time will upgrade your foam Halloween houses with these ideas.

These start with a foam house base. It is pretty cute without doing anything to it… but 10 minutes of your time REALLY make a difference in this craft. These Halloween Haunted Houses are great for table decor, a centerpiece or on top of your mantel.

Halloween Haunted House

Halloween Haunted House. These Halloween Haunted Houses are great for table decor, a centerpiece or on top of your mantel.


Halloween Haunted House Materials:

Note: except for the foam structure, everything else is “if you want it.” This is a highly personal crafting upgrade, so do what you like!

• 3D Foam Structure – I used this one and the tricks treats one. There are others you can choose from click here or click here.
• Glitter Branches
• Glow in the Dark Spider Web
• Googly Eyes
• PomPoms
• Pipe Cleaners
• Fiber Fill
Glue Gun
• Hot Glue Sticks
• Scissors

Halloween Haunted House. These Halloween Haunted Houses are great for table decor, a centerpiece or on top of your mantel.


Halloween Haunted House Ideas:

• Assemble according to box directions, do not discard the scraps. The box directions do not tell you to secure with glue. If you want to save this craft from year-to-year, be certain to hot glue the pieces in place.

Halloween Haunted House. These Halloween Haunted Houses are great for table decor, a centerpiece or on top of your mantel.


• Measure the glitter branch against the height of your foam house. You may have to poke a hole into the foam where you want to place the glitter branch.
• Place a dab of hot glue over the hole.
• Glue a branch (or two or three) around your house.
• Place a scrap of foam on one side of the branch, and a second piece of foam on the other side (to form a branch-sandwich). Glue the small foam piece in place. This will support the glitter branch.

Halloween Haunted House. These Halloween Haunted Houses are great for table decor, a centerpiece or on top of your mantel.


• If your foam house has a chimney, place some fiber fill in the chimney to simulate smoke.

Halloween Haunted House. These Halloween Haunted Houses are great for table decor, a centerpiece or on top of your mantel.


• Line the edges of your house (or doorways and/or windows) with spider webs!
• Hot glue the spider web(s) in place.
• Place a bit of webbing on your glitter trees and hot glue in place.

Halloween Haunted House. These Halloween Haunted Houses are great for table decor, a centerpiece or on top of your mantel.


• Add a few pompoms for color.
• Add a few ghosts for atmosphere!

• Any hot glue lines should be left in place. Hot glue strings on a “spooky” Halloween craft are never a bad thing.

Halloween Haunted House. These Halloween Haunted Houses are great for table decor, a centerpiece or on top of your mantel.


• If you have scraps that show eyes, place another colored scrap behind it and then adhere it to the house (the house has eyes!).

Halloween Haunted House. These Halloween Haunted Houses are great for table decor, a centerpiece or on top of your mantel.


• This is the “before.”

Halloween Haunted House. These Halloween Haunted Houses are great for table decor, a centerpiece or on top of your mantel.


• This is the “after.”

Halloween Haunted House. These Halloween Haunted Houses are great for table decor, a centerpiece or on top of your mantel.


• Even just a few small steps to personalize these cute little foam houses go a long way! I kept these crafts as they are super cute, very lightweight, and so whimsical and different.

Halloween Haunted House. These Halloween Haunted Houses are great for table decor, a centerpiece or on top of your mantel.



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Hubby’s Newest Truck Purchase!

Hubby bought a new truck a few weeks ago. He was waffling on whether or not he wanted one. His RAM was four years old, drove great, had low mileage, and had no physical or mechanical problems.

So why buy a new truck?

Well, the RAM truck had an 8′ bed. Hubby bought it thinking he was going to really need that long bed, but we didn’t get as much use out of it as planned. Then too, I wouldn’t drive it. It took up two parking spaces and was so long; I was always nervous about clipping something or other.

When we bought my vehicle two years ago we noticed it came equipped with a lot more safety features. And Ford was leading the way with new and innovative technology, much of which was available on their trucks (and some of it was leased to Land Rover.) They had blind spot alert, adaptive cruise control, great cameras, etc. A ton of wonderful safety features not currently found on many other vehicles.

Hubby was also playing around with tow packages. He was considering going to 12,000 pounds to match his trailer. That made his world of vehicle choices much smaller.

So safety plus towing capacity were his main criteria. From test drives durning his last purchase search, we knew diesel was not for us.

Hubby spent a lot of time zeroing in and comparing the RAM (which he was very familiar with), Ford (which is not aesthetically pleasing to him), GMC and Chevy (there were variations even among those two brands, and his business owns an old Chevy that he is very pleased with). Once again he took to the internet to find out what packages fit his criteria, and which additions he could live without. He then did an area search for various vehicles that met at least most of those criteria.

Along the way, he stumbled upon the Kelly Blue Book Instant Cash Offer program. The program was something he keyed on hard as his truck was “unusual” with that 8’ bed, and there just were not enough data points (same vehicles sold) in the United States to give a firm trade-in value for it.

Locally, the highest trade-in offered to him at a non-participating dealership was $28K. That just was not enticing enough to trade in his truck and get a new one.

The Kelly Blue Book Instant Cash Offer program said his trade-in was worth $30,500. That meant if he found a dealership that understood how the program worked (and not all of the dealerships that were part of the program did), he could get $2500 more credit toward his new purchase (and pay less sales tax too).

The KBB authorized dealerships have a no risk proposition – they can either turn that trade-in over to KBB for a check for the trade-in value or keep the vehicle on their lot and sell it (for hopefully more money than the trade-in value).

Some of the dealerships did not understand that. They were offering Hubby far less in trade-in value even with being a participating dealership.

Hubby went down the road of “this close” to purchase with three dealerships and was in final negotiations with a dealership in Tennessee (he decided not to go with them as the delivery was not by flatbed), locally (for a RAM), and in Warren, Pennsylvania for a Chevy. Best deal wins.

He went with the Jones dealership in Warren, PA, as they not only gave him a terrific deal, but they found him a truck that had the options he wanted (350 miles away in Virginia) and went down to pick it up to make the sale. They understood exactly how the KBB program worked, and they even gave him a bonus $500 off (via coupon) after he verbally agreed to the price. (Hubby wanted me to make sure I mentioned the dealership as he felt they really went above and beyond.)

They told Hubby that the KBB trade-in is not always the best trade-in price. Sometimes the dealership itself can give a higher trade-in value for a vehicle. Where the KBB trade-in really helps the consumer is if they have a vehicle that is unusual, so lack of data does not mean a lower trade-in price.

Another internet truck purchase - this one with Kelly Blue Book Instant Cash Offer program details! If you are thinking of buying a new vehicle, you need to read this post!


Hubby chose the Chevy Silverado over the RAM and the Ford for several reasons – the Chevy had better safety features than the RAM. The newest RAM wasn’t all that much different than the one he purchased four years ago in safety features, so he’d just be buying a new truck to have a new truck. The Ford was loaded with safety features. But he finds those trucks unappealing, and just couldn’t do it (it was also $10K more; the only one the dealer could find that had the options hubby wanted was a fully-loaded, top of the line truck).

Hubby made the mistake of taking me for a test drive in a Denali. Oh my, that was nice! I loved the fold out running boards, the lovely leather interior, the dual climate control, the navigation system – you know, all the stuff that is so important to driving. I disliked the sluggish shift though. Hubby explained that the engine was smaller, so that was why it seemed to stick.

With this in mind, Hubby went down the path of GMC and Chevy.

Another internet truck purchase - this one with Kelly Blue Book Instant Cash Offer program details! If you are thinking of buying a new vehicle, you need to read this post!


The Chevy offered increased safety feature, a tow package he could live with, a larger engine, and all the lovely little “things” that make driving more comfortable (except for the magnetic suspension which is only available in the GMC Denali trim Sierra truck – he couldn’t get that). The price was also incredibly right. General Motors was giving a ton of rebates on the purchase of a new truck (some ended at the end of August), the dealership gave a bit off the asking price, and then there was that terrific KBB trade-in.

The only hesitation Hubby had was what if the Labor Day sales offerings were better? My concern with going down that path was he was looking for packages that were so specific that the inventory would be even more squeezed. As it was, he had a choice of a black or white truck, and that was about it. After Labor Day, there may not have even been that available, and then the opportunity would be lost.

Another internet truck purchase - this one with Kelly Blue Book Instant Cash Offer program details! If you are thinking of buying a new vehicle, you need to read this post!


In the end, he purchased this beautiful Chevy. It came with those retractable running boards (see photo below), leather interior, dual climate control, bed liner, the max trailering tow package he wanted, safety features we found acceptable (no adaptive cruise control though – which is just about our favorite feature on my vehicle). He wants to add the fender flares, and he has ordered a new bed cover (the same one he ordered for his last two trucks, an Extang Tri-Fecta).

Another internet truck purchase - this one with Kelly Blue Book Instant Cash Offer program details! If you are thinking of buying a new vehicle, you need to read this post!


All-in-all now seems to be a very good time to purchase a new truck. The manufacturers are giving deals to move merchandise. The KBB program really helped make our deal happen. In the age of the internet, this was our third vehicle we bought online sight unseen. We have learned something new every single time we have purchased a vehicle online, and would not hesitate to do the experience a fourth time.


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Easy Maple Pumpkin Turnovers Recipe

Easy Maple Pumpkin Turnovers Recipe. These amazing maple pumpkin turnovers are a wonderful breakfast treat you entire family will enjoy. Perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, packed in a lunchbox, or as a fabulous dessert, these pumpkin turnovers are a sweet and tasty delight.


These amazing maple pumpkin turnovers are a wonderful breakfast treat you entire family will enjoy. Perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, packed in a lunchbox, or as a fabulous dessert, these pumpkin turnovers are a sweet and tasty delight.

Easy Maple Pumpkin Turnovers Recipe

These make a great fall treat. Whether you enjoy them for breakfast, dessert, or in the lunchbox, you will definitely enjoy these tasty, different, pumpkin turnovers!

Easy Maple Pumpkin Turnovers Ingredients:

• 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
• 2 Eggs
• ¼ cup Maple Syrup
• 2 TBSP Sugar
• 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
• 1 box Puff Pastry Dough
• Splash of Water
• 1 cup Powdered Sugar (confectioners sugar, icing sugar, 10x sugar – whatever it is called in your country)
• 2 TBSP Milk
• 1 tsp Maple Extract

Easy Maple Pumpkin Turnovers Mise en Place:

• 3 Bowls
• Whisk
• Spoon
• Baking Sheet
• Knife
Pastry Brush

Easy Maple Pumpkin Turnovers Recipe. These amazing maple pumpkin turnovers are a wonderful breakfast treat you entire family will enjoy. Perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, packed in a lunchbox, or as a fabulous dessert, these pumpkin turnovers are a sweet and tasty delight.


Easy Maple Pumpkin Turnovers Directions:

• Preheat oven to 400°F.
• In a bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, one egg, syrup, sugar, and pumpkin spice. Mix well and set aside.

Easy Maple Pumpkin Turnovers Recipe. These amazing maple pumpkin turnovers are a wonderful breakfast treat you entire family will enjoy. Perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, packed in a lunchbox, or as a fabulous dessert, these pumpkin turnovers are a sweet and tasty delight.


• Depending on the brand of puff pastry, you will either be able to unfold it into one square sheet, or break it into two chunks. If it is the chunk brand, flour the counter lightly and roll the thawed dough into a square. Divide the rolled/folded dough into 4 squares. Repeat these steps with other half chunk of pastry, or the other sheet, depending on what form you purchased.

Easy Maple Pumpkin Turnovers Recipe. These amazing maple pumpkin turnovers are a wonderful breakfast treat you entire family will enjoy. Perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, packed in a lunchbox, or as a fabulous dessert, these pumpkin turnovers are a sweet and tasty delight.


• Spoon two tablespoons of pumpkin filling into the center of the pastry square.
• Combine one egg with a splash of water. Whisk together.
• With a pastry brush, brush the egg/water mixture onto the edges of the dough. (Use a light hand here. Do not brush on too much.)

Easy Maple Pumpkin Turnovers Recipe. These amazing maple pumpkin turnovers are a wonderful breakfast treat you entire family will enjoy. Perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, packed in a lunchbox, or as a fabulous dessert, these pumpkin turnovers are a sweet and tasty delight.


• Take one corner of the pastry and fold over the dough diagonally.
• Crimp down with a fork to seal.
• Using a sharp knife, slice a few vent holes in the top of the turnover.
• Place turnovers on a baking sheet in a 400° preheated oven, and bake for approximately 15 – 20 minutes or until brown and flaky.
• Let cool completely.

Easy Maple Pumpkin Turnovers Recipe. These amazing maple pumpkin turnovers are a wonderful breakfast treat you entire family will enjoy. Perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, packed in a lunchbox, or as a fabulous dessert, these pumpkin turnovers are a sweet and tasty delight.


• Combine powdered sugar, milk, and maple extract until thin enough to drizzle (add more milk if necessary).
• Drizzle over maple pumpkin turnovers.


Easy Maple Pumpkin Turnovers Recipe

These amazing maple pumpkin turnovers are a wonderful breakfast treat you entire family will enjoy. Perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, packed in a lunchbox, or as a fabulous dessert, these pumpkin turnovers are a sweet and tasty delight.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup Pumpkin Puree
2 Eggs
¼ cup Maple Syrup
2 TBSP Sugar
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 box Puff Pastry Dough
Splash of Water
1 cup Powdered Sugar (confectioners sugar, icing sugar, 10x sugar)
2 TBSP Milk
1 tsp Maple Extract

Directions:

• Preheat oven to 400°F.
• In a bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, one egg, syrup, sugar, and pumpkin spice. Mix well and set aside.
• Depending on the brand of puff pastry, you will either be able to unfold it into one square sheet, or break it into two chunks. If it is the chunk brand, flour the counter lightly and roll the thawed dough into a square. Divide the rolled/folded dough into 4 squares. Repeat these steps with other half chunk of pastry, or the other sheet, depending on what form you purchased.
• Spoon two tablespoons of pumpkin filling into the center of the pastry square.
• Combine one egg with a splash of water. Whisk together.
• With a pastry brush, brush the egg/water mixture onto the edges of the dough. (Use a light hand here. Do not brush on too much.)
• Take one corner of the pastry and fold over the dough diagonally.
• Crimp down with a fork to seal.
• Using a sharp knife, slice a few vent holes in the top of the turnover.
• Place turnovers on a baking sheet in a 400° preheated oven, and bake for approximately 15 – 20 minutes or until brown and flaky.
• Let cool completely.
• Combine powdered sugar, milk, and maple extract until thin enough to drizzle (add more milk if necessary).
• Drizzle over maple pumpkin turnovers.

• Makes 8 Easy Maple Pumpkin Turnovers

• To print the Easy Maple Pumpkin Turnovers recipe click here.

Easy Maple Pumpkin Turnovers Recipe. These amazing maple pumpkin turnovers are a wonderful breakfast treat you entire family will enjoy. Perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, packed in a lunchbox, or as a fabulous dessert, these pumpkin turnovers are a sweet and tasty delight.



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