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The folks at Big Chill have come up with some great tips for creating a scary kitchen this Halloween! Here are their hauntingly hip ideas!


Got a bug for all things ghoulish? Or maybe you just know that Halloween is not your typical holiday? Halloween is a time to show off your creepy side; the side of you normally reserved for haunting cemeteries, flying on broomsticks, or mixing mysterious potions. While most of us have already outgrown trick-or-treating, there is still plenty of ghoulish celebration to be found in Halloween parties, dinner parties, or simple ghostly gatherings. And what better place to come together than the kitchen?

Your kitchen is your cozy and beloved space year-round, responsible for cooking up all kinds of trouble on a daily basis. However, this is the time of year to really cook up some bewitching magic and illusion.

With a refrigerator full of surprises and a pantry full of delicious candy, there is no better time to invite loved ones into your kitchen for a bowl of zombie brains.

Let your creep side out! Here are 10 Decorations for a Frightening Halloween Kitchen.


1.) Halloween Hutch

Give kitchen hutches and dish cabinets a spooky makeover with the addition of Halloween decorations and accessories. Introduce jack-o-lantern themed plates, skull shaped sugar dishes, or simply add spider webs where there were none before. There is no way to incorrectly decorate your Halloween hutch, as long as you stick with the general theme – The creepier, the better.


2.) Spooky Kitchen Tables

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Your Halloween kitchen or dining room table display is where it all comes together. When it comes to October 31st, there is no spooky theme off limits, and there really is no strict format when it comes to ghoulish and ghastly tabletop decorations. Stick with classic black and orange colors, or stay inspired with a Tim Burton or Bride of Frankenstein theme. And don’t forget to reserve a place for Mr. Plastic Skeleton, your most important guest at dinner and source of all after-hours gossip.


3.) Spider Magnets

Glue plastic spiders or bugs to magnets to decorate your refrigerator, stove, or dishwasher with some Halloween-themed creepy crawlers.


4.) Ceiling Hats

Hang witches hats from the ceiling to remind everyone that you brew magic in the kitchen daily. Simply use tacks and clear fishing line to create the illusion that the hats are floating in mid-air.


5.) Creepy Cauldrons

Handcraft a creepy, well-utilized witches cauldron with a little bit of creativity and magic. No witches kitchen is complete without a cauldron, and can be used to serve your guests by filling it with cold sodas or punch. Try these instructions for the perfect handmade cauldron.


6.) Skeletons at Work

Freak out guests, friends, and family by propping up a skeleton in your kitchen and positioning them to perform household duties. Skeletons can do dishes, cook on the stove, or even sweep up that spilled bucket of eye balls you’ve been meaning to clean up. Now put those bones to work!


7.) Monster Knives

This one is a simple and creative way to spook up your kitchen display of knives. Simply draw or use these simple printouts to create your favorite monster, then sending him to the grave by way of your home knife collection.


8.) Ghostly Decor

Paint wine bottles to look like monsters, or spray paint mason jars to look like delicious sugary candy corn. There are endless ways to get creative and turn your kitchen into a haunted cookery your ghoulish guests will never forget.


9.) Fancy Pumpkins


Paint pumpkins in matte or metallic colors to create an eye-catching effect on traditionally orange gourds. Or, cover and glue pumpkins in lace or rhinestones to bring out your fanciest, bling-iest Halloween ghosts. Place fancy pumpkins on top of your refrigerator, in kitchen hutches, or anywhere that needs a fall-themed accessory. Small pumpkins also make perfect autumn additions to kitchen table centerpieces.


10.) Eerie Dry Ice

Nothing sends a chill up the spine like the effect of mysterious fog flowing freely from your kitchen sink. For those who aren’t afraid of a little science experiment, dry ice can be a great way to create a fog-like effect for that extra spooky Halloween touch. Look for instructions and ideas here, but be sure to read up on dry ice safety if this is your first time working with the solid form of carbon dioxide.


Information provided by Big Chill.

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Join me today as I welcome Lisa Tilley from BigChill.com

I kid you not – you have to check out their cool appliances!

Welcome, Lisa!


From as far back as we can remember, kitchens have represented the most important part of any household. The fact that most families spend the greatest part of their day together in the kitchen proves how vital a part it plays in the household.

And since their development, refrigerators have been a staple in any kitchen anywhere in the world, creating and telling stories about the families that own them.

Over the years, refrigerator has grown from being a simple commodity to a representation of style and design expertise, a foundation of the kitchen.

People at BigChill.com pride themselves on taking all of these inspirational designs, capturing their nostalgia and creating modern made classic refrigerators. Check out this timeline of the refrigerator for a look into the early days of the fridge, and to see what inspired the Modern Made Classics of today.

Find out more about the company at  BigChill.com

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SS logoWhen we arrived home from vacation, I had the most wonderful box of goodies awaiting from ScentSicles.

If you haven’t heard of them, ScentSicles are the first scented ornaments that make any Christmas tree smell like you’ve trekked into the woods and cut it down yourself.

ScentSicles scented ornaments bring the magic to the season by allowing Christmas enthusiasts everywhere to have all the convenience of an artificial tree but with the real-tree smell so many of us desire.  It’s true – no messy pine needles but still the real tree smell that makes it feel like Christmas!

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And the ScentSicles are so easy to use. Just hang on your tree, inhale the wonderful fresh-cut tree smell, and relax knowing that there aren’t any pesky needles to clean up. ScentSicles holiday scents include: White Winter Fir, Christmas Time Spruce, It’s a Wonderful Pine, SnowBerry Wreath, and Two Dashes of Cinnamon.

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ScentSicles offer the following products:

  • ScentSicles Table Ornaments – the ultimate housewarming gift!  Better than a candle and always “on”, this festive jar filled with holiday scents is a safe way to infuse the home with the smells of the season…without the flame.
  • AutoSticks – the annual holiday trek to Grandma’s house wouldn’t be complete without the smell of Christmas for that car ride.  Just hang a ScentSicles Autostick from the rearview mirror or hide under your seat, and let the memories begin!
  • Decorative Ornaments – one of the most popular holiday traditions is decorating a Christmas tree.  Enjoy new decorative ornament designs including gold and silver glitter.  Beautiful and fragrant!
  • Scented Sprigs – go from Grinch to Cindy Lou in a flash with the aroma of perfectly sized smaller ScentSicles ideal for tucking in a wreath, placing in a tablescape or hiding in a mantle display!

I’d noticed ScentSicles in a few of our local stores a month or so ago, so when the opportunity arose to review their products I jumped at it.

I can’t say enough about how much I like the scents and the ease of use (my idea of a perfect combination!).

As a special holiday surprise, one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a ScentSicles Gift Package! The gift package includes ScentSicles ornaments, AutoSticks and their new table ornament!

Just post a comment below about your favorite scent of the season to enter!

For more information, visit: www.scentsicles.com

And be sure to watch this fun video with Jack:

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Darigold – the company with all those wonderful dairy products, shared this yummy summer recipe.


Rosemary Shortcake with Balsamic Strawberries & Honey Cream by Darigold



  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons Darigold Unsalted Butter, chilled, cubed
  • 1/4 cup Darigold Sour Cream
  • 3/4 cup Darigold Buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • Darigold Whipping Cream
  • Crystal sugar


  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, rinsed, stemmed, halved
  • 1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel


  • 1-1/2 cups Darigold Sour Cream
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt then pulse to combine. Add the chilled butter and process just until combined. With the motor running, add sour cream, buttermilk and rosemary, stopping just before the dough forms a ball. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured sur face and gently knead, forming a smooth ball. Do not overwork. Roll the dough out to 3/4-inch thickness. Cut into desired shape using a biscuit cutter or a knife. Arrange the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet; brush the tops with cream and sprinkle lightly with crystal sugar. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cakes are golden and firm to the touch. Cool on a rack.

Meanwhile, prepare Balsamic Strawberries: Toss berries with balsamic vinegar, sugar and lemon zest in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

Prepare Honey Cream: Combine sour cream, honey and lemon juice in a small bowl. Set aside.

When ready to serve, split each shortcake in half and warm slightly. Place the bottom half of shortcake on a dessert plate. Spoon about 1/4 cup of strawberries on the cake and top with 1-2 tablespoons of the Honey Cream. Top with the remaining half of the cake. Serve immediately.


Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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From the creative folks at FlowerCard – check out this fun infographic!
This Flower That Room

– See more at: https://www.flowercard.co.uk/blog/this-flower-that-room#sthash.pGIqSG7G.dpuf

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Angel Food Cake platedMy niece makes a mean angel food cake. When I incorporated “angel cake” into the soon-to-be-released Thimbles and Thistles, I begged her for the recipe and she willingly shared.

If you’ve never had homemade angel food cake (as in completely from scratch)  – the effort is worth it!

Angel Food Cake ingredients

Simple ingredients

Angel Food Cake egg whites

You need about nine to 10 eggs, separated. Let egg whites come up to room temperature.

While the eggs are warming (or is it chillin') sift powdered sugar and flour together.

While the eggs are warming (or is it chillin’) sift powdered sugar and flour together.

Alternate the two in your sifter  - it comes out beautifully.

Alternate the two in your sifter – it comes out beautifully.

Once egg whites are up to temp, mix with vanilla and cream of tartar until soft peaks form.

Once egg whites are up to temp, mix with vanilla and cream of tartar until soft peaks form.

Blend in granulated sugar until stiff peaks form.

Blend in granulated sugar until stiff peaks form then gently fold in flour mixture.

Spoon into a tube pan.

Spoon into a tube pan.

And bake in 350 degree preheated oven.

And bake in 350 degree preheated oven.

Remove when golden brown.

Remove when golden brown and cool completely.

Run a knife around inside of pan to loosen edges then insert onto a serving platter or cake plate.

Run a knife around inside of pan to loosen edges then insert onto a serving platter or cake plate.

Yum! Don't you just want a piece right now?

Yum! Don’t you just want a piece right now?

Angel Food Cake

1 1/2 cups egg whites (about nine eggs)

1 1/2 cups sifted powder sugar

1 cup sifted flour

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup sugar

Berries (optional)

Whipping Cream (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°.

Bring egg whites to room temperature.

Sift powdered sugar and flour together three times (Alternate the flour and sugar when putting it into the sifter. It makes sifting easier).

In large bowl beat egg whites, cream of tartar, and vanilla, with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form.

Gradually add sugar about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating until stiff peaks form.

Sift about 1/4 of the flour mixture over beaten egg mixture; fold in gently. Repeat folding in remaining flour mixture by fourths.

Pour into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan. Bake on lowest rack in oven for about 40 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched.

Immediately invert pan and cool completely, about an hour.

Slide a knife around the side and center of the tube pan. Remove cake to a serving plate. Garnish with berries and whipping cream, if desired. Yield: approx. 8-10 servings.


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Banana Chocolate Chip Bars plated

February is National Hot Breakfast month. Krusteaz officially named every Wednesday night this month “Breakfast Night.”

Krusteaz found in a national survey that nine out of ten Americans claim to eat breakfast for dinner, with 56 percent doing so once a month or more often. Families are even more into the trend with 67 percent of respondents with children saying they have breakfast for dinner once a month or more.

One of the contributing factors to eating breakfast for dinner is the ease of preparation versus a traditional dinner. Families also say it is a fun way to break of the monotony of the usual weeknight dinner.

The folks at Krusteaz were kind enough to send me a box of fun goodies to sample and experiment with. Captain Cavedweller and I enjoyed Breakfast Night last night and I thought I’d share the results with you today!


Post a comment below about your favorite breakfast item or menu and you will be entered to win your own box of goodies from Krusteaz including: Buttermilk Pancake Mix (1), Blueberry Belgian Waffle Mix (1), Chocolate Chunk Muffin Mix (1) and Honey Wheat Pancake Mix (1) as well as Krusteaz coupons for free product.  The giveaway will close tonight at midnight, so hurry and post those comments.

Since I’m lazy, I decided to make a breakfast casserole for dinner.

That turned out to be a tasty (and incredibly easy) decision.

Breakfast Sausage Bake plated



Grease a pan and add hash browns. Slide into oven as it preheats.

Grease a pan and add hash browns. Slide into oven as it preheats.

Brown sausage with celery and onion.

Brown sausage with celery and onion.


Mix with potatoes right in the pan.

Mix with potatoes right in the pan.

Top with cheese.

Top with cheese.

Mix batter.

Mix batter.

Pour over meat and cheese in baking pan. Do not stir!

Pour over meat and cheese in baking pan. Do not stir!

Bake about 40 minutes until golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean. Top with additional cheese and bake a few minutes until cheese is melted then serve!

Bake about 40 minutes until golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean. Top with additional cheese and bake a few minutes until cheese is melted then serve!

 Breakfast Sausage Bake

1 cup Krusteaz Light & Fluffy Buttermilk Pancake Mix

2 packages bulk pork sausage (12 ounce each)

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 tbsp. chopped onion

3 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes

2 cups shredded Colby-Jack cheese

2 cups milk

4 eggs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Grease a 9×13 baking dish. Place in hash browns and pop the pan into the oven as it preheats.

In a heavy skillet, brown sausage with celery and onion. Drain grease. Remove baking dish from oven and mix potatoes with sausage. Sprinkle one cup of the cheese over the meat mixture.

In a large mixing bowl combine pancake mix, milk and eggs until well blended. Pour into baking dish. Do not stir!

Bake for 40-45 minutes until top is lightly browned and a knife inserted comes out clean. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake an additional minute or two until cheese is melted.

Serve and savor an easy weeknight meal!

Oh – and what’s dinner without a little dessert?

Banana Chocolate Chip Bars plated

banana choc cake bars ingredients


Mix crust and press into greased baking pan.

Mix crust and press into greased baking pan.

Mix batter until well blended.

Mix batter until well blended.

Combine cream cheese with egg (and sugar if desired). Pour over crust.

Combine cream cheese with egg (and sugar if desired). Pour over crust.

Top with muffin batter and bake until light brown and edges pull away from sides of the pan.

Top with muffin batter and bake until light brown and edges pull away from sides of the pan.

Sprinkle with powered sugar.

Sprinkle with powered sugar.

Let cool and enjoy!

Let cool and enjoy!

Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

1 box Krusteaz Chocolate Chunk Muffin mix

1/4 cup butter, softened

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup oil

2 eggs

1 ripe banana, mashed

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Grease an 8×8 cake pan, set aside.

Divide the muffin mix in half (you should have about three cups total). In a small mixing bowl, combine half the muffin mix with the butter. Press the mixture into the bottom of the baking pan.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the remaining muffin mix with water, oil, 1 egg and the mashed banana until well blended.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and remaining egg. If you want a sweeter filling, add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the top of the crust.

Top with the muffin batter.

Bake for about 35-40 minutes until top is light brown or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Immediately sprinkle with powdered sugar. You can also drizzle with a little chocolate sauce if you want an added chocolate boost (which, of course I did!).

If you happen to have leftovers, cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge.

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