Great DIY Halloween Cocktail Napkins & some Spooky Brew!

Halloween DIY homemade cocktail napkins

Somewhere along the path of rallying all the recent Halloween food and drink to share, I divined a Martha-esque accessory:  the homemade Halloween cocktail napkin.  Feeling a need for something simple to pump up the spook volume on my tablescape I created these napkins perfect for any libation or appetizer plate.   They were too easy not to share; so simple, with a bit of guidance older children could make them as well as adults. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:17] Want to make this even easier?  Use Halloween color paper napkins and repeat the same process. A stylish napkin is only as fun as the drink it’s paired with.  I’ve scoured the net for some cocktails and teetotaling options to whip up for the holiday.  It seemed apropos with a project of this nature to go to the Goddess … {continue reading}

Graveyard Cupcakes

Halloween Graveyard Cupcakes |

I love Halloween.  I forewarned a few weeks ago there would be a pause in my usual simple, healthier cuisine to post some unexpected fare and projects honoring this ghoulish season.   The Halloween Trick-or-Treat Wreath and Candy Corn Martini were a sampling! This is a big decorating holiday at my house as well.  As with many things, I don’t like to go mainstream.  A number of years ago I learned about a craft of primitive folk art, or ‘Prim’ that celebrates this holiday like none other.  Their projects are often made from muslin fabric dyed with black tea, papier mache in imperfect forms of skeletons, black cats and witches.  You can find these wares on eBay or Etsy and their rustic form is perfect for the holiday. Halloween gatherings are always fun.  I find however as much … {continue reading}

Candy Corn Martini with Pop Rocks rim

Candy Corn Vodka Martini with Pop Rocks Rim |

Hold on!  Before you run shrieking from your computer monitor, hear me out.  It’s no secret I’m an ‘infuse-a-holic’.  A DIY’er to the core and one who loves re-purposing of almost anything.  A few weeks ago I was unloading a menagerie of grocery items and it just happened that a bag of candy corn and a bottle of vodka landed next to each other on the counter.  In the flurry of unloading, I glanced over to catch the pair and immediately wondered what THAT would be like. I hesitated; wondering if it would be tipping off into a realm too disgusting to ever admit but internally countering that I’d never know unless I tried.    In mere moments a mason jar of vodka and candy corn where in the pantry to see what would happen. I like candy corn.  I should say I like the buttery flavor in the … {continue reading}

The Best Homemade Ketchup

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Generally doing things ‘in moderation’ has not been a descriptor of my personality.  I tend to be a ‘go big, or go home’ sort.  I usually dive into something full bore, immerse myself and then very often discard it as is my fickle Gemini nature. I dove into the Locavore pond headlong, not even stopping to check if the pool had been drained.  My original quest was to see if it were possible to over-winter in Colorado subsisting on produce and proteins from a 100 mile-Michael-Pollan-radius.  It truly was an experiment for which I did not know how to anticipate the outcome. I did anticipate however that I’d have to quickly bone up on food keeping practices, assuming local fare would not be readily available through the winter months.  I began freezing and dehydrating food, signed up for … {continue reading}

Pumpkin Ricotta Pancakes with Ginger-Thyme Syrup pumpkin ricotta pancakes 656-001

  It has been awhile since I’ve pulled a recipe from my Grandmother’s recipe box to give it a whirl.  With all the vintage recipe collections I have, hers included, I usually take a look through them initially to pull out interesting seasonal recipes and queue them up for that particular season.  I like recipes with whole ingredients, and those that might be unique though feel able to translate to a current day palate. Ricotta Pancakes are something I remember my Nana making as I was growing up when we’d  visit her in Northern California.  She and my Grandfather, Papa, had a flat in San Francisco where Papa worked and in the 1960’s built a weekend house in Pebble Beach (before it was ‘THE Pebble Beach’) where they’d spend the weekends for a number of decades.  It was in … {continue reading}

Making the Best Halloween Trick-or-Treat Wreath

Best Halloween Treat Wreath DIY - BoulderLocavore

I’ve been chomping at the bit to start posting about Halloween.  It is by far one of my most favorite holidays and I probably have more energy for it also because it’s first of the holiday season. This post is a bit of a departure and I have vacillated over a few ideas for October posts feeling they don’t fall exactly in my blog’s culinary ‘P.O.V.’ (for watchers of The Next Food Network Star), or point of view.  This item is not exactly food but one could say that of many of the mainstream munchables in October.  This is a family tradition in my household and a beloved Trick-or-Treat item in our neighborhood so I wanted to share it! About 11 years ago when I was living in Arlington Virginia, enjoying a wonderful piles-of-leaves-to-jump-in fall, a friend from California sent me my … {continue reading}