It’s almost Halloween and I really couldn’t be more excited! Halloween is my favorite time of the year, and while I can usually be found with a big bowl of popcorn in my lap while sitting in front of a good scary movie on Halloween night, or a hilarious and oh so good B-horror movie, this year I have been totally consumed with the Halloween spirit. Since last week, I have been hunting down every spooky movie I can find, and my fiance and I have already begun adding at least enough time for one of those movies to our nightly routine. I have also done some autumn and Halloween decorating throughout my house which adds to my Halloween excitement.
Turns out that I am not the only one who loves this season, because in the past few weeks, I have come across some really fantastic posts from amazing bloggers that must be shared. This week’s Sundays are for Sharing is all about autumn and Halloween crafts, recipes, and decor ideas!
If you’re wondering what Sundays are for Sharing is all about, you can read my introduction to Sundays are for Sharing, but here is the condensed version: as a blogger, supporting other bloggers and the great work that they are producing is one of the most important things you can do. So, I want to support you and what you are doing, and this is my way of doing just that. This space is for me to share some of my favorite blog posts of the week and invite you to do the same!
- Who has a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte addiction? I’m more of a Dunkin Donuts girl myself, but it’s a surefire sign that fall has arrived when my Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr streams fill up with photos of Starbucks cups and cheers of pumpkin spice latte goodness. As anyone with this particular coffee love knows all too well, the cost and calories add up quickly, so here’s a skinny pumpkin spice latte recipe that you can make at home. How great is that? [Southern Spark]
- This gilding pumpkin topiary is gorgeous, especially if you have a fireplace and/or mantel in need of some last minute decorating. Created with small fake pumpkins bought at the Dollar Store, painted with liquid gilding, and fancied up with an adhesive stencil, this craft tutorial is so great. Also, I’m a huge fan of seasonal decor that looks chic and classy without trying too hard or having to spend a fortune. [Lolly Jane]
- If you’re looking for a seasonal craft that the kids can do mostly on their own, I can’t imagine a small child who wouldn’t have a blast making these Halloween paper mache treat cups. All you need is Elmer’s Glue-All Multi-Purpose Glue, a mixing bowl, small bowls (to use as molds), plastic wrap, and newspaper. [Dukes and Duchesses]
- Have you ever heard of Biscoff cookies? A few months ago, a friend of ours tried Biscoff Spread on a whim–a spread sort of like Nutella except made with Biscoff cookies–and immediately proceeded to rave about it endlessly. My fiance and I found it at the grocery store and decided to give it a try. I’m going to give you fair warning right now: if you are on a diet of any kind, do not try Biscoff Spread if you want to stay on it. The night I tried it for the first time, I proceeded to eat half of the jar with a spoon. So my mouth began salivating practically seconds after seeing these cute little Ghost Topped Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Biscoff Cookie Crust. It doesn’t look like the easiest of recipes, and there is the hurdle of creating meringue involved. But! It is pumpkin cheesecake, so giving it a try couldn’t hurt, right? [Crazy for Crust]
- If you plan on making treat bags for trick-or-treaters on Halloween night, add a family Halloween photo to easily make them a whole lot more personal. [The Domestic Diva]
- Seasonal and holiday-themed dinnerware is always fun. Unfortunately, there aren’t a whole lot of unique options out there for Halloween; unless you’re looking for Halloween party supplies that are almost exclusively paper or plastic plates and cups. Blegh! Solid color (especially white) mugs, bowls, and small plates can be found on sale or clearance throughout the year, so keep your eyes open for a few solid color mugs, a bowl, and a cheap tray and you can create your own Halloween serving set. Decorate your dinnerware for the season using some choice stencils and paint and you’ve got yourself an awesomely unique dinnerware set just for Halloween. [The Cards We Drew]
- Pumpkin seems to find its way into a whole lot of foods and beverages we tend to gravitate towards during this time of the year (like the pumpkin spice lattes we mentioned earlier.) So if you’re looking for a pumpkin treat recipe, look no further than these baked pumpkin doughnuts with vanilla bean cinnamon glaze. You should really click on that link so you can see all of the amazing, mouth-watering pictures of these doughnuts. If that weren’t tempting enough, they are all of 93 calories per doughnut (and that’s with the glaze!) [OneStarryNight]
- You would be surprised what a little tulle can do. For instance, it can make a pretty spectacular Halloween wreath. I seriously need to make one of these for my front window. [A Night Owl Blog]
Now that I have shared some of my favorite stories from the past week, I would love for you to do the same. Feel free to post links to whatever you’ve been writing (yes, this is a shameless self-promotion friendly space!), reading, and raving about this week in the comments.
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