Witch Hat Vase

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This is one of the easiest crafts that I have ever done and it looks amazing on my front door.  This is one that you definitely have to try. 



Witch Hat – with decorations on top of the brim

Flowers – I used 2 bunches to fill the hat

2 Pipe Cleaners – Color to match the hat

Needle & Thread – I forgot to put in the picture

Rubber Band





If you are using 1 big bunch of flowers, you can skip this step.  If not, take both floral bunches and hold them together.  Work the stems together so they look like it is actually 1 arrangement.  Hold them together with a rubber band.  This will be at the bottom of the hat and will not be seen at all. 

Now comes the tricky part.  The hat.  You have to bring the back of the brim together in the back and sew it up.

Turn the hat upside down.  Take the two ends at the back of the brim and bring them together.  Use a stapler to hold them in place, then staple approximately 3 inches in all along the brim.

Here is the inside with both the ends of the brim stapled

From the outside of the hat, stitch the had with a needle and thread to hold it secure.  If you didn’t want to stitch together, you could use safety pins on the inside of the hat.  


Take the 2 pipe cleaners and twist them together.  Cut two holes in the had just below the brim and on either side of the seam you just sewed.   Put one end of the pipe cleaners in each hole, making sure that the ends are even inside the hat and the middle of the pipe cleaner is on the outside.  Make a loop on the outside of the hat with the pipe cleaners by twisting them together approximately 1 1/2 inches in from the center.  On the inside of the hat, twist the pipe cleaners together and lay flat down the hat top.

This is how the loop should look on the outside of the hat

This is the hook that I used on my front door to hang the hat.  I tried the typical wreath hanger, but the hat wanted to fall forward,  This one works great.


All you have to do now is hang it and put the flowers in.  If you have flowers that are to low, crumple up some newspaper and put it in the peak of the hat to keep the flowers a little bit higher.  And that’s it!!  Fabulous and easy.  This is a winner.





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Game Day Menu Cheat Sheet

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This time of year there is so much going on.  With the start of the football season, the end of the baseball season and the start of the hockey season , it seems as though every weekend there’s another get together to watch the big game.

Well, luckily for you, I have just what you need to host the next party.  A Menu Cheat Sheet.  One piece of paper to have all the crowd pleasing recipes you’ll need.  

Chili, Loaded Potatoes, Stromboli, Baked Chips, Pasta Salad and Potted Pepperoni are all delicious and easy to make.  

When you make and serve the potted pepperoni, you’ll wonder why you haven’t seen this recipe before this.  It is truly amazing.  If you like pepperoni, you are going to love this dish.  Even if there isn’t a game on, give this one a try. Yum!!!

The baked chips and loaded potatoes are amazing with melted cheese and bacon on top.  It’s hard to beat these snacks.

A big pot of chili is a staple at every game.  Its awesome that you can prepare it ahead of time, put it in the slow cooker on the buffet table and let everyone help themselves.  Don’t forget to put some sour cream, onions and cheddar cheese to top it off. 



Cheat Sheet – PDF – Click here to print


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Menu Cheat Sheets

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How many times have you searched the internet and cookbooks and then spoke with friends to get just the right menu ideas for your parties and holidays?  I know I have searched hours and hours for just the right thing to serve.  The bad thing is that if you are trying a new recipe, you don’t know if it’s good or bad.  

I have definitely had my share of new recipes gone bad and it’s not pretty.  

These menu cheat sheets are the best.  All you have to do is print the sheet and you have all the recipes on one page.  It doesn’t get any easier than that.

These are tried and true, very easy recipes.  You can’t go wrong. 

Give these a try at your next party and I’m confident that you will come back every time you have guests at your home.  

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Baked Chips

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These chips are great.  You can make them ahead of time and really impress your guests.  Make them for your the big game and watch your friends and family devour them.



Multi Grain Scoops

Cheddar Cheese

Pancetta or Bacon

Black Olives – Sliced

Green Onions (Scallions), chopped

Sour Cream



Preheat oven to  350º

Line a sheet pan with a piece of parchment paper.  Lay the chips single file on the parchment paper.  Fill each one with cheddar cheese.  Bake until the chips are crispy and the cheese is melted.  Approximately 8-10 minutes.  While the chips are in the oven, fry the pancetta or bacon.  Drain on paper towel.  Crumble when cool.  Slice the black olives and chop the green onions. 

When the chips come out of the oven, sprinkle the pancetta, green onions and black olives.  Once they are completely cooled, put a dab of sour cream on each one.  


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Potted Pepperoni Sandwiches

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This is slightly unusual, but give it a try and it will be requested at every party you throw.  It is so simple, pepperoni and tomato puree.  A few spices and you’re done.  Deliciousness in every bite.



3 6-oz Packages of Sliced Pepperoni

1 29-oz Can Tomato Puree

1 Large Clove Garlic, minced

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Italian Seasoning



In a medium saucepan, add the tomato puree, minced garlic, salt and Italian seasoning.  Let simmer for 5 minutes.  Add the pepperoni and continue to simmer for 15 minutes.

Serve immediately on hard sandwich rolls.

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