7 Easy DIY Decorations and Food for Halloween

The Halloween season is fast approaching. This marks the starts of traditional Halloween trick-or-treat. Dresses of spooky and random heroes custom flocks the streets during nightfall, knock-knock! Though we tend to get prepared for the coming Halloween we've also tried to think something different, something easy and DIY friendly decoration. Below are my personal collection for a DIY Halloween decorations and food that are easy to prepare and doable! :)

1. Halloween Ghost Lanterns- Aren't these ghosts too cute? While this might not compete with what your Halloween obsessed neighbors are doing down the street, for sure other children will still step up on to your porch on Halloween night.
Halloween Ghost Lanterns
 Source: HGTV
2. Recycled Paper Bats- When you have your Halloween party for your kids, initially make the bat pattern for them. All you need is brown, gray or black construction paper and same puffy paint in a pointed squeeze tube for the eyes.
Recycled Paper Bats
 Source: HubPages
3. Shrunken Apple Heads- These are the perfect thing to decorate a Halloween party. These weird little faces, made from dried apples, can look really frightful and wicked. 
 Shrunken Apple Heads
Source: FabFood
4. Flayed Skin Cheese ball- Do I have to describe how creepy this food is? But I think it's yummy!
Flayed Skin Cheese ball
Source: Dabbled.org 

 5. Spooky Jar Lanterns- These spooky lanterns are effective in scaring me. Really.  The lighting  added it's eerie effect.
Spooky Jar Lanterns
Source: frykitty.com
 6. Bird's Nest Ghosts- This DIY project can be can be put inside the house or outside in your lawn. I bet the kids will enjoy this nest ghosts. You can only use different colors to have a variety of GHOSTS! :)
Bird's Nest Ghosts
Source: frykitty.com 
7. Zombie Cupcakes- This is my personal favorite obviously because during the party, I can eat it. Also, I can customize the flavor and make a no-bake recipe for this cupcake.
Zombie Cupcakes

3 Easy Steps for Banana Chocolate Pancakes

Banana Chocolate Pancakes
Banana Chocolate Pancakes (photo from Spoon University)

This  healthy American-style Banana Chocolate Pancakes with mashed banana mix with the batter creates a lovely flavor and texture that works perfectly with the sweet dark chocolate syrup. Also, it is easy to prepare. Follow the suggested 3 easy steps and don't forget my personal tips to have a twist! :)

What you Need:

200 g plain flour
20 g  Muscovado sugar
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon (optional)
300 ml milk
2 very ripe bananas mashed, plus slices for serving
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
 A little butter for frying
Chocolate Syrup

How To:

1. Sift the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Lightly whisk together the wet ingredients then add to the bowl and mix together (you can do this in a food mixer or by hand). Leave to stand for a couple of minutes.

Banana Chocolate Pancakes
Mix all the ingredients
2.  Heat a little of the butter in a non-stick frying pan until it sizzles, add a ladle of the pancake mixture and tilt and swirl the pan to create a round shape approx 4.5in/12cm across. Fry over a medium heat until the top just starts to bubble then flip over and cook for another minute or two – both sides should turn a lovely golden brown. Set aside and keep warm, then repeat this process with the rest of the batter until all of the pancakes are cooked.
Banana Chocolate Pancakes
Frying the batter
3.  Serve the pancakes with the chocolate maple syrup and slices of fresh banana. 
Banana Chocolate Pancakes
Add the sliced Bananas

Banana Chocolate Pancakes
Banana Chocolate Pancakes
TIPS: Also you can topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or Chocolate Chips.

Below are some serving suggestions you can make. 

Banana Chocolate Pancakes
Banana Chocolate Pancakes (photo from RecipesHubs)

Banana Chocolate Pancakes
Banana Chocolate Pancakes  (photo from Robgeleen)


Easy Steps for No-Bake Blueberry Cupcakes

No-Bake Blueberry Cupcakes
No-Bake Blueberry Cupcakes
  
What so good about having a sister living with you? Well, you got a food tester that will critic your experiments for free! This recipe for No-Bake Blueberry Cupcake is a great way to help increase your daily protein intake, plus it gives you a healthy snack that will fill you up, tastes great and is good for you.

What You Need:


No-Bake Blueberry Cupcakes
Ingredients for No-Bake Blueberry Cupcakes


2 Cups Cake Flour
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar3/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
125 grams blueberry filling


1 cup milk

How To:

1. Sift and mix the flour, baking powder, and salt.


No-Bake Blueberry Cupcakes
Flour, Baking powder, and Salt


 2. In a separate container, mix sugar and butter. Add the eggs.


No-Bake Blueberry Cupcakes
Butter, Egg, and Sugar Mixture


 3. Add the flour then the milk, alternately. Dry mixture (flour), then wet (milk), followed again by dry. Dry-Wet-Dry-Wet-Dry.


No-Bake Blueberry Cupcakes
Batter after mixing all the ingredients


 4. Add the blueberry preserves.


No-Bake Blueberry Cupcakes
Add the Blueberry preserve


 5. Transfer to the cupcake molds.
No-Bake Blueberry Cupcakes
Cupcake Batter in a heart-shaped Mold

No-Bake Blueberry Cupcakes
Cupcake Batter in the Mold


 6. Steam for 15 to 20 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.


No-Bake Blueberry Cupcakes
Steamer Used
No-Bake Blueberry Cupcakes
Cupcakes after Steaming

7. Add the remaining blueberry preserved.


No-Bake Blueberry Cupcakes
No-Bake Blueberry Cupcakes

No-Bake Blueberry Cupcakes
Serving Suggestions No-Bake Blueberry Cupcakes

No-Bake Blueberry Cupcakes
No-Bake Blueberry Cupcakes

No-Bake Blueberry Cupcakes
Source: DESSERT FOR TWO











    DIY: Bracelets Made from Threads and Curb Links

    DIY: Bracelets Made from Threads and Curb Links

    I'd say you had a great childhood if you did make friendship bracelets out of beads, elastic and colorful loom bonds with your besties. ikr. :)

    I think it's the right season that we remake our DIY Bracelets and this time it's made from woven  threads and curb links! It will be chick and trendy. Check out the tips I personally recommend at the bottom of this page. Have F-U-N!

    You Need:

    • curb link bracelet
    • embroidery threads (your fancy colors)
    • two bobby pins
    • a pair of scissors

    DIY: Bracelets Made from Threads and Curb Links
    What You Need

    How To:

    1. Cut 2 sets of 15 strands of embroidery thread, with each strand measuring four times the length of the bracelet.

    2.  Knot the all the threads at the top, leaving about 2 inches of slack. 

    3. Sandwich each set between a bobby pin – this will help you easily weave the threads through the links of the bracelet. 

    4. Lay the threads to the left of the bracelet. Pull the first color (coral) from under the first link and over the top of the left side.

    5. Lay the second color (blue) over the first color (coral). Pull the second color (blue) from under the same link and over the top left again. Repeat the steps, moving onto a new link.

    6. Repeat the steps until you reach the end of the bracelet. Finish it with a knot and trim the ends.


    Steps No. 1 to 4

    DIY: Bracelets Made from Threads and Curb Links
    Steps No. 5 to 6

    DIY: Bracelets Made from Threads and Curb Links
    Step No. 6

    TIPS: You can also add some Stones, Charms, or anything you wanna wear with your Bracelets. Below are some options you can make.

    DIY: Bracelets Made from Threads and Curb Links
    Bracelets Made from Threads, Curb Links and Charms

    Bracelets Made from Threads, Curb Links and Charms

    DIY: Easy Steps of Making Choco Pastillas


    I read a lot of people are asking if we can make a Choco Flavored Pastillas or instead of using plain powdered milk, they also asked if we can add something to make it extra ordinary. And my asnwer is, yes! I mean come on, your imagination is the limit. We can add peanuts, rice crispies, marshmallows, M&M's and Cheese plus it's still NO-Bake. This will be the 2nd part of my  Pastillas making series.(Check my previous recipe of Cheesy Pastillas, you might want it!)


    No-bake Choco Pastillas
    Serving Suggestion for Choco Pastillas

    What You Need:

    250 grams Skim Milk (Or any Powdered Milk)
    1 can Condensed Milk

    60 grams  (1/4 of the box) Cheddar Cheese
    100 grams White Sugar

    50 grams of Cocoa Powder


    No-bake Choco Pastillas
    Ingredients for Choco Pastillas

    How To:

    1.Combine the Skim milk, Cocoa Powder and condensed milk in the pan. Put the pan under low heat for 5 mins. Mix well until no lumps are form.


    No-bake Choco Pastillas
    Mix well the milk and coco powder

    2. Form the Pastillas into desired shape and sizes. Like the picture below.


    No-bake Choco Pastillas
    Choco Pastillas Balls

    3.  Roll it and coat with white sugar. Enjoy your Choco Flavored Pastillas!


    No-bake Choco Pastillas
    Coat with Sugar or whatever you desire! 


    Please let me know if you try it in your own home by posting your comments below and share with me your experience in making it! I wanna hear it all. Have a good day! :)

    P.S. Below are some of the serving suggestions I got from the internet. As I said,  you imagination and creativity is the limit of having a yummy flavorful Pastillas. :)


    No-bake Choco Pastillas
    Serving Suggestion for Choco Pastillas

    No-bake Choco Pastillas
    Serving Suggestion for Choco Pastillas

    No-bake Choco Pastillas
    Serving Suggestion for Choco Pastillas

    3 Easy Steps for Making Cheesy Pastillas


    This will be the 1st part of a 2-series post. Pastillas in the Philippine context is  a common luscious delicacy  and the children loved this sugar-coated candies.While others, call it No-cook Yema. Well, making No-Bake Cheesy Pastillas (Milk Balls)  is as easy as your A, B, C and 1, 2, 3. Would you believe it? Here's how:


    What You Need:

    250 grams Skim Milk (Or any Powdered Milk)
    1 can Condensed Milk
    60 grams  (1/4 of the box) Cheddar Cheese
    100 grams White Sugar

    Cheesy Pastillas
    Ingredients for Cheesy Pastillas

    Disregard the Cocoa powder in the  picture since we only need this on our 2nd part of our Pastillas-making series. =)

    How To: 

    1. Combine the Skim milk and condensed milk in the pan. Put the pan under low heat for 5 mins. Mix well until no lumps are form.

    Cheesy Pastillas
    Skim milk in the pan

    Cheesy Pastillas
    Mix until it looks like this


    2.  Form the Pastillas into desired shape and sizes. Fill it with Cheese in the center. Like the picture below.
    Cheesy Pastillas
    Cheese inside the Pastillas


    3. Roll it and coat with white sugar. Enjoy your Cheesy Pastillas!

    Cheesy Pastillas
    Serving Suggestion of Cheesy Pastillas
    TIPS: You can wrap the Pastillas with your favorite food wrapper. It is best served chilled. =) You can make up to 30 - 40 small sized balls. When it is keep refrigerated, it will last longer.

    Cheesy Pastillas
    Cheesy Pastillas arranged with Choco Flavored Pastillas



    Cheesy Pastillas
    Cheesy Pastillas

    Up next will be a different flavored Pastillas. Actually, you can experiment (as I call it) with your own taste buds  and use your imagination to come up with variety of flavors of Pastillas.

    Please let me know if you try it in your own home by posting your comments below and share with me your experience in making it! I wanna hear it all. Have a good day! :)





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