At virtually no cost to me... being very thrifty...
On the walls, I printed out a couple pages of different sized 'monster' feet images I found on the internet, cut these out and taped these to my walls in the entrance way and hallway.
|Cut out paper monster feet decor taped on walls|
|Cut out Halloween clip art for numbers and taped to paper to make a clock, with skeleton hands|
I stuffed a spooky clown mask (we've collected about a dozen masks and a few costumes over the years) with newspaper and rested it on my entrance table.
We have red, green and blue table cloths (I use blue year round mostly, and red for October, Green for November, and Red for December) so I put the red table cloth on the front entrance table.
We've received three wine candles as gifts from people over the years - one large wine candle (like a real sized wine bottle), one medium wind candle and a pack of 6 little wine candles - so I put the two smaller ones on the table as well for added decoration.
|Front entrance table and mirror Halloween decorated|
Fill a small dish with a handful of mixed Halloween candy (not even $1.00 in cost - my mother bought a huge back of mixed candy for $13.00 for us all to share - for multiple uses to share with the kids at the bowling league where I volunteer, for a bowls of goodies at the art center where my sister works, some for our home, and some for my sister's home - she get's trick-or-treaters).
Buy 8 balloons ($5.00), blew them up and hung them in pairs around the house with ribbon which I already had.
|Halloween orange and black balloons|
|Halloween plastic banner taped to wall|
|Bowl of oranges for table decoration at Halloween|
|Plastic Halloween table cloth with masks laid out on it for decoration|
Now that Halloween is well over, today I've decided to make Orange Jam with the left over oranges for us to eat through the week. We will only have enough oranges to make a small/medium jar of jam and as it will be eaten over the next week or so, I won't have to add in any preservatives or boil any jam jars. I'll just use a freshly hot washed jar and lid and put the jam in the fridge until we've eaten it all up.
The recipe I'll use is going to be really easy - I do prefer SIMPLE recipes...
My Basic Quick Homemade Orange Jam (should be refrigerated and consumed in about weeks):-
1 tsp orange zest (optional, you can double this if desired)
1 1/2 cups of warm water (cold water can be substituted for warm water)
1/2 cup of sugar (optional, you can halve this, add more if desired, or use none at all)
Squeeze of lemon juice (optional, not essential but helps with thickening)
|20 small oranges for the jam|
Wash the oranges really well. I peeled all the oranges we had left in the bowl from Halloween (the ones you see above), and removed the outer skin and the inner white stringy bits and the seeds (I had about 20 tiny 1.5" oranges, which equalled about 5 large oranges). This preparation takes a bit of time - perhaps 20 mins.
I grated about a tsp of the orange peel from a few of the oranges to add some zest and tartness to the jam.
I put the oranges and zest, plus any juice remaining in my plate while slicing them up, into a greased medium sized pot on the stove and boiled it for about 20 minutes over medium heat, mashing them up every minute or so, stirring them regularly, to make a pulp.
|Zest and oranges in pot on medium heat, starting to mash them to make a pulp|
Note: I did not add in the lemon because I wanted a thinner, more liquid, pure orange jam but I do add a squeeze of lemon (about a tablespoon) in my jams usually.
Stirring and mashing every minute or so, I let the mixture boil on a medium heat for 30 minutes - this allowed a better pulp and reduced the liquid a bit in order to make a jam consistency.
|Mashing and stirring the oranges every minute, really well, during the first 30 minute boil process|
|Boiling during 2nd 30 minutes, having mashed and stirred them each minute during the process, to make a good pulp|
|Jar of homemade orange jam ready to be refrigerated and consumed|
Some ways to enjoy this jam is to put it on bread, toast, crackers, spread it over the top of some cheese (brie, cream cheese, any soft cheese will do), pour a couple spoonfuls on top of vanilla (or your desired flavor) ice cream, put a dollop on garden or chef salad, pour a few teaspoons in with a bowl of fresh fruit, or even heat it up and mixed in with some cooked chicken (in a skillet or baked in the oven, cooking them together).
Enjoy! Cheers, B.