DIY Fortune Teller Halloween Costume

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If I am being completely honest, I was not feeling Halloween this year at all. Just the thought of finding a costume sounded exhausting! At the end of every day all I want to do is jump into my pajamas and snuggle with my little one. It’s so unfair they can wear onesies all day!

As Halloween got closer, the crazy competitive side of me began to emerge and I wanted to win my workplace’s Halloween costume contest. I searched online for some inspiration – I wanted to find something that wouldn’t require too many purchases or much time. Last year I was able to create my Halloween costume two or three days before the big day, plus I could wake up super early. I had no idea what would be in store the day before. We are officially teething here in the King home, which means short naps and cruelly long nights for me – I needed something easy!

My husband spent the week before Halloween prepping for his annual haunted house, which means all of the life-size mannequins that live in my attic come out to make their grand debut. I, however, took ages before I finally decided on being a fortune teller. The Friday before Halloween I went through my closet and found a few items I could use for my fortune teller idea. I also snagged two unused boxes from work and purchased 3 cans of black spray paint and some black duct tape. Once the box was assembled, I ran to Joann’s on Sunday evening to gather some material to pull it all together. It may have been relatively last-minute, but it was enough to win first place! Check out the pictures below!

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Madam Yvette predicts she will win again next year!


Halloween Party Fun!

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October is a very busy month in the King home. We host “King’s Haunted House” on Halloween night, and last year we hosted our second Halloween party. Our first theme was 70’s Disco, but last year we decided to nix the theme and keep it simple and scary. I was beyond excited to see everyone’s costumes!

Throwing a party tends to be way more work than expected. I learned a few key concepts about party-throwing, though: make food that can be prepared ahead of time, designate one responsible friend to monitor the music, and feed your husband a hearty meal before the party. If you know me at all, you can probably guess that my favorite thing about these parties is creating and displaying all the Halloween décor. To set the mood, we sent personalized toe tags for invites. They were perfectly created by my brilliant husband using Adobe Photoshop. We also made Halloween costume trophies for the winners of the contest using only dollar store skeletons, spray paint, felt balls and a glue gun.

They cost less than $10 to make.. Aaaaand they are the cutest trophies ever.

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It’s going to be hard to top these invites next year! We added blood to the toe tag for a spooky effect. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think! Happy October, Friends!

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Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

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December is my favorite month – and not only because I get to shovel these delicious mushrooms into my mouth on Christmas, but because it’s also my birth month! This is officially the last year of my 20s (cue the weeping). I must admit, this decade of life has been good to me. College meant a rough start, but all my bad decisions somehow molded me into the person I am today, against all odds!

My 29th birthday was exactly how I wanted it to be. I asked my hubby for something quiet, with just the two of us. Funny, if you told 20 year old me that that’s what I would want for the big 2-9, I would have thought you were crazy! We went out to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants and then ended the night with a good movie. It was just what I needed since my birthday is a week before Christmas, meaning it’s generally an extremely psychotic time of preparations.

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At our family Christmas, there are always fantastic side dishes to choose from (or you can just try them all!). My aunt Melinda shares my passion for food, so her dishes never disappoint. This year, she walked in with several appetizers and sides, including my favorite, shrimp and crab stuffed mushrooms. They are bite-sized for easy consumption and are stuffed with yummy goodness.

The recipe is super simple and you can make it the night before to ease the stress of the big day. Good luck limiting yourself to only one – I would have eaten the whole tray if I wasn’t busy playing the charming hostess!

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Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 1 box whole mushrooms
  • 1 block of cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 can of baby shrimp
  • 1 can crabmeat
  • bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Drain juice from shrimp and crab, mix together with room temperature cream cheese. Add dash of seasoning salt.
  2. Pull stem out of mushrooms and Wipe mushrooms, don't wash!
  3. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with Italian bread crumbs.
  4. Bake 375 for about 15/20 minute.
  5. Mushrooms should be a little spongy when you squeeze.

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I captured a special moment between my husband and grandma in the kitchen. Looking forward to Christmas, 2015 <3

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Creamed Corn

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I mentioned in my previous post that I was in search of a good Chicken Fried Steak recipe. I haven’t found one yet, but I did discover the perfect side dish for the chicken fried steak that continues to elude me! Delicious creamy corn. Making this recipe was a reminder that Thanksgiving is just around the corner – and what a happy reminder that was!

I absolutely love Thanksgiving. I love spending time with my crazy family and overindulging in juicy ham and perfectly mashed potatoes. The best part of Thanksgiving is closing out the night at my in-laws’ and enjoying round 3 (or 4…or 5…) of excessive food consumption and happy hour.

This recipe is a perfect Thanksgiving side dish, and from my husband’s reaction…everyone who is a someone will adore it!

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Do you need a closer look??? Wait for it…. 

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Creamed Corn

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs. frozen sweet corn
  • 2 8 oz blocks cream cheese diced into 1 inch squares
  • 1 stick (4 oz) of salted butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Throw all the ingredients into a crockpot on low for at least 4 hours. If you need it done faster, cook it on the stove or on high in the crockpot. The longer, the better. All of the cream cheese pieces should be completely melted into the cream and butter.

Recipe Adapted from I cook He eats

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Baked Ranch Chicken

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Guess what? It rained here in Southern California! I think it’s finally fall. Time to break out your cute boots and cozy scarves. My favorite time of year! Every October through December I gain about 5 lbs. I have no self-control during these months and I loooove comfort food. I found this chicken recipe on Pinterest, and you’re not going to believe the secret ingredient: CORN FLAKES!

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Baked Ranch Chicken

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken halves
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 3/4 cup of corn flakes
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in small bowl.
  2. Take cornflakes and place into plastic bag.
  3. Smash the cornflakes with rolling pin and place in a shallow bowl.
  4. Add Hidden Valley Ranch packet and Parmesan cheese in shallow bowl.
  5. Dip Chicken halves in melted butter and then roll in corn flake mix.
  6. Place in greased 9×13 pan.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

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Like I said earlier…it’s my favorite time of year and the Halloween decorations are finally coming out to play. My friend below plays “La Bamba” when you walk by. He is the newest addition to my little Halloween family. My neighbors are probably sick of hearing the song over and over again, but they can deal with it! Grinches.

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I went to the local feed store and purchased this bail of hay. See how fabulous it looks? And it only cost $9.00! My little black kitty guards the front of our house. My husband is allergic, so this is as close as I can get to having my own cat.

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I grabbed this vine wreath at Michael’s and added white and orange flowers. I spray painted the numbers orange and added dollar store spiders to make it SPOOKY! This wreath was less than $20.00 to make, and it’s so festive (and cute, if you ask me!).

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Anyways, back to the food. I hope you love this chicken recipe as much as I do. Currently, I am searching for a chicken fried steak recipe, so if you have a good one please send it my way! Happy Fall, friends!
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