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Fancy Frugal Life: October 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Easy & Delicious Ground Turkey Taco Soup Recipe

Here's an easy and healthy soup to make before you take out your trick or treaters tonight.
My family is a really big fan of taco soup and this is the recipe I use. 
I also started making my own taco seasoning without MSG. Try this recipe from Whole New Mom.

I've made this on the stove and also browned the meat and onions and then thrown the rest in a slow cooker. It comes out great!
I like to top mine with avacado and tortilla strips...delish comfort food!

I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!
 This is a $9 romper from Groopdealz and $5.00 cat kit from Target. I tied a cute ribbon around her neck and eyeliner for nose and wiskers :)
Happy Halloween!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

DIY Halloween Chevron Nails (Easy Halloween Manicure)

Here's an easy last minute nail art idea for Halloween that you might already have all the supplies for!

You can easily make a chevron pattern with any colors you'd like for different holidays or occasions using regular tape, scrapbook scissors, and nail polish.

Just paint a couple coats of polish on the tape and let dry.
Then use scrap booking scissors to make your nail art strips. You can alternate colors and make skinny and wider strips.
I used a cuticle cutter to cut min to size. 
Then use a good top coat! 
That's it :) Just have fun.

I used a nail striper (It's a polish with a super long brush) to draw a simple web on one of my nails, 

My daughter also wanted some festive nails so I did hers too. She wanted ghosts so I used a large dotting tool to make 1 large dot and 3 underneath with white polish for a ghost body. Use a toothpick or small dotting tool for the eyes and nose :) 

The other day I was getting a little sentimental and went through all our Halloween pics through out the last six years. Time goes by too fast! 
Here are some of my favorite pics from Halloweens past.
Yes some years we have a few costumes :) 

Tonight we are making chili and cornbread for dinner and carving our pumpkins! 
Here are ours from last year :)

I'm thinking of our east coast friends, family, and readers today. Stay Safe...

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pantry #2 (Organizing with thrift store items and chalkboard vinyl)

Hi Friends! 
Remember this summer when I did a little makeover with some fancy & frugal pantry organizing....

 and then we had to move?! 

Well the first day we moved in the pantry was my my first project :)

My hubby was was like "Really? Can't we just unpack everything first?"
"No we must style the pantry now." :)

Knowing I wouldn't be close to a Hobby Lobby I picked up a roll of chalkboard vinyl before we left. It's my very favorite organizing tool and everywhere in my house! 

Yes I just cut all the labels with scissors.,,,

The general theme of my pantry organization method is to collect containers and baskets from thrift stores and then take most everything out of the original package to store.

I used the chalkboard vinyl on the inside of my cabinets.

Lazy Susans are a must for pantry items! I think I need one fro my fridge next...

Baskets for my kid snacks...

 I no longer have an entire closet but I'm glad everything still fits!
 Have you organized your pantry lately? I think it's so much faster to identify items and put away.
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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Winner of the Cutting Edge Stencils Giveaway!

Congrats to Susan Boyd for winning my Cutting Edge Stencils giveaway! 

And BIG thanks to Cutting Edge Stencils and all who entered!

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Friday, October 19, 2012

2 Cakewalk Cakes: Two Bundt Cake Pumpkin & Spider Web Cake

Hi Friends!
My kids have their Fall Carnival tonight and I just took over two cakes for the cakewalk. Remember those??? I used to look forward to my own elementary Fall Festival as a kid each year...How fun and we all can't wait!

My two bundt cake pumpkin was inspired by this cake recipe from Stonewall Kitchen.
Pumpkin Shaped Vanilla Bundt Cake

The directions said two bundt cakes stacked with the flat sides together. However my bundt cake pan produced this shape. I have a feeling their picture was two oven safe bowl shapes stacked together. I might try that next time... Frosting a bundt cake without it looking kinda sloppy was like impossible! ha

I frosted my two bundt cakes (mine happen to be spice cake mixes) and then rolled out a little store bought Wilton pre made fondant.
I made a few leaves, and then used a pencil to shape the vines. Also my stem is stuck with toothpicks to hold it up into the cake.

Also I forgot to say I had to cut my cakes flatter at the bottom so there wasn't a huge gap.

 Making the fondant leaves and vines was beyond fun! That's the first time I tried it and I LOVED!

It was exactly like playing with Play-doh!

For the second cake I used a black decorating gel to make a giant spider web. 
Here are the steps for drawing a spider web.

 I placed a plastic spider from the craft store on top. Simple and cute!

I hope you are also enjoying this fun time of year! Have a beautiful weekend.

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