Monday, October 26

Make it from Scratch Carnival #139 - Return to Oz Halloween Style

I'm so very pleased to be hosting this weeks' make it from scratch carnival! It's a special Halloween edition this week with so many Halloween contributions!  Here in Australia Halloween isn't as widely observed, but I personally would love to visit the US or Canada to have much more fun with it!   I'll be reading many blogs in the coming weeks to live a little vicariously in the meantime! 

Cindy from My Recycled Bags presents this gorgeous recycled Halloween pails from you'll never guess what!?  Aren't they cute?

Not sure what to do with hallowed out pumpkins? Try making some of Katies' One bowl Pumpkin Muffins (which you can also make bread with the mix).  I could literally smell them off the page! Yumm! Another great recipe from Kitchen Stewardship!  Katie also has submitted a whole 
Rina over at Gotta Little Spice to Fill also shares a pumpkin muffin recipe this week - but with a little spice.. look how pretty they are!  She's used the Pioneer Womans' Recipe - Pumpkin Spiced Muffins with cream cheese frosting. Yum.....

If Muffins aren't your style, but you like the spice, use butternut pumpkins/squash in the recipe that  at Cheap Healthy Good has submitted this week for our blog carnival -  Roasted Butternut Squash with Moroccan Spices  I love a good combination of spices.  Yum.
Here's another healthy use of butternut squash and is very similar to my own Pumpkin soup - Creamy Butternut Squash Soup presented by the Backyard Grower - looks silky and warm and comforting doesn't it?

Brighten your Halloween without breaking your budget - dress up your house and your children's safety flashlights as well as dressing them in costumes with these two homemade crafts. Easy-to-make and using lots of materials from around the house!. Read more here
If you. like a lot of the worlds' population is enamoured with Stephanie Meyers' Twilight book (and movie) series, head over to and see their ideas for celebrating Halloween with a Twilight Twist - costumes, decorations and games..
If you are still stuck for a Halloween Costume, check out this post at Star Costumes blog - 15 Books to inspire awesome halloween costume ideas.
How fabulous is this?  Make your own Bellydancing costume for Halloween! Crafty Rose at the Fine Craft Guild shows us how!
And lastly on the Halloween Costumes - Len Penzo dot com has some frugal and practical (and quite funny!) Halloween Costume ideas for dressing your family (including Mum and Dad) on a budget!

Doesn't this look inviting? It's Cream of Broccoli Soup - submitted this week by the Homemaking Helper.  We've had a couple of days of cool weather here, this looks like just the thing to warm the cockles!

Mr Salsa has a great recipe for homemade Bean Salsa this week - a great addition to your celebration table.   (Aussies might want to know what great northern beans are - they are cannelini beans.)
Abi at The Lighter Side submitted the recipe for English Tea Muffins - if you're after a bit of sticky indulgence, I think you've found the right recipe here!

Oh My.  This recipe is one at the top of my most droolworthy list... I am SO making this! Kristia from Family Balance Sheet shows us how to make Apple Gingerbread Cake.  Oh my.  *drool*

While we're on apples, apples here in Sydney are at their cheapest at the moment as we're at the end of harvest season, but any time of the year is a great time for Homemade Apple Pie isn't it?  Bargaineering has a quick apple pie recipe that is great when you're in a hurry, or even if you're not!

I love this submission too!  15 Rice Quickies - those of you who buy seasoned rice packages - take it OFF the shopping list -Annette from Craft Stew has fifteen different varieties to share, spice up your next dinner, or even have cold for lunch!  I will be trying a few of these for sure!

Cyndi from Beading Arts shows us how to make these gorgeous little beaded flowers!  She warns though - they are addictive!  Wouldn't they be a lovely embellishment on your winter hat?  Or us Aussies coming into warmer weather - a lovely necklace or a ring?

I love how Cyndi shows you a very step-by-step view so even if you are a beginner, everything looks achievable!

Our flagship blog, Make it from Scratch, shows how to make this adorable book.  A great  Christmas present for work colleague, Kris Kringle or School Teacher don't you think?  I would love a Christmassy one to put my Christmas recipes/memories in!  What would you put in it?

Ever been on the phone and forgotten about that 'something' on the stove?  Had a dodgy toaster that burnt your toast (I have!)  Don't you hate that?  Home Life Weekly gives the tip of the century to get that burnt smell GONE.  Thank you Alex!

Hope you've enjoyed this carnival!  Thanks for visiting and please help spread the word by linking through to your own blogs, and use the social media buttons below to Stumble, Digg etc!

Next weeks' carnival is hosted at  Make it from Scratch -  
Anyone who makes anything from scratch can submit!

Plus.....if you want MORE....
Katie at Kitchen Stewardship also invites you to check out the OctoberFest Carnival of SuperFoods: Un-processed foods edition Katie shares her100% whole wheat tortillas and Mexican Rice, and bloggers  linked up their "Un-Proessed Foods", or things that most people buy in the store that they make at home.

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5 lovely comments:

RecycleCindy on October 27, 2009 at 12:21 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

What a wonderful Halloween theme for this week's MIFS. Thanks so much for hosting and making it so fun this week.

Cyndi L on October 27, 2009 at 12:22 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Thanks so very much for including my little beaded flowers! I'm off to let my readers know about the carnival :-)

Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship on October 27, 2009 at 1:26 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

You always do a great job organizing and describing the entries! Thanks!

Stephanie on October 27, 2009 at 10:47 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Thank you so much for hosting this week! Wonderful carnival! on October 29, 2009 at 3:35 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

A really enjoyable Carnival and thanks for featuring my article about how to get rid of burnt smells.



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