Entertaining  —  October 2019: THINGS TO DO WHEN HALLOWEEN COMES AROUND!   

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Monster Pepperoni and Garlic Bread  ♠ Halloween Nails ♠ LED Coke Bottle Jack O´Lantern
and Ghosts ♠ Terminator Ant Killer



by Mary Canovas 


Monster Pepperoni and Garlic Bread  

Perfect for a Halloween party or any day. Our Jack O´Lantern Pizza is decorated with Pepperoni which melts slightly on the pizza exuding tasty “blood” from the monsters eyes and nose.  With wonderful melted cheese and a garlic and butter base no real vampire would dare to bite, all your ghouls and fellow monsters will gobble it up in a flash. 

• 1 loaf French bread
• 4 tablespoons butter or margarine
• 2 cloves of garlic minced
• ½ teaspoon dried oregano
• 1½  cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
• 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
• 3 thin slices Pepperoni or Pamplona Chorizo

• Preheat oven to medium heat (180ºC – 200ºC).
• Cut the loaf of bread lengthwise 1, 2 or 3 pieces depending on the length and width of loaf.
Beat the butter with the garlic and oregano ´til all incorporated.
• Spread the mix on bread slices.
• Bake 2 minutes in middle of oven.
• Remove from the oven, cover with mozzarella with a tiny sprinkle of salt. Topped off with a little Parmesan cheese.
• Cut out face of monster from your Pepperoni or Pamplona chorizo and position it on top of the cheese. (See video.)
• Place on upper rack and grill just a couple of minutes or until the cheese starts to bubble. Keep your eyes on the cheese – it burns quickly. Happy Haunting!


Easy Halloween Nails

Even if you don´t get all dressed up you can still get into the spirit of Halloween with these very scary (not really) and very easy monster nails. You don´t need any special tools, just your nailpolish. Don´t forget to let them dry from one half to an hour so the nailpolish can set properly. 


LED Coke Bottle Jack O´Lantern and Ghosts


Here are two quick last minute LED lighted Halloween decorations that are easy to make, cheap and use recycled Coke bottles.  They will softly illuminate your entrance, centerpiece or bedside table creating a friendly and cheerful Halloween ambience. Of course you can make them as cute or terrifying as you like.  Make one or many and help keep our planet green with recycled products, your creativity and very little money. Great to make with kids. Happy Halloween!

• 3 empty and dry CocaCola bottles 2 liter size – Must be Coke because of the shape.  We use 2 for Jack and only 1 for ghost.
• Orange acrylic paint for the Jack o Lantern
• Black acrylic paint if painting faces instead of using cardboard cutouts.
• Polyester pillow filling , cotton batting or fake spiderweb (Halloween decoration) for ghost.
• Paint brush, scissors, cutter
• Cardboard or felt black, green, brown
• Glue gun and/or scotch tape
• LED candles with/out remote

How To:  Jack O Lantern   (See video*)
• Cut 2 bottoms of the bottles.
• See height and where they fit together – cut to size.
• Paint medium, not too dense, soft brushstrokes in orange in the same direction on the inside of cut parts.
• Let dry.
• Paint face in black on the outside. Or cutout the face in cardboard or felt and paste or glue on.
• Cut out leaves and stem in cardboard or felt and glue on top of Jack O Lantern.
• Put LED candle inside.

For Ghost: See video**
• Cut bottle in to parts under bottle.** .
• Cut out the upper part**.
• See desired height and rectify. Insert the pieces to see where to put eyes and mouth.
• Paint the eyes and mouth or glue cardboard pieces on the outside.
• Open ghost and place fluffy fill into base, insert LED light, top with more filling, close top of ghost and allow a little of the filling out on top.**
• You can also put an extra light in-between fillings.**


Terminator Ant Killer – Super Easy & Super Safe   

A happy discovery! A while ago we made a very effective and totally natural vitroceramic stovetop  cleaner that also does a great job on the entire kitchen. One day when I was looking for my spray bottle cleaner, I found a whole bunch of ants on the countertop on some crumbs of bread I hadn´t cleaned the night before next to my spray bottle. Since it was right on hand, I decided to use it until I could find something to get rid of them.  Surprise, it didn´t scare them away – they all just dropped dead. So I cleaned up the mess with a paper towel and lo and behold everything was clean and bright because I had essentially used our vitro-top cleaner that also cleans the entire kitchen. Finally, a homemade product with NO insecticides or toxic harmful products that we can use not only to clean but to eliminate ants and is safe for children, pets or pregnant ladies.  It´s also convenient, as well as cheap, because all the ingredients are already in your pantry. 

• 1 cup of water
• 1 cup vinegar any kind (not Modena)
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid

How to
• Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle. Shake to mix well.
• Spritz ants as soon as you see them. Spray into any holes or cracks they might be coming from.
• Vinegar drives them away while eliminating their trails so other ants in the colony don´t follow them and return.
• Not harmful or toxic for children, pets or pregnant women (also just us folks).
• Continue using this spray until your ant problem is over. Meanwhile keep your spray handy.