A Gathering of Our Halloween Ideas

Are you looking for some Halloween inspiration?  We’ve gathered together our past Halloween posts all in one place and hope they will give you some ideas.

A Gathering of Halloween Ideas From Polka Dot Poplars

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Bloody Valentine Cupcakes

I was thinking maybe I should be calling these award winning Bloody Valentine Cupcakes, because I won the contest for best treat at the witches party I went to last weekend. What do you think? Does that count? :) No, but really these are super easy to put together and look so awesome when they are done! I almost didn’t want to touch them cause they looked so cool all together. It’s a perfect balance between AWESOME and GROSS! I know I’m a little morbid. Whatever!

Every year my friends and I get together for a witches night. Everyone dresses up as their inner witch and man can I tell you I have some crazy creative friends! I dressed up as Hermione from Harry Potter (She’s a witch guys not a wizard. I had to Google it to make sure!)

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The person with the most creative costume gets a prize and also the person that brought the coolest treat gets a prize and I won. YAY!

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These are my Bloody Valentine Cupcakes or I have heard them called Dexter Cupcakes, too. Either way they are wicked fun to make and super easy!!

K. I kinda cheated with the cupcakes. I bought some read velvet cupcakes at my local Walmart just cause I was in kind of a time crunch and I didn’t have time to make the cupcakes. But, if you try this yourself you can totally make your own!

For the glass I used this Sugar Glass Recipe

Sugar Glass

3 1/2 C. Sugar

1 C. Light Corn Syrup

1/4 tsp. Cream of Tarter

2 C. Water

Stir all the ingredients together in a large saucepan until the ingredients reached 300 degrees. Now I was hoping to get my glass as clear as possible, but I’m not an expert candy maker so mine started to caramelize a little bit, but it still turned out ok. I was thinking, too, you could also pour a couple drops of green food coloring in your mixture to make green glass. That would be cool looking, too.  Once it hits 300 degrees on your candy thermometer pour it directly onto a cookie sheet. I used parchment paper to keep it from sticking and it worked wonderfully, but you can spray your sheet, too. I let mine dry for about 45 minutes and then picked up the candy and dropped it back onto my cookie sheet for my shattered glass look. This was totally my favorite part! 

For the fake blood I tried some fake blood recipes I found on pinterest, but they all seemed to be not quite right. It seemed too thin or purple colored so finally I just took 1/2 C. light corn syrup and 20 drops of red food coloring and mixed that together to make my blood. It turned out better than I hoped!

I then stuck about 4 or 5 glass pieces onto each cupcake and then drizzled my blood onto everything! Also a fun part! Gosh I really am morbid!

If any of you decide to make some of your own I really hope you come back and show us your creation!!

 

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History

Hello readers! Lately I have been working a ton, but now that it has slowed down a bit I have a chance to blog some more. I have been AWOL lately. I also have been really hooked on Ancesty.com and I have been trying to find out more about my paternal grandmothers history and man these ancestors of mine are sneaky!! But I did find this picture of my great great great grandfather Asa Moroni Beecher!

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Isn’t he handsome!?

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The Books Im Reading And Why I Love Them!

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