well gang, it’s time to get ready for halloween. october is all about spooky decor, themed snacks and a lot of pumpkin. despite the uncertainty of what halloween will be like this year, we do know what it can look like. we can decorate with witches, monsters, skeletons and pumpkins. i have pulled out my halloween decor, we have a fun mummy-themed appetizer and a spooky fruity cocktail. so let’s get ready for howl-o-ween with oscar!
hot pink and yellow is such a fun color combination. so bright and punchy! golden yellow is perfect for fall. this long knit cardigan is from Anthropologie. Anthropologie doesn’t disappoint with its fall collection this year. so many sweaters, in gorgeous rich colors and patterns.
as i have talked about before, long over lean is the way to wear a long chunky cardigan like this. so i have dark rinse skinny jeans. these jeans are the Ab-solution skinny jeans by Wit & Wisdom at Nordstrom. they fit like a dream! they are also offered in plus and petite sizes.
a yellow shoe is such a fun way to add a bright pop of color to an outfit. whether you’re matching a top, like i am here, or if you just need a little pizazz, a bright color shoe is sure to bring a smile.
to set the stage for the mummy poppers, i have a decorative sugar skull, creepy gold witches shoes, witch hat taper candles and trick or treat bags. all of these items are from halloweens past, but i have rounded up a few alternative decor ideas below.
these little mummy poppers are really cute! i used pimentos for the eyes, but you can use olive slices, or slices of red chiles. they are simple to make, but they are bit labor intensive when it comes to wrapping them with the crescent roll strips. the result is worth the effort!
preheat oven to 400 degrees. mix the cream cheese, jack cheese, onion and salt until blended well.
roll out the crescent dough, but do not separate them into triangles. keep them as rectangles and close up the perforations by pinching the dough together, or by pressing it with your finger.
using a pizza cutter, slice each dough rectangle into about 10 thin strips.
fill each jalapeño with the cheese mixture.
wrap each filled pepper with strips of dough, leaving and open space near the top for the eyes.
bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden. place eyes on mummies as they cool.
this cocktail recipe is from Half Baked Harvest, with a slight modification. i used two tablespoons of cassis liqueur instead of the honey called for in the recipe. it had the sweetness the honey would have provided and enhanced the berry flavor. it also amped up the dark color of the drink.
In a cocktail shaker or glass jar, add blackberries, rosemary, lemon juice and honey. Muddle all of the ingredients together, squishing everything to release the juices. Add the tequila and orange bitters.
Add ice to your glass and strain the drink over the ice. Top the glass with a little more ice, pour the sparkling water over, and gently stir to combine. Garnish with fresh rosemary and blackberries.
how will you celebrate halloween this year? do you plan to decorate or dress up in a costume? let me know in the comments below, i’d love to hear what your plans are.
that’s a wrap on a very special, spooky halloween edition of fridays with oscar. this week started with a cause near and dear to my heart: Talbots and the Art of the Scarf, which raises money for Susan G Komen. in case you missed it, check it out here.
stay tuned to the blog for fresh ideas on fall fashion, decor and recipes. oscar, ollie and i wish all of you a wonderful weekend!
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