Spooky Spider Halloween Card

Spooky Spider Halloween Card
Spooky Spider Halloween Card

Looking for a perfect Halloween card?  Look no further!  It's easy to wish someone a Happy Halloween with this spooky spider Halloween card!  It's so easy, you can probably make this cute card in less time than it takes to go to the store to buy one.  Make this card in minutes with some basic supplies you probably already have.  

blank card (or card stock folded in half)
black paper
black pen or Sharpie
googly eyes

Cut two circles from the black paper.  I used a 2 1/4 inch circle for the spider's body and a 1 1/2 inch circle for the spider's head.  First, glue the circles onto the front of the card.  Next glue on the googly eyes.  Then draw the legs with a pen or Sharpie.  Easy peasy!

Spooky Spider Halloween Card

I also printed out the text for the card and glued it on.  I would have liked to print it directly on the card, but couldn't figure out how to do it.  I'll have to figure that one out, because I think it would look a little nicer.

Halloween Card DIY

Even with the glued on text, it's still a pretty cute card
don't you think?

Spooky Spider Halloween Card

Inspired by this pin.

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Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

When I saw this pin for a healthy version of chocolate chip cookie dough made with garbanzo beans, I was skeptical, but also curious.  How in the world could you possibly make garbanzo beans taste like cookie dough?  That's right - garbanzo beans are the secret ingredient for this skinny chocolate chip cookie dough recipe.  My curiosity was stronger than my skepticism and I decided to try it.  This recipe is skinny because there is no butter or eggs and very little sugar as compared to regular cookie dough. 

I made the mistake of making this while Mr. Pin Junkie and Pin Junkie Jr. were around.  They saw what went in it and as a result absolutely refused to taste it.  I have been able to get them to try other healthy dessert recipes in the past, but not this one.

If you're in the mood for some chocolate chip cookie dough, but not the fat and calories, you're going to have to seriously work for it.  You have to spend a lot of time mixing this concoction to get it to a smooth consistency!  A food processor would probably work better, but since I don't have one, I spent a lot of time with my blender, continuously stopping, starting, and scraping the the edges down.

This skinny chocolate chip cookie dough is actually good (or at least better than I thought it would be) but I'm not going to lie to you.  It's not as sweet as typical cookie dough and you can taste the garbanzo beans.  It's really not bad though!  I recommend putting in extra chocolate chips.  (That's what I did.)

You can find the recipe here, but I did a few things differently.
 - I added a few extra tablespoons of milk.
 - The original recipe doesn't mention this, but be sure to remove the skins from the garbanzo beans           before blending them.

If you want cookie dough that tastes like the real thing and only takes minutes to make, try this single serve eggless cookie dough recipe.  (sorry about the bad picture, it was one of my very first posts.)  It's got tons of butter and sugar (yum!) but no raw eggs and only makes one small serving.


 Inspired by this pin for healthy cookie dough


Looking for more healthy dessert recipes?
How about these!



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Halloween Scrap Wood Painted Ghosts

Halloween Scrap Wood Painted Ghosts
Halloween Scrap Wood Painted Ghosts

When it comes to Halloween decorations, I prefer cute over gory and cute decorations don't get any easier than these Halloween scrap wood painted ghosts!  I had some scrap wood leftover from previous projects and since I never like to throw anything away, I decided to make some cute little ghosts.  I used different lengths of 2x4 pieces, but the measurements don't really matter.  You can make your ghosts as tall, short, or as wide as you'd like.  Just make sure you have straight cuts so that your ghosts are level and stand up straight.

I started by sanding the pieces of wood and painting them with primer.  When the primer was dry, I gave them a coat of white paint.  When that was dry, I painted some black ovals for the eyes and mouths.

Halloween Scrap Wood Painted Ghosts

That's it!
It's so easy it's scary!

Halloween Scrap Wood Painted Ghosts

More fun and easy Halloween decorating ideas!


Inspired by this pin and this pin for painted wood decorations.

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Pin Junkie Pin Party #86

Welcome to The Pin Junkie!  
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day!
 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!

Here's what I've been up to this week:

Indian tacos Pinterest-everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know paint-sample-bookmarks homemade-taco-seasoning

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There were so many great projects shared at last week's party!  Thanks to everyone for sharing your projects, recipes and tips.  I can't wait to see what you will share this week!  But first, take a look at some features from last week's party.

Caramel Apple Milkshake 
by Ashlyn at Belle of the Kitchen

Gift Card Holders
by Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe

Skinny Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

free fall-printables
Free Fall Printbles
by Erlene at My Pinterventures

apple-pie in a a skillet easy recipe
Easy Skillet Apple Pie
by Mitzi at Written Reality

Paint Sample Bookmarks

Paint Sample Bookmarks

Paint sample bookmarks might just be the easiest craft ever!  Don't worry if you don't have any paint samples handy; you can always pick up a few the next time you're at the hardware store. 

This is all you need to make a bookmark:
Paint sample
hole punch

My paint swatches were really wide, so I cut them first to get a narrow bookmark shape as well as to get rid of the text on the side.  Next, I punched a hole in the top of the paint sample and tied a tassel through it for a super simple bookmark.  Ta-da!  It makes a nice little bookmark, though it's rather plain so I to added a little something extra. 

I printed some of my favorite quotes on a piece of 8.5 x 11 inch vellum paper.  (It's hard to see, but this is what it looked like before I cut the quotes.)  I cut each quote just a little narrower than the paint swatch, hole punched it, and tied it all together with a tassel. 

"There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away"
Emily Dickinson

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.  
The man who never reads lives only one."  
George R.R. Martin

 More easy-to-make bookmarks with felt and ribbon.

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