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Candy Corn Fruit Kebabs

Candy Corn Fruit Kebabs. Healthy Halloween Recipes.

Here’s a nice simple idea for a healthy but super yummy Halloween party treat. I’ve become rather intrigued by Candy Corn lately after seeing it practically everywhere online these last couple of months. We don’t have it in Australia but I think it’s a super cute design and love seeing it used in so many different, creative ways. As tropical fruit is particularly good this time of year too (plus a favourite of mine) I thought I’d make some little fruit kebabs using the pattern. The syrup I’ve served alongside it is made from passionfruit and honey (and I liked that it looked rather creepy for the occasion too!)

Candy Corn Fruit Kebabs. Healthy Halloween Ideas.

Candy Corn Fruit Kebabs

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 Red Papaya/Pawpaw (or cantaloupe or orange)
  • 1/2 Pineapple (or mango)
  • 2 Passionfruit
  • 2 tsp clear, mild honey
  • Couple of squeezes fresh lime or lemon
  • Mini Kebab Sticks (Tooth Picks)

(These quantities made about 50 mini kebabs for me)

Method:

I found a certain technique of slicing the fruit really helpful in the end. Although I’ve written it out here I think the pictures below are probably easier to work out how I did it. You shouldn’t get too much wastage from off-cuts using this method, but if you find you do  you can always package them up in a zip lock bags to save for later for smoothies.

  1. Peel the banana, pineapple and papaya.  Cut pineapple and papaya in half lengthways (a 1/4 piece of the whole fruit). Core pineapple and deseed papaya.
  2. Slice each piece of fruit horizontally at the same width – just under 1cm or about 1/3 inch ( see pic below)
  3. Cut banana rounds into six even triangular pieces. Cut pineapple and papaya into curved strips, roughly the same as it’s width (also see pic below)
  4. To cut the fruit for kebabs use one of the banana pieces as a guide. Measure and cut the papaya first, then use this piece to measure length of pineapple.
  5. Place fruit on mini kebab sticks! Pineapple first, then papaya and finally banana!
  6. To make the syrup simply mix the honey and passionfruit together. If you find that they don’t mix too well, you can heat them slightly over a low-heat stove – add the lime after they are combined and stir again.

Candy Corn Fruit Kebabs. Healthy Halloween. How to cut Fruit.

Candy Corn Fruit Kebabs. Healthy Halloween. How to cut Fruit.

Candy Corn Fruit Kebabs. Healthy Halloween Snacks.

Candy Corn Fruit Kebabs. Healthy Halloween Treats.

Share your pics with me on instagram (@bitsquare) or post them directly to my facebook wall if you make this. I always love seeing them.

What sort of fruit would be your favourite to use for these?

Simple DIY Halloween Drink Stirrers for Party

3 Simple DIY Halloween Drink Stirrers

Simple DIY Halloween Drink Stirrers for PartyI love the sense of occasion a fun, colourful stirrer can add to a drink . As halloween is coming up I thought I’d come up with a few simple ideas that would be quick and easy to make especially for the celebration. I created three (reasonably spooky) designs here that all take pretty much less than a few minutes to make. All the craft supplies used are also things you’ll probably already have laying about the house too!

Simple Spider DIY Halloween Drink Stirrer for Party

Simple DIY Monster Halloween Drink Stirrer for Party

 

DIY Halloween Drink Stirrers for Party

Making the Feather Stirrer:

Simple Feather DIY Halloween Drink Stirrer for Party

DIY Halloween Drink Stirrer - How to Make FeatherYou will need: Kebab stick, 3 feathers (I have two purple and one orange), black embroidery cotton (or black ribbon), glue gun.

Glue the feathers together on top on one another with the glue gun, then glue onto the top of the kebab stick (about 5cm / 2 inches down). Finish by wrapping the black cotton around the base so it completely covers the bottom inch of the feathers and secure with a final dab of glue.

Making the Spider Stirrer:

Simple Spider DIY Halloween Drink Stirrer for Party

DIY Halloween Drink Stirrer - How to Make SpiderYou will need: Kebab stick, plastic spider, black electrical tape, black cotton and a black felt marker.

Tie the black cotton around the plastic spider or attach with a glue gun. Cut the thread back to about 15cm (6inches). Cut a small piece of black electrical tape and wrap it around the end of the kebab stick, using it to stick the end of the cotton thread to the stick. Finish by blackening the end of the stick with the felt marker.

 Making the Monster Stirrer:

Simple DIY Monster Halloween Drink Stirrer for Party

DIY Halloween Drink Stirrer - How to Make MonsterYou will need: Wooden popsicle stick, black furry fabric, googly eyes in varying sizes (I have two large and one small), glue gun.

Cut a small 5cm x 5cm (2in x 2in) square of the fabric. Apply glue to the top 4cm (1 1/2 inches) of the stick and then glue to the inside of the fabric, about 2/3 across or so. Fold the fabric over the stick and then glue bits together. Glue googly eyes on top.

Simple DIY Halloween Drink Stirrers for Party

Hope you enjoy making this DIY – and if you do I’d love for you to share your pics with me by either  tagging me at instagram (@bitsquare) or posting them directly to my facebook wall :)

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Shopping Ideas Post October 2014 - Black and White Accessories

Shopping Picks // Black and White Accessories

FASHION // Shopping Picks and Ideas for October 2014 - Black and White Accessories

I went with a black and white theme for this week’s shopping post as I’ve been coming across so many great monochrome items lately – this houndstooth scarf, colour block bag and glitter shoes are my favourites. Even though I’m usually drawn to wearing lots of bright colour in the Spring, I still find it nice to return to black and white every so often for it’s stillness and simplicity.

Please note that I use affiliated links which means I may earn a few cents for your clicks. I have lots more information here :)

  1. Colorblocked Faux Leather Tote FOREVER 21 $29.90
  2. Rhinestone Teardrop Studs FOREVER 21 $3.80
  3. Oasis Faceted Stretch Bracelet ASOS $26.90
  4. Surreal Patent Blocked Heeled Sandals ASOS $57.80
  5. Black Glitter Lace Up Brogue Shoes ASOS $38.50
  6. Swooping Swallow Necklace MODCLOTH $11.99
  7. Houndstooth Print Scarf FOREVER 21 $10.80
DIY Pressed Flower Confetti - How To Press Flowers

DIY Pressed Flower Confetti

DIY Pressed Flower Confetti Tutorial - Party and Wedding Idea

DIY Pressed Flower Confetti Tutorial - Party and Wedding Idea

It’s been years since I’ve pressed flowers but since our garden is completely covered with them this Spring, I thought it was about time I gave it a go again. These little blue forget-me-nots are particularly prevalent and I’ve always thought that they make the garden look like it’s covered in confetti – so I thought it would be a fun idea to try and actually make some!

DIY Pressed Flower Confetti Tutorial made with Fresh Flowers

DIY Pressed Flower Confetti - How To Press Flowers

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How to Press Flowers: A quick Guide

Small colourful flowers work best for this DIY. They are best picked fairly early in the morning once the dew has dried and are fully open, but really anytime of day should be fine.

  1. Cut the flowers as close to the stems as possible (without breaking the flower). I found curved nail scissors work well.
  2. Lay flowers face down on a couple of unscented tissues, white tissue paper, flower pressing paper, blotting paper or normal white paper can work ok too.  Paper kitchen towel isn’t so good as, although it’s really absorbent, it’s too textured and will mark the flowers. Also make sure flowers are well spaced and not touching each other (blunt tweezers are really useful to space small ones).
  3. Cover the flowers with another 1-2 sheets of tissue paper and then place several layers of newspaper both above and underneath.
  4. Place flowers in an old book (that you don’t mind if it gets a bit marked) and place lots more books on top to weigh it down (or use a flower press).
  5. For very small flowers, like the forget-me-nots, let them dry for about 1 – 2weeks untouched. For larger flowers (with more moisture), like the violas, you’ll proabably want to change the tissue paper (and maybe even newspaper) after a day or two. This will help prevent them sticking to the paper. Then dry then for a further 2 weeks.
  6. Remove dried flowers gently from paper. I found the smaller ones were easiest to remove by gently bending the paper in different directly so they fell off by themselves. The ones that were a bit more stuck I then removed with blunt tweezers. The larger flowers I found easiest to remove with just my fingers.

I combined the little forget-me-nots with some brightly coloured sequins (rather than the usual confetti paper) as I wanted a really colourful display for the table setting. I think this would look amazing made out of only flowers though or with small pieces of pastel coloured paper. It can potentially be a very environmentally friendly confetti to use outside too!

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Here are a few of the designs I came up with. I found that the simpler designs worked best for me – ie. using about 3 different shapes of flowers or sequins in varying sizes.

Forget-Me-Nots, Sequins and Little Stars

DIY Pressed Flower Confetti - Party and Wedding Idea

DIY Pressed Flower Confetti Tutorial made for Party

Violas and Forget-Me-Nots with Sequins:

DIY Pressed Flower Confetti with Violas and Sequins

DIY Pressed Flower Confetti with Violas and Sequins

Violas, Sequins and Gold Stars:

DIY Pressed Flower Confetti with Violas and Stars

DIY Pressed Flower Confetti with Violas and Sequins

I think this would be such a pretty idea for spring parties and weddings. It really is simple and doesn’t take too long either.

Let me know how you like this – and if you end up making some I’d love to see it! You can share your pics with me by either  tagging me at instagram (@bitsquare) or posting them directly to my facebook wall!

Food Styling Props

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Spring Snowdrops by Bit Square BlogSpring Snowdrops in Bloom

Spring Lavender Harvest for DryingHarvesting Lavender to Dry

Food Styling Props Bought From The Thrift ShopNew food styling props from the op (thrift) shop. I’m currently doing a food styling course so hopefully you’ll begin to see a few of these things soon. I love these little vintage salt and pepper shakers.

New alt J album This is all yoursEnjoying the new alt J album. 

I’ve had a bit of a busy week. I’ve recently enrolled to Skillshare and been spending most of my blogging time doing online courses. I’ve just been doing one on food styling and hope to start a few on interior design in the next couple of days too. Lynda is another amazing site I’ve discovered recently too and spending lots of time there learning about SEO, photography and WordPress!

Have a great weekend. See you soon :)