Sunday, October 19, 2014

DIY Candy Corn Baskets

I wanted to make something festive, not spooky like this, for Halloween and came up with these little candy corn baskets.  They are the perfect size for candy corn and are really fun to put at everyone's place at a pumpkin/ orange themed Halloween table.  I found the little cups (that hold ketchup and mustard0) at a local fast food restaurant, but you can use any size you like.  It is a really inexpensive (under $5 dollars!) and an easy project that you could do for really any holiday or occasion, just change up the colors to suit your theme.

DIY Candy Corn Baskets (1) | Ridgely's Radar

DIY Candy Corn Baskets (2) | Ridgely's Radar

DIY Candy Corn Baskets (3) | Ridgely's Radar

DIY Candy Corn Baskets (4) | Ridgely's Radar

DIY Candy Corn Baskets (5) | Ridgely's Radar

DIY Candy Corn Baskets

~ Supplies ~
  • paper streamers: white, orange and yellow (I found mine at Walmart)
  • paper condiment cups (I found mine at a fast food restaurant)
  • Orange thread
  • sewing machine
  • glue gun
  • candy corn
~Directions ~
  1. Cut paper streamers to desired length: to determine length, measure paper cup circumference and multiply by how many baskets you want to make. Add an extra few inches to accommodate for the pleating and folding over finished edge.
  2. Layer the three colors with white and yellow on the bottom and the orange on top.
  3. Sew the paper streamer with a sewing machine.  I pinched the paper into pleats as I slowly  sewed them together.  Careful not to tear or rip the paper.
  4. Cut a piece of the sewed length of streamer to fit a cup with a little extra to fold over.
  5. Hot glue the streamer to the cup.  Do not worry if the bottom hangs off a little bit, you can cut it to fit and be straight. Just make sure you have enough yellow showing.
  6. Hot glue the end piece under to finish it off.
  7. Cut off any overhang on the bottom to clean it up and be straight
  8. Repeat for remaining baskets.
  9. Fill with candy corns.
*DIY Note: Make these for any holiday/ occaision using appropriate colors to match.  i.e.. red and green streamers for Christmas or fun colors for a birthday

DIY Candy Corn Baskets (6) | Ridgely's Radar

photographs by Ridgely

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Friends and Family... Yipee

Nothing gets me more excited than finding my favorite flats 30% off. I am filling up my shopping cart as I write this with my favorite Cole Haan ballet flats and while I am at it I took a spin around the site to pick my other favorite pieces.. Be sure to shop the Friends & Family Event! Receive 30% off your entire purchase through October 21st ! Yippee!!!

My Cole Haan picks | Ridgely's Radar

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Perfect Lightweight Tote

I love a lightweight tote with an easy to access, wide opening and this one is just right! Not too big that you will not be able to find what you are looking for and just big enough to hold all your necessities! It comes in different colors and types of leather to suit any style.  I am partial to this metallic leather myself...

page turner soft tote | Etienne Aigner

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Setting the Table

I like to buy decorative accents for my table when I find them, if I pass them by I usually regret it because when it comes time to set my table, I end up scrambling for something similar (and spend more money!).  I try to browse through One Kings Lane regularly to see what they have and then buy what will work with my dining room, plates, theme, etc..  When I was looking this weekend, I couldn't believe they already have Thanksgiving items available and pulled together pieces that would work for more than just Turkey Day (except for the napkins which I couldn't resist!). Shop while the items are still available!

Setting the Table | Ridgely's Radar

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Apple Crunch

I love chocolate and it is my first choice for dessert, but there are those rare times that I want something different.  This weekend was one of those times, I wanted to channel Fall with a warm apple dessert.  I decided to make a variation of apple crumble and made apple crunch.  By cooking the apples first with whole cloves and sticks of cinnamon, then chilling it while preparing the topping, the apples soak in the flavors and you can really taste them.  It is a delicious dessert and we enjoyed it with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream! It was so good.. I did not miss my chocolate..

Apple Crunch (1) | Ridgely's Radar

Apple Crunch
recipe from Maurice Moore-Betty's Cook it Now, Serve it Later

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~ Ingredients~
  • 3 lbs. cooking apples (pink lady, honeycrisp or mutsu) peeled, cored and sliced
  • cup plus ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups flour, sifted
  • pinch baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar

  1. place apple slices, cup sugar, water, cloves and cinnamon in a saute pan.  Cook over medium heat until the apples are soft.  Remove from heat. Cool, cover and refrigerate.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and ground ginger in a bowl.  Cut the butter into 1 inch slices and mix into flour mixture. Combine with your fingers to resemble cornmeal.  Add the ¼ cup granulated sugar and ¼ cup light brown sugar.
  3. Preheat oven to 350℉
  4. Remove apples from the refrigerator and  take out the cloves and cinnamon stick. Layer the apples into the bottom of a 1 ½ quart ovenproof dish. Pour any liquid from the apples over them.  Smooth gently but do not pack tight.  Spread the topping evenly over the apples. Do not press it down.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes until bubbly and the top has browned.
  6. Serve at room temperature with a side of vanilla ice cream.

Apple Crunch (2) | Ridgely's Radar

photographs by Ridgely

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saturday Night

I can't think of anything better than denim and diamonds for Saturday night, except maybe pairing it with a fabulous navy glitter clutch!  I would wear it with a chic white blouse, a few pieces of bling, and high heels (I chose two of my favorites, a lust and a must!)  All you need to do is add your favorite jeans...

saturday night | Ridgely's Radar
clockwise:  clutch  / earrings  /   bracelet  / ring  /  must: sandal  /  lust: sandal  /  blouse

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