Halloween Decoration Hacks & Ideas

As we embark on the month of October and in an attempt to avoid placating my kids by setting up our Halloween decoration on the 25th I have promised myself that this Saturday I will knock out the whole project. The only problem? I don’t really have any extra time this week or weekend to get the project done. To that end I have been scouring the internet for simple Halloween decoration hacks. Below is what I think I’ll go with:

1.) Amazon prime – lets be real I could go to the store and buy all of this stuff but with a full work schedule this week I am not getting there before Saturday morning and that will double the length of the project. To that end over lunch today I am going to order some easily customizable (and cheap!) items from Amazon.com to jumpstart my Halloween decorating.
a. Paper pumpkins.
b. Cheap hanging ghosts.
c. Cobwebs (super fast and easy to string).
d. Orange light bulb for the front porch.
e. Front yard tombstone.

2.) Home made fog machine.
a. Fill with a crock pot warm water and grab just a little dry ice on the way home. Too much ice kills the fog effect.
b. Some twigs and leaves from the yard to disguise the crock pot (free!).

3.) Cover any of the visible furniture in your front room with sheets, ideally white or black.

4.) Candles in the front window (white, black, orang, and red are ideal but – what you already have is best).

That will probably cover our house for Halloween decoration this year unless I get a bee in my bonnet next week – but if you want to go further check out this article or you could go over the top like this guy.

The 3-in-1 Multi-Cooker – Your Kitchen Needs One.

This has rapidly become my new favorite tool in the kitchen, why it took until now to really reach the market is beyond me. The 3-in-1 multi-cooker is the very logical evolution of three very similar tools. This gadget combines the slow cooking of a crock pot – with high heat sauté settings and steam setting for things like rice. It immediately eliminates the need for a rice cooker saving you space in the kitchen. From there the sauté settings give you expanded cooking flexibility for those busy holiday gatherings. Sear, Brown, Sauté, Steam, Stew – this does it all.

My favorite of these that I have tested is the: Cuisinart MSC-600 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker. It is well priced at roughly $125 depending on the store and does everything you could ask of it, there are more expensive versions out there ranging well north of $250 but for the combination of features and cost this is the right multi-cooker. As far as draw-backs? The insert is Teflon covered aluminum which does have some downsides like scratching and wear of the coating. It also has advantages, specifically that it is much lighter and easier to handle and clean than the heavier ceramic inserts. The unit could also use a retractable cord, at nearly 4 feet long the cord is just hanging out on the counter waiting to be yanked by a passing toddler.

This is a classic winner of a tool for us at LifeHomeLiving – it serves multiple purposes, is affordable compared to buying each tool separately, it saves you space in the kitchen and gives you more flexibility when you need it. As I said above it is really surprising it took until 2016/2017 for these multi-cookers to really take off.

Happy cooking to you from the LHL Team.

The 3-in-1 Multi-Cooker – Your Kitchen Needs One.

This has rapidly become my new favorite tool in the kitchen, why it took until now to really reach the market is beyond me. The 3-in-1 multi-cooker is the very logical evolution of three very similar tools. This gadget combines the slow cooking of a crock pot – with high heat sauté settings and steam setting for things like rice. It immediately eliminates the need for a rice cooker saving you space in the kitchen. From there the sauté settings give you expanded cooking flexibility for those busy holiday gatherings. Sear, Brown, Sauté, Steam, Stew – this does it all.

My favorite of these that I have tested is the: Cuisinart MSC-600 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker. It is well priced at roughly $125 depending on the store and does everything you could ask of it, there are more expensive versions out there ranging well north of $250 but for the combination of features and cost this is the right multi-cooker. As far as draw-backs? The insert is Teflon covered aluminum which does have some downsides like scratching and wear of the coating. It also has advantages, specifically that it is much lighter and easier to handle and clean than the heavier ceramic inserts. The unit could also use a retractable cord, at nearly 4 feet long the cord is just hanging out on the counter waiting to be yanked by a passing toddler.

This is a classic winner of a tool for us at LifeHomeLiving – it serves multiple purposes, is affordable compared to buying each tool separately, it saves you space in the kitchen and gives you more flexibility when you need it. As I said above it is really surprising it took until 2016/2017 for these multi-cookers to really take off.

Happy cooking to you from the LHL Team.