Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Halloween Shrunken Heads from Apples

Washington State is known for its apples and the orchard harvest is in full swing.  In case you have an apple tree or make a trip to the orchards and buy some apples, I thought I'd share a fun and inexpensive Halloween decoration you can make using those Washington State apples!

With a few simple kitchen tools and a little time you can turn this:

Into this:

Simply take an apple, peel it, carve features with an apple corer or pumpkin carving tools, give it a lemon juice and salt bath, add some eyes made from cloves, dried whole peas or peppercorns, teeth made from rice or seeds and watch the apple transform as it dries into a ghoulish shrunken head Halloween decoration!  For detailed step by step instructions about how to make shrunken appleheads for Halloween, visit my Squidoo page:  Shrunken Apple Heads

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival

The Mukilteo Light Station

If you are looking for something to do on this beautiful sunny weekend in the Pacific Northwest, I recommend the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival.  The Lighthouse Park was rennovated this past year and of course the quaint little Mukilteo Light Station is always a delight.  The Mukilteo Lighthouse is the only lighthouse in Snohomish County and has been restored and is maintained by the Mukilteo Historical Society.  Or if you can't visit in person, take a virtual tour at: Visit the Mukilteo Lighthouse