Saturday, August 23, 2008

Pumpkins Painting Made Easy & a Easy Cheesy Dip

Thank you every one for your well wishes! I do feel somewhat better today. Last night I watched a countless number of lifetime movies and made pumpkins while I did. So this morning I awoke to a table full of them ready to be painted. Every year I make hundreds of pumpkins; seems I sell more pumpkins than anything. I found the easiest way to paint my pumpkins is using this method..........
Mix orange paint with water in a deep plastic tub. WEAR GLOVES! After your paint is well mixed test one to see if you like the color. You may need to play with it to get the right color. And remember they dry much lighter.
Submerge your pumpkin in the paint and wring the paint out and submerge again and wring out. This is the easiest way to get in the sculpted cracks of the pumpkins which are very hard to do when hand painting.

Place on aluminum foil (the pumpkins won't stick to it) and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake in a 200 degree oven or do what I did and sit out in the hot August sun :)

I am also working on these......they will have
stick arms and legs and most likely hold something or other.

Now for the dip! I got this recipe off a cream cheese box last year and I LOVE it! It takes about 5 min or less to make and you probably have the ingredients on hand.
1 8oz. block cream cheese, softened
1 can of chili with beans
1 c. or more of cheese (I usually use cheddar or a colby/jack blend)
Spread your cream cheese in a microwave safe dish. Spread the can of chili on that and top with cheese. Microwave for about 2 min or until cheese is bubbly and melted. Serve with Ritz or Townhouse crackers. YUMMY!


Merrie. said...

Hi Jill; I love that tutorial; thank you! I am glad that you are feeling better and hope that you get over this quickly; I hate summer colds; all the fur babies here say woof! (that means they want you to feel better too!) Merrie ( ps I posyed 2 new giveaways from other bloggers today; one ends at 10 pm Sunday; so come on over and check it out; if I don't win I hope you do!)

Mary Isabella said...

That cheese dip sounds so yummy and you were right most of us have those items on hand. I am going to make that for a snack after church Sunday night......Mary

Dawn said...

Jill, how are you getting the sectional parts of the pumpkins? Are you wrapping thread around the whole pumpkin, or stitching? Yours looks so much more tighter than mine. I will go back and watch the tutorial again. thanks dawn

Andi said...

Hi Jill! Glad you're feeling better. Your tutorials are always wonderful. They actually make me feel brave enough to try my hand at creating something.

I've had that dip's yummy!!!

Oh...belated Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby!!!

Angie said...

Kudos to you for still plucking away while still feeling under the weather! Super woman watch out! Great tutorial Jill! Happy Day to you!