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Collage Halloween Masks

These unique Halloween masks are perfect for adding a one-of-a-kind twist to any costume.
  • Cantaloupe template
  • Pail template
  • Toast template
  • Blue hubbard template
  • Pumpkin template
  • Cardboard
  • Utility knife
  • Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage 
  • Craft glue
  • Paint stirrer stick

Indian-Spiced Bean-and-Tomato Soup

Time:30 mins
  • 1 tablespoon safflower oil
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons minced garlic (from 4 cloves)
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger (from a 2-inch piece)
  • 1 or 2 green Thai chiles, jalapeno chiles, or other fresh chiles, finely chopped, plus more, sliced, for serving
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 can (15 ounces) peeled plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped, with juice
  • 4 cups cooked beans, plus 2 cups cooking liquid
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • Yogurt, cilantro sprigs, and pita chips, for serving

Mashed Potatoes with Golden Onions and Roquefort


Susan's Peach Stuffing

  • 1 loaf rustic Italian bread (about 1 pound), crust on, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 9 cups)
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish
  • 2 medium onions, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 4 celery stalks, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 small bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh sage
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 can (29 ounces) clingstone peach halves in heavy syrup, drained, syrup reserved, 1/2 the peaches cut into pieces if desired
  • 1/2 cup thawed frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 cup homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock (optional; use if cooking in baking dish)

Yellow Topiary Arrangement

Bouquets can say "boo" without the aid of witches or ghosts. Take this trio of topiary treats -- a lesson in the power of repetition plus a few simple tricks. Dress up three cones of floral foam with sunflowers and button chrysanthemums above "cuffs" of fuzzy kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos). Their harvest golds will glow like lanterns above the black urns that round out this Halloween parade.
  • Three 12-inch-high cones of floral foam
  • Sunflowers
  • Button chrysanthemums
  • Fuzzy kangaroo paws (anigozanthos)
  • Black urns (ours were 12 inches high)
  • Floral cutters

Succulents Terrariums

Other Ideas:
Making beautiful terrariums is a perfect way to bring the outside indoors during the winter months.
  • Arrangement of succulents
  • Glass container with wide opening
  • Gravel
  • Cactus mix soil
  • Sand
  • Fertilizer
  • Straw
  • Accents or garden ornaments: cement mushrooms; iron birds and snails; large river rocks; and glass bugs and spiders

Butternut Bisque

Time:45 mins
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper plus more for garnish (optional)
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 large butternut squash (about 4 pounds), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Sour cream, for serving

Head-Waiter Tray


Toadstool Pumpkins

Nestle the toadstools among rocks and trees, and add a jack-o'-lantern and snail. Your yard will be set for Halloween visitors.
  • Keyhole saw (
  • Variety of pumpkins and winter squashes, both tall and round (available at farmers' markets and Whole Foods)
  • Fleshing tool (
  • Wooden skewers
  • Linoleum cutter (