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Decorate with Corn Husks Add seasonal curb appeal with these easy DIYs. FOR THE GARLAND: Cut a piece of 1/2-inch jute rope to your desired length (add a few extra inches to get the drapey effect at the top) and attach corn husks and silks with a hot-glue gun. (You can also use tamale wrappers.)

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THE COLLECTOR’S GUIDE

BEISTLE COMPANY In 1920, the Pennsylvania-based company introduced a hair-raising line of party goods that helped popularize Halloween decorating in America. Turn the page for a nostalgic look back at some of the most beloved designs through the years.

Made of tissue paper and cardstock, these 930s mini lanterns are valued at $45 each.

JOINTED SKELETON Commonly placed on front doors or in coat closets, this wiggly, 55-inch-long fellow was introduced by Beistle in the 1930s and, depending on condition, can wrangle up to $75. When complete with original envelope packaging (not pictured), the price increases by more than a few bones to $150.

WRITTEN BY LAURREN WELCH PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRIAN WOODCOCK

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Die-Cuts FOIL FIGURES These festive 1930s die-cuts (1) fetch a pretty penny ($125 each!) thanks to their rare foil embossing and brief production run. Designs without the foil detailing (not pictured) were produced through the early 1950s and go for around $75 to $85.

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MINI SKELETON Dating back to 1941, a smaller jointed skeleton (2) is valued at $25. But buyer, beware: Beistle designs were often copied. True Beistle decorations were typically noted “Made in the USA,” “E.H. Luhrs,” or “Beistle,” if noted at all (some early versions weren’t). However, a “Made in Japan” stamp is a telltale sign of an imitation.

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CAT FACE Measuring 12" by 12", this festive feline (3) was most likely used as a wall decoration when it was produced in the 1930s. Today, one in pristine condition nabs $100.

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GHOST & OWL In the 1950s, Beistle’s largely black and orange spooky designs began to feature more playful, kid-friendly imagery and a wider variety of colors. This friendly faced 1970s ghost (4) valued at around $20 and this large owl from the 1960s (5) (scooped up for $22) were a departure from black cats, skeletons, and jacko’-lanterns the company was known for.

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CAT BAND This jazzy quartet (6) strikes a chord with collectors! Featuring light embossing—a sure sign of their age—these cool cats bring in a lot of scratch—about $100 each. Reproductions of this 1940s design, which the company continues to make today, can be identified by their doublesided printing and a lack of embossing.


Party Games 'Invitations With questions including “Will I soon be engaged?” and “Does my employer like me?” early Beistle games like the 1930s Mystery Answer Board Game (1)—valued at $300— were marketed to adults. Another 1930s favorite, the Flaming Fortune Game (2), which also served as a table centerpiece, is a fairly common find but remains very popular with collectors. A slightly later iteration (shown here) boasts 12 flaming fortunes—earlier versions only included six—and is a hot item at $375. (Complete with original envelope packaging, that number increases to $400.) Because they were typically tossed after use, invitations are among the most rare (read: sought-after!) Beistle items. A single unused pop-up invitation like the ones shown here (3) can fetch $100 or more per invite.

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Masks 'Hats The fun didn’t stop at invites, decorations, and games. Beistle Company also created an array of hats and masks for revelers. With little wear and intact paper fringe, these 1930s orange crepe-paper hats (1)—part of a set of six—garner around $15 each. Despite a bit of damage, a rare 1926 honeycomb-band owl mask (2) has a face value of $275.

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Garlands Because these decorative items were often taped to walls and haphazardly ripped down after a party, they can be hard to find in good condition, if at all. These pristine examples from the 1940s (1)—likely never used—are valued at around $150 each. (Although some eBay auctions have closed at up to $400 for similar Beistle finds!)

Honeycomb SCARECROW WITH CORN SHOCK This 1958 honeycomb decoration (1) opens full-round, making it the perfect party centerpiece. Revised in 1971 to include a more colorful scarecrow, both versions go for a modest $15-$20.

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DANCERS Beistle’s “Dancers,” so called for their bouncy, accordion-like arms, legs, and torsos, were among the company’s most popular decorations. Earlier pieces (dating from 1920 to 1930) are valued at $50 to $60 and feature more ominous illustrations. More recent finds, like this cat dancer (2) produced from 1948 to 1964, garner around $20 each. Dancers with a shorter production run, like the very rare 1930 Devil Dancer (not pictured), which was produced for a single year, can bag up to $450. CAULDRON Prone to damage—it’s very rare to find an example with an intact arch—this 1929 honeycomb witch and cauldron (3) originally came in three different sizes. Ours—the middle-sized version—stirs up an impressive value of $350. SPECIAL THANKS Tricia Lacy, president of Vintage Beistle (vintage beistle.com) and great-granddaughter of Beistle founder Martin Luther Beistle, loaned us many of her archives for this story. For more information on collecting vintage Beistle decorations, check out the book Vintage Halloween Collectibles by Mark B. Ledenbach (halloween collector.com).

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“My friend gave me this wooden horse with plastic harness, saddle, and stirrups. It’s not in the best shape, but I think it’s charming. Is it worth anything?” —S.V., CHARLOTTE, NC

WHAT IT IS:

VINTAGE HOBBY HORSE Long before the advent of Barbie cars and FisherPrice F150s, children rode wooden horses like yours. Back then, they would have been attached to a rocker base. Appraiser Bene Raia says that these 19th-century equine treasures were fairly popular a few years ago but have since declined. It might be worth it to give your horse a little TLC, as she notes that it boasts a nice and desirable form and could become more valuable in the future.

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GUESS THE WORTH Talk about a lot at stake! A 19th-century vampire-killing kit was sold at auction a few years ago. The winning bid was: a) $87.12 b) $8,712 c) $87,120 SEE PAGE 40 TO SEE IF YOU GUESSED CORRECTLY!

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WHAT IT IS:

ANTIQUE TEA STRAINER “It’s a fine example of craftwork from the turn of the century,” says Heritage Auctions’ Marsha Dixey. “But sadly, it’s a fairly common kitchen tool, so that affects the value.” But take comfort. It’s still worth more than a modern-day tea strainer, which can be purchased for as little as $1. WHAT IT’S WORTH:

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“My tureen has a blurry stamp reading ‘Hutschenreuther.’ What can you tell me about the maker? Is the pattern rare? What’s it worth?” —L.C., SAN DIEGO, CA

WHAT IT IS:

BLUE-AND-WHITE TUREEN Carolus Magnus Hutschenreuther founded a porcelain company in Bavaria in 1814, according to appraiser Helaine Fendelman. “His son, Lorenz, opened his own factory in 1857, and those wares were far superior,” she says. Also, the mark on your “Blue Onion” piece suggests that it was made between 1925 and 1939. WHAT IT’S WORTH:

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“I bought a few of these mini trophies at the Country Living Fair in Atlanta. Are they becoming more popular collectibles?” —M.F., KANSAS CITY, MO

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Marsha Dixey consulted with colleague Michael Riley of Heritage Auctions and found that they had sold a similar one at auction in 2009. “Values of Hamilton’s autograph have not changed much in the past few years,” he says. “The one with her actual signature is more valuable than the ‘WWW’ photo.”

Yes! Trophies are definitely becoming a popular thing to collect (check out Lindsea Dragomir’s house on page 82), but that doesn’t mean they’re growing in value. Appraiser Bene Raia says that unless they’re made of sterling silver or commemorate a famous game, the value remains low.

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“I found these 1960s metal lamps online. They’re in great condition. Are midcentury modern items still in demand?” —L.H., WACO, TX

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Chop chop! Carter gets down to business in her neck of the woods. CLOCK The French coined the term “faux bois” or “false wood” for objects, like this clock, that look like they’re made of wood but are actually made of more durable materials that will stand the test of time.

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TIP: Repurpose your own handmade skep (meadowsweetg oat.etsy .com) as a light fixture, acce nt piece, or even a garden acce ssory.

TOM-TOM TABLE Because I choose to march to the beat of my own tom-tom drum, I employ this craft-and-hide piece as a really unique coffee table. Check it out at Stephanie Lloyd’s cache of goods at The Hudson Mercantile in Hudson, New York (thehudsonmercantile.com).

LIGHT FIXTURE My friends Kent Hunter and Jonathan Bee’s hospitality bar boasts a light made from a vintage skep from Huntington & Hope (huntingtonand hope.com). The river rock sink (from Hunter Bee, their antiques emporium; hunterbee.com), further reflects the owners’ love of natural things.

PLANTERS Faux bois was often associated with whimsical items created for the garden, like this concrete compote and flowerpot. The stump in front is made of metal and displays a miniature portrait of George Washington and his famous axe.

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PICTURE FRAME A gift from a friend who knows my love for romantic rusticity as well as old photography, this delicate bark-andtwig tramp art frame preserves a portrait of a dapper young man from the Victorian era.

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TEA SET In lieu of a traditional china pattern, I think going against the grain and serving up freshly brewed beverages in a pretty hand-painted pastel and faux bois set makes for the ultimate high tea.

ARTWORK Who ever thought a tree fungus could be transformed into a work of art? For one innovative artist, it’s the perfect canvas for a painting of an idyllic forest complete with antlered creature.

nding “As a girl…I loved fi oss, and odd twigs, pieces of m .” lichen-covered stones

COFFEE CUP Starbucks cups may come from trees, but my kind of coffee mug is a little less processed. Carved from nature’s own tree bark preserve, this cup runneth over with paper clips atop my old wooden desk.

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COUNTRY LISTINGS Inspired by the fanciful houses of medieval England, TUDOR REVIVALS offer up enough eclectic architectural details

to please even the pickiest modern-day lords and ladies. HALF-TIMBERING The exposed timber framing was originally structural; the gaps were sealed with various types of infill, giving the houses their iconic two-tone appearance. Using a mix of wood and stucco, half-timbering on American Tudor Revival-style homes mimics the look but is purely decorative.

STEEPLY PITCHED GABLES The Tudor Revival style traded the thatched roof of very early English homes for steeply pitched gables, often clad in slate and well suited to cool, wet climates.

ASYMMETRICAL PLAN The sprawling nature of some larger Tudor Revival-style mansions is due to the characteristic asymmetrical layout, which makes them easy to add on to without disrupting the style.

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DECORATIVE BRICKWORK Tudors feature sturdy, masculine building materials such as brick and stone, which are also used as decorative accents, especially around doorways and windows.

FANCIFUL DOORS Elegant entrances are a hallmark. Arched or peaked doors with small windows lend storybook-worthy flair.

PERFECTLY PLACED WINDOWS Typically adorned with leaded glass panes, the windows are usually tall and either clustered in groups or centered within a gable.

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Arched doors add charm both inside and out of this house! HIGH POINT, NC $289,000 ‰ With a patio, side porch, and garageturned-movie theater, this four-bedroom house was made for outdoor entertaining. Agent: Mary Councill; coldwellbanker.com

NEW BRITAIN, CT $339,900 Surprise! In the main foyer of this four-bedroom, hidden built-in cupboards are disguised as picture frame moldings. Agent: John Lepore; bhhsneproperties.com

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GONZALES, LA $625,000 This impressive five-bedroom estate boasts more than 14 acres and a saltwater pool and pond. Agent: Cathy WaggenspackLandry; cathywlandry.com

LONGMEADOW, MA $319,900 ‰ This four-bedroom home’s living room features an exquisitely carved fireplace mantel. Agent: Lori Cotter; coldwellbankerhomes.com

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INSPIRING IDEAS FOR IN AND AROUND THE HOUSE

Farm-Fresh Pumpkins

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From decoupaged to hand-painted, this crop of clever ideas is ripe for the picking.

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HEN & CHICKS page 52

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Hen & Chicks Cut a hole in the bottom of a large pumpkin, and scoop out pulp and seeds. Trace the hen template*. Use a knife to cut out the body and a pencil to lightly trace the comb. Paint comb with red acrylic paint. Tie together several strands of raffia and hot-glue in place to create the tail. Insert a piece of white chicken wire behind the hen’s body, then adhere twigs with hot-glue to create legs and feet. FOR THE CHICKS: Trace the chick template* onto a smaller whole pumpkin. Use a potter’s needle to indent the outline, then chisel out using a potter’s ribbon tool. Insert a black pushpin for the eye; adhere twigs with hot-glue for the feet. FOR THE HEN:

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Sunflowers Cut a hole in the bottom of two to three pumpkins, and scoop out pulp and seeds. Trace the templates* onto pumpkins. Use a knife to cut out the petals and leaves. Starting in the center of the sunflower, use hot-glue to attach different colors of twine (amazon.com) in a spiral pattern. For the stalk, attach green twine in a tight zigzag pattern with hot-glue. Remove the stem from the bottom pumpkin(s); stack as shown.

CARVE FROM THE BOTTOM When scooping, do it from the bottom so the pretty stems stay intact. It also makes lighting candles easier; simply light and place your pumpkin on top.

Download templates for these pumpkins at country living.com/halloween2016. (Adjust size as needed.) No wilting sunflowers here! Use wooden skewers to secure your stack.

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Grain Sacks Make several color copies of grain sacks (we used reproduction grain sack kitchen towels; retroplanet.com), adjusting pattern size as needed. Cut the copies into 1-inch-wide strips. Using a medium-strength adhesive like Mod Podge and a wide, flat paintbrush, adhere the strips to the pumpkin, replicating the pattern as best as possible and trimming any excess as you work. Once the pattern is complete, use the same technique to cover the remaining pumpkin with plain white strips of paper.

You can use this grain sack technique for any paper printout, from photocopied book pages (hello, Edgar Allan Poe!) to photos.

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Traits: The smallest of the batch; super hardy Good for: Tabletop displays,

Traits: Smooth, white skin Good for: A neutral

Traits: Smooth skin; round shape Good for: Intricate or

Traits: Blue-green; flatter shape Good for: Stacking

Traits: Medium sized; more oblong than round Good for:

base (sheep, page 54; quilts, page 57)

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Projects that require height (sunflowers, left) or width (pickup truck, page 54)

vignettes, or filling a toy farm trailer (page 54)

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MAKE IT LAST Before you grab those carving tools, give your pumpkin a good cleaning with a mild soap and water to help keep mold at bay.

Check out eBay and Etsy for fun vintage toy farm trailers.

Pickup Truck Turn an oblong pumpkin on its side, then trace the template*. Use a potter’s needle tool to indent the outline. Chisel out the truck’s window and outline using a small potter’s ribbon tool, then paint truck desired color using acrylic paint. Stain three mini wooden craft sticks with wood stain; cut off rounded ends (reserving two) and cut one in half. Use hot-glue to attach the sticks on truck bed (trimming as needed) to create the railing and rounded ends to create bumpers. Hot-glue buttons for wheels. Attach a toy trailer and fill with mini pumpkins. Take a trip to the hardware store to make a silo. Top a length of 6-inch semi-rigid flexible duct with a 3-inch storm collar then a 1-quart galvanized funnel (tube removed). Download templates for pickup truck pumpkin at countryliving .com/halloween2016. (Adjust size as needed.)

Sheep Start with two small white pumpkins or paint regular pumpkins a matte white. Use a knife to remove the stem from one and stack both as shown, using wooden skewers to secure. Cut a rectangular piece of faux sheep fur (often called “Sherpa Fur”) and shape into a snout, gluing ends together with fabric glue. Stitch or hot-glue pink embroidery floss onto the tip to finish the nose. Cut two triangular shaped ears from the same material and attach both nose and ears to top pumpkin using hot-glue. Wrap knobby white yarn (Lion Brand Thick and Quick; hobby lobby.com) around three fingers, three times. Slip the loops off fingers and tie one end together with a piece of yarn. Clip the opposite loops with scissors to create a tassel. Repeat until you have enough tassels to cover the top pumpkin, then attach to the top pumpkin using hot-glue. Trim as necessary. Hot-glue two horns (hornsandmore.etsy.com) as shown and two black buttons in place for eyes.

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More “bah” than “boo,” this kidapproved pumpkin pairs well with a baby lamb costume (pbkids.com).


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You don’t have to put your pumpkins out to pasture once Halloween is over. Display your handiwork year after year with artificial, carvable pumpkins (store .funkins.com).

Barn Quilts Start with a white pumpkin, such as a “Lumina.” Cut out design from template* to create a stencil of desired quilt pattern. Tape the stencil to the pumpkin and use a foam stencil paintbrush and acrylic paint to create the pattern. Repeat as desired. Download templates for quilt pumpkins at countryliving.com/ halloween2016. (Adjust size as needed.)

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HOLLY WILLIAMS’S RULES OF RENOVATING EMBRACE WHAT WORKS

“I fell in love with the home’s old fireplace the moment I walked in. The brick is perfectly worn, and I love how it separates the room but still leaves plenty of space for flow around it.” NEVER UNDERESTIMATE 15-FOOT CEILINGS

“The kitchen was a visual disaster, but give me a tall ceiling, and I can work magic! I was worried about fitting an island in there, so we made a smaller one that still has room for entertaining and stirring up cookie dough.”

CURTAIN FABRIC: Baris, duralee.com. PAINT: Pink Ground by Farrow & Ball (on floors); Delicate White by Porter Paints; Tricorn Black by Sherwin-Williams

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WHAT WE DID: REFRESHED THE PALETTE Holly and Country Living Style Director Page Mullins coated the walls and trim a crisp white and installed ceramic subway tile (Lancaster Bianco; tilebar .com) for added texture. An inky black ceiling grounds the room, while patterned roman shades add hints of blue without blocking too much natural light. Holly filled the open

corner shelving with treasured family heirlooms. ADDED NEW SURFACES Light gray cabinets (omega cabinetry.com) add muchneeded storage, and Holly chose elegant finishes like on-trend brass hardware (homedepot.com) and faucet (rohlhome.com) and Cambria quartz countertops (Ella, cambriausa.com). The crisp, updated island is now home to a downdraft KitchenAid (kitchenaid.com) range.

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“Pink Ground from Farrow & Ball might be my favorite color of all time. It’s a very mature adult pink—not little girl at all. I got the wild idea to try it on the hardwood floors. I love the light it brings to the space.”

PORTRAIT BY LESLEE MITCHELL. FABRIC AND PAINT CHIPS, RANDY MAYOR.

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WHAT WE DID: KEPT THE ELEMENTS THAT WORK Holly and Page preserved the kitchen’s original layout, opting only to reconfigure the placement of the refrigerator and cooktop. She replaced the old sink with an apron-front model (rohl home.com) in front of a window that offers views of the 8-acre property. The dining area’s original beadboard walls were painted the same white seen in the kitchen. Rather than undertake a pricey floor restoration, Holly opted to paint the hardwoods a barely there shade of pink. Both Holly and Page loved the look of the distressed brick fireplace, so they left it alone, save for a slight update: white and gray decorative concrete tiles added to the hearth (granadatiles.com).

WARMED THINGS UP Inspired by the fireplace, Holly wanted honey-hued wooden accents that would provide a rich contrast to the all-white space. The open dining area feels homier, thanks to a large rustic dining table and chairs from Cost Plus World Market (worldmarket.com) that will easily seat the family of four as well as visiting loved ones. “We can pile in for a weekend and play long games of Monopoly,” Holly says. A distressed bench, chandelier, and simple wine rack (all things Holly has collected over time) further the lived-in feel, while cozy throw pillows and rugs (kings houseorientalrugs.com) add an extra layer of femininity to the hardworking room. UP NEXT: Holly’s guest room and bathroom makeover in our November issue.

“My grandfather, Warren White, drew these in 940. He was an incredible artist,” says Holly.

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Distinguishing between a playful romp and a true rumble can be difficult. Growling and biting can occur in both, so it’s important that you know what to look for. Playing dogs often exhibit a “play bow” before and during play—front legs are on the ground and hips are in the air as if in a prayer position. They maintain tail wagging and a relaxed posture, and often

I suspect Lily is simply seeking entertainment or companionship. First, try providing her with her own space at night—perhaps a laundry room—where she can enjoy a comfy bed and toys to keep her busy. If the howling continues after a few nights, it’s possible that she’s just feeling a bit lonely. While cats are not necessarily herd animals, Lily may benefit from a feline friend, as some cats gain the confidence and companionship they need to get a good night’s sleep with a trusted buddy.

offer their opponent the upper hand by falling to the ground or allowing themselves to be caught in a chase. But be prepared to intervene if the boys display signs of true aggression: lip curling, raised hackles, a fixated stare, and a stiff tail with rapid back and forth movement. Safely breaking up a fight requires two people—each grabs the hind legs of a dog and drags them apart wheelbarrow style.

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It’s Adopt-a-Dog Month! Here, Dr. Earley shares a few “forever home” finds.

Rubber Toy “Rubber toys hold up really well. Fill with peanut butter or yogurt and freeze for an extra-special treat!” $16; harrybarker.com

Reflective Collar “Ensure safety on those nightly walks. Don’t forget to add your name and phone number.” $34 (includes personalization); dogids.com Comes

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Ceramic Food Bowls “A dishwasher-safe option is your best bet.” From $20; waggo.com

Pet Bed “Keep sleeping quarters hair- and odor-free with a machine-washable pet bed.” $40; kohls.com

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My calf, Specks, is almost two months old but still refuses to try starter feed. She seems to be doing great with milk replacer, but I worry she’ll never transition to grain. What can I do?

My three-month-old kitten, Bella, is so sweet, but I never seem to catch her awake. Is it normal for her to sleep so much? -T.T., Beech Grove, TN

Cats are the king of snoozers—they can easily sleep 20 hours a day. Why are they such sleepyheads? Cats are considered crepuscular, which means they’re most active at dawn and dusk. After breakfast, their bodies naturally tell them that it’s bedtime. This stems from their days of needing to rest up during the day and late evening in order to expend tremendous energy to hunt at twilight when their prey is most

active, which is why you may notice that Bella has bursts of energy with plenty of catnaps in between. One thing: Even though it’s totally normal for cats to spend most of their time sleeping, make sure to watch for changes in Bella’s appetite, thirst level, frequency of urination, and/or weight. If you notice any of these signs, pay a visit to your veterinarian. But as long as Bella seems happy and healthy, you have nothing to worry about!

Put down the bottle and gradually transition Specks to solids by offering a small quantity of starter feed mixed with milk replacer from your hand. As she adjusts, place a larger amount of starter in a bucket mixed with milk replacer, and then gradually decrease the milk and increase the feed over two weeks. Some calves need to be led by example, so you might let her hang out with a calf already eating solids. Once she’s consuming 1.5 to 2 pounds of starter per day, she’s ready to be completely weaned off of milk replacer.

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My canary, Jett, was a year old when I got him, and he sang with gusto. But after a summer molt, he hasn’t found his song again. He chirps and enjoys his seeds and treats, but why the loss of song? -E.A., Peoria, IL

Canaries sing in the wild to establish their territory and find potential girlfriends. But if a canary sings for a while with no feedback, he may lose his drive to carry a tune. Interact with Jett several times a day— not just at feeding time. Some birds use silence to show their displeasure with their enclosure or diet. Because Jett’s enjoying his food, check that his cage is clean, roomy, and placed where he can see the action but away from drafts and constant sunlight. Birds are good at hiding illness, so if your little feathered friend doesn’t find his song, consult your avian veterinarian.

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FOR E V E R FAR M Tucked inside the East Alabama hamlet of Fitzgerald (population: 88) lies Beechwood Farm, a freshly built homestead that looks and feels as storied as the 18th-century farm where homeowner Debra Koehler spent childhood summers. Now Debra, husband Todd Turner, and her kids, Jack and Lauren, can fish (catfish! bass!), frolic (among 600 acres), and feast (at a 14-seater farmhouse table) in a place where time stands as still as the waters that surround it. BY JESSICA OTTE PHOTOGRAPHS BY LINCOLN BARBOUR STYLING BY RAINA KATTELSON

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FIELD OF DREAMS There’s no shortage of exploration or recreation at Beechwood Farm. The home’s timbered acres overlook an 18-acre bass lake, a 3-acre catfish pond, horse stable, and barn. Fortunately, Debra loves to do farm work, especially mowing. “I have one of those landscaper mowers with a zero turn. Now I’m pretty good at it!”

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Embrace Authentic Architecture Debra and Todd worked with architect Keith Summerour (summerour.net) to design a “dogtrot” home—a typically elevated, breezeway-split style that was popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Designer Melanie Millner helped achieve historical accuracy in every detail of the 2,500-square-foot space, from the reclaimed oak floors to the porcelain doorknobs. The house sleeps 14, although it has hosted as many as 25 family members and friends for fishing weekends, holidays, and Debra and Todd’s wedding.

“This house isn’t about ‘Don’t put your feet on this piece of furniture.’ It’s all about comfort and making people feel at home.”

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Opt for Mismatched Furniture It’s unlikely you’ll find an out-of-the-box matching set of anything in a 100year-old home. Debra chose the wingback chair and spindle chair (both recent purchases from Lee Industries; leeindustries .com) to give the living room an assembled-overtime vibe.

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The rustic mantel is made of wood from Debra’s grandparents’ farm.


perfectly imperfect The top of this console is simply weathered wood that was left over from the home’s flooring.


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Decorate with Farmhouse Favorites Thanks to central air, Debra and Todd were able to enclose the dogtrot’s breezeway—originally where folks cooled off on hot days—with iron-and-glass doors made by Rod Gibson of RG Ironworks (rgiron works.com). Now it’s a long dining room that can accommodate a crowd around a custom pecky cypress trestle table that seats 14. The pendant lights, crafted from repurposed chickenwire, and functional potbelly stove reinforce the traditional farmhouse feel.

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Churchill Game Dishes “I have been collecting plates with the ‘wild game’ theme for about five years. They mean a lot to me—I used them at our wedding reception, which we hosted in our barn. I think they look great displayed with a few pieces of white pottery and my favorite glassware in the hutch, which I found on a shopping trip in Atlanta.”

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The Shaw pendant lighting from The Urban Electric Company (urbanelectricco.com) looks like it’s been hanging around for centuries.

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Choose Centuries-Old Cabinetry Debra found an 1800s French piece (far left) at Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta (scottantiquemarket.com) and had the (new!) upper cabinets built to match. She also studied Alabama history books to determine what other elements would have been authentic to their area in the 19th century. Barring the modern appliances, the wood-paneled kitchen— “There’s not one piece of drywall in the house,” she says—is filled with antiques. The family often gathers around the island, a converted mechanic’s bench, to cook, snack, and play games. Debra added a box-pleated skirt to the sink (above) with Velcro to provide inconspicuous storage. “I love how it softens the room,” she says.

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Create an All-Purpose Porch Dogtrot homes usually featured porches that ran the length of the home, and this one is no exception. The screened-in space serves many purposes: mudroom, entertaining hub, and nap destination. “You can always find someone relaxing in the willow daybed swing or a rocking chair,” Debra says. Atlanta craftsman Kevin Scanlon (312-287-9828) built a number of the repurposed pieces, including the table.

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Pile on the Heirlooms Made by Todd’s grandmother, the hand-stitched quilt provided design inspiration for the entire guest room, starting with the red-orange paint on the French doors. The Laredo iron bed (wesley allen.com), another historically accurate touch, tempers the sweetness of the graphic floral motif.

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HOW SMART IS THIS? In the guest bathroom, designer Melanie Millner dressed windows with valances made from German feed sacks.


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Debra Koehler walks us through some classic choices that keep things feeling fresh.

IRON BED “The house sleeps 14, so we need plenty of beds.” Bethany Bed, from $1,092; antiqueironbeds.com

RETRO FIXTURES “We chose period-like pieces with cloth cords.” Warehouse Pendant, $70; build.com

ENTERTAINMENT “We play so many games after dinner.” Dominoes, wildandwolf .com for stores

SPINDLE CHAIR “The style is more than 100 years old.” Shiloh Spool Chair, from $999; ballarddesigns.com

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COOL, CALM, AND Very COLLECTED For Washington State antiques dealer Lindsea Dragomir, a 106-year-old farmhouse is a celebration of the dents, chips, and imperfections of her collections, too numerous to count. BY ELIZABETH JENKINS PHOTOGRAPHS BY VICTORIA PEARSON STYLING BY JANNA LUFKIN


Assorted trophies, which Lindsea prefers unpolished, are on display alongside ironstone pitchers, plates, creamers and jelly jars, old Bibles, framed butterflies, hand-painted apothecary crocks, ram horns, and more. “I get a little carried away,� Lindsea says.

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The Dragomirs were immediately drawn to the home’s windows, which boast wood trim and the original roller shades.

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Despite dark hardwood floors and an antique brown leather-studded naval captain’s chair, the living area feels light and bright, thanks to tall windows, linen sofas, and a 1900s beadboard jelly cupboard that hides the television. The coffee table, which sits atop two rugs— one jute, one hemp—is a repurposed, cut down baker’s table. Lindsea liked the look of the chipped paint so much that she sealed the top as it was.

DINING ROOM Lindsea scored another antique wooden baker’s table at a garage sale. “It was originally used in a hotel kitchen,” she says. “There are so many good scratches on the top—dot marks from the tools you use to score pies.” Old flower market containers filled with oakleaf hydrangeas make the perfect centerpiece.

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hen Lindsea and Danny Dragomir began their house hunt in 2012 in the Pacific Northwest, they were on a mission to find something old and teeming with original character. No renovated flips, thanks very much. After driving all over Washington State, they ended up finding their dream home where they least expected it: a mere 30 seconds from where they were living. “We drove by it pretty regularly, but it’s up on a hill, and it was overgrown with blackberry bushes and trees,” says Lindsea. “You wouldn’t see it unless you were looking for it.” The dilapidated state of the century-old, 2,000-square-foot farmhouse on 10 acres did little to discourage the couple. “We had seen a lot of old houses, but most of them had been updated. This house had the old trim, molding, and windows. We saw the potential and knew we could do something with it,” she says. With the help of friends, they peeled back old wallpaper, restored the original hardwood floors, and made practical updates in the kitchen and bathroom. Furnishing the house was the easy part, due to Lindsea and Danny’s shared passion for scouring old buildings, estate sales, garage sales, and antiques stores throughout Washington and Oregon. The duo regularly looks for items to both keep and re-sell through Lindsea’s online business, House of Harvest (houseofharvest.com). Ask Lindsea what they collect, and she rattles off a seemingly endless list—“ironstone, trophies, apothecary jars, inkwells, cutlery, birdcages, paint palettes”—and that’s just scratching the surface. While the size, shape, and patina of the collections vary, there’s one predominant neutral that ties much of it together: a milky shade of white. Says Lindsea, “Everyone comments that our whippet, Ava, matches our decor. She just blends right in.”

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The couple replaced the 1970s woodburning stove with a more efficient model.


Built-ins are the perfect spot for both the pretty and the practical. Apothecary jars, leather-bound books, and seasonal squash are displayed alongside frequently used ironstone platters and bowls.

Lindsea’s assortment of seating includes distressed bentwood chairs and a picnic bench with a metal crossbar, all of which she found at local antiques stores.

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I ronstone “This shelf, one of the first pieces we bought for the farmhouse, sits on top of a worktable. It’s where I keep my ironstone dishes. I love how the pieces have varying tones—from white to creamy to beigybrown. Over time, the stoneware’s seal fades away, and if you expose it to light or water or anything, it changes the color.”

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Lindsea stores rolling pins, whisks, and mallets in ironstone vessels alongside her wooden cutting boards.

“When we found the house, this room had not been updated—it had old cast-iron plumbing,” Lindsea says. The Dragomirs converted it into a light and bright catchall by cleaning it up, painting, and sealing things off. The fabric curtain under the wood topper hides a washer and dryer. Built-ins are now home to firewood and a variety of terra-cotta pots.

KITCHEN Flanked by linen curtains, the windows overlook an organic garden the Dragomirs planted when they bought the property. The updated kitchen features new appliances, concrete countertops, and the addition of an antique sink. Because there are no cabinets underneath, Lindsea covered the opening with linen that she cut and tied to old cafe curtain rods that were original to the house. She stores her nonessential kitchen tools (pizza cutters, ice-cream scoops) in the adjacent cabinet.

BATHROOM The couple made the home’s lone bathroom feel airier by ripping out the existing vanity and replacing it with an antique wall-mounted sink with cast-iron legs. An old metal basket lined with linen houses extra rolls of toilet paper. The chest of drawers wasn’t actually part of an estate sale Lindsea and Danny were shopping, but that didn’t stop them from making an offer. “We loved it, and now it’s where we keep all of our toiletries,” says Lindsea. COUNTRYLIVING.COM OCTOBER 2016

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A pair of mismatched shaving mirrors hangs above antique typing tables. Lindsea’s shelf has perfume bottles and necklaces; Danny’s has old pocket watches and cologne.

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Lindsea Dragomir shares a few of her favorite things—and one dust-busting necessity.

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TOPIARIES

“Ours are lemon cypress we keep in old galvanized buckets.” Topiary Ball, $74 for two; allmodern.com

DUSTER COLLECTIONS WOOD-BURNING STOVE

“It’s a dream to use for s’mores!” Stove, $649; homedepot.com

“I have no good reason why I love trophies so much, but I do.” Greek Trophy, $93; overstock.com

“So many antiques, so little time.” Feather Duster, $45; theline.com


PERFECTLY IMPERFECT One section of shiplap doesn’t match the rest. “We think they built the house in sections and had to have a door at some point, and later filled it in with more shiplap,” Lindsea says.

BEDROOM

Simple bulldog clips display a quartet of moon prints from an early 1900s textbook.

“We just wanted a spot that was restful and calm,” Lindsea says of the master bedroom, a space that was anything but tranquil when they moved in. “The walls were covered in a 1970s oversize pink floral wallpaper, and there was a pink floral rug that matched the laminate floors,” Lindsea says. Once they peeled off the paper, they uncovered drywall that was bowed, so a friend hit it with a hammer and discovered shiplap, which they painted white. They brought in a platform bed (cb2.com), antique blankets, and an old leather chair from Craigslist.

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PERFECTLY IMPERFECT Lindsea loved the peeling wallpaper so much that she couldn’t bring herself to remove the remnants, so she left it and painted the remaining wall white.

Handblown glass inkwells in blue and green hues pair with paintbrushes, a hat, and a stencil on an old pine shelf.

STUDIO “This is the room that made us want the house the most, but we joke that it’s probably what scared everyone else away,” says Lindsea with a laugh. “The floors are wavy and wonky. It looks like an abandoned space, but the light is so pretty. You can see the mountains and an evergreen Northwestern scene from the window. I use it as my dreaming room.”

Although she doesn’t consider herself a “flowery” person, Lindsea liked the way this set of a dozen herbiers—pressed and mounted specimens— looked with the wallpaper.


Danny rewired a vintage cage light with cloth cord and swagged it down the wall.

A collection of license plates includes a 1912 Illinois tag.

Lindsea gets down to business at an old jeweler’s desk topped with antique clocks.

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Legend of the Fall Pass the garden shears! Hoard the gourds! For floral designer Deborah Herbertson, autumn is prime time to go all out with seasonal touches in and around her 1920s Connecticut cottage.

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Terrarium Place 2 to 3 inches of small gravel (for drainage) in a jar followed by a couple inches of soil. Nestle in hardy plants—Deborah loves mini ferns and succulents—and personalize with trinkets (toy deer, tiny houses) to add whimsy. Water as needed.

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Keeping Room The entry space is the style equivalent of a cheerily brisk fall beach day. And that’s no accident: Deborah’s hometown of Westport is a coastal community on Long Island Sound. The barely blue paint color provides a breezy backdrop for a little sweep of something from the garden—like this oakleaf hydrangea—and understated white “Baby Boo” pumpkins. The sage bamboo chairs, turquoise bottles, and chippy green console table, all from Terrain (shopterrain.com), reinforce the organic palette.

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Kitchen After undoing a previous owner’s remodel, Deborah wanted to keep things simple. The beadboard ceiling, white marble backsplash, and black granite countertops allow various seasonal creations to take center stage on a stainless steel island, which she commissioned from a local restaurant supply company.

Living Room Deborah’s love of autumn color is evident in the orange velvet sofas that date back to 1962, when her parents splurged on the mod pair. The rustic buffet, with pegs in place of nails, was lovingly crafted by her grandfather. “Putting mod little sofas next to a Shaker-like sideboard is, for me, what’s fun about decorating,” Deborah says. Made from an iron gate, the coffee table adds an outdoorsy touch to the gathering space.

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eborah Herbertson grew up in a house filled with foliage long before there were Pinterest boards devoted to succulents and 101 uses for branches. “It was my mother’s hobby. She kept clippers in the car’s glove box and foraged for centerpiece fodder by the roadside, dragging home treasures that she found in the woods. She’d come home with these fallen branches,” laughs Deborah. “Everything she did 25 years ago is very on-trend now.” Deborah learned from the best. Not only is she a lifelong collector of anything that can be repurposed as a post and planter, she’s also made a career out of it as the in-house floral designer at Terrain’s (shopterrain.com) garden and furniture emporium in Westport, Connecticut. At home, Deborah loves decorating her cottage for the different seasons, but she especially enjoys celebrating the arrival of autumn. “Fall for me is a gigantic fantasy because it’s all about abundance,” she says. The more-is-more spirit starts on her porch, where she turns piles of flat “Cinderella” pumpkins into topiaries and ordinary grapevine into a showstopping 6-foot wreath. Searching for sculptural seed pods and scooping up acorns while walking her dog, Nell, also forces Deborah to slow down and get inspired by the beauty in her own neighborhood. “There’s something spiritual about feeling connected to the earth and living with plants,” she says. “It’s wonderful to have that layer, and it works whether you live in a modern glass house or a traditional space.” COUNTRYLIVING.COM OCTOBER 2016

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Sunroom French doors, combination hand-crank and clerestorystyle windows, and brick flooring give the enclosed patio a conservatory feel. The antique settee—which (per the dealer!) once sat in Abraham Lincoln’s doctor’s waiting room—was recovered in turquoise toile (Tea Party in Aquatic from Jim Thompson; jimthompsonfabrics.com). White slipcovered wingback chairs offset the dramatic array of dried branches and ferns nestled in two Mexican wrought iron urns.

PERFECTLY IMPERFECT A collection of vintage books is loosely corralled in a tray under the coffee table.

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HOW SMART IS THIS? Deborah repurposed the top of an antique silverware box to create this home bar set against the stone chimney. The chrome base is from West Elm (westelm.com).

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McCoy Pottery “Sometimes we forget the beauty of simple things,� says Deborah, a lifelong devotee of the popular pottery that began production in 1848 and continued until the 1990s. The vibrant greens really pop in the company of ironstone serving pieces.

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Deborah found the vintage sign at a London flea market.

AUTUMN HUES “A hit of orange boosts the fall flavor.” Spice Root Pillow, $96; pineconehill.com

TERRARIUM “It’s a low-maintenance way to live with plants.” Water Jar Terrarium, $68; shopterrain.com

Bedroom Like the garden clippings that fill the house, the iron bed was plucked from nature. Sort of. It was a lucky roadside find near Acadia National Park. The bed, along with the white walls and neutral sisal carpet, allows collectibles and antiques—old books, flea market finds, and an antique glass cabinet from a dentist’s office—to coexist. And to add a few more pops of nature in the bedrooms, Deborah displays dried thistles in old apothecary bottles and a long row of succulents in a vintage gutter.

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RATTAN FURNITURE “Neutral pieces make your greenery pop.” Rattan Side Chair, $200; jossandmain.com

WREATHS “In the fall, I hang them both inside and out.” Turkey Pheasant Wreath, $108; themagnoliacompany.com


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Hanging Basket Deborah lines round zinc baskets from Terrain (handforged orbs start at $38; shopterrain.com) with sheet moss, fills them with soil and dried angel vine (it looks like “a big tumbleweed,� she says), which, like a flower frog, helps hold things in place. From there, anything goes. Add annuals, pumpkins, succulents, or cut branches for a boost of color.

HOW SMART IS THIS? The porch coffee table is simply a vintage Champagne crate topped with glass.


SAVING FACE Cameo cookies make for a spooky-sweet party favor. Use a silhouette-shaped cookie cutter (fancyflours.com) to cut the cameo outline from sliceand-bake sugar cookie dough; bake as directed. Once cool, apply white royal icing to the portrait and “frame,� then coat with sparkling black sanding sugar (shopbakersnook.com), shaking off any excess.


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Featuring gothic silhouettes, macabre cutouts, and wickedly good recipes, this high-profile Halloween party gives you and your guests the perfect excuse to cut loose.

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THE HALLOWEEN CONUNDRUM: You want to host a party that’s more chilling than cutesy, but you also don’t want to scare pint-size party guests half to death. The solution: Throw some shade. This shadow-themed get-together features just-creepy-enough cutouts of everything from birds and bats to witches and candelabras. Of course, all of that tracing and snipping doesn’t leave a lot of time for food prep, so this menu is so simple it’s almost…eerie.

A WICKEDLY GOOD FEAST (with Plenty of Scary-Easy Shortcuts) CREEPY COCKTAIL Tart Cherry Eyeball Punch (recipe p. 107)

FRIGHTENING FINGER FOODS Baby Back Ribs with Ghoulish BBQ Sauce Batty Chicken Wings Breadstick Rattlers (recipes p. 104)

TO-DIE-FOR DESSERTS “Help Me!” Cake Raven Feather Cupcakes (recipes p. 108)

ONE HAUNTINGLY MEMORABLE PARTY FAVOR Silhouette Sugar Cookies (recipe p. 100)

DOWNLOAD OUR TEMPLATES Scare up a pair of scissors and a ream of craft paper and get snipping using a variety of traceable templates available at countryliving.com/ halloween2016. (Adjust sizes as needed.)

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REACH FOR DESSERT GIVE ’EM SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT Dress up a mirror with birds and branches adhered with Glue Dots.

The eye-catching “Help Me!” cake (page 08) is simply a storebought white cake with a few dark twists. (Talk about hands-off!)

WEAVE A WEB Creepy craft paper critters hanging from yarn add an element of surprise underneath the buffet, which is painted a somber black matte.


SCARY-GOOD RECIPE BREADSTICK RATTLERS Unroll 1 (13.8-oz.) tube refrigerated pizza dough; cut into 12 strips on the long side and roll each into 12-inch ropes, tapering one end (to create the tail) and flattening the other end (to create the head). Wrap each rope in a spiral around a greased 10 1/2-inch chopstick. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle body with poppy seeds and tails with sesame seeds. Cut black olives into small triangles and place on the head of each snake to make the eyes. Bake on two parchment paper-lined baking sheets at 350°F until golden brown, 15 to 18 mins. Cool 3 mins. before carefully removing chopsticks. While still warm, use a toothpick to carefully thread dried chiles (cut into tongues) into the tip of the flat end of each snake to make the tongue. Serve with store-bought tomato soup.

Charm guests with these slithering snacks, complete with dried chile tongues.

SCARY-EASY SHORTCUTS BABY BACK RIBS Arrange store-bought baby back ribs in the shape of a rib cage, then slather with your favorite barbecue sauce.

BATTY CHICKEN WINGS Haunt taste buds with deli counter chicken wings sprinkled with red pepper flakes and served with super spicy wing sauce.

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Adorn old portraits and silhouettes with witch hats, pitchforks and scythes, fangs, and devil horns.

Detailed cutouts of candelabras and sticks, “lit” with gold flames, give a mantel faux glow.

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Photograph your subject from the side. Scale photo as needed, then cut out profile. Trace and cut profile from black craft paper. Using Mod Podge, adhere cutout to a white paper circle cut to fit interior of a black doily. Secure unit to pumpkin. Glue trim to edge of white paper.

Trick out the perfect mantel decor with paper bats attached to swoops of black sewing trimming with black upholstery tacks.

START A FIRE Line the opening of your fireplace with paper or painted wood, and attach a roaring red paper glow. Cut snake andirons from black foam core and glue to painted craft blocks.


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Beef-and-Pineapple Tacos with Mojo Beans MAKES 4 servings WORKING TIME 30 minutes TOTAL TIME 40 minutes

Give these your own twist! Swap out the beef for equal amounts of chicken breast or pork loin or trade pineapple for mango. 1 onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, chopped 2 teaspoons chili powder Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 pound sirloin, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1 small jicama, cut into matchsticks 5 radishes, thinly sliced 1/3

cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for serving

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise INSTEAD OF:

Ground Beef Tacos TRY:

BEEF-AND-PINEAPPLE TACOS WITH MOJO BEANS

1 tablespoon canola oil 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple Corn tortillas, warmed Mojo Black Beans Lime wedges, for serving

1. Combine onion, garlic, chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a bowl. Add beef and stir to coat; let stand 15 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, toss together jicama, radish, cilantro, lime juice, and mayonnaise in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. 3. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over high heat. Add beef mixture and cook, in batches, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Add pineapple and cook until warm, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. 4. Top tortillas with beef, a few of the Mojo Black Beans, and jicama slaw. 5. Serve with lime wedges and remaining Mojo Black Beans alongside. INSTEAD OF:

Pumpkin Soup TRY:

THAI NOODLE SOUP WITH SHRIMP & PUMPKIN

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MOJO BLACK BEANS: Heat 1 Tbsp. canola oil in a medium saucepan. Add 1 chopped shallot and 1 chopped garlic clove; cook until soft, 2 mins. Stir in 1 tsp. orange zest and cook 30 seconds. Stir in 1 (19.75-ounce) can black beans and 2 Tbsp. fresh

orange juice; simmer until warm, 4 to 6 mins. Season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with queso fresco. protein: 32 g; fat: 7 g; carbohydrate: 59 g; fiber: 5 g; sodium: 564 mg; cholesterol: 58 mg; calories: 505. PER SERVING:

Thai Noodle Soup with Shrimp & Pumpkin MAKES 4 servings WORKING TIME 15 minutes TOTAL TIME 25 minutes

This soup can be made up to two days ahead, but be sure to store the noodles and soup separately. Gently reheat the noodles in the microwave by adding a few splashes of water and covering them with a damp paper towel. 8 ounces Thai rice noodles 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 shallot, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger 2 cups chicken stock 1 (13.5-ounce) can coconut milk 3 cups cubed fresh pumpkin or butternut squash 1 tablespoon Thai roasted red chili paste 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 cup snow peas 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon fish sauce Fresh basil, for serving

1. Cook noodles according to package directions. 2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallot and garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute. Add ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute. Add stock, coconut milk, pumpkin, chili paste, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pumpkin is just tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in shrimp and cook until opaque throughout, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in snow peas and cook until bright green, 1 minute. Stir in


lime juice and fish sauce. 3. Divide noodles between four serving bowls. Top with soup and basil. protein: 2 g; fat: 26 g; carbohydrate: 65 g; fiber: 3 g; sodium: ,432 mg; cholesterol: 43 mg; calories: 567. PER SERVING:

Creamy Polenta with Mushrooms & Collards MAKES 4 servings WORKING TIME 35 minutes TOTAL TIME 35 minutes

While both grits and polenta are made from stone-ground cornmeal (dent corn and flint corn, respectively), polenta tends to have a more toothsome, slightly coarser texture. 2 cups whole milk 3 1/4 cups vegetable stock, divided 1 1/4 cups polenta (not quick cooking) INSTEAD OF:

4 ounces Fontina cheese, grated (about 1 cup), plus more for serving

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CREAMY POLENTA WITH MUSHROOMS & COLLARDS

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PIEROGIES WITH SAUSAGE, CABBAGE & PEAR

MAKES 4 servings WORKING TIME 25 minutes TOTAL TIME 25 minutes

Pierogies are a great shortcut item that can be found in the freezer section of the grocery store. Steam for a softer texture, or fry if you prefer a few crispy edges. 1 (16-ounce) box frozen onion pierogies 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2

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1 firm ripe pear, cored and sliced

1 shallot, chopped

1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard

1 (14.5-ounce) can chopped tomatoes, drained

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 bunch collard greens (about 12 ounces), stems discarded and leaves torn

1. Cook pierogies according to package directions.

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

1. Bring milk and 3 cups stock to a boil in a large saucepan. Whisk in polenta. Reduce heat to low and cook, whisking occasionally, until polenta is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Whisk in cheese and butter until melted. Season with salt and pepper. 2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, collards, garlic, and remaining 1/4 cup stock. Cook, stirring occasionally, until COUNTRYLIVING.COM OCTOBER 2016

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PER SERVING: protein: 22 g; fat: 22 g; carbohydrate: 66 g; fiber: 0 g; sodium: ,522 mg; cholesterol: 53 mg; calories: 535.

5 scallions, cut into 2-inch pieces

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3. Serve mushroom mixture over polenta topped with additional cheese.

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

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greens are wilted, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bratwurst and cook, breaking into pieces with a wooden spoon, until browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Add cabbage and scallions and cook, stirring occasionally, until just wilted, 5 to 7 minutes. Add pears, vinegar, and mustard and cook until pears are warm, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. 3. Serve sausage mixture topped with pierogies. PER SERVING: protein: 6 g; fat: 20 g; carbohydrate: 53 g; fiber: 6 g; sodium: 80 mg; cholesterol: 44 mg; calories: 446.


Lemon-Rosemary Chicken With Roasted Broccolini MAKES 4 servings WORKING TIME 15 minutes TOTAL TIME 55 minutes

Vitamin-packed Broccolini is an ingenious hybrid between broccoli and Chinese broccoli. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary 1 large garlic clove, chopped 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 lemon, cut into thin slices, divided 4 small bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (about 2 1/2 pounds total) 2 bunches Broccolini (about 1 pound) 1 red onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges 1/2

teaspoon crushed red pepper, plus more for serving

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. 2. Combine parsley, rosemary, garlic, Dijon, and 1 tablespoon oil in a bowl. Season with salt and black pepper. Place 8 lemon slices and half of rosemary mixture underneath skin of chicken, dividing evenly. Rub remaining rosemary mixture over chicken, dividing evenly. Roast, on a rimmed baking sheet, 20 to 22 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, toss Broccolini, onion, red pepper, remaining lemon slices, and remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a bowl. Season with salt and black pepper. Remove baking sheet from oven and arrange vegetables around chicken. Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest portion of the chicken reaches 165°F, 12 to 14 minutes. 4. Serve with red pepper for sprinkling. protein: 30 g; fat: 4 g; carbohydrate: 2 g; fiber: 4 g; sodium: 73 mg; cholesterol: 73 mg; calories: 289. PER SERVING:


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