Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Have some space to plant-
Grow your own Jalapenos from seed or buy starters from a nursery like I usually do-
Spend an afternoon planting them-
Water, fertilize and weed-
Get excited when the first ones show up in the middle of summer-
Enjoy your summer and don't forget to water-
When the pumpkins start turning orange, the jalapenos will be turning red-
Pick a day when you can harvest as many Jalapenos as you can smoke-
Cut in half, place in trays, start your charcoal and smoke the chiles anywhere from 6 to 24 hours using apple, hickory or any other good smoking wood-
After smoking them I put all of mine in a dehydrator for a day or more until all of the moisture is gone-
After they are completely dry I throw them in a food processor and then a spice grinder. Some blenders can process them into a powder in one step but mine cannot-
Hopefully you now have enough to last all year. I usually make enough to give half of it to friends that have become hooked on the stuff. Enjoy!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
This is how he mounted it in his front yard...
Having bought a couple of wiper motors during the summer with plans of using them on a project I put on hold, I still wanted to at least use one of the motors for something this year. I read somewhere that a Flying Crank Ghost is a great first animated prop project to build so I decided to make one. Since I was putting mine in a second story window where there were actually three windows side by side, I decided to run three ghosts off one motor. I don’t have any good footage at night with the black lights illuminating the ghosts yet since the only video camera I have at the moment is my iphone and it is useless in the dark.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Those few decorations the first year were enough to give us the haunting bug. Next from the Halloween store came the 12 foot clown and half demon. We ended up dropping the clown on the kids as they walked up the driveway and it was a big hit. The reaper on the stone bench and some foam pumpkins were stolen that year. :(
Proudly hanging from a sycamore tree is the first Halloween prop we ever bought. Foam pumpkins on the fence in the spirit of everyone's favorite animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas. My wife's reaper sitting on the stone bench and six headstones that I cut out of plywood, painted, and stenciled.
A couple of spiders and a motion activated bone prop above the porch.