8 layer dip

I love a good Halloween party. It's fun to dress up when you know there are going to be lots of other people dressed up, too. In the past, we haven't done much dressing up for Halloween. But, Phee has changed that and likes us to dress up with her sometimes.

We have good friends that love Halloween. They often throw a party and we went last year. I didn't take my 8 layer dip, but I wish I had. The one I made was tasty, but there was a similar dip already on the table when I got there. I've never gone to a party with this 8 layer dip in hand and had it be a duplicate dish.

8 layer dip ~ Life in Random Bits #recipe #party #dip #mexican

I love this dip. It's like nachos, without the mess. And there's plenty of cheese. I hate it when I make nachos and there are cheeseless chips. This dip has everything- beans, meat, cheese. It's been requested a number of times and I always enjoy making it! If you're heading out to a Halloween party this year, take this with you. You won't be sorry!

8 layer dip

  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 lb ground beef (or turkey) browned and seasoned with taco seasoning
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 small can sliced black olives
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • shredded lettuce
  • sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)
  • guacamole

  1. Spread black beans on the bottom of a 8x8 pan.
  2. Spread guacamole on top of the beans.
  3. Add a layer of seasoned ground beef (or turkey).
  4. Spread with sour cream (or Greek yogurt).
  5. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar.
  6. Add a layer of black olives.
  7. Add chopped tomatoes and shredded lettuce.
  8. Feel free to sprinkle a little more cheese on top.
  9. Serve with chips and enjoy!

8 layer dip ~ Life in Random Bits #recipe #party #dip #mexican

8 layer dip ~ Life in Random Bits #recipe #party #dip #mexican

What's your favorite party dish? Do you go all out and make lots of appetizer type foods, or do you like to keep it simple and go with more dips, chips, and veggie trays?


Fall in New England

Fall in New England ~ Life in Random Bits #autumn #leaves #boston

Fall in New England ~ Life in Random Bits #autumn #leaves #boston

Fall in New England ~ Life in Random Bits #autumn #leaves #boston

Fall in New England ~ Life in Random Bits #autumn #leaves #boston

Fall in New England ~ Life in Random Bits #autumn #leaves #boston

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The Axis of Ineptitude is at it again this month with a great list of blog prompts.
Today, we're talking Fall.


DIY Snoopy costume

DIY Snoopy costume ~ Life in Random Bits #costume #halloween #diy

I love to make Phee's Halloween costumes. She's had some good ones, but this Snoopy was her favorite I think. If it had fit her, she would have happily worn it again the next year. She even asked about it this year!

I never did write it up the year she wore it, so I thought I'd share it now. It really is easy and it's something that you can take apart and use after Halloween, too. I love the costumes she picks that use regular clothes.

For Snoopy, we used a white zippered beach coverup. Until the week of Halloween, I really have no idea what the Texas weather is going to be like. I decided to go with short sleeves and then we added a white tshirt underneath when it turned out to be a cool night. If you're in cold weather, you could use a white sweatshirt as your base.

To make your DIY Snoopy you need:
  • white pants or leggings
  • white hooded beach coverup or hooded sweatshirt (depends on your weather!)
  • white longsleeve shirt (depending on your weather)
  • black and white felt
  • black and white thread
  • black face paint
Cut out a couple large black spots and two large black ears. Using big stitches, lightly sew the spots onto the coverup/sweatshirt and the ears onto the hood. If you use the big stitches, it's easy to pull them out after the fact and use the base piece later.

Cut out and sew together a small white tail. I stuffed it with a little bit of extra white felt before sewing it to the back of the coverup. Don't skip the tail- it's really cute!

DIY Snoopy costume ~ Life in Random Bits #costume #halloween #diy

Add white leggings/pants and white tennis shoes. Use black face paint to color your little one's nose black.

We had to use a couple white barrettes to keep the hood up on Phee's head. I made the ears a little bit too big for the hood, but it was awfully cute.

DIY Snoopy costume ~ Life in Random Bits #costume #halloween #diy

There you have it. It's really easy to put together, even last minute, and it's cute.

What great DIY costumes have you made?

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Vampires and Pumpkins

I received a box of Halloween goodies from Dollar Tree to create this post. Opinions and ideas are all mine.

We decorated for Halloween a couple weeks ago. Phee's been happily turning on the little votive lights every night in our ceramic decorations. She even took the cutest little ghost and a string of pumpkin lights to her room so she could have some festive decor in there.

We've also been doing a lot of Halloween artwork. I had a stack of foam pumpkins leftover from last year. I had a project in mind, but after drawing faces on a couple, Phee decided to decorate the entire stack, some with stickers, some with drawings, some with more faces. So, we'll save my project for another day. And lots of family and friends will be getting Halloween greetings this year!

I was trying to come up with another project we could work on when I was contacted by Dollar Tree about Halloween decorating. What fun! I got a big box of Halloween goodies and couldn't believe all the fun stuff I had to work with.

First, I made this cute little wreath. It's hanging on the closet door facing our front door so this adorable little vampire is front and center when you walk into the house. I used a wreath form, two rolls of wire edged ribbon, and the vampire to create it. Hot glue the end of one ribbon to the wreath and wrap it around the rest of the form. Fold the end over and hot glue it in place to secure it. To attach the vampire, I used a piece of wire. I wrapped it around the vampire's waist and then poked it into the wreath form on the back side of the wreath. The vampire is securely sitting on the wreath and the wire is hidden- perfect. I topped it off with the second ribbon color and a little spider.

DIY Vampire wreath ~ Life in Random Bits #halloween #vampire #decorations #diy

We've never had a mantle, but I always want to create festive and seasonal decorations after seeing all the pretty projects and displays on Pinterest. It occurred to me this week that our low bookshelf could certainly double as a sort of mantle around the holidays so that I can display some decorations.

I used two different pumpkins, plus googly eyes and a set of spooky black and purple roses as embellishment. First, I used hot glue to affix googly eyes of different sizes to a black glittery pumpkin. I used a wire cutter to separate the spiders and flowers from their stems. I used hot glue again to affix the flowers to the larger orange pumpkin. The flowers were a little crunched up, so I flattened and smoothed them and then used a little bit more hot glue to stick the flowers down.

Once I got them arranged on the bookshelf with our current decorations, I added a few more Dollar Tree touches to complete the effect. The orange and purple pumpkin is my favorite out of this set. I just love the big flowers and the spooky spiders.

What's your favorite Halloween decoration? You can find more fun decorating and entertaining ideas at the Dollar Tree site iLeaveHappy.com.

DIY decorative pumpkins ~ Life in Random Bits #halloween #diy #decorations #pumpkins

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Fiery fall

My mom sent me this gorgeous photo over the weekend. Looks like Ohio has some spectacular fall color this year! Doug and Phee are getting to see the end of the color in New Hampshire this week. Me? I'm in Texas, waiting for a bit of color change, but thoroughly enjoying the cooler temps.

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The Axis of Ineptitude is back at it this month. Today's prompt is change. If you have a post that fits with that today, wordless or not, feel free to link it up.

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