Easy DIY Halloween Themed Snacks

As the country’s premier haven for luxury living, there is no better place to buy a home for sale than in Tagaytay Highlands. The cool atmosphere, coupled with picturesque natural beauty and  peace loving community, make it the perfect short-distance getaway for everyone.

This includes families who are eager to spend quality time with one another – especially during this upcoming Halloween. Get into the spooky spirit of the celebrations by decorating your vacation home, donning a creepy costume, and, best of all, by preparing easy do-it-yourself Halloween themed snacks for all to enjoy!

Take a look at our top picks for turning your normal, everyday snack foods into delightfully ghostly treats:

 

apple teeth treat
Apple Teeth photo courtesy of mykidcraft.com

Apple Teeth

Ingredients:

Apples

Marshmallows, small

Peanut butter

Brown sugar, caramelized (optional)

  • Begin by slicing the apples into 1/8ths. Lightly coat them in caramelized sugar if desired.
  • Take two slices and spread peanut butter on one side each.
  • Lay one slice out, peanut butter side up, and add a row of marshmallows on top of it so it resembles teeth.
  • Place the other slice on top the marshmallows, forming the shape of a mouth.
  • Pop into the fridge for a good 15 minutes then serve.

 

 

hotdog fingers
Photo of hotdog fingers provided by likemotherlikedaughterblog

Finger Hotdogs

Ingredients:

Hotdogs

Ketchup

Onion

  • Cook the hotdog as you would any other – either fry or boil it – but remember to only add cut notches in the middle and the lower part of one half of it to simulate the look of a finger.
  • Grab an onion and cut it into moderately small, nail-like pieces. After that, place them on one end of every hotdog.
  • On the other end, dab a generous amount of ketchup.

 

A glass of witch's bubble brew
A glass of witch’s bubble brew

Witch’s Bubbly Brew

Ingredients:

1L orange soda

1 cup berry juice (powdered)

Vanilla ice cream

  • Mix the orange soda and the berry juice in a large bowl.
  • When both are fully integrated, gradually plop in scoops of ice cream until it becomes a creamy mix. It is up to you how creamy you want it to be.
  • Cover and place inside the fridge for an hour or until almost freezing.
  • Serve in individual glasses, adding another scoop of ice cream on top for an extra bit of flavor and texture.
ghost bananas and tangerine
Photo from Mamawsplace4

Halloween-style Fruits: Ghost Bananas and Tangerine Pumpkins

Ingredients:

Bananas, peeled

Chocolate chips, medium and small sized

Tangerines, peeled

Celery stalks

Chocolate syrup (optional)

  • Cut your peeled bananas in half, making sure to slice it so that it will stand on its own when placed on a flat surface.
  • Insert two small sized chocolate chips onto one side of the banana, lining them up horizontally. These will be your banana’s ghost eyes.
  • Insert one medium sized chocolate chip right under the eyes, forming the mouth.
  • Sprinkle the banana lightly with a bit of chocolate syrup for added flavor.
  • As for the tangerines, simply insert a cut celery stalk between its slices at the top to make it resemble a pumpkin.

Choosing the Spa Therapy that’s Right for You

Luxury homes in Tagaytay Highlands are well known for their comfort and beauty. This, combined with the environment’s natural artistry, refreshing atmosphere, and leisure amenities make it an ideal relaxation spot.

The Spa and Lodge is one of the best places to do so in the property. It is a central point of tranquility in the community, offering the ultimate in relaxation therapy with a wide variety of spa treatments available for you to choose from.

Selecting the right therapy may be a challenge at times, so it will be good to know the benefits of these treatments to better select what will be beneficial for you.

 

Aromatherapy Massage

Stress Relief: Aromatherapy has a lot of health benefits, but its most dominant positive effect is its ability to relieve stress and other ill feelings through the power of scent. It uses fragrant essential oils from different herbs, flowers, and fruits in order to supplement the healing effects of massage.

Digestion: Digestive conditions like bloating, constipation, and indigestion can be treated through aromatherapy, especially by applying essential oils like orange, lemon, chamomile, and lavender.

Foot Massage and Reflexology

Circulation: Blood circulation and oxygen distribution can be significantly improved through reflexology. This, in turn, will allow the body to heal damaged cells, go through functions quicker, and speed up its metabolism.

Toxin Removal: Reflexology is also known for helping the bladder function more efficiently. An increase in its performance will lead to a faster removal of toxins and other debris, which in turn will prevent the development of illnesses such as urinary tract issues.

Shiatsu Massage

Muscle Pain and Rheumatoid Arthritis: Shiatsu massage, also known as acupressure, can help significantly when it comes to reducing the symptoms of arthritis as well as the general fitness of all affected muscles in the body. This is a great way to ease any muscle pain after a workout or any other physically demanding activity.

Skin: Acupressure can aid the circulation of the capillaries that are found in the soft tissues in your skin. This massage can also be done to stimulate the excretion of sebaceous glands that will keep your skin smooth and moist. That also has the added effect of reducing wrinkling.

Ventosa

Relief for Several Health Conditions: Ventosa, also known as cupping, has a lot of health benefits as it can stimulate the movement of blood throughout your body, as well as remove toxins from within. This is especially useful for those who suffer from the fevers, coughs, or colds.

The Keys to Having a Perfect Vacation Home

For those who want to live in the perfect second home, look no further than Tagaytay Highlands. Situated on a mountain ridge a short drive away from Manila, its beautiful surroundings and relaxing atmosphere make it a perfect place to unwind. Its multi-themed vacation homes provide a wide spectrum of choice for buyers too, and while they are beautiful in their own right, owners can find ways to improve and personalize them even further.

After all, the way a home is decorated has a psychological impact on its owner. Here are some tips on making your living space more homey and relaxing.

 

Give your rooms functional aesthetics

While many consider the bedroom to be the only truly “personal” room in the house, owners should remember that it is not the only space that requires customization. Each and every one must be creatively harmonious so it may evoke a certain feeling when a person is in it.

Take note of the following manipulable elements that could heavily influence any room:

Decorations

Displaying items such as flowers, paintings, statues, and other little knick-knacks can do a lot to change the atmosphere of any given room. Perhaps consider adding a colorful vase of flowers in an otherwise monochrome space, or hanging an intricate painting against a plainly colored wall. Maybe even consider arranging your favorite items – such as books, collectibles, and other paraphernalia – in a strikingly aesthetic way for more effect.

Lighting

Any given room’s brightness will ultimately dictate its overall feeling. Dim, closeted rooms with heavy curtains convey a feeling of smallness and quiet, making it perfect for low energy activities such as sleeping, browsing the internet, watching TV, or reading an e-book. Bright rooms on the other hand, especially those that have high amounts of natural light, are great for active tasks like reading, sports, cooking, and the like. It’s also good for de-stressing and keeping your body clock in check. Basically, always ensure that your lighting matches your room’s function.

Paint

Painting the room the right colors can also affect your mood. Greens, blues, whites, greys, beiges and other natural tones can help keep the mood calm, away from any sort of energy. This is good for homes who desire a quainter look and have no desire for overly-eye catching features. However, keep in mind that the colors used will have an effect on our minds.

 

Takeaway

Remember that in order to make your Tagaytay vacation home as relaxing as possible, all you need to do is to customize it to your needs and preference. Pay attention to your decorations, lighting, and paint, as these are the three most prominent factors that affect any given home’s interior.

Going Green: How to Recycle Solid Waste

Tagaytay Highlands has long been regarded as the go-to place for premier mountain resort luxury living. Its homes for sale are the most in demand in the area – and for good reason. Not only is it situated on one of the most picturesque spots in the country, but it is also home to a wide array of both indoor and outdoor amenities that are sure to please.

Another reason why it’s so sought after is its environment; the cool and refreshing atmosphere is supplemented by its pristinely clean and natural surroundings. The complex is built with sustainability in mind, and is always active in its efforts when it comes to continual ecological efforts like the holding of the annual tree planting program, and an ongoing livelihood program where 5,000 square meters of land was lent to farmers – free of charge – to cultivate agricultural goods in.

Residents can also contribute to Highlands’ efforts by recycling and minimizing waste. Find out how to utilize different materials here:

Paper Waste

Paper waste in the Philippines is the second most produced solid waste, right behind kitchen waste. Lessen it by drying then bundling papers of the same kind for easier processing. Remove any other possible debris as well – staples, pins, stickers, plastic wrap, and rubber bands are not allowed.

Newspapers should be separated from other forms of paper, as it will always go back to newsprint recycling. A small, 4 foot stack can save an entire 40 foot fir tree.

Miscellaneous paper material such as magazines, flyers, paper packaging, and the like can be saved together. Used paper – written or printed on – can also go into this pile.

By recycling paper, you will be saving energy, water, trees, and landfill space. In addition, recycled fiber is a very sustainable and cost-effective method for making new paper goods.

Plastic Waste

Plastic waste is much harder to dispose of than paper due to its naturally non-biodegradable chemical make-up. This makes it all the more important that it be recycled into new plastic instead of being left to waste away for hundreds of years in a landfill, releasing toxic chemicals into the ground. However, take note that plastics have classifications, so make sure to bundle only ones from the same class; one can tell by looking the numbers imprinted on them.

Here’s quick guide to all its different numerical labels:

#1 PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)

Consumer products use this type of plastic the most. It is often found in water bottles, softdrink bottles, and single-use packaging.

#2 HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene)

This type of plastic is usually used for heavier packaging such as bottles for products like detergents, oils, and milk. It is also used to make toys and some types of heavy-duty plastic bags.

#3 PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)

Strong against sunlight and weather, PVC is used to make soft, flexible items such as food wrappings, cooking oil bottles, children’s toys, and the like. It is also used for making window frames, arbors, or trellises.

#4 LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene)

This type of plastic is used for moderately tough jobs such as in shrink wraps, garbage bags, squeezable bottles, and sliced bread.

 

#5 PP (Polypropylene)

Tough but lightweight, this type of plastic is most often noted for its heat-resistant quality. It is also used for its efficient defense against grease or chemicals, which is why it is turned into things like plastic bottle tops, condiment containers, chip bags, and packing tapes.

#6 PS (Polystyrene)

General styrofoam material.

#7 Other (PBA, Polycarbonate, and LEXAN)

This category has no specific standard, although it is also a catch all term for Polycarbonates. Products from this material are usually sippy cups, water bottles, and car parts.

Glass Waste

Get rid of any broken glass immediately as it poses a safety risk for people nearby. Stepping on the debris or coming into moderately forceful contact with it is likely to lead to it getting embedded into the skin. As a safety precaution, make sure to wear gloves whenever handling it.

Segregate your bottles by color. On the other hand, glass material from products such as lightbulbs, pyrex, and mirrors should be stored separately as they have a different composition from their bottle counterparts.

Metal Waste

Food cans should be cleaned and dried before being stored for recycling. They may be flattened for easier handling, though this is not a requirement.

Aluminum cans are valuable and are better off left un-flattened. As with food cans, they must be thoroughly cleaned before being passed on for recycling.

Paint and aerosol cans are recyclable as well. Ensure that they are in a separate pile; these are categorized as hazardous waste and are better off away in order to prevent contamination. Do not remove their labels as recyclers will have to know its previous contents in order to be able to process it properly.

Copper is the most recyclable metal as all of it can be reused. The same goes for bronze and brass. Keep them separate, dry, and neatly bundled.

5 Healthy Homemade Treats for the Family

Those who have chosen Tagaytay Highlands as their second home will find that it’s the perfect place to spend quality time with their families. With all the available amenities, recreational areas, and activities to do, there’s nary a boring day for its residents.

 

However, bonding doesn’t always require leaving the house – there are many similarly fun projects that can be done right at home. One of the most common – and most fulfilling – is making homemade snacks together for everyone to enjoy.

 

Take advantage of Tagaytay’s plentiful fresh produce and try out the following recipes of the city’s most popular ingredients for yourself:

 

Pineapple Recipes:

The route to Tagaytay – along Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay especially – is laden with pineapple fields as far as the eye can see. Farmers and vendors alike line the road with stalls, vending the fruit right in front of the fields where they grew. Of course, the Tagaytay City Market and the Mahogany Market sell it as well. Needless to say, it’s very abundant in the area, so why not make something of it?

 

Pineapple Dip

 

Ingredients:

  • 250g cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups crushed pineapple
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Pinch of sugar

 

  • In a bowl, mix the cream cheese, the pineapple, the onion powder, the sugar, and the garlic.
  • Taste, and mix in some pineapple juice to taste.
  • Chill for 10 minutes.
  • Best paired with toast, chips, plain potatoes, or even grilled steak.

 

Pineapple Popsicles

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 cups chopped pineapple
  • Juice, to taste

 

  • Mix the honey, milk, and chopped pineapple in a medium bowl.
  • Taste; add some juice if it needs more flavor.
  • Pour the mixture into an ice pop mold or an ice tray (with wooden sticks in the center).
  • Freeze overnight, then serve!

 

Lettuce Recipes:

This popular vegetable is something Tagaytay residents never have to want for. With the city’s steadfast supply of agricultural products always readily available for the taking, lettuce can easily be obtained from a multitude of sources. Aside from the usual markets, Yoki’s Farm, Gourmet Farms, and Tagaytay Natural Farms are only some of the many that offer this culinary staple.

 

BLT Salad

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb bacon
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  • Lettuce, any kind, rinsed, dried, and shredded
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 ½ cup croutons

 

  • Cook the bacon by frying it in a large, deep skillet. Use medium to high heat until it becomes golden brown.
  • Drain, crumble, and place in a bowl for later. Cover it partly to ensure it doesn’t lose crisp.
  • In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, milk, garlic powder, and black pepper until it becomes smooth. Season with salt to taste.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, and croutons.
  • Add the dressing slowly until a satisfying amount is reached. Be careful not to drench the vegetables.
  • Serve immediately.

 

Quick Lettuce Wraps

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 Lettuce leaves, preferably Romaine
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup crumbled and dried bacon
  • 3 tbsp cheese, preferably mild cheddar
  • Tomatoes, sliced, to taste
  • Sage, to taste

 

  • Shred 3 of the lettuce leaves finely. Keep in mind they will be added into the roll later on, so make sure they’re small.
  • Mix the shredded lettuce, mayonnaise, cheese, bacon, sage, and tomato in a large bowl.
  • Once well mixed, spread onto the remaining lettuce leaves evenly then roll. Alternatively, simply use the mixture as a dip.

 

Carabao’s Milk Recipes:

Carabao’s Milk may seem like a strange ingredient to some, but it’s actually a very healthy drink. Creamier and richer than the usual cow’s milk the many are accustomed to, it’s a great source of energy due to its high percentage of milk fat, higher doses of calcium along with other vitamins and minerals, and lower levels of cholesterol. So, if you want to give it a try, you can get this treat at Buffy’s or at Mr. Moo’s. Both establishments can be found on the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay road.

 

Pastillas de Leche

 

Ingredients:

  • 1L fresh carabao’s milk
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

 

  • Preheat the pan on medium then pour the milk in.
  • Add the sugar.
  • Stir and bring the milk to a boil until it thickens significantly. Stiffing of the mixture on the edges is a sign that it’s ready.
  • Pour the mixture into a glass bowl and let it cool via the refrigerator for 10 minutes or by dunking it in an ice bath.
  • When cooled completely, mold into a long cylinder.
  • Cut into the desired length, then serve.