Chris Olsen's Halloween tips and treats

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Today's THV's lifestyle expert Chris Olsen stops by this Halloween to tell us some great gardening tips and tastey beverages for this fall!

    Winter Conifers

    Even though it is Autumn, it's time to purchase your winter conifers for your landscape and containers. You will want to get those varieties that will not only do great for the winter but can tolerate the sizzling heat of our summers. One such tough guy is the Alberta spruce. This cone-shape beauty prefers lots of morning sunshine but light shade in the afternoon. Wonerful in pots especially if you plant around it's base with white pansies and white ornamental cabbage for a winter look.

    But you can't forget about the evergreen bird Nest Spruce, the Grey Procumbens Juniper, the Grey Owl Juniper (love this shrub), and the Hinoki Cypress.

    Shop early for these babies before they are gone.... 

    Tasty Halloween Drinks

    Tonight is the night. Treat yourself, your family and friends to a delightful and refreshing Halloween beverage. I have two easy recipes for you.

    Chris's Autumn Cider


    1 gallon of Apple Cider
    1/2 gallon of Apple Juice
    2 cups sugar
    5 Cinnamon Sticks

    Bring the Apple Cider, Apple Juice, cinnamon sticks and sugar to a boil. Let cool and then remove the cinnamon sticks. Add sliceD apples if so desired. Then serve warm or cold. For an adult version just add 2 cups of pure grain alcohol. Yum!!!

    Apple and Orange Autumn Splash

    1 gallon of Apple Cider
    6 cups of Orange Juice
    3 Apples
    2 Oranges

    Mix the two juices together. Now slice the apples and oranges into disc shape slices. Press into each piece of sliced fruit about 8 cloves. Now take the cloved slices and simply add to the mixture. Your done. Add sugar to taste if needed.

    Have a spooky Halloween...

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