Displaying my decorative gourds

November 20, 2013 at 11:02 am

I put away all of the indoor Halloween decorations pretty much right after Halloween, but it took me a week or so to get to the outdoor things.

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When I removed the big skull from our front door I discovered that it had become home to this frog.

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He was maybe three inches long and very pale when I first exposed him.

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He didn’t budge.

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As I took down all of the rest of the Halloween things he just hung out and became more colorful.

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Even when I hung the turquoise wreath back up he just veg’d.

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He was not there the next day, though. I guess he found a new home.

Now the front porch looks like this:

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We have a bunch of dead bushes right in front of the porch and in general the planting beds are overgrown and need to be redone. Just ignore that part.

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Inside the house I distributed the decorative gourds all around.

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I used the teak serving tray that I got at Brocante Vintage Market this month on the mantle. I love it.

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I found this brass leaf tray on the clearance end cap at Target for $8:

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I always check the home décor clearance end caps when I go to Target. Different departments mark things down weekly on a specific day. I think the home décor department marks things down on Tuesday, but I’d have to Google it again to remember for sure. I don’t know…I don’t make a special trip for mark-down day, but I always check when I’m there. Such good stuff.

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Chad brought home some colorful fall flowers.

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Most of our Thanksgiving decorations were made by the boys in preschool.

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My Fascinating Life Caroline Calcote-454(my autographs of Kim Coates, Theo Rossi, and Katey Sagal may not be Thanksgiving-ish but they needed a place of honor and this is it for now)

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I realized just now that three of these books are for Halloween. Oh well…I’m keeping them out to give to Cody.

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So that’s it for Thanksgiving décor, although I’m going to switch some things around to decorate the tables for Thanksgiving dinner. Decorative gourds are endlessly versatile.

Cya.

Healthy treats that kids hate and Trick or Treating

November 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Yesterday I went to Mack’s school for his class’ Halloween Party. Mack was dressed as a dog because he did a book report on a book about a dog earlier in the day, so I dressed like a cat so we’d have a theme.

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Halloween is one of the two times a year that they are allowed to have sweets for parties at school (I think the other one is Valentine’s Day). I figured that most of the other donated snacks would be sugary or chip/cracker types of things so I was determined to make something healthy.

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I thought of the idea of making individual hummus/veggie cups and tricking them out in a spooky way.

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Actually the whole idea came from trying to figure out something to do with spooky fingers. They just seem snacky to me. I kept the veggies long and fingery.

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I thought about using peanut butter or almond butter instead of hummus, but there is a nut allergy in their class, so that was out.

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Finally I creepified each cup with two spooky fingers, two spooky spiders, and one spooky eyeball.

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Probably 90% of that went into the garbage at school. Some said, “I don’t want one,” and others just sort of sniffed at the hummus and looked at it as if it were ectoplasmic slime. Some nibbled on the un-dipped ends of the veggies. One kid (other than mine) actually tried hummus for the first time and liked it. Win! Most didn’t even try it or eat any of the veggies. Fail!  It’s a little disheartening that I went to the trouble and most of it went into the garbage, but I don’t regret making them. At least somebody gave them a vegetable for once in their life.

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And Mack liked it, so that’s the most important thing. He appreciated not only a snack that he likes but the fact that I cared enough to make something healthy. The kids did seem to like the toys (after wiping the hummus off the eyeball).

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Later we had a bunch of friends over for pizza before heading out to trick or treat.

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Some neighborhood kids joined us also and we all set out in search of candy.

No flash:

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Flash:

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Our own house was hit up first…

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then on to the neighbors.

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It was weird but fun to be trick or treating in a different neighborhood after eleven years of TOT’ing in our old neighborhood.

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There was a busy street involved this year.

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Lots of gorgeous houses to check out on our walk.

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I was quite amused by my shadow.

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My favorite house from last night:

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It was swelteringly hot last night, as it always is here on Halloween. All of the kids were soaked with sweat and thirsty pretty early, so we headed back home. Don’t worry…they all got plenty of candy.

Chad stayed at home and handed out candy, but we got less than a dozen trick-or-treaters at our house (not counting our own entourage).

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Halloween’s over. Time to take down the decorations.

This morning Chewie and I walked Mack to school.

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Mack was super tired this morning. I think he had a sugar hangover.

I spent the day at home mostly doing laundry and removing some of the Halloween decorations. I also prepped dinner. I’m making Chicken Nanking from Melissa Joulwan’s Well Fed 2 cookbook.

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I also need to do something with this assortment of seeds:

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Left to right is delicata squash seeds, spaghetti squash seeds, and then pumpkin seeds.

Now I need to go cook dinner and get ready to go out. My friend Ali and I are going to the Brocante Market preview tonight. The monthly market opens in the morning at 9…see you there! Or just…

Cya.