Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Our Halloween Party - 2012

BEFORE the hurricane arrived, we had a great party on Saturday night. Our theme was 'Favorite TV characters', but our food and drink choices were all Halloween! Take a look. I think everyone did such a great job. Maybe you'll see something you want to use for your own party. I have to say, Pinterest is such a wonderful source of ideas - all in one place!! What did we do before we pinned? :-) I found wonderful labels to print out.
I had nothing to do with the wonderfully creative food that was made. My contribution was just a pot of chili, but look at these great snacks! Ghost pizzas, deviled eye balls, and a fabulous spider web nacho dip.
And how about a nice cup of this punch??

All of the guests had a great time. We had some famous folks show up -- Lucy and Ethel, the Clintons, Abby from NCIS, the Addams kids, Catwoman, and even Ed Norton from the Honeymooners. Do you recognize any of your favorites ??


Monday, October 15, 2012

Reveling in the Fall weather

So glad I found this chippy chair for the garden.

rev·el  (rvl)
intr.v. rev·eled also rev·elledrev·el·ing also rev·el·lingrev·els also rev·els
1. To take great pleasure or delight: She reveled in her unaccustomed leisure.
2. To engage in uproarious festivities; make merry.
A boisterous festivity or celebration; merrymaking. Often used in the plural.

And so, I am! It's been beautiful when it isn't raining. Seems that it rains a LOT here in the northeast, maybe competing with our friends' weather on the opposite coast! In between the raindrops, we've been having some really bright, lovely days with the Fall sun. I thought I would just post some shots of my house. I really enjoy the colors so much. Autumn is so rich here on Long Island. The local farmers are having a banner year selling those pumpkins, which are nestled side-by-side with local produce and mums and sunflowers. It's a good time to be here and sometimes it takes reminding that we are in the suburbs of New York City. Long Island is much more of a New England climate than the other areas in the mid-Atlantic. We also have some gorgeous historic villages along our coasts.

Welcome to our house.

Happy Fall, everyone!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Taking the Pumpkin-flavored challenge

Every day I see blogs with pumpkins pumpkins pumpkins. Decor, recipes, colors. Fall has made its crisp presence known with temps today in the 40's (!!), leaves changing color and piling up for raking, and glorious sunny days tempered in between the gray, rainy and gloomy days.

Trying to stay away from sugar is a challenge when Starbucks offers that tempting Pumpkin latte, so I came up with my own concoction. Half-and-half, stevia, 1/3 can of canned pumpkin (nothing added, just pumpkin), and vanilla - into my caldron (Magic Bullet) for a swirl. Makes for a yummy creamer that lets me enjoy and not feel the aftereffects of a sugar overload.

Then came the pancake challenge. Tired of seeing those iHOP commercials, I decided to try my own version. Gluten-free (as much as possible), sugar-free, good fats, stevia, cinnamon, nutmeg - OH YEAH! I used a mixture of 1/3 cup oatmeal (have to get the gluten-free box next time!) along with 2/3 cup of almond flour. 2 eggs. 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Throw in the spices, stevia, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda. And the rest of that can of pumpkin. Cook them on a not-so-hot surface as they are thick and need some time to let everything cook without burning. When the pancake comes free, it's time to flip it. VOILA!! (where is that accent when you need it?). They are DELISH (as my peer, Rachael, likes to say).

Try your own version. Play around with the ingredients to make it to your liking. And ENJOY the orangey goodness now, because in a month we will be getting out the red and the green and the silver and the gold and the glitter and ...

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A very simple 'Welcome' to the season

I saw something like this in the shops and thought that I could easily make my own. I was right - and you can do it, too!!

Here are the materials - one bag of fake mini-gourds, a Sharpie, and a photocopy of the word 'welcome' in an easy to copy font.

I freehanded the lettering onto the gourds. Pick a font that's easy to copy. This one has varying thicknesses, so I could start writing the letter and then fill it in, thicken it, and embellish. The acrylic sealer is for use if you feel it will help preserve the lettering. (Ignore the bottle of craft glue!)

That's all there was to it. Welcome to Fall!!

Monday, October 1, 2012

More pumpkin madness and some thrift store finds

Welcome, October! I tried some decoupage and paper mache to add to my fall theme and to remove all signs of spring and summer in my home (until NEXT year!) These pumpkins are from Dollar Tree - a little too bright orange for me.

Good old Dollar Tree!

I photocopied some lovely handwriting pages, which are very easily found on Pinterest or over at Karen, the Graphics Fairy's, wonderful pages. Go find me there, too! Brag Monday

One of the pages ended up having an orangey color - GO FIGURE!! - so that worked out just perfectly for a pumpkin upgrade. Also, following the Pottery Barn inspiration, I used plain newsprint for the second pumpkin.

My final fall finds were from a church fair clearance table -- two candle holders - one for $1.00 the other for $1.50.

The results? Fall BINGO!!!