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31 Oct

From the cave man and woman and their little dinosaur.

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Halloween Dinner

1 Nov

I made this meal for the first time last year a couple of days before Halloween when we carved pumpkins. It was so yummy and fun that I decided to make it again this year and I hope I can keep the tradition going. It was a little hectic making it on Halloween night because I was running to the door in between preparations and we had to keep getting up for the trick-or-treaters while we were eating, but I think it makes an excellent pumpkin carving night meal.

I made a meatloaf hand, a la Not Martha:

It fell apart a bit (last year’s looked way better), but notice the onion fingernails and wrist bone!

I don’t use a mold like Not Martha does, I just shape it by hand. It would probably be prettier if I cooked it on a rack so the juice just drips off, but I don’t have one so I either use a cookie sheet or pyrex.

For sides, we had Brussels sprout eyeballs and monster mashed potatoes (thanks Andy for naming those last year):

Yummy!

I used this recipe from All Recipes for the meatloaf.

The mashed potatoes are my stepdad’s specialty (he’s a chef).

4 russet potatoes
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
4 oz butter (1 stick)
salt and pepper to taste

Peel and boil potatoes until tender. Meanwhile, heat cream and butter together until melted. Once potatoes are cooked and drained, mash them up and add the cream and butter mixture a little bit at a time until it reaches desired consistency. Salt and pepper to taste (sometimes I add roasted garlic for added deliciousness).

He also taught me how to make really yummy Brussels sprouts – by the way, I never knew there was an s on the end of brussel when talking about the vegetable. Boil them until fork tender, but still bright green. Just before they’re done, heat some butter in a pan. Let it turn light brown and smell the heavenly aroma. Drain the sprouts and sautee them in the butter until browned a bit. If you want to boil them ahead of time, rinse them with cold water to stop the cooking process and sautee with the brown butter right before serving. Soooo good.

Not the healthiest meal ever, but that’s ok for a once-a-year treat. For dessert? Way too much candy. Last year we ran out of candy and had to give away some of my brother’s, so this year we over-compensated and now we have way too much left over. Dangerous!

Do you have an unusual Halloween tradition?

Happy Halloween!

31 Oct

My sick pumpkin is on the left (we grew it in our garden and it’s kind of green, plus I carved it on Saturday right after I almost fainted in Target), my husband’s scary pumpkin is on the right, and our happy little baby pumpkin is in the middle!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween! I’m going as Little Red Riding Hood because I can just wear a regular outfit with a red cape. My husband still hasn’t decided. We’re a bit lazy about it all this year. I blame the human growing inside me!

*Don’t forget to enter the Shutterfly giveaway here! You have until Friday at 11:59pm and there will be three winners, so hurry up!*

Halloweekend 2010

3 Nov

Thanks so much for your kind comments on this post. I’m having another sad day today because I got another negative and found out that 3 people I know are pregnant. I am happy for them, but not for me.

SOOOO I though I’d recap our Halloween weekend to lighten the mood around here.

For Friday at work, I dreseed up at Montressor from Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado.” If you don’t remember the story from high school, it is the one where the guy (Montressor) wants revenge on his friend (Fortunado – dressed as a clown for Carnival) and he lures him down to his family’s catacombs where they stored wine as well as dead bodies. Then, he kills his friend by chaining him to a wall and building a tomb of stone around him. I wore a normal dress with tights and boots. I added a little black mask and red cape to take me from regular day to Halloween. I didn’t take any pictures, but I do have one of the pumpkins my Speech class carved!

One student did his demonstrative speech on how to carve a pumpkin. He brought three different pumpkins in the different stages of carving. One girl in the class had never carved a pumpkin before so when the speeches were over, she carved the one that had been cleaned out, but didn’t have a face yet.

That night for dinner, I made a meat hand, inspired by Not Martha and my blog friend Ali of His Birdie’s Nest.

I should have cooked it on a rack so the fat could have drained off, but I think it was pretty good for my first attempt!

See that wrist bone? Made on onion. The meatloaf tasted pretty good, too!

Meat fingers, brussel sprout eyeballs, and monster mash (thanks Andy)!

After our dorky themed dinner, we carved our pumpkins! We did three: a bat, a werewolf, and an owl, but I only have a picture of one.

Photo by Michelle
On Saturday night, we went to our friend’s 30th birthday party. It was 80s themed and they had an awesome band who played great 80s songs all night.

Check out Prince’s guitar! And David Bowie had the best makeup.

My husband had an awesome blonde mullet wig and meant to be an 80s rocker, but since he was wearing his glasses, everyone thought he was Garth from Wayne’s World.

Sunday night, we decided to have a few friends over for snacks while we passed out candy to trick-or-treaters. I love that our neighborhood is busy on Halloween night because I never had that growing up (lived in apartments most of my life).

I had fun with the snack table!

My favorite were the marshmallow ghosts that we drew on with food marker!

The caramel apples were delicious!

I re-purposed my mask that I wore to school on a mini pumpkin and used green button mums for some little flower arrangements.

I left the house for a minute to take Michelle and Andy’s son Carter to a couple of houses on our street.

Carter was Yoda and was SO cute hobbling up to the houses with his little bucket of candy!

Carter loved my brother Mateo.

I feel like I haven’t seen him in so long and had to get some cuddle time in for myself!

Angie and Lindsay came over as well! I missed those ladies!

It was a great weekend and I’m glad we got to share it with great friends and family!

Change is GOOD

3 Oct

While we didn’t get to make all of our Halloween decorations ourselves like I had wanted to (sorry Martha), we spent our Saturday doing something much better. We worked like dogs on the yard and put some finishing touches on the house (aka shoved some crap in closets) and then Emily came over to talk “style” with us.

She is so incredible nice and real and beautiful. We decided that designing our Living/Dining room would make the biggest impact and we are SO excited to see what she comes up with. They keep saying “this isn’t set in stone, we’ll know for sure on Monday” but I’m thinking it is pretty much a go at this point.

I’ll share more about our meeting tomorrow, as she told me to wait until Monday to blog about anything, but for now, some photos of the decorating I did today. I bought tombstones at the dollar store instead of making them because a) my husband and I were both too hungover today – too much celebrating and b) this is the last weekend we have to decorate before Halloween that isn’t already packed with commitments.

It definitely doesn’t compare to Martha, but I like it.

Yay! I love Halloween! Oh, and I decided that our fat puggle Ruby will be the very hungry caterpillar for Halloween (I’ll make her a costume) and I will be a butterfly! Not sure what my husband and Jackson will be, though… ideas??

Halloween Decorating

30 Sep

We’ve decided this weekend will be dedicated to sleeping in, eating big breakfasts in bed, and decorating for Halloween. Doesn’t that sound amazing??

Here are my inspirations, from the queen Martha Stewart:

One of the many project we’ll be tackling this weekend is making tombstones. I know we could just buy them at Party City or Michael’s, but I’d rather save money and have a little fun by making them ourselves. We’ll probably use plywood or something else cheap and paint.

I saw this cool pumpkin carving project in my Family Circle magazine. Those are Christmas lights sticking through the pumpkins! This project will probably have to be saved for the week before Halloween, though. I don’t want our pumpkins to rot!

I think I’ll try to find some cheesecloth to use instead of that fake spider web cotton stuff. It always leaves a huge mess and is so hard to clean up. I think I found some in my yard last week!

This web was made with hot glue… interesting… I also have some fake birds already because a couple of years ago I was Tipi Hendren from The Birds.

Those flowers are sooooo pretty. I love pretty flowers.

Ewwwwww cockroaches on the fruit!

I’ll update after we decorate!