Friday, October 13, 2017

Skelly takes a trip

 Eeeek!!! Is that a Spooky Scary Skeleton?

It's okay,  it's just Skelly looking for his relatives

That's right!   Sally and I took Skelly on a little road trip to the tiny family cemetery that sits neglected in the middle of our neighborhood.    We could have walked,  but lets be real ... 
  2 blonde white girls walking with a skeleton in this Baltimore neighborhood -  Not a good idea!

The Biddison family cemetery has been here since the late 1700's and has almost 75 graves,  some of them unmarked and many of the beautiful tombstones have been knocked down and lay under the overgrown ground cover.  It's very sad,  what has happened to this place ( to this city that I grew up in).

Skelly felt right at home as he rested his rickety bones against the tree. 

It's oddly beautiful isn't it.    I love the old fence.

I wonder what is brave enough to live in that tree...

You may have seen us visit this cemetery before.  Paul and I used to stop here when we would take the atv out for a "snow ride".

No Skelly!  I will not rub your feet!!

He's such a ham!

And of course,  he didn't want to leave so we bribed him with this red balloon.

It took a lot of searching but I finally found more information on The Biddison family and some of the history of my neighborhood.    This article was published in the Baltimore Sun in 1950 and,  if you are from this area, it's a very interesting read.  I enjoyed learning more about the family who's remains still rest here. 

Hope you enjoyed Skelly's adventure.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Beware of the Venus Fly Traps

For those who dare approach the door
for candy and other Halloween lore,
Be very careful and quick on your feet
Or these Venus fly traps will make you their treat!

I can't believe that I keep forgetting to show you all the crown jewel of our outdoor Halloween decorations.  I saw them on Hallmark Home and Family (my favorite morning show) last year and I knew that I had to make my own.

They were actually quite easy and inexpensive to make. 

To make one of your own you will need: 

1 large carvable pumpkin
1 tree branch
x-acto knife
duct tape
green spray paint
hot glue
Moss/ bugs/ birds

I took tutorial photos... but I have no idea what happened to them so I will just explain the process.  It's simple.

1. Start at the BOTTOM of the pumpkin and carve the mouth.  I drew mine on with a sharpie marker first.   You can start by drawing an oval on the very bottom..  and go from there.

2. At the top of the pumpkin - you cut a hole in the stem -  this is where you will attach the (upside down) pumpkin onto the branch.

3.  Attach the pumpkin/stem to the branch.   Use duct tape ( lots of duct tape)  to secure it in place.   You can also use duct tape to attach extra twigs and vines now .

4.  Spray paint the whole thing green

5.  Using hot glue or wire,  add moss, bugs and birds.

* I wanted the mouths to light up so I poked a tiny hole on the "head" and added the top of a garden solar light to it so that the tiny light fits through the hole.

I put mine in my flower urns but you could add a spike to the bottom and put them in your yard.

Happy munching

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Fun Fall Festivities

Doesn't matter how old we get,  nothing says Fall like a visit to Baugher's Orchard and last weekend Sally and I hopped on a hayride to take in the ambiance of the season and visit the beautiful hills of the apple orchard.

We had a great afternoon outside collecting apples.   Once we gathered a few pounds worth we took the wagon back and headed to lunch.  Every trip we take begins or ends with lunch ~  house rules.

I wish I had better photos.  Something is wrong with my Cannon and I can't get it to reset.  The photos are too bright and the zoom is not working correctly ~  it's driving me crazy. 

While I am on the topic of Apples,  My friend Lynn @ Happier Than a Pig in Mud posted this simple 2 ingredient recipe for cinnamon apple cups.   I made them for dessert the other night and they were delicious.     I'm all about the easy!!!

Click here for Lynn's instructions.

Now,  about that exciting job offer that I mentioned in the last post.   While I have always had dreams of Decorating the White House for Christmas,  I was offered the next best thing...  Decorating and planning a Halloween party for a large Doctors office. 
This is a very swank and popular plastic surgery practice and I am a bit overwhelmed and also very excited!  
Halloween is my thing - I got this.  

There is no set theme but the office manager did mention that she wanted foggy purple drinks and floating witch hats.    So I'm thinking a Witches Lair where old Witches come to be young and beautiful .    I'm trying to incorporate the plastic surgery into the theme.

I found a few ideas that I like...  

  Jello shooter syringes to get rid of those fine lines and wrinkles.
 And I love the stapled apples..   they remind me of "alterations".

While they are having the finger food catered, I am in charge of sweets.   I know that I will make my infamous witch fingers and chocolate mice that I make every Halloween,   the rest, I have no idea.   Maybe all of those episodes of the Halloween Baking Challenge will pay off.   

I am loving these cauldron cupcakes ~  they're definitely on my list.

Anyway...   I really want to knock this one out of the park.   The clientele there are mostly people with money..  people with money usually live in big houses... and big houses need decorating!  :  )

If anyone has any  bewitching ideas..  please send them my way.  

Have a great Sunday everyone!!

Monday, October 2, 2017

The car dilema ~ we have a winner.

Last week I had started a post about Michelle buying her first (newish) car .   Since her old Chevy died she has had her heart set on a Fiat.  It's a cute little car - LITTLE TINY car -   Paul and I were both proud and apprehensive about it.  Although we would have preferred that she got something a little larger and American made,  she's an adult who makes her own decisions and sometimes we just have to roll with it. 

Just 2 days after she bought it,  she notified us that she didn't feel safe and that she was going to return it.   Long story short,  that's exactly what she did.  I didn't even know that you could return a car!   Honestly,  I wasn't sure what would happen after that.  Like, how would it effect her credit and Would she be able to pick up another car loan?

We waited another week before we went back out.  Meanwhile Paul and I had been doing the car browsing for her.  We knew that she wanted a little hatchback and we wanted something American made so that Paul could do minor repairs when need be.

On Saturday we found the winner!!!   A Chevy Sonic.  It's still small but larger and sturdier then the fiat.   The sales people were amazing and she left the lot with a great car while saving a ton of money.    And guess what...   She loves it!!!

Now we can breath a little.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

It's getting late and I have a ton of things to finish up this evening.  I'll be back soon with some news about a job that I am working on.  You all won't believe what I've been hired to do...   
Hint:   one world ~  Halloween!  : ) 

Until next time.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

October planning

What happened to September?
Seriously... just a few days ago I was excited for the start and now here we are on it's final weekend. 
Remember when we were kids and the stretch between the start of school and Halloween took forever?  Not to mention to time between Halloween to Christmas..  that seemed to take years.

When I was a kid,  the plastic boxed Halloween costumes didn't show up in the stores until October.   Now we see that stuff in mid July.  I'm not complaining ~   : )   

Here's a fact :   As much as I love Halloween,  I didn't carve my first pumpkin until Michelle was about 3 years old.  That's when the craze started...   Paul, myself and a tiny Michelle trying to figure out what we were supposed to do with that pumpkin.  That was one of those moments when I thought,  this is what Halloween is supposed to be.  Not just taking the kids out to collect candy in cute costumes -  but time to create family memories (and I have spent most of my adult life making a many memories as possible).   What was once a night event,  turned into a week long event,  turned into a month long event.   

The kitchen is all dressed up for Halloween and fall.  I have trimmed down my decorations to just a few simple things.

My favorite thing to do in the kitchen in October...
Creating spooky dinners and Halloween themed treats.
Every year I make myself a menu/calendar ~  which is undated so that I can jump around.  
This year's calendar consists of some family favorites and a few new recipes to try.   Of course, I am saving the Zombie meatloaf for the Walking Dead season premier. 

Yesterday, I got a head start on the treat making.

To add to the ambiance of the season, Sally and I had a girl lunch date to Barnes and Noble and I found these lovelies..
However cheesy they may be,  I'm excited to read them!  : )

We've got a lot of fun things planned for the upcoming month,
I sure hope that it slows down a bit so that we can enjoy every moment of it.

I hope that you all are feeling festive too.
Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Front door before and After

Good Morning.   Happy Monday.

I wanted to update my blog as early as possible but I'm having a hard time seeing the screen this morning.  Sucks getting old.  

Let me drink some more of this coffee...

Are you ready to see our Front Door before and after?
I am so excited. 
If I were talking to you in real life I would tell you,
" I ******* Love it!"

The jalousie door and windows have been the same ever since I moved in with Paul almost 30 years ago.    I was always afraid to change it .. I don't know why but I thought that the door must match the windows.  

The inside door was an old French style door with 15 little dirty windows.  The idea was to get rid of that and the jalousie storm door and go with a single solid front.   We also wanted to have the exterior door frame built up and out so that it looked like it had always been that way.

Isn't it amazing!

Why the heck did we wait so long?

It's all coming together so nice.  The stone steps were repaired back in the spring, Paul installed a new light fixture above the door ,  All that we need to do is hang the canvas awning and the front entry area will be complete.  

See the Dead & Breakfast sign..

I made it out of a cheap wood fence post and a piece of scrap plywood.  super easy!
I covered our street name... just incase there are creepers out there.

Of course,  I can't show off  the updated door and fall d├ęcor without my handsome model, Stanley.

Can you tell that I love it!!

I need to get myself together and buy more pumpkins
Have a great day!!!!