Friday, October 30, 2009
Grim, wants to get the monsters to carve their pumpkins tonight before the festivities of the weekend begin. We have to be up at Mouthy monsters school for the parking lot parade! The kids in costumes all walk around the parking lot showing off! They have a ton of fun doing it and we have lots of fun checking out the costumes! Mouthy went to school with cat ears. Now this isn't her costume... she will be a fairy with pretty pink, sparkley wings and a wand of pink satin! But since I didn't want these to get ruined before the real deal... She will be a kitten today! The reason I don't trust the good stuff not to get ruined.... I sent her to school in a brand new sweatshirt (pink) and she came home with marker all over it.... front and back!
I have to say that the lentil stew is just as good if not better the second day! I had enough leftover for a couple of lunches and another full meal. I will freeze the rest and see how that works out. Since the monsters will be gone to grama's for a few hours tonight, Grim and I will be having hotdogs and French fries for dinner.... It is quick and I don't have a huge clean up to do. Then we are going out with a blast from the past for a drink.... Gotta love facebook! We used to 100 years ago hang out so her and her DH and me and mine are meeting up tonight!
Tomorrow Band monster has an all day competition. She is going to miss out on Halloween. The other 2 will be going to grama's to spend the night. We are going to the post for a Halloween party. Grim is going as Michael Myers from Halloween and I am going as an English Tavern Wench! I love the ren fest! That is where all of my costumes come from! I need to pull it out so that it isn't wrinkled. I even have a cloak to wear so I don't freeze to death... LOL!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tonight I used Mother Hen's recipe as a place to start making my own version of lentil stew. I used:
2lbs of chicken
1 can corn
1 can carrots
1 can potato
8oz tomato paste
2 medium onions
1lb of lentils rinsed
3/4 cup barley
1 quart of tomato juice
6 cups of water
pepper and paprika to taste
It turned out great! Everyone really liked it and I will keep making this. Next time I might use beef instead of chicken. This will be a fall favorite from now on.
I just realized that we still have to carve the pumpkins..... Well, if we don't carve them I hold off on them and cook down over the winter.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I had a bit of a fright yesterday. Nothing major just got me to open my eyes and appreciate what I have a lot more then I had been. I see now that I was slacking in some important parts of my life and those of my family. So with an empty head (LOL!) and open heart, today is a new day with a chance to make/do things different. I know that probably didn't make all that much sense from the outside, but from here it was just a reminder in print of what I want to try to accomplish.
Yesterday was a busy day. So busy in fact that I forgot that I was suppose to go to a meet and greet with the special ed teacher for Mouthy monster. Mind you there is nothing wrong with her, she just didn't go to preschool. What that means is they actually need to teach this one... LOL! And they put the kids who need this into the special ed class. Now I have Band monster who generally is a straight "A" student and I have Picky monster who is in special ed because she is Dyslexic and needs accommodations, because by the time they figured out something was wrong she was already behind. Enough of that. But with Mouthy, she gets it, she just isn't where they want the kids in 1st grade to be.
Back to yesterday, wow, I do ramble! I cooked pork chops in a tomato puree /w some BBQ sauce and green peppers. It was a bit hit. I also got around to making laundry soap again. The laundry is only a little backed, up maybe 3 loads. The 5 gallon bucket will last me for months now. I love saving money. And the work isn't hard just time consuming. Same with making bread. It's not had work at all. It can be daunting in the beginning. After you do it a time or two, you can get a rhythm down. Like for me, got home from taking monsters, mixed the bread and kneaded it. Cleaned kitchen, dining room and living room during the first rise. The punched the dough down, separated it for individual loaves. Now they are rising for the second time and I am doing laundry and all my internet stuff. Then once the loaves go into the oven I will clean the bathroom.
I don't know what I'm going to do for dinner. I might make calzones tonight and lentil stew (got the idea from Mother Hen over at Ship Full of Pirates) for tomorrow night.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
I got a comment from Mrs. B from over at Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom
I am a winner of the 31 days of Halloween Giveaway! I am the winner of the ebook, Me and My Ghoulfriends by Rose Pressey. The book looks really interesting. I can't wait to get to read it!!!! Thank you Rose for donating this prize! If you haven't gone over and checked out the prizes for today its not to late! Get those entries in! Dreams really do come true!
Bingo tonight! The jackpot for the progressive is around 15K. I think that they are going to have me sell the cards and call the numbers again tonight. Surprisingly, I'm bothered by it. I really don't like being up in front of people. Things are changing all over!!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
The monsters and I just finished watching Van Helsing!
It is listed as PG13 movie so it safe for my monsters to watch! Plus, Hugh Jackman is just way to hot in all that leather.... sorry *running for a cool drink* LOL!
Oh, I forgot to tell you, I got all the rest of the apples done the other day. I had 8 quarts but 1 broke in the canner. Boy, was I upset!!! All that work just to have some of it go to waste. Still have to make the sauerkraut. Yes, if you haven't noticed I do procrastinate. But surprisingly, once I see that I've written it here a few times I really do get moving on it.
I just saw a trailer for a new movie coming out.... Old Dogs
Here is the trailer!
And here is another one
I wish I could have put them on here. But they are Disney, so you have to go to You tube.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I did make The Vintage Sage's Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread. Yumm! I got 2 loaves one to eat and one to freeze for the holidays. I love those types of recipes. Nope sorry no pictures of this bread. But there have been a lot of ohhhhh's and awwwww's!
Went out last night... What started out as a great night turned shitty and then found its way around to great again. The only part I will share is Grim and I went to a new restaurant in town. They serve Italian cuisine. I got butternut squash ravioli with a cream sauce and then a pumpkin cannoli for dessert.... To die for!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tonight after dinner, when I get back from dropping the band monster off, I have a new recipe to try. It is thanks to The Vintage Sage, she posted the Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chip recipe. It looks like it is going to be a family favorite! Then hopefully, this weekend I am going to have the monsters help to make a whole slew of items that I found over at Cat In The Moon. She posted 3 yummy recipes that I just am dying (LOL!) to try! Homemade Marshmallows, S'Mores Hot Chocolate With Graham Crackers, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies Oh, and before you get to the recipes you get to read a ghost story... It is very fascinating! Considering that it could be true...
I have one slipper done! And I'm half way done with the second one. By tonight I should have my feet in Handmade Slippers! Then I need to adapt the pattern to fit Grim's foot. He had picked out the yarn about a month ago. He has been patient waiting for mine to get done first. Remember the orange and varegated yarn I was telling you about I am going to make a hat. Well, maybe two if I can stretch the 2 skeins. It should work. They will be mirror images. That's if I get to it.
I have been looking on line at different activities for gift giving this year. I know, but we only have a short time for those of us who either procrastinated or didn't have cash until the last minute. I have seen what is being called a recycled Christmas/Yule. Where everything is bought at Salvation Army, Goodwill, yard sales or from a charity (Humane Society). I have already picked up a couple of things. My MIL is done (yard sale find), the monsters have a couple things I've picked up so far (yard sale finds), Grim will get new ( Just because I can't buy his gift used), my mom will get ?, she has enough stuff now, maybe a gift card. With my mom that's not a copout either. There is a Goodwill in another town I might try to take a trip to and see what they have.
Well, I've rambled enough!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
I took the easy way out tonight, I made hamburger helper for dinner. It was fast and filling. I cheated like that because I had to work bingo tonight also. I figured I would sell the tickets like I usually do. Nope they had me sell one of the specials and then I had to call it. I have a phobia about people, (now Grim would say that is bull - He would say I just don't like them enough). I don't like being the center of attention at all. I am fine to stand in the background. Everyone said I did good. I just looked at the numbers and didn't look at the crowd. It worked, good thing to since they want me to do this more. They eventually want me to be a regular caller. That is because I have a freshman and I will be stuck doing this for the next 3 1/2 years.
I have been diligently working on my slipper. I had it done once and had to rip out all the stitches because the pattern was for pixies. And I don't have pixie feet. But I think I am about 3 inches from being done with the first one. I can't wait to have a pair done. I even already bought the yarn to make Grim a pair. Oh, when I was at the yarn store the other day I got the pretties variegated purple and orange skein & a solid orange skein. I don't know what I am going to make yet but they sure are pretty.
I got the other day at the farmers market a cinnamon broom. It is in a bag, on the bag it says not to hang on painted surfaces. So now I have a dilemma as to whether or not to hang it up in the bag. Or do I just prop it up near on of the registers to send the scent through out the house.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
For dinner I made chicken breasts baked in Italian dressing, stuffing and corn and peas. Everyone is stuffed. Plus there are still a couple chicken breasts left for lunch tomorrow.
Like I said just a quick note!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
These houses are right next to one another and compete for who can put the most up in the yard.
Next are only a couple of pictures of the Museum. There were a lot of people and I didn't want them in my pictures to ruin them... LOL!
This is the mantle of the fireplace in the Dining room! Love it!!!
Here is a picture of my boy little boy Princess. I just had to get him this costume!
Doesn't he just look like the cutest chicken..... I thought he was going to bite me... LOL!
And here is a picture of some of the green peppers from the farm market yesterday!
Grim and I got out to the garden today. We pulled all of the plants and cover all the beds with hay. Where the corn was planted, Grim layered in grass clippings before we put down the hay. The only thing out there right now is the strawberries, garlic and a couple of onions that I left in the ground. So we will have to wait for spring to see what if any of it survives. Then we took all of the garden waste to the recycling center. I didn't feel right about composting it as it had blight.
I used a muffin tin to make brownies, tonight. It turned out to be the best brownies ever. They were even and no cutting sticky misshaped pieces to deal with. For dinner we had hot dogs, leftover chili and baked potatoes. Every one is stuffed. Only a couple hot dogs left and no chili. I like when I really don't have to cook, but no food was wasted! Now the only thing that remains in the fridge to eat up is a few pieces of pizza from the other night. That should be gone for Lunch tomorrow!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Grim and I went to the farm market for the last time yesterday. I got a ton of squash, 100 pounds of potatoes, 50 pounds of onions, 50 pounds of carrots and a bunch of pumpkin's for the monsters. They were only $1.50 per carving pumpkin. Not bad the monsters were a little upset but they each got 2 to carve up so that made up for it. I also got 8 pie pumpkins. Oh, and a ton of green peppers and a hubbard squash made there way into the cart. I processed the green peppers and got 8 quart bags of chopped and sliced peppers for the winter.
I also got started on making the apple pie filling. Only problem was the apples that I got for that are more suited for sauce of some type. I didn't know this when I bought them, went off the recommendation of the salespeople. Not to fear. I cooked down some last night and the rest will go tomorrow. I will be making carmel apple butter. Haven't tried the recipe but it sounds so good. If it is I will post the recipe for everyone.
I will have pictures later to make up for the lack of a post yesterday, later!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Mouthy monster came home from school yesterday with an envelope that contained a tooth. Then while eating dinner she lost the other one. So now she is wanting her two front teeth for Christmas. Hopefully, from the looks of things she won't have to wait to much longer. I am so happy when teeth just come out. No pulling, no blood no crying (me). But isn't it always in the fall that they seem to loose these particular teeth? Hmmm? I think the other two lost theirs around the same time. Must be all the apples!
Right now I am waiting for the oven to heat up so that I can get the bread in the oven. Yes, I finally got everything out and the dough made. And yes, like I thought I loved getting my hands back into the dough, kneading it and punching it down. Now that I have started again I don't know why I waited so long. :O)
I watched the last hour of The Biggest Loser last night. I really thought that they should have voted off Tracey. She is just a drama queen, who needed to go. Will they have another chance to vote her off? We'll just have to wait and see. I think they keep the drama llama on the show to add excitement.
Speaking of the drama llama, it keeps shitting all over my facebook account. You all have one of those friends that no matter what happens in their life they just need to share it with the world. Well, I have 2 such people on my friends list. They are constantly tell all the world what is wrong with them or their lives. I rather try and stay on the positive side of things and be proud of my accomplishments. I know I don't always succeed but at least I try. Ok, enough of that topic!
Grim has been a working fool the past couple of weeks. We went from him working a day or two each week to every day. Not complaining, loving every minute of it! But I do miss him when he isn't here. Some days I don't see him at all. Some times that isn't all bad though.... *TEASING* Grim reads the blog. Gotta poke fun sometimes.
We only have 3 more competitions for Band and then if they make it to State finals. That means in 4 Saturdays from this one we are done with Band until May of next year. Counting down the days. But I will continue with working the Bingo's, as it is putting a lot into her account.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I tried to get the sauerkraut canned up yesterday. Needless to say, it didn't go well. I made it way to early and it went bad. So now I need to go and get more cabbage. I am fine with that. I only spent a dollar on the cabbage last time. And it was a learning experience. Don't make sauerkraut until the first frost. Not because it changes the cabbage but the area that it will ferment will be cooler. So now I just have the apples, zucchini and 2 acorn squash to process. Then I can decide if I want to get carrots to put up and if I want some more apples to make an apple liquor. And anything else that might catch my fancy at the farm market. LOL! I know, I'm terrible. I look forward to canning and then I complain and then I look for more things to do so it doesn't end.
I have a pot of chili simmering on the stove as I type. I made it a little different this time. I did a quick soak with the beans, I like this method way better. And I didn't add as much liquid. Have to wait and see if they like the thicker chili?!? It is 48* outside right now. So I wanted to have something warm in my belly tonight. We will have corn bread muffins to go with the chili. I had to dig around in the cupboard to find these mixes. Need to add it to the grocery list to get more.
Tomorrow will be bread day. This will be the first time in months that I have made bread. I am dreading it. Once I get started with it again it will be like a long lost friend. But it is just the thought of all that work. LOL! I'm already thinking of the cinnamon bread I could make or the banana bread, ohhhhh the muffins and cupcakes. Like I said terrible.
Mom and I took the monsters down to one of the orchards over the weekend. That's where I got the Jonathon apples from. While we were there they were making apple butter in a cauldron over an open fire. The woman had a great big huge paddle that she had to use to constantly stir the apple butter so that it wouldn't burn. I am so happy that the crockpot was invented, among other appliances of convenience. I can see myself outside all day stirring apple butter or anything else for that matter. But then again if I had to do that then maybe I wouldn't have to clean the bathroom or some other dreaded chore.....hmmmmm!
Since I still don't have batteries for the camera and I'm tired of the crappy camera phone pictures I found a graphic to represent the woman and the apple butter.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
And here are some of the jars done up into applesauce!
When it is all said and done, there will be 18 quart jars of applesauce 6 with cinnamon and 12 plain for cooking. I still need to get the wolf creek apples made into apple pie filling. Now that I got this done I feel like I can take on the world.
I turned the heat on this morning. 38' was definitely cold enough for me. I have it set at 56', and that is just if we need it. I was really hoping not to have to turn the heat on for until after Halloween. But it is just to cold for that. Plus, with me just getting over whatever the hell it is. I will only turn the heat up to 62' in the dead of winter. I need to check into what we can do to help heat the house with some type of passive system. A wood stove would be lovely. But I don't know if that is a good investment for this house. Something to think about over the winter.
This is the mirror that I painted black and now sits on the coffin. My living room table.
This is the little witch that sits out all year long on the shelf. Watching over and protecting.
I love this candle holder!
Front Door Guardians
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Have you ever wondered who takes care of these wonderful treasures? Did you ever think how cool it would be to track and record information? Were you ever witness to the aftermath of a storm or vandalism and wished you could do something about it? Well, here is the "Michigan Historic Cemeteries Preservation Guide". It is in PDF form. But it is full of information on the how's and how not's to preserve our Cemeteries. Now mind you I think every state should have some form of Preservation Society, but this is the one that I stumbled across. So where ever you are if your interested in helping them out, I'm sure they would welcome the enthusiasm and the help!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Here is also a DIY Video for your viewing pleasure...LOL!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Crappy Camera Phone!!!!
I borrowed these from the site linked above.
Why don't angry witches ride their brooms?
They're afraid of flying off the handle
Who won the skeleton beauty contest?
What do skeletons say before they begin dining?
Bone appetit !
Where do baby ghosts go during the day?
Who did Frankenstein take to the prom?
His ghoul friend
What's a monster's favorite play?
Romeo and Ghouliet
What do witches put on their hair?
What do you get when you cross Bambi with a ghost?
What kind of mistakes do spooks make?
What kind of cereal do monsters eat?
What has webbed feet, feathers, fangs and goes quack-quack?
What does Tweety Bird say on Halloween?
Twick or Tweet
Where do spooks water ski?
On Lake Erie
What happened to the guy who didn't pay his exorcist?
He was repossessed
What does a ghost eat for lunch?
A BOO-logna sandwich
Where do mummies go for a swim?
To the dead sea
What's the ratio of a pumpkin's circumference to its diameter?
Where do ghosts buy their food?
At the ghost-ery store
Where do ghosts mail their letters?
At the ghost office
What's a ghosts favorite ride at the carnival?
The roller ghoster
How do you mend a broken Jack-o-lantern?
With a pumpkin patch
When does a skeleton laugh?
When something tickles his funny bone
Why was the mummy so tense?
He was all wound up
Where did the goblin throw the football?
Over the ghoul line
What does a skeleton orders at a restaurant?
What do goblins mail home while on vacation?
What is a ghost's favorite party game?
What do baby ghosts wear on their feet?
What did the boy ghost say to the girl ghost?
You look boo-tiful tonight
What is a ghost favorite article of clothing?
What does a ghost put on his cereal in the morning?
Boonanas and Booberries
What kind of roads do ghosts haunt?
Who did the ghost invite to his party?
Anyone he could dig up!
What is a monster's favorite food?
Ghoul scout cookies
What did the skeleton say while riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle?
I'm bone to be wild!
Because he likes to draw blood!
When do gholes cook their victims?
On Fry Day
What's a vampire's favorite candy?
What do you call a ghost with a broken leg?
What do goblins and ghosts drink when they're hot and thirsty on Halloween?
When does a ghost have breakfast?
In the moaning.
What do ghosts drink at breakfast?
Coffee with scream and sugar.
What do you call a witch who lives at the beach?
What do ghosts eat for dinner?
What's a ghosts favorite desert?
Why do girl ghosts go on diets?
So they can keep their ghoulish figures.
Where does Count Dracula usually eat his lunch?
At the casketeria.
Why was the ghost such a messy eater?
Because he was always a goblin.
What tops off a ghost's ice cream sundae?
What is a Mummie's favorite type of music?
What song does Dracula hate?
"You Are My Sunshine"
What type of monster really loves dance music?
Where does a ghost go on Saturday night?
Anywhere where he can boo-gie.
Why didn't the skeleton dance at the party?
He had no body to dance with.
What do ghosts say when something is really neat?
What kind of tie does a ghost wear to a formal party?
Why did the game warden arrest the ghost?
He didn't have a haunting license.
Where did the goblin throw the football?
Over the ghoul line.
What do you call a goblin who gets too close to a bonfire?
A toasty ghosty.
What kind of makeup do goblins wear?
Who was the most famous ghost detective?
Which building does Dracula visit in New York?
The Vampire State Building.
Where do most werewolves live?
Where do most goblins live?
North and South Scarolina
What do you call a little monsters parents
mummy and deady
What do you get when you cross a black cat with a lemon.
What instrument do skellitens play?
Why did't the skelliten cross the road?
He had no guts
Why do vampires scare people?
They are bored to death
How can you tell a vampire likes baseball?
Every night he turns into a bat.
What's it like to be kissed by a vampire?
It's a pain in the neck.
How can you tell when a vampire has been in a bakery?
All the jelly has been sucked out of the jelly doughnuts.
How does a girl vampire flirt?
She bats her eyes.
Why doesn't anybody like Dracula?
He has a bat temper.
Who does Dracula get letters from?
His fang club.
Why did Dracula take cold medicine?
To stop his coffin.
How do you keep a monster from biting his nails?
Give him screws.
What can't you give the headless horseman?
Why did the headless horseman go into business?
He wanted to get ahead in life.
Where does a ghost go on vacation?
A broom closet.
Why does a witch ride a broom?
The Vacuum cleaner's poweer is cord it too short.
Why don't mummies take vacations?
They're afraid they'll relax and unwind.
Because demons are a ghouls best friend
Why did the ghost go into the bar?
For the Boos
What kind of dog does Dracula have?
What do you give a vampire with a cold?
Why did the vampire quit the baseball team?
They would only let him be BAT boy
Why didn't Dracula get married?
He never met a nice Ghoul
½ cups Butter Or Margarine (butter Is Better)
½ cups Brown Sugar
½ cups Granulated Sugar
¼ cups Sour Milk, Cream, Buttermilk (whatever)
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
2 whole Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla (I Use A Bourbon Based Vanilla)
2 cups Flour
½ teaspoons Sea Salt
2 cups Shredded Apples (leave The Peel On; Its Pretty)
1 cup Pecans Or Walnuts, Chopped Fine
For The Topping
2 Tablespoons Butter
3 Tablespoons Flour
¼ cups Brown Sugar
½ cups Walnuts Or Pecans, Chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray loaf pan with Crisco or Pam (whatever you have works).
In a large bowl, beat butter (1/2 cup) until fluffy; add sugar and mix well. Then add milk and baking powder, again mixing well. Add eggs and vanilla; you guessed it, mixing well after this addition too. Add the flour and salt and beat well. Stir in apples and nuts. Spoon batter into pan and spread evenly.
Then make the topping - combine butter (2 tablespoons), flour (3 tablespoons) and brown sugar (1/4 cup) and the rest of the nuts, mixing well until crumbly. Then sprinkle evenly over the top of the batter.
Put in oven, for 1 hour or until done. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes or so and then remove from the pan. Cool completely, wrap and store overnight BEFORE slicing. (It’s seriously hard to wait, but does make a difference on the texture. Trust me!)
You can add cranberries (1/2 to 3/4 c), or raisins (1/2 to 3/4 c) and it has been divine!. I have also put a thin glaze on top of it
Saturday, October 3, 2009
I got a couple of items at a yard sale last week that needed some help. So I found some black paint from some time last year. I painted 2 big planters, 3 tower (bird cage) type candle holders, and a mirror. All of them turned out very nice. I also got a cheap silver tray. It was badly tarnished. Out came out the toothpaste and now it has a nice polish to it.
DH and the little monsters got the outside decorated. All of the boxes of decorations are sitting in my living room waiting for me to put out. That will have to wait till tomorrow.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Marching monster has a practice and competition all day tomorrow. But at least she should be home by 8pm. DH and the little ones are going to start decorating outside tomorrow. This will make mouthy monster very happy! She was upset this morning that it was already the 2nd and we didn't have any thing up yet. But she doesn't realize that most of the dust collectors I have year round in the living room are actually Halloween decorations.... LOL!
Off to watch tivo'd tv.