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I hope you are all having a wonderful day filled with family, friends and good food. Here in the Bucior household we’ve opened gifts, made breakfast and now we are working on lunch. The cats are very interested in the wrapping paper and all of the interesting smells coming from the kitchen. It has been a wonderful morning and promises to be a lovely afternoon/evening. Merry Merry Merry Christmas Everyone!
Image from here.
Andy assured me that he has already taken care of my Christmas shopping, but just in case you were curious here are a few of the items on my Christmas list.
1. Floral Camera Strap – Sheily Design, 2. Global Terrarium Kit – Terrain, 3. Purple Crochet Classics – Toms, 4. Tiny Dancer Star & Moon Studs – Catbird, 5. Bacon Had a Mom Shirt – Herbivore Clothing Company
I am a pretty easy person to shop for, I love pretty things, the end. (I’ve already decided that if the “bacon had a mom” shirt doesn’t make it under the tree it will be ordered immediately.)
What’s at the top your gift list?
* DON’T FORGET to enter the Vylette giveaway! Less than 24 hours until we pick the winner.
Happy Halloween! I hope you all have your costumes and candy ready. Since our neighborhood has some many young families we’ll probably have trick-or-treaters showing up as early as 5-5:30, but we’re all set. There are two giant bags of candy on the coffee table. There may have once been a third bag, but we’re not going to talk about that. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, have fun, be safe and eat a crap ton of candy!
13 Fun Facts about Halloween
- Halloween is on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday, honoring the dead. Halloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over 2000 years ago.
- Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
- Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
- Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green.
- Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
- Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
- The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
- Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
- Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers as #1.
- Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
- Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
- Black cats were once believed to be witch’s familiars who protected their powers.
- If you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved on watching over you.
Dear Lovely Readers,
This post comes to you from my living room couch, where I am currently resting from the strenuous activity of getting out of bed, finding my glasses and booting up my laptop. I am 87% sure that what I thought was an allergy flare up this weekend was in fact the beginnings of a cold. And since I didn’t take care of myself….you get the picture. But enough of that, I have lots of fluids an impressive array of meds and a house full of cats that are delighted to have me home.
The November after I graduated from college I was super broke and my car was unreliable so I had to skip driving home for Thanksgiving. Several of my friends found themselves in similar situations so we all went over to my friend Billy’s apartment to cook dinner together. I really shouldn’t say this, since my family wasn’t there, but it is one of my favorite holiday memories. Billy and I ended doing most of the cooking, Justin and his boyfriend “supervised” and drank a lot, we had Billy’s girlfriend on speakerphone from Miami, and the day ended with us eating dinner on the living room floor while watching Nightmare Before Christmas. Awesome. One of the kitchen tips I picked up that day was a simple trick for making the apartment smell warm and delicious before the cooking even started. All you had to do was take cinnamon sticks, cloves and nutmeg, put them in a pot with water and leave to simmer on one of the back burners. Simple and all you had to do to keep it going was add water ever now and again.
Supplies needed –
- Coffee filters
- Embroidery thread and needle
- Dried orange and apple peels
- Cinnamon sticks
- Sprigs of fresh rosemary
Stuff the coffee filters with a handful of the spice mixture.
Thread the needle and sew the top opening closed. It’s that simple!
I can’t wait for it to finally get cold enough for Andy and I to try one of these out in our fireplace.
Our Pre-Thanksgiving Shindig was yesterday afternoon and we had a blast! My brother-in-law’s girlfriend and I made construction paper headdresses for our men; and almost everyone took part in coloring in pictures of overflowing cornucopias harvest scarecrows and smiling pilgrims Sometimes it’s nice to relive the good old days, when long division was as hard as it got, and a fruit rollup in your lunch box was the coolest thing EVER. With the count down to Thanksgiving well into the single digits, I wanted to share this tutorial featured on Design Sponge to make sure our homes holiday fresh in time for guests.
The Basic Recipe:
- 4- to 8-ounce jar
- 3/4 cup of ethanol (I used vodka), and top off the bottle with
- Essential Oil
- Distilled water
Pour the ethanol and essential oils into the 4-8oz jar. Top off with distilled water. Shake, spritz and enjoy!
While you can use pretty much any oil combinations you want, here are three seasonal combinations to get you started.
- 10 drops balsam fir needle essential oil
- 10 drops juniper essential oil
- 10 drops pine essential oil
- 10 drops lemon or lemongrass essential oil
- 10 drops orange or tangerine essential oil
- 10 drops grapefruit or bergamot essential oil
Sugar & Spice
- 10 drops clove or nutmeg essential oil
- 10 drops cinnamon or anise essential oil
- 10 drops vanilla essential oil
Photos also from Design Sponge.