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Halloween Favorites

I think it’s great that Halloween is on a Friday this year. How is a person supposed to do anything fun after work on a Tuesday? Especially knowing you have to go into the office the next day. Not that my Halloweens are super crazy, but the trick-or-treaters alone are out until as late as 10:30-11 sometimes. I don’t have any big plans yet, other than the going to the party at my office, but to get in the mindset, I decided to share a few of my favorite things/memories of this the spookiest of holidays.

Favorite Halloween Centerpiece: Plaster Hands
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Favorite Halloween movie when I was a kid: The Halloween Tree

Favorite Halloween movie now: Practical Magic

Favorite Halloween Creeper – Witches: flying and magic, doesn’t get any cooler than that. I’d take that over glitter and immortality any day.

Favorite Halloween Dinner Detail: Spooky Forks
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Favorite Trick-or-Treat Candy Now: Twix

Favorite Trick-or-Treat Candy When I Was a Kid: Tootsie Rolls

Favorite Halloween Makeup: Faun Makeup
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Favorite Costume Ever: The Sand Woman – I wore pj’s, slippers and fairy wings to the office and kept a giant jar of sleep dust (glitter) on my desk.

Favorite Costume as a Kid: Skunk – ears, nose and fluffy tail with a shirt that said “I’m a little stinker”.  I was 1, and I was adorable: just ask my mom.

Favorite Holiday Dessert Design: Red Velvet Spiderweb Cucpcakes
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Favorite Halloween Tradition When I Was a Kid: The Halloween carnival at my elementary school. Games, prizes, costumes, cakes and candy? What’s not to love?

Favorite Halloween Tradition Now: Passing out candy. I don’t care how great your costume as a grown up you’ve got nothing on the tiny ones. We had a kid come by as the Lorax last year, and he was so cute I would have given him all the candy if he’d asked. His dad was dressed up as a tree.

 

All images from my Halloween Pinterest page.


Merry Christmas!!!

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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.


All I Want For Christmas…

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.

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1. Floral Camera StrapSheily Design, 2. Global Terrarium Kit Terrain, 3. Purple Crochet Classics Toms, 4. Tiny Dancer Star & Moon StudsCatbird, 5. Bacon Had a Mom ShirtHerbivore 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!!!

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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

  1. 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.
  2. Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
  3. Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
  4. Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green.
  5. 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.
  6. Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
  7. 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.
  8. Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
  9. Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers as #1.
  10. Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
  11. Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
  12. Black cats were once believed to be witch’s familiars who protected their powers.
  13. If you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved on watching over you.

 

Image from here. Facts from here.


Light Your Fire

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.

When I saw this DIY for Homemade Herb/Spice Firestarter on Henry Happened, it gave me a Thanksgiving flash back.

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Supplies needed –

  • Coffee filters
  • Embroidery thread and needle
  • Dried orange and apple peels
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Lavender

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Stuff the coffee filters with a handful of the spice mixture.

Thread the needle and sew the top opening closed. It’s that simple!

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I can’t wait for it to finally get cold enough for Andy and I to try one of these out in our fireplace.