Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Halloween here I come.

This time of year is always highly anticipated and then over before I can bat an eye. Not so this year. I am making a conscious effort to stop and smell the pumpkin pie. Last weekend I spookified the front yard as well as finished setting out some of my indoor decorations.

I put together an awesomely gross centerpiece with some stuff I already had laying around the house and the rest of Terry's apples.

I painted pumpkins. Got the idea at Pink and Polka dot. She uses plastic d├ęcor pumpkins but I decided that I could justify buying pumpkins earlier if I were to paint them with acrylic paint and then wash it off when it's time to carve! This way I don’t have to go and buy more pumpkins when the ones I carved at the beginning of the month are falling apart right before Halloween. Win Me!

I bought a costume for Joe which needs some slight mods. Ill post pics when they're finished. And I neglected to bake. I haven’t been in the most bakey of moods, however, since the nice manager at top foods told me there is a national canned pumpkin shortage and I am a sucker for stocking up, I now have 5 cans of pumpkin puree staring at me from my pantry. I will be indulging them soon. I'm on the hunt for fantastic pumpkin recipes and I think the first will be an attempt at a pumpkin scone. Stay tuned for the results.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Apples and Zombies

Bruce's uncle Terry (Brenda's Dad) is one of my favorite people. Generous, helpful & kind I never leave his house without something delicious. Sometimes fresh eggs, blueberries, salmon caught that day or cleaned crabs. I swear, when the zombie apocalypse happens, I'm headed straight for Terry's. This time, it was apples. A huge plastic grocery bag of them. 2 apple pies (in the freezer) and one apple crumble later (sorry, Bruce and I devoured it before I could take pictures). I still have half a bag. I'm thinking about a chocolate apple cake recipe I found. Any other suggestions?
Last night Bruce took me to see Zombieland. It was super fun. After that we went to dinner at Trellis in Kirkland. If you live in the area and haven't been, run... don't walk. It was lovely. Staff was attentive, friendly and helpful and the food was fantastic.
I also did some sewing and knitting over the weekend.

The squid-cat from Coraline for a friend's niece.

A bunny nugget from the free pattern on Rebecca Danger.