CANDY CORN ON THE COB
This is a great opportunity to teach your kids about the "First Thanksgiving" and get rid of some of the Halloween candy. OR you can buy it on clearence because stores are trying to get rid of Halloween stuff.
Here are the details about "First Thanksgiving" if you do choose to explain to your kids.
Sugar cookie dough works perfectly (don't attempt with chocolate chip dough, the chips just get in the way and jeopardize structural integrity). It only took about 4 minutes to assemble and looked authentic.
Roll the cookie dough and be careful not to stick the candy corn too far in. That way the dough keeps its firmness.
TEACH YOUR KIDS ABOUT BEING THANKFUL
This is an exercise the whole family should try. Good wholesome family time. Make a Thanksgiving wreath. Everyone here today will receive the pieces and I expect to see this wreath hung in your home next time I visit.
We traced real leaves from outside.
I poked 2 holes in the plate....left the center of the plate...placed a picture over. Tied the bow and ribbon through the holes and glued (or you can tape) the leaves. I dated the back with a Thankful prayer so we can keep it and bring it out every year as a keepsake.
marker of your choice - we used black
sissors to cut the center of the paper plate and the leaves out
Yarn or a string (I used ribbon)
And a cute bow to bedazzle the wreath (got mine from the dollar bin at Target)
Everyone in the house can make their own wreath or do it together as a family. Make it your own! We added a picture to ours. It honestly was really special to sit down at the table and go over the things we're thankful for. Don't ever take our blessings for granted!
WORTH THE BUY – SWEET POTATO PIE
Sweet potatoe pie from lowes foods - its $5.99 and so
worth it. its great to eat plan...BUT i like the crust to be baked a
little. It taste like something out of grandmas kitchen. in order
to keep the crust from breaking.... break an egg...use a paint brush like utentials and lightly coat the edges of the crust with egg yok... that way when you cut the pie its still perfect.
I-SPY BOTTLE FOR YOUR KIDS WHO ARE EASILY BORED (or your husbands)
I’ve been seeing this concept in all the toy stores recently, and I figure it’s one of those toy fads. Anyways, I figured it was easy enough to make one of my own. All you need is a collection of small trinkets from around the house, a good (dry!) water bottle, and rice. Plus, a camera to photograph the objects before inserting them into the bottle.
This is excellent for road trips! I just made one for Boston who is not a good car rider!
HERE IS HOW TO FIX THOSE PAINFUL BROKEN BRA UNDERWIRES
Don't you hate spending $50+ for a good bra, only to have the underwire poke through, stabbing you with every move you make? Ugh. In the past, I've thrown away these bras without a second thought, thinking that was the end of the bra. Wrong! I finally got smart and decided to fix my broken underwire bra myself this time!
Don't throw away those $50 bras, just spend 5 minutes and $2 to fix them yourself! I spent about 5 minutes yesterday and a bra that this recently happened to, and now it's back in business- so much better than throwing it out!
I bought the upholstery thread at Joanns for around $2 (regular price is around $3- 40% off coupon), and you can find it with the regular thread. I used the upholstery thread because it's much much thicker and stronger than regular thread, and I only want to have to repair this bra once ;)
RACE CAR FRUIT - GREAT FOR YOUR KIDS WHO WON'T EAT FRUIT
Apples and grapes
knife to cut apple into slices.
A homemade "race track" should you choose to make one.
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A MUST GO RESTAURANT – DOS TEQUITOS
Dos Tequitos - we took my sister there for her birthday! Our
waiter was EVER...ask for him. It was hands down the coolest mexican place I've ever been to. Many are familiar with this place... if you want a fun night out, TRY IT! The best part... they deliver the salsa and cheese zip on a little train. LOVE IT!
They have 2 locations - Creedmoor Rd and Glenwood. Great for birthdays, for friends night out....I'm going for dinner tonight with a girlfriend.
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ERROR 404: COSTUME NOT FOUND T-SHIRT
Walmart sells shirts for 5 bucks!
DIRTY LAUNDRY BASKET
Be sure to carefully cut the hole out and maybe put tape around the edges so you don’t hurt yourself.
AND IF YOU FEEL LIKE A BAD PARENT BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T GET YOUR KID A COSTUME...RUN BY WENDY'S, GRAB A KIDS MEAL AND BAM....FREE COSTUME!
MILK JUG GHOSTS
This is great to line the driveway tonight and its cheap and
Step 1. Using a Sharpie, draw some spooky/silly faces on clean milk jugs.
Step 2. Color in the faces, or let your kids do it (if they are old enough to color in the lines
Step 3. Cut a hole in the lower backside of the jug, about the size of an Oreo.
Step 4. Line your jugs up along your walkway and use a string of white Christmas lights to illuminate your jugs.
JACK O’ LANTERN RICE CRISPY TREATS
Rice crispy treats get transformed into jack o' lanterns in this adorable Halloween candy recipe! These rice crispy pumpkin balls also make great Halloween decorations or party centerpieces. Experiment with different facial expressions to give your pumpkins variety and
1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30-45 seconds to melt it. Add the marshmallows, and microwave for an additional 90 seconds to melt them. The marshmallows
might not look melted at the end of this time, but once you stir them, they should liquefy.
3. Stir to blend the butter and marshmallows, then add the orange gelatin. Stir until the gelatin is well-incorporated: the mixture might look grainy at this point, but it will be okay once the cereal is added..
4. Add the crispy rice cereal and stir until it is thoroughly coated and there are no dry patches.
5. Spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray, and scoop up a handful of the cereal mixture. Press it firmly between your hands, forming a ball shape. Make sure that the balls are compact; loosely formed balls easily fall apart. If the balls don't form at first, allow the mixture to sit for another minute and cool, this seems to help
them hold together.
6. Place the rice crispy balls on the prepared baking sheet and allow them to firm up at room temperature. Once the rice crispy balls are set, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. Place the chocolate in a Ziploc bag and cut off a very small triangle from one of the corners.
7. Using this makeshift decorating bag, draw jack o' lantern faces on the orange balls. While the chocolate sets, cut green your green gummies into thin stalks, and attach them with a small amount of chocolate to the top of the pumpkins.
8. Once the chocolate is dry, the pumpkins can be served or stored. Keep the pumpkin rice crispy treats in an airtight container in a cool, dry room.
LAST MINUTE PARTY IDEA
Monster Munching Madness
IDEAS TO REPLACE TRICK OR TREAT CANDY
CHRISTMAS AT THE BILTMORE STARTS THIS WEEKEND!
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Candlelight Christmas Evenings take place Nov. 9 through
Biltmore's elaborate Christmas celebration is modeled after the first time Biltmore's founder, George Vanderbilt, hosted friends and family in his new home, Biltmore House on Christmas Eve 1895. A 35-foot tall Fraser fir presides over the holiday season in the Banquet Hall and guests are treated to a Victorian era-inspired display of holiday finery. This year, guests will see 56 trees throughout Biltmore House, each intricately designed and hand-decorated by members of Biltmore's
floral team. Miles of fresh garland and wreaths create a yuletide scent
throughout the House, with around 1,000 red and white poinsettias in the Winter Garden and other areas.
Candlelight Christmas Evenings
Biltmore House takes on an enchanting atmosphere during Candlelight Christmas Evenings, creating a unique holiday experience. Choirs and musical ensembles perform Christmas music throughout the house while guests wander among the decorated rooms. The front lawn glows with a 55-foot tall Norway spruce, lit by 45,000-plus tiny
white lights, and enhanced by the glow of more than 300 hand-lit luminaries.
Visits with Santa, wine tasting, decorating seminars
In Antler Village, Santa will visit with children and families from 1 to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 9 through Dec. 22, and also on Nov. 29. Antler Village links to the Winery, where visitors may take guided tours, enjoy free wine tastings and purchase wines from Biltmore's diverse portfolio.
Biltmore's floral arranging and gardening experts will conduct free, daily seminars at A Gardener's Place gift shop from Oct. 28 through Jan. 12. Seminars are "Caring for Christmas Plants,"
and ; and "Decorating with Christmas Wreaths," 1 and 3 p.m.
Guests may enjoy a festive meal at Bistro, Deerpark Restaurant, Stable Café, Cedric's Tavern or The Dining Room at Inn on Biltmore Estate. Guests may extend their stay at Biltmore's four-star Inn, offering several packages for the holidays.
Christmas at Biltmore Schedule of Events
-Christmas at Biltmore - Daytime self-guided visit through Biltmore House, gardens, Conservatory, grounds, Winery,
-Candlelight Christmas Evenings - Evening self-guided tours
through Biltmore House, Nov. 9-
-Visits with Santa in
with estate admission.
-New Year's Eve Gala at Inn on Biltmore Estate - Special Inn
package with reception, open bar, five-course dinner with wine pairings, live entertainment, party favors, champagne toast at midnight, fireworks (weather permitting), and private reception
after midnight. Includes accommodations and more. Reservations required,
For more information about Christmas at Biltmore, please visit http://christmas.biltmore.com/
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SIDE NOTE REAL QUICK: Target has some FABULOUS purses right now. I know some of you may be bag snobs and you don't want your bag from "Target" ...BUT if someone else is judging...that means they were looking at the SAME BAGS, so get one! The Merona styles are my fav. right now.
MAMMO-GRAHAMS - A MUST FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!
Mammo-Grahams for Breast Cancer Awareness! How funny?!?! Maybe have a Smore's bar?!
This is actually very easy to put together, and, yes, inexpensive too, using potatoes as a base. One option for the, er, fleshy part of the Mammo-Grahams was making them out of marzipan, but that could get very pricy very quickly. So I based them on a recipe for potato candy I found in Paula Deen’s dessert cookbook from The Lady and Sons; it’s normally used to make Easter Egg shapes. To make about a dozen, depending on, uh, cup size:
2 medium potatoes
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, chopped
2 16 ounce boxes powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or almond, actually, if you really wanted faux-marzipan)
2-3 tablespoons peanut butter
1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Other Mammo-Graham materials:
6 regular graham cracker rectangles, each broken into 2 squares (I personally now go with these gluten-free grahams from Kinnickinnick)
6 chocolate graham cracker rectangles, each broken into 2 squares
about 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
about a dozen pink M&Ms, preferably both plain and peanut
Boil the potatoes just until soft. Drain, mash, and measure 1/2 cup out into a mixing bowl. Make a small snack of the excess with some sour cream and chives, I say. Add butter into mixing bowl, mix in thoroughly, and let cool completely(very important). Add sugar and vanilla/almond extract, knead until smooth.
Roll some of the dough into various ball sizes. Then add the peanut butter and knead thoroughly again – you may want to make a few different ‘complexions’, so you can add it in in increments, make a couple more balls, and repeat. Follow the same process with the cocoa, adding incrementally to represent different complexions!
Now gently squeeze each ball between a pair of graham crackers. Melt the chocolate chips (either in a microwave in 30 second increments or in a double boiler). Transfer to a ziploc bag, cut off the corner (as small as you can manage) and pipe some nice zigzaggy flourishes on top of each sandwich. Finally, complete each mammary with its own M&M nipple, using shades of pink and tan and brown as you please.
ADORABLE WAY TO TELL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT YOU'RE PREGNANT!
Tell them with a puzzle. It may sound lame but how cool to send friends and family a personalized puzzle sharing the great news.
Use your ultrasound picture with "We're pregnant" or "Guess What?" at the top...mail a puzzle to everyone..super easy and unique!
You can customize a puzzle at Walgreens, Walmart or look online (google: custom puzzles) and tons of places will show up...just grab the company that fits your style and budget.
HERE ARE OTHER CUTE WAYS TO TELL FAMILY THAT YOU'RE PREGNANT:
A QUICK AND EASY WAY TO KEEP TRACK OF WHEN YOUR KIDS OR A FAMILY MEMBER TAKES THEIR MEDICINE.
Mark a grid on the bottle, labeled with days and AM/PM with a Sharpie. The kids can help mark off their day and it keeps you sane during a long day. It's fool proof! P.s...I've started doing this for myself with thyriod medicine because I sometimes cannot remember if I took my meds or not! I atached a sharpie on a string to the bottle!
HOW TO KEEP PIZZA CRUST FROM GETTING HARD WHEN REHEATING:
Put a cup of water in a microwave safe cup and place it in the back corner of the microwave. Cook the pizza on medium power for 2 minutes.
SIMPLE AND CUTE FOR HALLOWEEN - PERFECT FOR YOUR KID OR HUSBAND'S LUNCH BOX
String Cheese Ghosts
Of course Halloween is next week...so if you want to get in to the Halloween spirit and have little time...this is the route to go!
PUMPKIN FACE MASK AND BODY SCRUB
The International Dermal Institute has a great post about the benefits of pumpkin in our beauty routines, which includes these points:
• Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin.
• Pumpkin contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging.
• Zinc in pumpkin seeds is brilliant for acne sufferers. Zinc will help control the hormone level and oil production, as well as assist with healing of the skin.
• Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which are necessary to maintain good barrier function of the skin. They also regulate sebum, great for an oily skin.
• The molecular structure of pumpkin is small and therefore can penetrate deeper into the skin when used topically. This is amazing for treating a dull complexion, aging skin and pigmentation.
Pumpkin Pie Face Scrub
Mix a few tablespoons of cooked and mashed (or canned) pumpkin with 2 tablespoons of plain, unsweetened yogurt (rich in lactic acid, a great natural exfoliator) and 1 tablespoon of ground almonds and/or oats. Apply the scrub to your face and let it sit for a few minutes to allow the pumpkin and yogurt to start to soften dead skin cells before using your fingers to gently scrub your face in small curricular motions. The dead, dull skin cells will wash away and your face will look fresh and flawless!
Pumpkin Body Mask
Mix 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (fresh or canned),
1/2 cup virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil
(which not only moisturizes, but also helps to exfoliate deal cells and even has anti-bacterial properties) and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (which is antioxidant rich, anti-bacterial and smells delicious!). Apply generously to clean skin (in the shower is neatest!) and massage it into the skin. After 10 minutes, rinse with warm water and pat dry – we think this is a perfect body treat to do while you let a deep conditioning hair mask steep!
AROUND TOWN THIS WEEKEND - A SHOPPING SPREE!
Be sure to stop by this weekend! It starts today and I will be out there this evening with winners from "Girls Night Out" and back again this weekend with my Mama!
The 29th Annual A Shopping SPREE!
When: October 24-27, 2013
Where: Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC
Why: Get all of your holiday shopping done and help support the Junior League of Raleigh and its programs
Proceeds from A Shopping SPREE! go to the Junior League of Raleigh and its programs. General admission is $10 for a four-day pass. There is no charge for children under five.
General Shopping Hours
Thursday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
If you see me shopping this weekend, please say hello!
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