Creepy and Crunchy

The girls are very excited that PaP Pap and CoCo are coming to visit for Halloween. Mommy and Daddy are excited as well. P&C don’t mind hanging at the house and handing out candy, while we get to Trick or Treat with the kids in the hood and collect the loot. We just set them up with some snacks and a bottle of wine and they are happy campers.

As I was taking a look around Etsy, like I usually do, I came across some wicked…(wickedly awesome) finds.
I don’t think this Wicked Witch bookmark, by Woodland Honey, will work very well in my Kindle, so it’s a good thing I prefer real books. They also make bookmarks with elf legs that may make a great stocking stuffer. (Just thinking ahead.)
Beware of toxins, turmoil and Poison. These 19th century inspired votive candle holders, by Burke Hare Co. are creepy, cool. They also make some bewitching chalkboard frames…not creepy, but very cool.
I’ll have some Cap’n Crunch with a side of spider please. This whimsical pottery, by Village Clayworks is beautifully handmade with a side of humor thrown in. She has a cockroach bowl in her shop that might be fun for a good April Fool’s Day prank. Heee heee heeee.
Mummified Oreos, roasted pumpkin seeds and Spooky Halloween Mix may just be on the menu for the big night. I’m sure after we raid the girl’s candy stash we may be in the mood for something salty and crunchy!
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It’s a keeper

I realized that I have fallen into a rut when it comes to bringing food to parties…I’m pretty sure I have become predictable. “Oh, here comes Tracy with her crostini’s and goat cheese again, greaaaat.”  Well, now I have a new one, so watch out ladies…you will see this one a whole bunch!

Like many people, I have become  hooked on Pinterest. I spend way too much time there, but I can’t help myself, it’s just too pretty and full of so many great ideas. While searching for baby shower ideas, I stumbled upon a photo that I thought was just regular old cookie dough, but when I read it was a dip, I had to check it out. The recipe comes from a yummy blog by Robyn Stone, called, Add a Pinch, and I am so happy I found it. Robyn puts a twist on this recipe by adding Heath toffee bits to the dip, yum! She also recommends serving it with chocolate graham crackers and/or apples…which is exactly what I did. I have found a few other recipes on her blog that I look forward to trying. I’m sure my husband won’t mind if I mix things up a bit!

If you are looking for a fun new sweet treat to serve at a party…this might just do the trick! Enjoy.

P.S.  Yes, I had to run a few extra miles this morning to make up for my mass consumption of this stuff, but it was worth it!

Happy Bee Day

Happy Birthday, Tucker!

Our cute little nephew just celebrated his first birthday in a way that any little boy would love…at the park, on a beautiful fall day with loads of kids running around. Once we finished goofing around with the kids on the playground, we made our way over to the pavilion and I was blown away. My very crafty and very pregnant sister-in-law put together the cutest “Bee” day party.  It wasn’t the “cutesy” kind of party…it was tasteful and beautiful, not to mention, really yummy.

 Brittainy, my sister-in-law has a 3-year-old (barely), a 1-year-old and is due with #3 in January. I don’t know how she managed to find the energy to go hunting around in the woods to find the perfect sticks to make her little “hobo” bags. The bags were carefully filled with homemade biscuits…and what goes better with biscuits than honey? She made these simply beautiful “honey pots” from cute spice jars that she found at Crate and Barrel.  She topped it off with a Beehive Cake, (Brown-Butter Banana Cake and Honey Buttercream) topped with marzipan bees! The Birthday Boy got his own cake, which he patted for a while, not really sure what to do with it, but once he tasted it he was very happy! I was hoping he was going to look at me and invite me to dive into the cake with him, but it never happened. He said” hey lady, this is mine…don’t even think about it.”   So, I backed off and enjoyed the cupcakes!

Happy Birthday, big guy, Auntie loves you!

If you are planning a “Bee” themed birthday, or any theme for that matter, I have the girl for you! Elizabeth, at Swanky Press, has created a lovely Bee Birthday invitation… great quality and fantastic prices! She also has all sorts of cute ideas for parties in her blog, Simply Swanky.  Elizabeth has added lots of fun new things to her shop, customizable melamine plates, personalized aluminum water bottles…all sorts of cute things…I will stop talking now and let you take a peek!

Loose toof

 It seems that there is always one wiggly tooth in our household, so the Tooth Fairy is always on alert.

Our neighborhood is full of kids, all around the same age, and I can tell you that there is often talk at the bus stop about wiggly teeth.  Yesterday was a special day for one little lady in our neighborhood…she lost her first tooth…in school..and she came home with the coveted “tooth necklace” from the clinic. This small, tooth shaped plastic pendant, holds the lost tooth safely, and  is worn proudly around the neck. It is a “badge of honor.” I honestly think that my daughter, Daley, is trying to time her next loss…she is working that tooth at school, and then will carefully eat at home to make sure that it stays put until the next school day. Good luck, sweetheart!

Our Tooth Fairy is a pretty cool lady; she leaves glitter all over the place…(which now I have to clean up,) and she will leave some sort of note. But now there is a Tooth Fairy Kit out there that is going to put the ole glitter and note bit to shame! I found this kit at a fantastically fun shop, House 8810.  This kit is beautifully done. The Tooth Fairy kit contains:  one letterpress certificate of record for filing with your local tooth fairy, and one silk screened cloth deposit bag for your first and all subsequent transactions.  The official certificate keeps track of: name, age, tooth lost, method of extraction, and compensation information. They also have additional certificates available to keep on hand for future deposits.

 I have come close to blowing my cover a few times searching for that teeny tiny little thing, on the top bunk, in the dark, after a glass of wine. This kit will make it much easier to find. If you are not a fan of hiding the tooth under the pillow, well, this just made your job that much easier!!