Halloween!

In celebration of the upcoming holidays, I decided to redo my blog to reflect a more appropriate atmosphere.

I found a Halloween theme with pumpkins and decorated it so I think everyone will find it enjoyable.

Maybe it’s not as “professional” as it could be, but blogging sometimes needs to be fun and why not make it fun during Halloween!

It’s a great time of year to be fun and festive.

I can’t wait to start posting my little craft projects with my daughter!

Happy Halloween!

Apple Cider Margaritas…good and good for you…honest…

my sweet addiction

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Oh how I love Fall with the crisp nights and sunny days, plus with the apple crop comes the abundance of apple cider.

Here is a delicious drink which you can make as a large punch, or a single drink (but you’ll regret it and end up making more…) We made a pitcher by quadrupling the recipe and it was the best solution.

Thanks to my friend Rebecca for improving the original recipe. This one is a keeper for sure.

This recipe is for one drink

Apple Cider Margaritas
Ingredients:
1 ounce Grand Marnier
2 ounces gold tequila (use GOOD tequila, not great, but decent)
5 ounces real apple cider (not apple juice)
orange slices and apple slices
cinnamon + cane sugar for glass rimming
cinnamon sticks for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a shaker or a tall glass add the Grand Marnier, tequila and apple cider and shake stir to mix.
  2.  Add a few spoonfuls…

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Voodoo in Blue

When my family moved to Florida-a long distance move at that-I found a store that had little Voodoo dolls in the quarter machine.

I’ve always been fascinated by witch craft and voodoo dolls, so I began collecting them.

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I’ve since amassed a rather large collection of them. I even have 10 for each of my family members.

I then discovered Hot Topic also carried voodoo dolls albeit themed ones.

Now I’m not a big fan of Marvel or anything like that, but I do love Cinderella and when Hot Topic came out with a Cinderella voodoo doll, I had to have it.

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It’s been a few years since I got her and she’s well worn, but she’s still very well loved.

 

Why You Should Be Careful About Who You Label a ‘Friend’

Dream Big, Dream Often

Several months ago I wrote about being careful with the people with which you surround yourself; control your friend group. Do you know who your true friends are?  Not acquaintances, but true-blue friends.  “Go to bat for you no matter what” friends. “Tell you the truth no matter what” friends.  Not social buddies, but true friends.

photo 3Life has a way of weeding people out and revealing those that have our best interest in mind.  Time eventually shows the truth in individuals.  I came across an article by Kelly O’Brien a couple of days ago titled “Want to Know Who Your True Friends Are?”  In that article a couple paragraphs struck me dead solid:

You may never know who your true friends are until life throws you an unwelcome curveball. When this happens and the friends or family you thought would help carry you through don’t, you go through stages…

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Greek Honey Candy

This sounds really good to try!

Preserving the Harvest

This weekend is the umpteeth Greek festival in Portland. With that in mnd, and having been inspired by a counter side enticement last week, we made sesame seed candy today. Only we mixed nuts in it, mainly chia (it’s what we had). That’s how we roll.

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Here’s how we did it:

  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 T. water
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 t. butter
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t. baking soda
  • 1 c. seeds and/or nuts of choice

Mix honey, sugar, salt and water while heating for 5-10 minutes, until amber colored (or 300 f if using a candy thermometer). Pull of heat and add butter and vanilla. Once butter is melted, stir in baking soda (will get foamy) then add seeds and nuts. Pour onto a silicone mat or parchment paper.  Cover with additional mat or paper and use rolling pin and roll it to…

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Father of Bride Stops the Wedding to Bring Stepdad up Front

Kindness Blog

Grab tissues… because you might need them as you look through these pictures.

Todd Bachman, father of the bride, brought his daughter to the beginning of the aisle…then he stopped the procession for a moment and walked up to his daughter’s stepfather.

Todd reached out his hand and grabbed Brittany’s stepfather and pulled him down the aisle to walk their daughter down the aisle together.

NOT A DRY EYE at the ceremony!

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Families are what we make them…make it about your kids and not your ego.

Father of Bride Stops the Wedding to Bring Stepdad up Front

Congratulations Todd Bachman on showing your kids what true love really is…love for your children.

Father of Bride Stops the Wedding to Bring Stepdad up Front

Delia (the wonderful Photographer) wrote:

“The pure emotion of the moment still gives me goosebumps. Afterward, I spoke to the dad and applauded his actions since I am a stepparent also.

His response was:

“He has helped me raise my daughter and he should be walking with us”. It…

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