When Witches Go Riding…

& Black Cats are seen, the moon laughs & whispers “‘Tis near Hallowe’en.”

I just love that quote! 

With Hallowe’en Monday fast approaching, the hubby and I are semi-frantically trying to finish up any & all spooky prep for the big day. We are having some friends over this coming Saturday for a mini costume party.  The hubby is planning on setting up a photo booth area complete with festive props & im currently focused on finishing up the final details for my costume. I am anticipating a low keep soirée on Saturday with a handful of friends, their kiddo(s) & a selection of dastardly  desserts & eerie entrées. Luckily everyone is pretty on point with the potluck style event, so only a few of the main items will be made by yours truly. 
I’m really going to try to make time for “witches fingers.” We made these yummy cookies when I was a kiddo & they were a lot of fun. Pretty simple too – a little slivered almond to create a “fingernail” & a dab of red icing gel to stick said almond in place.  Tadah, you’ve got yourself a disgusting looking (but oh so tasty) treat! 

Other yummy items – a macaroni cheese baked casserole with BLACK NOODLES!!! can you tell I’m pumped about this? I figure with the orange-y cheese & the black shell noodles combined is gonna look quite halloweenie 🙂

Dessert will include a fruit tray & some candies. I’m planning on making graveyard puddings (chocolate pudding + chocolate crumbs on top + a mini tombstone) in these fun martini glasses we have. And probably something else dessert like. 

The main course items will include a soup made by my neighbour, Swedish style meatballs from our friend Kendra, & a zombie face meatloaf a la moi (thank you pinterest for the idea – check our my spooky stuff board by following the link on the left!).

Our front yard is beginning to look very frightening. We are so very lucky to have the greatest neighbours who are jusy as pumped about seasonal decor as we are.  Last year they built a “toe pincer coffin” complete with flickering lights around it & this year Paul built the facade of a mausoleum! Is going between our front porches abs will have a grim reaper motion activated prop hanging in the middle. Throw in a creepy green light, some thunder noises, & a strobe light & we’re talking frightening! 

The hubby and I have expanded our cemetery fencing (being painted as I type this), two skeleton figures: a 5 ft posable skeleton & a sound/motion activated wolf skeleton that howls at the moon.  It was my big treat this year. We are improving our fog machine chiller this year too in the hopes the the fog lays lower to the ground for a more mysterious effect.

I’m going to include a few photos here of the set up by day. Not all of the props are out because we will only have them out in Monday night (we don’t want anyone to snatch them). 

A panoramic view of the front yard

Close up of our cemetery fence post

Jack-o-lanterns: back & right (mine), front left (hubby)

Spider webs, Halloween wreath that I made, & creepy drapery

We will probably take more photos on Halloween night when it’s all up & running. I’m hoping we get a lot of trick-or-treaters this year! 

Ill try to update more frequently – I really have no excuse ♡

xo

Ps – aiming to have a post about the costume party, life updates,  & maybe I’ll finally get around to posting some photos from my sister’s wedding! 

Split Pea & Ham Soup

As per my last update (at thanksgiving), I mentioned making split pea and ham soup from my leftover ham bone. My mum often makes this soup after we’ve had a big ham dinner, and I have to say it’s one of the best cold weather soups out there. 

On Sunday early afternoon, we brought back a borrowed table to Kendra’s house and chatted a while. On our way home we picked up supplies for soup making:


Disregard the black pasta at the back… That’s for spooky Halloween party nonsense. Anyways, we’ve got 2 bags of split peas (yellow and green, I used about half of each) + onion, chicken brother, and celery. I also grabbed some nubbly looking carrots from the garden.

First things first, you’ve gotta simmer your ham bone: Just throw that sucker in a big stock pot with the broth and enough water to cover it. I let it simmer away for a few hours with the lid on so that the water wouldn’t evaporate. While that’s bubbling away, soak your split peas in some water to help get some of the startchiness outta the way. And then chop up the veggies (I did 4 celery stalks and almost the whole onion). 


After the ham is done simmering turn the heat to low and pull out the bone. Once cooled you want to pull off as much of the meat as you can. I decided that I wanted a bit more, so I chopped up some of the leftover ham from dinner and added that into the pot along with the veggies and the split peas (drained and rinsed).


I found the bones to be super cool. You could articulate the joint fairly well.

Give it a good stir once the veggies are all dumped in.ni added some salt and pepper, but completely forgot to add a bay leaf or two. Oh well, let it simmer and soon…


I like my split pea soup to be very thick. If you like a thinner soup, add more broth or water. I only added a half cup at the end.

Hope you enjoy!

xo

Getting back into things

I have officially finished editing all of my photos from my sisters wedding! I will be uploading some here soon with a little blurb about how the whole day went.

 As of right now, I’ve not been feeling as swell as I’d like – lots of digestion issues. So to help myself feel better, the hubby and I went on an hour long walk at the local conservation area yesterday. 

We saw some cottages and trailers in the camping area and many dogs too (which brightened my spirits). Down by the lake there were some fun footprints in the went sand:


I’m thinking its a raccoon or something.

On our way back home, we stopped at the recycling to pick up some firewood and another stop at the grocery store for dinner things. I nabbed some bran, pumpkin purée, and whole wheat flour for baking too. Unfortunately the rest of my day wasn’t to be used for anything but lazing on the couch being in stupid amounts of pain. Luckily this morning I was feeling a touch better and managed to eat breakfast and a snack. I finished editing all of the photos during breakfast and uploaded the video files to begin to edit those too. 

Noon rolled around and our neighbour needed to borrow our immersion blender for his butternut squash soup. This prompted the hubby and I to head to the kitchen and tidy up a bit before I could start my baking adventure. I found this awesome recipe on Pinterest for Pumpkin Spice Bran Muffins (I’ll link below!) and immediately got to work doubling the batch. I used brown sugar instead of regular granulated sugar (just because I didn’t have white sugar) and gasp! Olive oil instead of canola because I didn’t want to melt down coconut oil and have it go all chunky when it hit the cold eggs. Worked out well enough and now I’m the happy owner of 24  20 P-S Bran Muffins. Our neighbour brought back the blender and a mug of fresh soup so we handed over 4 fresh from the oven muffins for him and his family.


I think shortly I will head out back to mow the lawn and hill . Maybe after that I’ll investigate some chilli recipes for the crock pot.

Keep checking back for photos and video from my sister’s  amazing wedding. And hopefully some more baking/ cooking adventures.

xo

Awesome Pumpkin Spice Bran Muffins <– find the recipe here!

Flutterbye

This last week has been quite the adventure – very busy, but with all great lovely things. I was eager to begin the work week to really get the ball rolling because I had my first week-day off since coming back from ‘modified duty’ post surgery. Needless to say (but i’m obviously saying it anyways) I was PUMPED for my day off.

…but I had to get there first…

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You Glow Girl

Last week I was invited by an acquaintance from the gym to a ladies only “Glow Night.” I won’t lie, I was a bit apprehensive because I really only sorta knew the woman inviting me, but wouldn’t know anyone else there. Situations like that kinda make me nervous and usually prevent me from adventuring out of my shell. 

After getting a bit more information about what exactly a glow night entailed, and seeing that it was on a Wednesday (my usual night off from the gym) I decided it could be a fun night out. Add to that the fact that the hubby is in Boston, MA until late tomorrow and I was due for some time with fun loving ladies.

After a long day at work, I decided to squeeze in an upper body (mostly back) workout at the gym. I worked my lats, triceps, delta, and upper/middle traps. Did a brief power walk after that to grab some extra steps (yay over 10k) and headed home for dinner. I nibbled some yummy leftovers, unloaded & reloaded the dishwasher, and threw in a load of laundry before heading to the glowy session.

There were 7 ladies in total all with yoga mats and most of us brought pillows too. We were gifted with little mason jars of water, a citrine crystal, and a tea light for the evening and we got to keep the crystal. The session began with some meditation, then an ice breaker or two to get the conversation flowing. After opening we took time to enjoy tiny snacks (an almond, a mint leaf, and a segment of orange). This was to help us understand and realize the nuances of the foods we were tasting. 

We then set up for some painting. We had small 8×10 canvases and got to selected a few tubes of acrylic paint. Our goal was to create a sort of abstract piece that represented the journey our lives had taken up to that point. I selected a lovely metallic purple lavender paired with an oliv green and a hint of gold. As my painting progressed I decided to add a few splashes of orange and some darker burgundy to give it s bit more contrast. Looking at it now it reminds me of a flower with many leafy tendrils – and I guess that kinda makes sense: of the many paths we try in life, eventually our story blooms into something magical.

I am eager to hear what the next glow night will involve. It was mentioned there could be a makeup night, a song and dance night. I suggested a bonfire and/or picnic… So maybe that will happen in the future.

I will keep ya posted, until then…

Night night!

xo

Bridal Shower for Becca

Well folks, I did it. I survived the back-to-back-to-back (to back to back!) weekends of wedding adventures!! From weddings for friends, to bridal showers and a bachelorette party for my sister, I’ve come out the other side. Somewhat exhausted and not –really– looking forward to a crazy full work week, but we’re back to sorts soon enough and only about six weeks to go until my big sister’s big day!

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A Celebration of Love

Hello Again darlings! Two posts in two days, I must be doing something right, eh?

This is going to be very light on words, but heavy on emotion and romance. I am happy to say that i’ve finished editing the video clips from the wedding my hubby and I attended two weekends ago. You can check out this post here to see a few photos that I took during the event. Otherwise, if you’re feeling ALL the feels, take a look-see at the video I created for my two amazing friends…

 

Hope you two darlings LOVE it — I sure enjoyed editing the footage. I really hope it helps you to remember all the magic that went into your big day. Thank you SO much for including us!!!

xo

*Coming up soon: Another Bridal Shower!

Home Again (aka I survived the bachelorette party wknd)

It’s Holiday Monday here where I am and boy am I glad! If you’ve been keeping up with the blog for the last little while, you know that I’ve been a busy beaver. Weddings, bridal showers, and most recently my sister’s bachelorette party have been keeping me on the move most days. Continue reading Home Again (aka I survived the bachelorette party wknd)

Feeling all the feels.

Sometimes life can get ridiculously overwhelming. Like hella crazy where you don’t even think there’s time to catch your thoughts before they’re running all mad like again. Right now my life feels a LOT like that.

Blogging is a great outlet for all of those thoughts that get swirled around inside our heads when we’re overwhelmed and losing it a little bit. Today’s post will be an expression of thoughts – a way for my to purge my mind of a little too much turmoil.

Continue reading Feeling all the feels.

Tea Party Favours

Tonight I took the night off from working out to do work of a different sort. I cooked dinner upon arrival at the home front (salmon, veggies, & salad) and sat with the hubby to eat and discuss our days. Just before throwing some YouTube videos on the TV to watch while I got stuff done, my sister called… Because she hadn’t talked to me in a while (we talked on my drive home). Either way it was an awesome conversation.

Post epic convo, I enjoyed “a coffee break” cupcake (see my last post if you’re curious about the treat!) then got to work on more bridal shower prep. I purchased some loose leaf tea (you can read about that in my previous post too!!) from a great little shop in Hamilton, Ontario. Four large bags was more than enough tea to fill up 33 half cup mason jars. I created some cute labels, affixed them to the sealing discs, and included three loose leaf tea bags per jar. 

I think this means I’m pretty much done all of the goodies for the shower. I plan on printing out some games I’ve found on Pinterest to round out the event – maybe some word scrambles or he said/she said sorta thing. Scroll down to see some photos of the party favour creation process!


Stick around and check back often for more fun adventures ❤

xo