Cool Stuff I Like

October 19, 2012


This was a sunset taken at a friend's lovely home, a couple months ago when it was still summer (Until next year, summer!) ~ but it strikes me as very Halloween-appropriate. Of course, because I'm an agitated little bean, I've flown the coop far far away from Halloween town and have been planning and plotting about Christmas. This year I think the Christmas season for me will start, oh, maybe in a couple of weeks?? Which would be only slightly earlier than last year, when Julia and I began listening to holiday music on Nov. 4.  My spookies, I've been making lists. Soon my lists will become garbled and cross-referenced and scratched out and scribbled and THEN where will I be?? Sitting under my desk, eating Christmas cookies.


COOL STUFF I LIKE this week:

A NEW NIGELLA COOKBOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cinderella stories from around the world. (I want to read them all)

I thought this article on fitness was fantastic and level headed. I'm trying re-commit myself to some kind of exercise regimen and I adored Emma's take on the matter.

Apple Pie Bread.

Telling stories without books.

In addition to loving this book about giants, Julia ADORES this CD of giant stories.

Whole Wheat Maple Graham Cookies.

Darling little mummy Halloween craft!

This right here might give Moonlight Tea a run for its money....

This is a very cool way to wrap gifts. It's been all over Pinterest!


Cool Book of the Week: 'Johnny Boo and the Happy Apples' by James Kochalka. Have you read any 'Johnny Boo' books? They are SO FUN!! This one we got from the library, but we own 'Johnny Boo, The Best Little Ghost in the World'. You guys GOTTA get some Johnny Boo! He has a little pet named Squiggle; he's a mini-ghost. Squiggle has squiggle power and Johnny Boo has boo power. Of course. Their nemesis is the Ice-Cream Monster, who has a bad habit of swallowing them. Julia and I both adore the cheerful art and comic book style. It's been in heavy rotation ever since we got it last year. (And how cool would it be to have an artist for a parent? James Kochalka made the bottom pic for his child's school party!)



HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND! Andrew is insisting on scary-movie-ing it up. I think I'll need to watch with a blanky over my head. Also, I'm being sent on a hunt for fangs because Julia has decided that she's now going as Merida-slash-vampire girl from Hotel Transylvania....

~Melissa




16 comments:

  1. Aww, Johnny Boo is so cute! Oh, wow, Nigella does Italian. My hubby and I might need that one. Love the mummy craft and the chalkboard gift wrap, and I already loved the Cinderellas around the world posts on PP&PB. Fun round-up this week!

    By the way, I force myself to not listen to full Christmas songs until the day after Thanksgiving, but that hasn't stopped me from starting 3 playlists on Spotify! :o)

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    1. Oh! And I read The Diviners. I talked about it on SS&RH today.

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    2. ooooh I can't wait to see!!!!!

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  2. We love Johnny Boo too. Have you read any of the 'Owly' books? So stinkin' adorable!

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    1. Not yet Paula!!! I've got them pinned somewhere on one of my 5 million pinterest boards :) -- I think Julia would just love them!

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  3. Melissa I love Johnny Boo to. You blog is adorable
    saluds
    Angelica

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    1. Thank you Angelica!! Johnny Boo is such a little cutie :)

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  4. Happy Friday! My wrapping skills are getting worse every year. I do love the looks of those presents. All of the gifts I wrapped from the last birthday we celebrated were in old Christmas wrapping and grocery adds. It's getting odd. I'm going to my library site to look for Johnny Boo right now.

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    1. Look at that! There were four titles and I just put them all on hold! thanks

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    2. Oh goody!! You will love. The library is my favorite and my best ;)

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  5. Why am I skipping the fitness link and going straight to the Graham cookie and apple pie break links instead? :P

    Oh girl I can't wait for Christmas to be honest. I love autumn but I am not doing anything for Halloween (still thinking about kiddo's costume) but Christmas is a whole other deal! As soon as Nov.1 hits, I am filling my house with Christmas goodies, songs, etc and nothing will stop me :P

    So Miss J will be a vampirish Merida? Good for her to make it her very own costume/personality! Good luck with the hunt for fangs! (see, another excuse to stop by Target)

    Have a good weekend!

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    1. Want to hear something that many feel is heresy? I couldn't care less about Thanksgiving. All that work for one meal. At least with Christmas, the cooking and baking and making is spread out over the month. I've never cared for T-day, I view it as a crossover holiday hurdle one has to undergo to get to Christmas!

      Best T-day I ever had was the one where I put up my Christmas tree THAT NIGHT (Thanksgiving night) and watched the film 'My Fair Lady' -- also I went to 3 friends' Thanksgiving meals and didn't have to cook anything! It was so great!

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    2. Oh and I went to Target to get the fangs :)

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    3. I don't think it's heresy, I feel pretty much the same! Except I can't escape the cooking and family reunion because it's a big deal with the in-laws. Oh well, it won't deter me from spreading the Christmas mood around me as early as November :P (Yay for finding the Fangs!!!)

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  6. Most lovely snickerdoodle scented donut diva Melissa! I'm behind again, but I have to stop and say THANK YOU for the link!!! You are sweet!! Oh, and fun and always making me so hungry-- I know the snickerdoodles and donuts aren't even in this post but I had to scroll past them...and now they are permanently etched in my brain...must eat something fresh baked and sugar coated!!

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    1. I've got another treat in store for next week Miss Whitney -- haven't checked my pix yet to see if they turned out, but I'm hoping they did b/c it's a GREAT recipe! :)

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