November 3, 2013

A Side Dish of Leftover Halloween

Our Halloween 'playdate' (NOT A PARTY) was great fun. The girls decorated witch hats, ate doughnuts off a string, watched 'It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' (my kiddo has been watching all the Charlie Brown videos she can get her hands on over on Netflix) and danced to 'Thriller' (just the music, not the video).

And then Halloween happened. We have a whole lot of candy, which strangely, my kiddo just doesn't seem to care about. She's eaten maybe 3 pieces since Halloween. Can you believe it??? I cared when I was little, I cared A LOT. And I squirreled all of my candy up to my room and sorted and organized and hoarded and ate it and ate it to my heart's content for months until all I had were my Not Favorites and then they just sat around.

I loved candy so much. I don't love it all that much now. I'd rather have cake or pie.

I'm happy, for the first time ever, that it's November. I've never ever liked November. Isn't that funny? But I'm sitting here feeling happy that November is here. Or maybe I'm just happy that Halloween is over. Sometimes with the blog, I've noticed, I get so oversaturated with a holiday or a season...by the time it's over I'm just heartily sick of it.

We had a storm the other day and lost power long enough to lose most of the contents of our fridge, which was actually fine, because the old bacon, moldy containers of mystery substance, and 9 month jar of apricot butter had overstayed their welcome. It's so clean and empty now. Our stovetop is gas, so we heated up canned chili and toasted already-made cornbread from the store on our griddle, and had ourselves a candlelight chili dinner. Julia LOVED it. Oh, toasted or fried cornbread?? DO IT. You won't be sorry.

I realized that I never got around to making and canning jam. I feel like such a bad little wanna-be pioneer girl. Julia and I did invent a tea though, and I'm going to share it with you as soon as I photograph it, because I'm telling you, it's totally delicious and we're going to make packets of the mix and send it out to relatives as Christmas gifts.

Totally addicted to 'Scandal' (I know, I'm late to the party) and my long suffering husband is watching it with me, bless him.

And that's the exciting, exciting news from around here.

13 comments:

  1. A friend just told me about Operation Gratitude that gives Halloween candy to the troops: https://opgrat.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/halloween-candy-for-the-troops/

    Love the witch hats!

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    1. Laura, that's such a lovely idea! I'm telling you, this candy is just sitting around gathering dust. I think she'd rather have a Pop-Tart or something. :)

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  2. Love it. What a fun party!!!

    I kinda love when the power goes out too. Sounds like you made an adventure out of it. I can't wait to hear more about this tea you gals came up with.

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  3. By the way, I'm with you. I'm very happy that it's November and I've never really cared for it before.

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    1. isn't that funny? i am having the feeling for some reason that it's a peaceful lull between Halloween mania and Christmas crazy :)

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  4. Love the party! I love November. I love watching the leaves (they're in full force here now) and counting down until Thanksgiving, which is really counting down to Advent and Christmas music and Danzel's bashing-everyone-over-the-head-with-holiday-cheer time. I've eaten more candy than the girls. Only Snickers, though. The rest of the candy has sat rather untouched. You make me wish I had a gas range, just in case. I love your Halloween playdate pictures. I love your little dragon. She should be getting some mail soon, by the way.

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    1. Oh yay, fun mail!!! She'll be so thrilled. The gas range during power outages kinda scares me. You have to turn on the gas and it's just invisible gas pumping out and then very quickly you have to light it with a long lighter BBQ thingy -- it's all very scary and Andrew has to do it!

      Julia and I have been tormenting Andrew with the threat of how early we're going to begin listening to Christmas music....:)

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    2. My oldest is counting down the days. She's already humming her hippopotamus song...

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  5. i want that tea when you make it. and it was totally a halloween party.

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    1. you will greatly enjoy our tea! I think I'll call that post "Tea You Will Greatly Enjoy".

      NOT A PARTY! (*rocks in fetal position*) See, when I tell lies to myself, they become true.

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  6. A good fridge purge is sometimes needed!!! Glad you had fun despite the loss of power! I now what you mean about November ... so in order to love the month, I start on my Christmas planning right away LOL - Thanksgiving is right around the corner but we don't decorate for that holiday so there is no real preparations. We do have the family dinner though which will be nice :)

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  7. I read this post back when you wrote it (I've been reading on my phone, which is impossible for me to comment successfully from) anyways- just wanted to say that it made me happy- I love reading your voice. It always brightens my day! (even if I don't comment to say so) and I LOVED seeing Julia's dragon costume! fab!

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