Monthly Archives: October 2014

Food’s you should be making but you buy

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I was eating a $3.00 healthy granola bar the other day and it got me thinking, why don’t I just make these? I looked at the ingredient list and saw it was nothing more than sunflower seeds, dried cherries, pumpkin seeds, brown rice cereal, honey and butter. Nothing was in them that I couldn’t find at the grocery store so why wasn’t I making them? It would be so easy to make a batch on a Sunday night that would last the week.
And it’s not just granola bars, I end up buying all kinds of things that I could and should just make myself. In an effort to be more healthy and to cut down on my grocery bill I plan to start making my own granola bars and so much more.
Here are some books you can check out from the library to help you get started on making things from scratch instead of buying them.
The homemade pantry: 101 foods you can stop buying and start making by Alana Chernila
Homemade with love by Jennifer Perillo
Home made by Yvette van Boven

Halloween Fun Facts

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  • Trick-or-treating harks back to the Middle Ages and All Souls’ Day, when poor people in Britain would beg for soul cakes, a sweet-bread treat, and pray for dead relatives in return.
  • When trick-or-treating first became popular in the United States in the 1800s, more children played mischievous pranks than asked for candy. By the 1950s, though, the focus had switched to good old family fun, with sugar-hyped children dressed in costumes.
  • The candy-collecting tradition has spread from the United States to Canada, Australia, and Western Europe, where more and more little goblins now trick-or-treat. In parts of England, children carry lanterns called punkies (which look like jack-o’-lanterns) and parade through the town on the last Thursday of October. In Ireland, rural neighborhoods light bonfires, and children play snap apple, in which they try to take a bite from apples that are hung by strings from a tree or a door frame.
  • Chocolate makes up about three-quarters of a trick-or-treater’s loot, according to the National Confectioners Association.
  • If you find yourself with more candy than you know what you do with, put your leftover sweets to good use with these Halloween candy ideas.
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Happy Halloween

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I’m so happy this year that I get to be home to give out candy to all the kids in my neighborhood, last year I had to work and I was so sad to miss seeing all the kids in their costumes.
ghostdress1This year I have some (hopefully) amazing decorations I want to make. I’m really loving these cool chicken wire silhouettes. If you paint them with glow in the dark paint they should look like ghostly dresses wandering around your yard. I have a large front yard that could handle 2 or 3 of these dresses. If it works I think it will make my yard look spooky yet somehow elegant.

 

 

Here are some of the scariest books of all time. Check them out …. if you dare ….
It By Steven King
Hell House by Richard Matheson
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The turn of the screw by Henry James
The haunting of Hill house by Shirley Jackson
The silence of the lambs by Thomas Harris
Rosemary’s baby by Ira Levin
The complete tales and poems of Edgar Allen Poe
We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shrive
The Ritual by Adam Nevill
The doll in the garden by Mary Downing Hahn
White is for witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Everything Pumpkin

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October is the month when everything has pumpkin in it, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin spice cake, pumpkin candles, you name it they have a pumpkin version of it in October.
pumpkin oreoDon’t believe me? Oreo even put out a limited edition pumpkin spice Oreo. Don’t get me wrong I love a good pumpkin spice latte and I love pumpkin spice cake but really pumpkin Oreos?
The library has a great book on how to cook with pumpkins and squash by Elanie Elliot