Showing posts from October, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Today the temperature went way down, after having some wonderful fall temps this past week.  The poor trick-or-treaters will be wearing sweaters and leggings under their costumes! We are ready for our little friends.  We made special baggies for those kids whom we have gotten to know their parents over this past year, who have done favors for us off and on, an who are such wonderful people it gives you hope for the future.  We sure hope they enjoy the treats! Bob didn't think I purchased enough candy so I made round two this afternoon.  I was able to get chocolate treats for around 19 cents each.  Since we generally give two treats, I felt that 40 cents a trick-or-treater was a reasonable outlay. As soon as we close the door and turn off the lights, I will be dismantling the Halloween and transitioning to Thanksgiving.  Does anyone else do that?  It's fun to have new decor up and I do save some of my fall stuff for Thanksgiving. We really don't have a H

Birthday Tailgate

For many years we have had a birthday tailgate party for Ashley.  Her birthday, being at the end of October, has been the same weekend as Homecoming at Mizzou for a very long time.  When she started college, this made a lot of sense because we could invite her college friends over to help celebrate.  Now that she's been out of college for four years, the tailgate has become just her dad, Eric and me.  From time to time one of her friends will be in town and we invite them over. The birthday girl! The tailgate is always so much fun to plan.  We made a Facebook Event invitation and let everyone know where we are going to be.  This year we plan to tailgate by the hospital parking garage.  Hopefully we can park fairly low so that we won't have to cart too many things up and down the stairs. We are having Buffalo Chicken Chili, corndogs, funfetti cake pops, a sausage and cheese tray, a vegetable tray, jello shots, apple cider tinis  and various drinks.  The food is always fu

Beach District=Halloween Fun

The Beach District at New Town is definitely ready for Halloween.  This year we have even more homes decorated for the holiday.  New Town is into the scary stuff at Halloween.  I still like the cutesy Halloween decorations versus the scary ones.  The Beach District seems to have a little of both. Our house! Our neighbors Fun and spooky! Fabulous mums! Cute pumpkin and border Cute visitor in the rocker! Great fall color Cute fall display Team spirit!! Several have lights, these orange ones are pretty!

Pumpkin Pinterest Party

A new New Town friend and I decided to have a Pumpkin Pinterest Party at my house and it has been so much fun planning the event.  I have been buying pumpkin goodies for the guests and have started making some yummy treats. I make the Pumpkin Cheeseball by Tastefully Simple.   I also made their Pumpkin Beer Bread in muffins.  Both are very easy and very delicious.  I love easy and delicious! I purchased Pita Chips with pumpkin seeds from Trader Joes to go with my cheeseball.  These chips are pretty and delicious.  Perfect pairing with my pumpkin cheeseball. At World Market I found pumpkin salsa and black and orange tortilla chips!  The salsa is a bit sweeter than regular salsa but there is definitely a little kick to it. I made tiny pumpkin tarts using the prebaked shells and instant pumpkin pudding. I made the pudding with less milk to make it thicker.  I topped it with candied bacon, just a smidge. One of our neighbors has a vinyl business and made monograms for
1 comment

Homemade Catsup

We have had a great crop of tomatoes this year.  Bob planted an heirloom (Purple Cherokee), a beefsteak, a plum and a cherry tomato plants this year. We ate tomatoes all summer long, gave some away and yes, a few were wasted.  The plants decided to give one big boost of produce last week and I ended up with too many tomatoes to eat at once. I had homemade catsup on a burger here in St. Louis and I loved it!  So tomatoey, not too sweet with enough spice and vinegar to make it interesting.  So I thought I would make some with the surplus tomato crop we had. I picked 4 heirlooms, 4 beefsteak, 40 plum and 10 cherry tomatoes and proceed to skin them.  I like the hot water bath/ice soak to skin tomatoes.  That job was done in less than five minutes.  Truly easy with the hot water bath. I pinch the green stem tops off and then pinch the bottom of the plum tomatoes and the skin comes off in one piece.  It's kinda fun!!     This is about half of the tomatoes I used.  You c
Post a Comment

Lacy Eggs

Back when my sister and I were little, our mom would make us fried eggs for breakfast.  I can't speak for Tammi, but I loved her fried eggs!  They had crispy brown edges and I really loved them, especially when she would break the yolk, and make them into fried egg sandwiches.  We like ours with white bread and yellow mustard. Delish. Over time, I was taught that an egg should NOT have those brown edges, and I have mastered the art of making the perfect poached egg, fluffy scrambled eggs, creamy egg quiches and a hard egg without the dark ring.  I love eggs and eat them regularly. I happened upon the blog The Smitten Kitchen and saw a post for The Crispy Egg and a rush of memories came flooding back, the times when mom was standing at the stove, grease popping and the sound of the egg hitting the hot grease, mom telling us to stand back.  I remember she never had a problem getting the egg out of the skillet either, she had a paper thin metal spatula (that sometimes found our
Post a Comment