Friday, November 1, 2019

November, today.

November ushered in on strong winds.  There's a nip in the air and time to get out the scarves, hats and mittens. 

November is the perfect time to get cozy, binge watch new flicks on Netflix, play board games with the kiddies, learn something new.  Stack piles of blankets in a basket and keep within reach when watching a good movie with the kiddies.  Light a few candles (we are currently burning Mama's Kitchen by Antique Candle Co.).  Curl up with a good book.  Dream, plan, relax, be thankful.

This month:

I have a few crochet projects I am working on;

In our home-school studies, we will be talking community, neighbors and being thankful;

We will be diligently cleaning the house in preparation for the holiday parties we plan to host; and

We will be sipping our share of warm apple cider and hot chocolate (note to self: marshmallows).

Warmly, Trish

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween from Our House to Yours!

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees
~ Dexter Kozen

Sunday, October 27, 2019

a little bit of Richelle

Werewolves howl.
Phantoms prowl.
~ Richelle E. Goodrich

Monday, October 21, 2019

Countdown to Halloween, Wk 4 - The Final Countdown!

This is it.  The final week of Countdown to our Halloween party.  By now, all of the shopping should be done, the invitations sent and the RSVP’s rolling in.  This week is basically the “finishing up” week.

Finish Up: decorating the house, making the costumes (if that applies) and putting together the treat bags.  Finish any crafts in the making.

The Housecleaning:
This week clean the bathrooms and the kitchen.  Either the day before the party or the morning of, give all areas a once-over.

The Cooking:
Besides the breads, cakes or dishes that you made and froze in advance, this week make the popcorn balls, candies and taffy apples.

Start making ice.  I fill a gallon size freezer Ziploc bag and have four trays in the waiting.

The Night Before the Party:  (October 26)
Set the table with all the pretty party stuff you purchased.  Put on the tablecloth, set with the punch bowl and cups, the napkins, the plates, forks, spoons, the candy bowl.  Don’t forget your centerpiece!  Blow up the balloons, hang the streamers, stand back and admire your hard work.  Take pictures.
Prepare the vegetable tray. Cut and wash the veggies, arrange on platter, cover with Saran Wrap, and store in refrigerator.

THE BIG DAY: October 27
Finish preparing the food.  I’ll get up early and get the chili and the sweet and sour meatballs started in the slow cooker.  About twenty minutes before the guests arrive, Kayla will make the punch.  We will begin putting out the dips and crackers, and other treats.

The last thing we’ll do is hang the donuts from the ceiling (fun game) and fill choose a pumpkin with a large stem for tossing a ring around the pumpkin game.

Once the guests begin to arrive, join in and enjoy!!!!