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Halloween Is Approaching…

6 Oct

… and this is my first year of decorating for it, so I’m pretty excited.  I didn’t want to go out and spend a whole lot of money I don’t have on Halloween decorations, so I turned to Google (and a few friends!) for ideas on what I could make myself.    Tons of great ideas later, I’ve gotten a little bit done.  Nowhere near as much as I’d like to do, but I’m so excited about what I’ve done so far that I just can’t wait until it’s finished to share, so here are my Halloween decorations so far:

Welcome to my Haunted House! :)

Welcome to my Haunted House! 🙂

So, this is my front door… I bought the things that stick on the window at Wal-Mart because I just couldn’t resist them.  You can’t see them very well, but I had a string of purple LED lights already in my possession, and I hung them around the outside of the window, to light up the creepy cheesecloth curtain at night.  You can’t see him because he’s hidden by the ‘curtain’, but that’s a scarecrow hanging on the door, one of my Dollar Tree finds from about 10 years ago, and one of the few Halloween/Fall decorations I owned.

Incomplete Fireplace Halloween Display

Incomplete Fireplace Halloween Display

Okay, this is my fireplace display.  It’s not complete because it’s way too naked.  It needs lots more stuff, but I just don’t have anything to put there at the moment.  I wanted a big cauldron to go in the center, underneath the ‘witch’s herbs’ I hung there, but I don’t have one, so for now I settled for a sword with a handle made of skulls that a friend brought over for me to try and sell… anyone want to buy it? lol

The things on top of the mantle are actually on display in our living room all year long (oh, the things we do for love, right?), but just not in that manner.  Mostly I try to hide them back in corners and stuff, lol.

Mantle Close-Up

Mantle Close-Up

This is a closer view of my mantle display.  Here you can see the spiderwebs I hand-spun from cotton-balls (can we say ‘tedious’?)  This is actually the first time I’ve ever been happy that My Love has that creepy horned skull.  I need some more good stuff to put up here!

And now for my favorite decoration so far!

My Favorite Decoration So Far!

My Favorite Decoration So Far!

So, this is my favorite one that I’ve done.  I’ve got two more windows that face the street, so I have to come up with things for those windows, too.  I think I’m going to try a ghost in the upstairs window, with a strobe light behind it (which we also already have here.  Don’t ask).  On the other full-size window I’m going to try to put a witch stirring a cauldron with her broom leaning up against the ‘wall’.  I am SO excited about how this turned out!

That was totally NOT my own idea.  I got it off of Pinterest.  All you have to do is go on there and search for ‘Halloween Window Silhouettes’ and you should find plenty, and if you run across the right blog (it was ‘Craft’-something) you’ll find the guy who originally came up with this window idea (his name was ‘Jeff’-something).

Even though I totally stole the idea, I did manage to draw everything except the pig’s head (enlarged a photo I found on-line and traced the outline.  Interesting images when you Google ‘hanging pig’s head’, by the way) and the cat silhouette (found one I liked, then enlarged it and made my own cutout).

I am SO excited.

We’re also supposed to do Trick-or-Treaters this year, too, which I’ve never done before, either.  This is the first time I will A)be home and B)have lived somewhere where trick-or-treaters might come.

Super exciting stuff!

If we’re still living here next year, I want to make a mini-haunted forest, by making a path that goes in a loop around the house and putting ghosty things on it.  We will see.  That’s a lot of work, lol.

If I manage to get more decorations up, I’ll make an ‘Update’ post to share them with you all.

If you decorate for Halloween and make a post with pictures on your blog, please leave me a link to the post in the comments section so I can go check them out!

Happy (upcoming) Halloween, everyone!

May Blessings be upon you all!

A.

 

Updates & Homemade Bread

17 Sep

WARNING! – This post will probably make you REALLY want a sandwich!

Hey guys!  Sorry I’ve been MIA lately, I’ve just had LOTS of stuff going on in the offline world 🙂

My Love has gotten a new job that he wanted, he started today (and those of you who have followed for a while know that when he’s home, I’m not online much, lol).

This past weekend, I was out in the hayfield all day, BOTH days, and I have finally understood the love affair my parents seemed to have with Icy Hot!  After a long day throwing 75 lb. hay bales up onto a moving trailer, then pulling them back off again to stack them in a barn, Icy Hot was my best friend.  It helped so much, in fact, that I didn’t have to take any pain medication at all for my shoulders, back or knees (all of which were screaming in protest!).  This is the first year doing hay that I didn’t take any pain medication whatsoever.

Before we started doing the hay on Saturday, I did get a few shots with my camera, which I will be checking out sometime soon to see if any will be able to be made into ‘art’.  Speaking of, I did manage to get by the print shop yesterday and ordered a 4×5 set of all of my work, so that I will have a set of my art ready to show people that isn’t on my phone or my laptop, lol.  As far as my art display goes, I haven’t gotten a chance to sit down with the woman to narrow down which pieces to use in her gallery/shop and work out sizes, because she’s been out of town.

Now I know you’re all wondering about my title and when I’m going to get to the ‘Homemade Bread’ part of my post, well, wait no longer!

While we were out and about last weekend, my Love and I stopped at subway and got a sandwich.  I thought about how much I like their Parmesan Oregano bread, and decided that I’d like to try my hand at making some, to see how it would turn out, and let me just say… YUM!  I found the recipe for this bread here, and when she says it’s difficult to write about the bread because they’ve eaten it all and there’s none left in the kitchen, I believe her.  She’s done a fantastic job of replicating it, and I am eternally grateful to her for sharing it with the rest of us!  A word of caution, though… I think there is an error on the TEMPERATURE, at least in US ovens.  250 for 30 minutes left me with a pale, undercooked loaf, I ended up cranking up the temp to get it to brown.  I’m going to try this recipe again and experiment with the temps, because 250 is definitely not the right temp in my oven!

First Attempt, Parmesan Oregano Bread, reminiscent of Subway.

First Attempt, Parmesan Oregano Bread, reminiscent of Subway.

This is a photo of a loaf from my first attempt… I will admit that there were two loaves originally, but, well, let’s just say I couldn’t wait to try it and the first loaf disappeared VERY quickly!  This attempt turned out better than my second attempt.  I’m not sure what I did wrong the second time, but I’m thinking it was either too much flour, or it got too hot during the rising.  Whatever went wrong, my second attempt turned out less like a ‘roll’ or loaf of bread, and more like ciabatta bread instead… not that I’m complaining…

Second Attempt, Parmesan Oregano (ciabatta) bread

Second Attempt, Parmesan Oregano (ciabatta) bread

As you can see, the loaves spread OUT instead of UP, and I forgot to make the fancy slits in the top like I did the first time, but it still turned out edible… and eat it I did!  I waited ALL DAY and even made a special trip to the store to buy the right type of lunchmeat to make a Subway Club (I also bought the meat for a Cold Cut Combo for my Love).  I will admit that the resulting sandwich didn’t really taste like a Subway Club (although my ‘mishap’ with my second round of bread may have contributed to this) but boy oh boy was it a tasty sandwich!

 

Now THIS is a sandwich!

Now THIS is a sandwich!

If you will notice, I made the picture big so you could see in detail all the delicious goodness that I created!  Yes, I know there’s enough mayo on the sandwich to choke a goat… in fact, I actually say that when I order a sub from Subway.  I hate a dry sandwich.  Mayo, onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ham, roast beef, and turkey… and that yummy homemade Parmesan Oregano (accidentally ciabatta-esque) Bread!

As a final note about my bread… my house smelled like Subway the whole day, LOL… so now I guess I know which of their breads gives off that aroma!

Oh, and an update on my babies!  I’ve had a few more sprouts come up, one of my bean plants is just going to town!  After their initial growth spurts, they seem to have slowed down a bit.  I’ll try to get some pictures up either later today or tomorrow to show everyone how they’re doing.

Have a great day!

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