Friday, October 26, 2012

Almost Halloween

Jack-O-Lantern Cake, from Dean & Deluca


  • Have you tried on your Halloween costume and accessories to be sure they fit and look the way you want them to?

  • Need to rake leaves on your lawn yet (or better yet, have a kid do it?)

  • Dust your bedroom really quickly, if needed. I don't know about you, but my bedroom gets dusty so quickly. Maybe it's that our unusually warm weather has let me open the windows so often. I have to dust one bookcase, two night tables, a wooden jewelry box and the "hope chest" my television sits on. And the television itself needs to be dusted, too.

  • Fill up with gas for the weekend; visit an ATM for cash if needed.

  • Have you looked through your city's local events/arts newspaper lately? It can give you really good ideas for fun things to do - upcoming concerts, plays, restaurants to try, etc. Today during my lunch break I'm going to read my copies of "425" and "Seattle Magazine" for a little catching up on what's going on in my city.

  • Take inventory of pet food, and do a collar inspection. Are your pet's collars fraying? dirty? Still reflective (for pets who go outdoors)? License, rabies tag and identification still attached and readable? Address and phone number up to date?

  • Tidy up real quickly for the weekend. Wipe down counters and mirrors, empty trashcans, remove magazines and clutter from the living room. Empty off the dining table and breakfast nook table if they need it. Remove items piled on stairs to be taken upstairs; hang up coats, put away umbrellas and shoes.

  • Throw out dead flowers; replace with fresh new ones to enjoy

  • Take quick inventory for your shopping list if you intend to go shopping this weekend. Shampoos/bath stuff? Cleaning supplies? Groceries? Light bulbs? Batteries? Fresh flowers? Laundry detergent? Toilet paper/paper towels? Cold medicine? Christmas shopping?

TODAY'S PROJECT: Halloween Preparation

Velvet Pumpkins, from Z Gallerie

If you're throwing a Halloween party this weekend, you might have a lot of things to do today to get ready.

If you're a mom, you might need to finish shopping or help your kids get their costumes ready.

Need to buy candy to give to trick-or-treaters, if you are staying home? Do you have music and movies picked out and ready to enjoy on Halloween, if you aren't going out to a party?

Tonight I'll make sure my "Maleficent" costume fits, and I'll probably practice the makeup I'll wear on Halloween. Then I'll settle in tonight for my yearly tradition, watching "The Nightmare Before Christmas.

LOVELY BLOGS: Dessert for Two

"Southern desserts scaled down to size." Christina specializes in dessert recipes that feed two people. She even has recipes for making very small batches of cupcakes. She also very occasionally includes recipes for dinner for two, like this Tuna Noodle Casserole. My favorite section here is Drinks for Two.

LOVELY HOME: Mrs. Meyers' Holiday Scents

I have been using a lot of Mrs. Meyers cleaning products lately. I'm excited to see they're coming out with two special scents for the holiday season: "Orange Clove" and "Iowa Pine." The product line includes hand soap, dish soap, countertop spray, and a soy candle. I don't need any hand soap any time soon, but I just used up my counter spray and burned up my kitchen candle, so I think I'll add a couple of these to my shopping list this autumn.


Gorgeous Flower and Insect Fabrics from Jane Sassaman (Auction Shopaholic)

Roasted Plum Ice Cream (Spabettie)

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