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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Thackary? Thackary Binx?

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Alright. I won't sugar coat this for y'all. I actually am not a huge Halloween fan. #sorrynotthatsorry

I think that much of it stems from the fact that every Halloween, our costumes revolved around what wouldn't look too stupid with tight/leggings and a coat and gloves. I can remember one Halloween when it snowed, and that was pretty much terrible. I can also remember my sister and I getting in a fight over dumb stuff every year, someone ended up crying, and then it was all downhill from there.

One thing that I did always really like was that my sister and I always had the best and most creative Halloween costumes. We rarely bought costumes from the store growing up..."Hi, I'd like a $49.95 Tinkerbell costume that my kid will outgrow in 4 months, kthxbyeee." 

Take, for example, this year. I will say this was not one of my better costumes (I was in that phase where I only wanted to be a ballerina and literally walked the neighborhood in my old pointe shoes...#woof).

I was going for Ballerina, however, I think I am more so channeling Wynona Rider in the Beetlejuice movie. My sister, however? A grocery bag!

While I was unable to find pictures in time for this blog entry, some other memorable costumes were me as the Pillsbury Doughboy, Tay as a Table (complete with her head as the center piece), Taylor and I as Raggedy Ann and Andy, and Taylor as a Laundry Basket (with a sock tied in her ponytail). I think my only good costume as an adult would have to be me as Audrey Hepburn circa Breakfast at Tiffany's.

To this day, the only thing I really like about Halloween? That Hocus Pocus is on ALL. THE. TIME. I mean you can't go wrong with that face:

And who doesn't like a good song and dance number featuring Bette Midler!?

And lastly, we have this cute virgin who lit the black flame candle...

ps- whatever happened to this kid!?

Thackary Binx turned out to be a cutie...which is good because he was kind of gross and sweaty and his nostrils flared when he was in that cage thing in the movie...

And this moment at the end?! Ugh! Thackary Binx! You heart breaker!

And so, dear readers, I leave you with a non-sweaty Thackary Binx in my favorite line from the movie...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Just a little Tuesday Happy!

Pin It Just a few things to, hopefully, make you smile on this Tuesday!

shine like sunbeams...

smiles and sparkles

This makes me smile :)

Friday, October 12, 2012

These are a few of my favorite (fall) things...

Pin It It's no secret that fall is my ABSOLUTE favorite season. Don't get me wrong, I truly love all of the seasons, and I'm fortunate that growing up in the Midwest, I'm able to fully experience all of them...from the sweltering heat of July, to the arctic tundra of February. BUT...who doesn't love this cozy-pumpkin-smelling-boots-and-sweaters-wearing-season!?

In honor of all things autumn, here are a few of my favorite (fall) things:

Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin 14.5 oz. 3-Wick Candle - Slatkin & Co. - Bath & Body Works
Yummy smelling candles are obviously a fall staple. I've been bugging DK to go with me to Bath & Body Works just about every weekend to smell candles and wallflowers. It's also safe to say that our house smells like a combination of a pumpkin patch and a caramel factory, and I'm totally ok with that. This is one of my favorites! You can find it here!

If you're not really a candle person, you can also get this delicious scent in a Wallflower!

You can't get through the next few chilly months without some cuddly sweaters! This multi-way gem is available at Victoria Secret. You can wear it as a hoodie, off-the-shoulder, or as a cowlneck. And, it's available in 5 cute colors. Perfection.

If cable knit doesn't say autumn, then I don't know what does. This gorg sweater (which I just ordered two of...oops!) can also be found at Victoria's Secret. PS- it's on sale right now!

One of my other fall staples is tomato soup and grilled cheese...but look at this! Mac & Cheese made with a can of tomato soup! See the recipe below: (Recipe courtesy of ALocalChoice.blogspot.com).

Grandpa’s Mac & Cheese

Grandpa John always used a combination of cheeses, elbow macaroni and a can of tomato soup in his recipe. It sounds unusual, but it tastes like blending the classic comfort food combination of grilled cheese and tomato soup. PS it is even better the next day!


  • ½ lb whole wheat elbow macaroni
  • 1 package (roughly 5 oz.) Blue Jacket Dairy Mountain Mist Quark
  • 5 oz. Blue Jacket Dairy Ludlow, shredded
  • 1 (10 oz.) can condensed tomato soup
  • 10 oz. (roughly 1 soup can) fat-free milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Set aside 1 oz. of shredded Ludlow
  • Place Quark in large mixing bowl
  • Cook pasta in boiling salted water until less than el dente (about ½ the normal cooking time)
  • Drain pasta
  • Pour hot noodles over the Quark and mix together
  • Stir in shredded Ludlow followed by tomato soup and milk
  • Mix until fully incorporated
  • Pour into 8x8 baking dish or individual ramekins and bake for 25 minutes
  • Sprinkle reserved Ludlow on top and continue on broil for 2-3 minutes until cheese is brown and bubbling

pumpkin spice cookies

This is on my list to make this fall: Pumpkin Spice cookies...using only 2 ingredients! I plan on adding some chocolate chips to this. 

Nestle Coffee-Mate Pumpkin Spice Liquid Coffee Creamer, 32 oz

For those of us with a coffee addiction (such as myself), this is the perfect little addition to your fridge for those cool mornings! As much as I adore Starbucks version, this is much more wallet-friendly! 

And lastly, it just wouldn't be fall without the glitter, inappropriateness and fishnet stockings of The Rocky Horror Show: Live!. Insert shameless plug here.

Happy Fall Y'all!

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