Graveyard Dip

Graveyard Dip

Here’s what I contributed to my office’s Halloween potluck. I got the idea here (but I left out the chicken and olives.)

It was a big hit visually, but not so much when it came to being eaten. I guess people felt bad about ruining the little scene… Or perhaps graveyards aren’t appetizing…  Or maybe it was that the lettuce on top hid all the goodness underneath. Once I got rid of the little characters and added a spoon it generated more interest.

A cute idea though!

Zombie Puppy Flowers

Vampire Flowers

I’m often guilty of hanging onto flowers for a little bit too long… I know that keeping a vase of dead flowers around is a bit creepy, but ’tis the season! After watching these lovely flowers wilt into something resembling a zombie-dog, I decided to give them a seasonal makeover! Fake blood and glow-in-the-dark fangs make them look hilariously adorable and kind of spooky. The added bonus is that I get to enjoy them a little bit longer!

Life Illuminated

There are some tough parts about being in a long-distance relationship that are obvious and there are others that are not so obvious.  One of the latter inconveniences presented itself recently when I realized that there were several dead bulbs in the track lighting. Usually my boyfriend would handle this kind of thing and I’m embarrassed to admit that I, myself didn’t actually know how to do it…

To be clear I’m not talking about your run of the mill bulb here, I’m talking about halogen bulbs which are much trickier to change.

I’m proud to say that I figured it out and the house is feeling much brighter (which makes it feel cleaner actually… Bonus!)

So first thing’s first – make sure the light is switched off! (this is important if you don’t want to electrocute yourself)

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Once you’ve removed the metal ring that holds the bulb in place, the bulb may pop right out, this was not the case for me… I read a suggestion somewhere on google to insert a drinking straw between the bulb and the fixture and and sweep around the circumference of the bulb to loosen it.  This did the trick and I was able to pull the bulb and socket out of the fixture.Image

Once the socket is out, use one hand to hold the socket and one to hold the bulb, turn the bulb counter clockwise, pushing it into the socket slightly as you do so.  Remove the dead bulb and replace with a new one.  Push the socket and bulb back into the fixture and replace the metal clip. Voila! you have light! Yay!!!

Caramel Apples

One of the best things about fall is that Macintosh apples are in season. At this time of year they are just right, crispy and sweet and plentiful! The only thing that can be done to improve upon them is to dip them in a pot of melted caramel and them roll them in crushed walnuts (but isn’t everything better that way?)

The weather this weekend was kind of dreary and cold, so making a batch of caramel apples was the perfect way to spend a cozy afternoon.

 

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Feeling pretty sugar high!

Unconventional Card

Tonight I will be celebrating the marriage of one of my favorite couples!  They eloped over the summer in Las Vegas and are marking the occasion with a cocktail party.  This unique couple deserves a unique card so I made this one for them:

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I used the cap of a marker and an ink pad to get the circles just right.

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My office will be covered in glitter for weeks to come I’m sure…

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Here’s the final product! Time to go get ready.

Places I’ve been: Cannon Beach

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Here are some highlights from a Trip to Cannon Beach that my boyfriend and I took this past spring.  The beaches are so beautiful and rugged.  It was really windy so we picked up a kite at a shop near the beach, after we’d had our fill of kite-flying we stopped in at the Cannon Beach Distillery for some spirit tasting and left with a bottle of the Peters’ Family Gin.  We capped off the day watching the sunset while roasting marshmallows over a bonfire.

The next morning we woke up early and decided to go for a walk on the beach.  It was deserted and rainy with a beautiful sunrise.

Definitely a spot worth visiting.

New Specs!

New Specs!

I got my new glasses today! (I accidentally jumped in a lake with my last pair… happens right?) These are the “Preston” frames from Warby Parker, which has really nice frames that are very reasonably priced. With my super strong prescription and shipping to Canada they were $160 all in. One of the cool things about this company is that they have a “buy a pair, give a pair” policy, where for every pair they sell, they give away a pair to someone in need.