All Hallows’ Eve

Happy Halloween! We had a great time carving pumpkins with friends last night. Our neighborhood is a bit of a maze, we live in a cul-de-sac, and it’s supposed to rain all day today – but I’m hopeful that none of this will deter trick-or-treaters from our house. We bought lots of candy and carved 8 pumpkins, most of which are directional arrows to encourage trick-or-treaters to stop by our place tonight. I’m crossing my fingers.

I also made seasoned, toasted pumpkin seeds for the first time and I think they turned out pretty good; I don’t know why I’ve never done that before as it wasn’t too hard (just takes time to separate seeds from the pumpkin guts) – I just rinsed the seeds, patted them dry, placed them on a baking sheet, tossed them in olive oil, sprinkled Miracle Blend seasoning on top, and let them toast up in the oven (oven set to 300) until they looked/tasted done.

Have you seen today’s Halloween-themed Google doodle?

by Valerie | 10.31.13 | For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

I want candy

With Halloween (my second favorite holiday, by the way) less than a week away now, here are some fun things for your viewing/listening pleasure:

  • I’m looking forward to carving pumpkins just as awesome as those we did last year!
  • I enjoy good tunes on a daily basis and Halloween is no exception. You can find lots of Halloween-themed playlists through free streaming radio sources like Songza (my personal favorite) or check out these blog posts on Apartment Therapy and Design Sponge on the subject.
  • Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are just way too good… I can’t stop eating these!
  • One of my October/Halloween traditions is watching this and this.
  • Ornamental Hermit – I find this odd and a little creepy.
  • I don’t think I’ve ever seen this video until now…yep, I wasn’t missing much – but I still like the song for Halloween.

What are your Halloween plans, costume(s), treats?

by Valerie | 10.25.13 | For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

Home Sweet Home

Last week, we enjoyed an art show at the Ann Arbor Arts Center – complete with work by our pals Jason Ferguson and Michael Reedy – rainy, fall weather, another win for Texas Tech (7-0!), and we’re noticing some Halloween decorations going up around town. I’m not sure how it’s already late October and why time seems to be moving at a faster pace every year… Seriously, what’s up with that?

by Valerie | 10.21.13 | Around town | No Comments »

golden afternoon

We enjoyed a beautiful hike in the Pinckney Wilderness Area on Friday afternoon. It was a perfect, fall day and the light was pretty amazing as we wove in between the trees within the wooded hiking trails. At one point on the trail, when we crossed over a bridge, we came across some kayakers who were also taking advantage of the gorgeous weather with their adorable dog at the helm.

by Valerie | 10.12.13 | For Funsies | No Comments »

Weekend update

It’s glorious fall weather here this week and even with the rainy, cloudy day last Sunday I appreciated that it really felt like fall. We met a friend for brunch on Sunday and enjoyed catching up – sometimes you have to remind yourself to stop and smell the roses with your peeps…even when everyone is busy.

I also enjoyed dining at The Lunch Room for the first time (since they moved into a permanent space in Kerrytown), followed by an extra delicious latte at Mighty Good Coffee. I thought it was fun how, instead of using a number for your table, The Lunch Room uses images (like a bird, a stand mixer, etc.) so they can bring out your delicious plate of goodness to the right table when it’s ready.

This is what our walks with Melody in our neighborhood look like this week…I know…crazy gorgeous, right?!?

by Valerie | 10.08.13 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

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