Candy pellet casualties and frosting flops are part of the wonder and joy of watching the Fixin’ Leaks and Leeks gingerbread train careen down the tracks. What you see here results from a moment of weakness while grocery shopping at night. Nate and I were picking up a few odds and ends at the store… Continue reading Chugga Chugga Chew! Chew!
Pass the turkey with a heaping side of gratitude—or else. That’s the message behind Pilgrim, a horror film on Hulu, which is now a holiday tradition at our house. Nate, Alex, and I watched it while cuddled up with Thanksgiving leftovers and a weighted blanket for comfort. This film is definitely not intended for small… Continue reading Thanksgiving Dinner and a Movie: Pilgrim
In a frenzy of fall-themed fever dreams, where pumpkins and napkin holders blurred together, slid under the door, and reconstituted themselves as Butterball turkeys, I thought: Why not introduce a color I really associate with Thanksgiving: Pepto-Bismol pink? Feathers flew, and that’s when I ended up with the Hand-Turkey-that-Doesn’t-Resemble Fall-but-Maybe-it-Does-After-All. I was flipping through the… Continue reading Handy Turkey Table Decor
Baking a pie is like rearranging the furniture with two sticks and a bowling ball. For me it is, anyway. I start out precisely enough, but then I just throw the whole thing into a pie plate, press the dough down really hard, stick it in the oven, and hope for the best. Usually, I… Continue reading Meet Me for Mincemeat Ginger Snaps
A wild wind whipped its way through our neighborhood, sending animatronic monster décor spinning into a short-out in the streets. That happened about midnight on Friday evening. By 8 a.m. Saturday morning, the power was still out, but that didn’t stop me from sounding the craft alert. It was just starting to be daylight, but… Continue reading Craft Alert in the Dark
Trickin’ out my wardrobe is a terrifically frightening treat. It’s frightening because I never thought of my everyday clothes as potential Halloween costumes, but it turns out my dresses and skirts are just one odd accessory away from hell. Such a lucky break for when the workplace wants to do a whole week of themes… Continue reading Happy Halloween, from the Closet
Pumpkin patches are writhing with fall enthusiasts, jacked up on spiced lattes—and they’re ready to squash someone if they’re not scared witless in the corn maze. Nate, Alex, and I have been these enthusiasts, and after spending a lot more than we thought we should, we decided we could scare ourselves witless for free. We… Continue reading DIY Ghost Stories: The Haunted Hot Tub
Creepy looking fingers, served on bread plates, add a real nail-biting touch to a regular Saturday night at home with the family and the cat. Throw in a Halloween-themed lounge-act that was turned into a CD at least ten years ago, and you’ve got yourself a party. Also, you’ll want to get your hands on… Continue reading Pumpkin Soup and Finger Foods
Creepy cans of cannellini, smothering wadded-up bags of chips, will no longer give me the evil eye. The nightmare is over. We finally plastered the glass window door of the kitchen pantry with “frosted glass” cover paper—and now it’s lights out for everything in that closet, thank goodness. The glass window pantry was not my… Continue reading What’s Behind the Door?
If spooky season isn’t spicy enough for you, take the “Paqui One Chip Challenge,” and send your tastebuds to a fiery dungeon where demons stab them with pitchforks. That’s the only way to describe this experience—and I didn’t even really complete the entire challenge. The “Paqui One Chip Challenge” consists of opening a coffin-shaped package… Continue reading Scary Hot