Sunday, November 1, 2009

The morning after...

Time to put away the spider webs, the gravestones, and the grinning jack o'lanterns. It's November now, just like that. But first......
It was a very merry party last night in our neighborhood. At the last minute, the Quiet Man and I decided to dress up just like the charges. Seeing double...
Our neighborhood hosted a pre trick or treating party. That's my pop working the grill, with Quiet Man as back-up. And my dear neighbors working the popcorn machine with their cutie pie pirate grandson. The teenagers were whipping up the cotton candy. Because there isn't quite enough sugar in Halloween candy for this boy of mine. Go get um' tiger.Here's some neighborhood tweens in their spooky duds. Are those days really coming for my charges?
This little girl does not belong to me, but she's so precious that I followed her around snapping pictures and scaring the daylights out of her. If you're a two year old Dorothy , the last thing you want is an oversized witch trailing you. That's our scarecrow, Abercrombie, on the lawn with some of Sailor's neighborhood pals. We make a new Abercrombie every year. Abercrombie, Abercrombie, Abercrombie. There could never be a better name for a scarecrow. I love you, Abercrombie. See you next year.
When it was time to trick or treat, this fiercesome Captain Hook nephew of mine was too scared. He spotted a grim reaper prowling the neighborhood and decided he was better off in a locked house. He just barely got over his fear of The Great and Terrible Frog, from the Frog and Toad musical that we saw in the spring. But I did get to take my Little Bo Peep niece Annabelle around. (Annabelle borrowed the Bo Peep costume I made Sailor four years ago.) I love to Trick or Treat. I feel more closely connected to my neighborhood and community and the kids learn how to be polite and gracious AND they get candy. What could be better?
My favorite trick or treat house has a giant decorated tree in the front yard. The sweet little lady of the house makes white chocolate mint ghost pops every year. (She gives them to grown-ups, too.) The ghost pops never make it home.
Here's the loot and the happy trick or treaters, ready to call it a night.
Hope you all had a safe and happy Halloween. Enjoy your extra hour today! I think I already wasted mine, lying in bed, thinking about what to be for Halloween next year.
Next Up:
Spinach and Apple Salad with Cheddar and Pecans with Maple Dressing

20 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

SUCH a fun, festive time! :)

Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures of the cutie pies! We stole your idea and the neighbors now love coming by for a hotdog and chili...makes Halloween so much more fun!

Leslie said...

If I had known they were going to have fresh, pretty, pink cotton candy I would have come.
I LOVE cotton candy. Their parties are getting better every year.

That was a great picture of your whole family.
It looked like a fun night.

Emily said...

That's awesome that 'last minute' you were able to throw together such great costumes for you and QM! Gives a whole knew meaning to the term, 'be prepared.' Clearly I need to amp up the contents of my closet!

Julie Harward said...

YOU, are just a doll...I had no idea such a young gal ran this awesome blog! How amazing is that...one of the best blogs ever too. You have such a darling family too...such talent..thank you for all you do!
Come say hi :D

Coby said...

Halloween is still in it's infancy here in Aus, but my goodness, what a great celebratory party to aim for! Your neighbourhood has got to be THE place to see how it should be done:) Looks like you all had so much fun, everyone looks fabulous Pru:D

Seth and Julie said...

I love the neighborhood party idea. How fun! You all look beautiful, as always.

Prudy said...

Ahem,this is sailor speaking .If you want to know,I got 79 pieces of candy ! Mom , I NEVER want to go trikc or treating by my self.Ever.Cute post.-Sailor

Prudy said...

Thank you, sneaky little Sailor girl. And for the record, after tonight, you do not have 79 pieces of candy.

Magen said...

You are so hilarious. I love the dorothy/witch comment. :-) I took my nephew trick or treating, and we only got to a few houses because the little monkey got scared too. Some people are just WAY creative in their decorations.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Love the pictures. Kids are all so cute in their costumes. You and your hubby too.

Ramona

Signs and Salvage said...

You guys are beautiful!!! Thank you so much for your sweet words of encouragement on my BLOG!!! Happy November!!!

The Renouf Family said...

Everything looks beautiful...you included. :)

Stephanie said...

Hi, I recently tried making some raspberry vinegar for the first time, and had some questions about this, and a friend directed me to your blog. I don't know if you know anything about making vinegar or not, but I thought it couldn't hurt to ask.
My mom has a great salad recipe and she made raspberry vinegar for the dressing just by putting raspberries and rice vinegar in jars and letting them sit for 3 months. I made up an entire batch, and then she told me that I needed to use glass jars. I used plastic ones with screw-on lids. She thinks that the vinegar won't be good unless it's made in glass jars, but I couldn't find anything about this on google. Any idea if this is true or not? Do I need to throw it all out because it will make us sick, or can we try it and see if it turned out ok?
Thanks for your time,
Stephanie Bradshaw
stephanielbradshaw@gmail.com

Prudy said...

Stephanie:
That's a tricky question. I've made lots of flavored vinegars, always in glass bottles. However, I poked around the Internet and found some sources that say that plastic is OK, like this one http://www.ehow.com/way_5506380_making-homemade-vinegar.html

If the plastic bottle is food safe, I'm sure you are fine to use it. I think people prefer glass because some people feel that plastic anything affects the flavor. My mom won't even drink milk out of plastic, if she can help it. Good luck and welcome!

gigi said...

Yall are blessed to have such and awesome family and neighborhood to trick or treat. Loved, loved looking at all the fun and food and cute costumes. You really did an awesome job on Sailor's.

How did your recipe on French's contest do?? I sent my frineds to vote and hoped that it helped.

Sara said...

What a cute family all dressed up!!! Looks like you had a fun Halloween full of fun traditions!

Michal said...

love the post. love the costumes. love you.

Anonymous said...

I love the witchy-poo costume!! It looks like a Mary Elgelbreit card come to life. I'm amazed with your blog what a beautiful family you have. You're homemaking skills would put Martha to shame. You are on talented lady. Looking forward to future posts
Susan Kando

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