Monthly Archives: October 2011

Fun Finds…Halloween Party Snacks & Desserts

I’ve been scouring the internet for recipes to serve at my Halloween party this weekend…Here are some of my finds!


Cheesy Goblin Head from Better Homes & Gardens

Hot Dog Mummies from

Salty Bones from

Fingers and toes from Martha Stewart

Spider Web 7-Layer Dip from Divine Dinner Party


Spider Cupcakes by Bakerella

Halloween Cupcakes from Bakerella

Gingerbread Skeletons from

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie from

Candy Corn Cookies from Martha Stewart


Happy Halloween....


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Fun with Fashion Friday…Halloween Costume Ideas

I have always been a little annoyed with females who use Halloween as an excuse to dress inappropriately.  I’m down for being a little risque, but there is a line.  Last year I was in downtown Burlington, VT on Halloween weekend and I really wanted to shout out “Put some clothes on!” to some of the girls walking down the street in their itty-bitty “costumes” they were hardly wearing!  There is also a time & a place…If you go out in public (versus a friend’s house party), it is also important to think about what you are wearing.  For example, if you ran into one of your coworkers in the costume, will you be able to look him or her in the eye on Monday at the office?  Just something to think about.

Here are some tasteful & creative Halloween female costume ideas…

Emily from Corpse Bride

The house in the movie UP (unisex)

DIY Owl (adult or child)

Wicked Queen


Sun-Maid Raisins Woman

Morton Salt Umbrella Girl

Couples Halloween costume ideas…

Little Red Riding Hood & Wolf

Dorothy & Tin Man/Lion/Scarecrow/Wizard

Safari Man/Woman & Exotic Animal

Old man & Old woman (or two old women)

Mr & Ms Potato Head

Thunder & Lightening

Shrek & Fiona

Flapper & Gangster

50’s sweetheart poodle skirt & ThunderBird Jacket

Mermaid & Pirate

The Flintstones

Mario Bros

Wall-E & Eve

Group Halloween Costume Ideas…


Captain Planet & the Planeteers


Fruit of the Loom

Wizard of Oz group

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Jem (80’s band cartoon)


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Fun Finds…Felted Sculptures

I’ve recently been really wanting to try felting & these little felt sculptures make me want to try it even more!

These are by Nature’s Adornments, sold on Etsy:

Holy adorable!!! 

Just look at that detail!

Woolettes sold on Etsy:

These are beyond wonderful…  Felted Norse Viking people!

Felted Wooly Mammoth

Laleebu sold on Etsy:

Cute vegetable toys!

Precious Goldilocks and Three Bears dolls!

MMWolters on Etsy:

Felted Pumpkins to get you in the Autumn spirit…

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Breakfast Recipes…4 Layer Breakfast Casserole

If you haven’t noticed from my crazy 7 Layer Side, I get a kick out of layered dishes.  My idea for a layered breakfast casserole came from my need to do something with leftovers & volia my 4 Layer Breakfast Casserole was created!  It was delicious, easy & my family loved it.  Note: I made this dish with mashed potatoes versus hash browns, so the slices would stay together & not crumble when scooped out.

Serving size: 9-12

Ingredients: 4 large Russet potatoes, milk, butter, cheddar cheese, dozen eggs, bacon (8 slices) (or sausage or ground meat), salt & pepper

Tools: masher, 2 large pots, 1 pan, 1 large bowl, cheese grater, casserole dish & large spoon.


Clean, cut & boil the potatoes until cooked (easily able to slice through)
In a large pot, mash the potatoes & add milk, butter, a little cheese, salt & pepper to taste

Crack open & wisk a dozen eggs in a large bowl
In another large pot or large (deep) pan, scramble the eggs (butter bottom of pan first to avoid too much sticking) & add a little salt & pepper to taste

Cook the breakfast meat of your liking (i.e. bacon, ground sausage, hash, etc) in a pan…I used turkey bacon

Once the mashed potatoes are a nice thick & creamy consistency, spread in a large casserole dish

Lay out the breakfast meat over the mashed potatoes

Scoop out the scrambled eggs over the breakfast meat

Lastly, sprinkle some grated cheese over the eggs & place in the oven at 250 until the cheese is melted & casserole warmed.

Serve warm

Tip: When I make this again, I think I’d rather use breakfast sausage patties versus turkey bacon.  It was good, but I think it could have been better.  I also will place some slices of tomato on the top, for added flavor!


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I ♥ my lab…Tips on how to keep a clean home with a dog

Let’s all be honest, we’ve all walked into a house and immediately know that a pet lives there.  In fact, we might be the culprits.  Here are some tips on how to not have a gross house that no one wants to stay at because you have a dog…

If you have carpets in your home, it is very important that you vacuum at least once a week to help get out the grit and dander that can build up within the carpet.  Get a good vacuum, too.  Even if you have wood floors, it’s important to vacuum often, as those fur balls can collect dust in the corners.  Dust = allergies for many!

Clean up those “oops” immediately
We all know that training a puppy isn’t fun/easy/clean.  It is important to clean up those “oops” ASAP, so they don’t stain.  It is also important to clean up those “oops” well, as you don’t want the dog to go back to that spot because it has their smell!  Speaking of smell, don’t use anything with ammonia, as it smells like urine to dogs.  Go to the pet store and buy products that are especially made to clean up those messes!

Wipe your dog down at the door
Keep a designated dog towel by the door.  If it is raining out or mud season, wipe down your dog when they come in, to avoid tracking in the mess!  Having a rug (especially a mud-absorbing one) at your door entrance can also help with this, as hopefully their paws will get wiped off when they come in.

Brush your dog often
Cut down the amount of hair flying around from the source…Get a good dog brush & brush Fido (OUTSIDE) once a week (more often for longer-haired dogs or during season changes).  It’s also a good idea to get your pup professionally groomed once a month or so, if they have long hair.
Tip: Start brushing your dog as a pup, so they get used to it & it is a bonding experience for you both.  It is a good task to do at the end of the day or after a romp, when they are tired & not squirming!   

Get a dog bowl mat
Water dishes and meal time can get a bit messy, so mats are highly recommended.  A small (washable) rug will do the trick, too.

Don’t let your dog on the couch
This may be hard for some, but if you don’t want a fur coat every time you sit on your furniture, keep Fido off the couch.  Dog beds are made for a reason.  It is important that dogs have some boundaries.  Allowing dogs on the couch also means that your couch’s life will be cut almost in half (which means you’ll be buying new furniture more often=$$).  Dogs nails can also be extremely detrimental to couches, especially leather!
~If you do allow your dog on the couch, roll the couch often with a lint roller & vacuum over the couch at least once a week (make sure to get under the cushions, too!).  Also make sure their nails are always clipped or else you’ll have scratches/holes all over & the couch/chair will be ruined.  Another option is to get a sofa cover, which can be removed when you have company.

Orvis Grip-Tight Furniture Protector

Keep your dog out of the bedrooms (or at least off the bed)
This is especially important if you have a guest room.  It is best to keep the dog out of the guest room in case you have a visitor that has allergies, so at least they’ll have a place to breath a little easier.  If you are prone to allergies, it is best to not let your dog in your bedroom, either (especially on your bed).  Dogs have a way of carrying things in that you want to keep out.  It is also a good way to avoid fleas & other bugs, which often looooove mattresses & pillows!  It’s a big debate, but keeping dogs off the bed is just plain healthier.  

Tips for when you’re redecorating your home & you have a dog:

Carpets: Buy all-synthetic fibers, as unfortunately natural fibers tend to absorb everything!  Loops are suggested versus a shag & also get a color that will be able to hide stains (aka white is not suggested).  If you can, get a carpet that has a stain-shield.  It also isn’t a bad idea to get carpets that somewhat match your dog’s fur, which can mask it between vacuumings.

Upholstery: Tightly woven fabrics are recommended.  If you can, try to scotch-guard your fabrics, too!  Couches or chairs with removable/washable covers are also ideal.  Leather is fine, but make sure you treat it before you use it.  If you really like the look of leather & have to snuggle up to your pup on the couch, opt for pleather instead to avoid scratches/ruining it.  Avoid velvet & velvet-like fabrics at all costs-they are fur-magnets!

Furniture: Wicker is honestly not suggested.  While it looks nice, it can fray easily and then be very tempting to Fido to chew on.  Hopefully you have a well-trained dog, though.  Get durable furniture & lamps with a solid (not tippy) base.

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