Saturday, October 29, 2011

Winter Coats Galore

Hi Dolls! It's almost Halloween and it's snowing! What a crazy mix up! All of this snow has made me think of winter coats and outerwear. It seems that once it gets colder, I end up wearing the same bulky winter coat. But not this season! This year, I am determined to find a warm, stylish, and vintage inspired coat, not just for myself. but for all of us! I hope you find something you really liked.



Thursday, October 27, 2011

Grandma's Cold and Flu Remedies

Hi Dolls! We are now in cold and flu season and we have not been immune. I've had three colds and one flu since September and Johnny has had two colds. Although modern medicine has helped us tremendously, I still find myself going back to the old fashion cold and flu remedies. Here is a list of some old fashion cold and flu remedies:

To relieve a cough and chest congestion: Hot toddy

2 lemons (not lemon juice)
1/4 cup of honey
2 cloves of smashed garlic
2 tbs of sugar (optional)
1/2 tsp of mint or dried ginger
whiskey or rum (optional)

Squeeze the lemon juice from the 2 fresh lemons and put the juice in a saucepan. Add the honey and the rest of the ingredients to the saucepan and bring to boil. Set aside to cool for a few minutes and then add rum or brandy.

Cold fighter: Home made chicken or vegetable soup

Well I don't think I need to write down the common and popular home made chicken or vegetable soup recipe :) My only advice is to use fresh herbs and to add lots vegetables.

Photograph by Romulo Yanes

Soothe a sore throat

Gargle warm water mixed with salt. After you gargle, swallow the  mix.

Achy muscles

1 tbs of horseradish
1/2 cup of olive oil

Mix the two directions and then let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then use the mixture as a massage oil and get instant relief of achy muscles.

Clear sinuses: Neti pot

The neti pot is as old as dirt and successfully rinses out the sinuses. Just add warm water and salt inside.

What home remedies do you use? Are they family secrets? Please share your cold and flu remedies in the comment section!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Halloween- Rockabilly

Halloween is less than two weeks away! Now it really is crunch time for finding or creating those costumes. Previously I talked about costumes inspired by the '60s, this time, I want to talk about costumes inspired by high school, more specifically, you're grandma's high school! I'm thinking vintage cheerleaders, librarians, geeks and nerd, greasers, and the school hop girls, ya dig? Of course, if you want your costume be all bloodied up, that's cool too!

'50s Leopard Print Dress Etsy - alltimeometime

Vintage Letterman Cardigan Etsy - Dronning

Vintage Black Leather Jacket Etsy - MagwoodBoutique

Vintage Varsity Jacket Etsy - dallasvintage
Vintage Cheerleader Outfit Etsy - CreatedandCollected

Friday, October 21, 2011

Where was I?

Happy Friday dolls! Sorry it's been over a week since my last post. I've been swimming in projects, exams, and the flu. Unfortunately, I have even more exams for next week :/ Is it winter break yet? So please forgive me for my blogger and twitter absence. I will have a new blog post for you by tonight. On the brighter side, I baked a cake! Okay, it was just the cake mix in the box kind, but I added Halloween sprinkles, so that's pretty creative, right?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Spookified and Yummified Halloween Recipes

Yummify and spookify your food for Halloween! I have found the cutest, simple, and easy to make recipes you can make for Halloween and all month long.


Witches' Brew

Total Time: 5 Minutes

Lemonade Mix for 1 quart
6 drops of green food coloring
3 drops of yellow food coloring
1 liter of cold ginger ale
2 liters of cold seltzer
Optional: pineapple juice, cherries, gummy worms, or red food coloring

Mix the lemonade with the food coloring. Then add the ginger ale and cold seltzer. Mix the ingredients and pour into punch bowl.
Photo by Ralph Anderson
Halloween Hpnotist

Total Time: 10 minutes

2 oz Hpnotiq
1 oz supreme premium vodka
splash or lemon juice
1 glow stick

Pour the ingredients into the cocktail shaker with ice, shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and add the glow stick.
Copyrighted Hpnotiq Liqueur


Bat Fries

Total Time: 30 minutes

Bat shaped cookie cutter
Paper towel
Russet potatoes

Heat the oil to 325 degrees in deep fryer or skillet. Peel and slice the potatoes 1/4 inch thick. Cut the slices with the bat shaped cutter. Pat the slices dry with paper towel and fry the slices in small batches until cooked throughly but not brown. Remove the fat and place the bat fries on paper towels. Reheat the cooking oil to 375 degrees and refry the bat fries until brown and crispy. Drain the oil and fat on the paper towels, salten and serve hot.
Copyright by perfect entertaining
Frankenstein's Spinach Dip in Pumpernickel Cauldron

Total Time: 2 hours
Serves 6

Store bought spinach dip (trust me, it saves you so much time!)
Wilton leaf green icing color (optional)
Wilton black icing color
2 refridgerated breadsticks (from 11 oz can)
1 round loaf of pumpernickel bread
1 package of cream cheese (8 oz)

Mix the premade spinach dip with the leaf green icing color. Cover and refridgerate for two hours or overnight. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Unroll the 2 refridgerated bread rolls, twist, and form the two rolls into a handle shape. Insert a toothpick at each end and bake according to the package's directions. Once the bread handle is done baking, remove the rack and cool completely. Then paint the handle with the black icing color. Cut off the top of the bread and hollow out to create a bowl of the pumpernickel bread. Insert the bread handle ontop of the bread bowl. In a small bowl, take the 8 oz cream cheese and tint with the black icing color. Place the tinted cream cheese into a ziptop plastic bag. Poke a 1/2 inch hold in one corner of the plastic bag and pipe around the top of the cauldron. Serve with pumpkin shaped tortilla dippers and vegetables.
Photo by Mark Ferri

Main Dishes

Spiderweb Pizza

Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves one

Mini 8-inch prebaked pizza crust
1/3 cup pizza sauce
2 1 oz mozzerella string cheese
3 large black pitted olives

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Put the prebaked crust on the baking sheets and place pizza sauce on top. Pull cheese into thin strings and place the thing strings in a spider web design. Bake the pizza for 8 to 10 minutes until cheese melts. Cool for 3 minutes. Cut off the ends of two olives to create a spider's body and cut up the thirdt olive into strips for the spider's legs. Place the spider onto the pizza.

Photo by Wendell Webber

Jack-O-Latern's Pasta Brain

Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves 6-8

6-8 medium orange bell peppers (will be the jack-o-laterns)
8 oz of pasta
1 jar of favorite red pasta sauce
Green food coloring (optional)

Wash and dry the peppers and cut off the top and clean out the inside. Carve one side of the pepper like you would to a pumpkin. Cook and drain pasta according to the package's directions (add 10-15 drops of green coloring during boiling of the pasta, if you want the pasta to turn funky green). Warm the pasta sauce and mix with pasta. Spoon pasta into the individual bell pepper so pasta oozes out of the eyes, mouth, and nose.


Severed Fingers

Total Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Serves: 15
Makes: 30 fingers

2 tbs of red food coloring
30 blanched almonds
2 large eggs
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
5 tbs granulated sugar
1 pinch of salt
1 cup and 2/3 of all-purpose flour

Heat oven for 350 degrees and place two sheets of parchment paper and set aside. Place food coloring in a bowl. Crack each whole almond into halves. and toss them into the bowl with the food coloring and stir them until the color is evenly distributed. Leave the almonds in the bowl and stir them every so often until the color is as dark as you like. Separate 1 egg. Set aside the white. In a small bowl, whisk together yolk, remaining egg, and vanilla. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine butter, confectioners' sugar, granulated sugar, and salt. Beat on medium speed until well combined. Add egg mixture, and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the flour, and mix on low speed just until incorporated. Wrap the dough in plastic, and chill until firm, 20 to 30 minutes. To make the knuckles more creepy just shape them big and uneven. To keep them from puffing out too much roll the fingers extra skinny (skinnier than you want them to look if that makes sense). I also try to get them out of the oven before they brown. I sometimes add a bit of almond extract to dough. Divide the dough in half. Work with one piece at a time, keeping remaining dough covered with plastic wrap and chilled. Divide the first half into fifteen pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece back and forth with palms into finger shapes, 3 to 4 inches long. Pinch dough in two places to form knuckles. Score each knuckle lightly with the back of a small knife. Transfer fingers to prepared baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.When all fingers are formed, brush lightly with egg white. Position almond nails; push into dough to attach. Bake until lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Cool completely.

Creepy Crawler Mud Cups

Total Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 12

1 (18oz) refridgerated chocolate cookie dough
4 (3 oz) chocolate pudding
1 1/2 cup crushed chocolate cookie crumbles
24 gummy worms

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 12 muffin cups. Remove dough from wrapper and shape into 12 balls. Press into bottom and up the sides of muffin tin to create a cup. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until set on the outside but gooey in the middle. Gently press down with a spoon in the center to create a hollow again. Cool in pan 10 minutes and then remove cups from pan. Fill up each cup with pudding and sprinkle with cookie crumbs and top with gummy worms.

Do you have a traditional Halloween treat or meal? Please let me know!

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