Wednesday, August 31, 2011

More Halloween

This is going to be an unusually busy month. I have house guests for the next two weekends, then a reunion the following weekend and then my daughter has an event she will need me to help her with at the end of the month. So, after a horribly slow, boring, hotter than hell summer, it is time for me to hit the ground running. If I happen to repeat photos or you notice that some are blurred, it is because right now my life is a blur. But, I am still decorating!

I pulled out some of my Halloween signs.

And some of my Halloween jewelry.

I made more Turkish roasted peppers.

And some oven baked tomatoes. These will be used over the weekend.

One of the small signs went on the windowsill.

I've been placing mushrooms around the house.

I got out the vintage witch boudoir doll.

And the old witch cookie jar.

Some of my favorite handcrafted pieces.

One of the decorated shelves. You might have to click on the pics. I literally ran through the house to get this post together.

The witch boot scrapes are in position and my favorite window sitter is on top of the window.

And the black cats are keeping guard under the witch.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Even with the hot weather, I am in full Halloween mode. I put up my dripping blood today.

And I got out this set of Halloween dishes.

I like the raven...

And the skull....

But of course, the witch is my favorite.

I am still filling candy containers.

The only pumpkins I have found so far! Bring on the real ones!!!!

Dots has black bats and candy corn!

And the Halloween Oreo's are out in the stores.

I am ready for Trick or Treaters.....only two months to wait.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Almost Done!!!!

Puppy butt alert! Here we are beginning the descent to the guest house.

It is a long way down and Teddy checks every square inch.

We just cut the perrons so they are easier to navigate now.

A very, very long time ago I painted this desk chair for my daughter.

She has always been a cat lover.

HeHe...that is The Blog Tech hanging on the wall at age one!

I could barely get a foot in this room yesterday morning. It was being used as a closet/office.

It is much better and after today it will be excellent.

The other second floor bathroom.

The garden is filling in. It would help if we got a bit of rain!

The patio is in good shape. Now I need to wash the front porch.

The ascent is much harder.

Teddy crosses the creek by stepping on the stepping stone.

By the time she reaches the top she is panting hard.

She is always glad to come back home.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Labor Day Recipes

I think that I actually made this for Memorial Day but maybe some of you can use the recipes for Labor Day. I might still be cleaning. I haven't cooked in over a week.

This a a very good coleslaw recipe. Slice a head of cabbage very thin.

Grate a couple of carrots.

Thinly slice some onion.

Place it all in a big bowl. It will shrink down after it sits for a while.

Add some salt, pepper and celery seed. Sometimes I add a tablespoon of sugar too.

Add some mayonnaise and some butter milk.

Stir it all together and let it sit for a while.

This is my recipe for Kansas City Barbecue sauce.

The lineup.

Saute' a diced onion in 3 tablespoons of oil. Add 2 tablespoons of tamarind paste and 4 diced garlic cloves.

Add 2 teaspoons of hot sauce.

Add 2 tablespoons of chili powder. I also add 2 teaspoons of Harissa but if you don't have it you can just skip it.

Add a teaspoon of black pepper and a teaspoon of salt. Add 2 cups of ketchup, 1/2 cup of yellow mustard, 1/3 cup of cider vinegar, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, 1/4 cup of molasses, and 1/3 cup of Worcestershire sauce. Then stir in 1 cup of dark brown sugar.

Add 1/4 cup of honey.

And 2 small bottles of cognac. The airline bottle size. Let it simmer for about an hour stirring occasionally.

Use an immersion blender or food processor to puree the mixture.

You can can this if you want but then you would need to make a lot more than this recipe produces.

This makes about 2 quarts. This is good on anything. It is even good served on burgers instead of ketchup.

This is how much the coleslaw shrinks after about an hour.

Back to cleaning for me!