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All Hallow’s Eve

Here are a few snapshots of what Halloween looks like at the Flynn House:
Apple Cider with shrunken heads

Apple Cider with Shrunken Heads.

Table Decor

A fun lamp, lots of gourds and candles.

Spudnuts

Spudnuts- yes, I used my previously moldy potatoes and made delicious doughnuts out of them.

Spider Lamp

Its amazing what a couple silhouettes will do for a lamp!

Shelf Decor

Spiderwebs, scarecrow, and some fun (I inverted the colors on several) pictures.

Rotten Deviled Eggs & Goblin Fingers

Rotten Deviled Eggs and Goblin Fingers…

Pumpkin cupcakes

Pumpkin cupcakes.

Google Eyes

A fun way to dress up regular pictures is some hot glue and googly eyes! I glued them to the glass and I’ll just pop them off after the holiday!

Gourd & Orange Jack O Lanterns

Navel oranges are often a lot cheaper than mini-pumpkins- and they make cute jack o’ lanterns stacked in this vase.

Ghost Towels

Black felt cutouts and white towels make for some fun ghosts in the bathroom!

Snickers Mix

Have you tried this delicious mix that tastes like Snicker’s candy bars?  Add salted peanuts to candy corn and M&M’s- mix and eat. Delicious.

Eyeball Pumpkin

Another fun use for googly eyes and a hot glue gun!  I love tucking pumpkins in fun places, like on this book shelf.

Cookies

Yummy sugar cookies and delicious Reese’s cookies.  Reese’s pieces are perfect Halloween colors.

Candles

I covered some glass jars with paper, including a cutout with tissue paper, inserted a votive into the jar, and viola!

Blacklight pictures

The inverse photos (these are wedding pictures) look fantastic with a glowing blacklight!

Bones & Body Parts Mix

Delicious Bones & Body Parts mix- cereal, popcorn, and pretzels dipped in white chocolate!

Ward Party Star Wars

It wouldn’t be Halloween without costumes! It was fun to find sibling counterparts at the ward party.

Happy Halloween everyone!

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Custom Coffee Table

Guess what this is:I'm glad the blue was temporary

Oh, you already know? You mean I spoiled my own surprise by giving it away in my title?

Lame.

The table matches the Domino's uniform!

Well, you wanna know what isn’t lame? My coffee table.  Its amazing.

Steve saw the potential in this $5 Goodwill discovery before I did.  He did a lot of the work, and I wish I had taken a proper “before” picture instead of starting to take pictures half way through.  It was all brown, like the edges shown above.  Then he painted the top and some detail work red, and then created the checkerboard pattern on top with the blue tape.

It took a few coats

Then he painted the top black.  It took several coats of paint.  He also painted the rest of the table, minus the red detail work.

After we peeled back the tape and did a little touching up, we had this:

It matches the couch cover well, doesn't it?

Isn’t she lovely?

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A quick note about spices

Dear Reader,

If you already understand the importance of avoiding the baking aisle spice rack in your neighborhood grocery store, stop here and go read Smitten Kitchen‘s latest recipe or the inspiration at Momzoo.  This post is directed towards those who need a little more spice in their life and a little more moolah in their bank account.

Not long ago, I was like you.  I would spend way too long looking at the little bottles of “Spice Islands” and “McCormick” wishing I could fill my cupboard with them.  And really, I don’t have too much against them- McCormick bottles line the shelf of my mother’s spice rack and they served me well as I learned the ins and outs around the kitchen. But, seriously, a bottle of cinnamon sticks for $17.48?  Dried rosemary for $8?  I can’t justify the expense!

And then I discovered it: the bulk foods aisle.

I was 18 years old, freshly out into the world, when I had my first Winco experience.

WinCo logo

What a poor young girl’s dream it was.  First, I was drawn to the produce. This wasn’t the produce I was used to.  And the prices! Sigh. But that’s another story.

After a few visits, however, I felt myself pulled to the bins. The bins and bins of everything imaginable. Whole wheat flour, pancake batter, split pea soup mix, sliced almonds, peanut butter brickle… it went on and on!  And then I spotted them: The spices.  Everything priced per pound.  I didn’t really realize it at the time, but this experience changed my life.

Sometimes, however, I forget myself.

Last night Steve and I made a quick stop at the local Super 1 foods, because I thought spinach was on sale (it wasn’t, but that doesn’t really matter to the story.) I needed a few spices and, without thinking clearly, we headed to the baking aisle.  Allspice berries ≈ $12. Cinnamon sticks ≈ $17.  Whole cloves ≈ $12. Whole nutmeg ≈ $16.  No way in heck was I going to do that to our grocery budget!  I sighed, decided to do without the homemade apple cider at our Halloween party this weekend, and cried a little.  Inner tantrums happen.  But then, like a ton of bricks it hit me! I didn’t need those stupid little jars, I knew better!

Huckleberrys Natural Market

Now, call me crazy, but I don’t spend a lot of time in the organic food aisles.  Just too darned pricey, sorry.  But I know Huckleberry’s!  Not only is it an amazing website where you get to listen to me ramble, but it is an amazing little part of the grocery store where you can buy all the organic gluten-free food your heart desires- as well as amazing bulk foods.

Spice up your life!

Allspice berries = 47¢ Cinnamon sticks = 37¢  Whole cloves = 51¢. Whole nutmeg = 35¢

That’s more like it.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

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Mold. Ick.

*Disclaimer: No photos will be attached to this post, because then you would never come visit me again and I would hate that.*

Remember my exciting announcement?

I know, there are a lot of exciting announcements around here, you’re probably confused.  I’m sorry.

Do you remember that time I asked you to call me Ruth ‘cuz I was a bona fide gleaner and I bragged about my piles of potatoes and onions? Yeah, that time!  Well, I did something dumb.  Dumb, dumb, dumb…

I left them in the plastic bins.

Yes, I really did know better, I just wasn’t thinking straight.

Gustavo said “How can you keep it from going bad?” and I had all the answers! Something just didn’t click about the “moisture free environment” not meaning plastic tubs.

The onions are goners. They are now in the dumpster and the smell of onion mold pervades my soul.  I feel… moldy. I smell moldy. My house smells moldy.

It is sad.

But the potatoes… well, the potatoes just have a little mold. They are still firm.  And that gets me to thinkin’.

First of all, let me set the record straight: Mold is gross.  I hate it.  I don’t want to even think about the possibility of consuming it.  When I was a kid and Mom would cut the mold off of the bread or the cheese and say the rest of it was okay I was not okay with that.  I could taste it even when it wasn’t there just by thinking that it could be.

But… we’re talking 300 lbs of potatoes!  And, you know what? About 2 years ago I started cutting the mold off the cheese and saying the rest was okay.  And I just threw away 160 lbs of onions, I’m not sure I have the mental stability to throw away 460 lbs of food in one day.

But I also don’t know if I have the mental stability to wash, peel, cook, and freeze 300 lbs of potatoes tonight.  So, instead, I’m writing to you about my embarrassing little problem to say this:  What would you do?

Oh, and does anyone have a hankering for hash browns?

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Somewhere between house-sitting and moving I really stopped taking pictures and posting recipes.

I’m sorry.

I am baking more than ever, though, as would be expected after moving into our own place.

I’ll never get tired of the words “our own place.”

They are beautiful.

Anyhow, without further ado, I give you the world’s easiest, yummiest recipe for peanut butter cookies:

Peanut-Butter-Cookies

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg, slightly beat up

1 tsp baking soda

Roll into small balls, crush with fork, bake for 10 minutes at 350°

Be ready with a glass of milk when these puppies come out of the oven. You will burn your fingers, but its worth that first hot cookie bite.

Handy tip #2:

If you hold down the Alt key and type 0176, you get the funky ° sign.

Or you could use character map and copy paste like I do.

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Happy eating!


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Call me Ruth

Ain't they purty??

“And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves…”  Ruth 2:7

Guess what I did…

I learned firsthand what “gleaning” is.

Saturday morning, us Flynn folk drove out to Ritzville and gleaned some onions.

Our (church) ward is really into gleaning.

We gleaned 2.5 tons of onions that morning!

Today, I went to pick up our onions- we were told to take as many as we wanted.

My house smells yummy right nowWe wanted 160 lbs.

Don’t you?

But guess what else!

The day before we got the onions, our Bishop and some other members went to a different field and gleaned potatoes.

20 tons of potatoes.

That is a lot.

It also smells like dirt, though.

We decided 300 lbs should get us through the winter.

Holy smokes!

There are 300 lbs of (FREE) potatoes in my sewing room!!!!

This all leads me to this question:

Which first… mashed, scalloped, or fried?

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Halloween Costume Help

I need your help.

Psychologically, academically, spiritually, and gastrologically.

But right now I really need it creatively.

Creativally if you wanna go with the previous suffix theme and don’t care about spell checker telling you that you are WRONG!

Sometimes I care… my feelings get hurt and I feel like less of a person.

Darn those red squiggly lines.

Anywho… (another red line!)

Things 1 and 2

Last year for Halloween, Steve & I had a grand ol’ time as Dr. Seuss’ Thing 1 & Thing 2.

I mean, who wouldn’t?

BLUE

I got to have this STUNNING blue hair!

But another year has passed, and it is that time again…

And my creativity is stumped.

I looked up costume ideas online, but these people giving suggestions are wacky… Let me give you a few examples:

Dog & Fire Hydrant

Maytag Repair Man & Washing Machine

Marilyn Manson & Marilyn Monroe

Farmer & Cow

Macaroni & Cheese*

Here are my major stipulations:

  1. Church/child appropriate
  2. I don’t want to be an animal
  3. I don’t want to wear a box
  4. I don’t want to write something lame on a T-shirt and pretend it is a costume.
  5. I don’t want to glue something lame to a T-shirt and pretend it is a costume.
  6. I don’t want to show up somewhere and have other people wearing the same costume that I am.

Can you help me?

Am I beyond help?

Hello?

Is anyone there?

*Forgive me if I have offended you because you once glued macaroni to your shirt and wore a cheese hat.

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