Halloween, Christmas – it’s all the same

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One of my favorite Halloween decorations is one I actually bought at a Christmas shop in Boston a couple of years ago. It’s that of a spider dressed to impress!

Boston Spider - wonderfully gruesome!

What I love is how the spider’s body is shaped like an old pumpkin that has seen more than its fair share of Halloweens. Just glorious!

And the best part, it’s now only one more sleep to candy time! Sorry, Halloween so there’s no need to ask… “mum, how much longer?”

Reflecting Flowers

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Following Miss Eleven’s science experiment over the Summer Vacation with the wild flowers, I’m now a tad skeptical of flowers being their true color.

Is a flower its natural color or has a drop or two of something been added to brighten things up?

Reflections of Flowers

Perhaps that’s the reason I tend to prefer my flowers white as then I know they are natural, no colorings added.

No matter, I do adore the color of these blooms Hubby bought me as a surprise the other week and the way they color is reflected in the table.

As to a bunch of lovely white blooms however… “mum, how much longer?”

Wedding Favors with a Twist

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If you happen to be a bride with a love for all things Halloween, then what else would you have as Bomboniere Boxes but coffins. How cute are these?!

Wedding Favor Boxes - with a SLIGHT twist!

We constructed 100 of these cuties for her wedding day. Purple obviously one of her colors as this was the color of her wedding dress!

When I was perfecting the template for them I think I must have made another 100 in quite the variety of colors – yellow, pink, green – Halloween has never been so colorful, lol. :)

Now, as for Halloween and all the candy that comes with it… “mum, how much longer?”

Pumpkin Asparagus Frittata

Last Sunday we began our day like most Sunday’s, with a HUGE breakfast. The remainder of the day was then spent working and grazing.

Hubby wasn’t spending the day relaxing as he would have preferred, the yard needed to “clearing” in preparation for winter. Nothing says fun quite like the dismantling of a trampoline, lol!

For something a tad different to go with our bread and gooey cheese as a reward when all that required doing was done, I made this Pumpkin Asparagus Frittata. Let me say, it did NOT disappoint (even if the photography did)!

Pumpkin Asparagus Frittata

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 1-1/2 hours
  • Difficulty: medium
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Pumpkin Asparagus Frittata

Ingredients:
500g Butternut Squash, cut into 1″ cubes
Virgin Oil to drizzle
Salt and Pepper
2 tbls unsalted butter
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2 leeks (pale part only), halved lengthways, thinly sliced
10 eggs
1 bunch chives, finely chopped
1 bunch thin asparagus, woody ends trimmed,
blanched or steamed for 1-2 minutes
120g goats cheese (approximately)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400F.

Place pumpkin on a baking tray. Drizzle with oil, season and roast until slightly tender. Reduce oven to 350F.

Heat the butter in a deep, 25cm oven-proof frying-pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and leek, cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until softened not colored.

Remove the pan from the heat, then remove two-thirds of the leek mixture and set aside. Spread the remaining leek over the base of the pan.

Lightly beat eggs in a bowl, then stir in chives, salt and pepper. Layer pumpkin and asparagus in the pan, scatter with the reserved leek, then crumble over the cheese.

Pour over the egg mixture, then transfer the pan to the oven and cook the frittata for 35-40 minutes until golden and cooked through.

Stand for 10 minutes. Slice and serve warm.

It must have been good as Hubby wasn’t even through his first piece when he made a request to keep some for lunch the following day. That’s as good as saying… “mum, how much longer?”

Inkin’ it Up!

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Tattoos are one of those things I have a love-hate relationship with. This is some “ink” a friend of mine recently had added. The entire process I found amazing.

Fresh Ink - noice!

The thought of ink being drilled into my body for the rest of eternity worries me.

Not from a safety perspective at all but the mere fact I like to change the color of my walls every few years whilst moving everything around. If I choose to have ink, it’s there FOREVER - no take backs. Well, no easy, CHEAP ones at any rate, lol!

Hubby on the other hand has absolutely NO qualms with them hence is continually asking me about mine and… “mum, how much longer?”

Pier Pressure

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What a wonderful story it would be if I said having purchased a book at our local charity shop, this old negative fell out and on scanning it into my computer, this is the photograph it revealed. How fabulous would that be?!

Vancouver Docks

Certainly sounds a tad more exciting than saying after the most horrific experience with American customs in Vancouver, having finally boarded our ship bound for Alaska, we sat exhausted on our cabin balcony scoffing our complimentary champagne and strawberries.

As we “debriefed” from our ordeal, vowing to write letters of complaint to all concerned (yet to be written mind you), I couldn’t help but notice this dock beside our ship – was it something that was once important but now lay neglected, or was it something needed so often there was no time to make things “pretty”?

Whichever the answer I can’t help but wonder as to its strength, durability and really… “mum, how much longer?”