October 2010

Party Time!

by J.S. on October 30, 2010

in Parties

Good morning my lovelies (or good afternoon to my East Coasters)! I hope those are you throwing a shindig are well under way getting ready. I over slept and I’m now waiting for coffee to be injected into my arm.

I’ll try to update today as I can. I’m around if you have questions or want to share a good idea or two.

Good Luck Poor Girls, make me proud!

xo, J


Daily Dose of the Awws

by J.S. on October 29, 2010

in Daily Dose of the Awws

Baby Yoda!!!

from Flickr



Friday Cocktail: Eyeball Punch

by J.S. on October 29, 2010

in Friday Cocktails


from google


1 bottle of sparkling apple cider

1 bottle of sparkling cranberry juice

4 cups of pink grapefruit juice

2 cups of good quality vodka

1 can of lychee fruit  with the syrup

Mix everything together in a large bowl and serve.


Last Minute Costume Ideas

by J.S. on October 28, 2010

in Parties

Before I rush off to shop I wanted to give you some ideas for last-minute inexpensive costumes.

First Up:

That Darn Cat (released in 1965, starring Hayley Mills (Patti Randall), Dean Jones (Zeke Kelso))

from the film, That Darn Cat


Hitchcock’s The Birds

From Flickr

Mad Men

Don’t forget the “Lucky Strikes”


from Textually.org

Clark Kent


from Fox News

Spider Lady

from Martha Stewart


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from Flickr

I have finally decided on the complete menu, I wavered a little yesterday but now I’m committed.


Savory Hand pies

Pre-made/frozen items from the store

Cheese and crackers


Beet Salad with candied pecans and blue cheese

Martha’s “Ghoulash”

Garlicky Mashed Potatoes


Dessert Buffet:

Caramel Apples


Sugar Cookies

Assorted Candy


Eyeball Punch – my own recipe, I’ll share tomorrow.

And I have to spend under $100 (I lowered it).

So, what do you think? Send me some pics of your Halloween gatherings!

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Get Your Pumpkins Ready

by J.S. on October 28, 2010

in Random Musings

The old Jack-O-Lantern face is yesterdays news. Now you need the skills of a wood-carver to even try to compete. I’d love to see what you did with yours!

Here are a few for inspiration.

Skull here.

Pumpkins Galore here.

House here.

Lacey pumpkins here.

Holey Pumpkin here.


Apple Cake? Yes, Please

by J.S. on October 27, 2010

in Food Porn


from thepioneerwoman.com

Is there anything better than warm apples and ice cream? Allow me to answer that, nope, sure isn’t. The husband is forcing me (ok, not forcing at all really) to join him at the gym. I may be the laziest person you know. I hate working out. I hate gyms. I hate gym clothes. But alas, I’m going. rest assured I’ll be thinking of this cake the entire time.

Check out The Pioneer Woman to get the recipe of this deliciousness.




Keep it festive, keep it drunk

by J.S. on October 27, 2010

in Friday Cocktails

from Food Network

Sandra Lee is basically a girl I want to hang out with. She can make an entire dinner out of pumpkin pie spice and has a giant cocktail with every meal. My kind of lady. I spent the last weekend in a coma in front of the Food Network and one of her Halloween specials was on. I’m not kidding when I say she likes to drink, hand to god, she’s used flower vases and novelty glasses as cups. Her “Witch’s Brew” sounds pretty delish. She even provides advice on the decor. Oh Sandra! You and your tablescapes.

Sandra Lee’s Witch’s Brew


  • 1 (6-ounce) package lime gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 3 cups chilled pineapple juice
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle chilled lemon-lime soft drink or ginger ale
  • 2 cups chilled vodka, optional

Special equipment:

  • 1 large black plastic cauldron (available at party or craft stores)
  • 1 punch bowl that fits inside the cauldron
  • 1 plastic hand (available at party supply stores), sterilized in hot water
  • 1 block dry ice (available at supermarkets, ice cream shops or ice companies)


Pour the gelatin mix into a large bowl. Slowly stir in the boiling water. Stir at least 2 minutes, until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir in the pineapple juice. Let cool to room temperature.

Wearing heavy duty gloves or using tongs, place the block of dry ice in the bottom of the cauldron. (Dry ice will burn skin, so handle it with gloves and tongs and keep it away from kids and pets!)

Use an ice pick to break the block into smaller chunks, if necessary.

Fill the cauldron with just enough water to cover the dry ice. It will begin to “steam.”

Place the punch bowl inside the cauldron, on top of the dry ice. The cauldron will appear to be magically smoking.

Entrap the sterilized rubber hand between the cauldron and the punch bowl, squeezing it tight so the hand appears to be reaching out of the mist for help. Hot-glue the hand to the cauldron, if necessary, to hold it in place.

Carefully pour the drink mixture into the punch bowl. Slowly add the chilled vodka and lemon-lime soda or ginger ale. Stir gently to mix.


Falling in Love with: ZipList

by J.S. on October 27, 2010

in Falling in Love with

Has anyone else tried ZipList? Allow me to explain why it’s so awesome. First, you can click on recipes online and all the ingredient become stored in your ZipList grocery list and they’re organized by food type (i.e. canned goods, produce, etc.) Second it stores the recipe so when you get back from the store you don’t have to fish around looking for where you left it. You can arrange lists by stores, note that you have coupons and make note of the brand you want to buy. ZipList also has over 3,000 recipes on the site. Overall it is amazing. I’m totally unorganized and this makes me look like a pro.

Sign up and see how it works here.


3 Days Until the Halloween Party

by J.S. on October 27, 2010

in Parties

I’m getting really excited. I think I’ve settled on the dishes above, plus a few ready-made items. I’m going in with a list, but I may have to decide on the fly since I’m sticking to the $150 budget. I’ll be bringing the lovely Jen along for the ride and to help keep me in line. We’ll try to post throughout the day so stop by and tell us how your festivities are going.

Photos are from marthastewart.com and the foodnetwork.com.

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