Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY Chic Costumes for Ladies

It's important - to me, anyway - to not use Halloween as an excuse to dress - well - less; I am trying not to use that four letter word that starts with an S and ends with a T. Here are 3 exemplary ways to dress well this Halloween...

1. Pop Culture: Mia Wallace, of Pulp Fiction. 
long-sleeved white button-down, fitted black crop pants, black flats, red manicure, red lipstick and black mascara, short black bob with bangs (or wig)

2. Vintage Pop Culture: Dorothy
sleeveless white top, light blue skirt, red flats, blush for rosy cheeks

3. Classic: Pirate
boyfriend or distressed light-wash jeans, white tee, black heels, and pearls, pearls, pearls

Besides not looking like a four letter word on Halloween, the great bonus of all 3 of these Chic Costumes is that you can wear the clothes again and again, working them into your regular wardrobe; now that's dressing well.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Owl-oween 2014

We are officially 2 weeks away from Baby's First Halloween - and I am so excited! I have always wanted to attend "Owl-oween" - a Halloween event meant to teach you all about Owls - at Rotary Park on Merritt Island - and I finally did! Baby LOVED it...

We went along the nature trail, where we Trick-or-Treated our way to different Owl fact stations - and did some "Owl" spotting, of course.

At this Owl fact station, you could observe different Owl X-Rays -

and Baby thought that was very interesting.

This sign (along the trail) taught me that Owls are monogamous "until the death of one of the pair" - as if I needed one more reason to love Owls. 

This stuffed at Owl at one of the fact stations sung and danced;

Baby was not quite sure what to think of that.

To get your candy at this station, you had to match the Baby Owls to the Mama Owl; I figured out that Baby Owls are fluffy - and look a lot like Baby Chicks.

So - I actually learned a lot about Owls at Owl-oween, Baby enjoyed himself, and the price of our admission went towards Owl preservation. WHOO do you think is coming to this event next year?


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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Coconut Macaroons with Lime

Want one last taste of Summer? Can't let go? Well these Coconut Macaroons with Lime will let you hang onto Summer all year long - and they're so easy to make.

Coconut Macaroons with Lime

3 egg whites, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon fresh lime zest, and 2 cups shredded (and sweetened) coconut

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line 2 large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk your egg whites until bubbly. Add sugar, salt, vanilla, and lime zest - whisking just until blended, after each addition. Last, add your coconut, using a wooden spoon to just fold it in. Using a large ice cream scooper - or a 1/4 cup - drop your Macaroon mix onto the baking sheets, about two inches apart - they will spread, as shown. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the tops and edges brown. You may enjoy them hot out of the oven, or cooled - paired with espresso. They taste like Coconut Key Lime Pie; very Tropical.

Just a tip - you may reserve your 3 egg yolks, and use them to make Creamy Vanilla Pudding!

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