Cinco de Mayo
Pardon our Dust!
Return of the Light. Lessons from the Eclipse.
It is the return of the light.
Pineapp-O-Lantern: A Tropic’alloween Treat
Who says you can only make a Jack-O-Lantern out of a pumpkin?
Allow me to introduce you to a frightfully fun Halloween treat that makes a great presentation when serving a fruit plate, or fruit and cheese platter or even an awesome Halloween breakfast!
I’m calling it a Pineapp-O-Lantern: A Tropic’alloween Treat!
It’s basically the same process as carving a Jack-O-Lantern, so I wont bore you with an in-depth how-to, but I will share some tips.
I went the traditional route – cutting the top to make the ‘lid’ of the Jack-O-Lantern and then scooping out the contents, but I’ll definitely be doing things differently the next time I do this (see tips below).
A much more efficient way (and what I ended up doing about half way through digging and scooping pineapple) would be to make the ‘lid’ cut at the top, and also chop the bottom off the pineapple so you can approach it from both ends.
Then you’ll only need to run the blade of your knife around the inside edge of both ends, hollowing out a cylinder and sliding it out. This will leave you with nice hollow shell for carving a face, as well as a nice neat tube of pineapple to core and slice for serving.
All that’s left to do is carve a face, and pop in a battery operated tealight candle (I got my candles 2 per pack at Dollar Tree, batteries included and they even flicker like real flames!).
This project is great for bringing some whimsical Halloween fun to an unexpected place like a fruit platter, and I love that the pineapple top looks like spooky spiked hair!
EXTRA TIP: It’s not just for Halloween! Change the facial features slightly and you could carve a tiki face into the pineapple for an awesome display for a luau or other tropical themed summer party!
Well hello there Mr Creepy Pinapp-O-Lantern face!
Star Spangled Seashore Celebration
We’ve got our patriotic red white and blue ‘fire’Cracker Jacks ready as a nostalgic summertime treat. We added red white and blue striped ribbon just to make them extra special.
With a name tag or note attached to the ribbon they would make an awesome place card or party favor as well.
We’ve also got our Pop Rocks, because they are like having a fireworks show in your mouth!
The sideboard is all gussied up with red white and blue bunting and other patriotic themed items.
We found these sparkly balloon weights from Dollar Tree. They certainly are not a statement of understated elegance, and they may be a bit gaudy, but they feel like a fireworks launch!
If you can’t add a little over-the-top sparkly glitz and glam for the 4th of July, when can you?
We’ll be adding some of our favorite patriotic recipes and entertaining ideas soon — until then, here are some pictures from last year’s 4th of July celebration, and a few more from this year.
Seashore Tablescape – Oysters and Pearls
Hit the Road Jack Frost!!
Hip hip Hooray!! It’s finally here!!
If you’ve been following the Countdown to Spring the moment you’ve been anticipating has finally arrived!!
Now if you would so kindly join me in telling Jack Frost to hit the road!!
♫Hit the road Jack, and don’t ya come back no more!♫
It’s not April Fools Day yet, but this certainly seems like a not-very-funny April Fools prank!
Come on…this cannot be real…
Hot Chocolate Brownies
♪♫ At laaaaaast….my loooove has come along…♫♪
Is it weird that the song At Last by Etta James played in my head, time stopped and swirly twirly cartoon hearts and snowflakes floated around my head the first time I tasted these?
I also felt like Buddy the Elf declaring “I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it!” while throwing my elf hat in the air.
We bought this brownie mix at Aldi, just because it seemed like a nice holiday treat to have while cuddled on the couch with a warm blanket, and a great Christmas movie.
Now I am smitten, and my heart is all-a-flutter. The brownie and marshmallow together are just pure magic. I can’t even describe its ooey gooey warm deliciousness.
Oh, one parting warning about these. The marshmallow is insanely hot when they come out of the oven, so though it may seem like torture , its a good idea to wait a bit and avoid scalding the inside of your mouth.
That is definitely the first time I have ever had to warn anyone to avoid a marshmallow related injury!
Mooning over the October Moon
There is nothing quite like the October moon.
I have many fond memories of going for evening walks (physical training for a trip to Disney World) and as we would reach a certain point on the road we would round the curve and see the October moon, low in the sky, HUGE and gorgeous.
The crisp Autumn air would dance with the balmy end-of-summer breezes, creating miniature tornadoes swirling through piles of leaves, making orange red and yellow kaleidoscope patterns in mid air.
It’s one of the many sensory delights of the season that remind me that the world is a beautiful place.
Listen to the song ‘Moondance’ by Van Morrison while looking at the October moon this year — it is something everyone should experience at some point in their lives — truly magical.
Pssst!! For those of you who were expecting some coarse humor about the kind of mooning that refers to exposing ones buttocks…I apologize for misleading you. All I can do is offer you this peach as some small consolation.