thursday things

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It’s Thursday!  And Halloween was here!!!

Yes, I realize it was like a week ago, but how can I tell you about my Halloween if it hasn’t happened yet? HOW!?!?  Sheesh, I’m not psychic people, what do you want from me?!

We carved our first pumpkins ever!   Which one do you think I did?  🙂


Well, “ever” since i moved to arizona.  I was actually pretty convinced people out here didn’t even carve pumpkins… or celebrate Halloween.  Our first year here i don’t think we got a single trick or treater…

Sam was guarding the door for us, to protect us from any trick-ers…

sam door

She’s such a good guard cat… except that instead of actually protecting us she would just bolt into the other room whenever someone approached the door.

Don’t quit your day job, Sam.

Five whole groups of trick-or-treaters made it through Sam’s invisible force field, FIVE!!!  Including the most adorable tiny Thor I’ve ever seen.  I wanted to take a picture of him, but then I realized that it might not be appropriate for a complete stranger to take a picture of someone’s child… even if they are dressed up like Thor.

I was so excited to have any trick-or-treaters at all that I was dumping candy into their bags like “Just take it! Please! Take it all!”

Since I was a dinosaur, I told people that I was going to chase any kids I saw down the street roaring and throwing candy at them…


A lot of people mistook me for a dragon though. I guess they do kinda look alike.  Dinos… dragons… whatever.  I’ll have to try harder on the costume I make next year, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to be wearing my dino hoodie all winter long.

dino 1

Maybe I’ll skip the tail, though… seems a bit much for everyday wear….

Or does it?


So anyway, we’ve got like five pounds of candy leftover still.  A whole bag isn’t even opened yet.  So obviously I need to find a recipe to fill with mini candy bars.  Luckily I did some research on this same topic last year…

Maybe I could donate it to these poor kids.

Actually, most of the kids in that video don’t deserve candy.  I feel like if my kid acted like that I might just have to eat all of their candy on principle just to punish them.  Maybe even make them watch while I do it…

Sorry, was that a bit harsh?

I guest I could always feed them lots of this instead.

But seriously, doesn’t that just look delightful?  Damn you, Food52 for making me want all the things! 🙁

But there are some things I can have…

Like the Some Kitchen Stories November desktop calendar

Are you drooling?

Movita posted this article a couple days back on her facebook and it basically changed my (blog) life.  You know how you post on a blog occasionally, and then someone replies but then you NEVER SEE IT because WHO GOES BACK TO LOOK FOR REPLIES?? WHO?!?! (hint: not this girl)  How are you supposed to actually remember 1. THAT you commented, 2. WHERE you commented, 3. WHEN you commented.

Well, you don’t have to!

Because this makes it so that you get an alert when someone replies, and not that annoying “SOMEONE COMMENTED ON THE SAME THING THAT YOU COMMENTED ON SO NOW I’M GOING TO SPAM YOU” way… but in a totally convenient and low-key, “Hey this person actually replied directly to you” way… so … if I reply and you don’t get an alert, please let me know (if you happen to be one of those people who actually checks back).  There was a minor issue in the beginning where I forgot to actually set it up had some technical difficulties.  Seriously, remember to actually set it up if you download it.

Shannon had an awesome feature on juniper berries in the latest issue of Feast Magazine.  Be sure to pop over and check it out, not only is it super interesting, but she’s got a lovely chili recipe to go with it!

In Trader Joe’s News…







Kringle – it’s filled with delicious almond and only $6.99.  It retails ON THEIR OWN WEBSITE for almost $20 (plus shipping!) and it’s seasonal so it won’t be around for long.  I’m considering stockpiling enough of it in my freezer to last to next year.

Pumpkin bread pudding – I was skeptical at first, but…. just trust me.  It’s like biting into creamy, delicious pumpkin pie, in bread pudding form.

Skip on – Pumpkin granola(?) bars.  Not want.  They taste like they are filled with a reduced pumpkin pie paste and way too heavy on the “pumpkin spice” flavor.

Other stuff

This awesome book makes your brain feel dyslexic… it’d be a great coffee table read… or… not read… whatever.  You can check out its kickstarter page here.

This a cappella group who shows that autotoune (and instruments) is completely unnecessary to make an awesome-sounding song.

This video of skydivers narrowly escaping death.  I know it sounds gory but you should watch it.  Here, I made it easier to watch by putting it right here:

Christmas is rapidly approaching (I even bought my first Christmas gift of the season this week!).  I really feel like this might finally be the year for Natalie to conquer (or at least to attempt) royal icing!  Or at least cut out cookies

Finally, this cat…


10 thoughts on “thursday things

  1. whew! here i thought i missed this a week ago, but I DID NOT BECAUSE you just posted everything today! yay! so in my sinus infection/no sleep/gross sick child stupor, i missed nothing. not one thing. not you in your dinosaur costume, not anything.
    so, SO many things in this post. favorite thing? the comment notification plugin whachimacallit, because i’ve always wondered how to be so magical a person that i remember to go back and check all the comments.
    I am not that magical.
    and thank you for my little plug there! and the larger Feast plug: they love it when people see the magazine that aren’t in STL.
    Why does Some Kitchen Stories have to take such blissful photos WHY can i not do that. WHY.

    • No, ma’am, you didn’t miss a thing! Not a single thing!

      Are you installing the comment notifier? You must! (That way I know when you reply to me!) hehe

      Seriously, don’t they have the most gorgeous photos? I’m staring at those potatoes right now…. imagining that they are really in front of me….

  2. Love your pumpkin! Do you have two cats? i thought your cat’s name was Sophie.
    Um, your costume is amazing! You made it?! you look so cute!!
    Thank you for the warning about the pumpkin bars at tjs…because I heard about them and have been wanting to buy them but they’re always out.
    Also, that POOR CAT!

    • We DO have two cats, they look a lot alike to the untrained eye. I’m pretty much the only who can tell them apart. People always joke that we actually only have one cat and just made up the second one lol.
      They are not friends.
      Sophie is mine, she came down as a baby kitten from Ohio with me when I moved down. Sam is Aaron’s she’s a stray cat that he rescued. Aaron always yells at them “STOP FIGHTING, YOU GUYS ARE SISTERS!” then I remind him that, from my personal experience, that would be exactly why they are fighting lol! here they are together Sophie s on top, Sam is on the bottom. Proof that we have 2!

      Yes, skip the pumpkin bars, BUT BUY THAT BREAD PUDDING! lol 🙂

  3. Epic Thursday Things. EPIC.

    Also, I still don’t have reply notification for my blog. I’M PATHETIC.

    And finally, I think you should wear that Dino costume throughout the year – most especially at Christmas.

  4. I would love to do comment reply notification, but since its not available for users, I don’t think I can justify spending money on my blog juuuuust to send replies to people. I’d rather sit around and watch funny cat videos all day.

    Ahahaahah man I kind of hate kids. I do love that one who gives the thumbs up though, that’s classic! He’s so clueless.

    • Sad!! Yeah, it was a hard decision for me to move to self-hosted wordpress… it was also super stressful and traumatic! I had a bunch of issues at first but eventually I got it all straightened out.

      My advice is that if you think that you will EVER need to switch to self-hosting – to hurry up and do it while your blog is still young! It’s SUCH A PAIN to recode the links and all the little stuff you have to do :-\ Of course there are ways that make it easier, but those cost money! 😉

      • Ughhhhhhh that does sound like a pain. I’ve got three years of posts, but I’m not as frequent a blogger as all y’all, so maybe there’s still hope…

  5. I somehow accidentally saw the video of the kids’ reactions about the halloween candy on some show and I wish I hadn’t. My reaction was similar to yours. I told my husband if it were me, I’d throw all their candy out just for behaving like that. I remember there was one little girl who was telling her mom she hated her, etc. Oh my goodness.

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