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October 31, 2012

Halloween 2012

Well, two days out of 31 for blogging this month is better than nothing, right? Sigh, I'll attempt to be better starting November 1st.

This year my daughter was much more "into" Halloween than she was last year.  She expressed a week before Halloween that she was going to be a flower. She rarely has much of an opinion so I felt like I had to allow her to be a flower for Halloween. I looked everywhere for a cheap flower headband, and of course, I know Target sold them in their dollar section years ago, but I was unable to find anything so I made one out of a head band, ribbon, hot glue and foam sheets. She LOVED it. I pinned some leaves onto a green hoodie, bundled her up in layers and we went out to the local trick-or-treat event last Friday.



On the way to the event we were practicing what to say. She had her trick-or-treat and thank you down, but when it came down to talking to strangers, she could only say thank you. I guess the polite word is the better of the two. Plus, when she says trick-or-treat, sometimes it sounds like sugary treat. She didn't like the scary things and pulled us away and I think was somewhat overwhelmed by the number of people and costumes she saw. We didn't stop at too many stores/locations or get too much candy, which is fine with me. 




Last night we carved pumpkins. She was very excited to have a jack-o-lantern and kept saying it over and over. Not sure where that came from, but after they were all carved (she lost interest very quickly) she was so excited to turn off all the lights in the house and see her jack-o-lantern glow. She told me hers is the big one. Once the pumpkins were glowing, she kept saying, we gotta get our costumes on! 


Today she wore her flower costume to school and was GLOWING once again! She hugged her friend L and ran off to show all her teachers and friends. It was adorable. I love when she gets so excited she "shakes." 

She was glowing on Monday when we took this special fruit treat to her friends at school. I was bummed she didn't want to help make or paint it, but she did love taking it into her classroom. 


October 09, 2012

Taco Seasoning

I've been pretty hesitant to make my own taco seasoning, but after seeing lots of recipes on pinterest and doing a little research, I decided to take the plunge. My biggest fear is that I don't like spice, not even medium salsa, and I'd whip up a batch of seasoning and it would be too spicy or taste disgusting and I'd have to toss out the entire dish. sigh.

So I made it anyways. And it turned out great! Here's my recipe:


2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons cumin
2 teaspoons oregano
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 1/2 tablespoon onion flakes (or powder)
1 teaspoon salt

If you want to add spice, add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more to taste.)

I made three batches and store it in a mason jar. It's pretty aromatic, so I suggest a glass container for storage, otherwise your entire cupboard will smell like taco seasoning. 

I mix 3 tablespoons with 1 lb of meat (beef, turkey, chicken) and I add 2/3 to 3/4 cup of water to my meat. I heat and let the water absorb/cook away. Then I enjoy!