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Weekending 12.03.2012

tackyIt is officially Christmas month. To celebrate, I began my weekend with some Christmas festivities. (And not just by vegging out while ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas glows in front of me.)

Actually, my sister kind of jump-started the Christmas-month fun with her Tacky Christmas  Cookie Exchange. I think the effort I put into my costume and my cookies is worth some sort of prize though.

If you recognize that outfit, it’s probably because I reused most of it from last year’s tacky Christmas party for my work. The hat (a bow my stepmom made, intended to be a tree topper) and earrings (bell earrings I’ll probably NEVER wear again… imagine bells ringing in your ears every time you move your head for about three hours. Umm… no) were both new. See how clever I am?

spritzHonestly, I think the biggest lesson I learned this weekend (which was honestly a tough choice, with those darn jingling earrings) was to never trust a recipe that says, “the dough is so easy to work with.” The second biggest lesson: don’t use icing piping tools in place of a cookie press, even if the cookbook tells you it’s an easy substitution. (The dough was so thick, it exploded from the top of my icing bag once and busted the bottom of the bag twice by pushing the tip out of the bag.)


The greatest lesson for everyone probably came from Josh, who taught us that the best and least-stressful kind of baking happens with a little help from Duncan Hines. Okay, maybe a lot of help from Duncan Hines. Like, possibly all the help. He told my dad (via Facebook) the cookies were “elegant, delightful, inexpensive, tasty, and took no time to bake at all…seriously.” Maybe next time I’ll remember to dump them in a Christmas tin for him!


Everything turned out great. There were far too many cookies (I think my sister may still be trying to get rid of them!), and they were far too delicious.

cinnamon spritzAs far as my Cinnamon Spritz cookies? Well they turned out beautifully. The consistency was just right (something I was concerned about as I baked them), and they tasted pretty good. The only complaint I received was the lack of chocolate (each cookie got a single chocolate chip).  I doubt I’ll make them again, but I’m happy it wasn’t a total disaster.

I’ve noticed several people (neighbors and folks online) spent the weekend decorating, baking cookies and going to Christmas parties. Did you do anything festive this weekend?


You’re Invited: Halloween finger food party

My imaginary Halloween party would be this weekend, if it actually existed (the party, not the weekend, of course). So my mind has been on Halloween party food.

I’ve been mulling over what kinds of snacks, desserts and drinks my guests would enjoy. Would they want themed food? Or would something simple do just fine?

Well, I decided on a combination of the two. Besides deviled eggs, I chose not to theme my snacks. I refuse to eat finger foods that look like fingers or the bits of the walking dead. It’s just gross. No, my food looks like real food. However, I can’t resist a good themed treat or drink.

Just taste for yourself:


  1. Baked Mozzarella Bites
  2. Jalapeno Poppers
  3. Pecan Fried Okra
  4. Bacon Grits Fritters
  5. Pesto Deviled Eggs


  1. Chocolate-Covered Pumpkin Pretzels
  2. Toothy Skull Cupcake
  3. Glittery Pumpkin Cake
  4. Halloween Party Popcorn
  5. Inside-Out S’mores


  1. Pick Your Poison Punch
  2. Butterbeer
  3. Non-alcoholic Butterbeer
  4. Zombie Cocktail
  5. Non-alcoholic Cemetery Slime Punch

I love food (and drinks!) too much to stop there. You can find more of my favorite Halloween recipes on my “Halloweeny” Pinterest board.

If you have a favorite Halloween recipe, I’d love to see it! Share your recipes in the comments.

You’re Invited: Halloween costume party

I’m not Halloween’s biggest fan. That’s not because I actually hate the holiday; it just never seems to go as planned. The main reason is my costumes almost never turn out how I want them to.

I’ve had big plans for awesome costumes. Two years ago, I was Ke$ha. I ended up looking like a spoof (I guess that worked… maybe). Last year, I had plans to be a bottle of Jose Cuervo Gold–no joke. (This was more of an excuse to buy glittery gold heels, to be honest). There have been many other failures too.

I’ve realized there are two things that go wrong in my costume-planning process, and they lead to the ultimate failure of said costume: time and money.

Each year, I tell myself I’ll start planning my costume early. Like, after-Christmas early. Then I don’t. The problem that arises from this is I refuse to spend obnoxious amounts of money on a costume I’ll wear once (maybe twice, if I find two places to go one year). So, those $50-100 costumes I’ve seen online? Not happening. Unfortunately, by not planning before September rolls around, I put myself in a position where I have to spend big bucks on a costume or go with the cat ears again.

But a girl can still dream, right? Just like I’ve daydreamed about the music I’d play if I threw a Halloween party, I’ve also imagined what costume I might wear.

Today, Stuff Mom Never Told You posted several links to not-so-sexy halloween costumes, and I’ve found a few I like. Some of these are super-cheap/easy, while others take more time and money.

Here are my favorites:

  1. Susan B. Anthony. She’s pretty much a heroine for all feminists (and should be for all females, too). She dedicated her life to women’s rights to vote. This costume would be cool because 1) Susan B. Anthony was kind of a bad-ass, and 2) most people would get the reference.
  2. Athena. Going to a Halloween party dressed as the goddess of wisdom and war strategy is probably the coolest costume I can think of. I like the idea of using the helmet, shield and spear rather than the well-known short dress with an olive branch. Because, let’s be honest here, the real Athena is way sexier than the one with a short hem.
  3. Woman Having It All. This one was just funny to me. Plus, I enjoy the simplicity of it. It’s easy: wear a business outfit and carry around a briefcase with a baby doll sticking out of it. Made me giggle.
  4. A Piece of Meat. This is another that made me laugh. I love that it pokes fun at the costumes many girls wear for Halloween. Of course, if you wanted to confuse people, you could totally make it a sexy piece of meat.
  5. Rosie the Riveter. For the past few weeks, I’ve toyed with using this costume this year. I just worry that it might be overused.
  6. Queen Elizabeth I. She’s one of my favorite women of history (obviously, since she’s on this list). I love how she kind of just made herself queen and rubbed it in her opponents’ faces by actually doing a good job of running the country. Bam!
  7. Beatnik. Umm.. let me just state for the record that I have successfully dressed as a beatnik. (I’m telling you, I can only do this for non-Halloween events!) It was for a class project, but I think it still counts. It’s an easy and cheap costume, so I’m all for it.
  8. Medusa. I like Medusa. She’s scary and cool at the same time–definitely one of my favorite people (gods?) to hate. This would be a pretty cool homemade costume.
  9. Golden Girls. I’m kicking myself for not thinking of this one! Get a group of gals together and be the cast of the Golden Girls. Or, if you want to dress up solo, another fantastic character is Grandma Yetta from The Nanny (it’s a great excuse to wear a fanny pack).
  10. Jay and Silent Bob. There are no words. (Just a warning: some of the photos in the slideshow–should you click through–are very, very tasteless.) You can read a how-to for this costume on eHow.

If you are dressing up this year, what will you be? If not, are there any costumes you’ve seen that you thought were funny/interesting? I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!