Trick-or-Treats

If Christmas is all about visions of sugar plums, then surely Halloween is all about visions of peanut butter cups. And apple cider donuts. And stroopwafel. Mmmm, stroopwafel.

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Sure, you could eat your candy out of a bowl, but wouldn’t it be more fun to eat off the table?!  (I’m a grown up! I do what I want!)  I think this would be such a fun (and quick!) set up for a post Trick-or-Treat nibble, or even an impromptu coffee-and-pumpkin-carve date with a few friends. Just scatter your treats down the table, and have at ‘em!

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Whatever your plans are for tonight, have a Happy Halloween!! Caw caw!!

-Kate

Wet Hot American Halloween

“Well, we’ve made it to the end of the summer in one piece, except for a few campers who are lepers.”

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Yes indeed! It’s Wet Hot American Summer’s camp director and friend to all…BETH!…complete with her beloved can of mixed vegetables. I’ve chosen to combine both First Day of Camp and original WHAS Beth, including pre and post mousse makeover. Obviously.

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“Mousse? As in… moose?”

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This might have been one of the easiest, yet most satisfying Halloween costumes I’ve ever made. And by made, I mean pulled from my closet, because Beth and I essentially have the same wardrobe. And may this be a reminder that it doesn’t matter if no one else understands your costume! Have fun, like what you like and be a total nerd. (Words to live by. I am very wise.)

Here are some of my favorite Beth moments, for your viewing pleasure:

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Now finish up them taters, I’m gonna go fondle my sweaters.

-Kate

Nevermore

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Spending some time with Edgar on Halloween week is always a good decision, no? This edition of Poe’s complete works was printed in 1902 and I think it’s hauntingly beautiful.

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Here’s some food for thought:  Are you a fan of the TV series Black Mirror? Watch the episode “Be Right Back” (Season 2, Episode 1. You can find it streaming on Netlfix.) and then reread “The Raven”. I wonder if the narrator would have taken the same opportunity with Lenore?! AMIRIGHT?!

-Kate

The Amazing Pumpkin Carve and Corn Maze Adventure

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I love that I live in a town where viewing pumpkins is a major event. A few weekends ago, David and I went to the Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s “Amazing Pumpkin Carve” and got to see dozens and dozens of spooky gourds!

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The HVAC is relatively new but has put on some really wonderful programs to make art accessible and exciting to the public. Two thumbs up, HVAC! I really enjoyed the Poe pumpkin (Poe-kin?) and the smiley sunshine-y pumpkin. It looks exactly like autumn makes me feel.  #warmfuzzies

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After the pumpkin carve, we headed over to the Corn Maze, thinking we’d be in and out within twenty minutes and then go get some pizza. Mmmm…pizza. Believe me when I say, this maze was no joke. We got corralled into an “orientation room” and handed the rules of the maze. Turns out that segments of a map were hidden in mailboxes within the maze (ten total) and we had to find all of them, lest we die in said corn field.

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Long story short, it took us about an hour and a half to get out. (!!!!) And because I wanted to live out my Stars Hollow-hay-bale-maze fantasies, I carried a giant flag the entire time, the handle of which had some sort of red splattered paint on it. That, or the person who had it last impaled their maze partner with it out of frustration.

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Ultimately, this one gets placed into the “Why are we doing this/We are SO coming back next year” file. Huzzah for new traditions! Huzzah for making it out alive!

-Kate

Fresh Start

It’s officially autumn and the excitement of a new season is contagious. A fresh start sounds pretty good to me right now. I have had an emotionally charged summer, and recently have had to face some realities about my depression that I have been ignorant to for quite a while. Accepting that I have a mental illness has been difficult, a fact that continues to both frustrate and surprize me, given the amount of time I have spent in recovery for disordered eating. Despite being an advocate for self care and personal standards of health, I happen to have some stigmas about my own mental health. I’ve spent quite a bit of time beating myself up for things that I have very little control over, which is both unfair and unreasonable. It’s also really hard to lift yourself out of it.

Little changes in my treatment have been very helpful. Being flexible with therapy is a good thing!  I’m also in the process of adding to my supportive team, but I have to admit that I’m guarded when it comes to working with new medical professionals. Trying to be optimistic. That being said, I’m so happy that I’m feeling a little more in balance and am able to continue with posting here. I have some summer garden posts coming up later in the week, and a ton other stuff later in the month. I’ve been plotting, mwuahaha!

Before I wrap it up and go make a cup of desperately needed tea (it’s so cold my fingers are numb! Say whaaaa?!), I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who has been asking about the blog and staying genuinely interested while I’ve been away. Sometimes it gets really hard. Sometimes I go quiet. Knowing that I have your support makes it a little easier to deal with. So THANK YOU!!

-Kate