Archive for October, 2017

Well, I have to say I am really digging the great candles from the fine folks at Stick Candles – candles that are cast from – and look like – sticks found in nature.

About Stick Candles:

“Stick Candles are 100 % Beeswax. Hand Cast from Sticks, Twigs and Branches. We pour our candles one at a time. The Candles that we are now able to cast, from shapes that we gather, strike me as beautiful and fascinating. In short, when someone tells me about their experience with a candle that I made : They gave them as a gift… They lit them for a special occasion… They’re saving them for a special occasion… It doesn’t point to me. It points to the shape of that cutting. Beauty in Nature. Wow : What Could Be Better Than That?”

Not only are Stick Candles fine quality candles – they look great just standing in your candlesticks and make a nice accessory for any décor (and a mighty fine gift I might add).

Learn more and fine Stick Candles here.

When I was a kid, my mom would always make homemade chicken soup on Halloween. I guess the idea was to keep us warm and well fed for trick-or-treating. But it was the side dish she made that I looked forward to most: Cornbread. I loved her cornbread and as Halloween approaches I can almost smell it in the air.

Well, this year I found the perfect thing to honor this cherished tradition while making it new: this recipe for Double Pumpkin Cornbread with Red Onion I found from the fine pages of Good Housekeeping magazine.

About the recipe for Double Pumpkin Cornbread with Red Onion from Good Housekeeping:

“Pull out your cast iron skillet to make this cozy, flavorful corn bread.”

Find the recipe for Double Pumpkin Cornbread with Red Onion from Good Housekeeping here.

See all the recipes and other household tips from Good Housekeeping here.

It’s that time of year again, when kids will be going door-to-door to help raise fund for their less fortunate peers around the world with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

About Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF:

“Worldwide, many kids need medicine, nutrition, clean water, emergency relief and education. When kids Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, the donations they collect help save lives. Kids also learn about global citizenship and the value of helping others. Our School Program makes participation easy and fun for teachers and students.”

Learn more about Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and how you can support this great event here.

Well Halloween is this coming Tuesday and if you meant to send a special holiday surprise to someone, you are running out of time. But fear not… Here are a couple of ideas for gifts that you can still get to your special little goblins in plenty of time.

FF: The Bootastic Bouquet from Edible Arrangements

About the Bootastic Bouquet from Edible Arrangements:

“A fresh idea for Halloween parties at home, school or the office! Our Bootastic Bouquet is a classic Halloween fruit arrangement with a fresh twist, featuring ghost-shaped pineapple dipped in white chocolate, bat-shaped pineapple dipped in semisweet chocolate, and cat-shaped pineapple dipped in semisweet chocolate along with banana bites dipped in both white and semisweet chocolate, artfully decorated with dark drizzle and hand dipped strawberries in semisweet chocolate with orange swizzle. It’s filled with all your fresh fruit favorites and artfully arranged in a keepsake pumpkin container. Available for a limited time only!”

Find the Bootastic Bouquet from Edible Arrangements here.

See all the fall-inspired bouquets and gifts from Edible Arrangements here.

FF: The Spooky Skull Flower Arrangement from 1-800-Flowers

About the Spooky Skull Flower Arrangement from 1-800-Flowers:

“Make no bones about it…our truly original skull creation will get everyone into the Halloween spirit. Crafted from all-white blooms, this to-die-for design was made by Sarah Jean from the product development team at 1-800-Flowers.com. ‘When I came up with it, I was thinking about my daughter. She basically grew up in a flower shop, and I knew it would bring a smile to her face to see something so different and playful.’”

Find the Spooky Skull Flower Arrangement from 1-800-Flowers here.

See all the fall-inspired bouquets and gifts from 1-800-Flowers here.

If the bulk Halloween candy you buy at the supermarket is not quite good enough for that special trick-or-treater in your life, kick it up a few notches and get them the Eat, Drink & Be Scary collection I found from the fine folks at Maggie Louise Confections.

About the Eat, Drink & Be Scary collection from Maggie Louise Confections:

“Inspired by the Halloween color palette, our delectable chocolate box features classic flavor combinations even the most wicked are sure to enjoy!”

About Maggie Louise Confections:

“We’re reinventing the chocolate industry with luxury gifts handcrafted in Austin, TX. Launched in 2013, MLC combines clever shapes, nostalgic flavors and bold colors to each collection of chocolate gifts and has built a brand and team dedicated to personalized service.”

Find the Eat, Drink & Be Scary collection from Maggie Louise Confections here.

Learn more and see all the fine products from Maggie Louise Confections here.

A sign of the season: I pulled up behind this scene on my way home from work the other night – a fully articulated skeleton mounted on the back of this motorcyclist. It was pretty cool – the photo doesn’t do it justice.

Just in time for Halloween next week comes the creative Ghost Story Box: Create Your Own Spooky Tales by Magma and Ella Bailey. The Ghost Story Box is the perfect way to keep your kids active, creative and, well, scared for the spooky season.

About Ghost Story Box: Create Your Own Spooky Tales by Magma and Ella Bailey:

“Create your own spooky tales – based on a unique and award-winning format, this game contains 20 story-telling puzzle pieces printed on both sides. Each piece can be interchanged or flipped over to allow for all kinds of plot twists and turns, and there are even three alternative endings! When all the puzzle pieces are used, they stretch out to over 8-feet long to tell your own mega ghost story! Can you help a friendly family of ghosts save their house? Can you evade the ghost catcher at the funfair and release all the captured ghosts … or do the pieces hold another tale? Tell a different story each time you play!”

After making a few spooky tales with the Ghost Story Box, maybe your kids will be inspired to write their own stories and maybe be the next Stephen King or Anne Rice.

Ghost Story Box: Create Your Own Spooky Tales by Magma and Ella Bailey is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

 

 

Last week I had the awesome opportunity to catch the great Janet Jackson’s State of the World tour at Kansas City’s Sprint Center – and it was as great as you would expect it to be.

Anyway, the show was excellent, the dancing was stellar, and Janet (Miss Jackson if you’re nasty) was in great form, but I was transfixed by the amazing lighting apparatus that dominated the stage – as my bit of an artsy photo below only hints at.

I am not sure about the state of the world, but I am happy to report the state of the Rhythm Nation is excellent.

Miss Jackson continues the current leg of her North American tour through December, including stops in, ahem, Boston and Providence.

All skulls are kind of creepy, but I have to say the Memorabilia Porcelain Skull I found from the fine folks at Jung Lee is particularly so – and the perfect find for the Halloween season.

About the Memorabilia Porcelain Skull from Jung Lee:

“For a grisly yet rich touch to your living space, add this porcelain Skull which boasts perfect proportions.”

Find the Memorabilia Porcelain Skull from Jung Lee here.

See all the great finds from Jung Lee here.