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Monday, October 31, 2011

Thriller Flash Mob Park City 2011


We were in a mob.....a Thriller flash mob! It was a riot. We had so much fun last Saturday night!
A couple of us ghouls....baby powdered up as the undead for Thriller.....Park City Plaza October 27th 2011. 





They filmed it to be part of a worldwide effort to break a "Thriller Dance" record.
Here I am in the middle....we learned and practiced the dance.....


Gouls were everywhere....



This guy scared even me! 

cute goul...

newscaster interviewing some of the undead kids...

We all posed for a picture....I think there were over 100 people there...

Thriller Park City Dance 2011


My granddaughter watched with her dad and grandpa....

Me and my daughter in law and her sister and hubs. 

The MJ in the middle was down syndrome...but he did a good job keeping up! 

My son was on photo duty...and baby duty...what a stud!

It was fun to watch the video they put up on utube...A bunch of amateur Thriller dancers....

Friday, October 28, 2011

Painting My Front Door

I decided to paint my dull door today. I think it turned out pretty good, even though I'm a lazy painter. 

HERE is the "AFTER" PICTURE....I LOVE IT!  Mcintosh Apple Red....from Glidden at Home Depot....


 I'll have to get some corn stalks and pumpkins for the front porch too. That'll look nice.
I used Glidden Paint from Home Depot....(my favorite paint)  
  Macintosh Apple.....Satin finish

The door used to be white front and back....

Here is the BEFORE picture....I wanted a brighter color....maybe red or blue....or maybe light brown?

So I got it ready and tried a tan color.....

Painted it all up.....

Took off the kickboard....yeah it was gold color anyway...so last century! 

I hate painting....it's so boring....but I love the results...

But when it was all done...in the tan color.....I didn't really like it!  But I kept it for a few weeks...just to
see if it would grow on me......but it didn't really....

It was kinda too .....I don't know.....BLA!  Nothing special....I reverted back to my first idea....RED!  


So I taped it all with blue painter's tape from Home Depot.....

Then started in....I loved the color so much I found some clay pots and little wood bins to paint too....don't know what I'll do with those yet.....but hey, red goes with fall doesn't it?  
Maybe I'll fill it with some pumpkins and fall plant pics, pomegranates and gourds?
That will be my next post....in the meantime....enjoy my front door! 
I know what you are thinking....why is that pumpkin in the fall wreath you are asking.......I have no answer for you....I just stuck it there for the little trick or treaters....that never come to my house anyway.....

OH WELL, AT LEAST THE DOOR IS READY FOR FALL! AND I LOVE THE COLOR!   
HAPPY FALL Y'ALL! 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Yummy Lemon Bars

 I had some lemons I wanted to use up...and it was an afternoon when I was bored....so I thought of making some really luscious lemon bars.....using some cream cheese.  Here is a great recipe. I got it from my favorite recipe website called all recipes.com. from a poster named Counseljul.

A little sugar.....a little flour.....

This is what the crust looks like before baking.....

The secret is lemon zest...I added it to both the middle and top layers.....
The recipe has 3 easy layers. The whole thing takes about 15 minutes to whip together. It is to DIE FOR delicious! The middle layer is kind of lemon puddingish...and the top layer is cheesecake with lemon.  It's light and can be cut into small squares like cookies for a crowd.  Here is the recipe...but I cut everything in half since we only have 2 of us to eat these fattening things! And we are a couple of heffers.....so.....  (If you want the 9 x 13 recipe go to the link HERE for the basic recipe at All recipes.com.
                                                                               
LEMON CHEESECAKE BARS 1/2 RECIPE


  • 3/4 of a cube of  unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  •  
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/2  tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  •  
  • 1 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice and a bit of zest

  • I added a bit of lemon zest to the last, cheesecake layer too and added a teaspoon of lemon juice. I like my stuff LEMONY! 


  • Blend first 3 ingredients together and press into a 
  • 9 x 9 pan for the crust. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes until just golden. 

  • Then mix the middle 5 ingredients for the lemon pudding middle layer. Pour over warm crust when it comes out of the oven. 

  • Then mix up last 3-4 ingredients, (adding some lemon zest and juice is optional). Then pour it over the middle layer. It's kind of thick...smooth it on top. Bake for 30 minutes more. 
  • Here is what it looks like baked....mmmm..... 


After baking...I halved the recipe and it would easily make  12 luscious, rich squares
They are really rich so this piece was way too big....you can cut quite a few from this recipe....
I shoulda taken a side view of the layers. They are pretty. We ate it warm and it was so rich! I liked it better cooled the next day with kind of a crusty bottom layer like a cookie. It would be a great dessert anytime.



 For having people over for dinner this is better than lemon meringue pie.  Add some whipped cream to the top if you serve it hot like I did.
These people all thought my lemon bars were dreamy...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Dried Apple Head Witches


Dried Apple Head Witch Craft

Here is installment 1 of my apple head witch dolls. We are making them in my 2nd grade classroom. The trick is to peel your apples and then dip them in lemon juice, or else they will grow mold before they dry out!

Dried Apples peeled and dipped in lemon juice


I always get a lovely parent to peel the apples. i got all of these from my apple tree, which is abounding in apples this year! I get like 3 peaches and apricots and nectarines, but I get a bazillion apples! So it's a fun thing to do for Halloween, dried apple witches!

You can see they are already starting to pucker and dry out!


The body is made from a popsicle stick pushed into the apple. The dress is just a 1 square foot of material rolled around the popsicle stick. Then I use an orange chennille stem wrapped around the "neck" of the popsicle stick OVER the material and the ends are curled for hands.  Sometimes I put a plastic "ring" on one of the hands. I have found spider or skeleton rings at the dollar store. The necklace is made from a candy corn shaped foam bead. I got a mega set from Oriental Trading LINK HERE that has lasted for like 5 years worth of my classes.  Every year everybody makes a Halloween necklace with the beads.
Fly Fly Witchy Witchy Fly!  Freaky dried apple witch.  

 I usually make the witch's broom out of raffia and a 1/3rd piece of a wooden skewer. I can usually find them at the dollar store. I use one pointy end of a skewer for the witch nose.  We gouge out a 3 little impressions in the face before it hardens for 2 eyes and a mouth. They eyes are made of cloves pushed into the apple. The mouth has a few pieces of rice glue gunned on and the nose is the skewer piece. The mouth and eyebrows the kids do out of red and brown marker.
I'll GET you my pretty and your little dog too! 

Here's a close up of my witch sample from last year.  The hat we made with black felt using just a circle cut out and then the pointy part was just a cone. We glue gunned the 2 pieces together and then used a wacky green yarn I found at the craft store for the hair. I'll post more pictures when we actually put together our witches this year.  Those shrunken heads should be ready soon. :O

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Grandpa's 85th Birthday Party


My little doll just woke up....so sweet!
The hubs sister Robin  hosted a fun dinner party for Grandpa's birthday last Sunday. We ate and talked while the kids jumped on the trampoline.

Cousins having a jumping marathon
 Then we played a game "How Well Do You Know grandpa?" made up by Aunt Robin. It was funny. Here are the highlights.
Grandpa opening presents....Robin getting ready to do the game... 
The brothers hangin out......
My family (they are kinda anti social....they keep to themselves...don't mix well) 
Cousins table...
At this point in the party either my son got bored or I left my camera on the table within his reach....or both...Here he is entertaining himself with his own funny faces......snicker......


Here's his "I'm special" look....if you don't stop that your face will stay that way! 
He's not listening...mmmhmmm  I'm so proud....
Here's the brothers sitting together and our whole family posing for a family picture.

2 generations here...
We played this game with questions like "What was grandpa's occupation" and Where did grandpa go to school?" My hubs had funny answers like "gravedigger" and "the dark ages". He kept us all laughing. 

Most of the family here....
My inlaws... September 2011
 Happy Birthday! You're the best grandpa ever! And don't they make a cute couple?



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