Archive | September, 2012

Halloween Teaser

18 Sep

I love Halloween! From the decorations to the foods to the costumes. That being said I’ve been trying to hold back until October before I posted about this spooky Holiday but I could not wait.

Just about every year for the past 10 years or so, my sister and I have a Halloween movie party where we don costumes, decorate the house and invite our friends over for snacks and scary films.

In the tradition of thrifty DIY-ers we make almost all of or decorations and props from scratch. It isn’t worth it to spend a small fortune on something for just one night a year and besides, we couldn’t afford it even if we wanted to.

Here is a little teaser from one of said parties. The year was 2009, the trend was Vampires in the biggest way. I chose a combined theme of True Blood and Twilight.


Tablescape: Vase filled with stones then red crystals, branch (fell from a tree in our yard) spray painted black with artificial red apples hanging by string, surrounded by red candles and styrofoam “food for humans” sign.


Table with the aforementioned food for humans (the vampire “food” was elsewhere). On that little netbook there we had the Twilight movie playing.


Styrofoam “Merlottes Bar and Grill” signifying the drink station. (A true blood fan would get this)


The drink station with “blood punch” (red sangria) taking centre stage.


Directions to the Vampire “food”: Non homemade but very cheap props such as these are usually found everywhere (supermarket,hardware store,bookstores even) at this time of year.


Blood red candles to help set the blood sucking mood. Inexpensive red tapers give a spooky feel when added to our pre-owned black candelabra. (Yes that’s a real family photo caught there in the corner).


Hand painted gourds.


In keeping with Twilight, a vase of red apples.

As mentioned, I love Halloween and I can’t wait to decorate this year. Hope to have a couple more Halloween posts between now and then.

Have an awesome day!


8 Sep

I had a birthday this week!

Often I have a shindig for my special day with home made cake, food and decorations. However, this year I had a quiet dinner at a seafood restaurant where I indulged in some top notch sushi!

It was delicious! Flavourful, artistic little morsels  moist where they should be and crispy where they should be. There was edamame as an appetizer and the meal was paired with a nice dry white wine, my favourite!

While I boast to be queen of thriftiness,by no means was this dinner excursion cheap but sometimes you can indulge and enjoy and birthdays count as one of those times.


Here we have : “Spicy Tuna Roll” and “Red Dragon”;Shrimp tempura with tuna on top.(I’m told traditionally red dragon has tuna in the middle rather than shrimp but this was a welcomed alternative)


These two are “Philly Roll” which contained cream cheese,avocado with smoked salmon on top and a “Lobster Roll”


This last plate contained “Rainbow roll” which is a California Roll with salmon and tuna on top and a “Tuna with Tempura Nori“; spicy tuna with the nori on the outside and the entire roll fried in tempura batter.
 I was so eager, I began to eat before I took a picture as evidenced by the missing pieces from the plate.


It was a great birthday dinner. Add that to the giant slice of red velvet cake I had earlier and it was a perfect birthday! That’s the edamame in the lower left corner.

Here’s to many more birthdays, have an awesome day!

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