Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Some things never change.

Like my inability to blog on a regular basis now.

However, since the last time you heard from me, I've been up to the same old tricks.
No worries.
But as it is December aka the last month of 2014 aka where the heck did the time go (?!) I realized I might want to have some documentation of all the same ole same ole I've been up to lately.

Let's back up shall we...

October was a blur of month - as it usually is - full of fried food, pumpkin carvings, and costumes. You know, the usual October shenanigans.

Our jack-o-lantern lasted a whole week this year before it rotted and caved in, which is a standing record for us. #encproblems

I saw several ways to "preserve" your pumpkin and had every intention of trying them out. Except not really. Because ain't nobody got time to rub Vaseline all over a jack-o-lantern. That thing is lucky it got carved.

We celebrated Silly Sock Day at school on Halloween - which was a Friday and a half day, thank goodness. My kids had earned their first compliment party of the year and they voted to have a barefoot day in the room so we kicked our shoes off at the door and spent the day slipping and sliding around in our silly sock feet.

Sidenote - it never ceases to amaze me how excited these kids get over the littlest of things. A barefoot day was completely their idea and they thought it was the coolest thing!

Oh and we made this "Witches' Brew" thanks to my classroom Volunteer - Aunt Debbie. I can't remember where I found it but I definitely can't take credit for the idea. 
It was so fun mixing it up and passing it out. Plus I liked how it wasn't completely unhealthy.

Halloween weekend obviously involved lots of candy, costumes, and booze. We wouldn't have any other way around these parts.

Saturday morning was our Partners in Education Annual PIE Bowl. If you recall from the past few years, it's a fundraiser for our local schools as well as a chance to dress up and act completely silly. Oh yea, and some people actually bowl too. My school has won a prize every year that I've been there (either Best Spirit or Best Costume) so we've got a lot to live up to.

This year our theme was "Once Upon a PIE" so we dressed up as fairy tale characters. I was Snow White and recruited THE cutest dwarf ever.

There's so many new teachers at my school this year. PIE Bowl is always a good chance to get to know some of the people you work with that you might not normally spend a lot of time with. You know, because you're busy molding the minds of the future generation.

That night, Robbie and I had our Annual Halloween Party and it did not disappoint.

{Recipes at the bottom}

Seriously, we have the best friends. It's nearly impossible to get together and not have a good time!

I was a vintage cheerleader. Apparently it was hard to tell? Willow stayed nakey all night. She is not a fan of costumes. #partypooper

November was brought in with a big, greasy breakfast and snuggles on the couch.

Halloween Mini-Recipes:
("Mini" because they're so easy, it doesn't seem fair to even justify a recipe. But we're just gonna go with it anyway, mmmkay?)

Mummy Dogs (Pigs in a Blanket)
- Lil Smokies 
- Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

Cut crescent rolls into thirds. Wrap lil weenies. Bake according to crescent roll directions.

Goblin Eyes (Meatballs)
- Frozen Meatballs
- Sweet Baby Rays Honey BBQ sauce

Toss everything in a crockpot. Cook on low for 4-5 hours.

Zombie Guts (Queso Dip and chips)
- 2 lb hamburger meat
- one large box Velveeta cheese
- 1/2 can Rotel or Salsa
- 2 packs taco seasoning

Brown beef and add taco seasoning according to package. Cube Velveeta cheese. Add everything to a a crockpot. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, or until cheese is melted.

Vampire Treats (Cookies and Mini Pies)
- Store bought ha!

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