Brentan and I have been crafty around the house yesterday and today in preparation of Halloween. We had a party to go to yesterday evening, and Brentan spent most of the day making a Stanford Cardinal mascot tree costume. He is learning how to sew:
Costume in progress:
While Brentan crafted, I baked some Halloween Whoopie Pies for the party, based on Martha Stewart’s recipe.
They turned out quite delicious, and I had some leftover cakes, so I created a quick jack-o-lantern stencil and dusted them with powdered sugar. Easy!
Happy Halloween! Hope you got a chance to dress up, or will this evening!
Oh it’s late October? Really?
Because these babies make it seem like it’s mid-August!!
I’m still eating and enjoying my summer tomatoes, and one tomato plant has another round of flowers on it.
Will I have a scary delicious tomatoes for Halloween?
Will I have stewed tomatoes for Thanksgiving?
Will I have spiced tomatoes for CHRISTMAS?!?!
I just love Northern California sometimes.
I just got back from a beautiful trip down the central coast from Salinas to Paso Robles to Morro Bay to San Luis Obispo to Big Sur. I went beach hopping this weekend! But, one of the non-beach highlights of the weekend was wine tasting near the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterrey County. I tasted some delicious wine, and got some gardening and outdoor space inspiration from one of the most design-forward wineries I’ve been to, Wrath Winery. From the moment I drove up to the tasting room I thought, ‘this is beautiful, I want to frame this view and have it outside my window at home.’
One of my favorite things was just the arching movement of some of the landscaped grasses in the wind, which whips through the valley (and helps give Wrath its’ name!). The grasses inspire me to plant more California natives in my garden and create a peaceful sanctuary in my backyard. How could I recreate those mountain views….?
Other highlights of during the Wrath journey:
- Picturesque pond
- Old abandoned Victorian house which they might spruce up one day for a tasting room
- Other delicious wineries on the River Road, specifically Pessagno (excellent article here about River Road)
- Authentic Mexican food in Gonzales
- Fantastic views of strawberries and lettuce and pumpkins (for now) growing in Salinas Valley
Want to come with me to visit again?
Pull from middle
I do not remember when paper towels became a necessity but I do know that I grew up just fine without them. Paper towels were invented the early part of the 20th century but did not catch on in popularity until (I think) the 1970′s. We considered them an extravagance and unnecessary. Cloth rags were free, worked and could be used and washed over and over. I often think about things that I throw into my grocery cart today that I consider staples yet were never on anyone’s grocery list 20 years ago. Paper towels are one of those things.
I like the convenience of paper towels so I decided to make my own. These are free and can be washed and re-used. I still use paper towels occasionally, but I have cut way down.
For this little project, I use a paper towel for a pattern and cut up some old white cotton tee shirts. I then fold them into thirds, stack them, roll them and put them into an air tight container. This takes about 5 minutes. I then take 1 cup of water and add 1 ounce liquid castile soap along with 6 drops of lemon essential oil. I pour it over the rolled up towels. I now have home made ‘wet wipes’. Pull each wipe out from the middle and voila, instant cleaning cloth. I keep a jar in my bathroom and a jar by my kitchen sink. The cloths can be rinsed out and re-used. If I clean the floor or something gross, I rinse and wash the cloth and then toss it wet into the microwave for 2 minutes. The cloth then comes out sanitized. Give this a try! It’s super easy! You will be doing something good for the earth! -Peg
Use a paper towel as a pattern
Add 1 cup water , 1 ounce liquid castile soap and 6 drops lemon essential oil.
Oh no! Help me! I found some more great chairs! They were cheap! They are heavy and solid! they do not wiggle! They have cushioned seats! They are comfy! They will look good with new upholstery around my dining room table! Good Lord what have I gotten myself into! The price said ”set / $5.00″. The man said “everything is half price!” Stay tuned! -Peg