A Concerning State of Affairs

Something suspicious has been happening at our home.  Something of concern.

We are scared.

At first, it was no big deal.  So what if we had friends drop by unannounced for breakfast?

And later, when they insisted on catching the Timberwolves game opener with us…we didn’t have it in our hearts to say no.

But, things escalated.

And they even brought in reinforcements.

Think we should call the cops??


a concerned Candace

Playing with sharp objects

We crammed a gaggle of kind friends into our townhome and got to carving masterpieces on the disgusting linoleum floors.  Despite the floor of doom and the cramped quarters, we had ourselves a very merry time.  SO merry in fact, I neglected to take a picture of all our happy little party goers!

But, I put this together to help you imagine the fun time you missed out on.

People were in charge of bringing their own pumpkins:

Some of which we carved:

Notice how Hubs put his fatty pumpkin center stage, blocking the others.  It’s like taking a family photo and putting the short people in back.  I farted in his general direction in protest.  He wasn’t phased.

In other news, our October Streak of Summer ended abruptly yesterday.  Brrrrr.  But, we were prepared.

Did you get to play with knives yet?

Spooky Space

I had some Halloween decor funny business that needed taken care of.  I wanted to get into the spirit (not the ghost kind) but do it for as little greenbacks as possible.  Here’s how I took care of it.

1.  Wicked Wreath.  You remember this.

2.  The standard Pumpkin Pile (from our local farmer’s market).   We’ll be getting our carve on shortly.  Stay tuned because I get to use knives!

3.  The hutch that houses all things white.  Including white ceramic pumpkins.  I’m loving the subtlety of them!

4.  My Halloween “tablescape”.  It’s my first.  I’m not a professional.  Please be kind, I know not what I am doing.

You remember when we rocked out.

5.  Nothing screams fall like a bowl full of apples.  Don’t mention this to them, but they will become applesauce shortly.

6. And finally, cheesy towels for the bathroom.  I found these in the Halloween bin and that means they were FREE.  Tim Gunn told me to make it work and I did.

Halloween To Do Items:

Acquire candy to fill this beauty of a bowl (then consume said candy):

Carve pumpkins, eat pumpkin pie and *maybe* scrounge up some costumes.  Are you scared?  I would be.

Anyone else decorate for Halloween??

I is way more smarter than you is.

Don’t be sad.  It’s just the way it is.  Because I got a smart phone.  This fancy little  bugger.  Cute, no?  Don’t I look smarter?

I’ll probably take over the world now.   But don’t fret, I won’t forget about my 4 bloggy readers when I get to the top!!!  Love you, guys!


Captain Candace

Get In My Belly: Pumpkin Bread (my first love)


  • 1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c vegetable oil
  • 2/3 c h20
  • 3 c white sugar
  • 3 1/2 c flour
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t nutmeg
  • 1/2 t cloves
  • 1/4 t ginger
  • 1 1/2 c raisins or 2/3 bag chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350, grease two loaf pans (9×5)

2. Mix pumpkin, eggs, oil, h20 and sugar in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger.  Stir dry ingredients into pumpkin mixture until just blended.  Add raisins (or chocolate chips) and pour evenly into pans.

3. Set up camp in front of the oven and salivate.


4.  Bake 60 min (or until toothpick comes out clean).


5.  Hide in the closet and eat big hunks of it (with butter slathered on) while howling gloatingly at the moon.


Candace’s Crafty Corner: Rock on

This is my corner of the world to make things and post them on the Internet.  Whether they are ugly or not.  You’re welcome.

I put my crafty pants on and made this centerpiece to spice up our *yawn* normal decor.  Here is what happened.

I took a sharpie, some white river rocks I had around the house, a glass hurricane that I plundered from the bathroom and 5 minutes of my very precious time.

I wrote words on my rocks.  It was incredibly difficult.


And then, I stuffed them in the vase with a candle.  Done.  A spooky centerpiece that would *almost* inspire me to eat at the table.  Almost.  Do you like?

I do, so deal with it.

Grand total: $FREE, my little monsters, FREE.


The Wicked Witch of the Midwest.

Candace’s Crafty Corner: A Wicked Wreath

This is my corner of the world to make things and post them on the Internet.  Whether they are ugly or not.  You’re welcome.

I wanted a wicked wreath and I wanted one now.  On the cheap.

A friend took me on a gorgeous hike to take in the fall colors.  It was perfect weather for stick hunting.  I convinced my friend to let me jam all of my sweet sticks into her newly vacuumed car.  She was too nice to say anything but I know she cursed me later.


At home, I tied them in an awful looking rectangle.


I used cream yarn leftover from a wedding project (read: FREE).  But, it was cream and looked super uncool.  I started to get nervous but kept at it.


I had some black spray paint (which I bought five years ago) that I was going to use to touch up my scratched fireplace.  Laziness and apathy set in and I never tackled that project.  The fireplace is still scratched up and this spray paint is not made for wood.  But, it was FREE.  So, I used it.


It turned out like so.  I kinda liked how the yarn soaked up the snarly paint.  It was getting spookier…


A couple more sweeps of the spray paint and it was done.  But, it needed more Spooky.  I bought some glitter spiders from Walmart, the Hubs help me put on some fake spiderwebs (leftover from last year, ahem, FREE) and I picked up some black wide ribbon from JoAnn Fabric and hung this creepiness up.

Originally, we had it hanging lower (it looked really awesome) but it banged up against the siding and trim and scuffed it up with nice black marks (gah!).  So we had to string it up taught to prevent it from moving around much.

What do you think??  Need more pictures?  Ok.



Want to know the grand total?

  • Sticks: $FREE
  • Yarn: $FREE
  • Spray paint: $FREE + $HOUSE SCUFFING
  • 8 pack of Spiders: $2
  • Ribbon: $1.98 +$GRIMACE because I could have used a coupon but forgot it
  • Cobwebs: $FREE

Total: $4 , boooyah!

Have you started stocking up on Halloween candy yet?  No?  Get on that.