Not Martha

note to self: next time you go to make cute little favor type things try Cliff’s Variety first

in other news I’ve decided what I want to be for halloween: A Princess Dammit

(I already have the tiara and a big sparkly ring)

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pudding charms for hiding in bread or cake

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Adventures in how to clean my coffee maker:

I have one of those models with the carafe which is extra hard to clean, yippee.

about.com – method using citric acid (which I happen to have in the house, I do not, however, have vinegar)

epinions: using undilluted vinegar

coffee club: eight easy steps

and I finally broke down and dug out the instructions which came with the coffee maker:

Daily: Wash filter basked it hot soapy water, rinse inside of carafe with lukewarm water. Never put in dishwasher or else. For hard to remove stains, use a plastic mesh pad or a cloth dampened in vinegar.

Monthly: Fill thermal carafe with 2 cups vinegar. Add cold water on top. Pour water/vinegar mixture into resevoir opening. Run. Rinse by cycling through 2 or 3 more carafes of plain cold tap water.

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Despite being “part of the magic of Disney online”, Family Fun Magazine’s site has some great Halloween stuff:

  • monster brains in skulls [guacamole in gourds]
  • bat chips to go with the brains
  • wiggly crystal ball
  • putrid punch with gummy worms frozen in ice cubes!
  • look there is that popcorn in a plastic glove thing again
  • and on Hey I Remember This From My Childhood spider pops (in a slightly easier version, my mom, hi mom!, used to use a wrap a white kleenex over a lollipop, secure with a white pipe cleaner, and put little ghostly eyes and a mouth on with a Sharpie and called it a day, they were adored each time)

and I’m not the first person to make these

I actually found this site by glancing through the Halloween book in Borders and there were a few things in there that I liked: carving a small jack o lantern with an OH NO look on it’s face, placing it inside of a larger, scarier jack o lantern with a wide open mouth so it looks like the big pumpkin is eating the little pumpkin – and skipping that whole baking gingerbread thing and making a haunted house out of graham crackers and chocolate frosting.

And there is a nice page on all the things you can do with pumpkins including a very simple recipe for pumpkin seeds.

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Jennie found those fabulous ice lights for sale in the Signals catalog along with a load of other neat stuff.

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I love dim sum, at least most of it. A dim sum place called Yank Sing is where I first encountered jello oranges (which I ripped off) and they have a bunch of other ridiculously cute foods including goldfish dumplings, rabbit dumplings, basil seafood balls, sesame balls, and itty egg custard tarts.

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A search at Williams Sonoma for “chocolate egg” turned up a bunch of tempting candy (but, alas, not what I was looking for). My favorites are the Italian hard candies (colorful! shiny!), these gorgeous marshmallows, and sugarplums! And licorice scottie dogs and pretty lollipops (some are clove flavored!) and good old fashioned candy. You can even get monogrammed candy boxes, wow.

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i troll martha stewart so you don’t have to

(did a search for grommets and found these)

and I really like martha’s halloween marshmallow kit so:

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recipe! Miss Vicki’s Spicy Thai Noodle Recipe from unoccupied’s mom (thank you)

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a while back girlwonder wrote about not being able to take her knitting needles on her flight, today she points us to this article about the troubles people are having taking their hobby with them – my favorite part: “Look! The woman in 3B has knitting needles! Let’s get her!”

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tea 101 for those of us who always wanted to know but were too intimidated to ask (those tea lovers can get hyper) – over at digs magazine

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how lovely! Loobylu writes about plans for her garden plot including an herb spiral – which is terrific and something completely new to me

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look! new graphic header! and look! I actually got some holiday favors made before the holiday they are intended for – crepe paper pumpkin favors – I took a lot of pictures because I love orange!

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something to keep around for winter holidays:

very beautifully detailed Christmas histories by Maria Hubert

warning: I’m getting an incredibly annoying “plugin did not initialize” message, I’m assuming there is some mini christmas music in the page or some such nonsense, you have been fairly told

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picked from the get crafty boards – really cool container store: binz containers

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