Thanksgiving Movies

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My favorite Thanksgiving movies:
1. Pieces of April (my ultimate favorite, if you don’t watch the other ones at least try this one)
2. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (super cute! my partner in crime and I watch this every Thanksgiving with his family)
3. Trains, Planes, and Automobiles (so, I don’t really love this as much as it was a part of my childhood and Steve Martin used to be a very funny man)

Go eat!!
Astrologically this day might suck a bit but keep your chin up and try to enjoy your family.
“You can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your family.”
Love them just as they are.

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Thankful Thursday: 11/8-11/14

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I’m Thankful: November 8th-November 14th
Workshop at Dawn’s
Craft Day with Melissa
Designing displays
My Aunt came to visit from Arizona ☺
Volunteering at RR Smith center and making friends
My awesome cats
Surprising Brandon with birthday brownies.

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(A few more photos from our early Thanksgiving with my aunt Terri, my mom, and my grandma.)

Homemade Pumpkin Honey Butter

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Allow me to rock your world with my homemade pumpkin honey butter:
mix honey
peanut butter
and canned pumpkin (organic is awesome)

spread it on bread (I used challah HOLLA!! from our local Newtown Bakery)….

Wow. So easy and so yummy. You could add cinnamon and nutmeg, too. Wowzers. Share with everyone you know because sharing is caring.

Thankful Thursday: October 31st-November 7th

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I am Thankful for:
*card photo shoots
*working on branding
*sparkles and sweets with my talented Melissa
*my Biscotti cat
*teaching my first workshop tonight: making little banners for Thanksgiving pie
*studying for my huge geology test
*voting with my mom
*4 more years!!

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My partner in crime, Tj-face, made an awesome Joker for Halloween :D

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I will be back soon!

Quick Recipe for Homemade Ginger Apricot Cider

20121029-190229.jpgSimple Ginger Apricot Cider:
2/3 cup Apricot nectar
1/3 cup boiling water
a pinch of ground cinnamon (or you could use a cinnamon stick!)
and 2 pinches of ground ginger.
Enjoy :)

Tj, My Favorite Film Critic, Reveals His Horror Movie Picks

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Today I’ve asked my most favorite movie buff of all time, in the history of ever, Tj, to share his favorite Halloween movies.

(It felt appropriate as he is the one who helped me form a genuine appreciation for the genre. Thank you, T!)

It was hard for him to choose as he loves horror films and has quite a collection. But he finally did it and I am so proud of him.

Without further ado, I present you with his list (in no particular order)

    Tj’s Favorite Horror Movies

  • Nosferatu
  • The Exorcist
  • Ghostbusters
  • Bram Stokers Dracula
  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • The Ring
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • The Cell
  • Phantasm
  • Dead Silence
  • Trick ‘r Treat
  • Cabin in the Woods
  • Cabinet of Dr Caligari
  • Behind the Mask
  • Cigarette Burns

It’s a chilly Hallows Eve! Go cuddle up with someone, watch some movies and have a happy Halloween!!

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Gratitude List: October 21-28

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What I am thankful for this week:
*Brunch with mom and grandma at Mockingbird. So delicious.

*Fall colors.

*My 2 friends named Brandon.

*Reading World Literature in the sunshine.

*Melissa and her awesomeness.

*Getting ready for Halloween: Harley Quinn!!

What are you grateful for this week?

Pumpkin Cream Cheese with Brown Sugar on Toast: A Fall Breakfast Recipe

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Good morning!
I love making food on days that I don’t have to rush off somewhere. This morning I made toast and as I was boiling water for my tea I decided to whip up my own pumpkin cream cheese spread.

Homemade Pumpkin Cream Cheese:
Mix a little canned pumpkin (I like the organic kind: I empty the whole can into a Tupperware container and add spoonfuls of it to as many things as I can think of)
With some Neufchâtel cheese (less calories than cream cheese but just as delicious, if not MORE so….)
Spread on toast.

Honestly I am pretty slapdash about my cooking so I didn’t blend it perfectly and the beauty of it: you don’t have to! Tastes just as yummy just slapped on the toast.

I sprinkled my toast with brown sugar.... Oooohhh man.

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Optional serving suggestion: with Bolthouse green juice mixed with hot water to make tea, served in the freshly cleaned-out pumpkin can (don’t waste the last dregs!)

*ok, YES, I realize that all sounds weird but don’t knock it till you’ve tried it….

Consume outside on the porch in the sunshine with a side of some light reading for English class: Anton Chekov…. Say “mmmmm” a lot.

What do you add pumpkin to?

What I am grateful for: October 14-October 20

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I’m grateful for:
S’mores with Tj’s family.
My friend Honey Badger wearing my hat.
Hiking with mom: more photos below.
New ideas.
Chickens who go in to sleep right at dusk so I don’t have to chase them.

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Mom and I went hiking on Tuesday to honor my grandfather (mom’s dad) who died 26 years ago. His ashes are scattered on Hawksbill peak (the highest peak on the Skyline Drive)
It was a perfect day: we even came down the mountain at sunset!
I felt so honored to spend the day with my mom.

Chickens and Photographing Cards

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Chicken feathers.
Yesterday, I was inspired by this link about styling inspiration to begin taking more interesting pictures for my cards.
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I used props.
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I played with my toys.
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I used similar colors,
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and patterns!
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I had so much fun! I think this might be new favorite part of being a collage designer!
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As always you can purchase my cards right here on my Etsy shop ArtisticDrama!

In the evening, I pet sat some chickens. It was a lovely fall evening :) 20121020-203055.jpg
Ps. Did you know that although guinea fowl will run whenever you try to catch them to put them in their pen, they will go in all by themselves right at dusk. Pretty cool actually.

Apple Picking with the Sunset Girls (and a super duper easy recipe for apple sundaes)

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Yesterday the Sunset Girls and I went apple picking. Cause that’s a fantastic fall thing I’ve always wanted to do.
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It was the perfect day to go because it was “All-you-can-eat” Pancake Day! (I can only eat 2, apparently, but they came with the best stewed apples on top and they had apple amaretto syrup….and oh, apple cider!

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Pretty phenomenal day for apple picking….I loved looking down the apple orchard passage ways.

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The sky was so blue! We picked Granny Smith and Fuji apples….

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Love how old-school this photo looks. And look at that view behind us!!

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We finished our day with apple sundaes:
Slice up
1 granny smith apple
1 Fuji apple
And serve in super cute mugs with ice cream. (We used Sweet Honey Baklava ice cream from Kroger’s Private Selection, but you can use vanilla and add caramel and cinnamon)

Lemme tell you about that ice cream, though: “pieces of baklava, walnut and honey sauce folded into honey ice cream”…. Don’t you just love things with great descriptions?!