I thought it was all about big boys, who should have known better, shaking me down for candy. They’d arrive in clumps, shout “trick or treat,” and shove undecorated brown paper bags in my direction. It didn’t feel right.

Then again, some things don’t make sense until you’ve lived them with your own child– and not a moment sooner.

The tale I tell today is from the year 2000, Halloween day. My 15-year-old son, a sophomore at Davis High School, comes home and says, “Mom, I have an idea.” Then he pauses. “No, forget it.” “Aw, come on, tell me.” My hands assume a begging position, like a squirrel hoping for a nut. “Maybe I’ll invite some friends over this evening,” he says.

Like every mom of a young male, I’ve worried about his social skills, so this sounds good to me. I tell him “yes” but I also ask him to carve pumpkins with me before his friends show up. Never before have we carved pumpkins without his sister, who has just gone off to college. This is the third-to-last time I’ll get to do it with him. I spread newspaper on the table and choose the smaller pumpkin for myself. “Hey, I’ve got a thin-skinned one this year, easy for carving,” he announces, hefting the larger pumpkin lightly from hand to hand. “Maybe you just got stronger,” I say.

After we finish the job and set up our two pumpkins by the window, he’s on the phone, then off the phone, then on again until he walks in and announces that he needs candy for his friends. “How many friends?” “I don’t know. Three. Or two. Or five.” I make a quick run to the market. These boys are too big now to go house to house trick-or-treating, so I want to buy a hefty consolation prize. I choose big Milky Way bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (large size) and a bag of M&M’s.

At 7:15, guys start showing up. One is half in costume, the rest in school clothes. Like 15-year-olds everywhere, they come in a range of sizes. One boy is 6’2” and speaks in a deep bass. Another is only 5’4” but loud. The house reverberates with sound. Even though my son knows I bought candy, I hear him say, “Wanna go out for a while and trick or treat?” I immediately remember other Halloweens when I was acutely annoyed by large packs of teens, most without costumes, who showed up late at my door and growled in bass voices, “Trick or treat.” They hadn’t done their part — dressing up — but I still had to do mine.

I want to protest to my son, but things are moving too fast for me to get a word in. The boys are running in and out of my son’s room grabbing possible outfits (an old cape, a flowered shirt, a skeleton mask) and my husband is poking around in the garage looking for the sickle he made a couple of years ago when my son dressed up as “Death.” One boy emerges in a too-small fishing hat and asks for a rod. In my daughter’s room, I find a witch’s hat, complete with glued-on grey hair. The big guy claims it. In five minutes flat, everyone is partially in costume and heading down the sidewalk. I hear their deep voices as they laugh. I cross my fingers that the neighbors will understand.

That night I was reminded that parents are not the only ones who regret the passing years. A year earlier, for the first time, my son gave out candy instead of trick or treating. It was an OK experience, but not worth repeating. It’s much more fun to go trick-or-treating with a bunch of guys and if the neighbors are grumpy, it’s easier to laugh things off when you’re in a crowd.

So here’s what I can pass on, if you don’t have your own 15-year-old boy. When a crowd of under-costumed teens shows up on your doorstep, welcome them. It’s a big group because they find strength in numbers. They’re not wearing costumes because they didn’t realize that they’d want to go–nor how badly. Give them big bars. Don’t tell them they’re too old. They already know that. Let them pretend it just isn’t so.

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THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1926 Escape artist and musician Harry Houdini dies of a ruptured appendix on Halloween.

HAPPY OCTOBER 31 HALLOWEEN BIRTHDAY TO: David Ogden Stiers 71, Michael Landon (1936-1991), John Candy (1950-1994), Barbra Bel Geddes (1922-2005), Nick Saben 62, Justin Chatwin 31, Dermot Mulroney 50, Piper Perabo 37, Dan Rather 82, Deidre Hall 66, Rob Schneider 50, Vanilla Ice 46, Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) Dale Evans (1912-2001), and Willow Smith 13.

30 Oct 2013
October 30, 2013

Christmas Mice To Make For The Kids

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Halloween isn’t over yet, I know, but these cookies were so darn cute and easy enough to make. I just HAD to share the recipe.

Open face up Oreo cookie
Chocolate dipped cheery for the body (tail is cherry)
Hersey’s kiss for the head
Almond slice for the ears.
Cherry for nose (pinch of cherry)                                                                                                                     Green icing, either store bought or home-made for holly leaves                                                                       Cherry bits for holly berries

Put all the mouse parts together with melted chocolate

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HAPPY OCTOBER 30 BIRTHDAY TO: Henry Winkler 68, Diego Armando Maradona 53, Nia Long 43, Matthew Morrison 45, Grace Slick 74, Ivanka Trump 32, Clemence Poesy 31, Gavin Rossdale 48, Tory Belleci 43, Otis Williams 72, Harry Hamlin 62, Kevin Pollak 56, Charles Atlas (1892-1972), Michael Beach 50,  and Ed Lauter (1938-2013).

This appeared on my Facebook page and has some excellent safety tips to pass along. Posted on October 25, 2013  by Kelsie Fraser

Halloween is just around the corner and the Saskatoon Police have some tips to ensure everyone stays safe this Halloween season.

Costumes:

  • Make sure your child’s costume fits; long or loose garments can cause your child to trip or become snagged.
  • No high heels or over-sized shoes
  • If your child wears a mask, ensure the holes are large enough for them to see where they are walking.
  • Instead of a mask, opt for a non-toxic face paint. Masks can restrict vision and breathing.
  • Costumes are often dark in colour; use reflective stripes or have your child wear glow in the dark bracelets or carry a flashlight.
  • If a costume includes accessories such as a knife, sword or cane, please ensure they are safe, non-sharp, easy to carry and will not hurt your child if they happen to fall on them.

Trick-or-Treating:

  • Speak to your children about Halloween safety and ensure this is discussed prior to them leaving the house. For example, knowing what street(s) your children will be on and for older children, provide a specific time for them to be home.
  • Do not approach or take candies from people in vehicles.
  • At the end of the night, all the candy should be looked through by a parent to ensure it is safe and unopened.
  • Speak to your children about street safety. Ensure they walk on the sidewalk instead of the street and in well-lit areas.
  • Go with a group of kids, not alone.

Vehicles:

  • Children are excited for this day. Drivers, please drive with extra caution.
  • Be cautious of children darting out from parked vehicles to run across the street.
  • Yield to all pedestrians

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HAPPY OCTOBER 29 BIRTHDAY TO: Richard Dreyfuss 66, Beth Chapman 47, Dan Castellaneta 56, Winona Ryder 42, Gabrielle Union 41, Kate Jackson 65, Andy Dalton 26, Tracee Ellis Ross 41, Melba Moore 68, Finola Hughes 54, Amanda Beard 32, Brendan Fehr 36, Eric Staal 29, Dillon Casey 30, Joely Fisher 46, and Peter Green 67.

28 Oct 2013
October 28, 2013

Fun…And Creepy Halloween Treat Bags

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This could get costly if you have a lot of trick or treaters but if you only have a few, then go all out with latex gloves and wrapped candy. The gloves can be purchased at pharmacies and can be stuffed with as many treats as can fit. Tie them with a Halloween colored ribbon and place a spider ring on one of the fingers. You are sure to be the hit of the neighborhood.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: A Southern State Trooper was asked on an exam, “What would you do if you had to arrest your mother?” In the blank he wrote, “Call for back up.”

HAPPY OCTOBER 28 BIRTHDAY TO: Bruce Jenner 63, Brad Paisley 41, Julia Roberts 46, Bill Gates 58, Charlie Daniels 77, Joaquin Phoenix 39, Lauren Holly 50, Andy Richter 47, Chris Bauer 47, Dennis Franz 69, Dayanara Torres 39, and Jack Soo (1917-1979).

I WISH I WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS YEARS AGO
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After you scoop out and carve your pumpkin, dip it in a large container of bleach and water (use a 1 tsp:1 gal mix). The bleach will kill bacteria and help your pumpkin stay fresh longer. Once completely dry, (drain upside down), add 2 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to a quart of water. Brush this solution onto your pumpkin to keep it looking fresh for weeks.”

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THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1988 the film ET is released to home video and 14 million copies are pre-sold.     And Sonny marries Cher

QUOTE OF THE DAY: The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity – George Carlin

HAPPY OCTOBER 27 BIRTHDAY TO: Nanette Fabray 93, Kelly Osborne 29, John Cleese 74, Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), Dylan Thomas (1904-1953), Simon Lebon 55, Lee Greenwood 71, Marla Maples 50, Peter Firth, and Harry Saltzman (1915-1994).

If there’s one list to keep handy–this is the one. It never fails that a major toothache hits when it’s late at night and your dentist’s office is closed. Although only a doctor can cure the source of the problem, this list of treatments & pain relief remedies should get you through the night until you can visit the dentist.

Important: If your tooth aches, there is a reason for it and it’s best to have it taken care of by a professional as soon as possible instead of just treating it at home and hoping the underlying issue will go away on its own. If it’s infected (gum area is swollen), don’t delay in getting professional medical care.

Directions for use:
Apply directly to both the problem tooth and surrounding sore gums until unless otherwise directed.For items that direct you to chew or for liquids that are to be swooshed around inside mouth, do so with the sore tooth and focus on surrounding area.

Do not swallow liquids, spit out when done.
1. Salt Water: Mix a heaping spoonful of salt in a small glass of lukewarm to warm water, swoosh around inside your mouth for as long as you can, spit out. Repeat a couple times.

2. Cloves: This is an old timer’s remedy, rest a clove against the sore area until pain goes away. You can also use a drop or two of clove oil (too much can be toxic) or make a thick paste of ground cloves and water or ground cloves and olive oil.

3. Alcohol: Swoosh a bit of whiskey, scotch, brandy or vodka. A strong mouthwash that contains alcohol will do the trick too.

4. Hydrogen Peroxide: Swoosh a bit of hydrogen peroxide. If the taste is too horrid for you, try diluting with a bit of water.

5. Vanilla Extract: Saturate a cotton ball with vanilla and hold in place. Can also use a cotton swab dipped in extract.6. Almond Extract: Same method of treatment as with Vanilla (above).

7. Peppermint Extract: Same as with Vanilla (above).

8. Lemon Extract: Same as with Vanilla (above).

9. Tea Tree Oil: Just a drop or two will do the trick. You can also add some to a cotton swab and hold in place or add a few drops of tea tree oil to a small glass of lukewarm to warm water and swoosh this around.

10. Oil Of Oregano: Mix a few drops with a bit of olive oil, then saturate a cotton ball with mixture. Can replace the olive oil with lukewarm water if preferred.

11. Apple Cider Vinegar: Soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar (ACV) and hold it in place. Can also try regular household vinegar.

12. Ginger Root: Take a fresh piece of ginger and chew it a bit.

13. Garlic: Take a clove of garlic, smash it and apply (settle it inside cheek). You can also mash some garlic with salt.

14. Peppermint Leaves: Chew on fresh peppermint leaves. You can also dried leaves, just hold them in place.

15. Potato: Cut a fresh piece of potato (raw, skin off) and hold in place. Can also pound a piece of raw potato, mix in a bit of salt and use the mash.

16. Lime: Cut a slice or wedge of lime and apply, bite into it if you can to release some of the juice. If you’re sensitive to cold, first bring the lime to room temperature if it was refrigerated.

17. Onion: Slice a piece of fresh onion and hold it inside your mouth. The onion needs to be freshly cut (so it provides a bit of onion juice).

18. Cucumber: Slice a fresh piece of cucumber and hold it over the sore area. If refrigerated, you might want to bring the cucumber to room temperature before using (if sensitive to cold) otherwise a cool piece can be soothing. You can also mash a piece with a bit of salt.

19. Plantain: Chew up a fresh plantain leaf. If you’re too sore to chew, use the other side of your mouth. Once the leaf is macerated a bit apply it to the problem area and hold in place.

20. Cayenne Pepper: Make a paste with cayenne pepper and water.

21. Black Pepper: You can use this full strength or make a mix of pepper and salt.

22. Baking Soda: Take a cotton swab and moisten it with a bit of water, dip it in baking soda (coat the swab really well with baking soda) then apply. You can also make a mouth rinse by mixing a heaping spoonful of baking soda in a small glass of lukewarm to warm water, dissolve the soda then swish the mixture in your mouth.

23. Tea: Make a fresh cup of tea then take the used tea bag (still warm) and stick it in your mouth. Careful not to tear the bag. The tannins that are naturally in tea leaves can help numb things.

24. Ice Pack: Cover an ice pack with a face cloth or towel then hold over your cheek where the problem is. This will help numb things. If that doesn’t work, try the opposite–a hot compress (not too hot that it burns your skin).

Tips
• If the pain is unbearable and there’s no dentist available, call your local hospital’s emergency room–chances are they have a dentist on call that can treat you (for a fee).

• Try gently brushing your teeth and flossing–this might bring some relief.

• If the side of your face is in severe pain and it feels like you’re going to lose your mind (I’ve been there, done that)–it could be a sinus infection or an allergy that affects your sinuses rather than a problem tooth (even though it definitely feels like it). Try a Herbal Decongestant Steam to break up sinuses, this might help relieve things until you get to a doctor. Chances are a prescription for penicillin is what you’ll need to clear up the sinus infection.

Note: These are simply notes I have collected, they are not professional medical advice.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Never get jealous when you see your ex with someone else, because our parents taught us to give our used toys to the less fortunate.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 2010 with cassette being nearly obsolete, Sony takes the Walkman cassette player off the market.

HAPPY OCTOBER 26 BIRTHDAY TO: Keith Urban 46, Rita Wilson 57, Seth MacFarlane 40, Hillary Clinton 66, Pat Sajack 67, Jacqueline Smith 68, Jon Heder 36, Jackie Coogan (1914-1984), Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972), Dylan McDermott 52, DW Moffett 59, Miika Kiprusoff 37, and James Pickens Jr. 59.

25 Oct 2013
October 25, 2013

Make These Mummy Cupcakes In Minutes

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If you are hosting a Halloween party for the little ones or you have to send some baking to school, this is an easy fun cupcake to make. Start with chocolate cupcakes and apply bands of white icing to represent bandages with a basketweave piping tip in random patterns over the cupcakes, letting some of the chocolate peek through. Add red and black gel icing for eyes.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Did you know…to help get rid of a pimple; if you poke a hole in the end of an Advil Liqui-Gel, put a dab of the medicine on the pimple, it will shrink in a matter of hours.

JOKE OF THE DAY: When comforting a ‘Grammar Nazi’, I always say softly “there, their, they’re.”

HAPPY OCTOBER 25 TO: Marion Ross 85, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Minnie Pearl (1912-1996), Billy Barty (1924-2000), Mariana Klaveno 35, Katy Perry 29, Ciara 28, Craig Robinson 42, Jeanne Cooper (1928-2013), Nancy Cartwright 56, Helen Reddy 72, Josh Henderson 32, Pedro Martinez 42, Tracy Nelson 50, David Furnish 51, Leo G Carroll (1892-1972), Johann Strauss ll (1825-1899), and Tony Franciosa (1928-2006).

24 Oct 2013
October 24, 2013

Easy Wine Glass Centerpiece

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This is a FALL centerpiece that can be done in minutes and will cost very little or absolutely nothing. It works best with larger wine glasses. Fill them with nuts in the shell and colorful leaves gathered from outside, turn the glass upside down and place a votive candle on top. There isn’t a special occasion that cannot be turned into a centerpiece. Here are a few.

  • CHRISTMAS – use small ornaments in shiny and matte finishes, and then mix in battery operated lights. Try pine sprigs for a different look.
  • SUMMER – cut the tops off garden flowers and sit them in a tiny dish of water (used tea-lite candle cups work well), then invert the wine glass. Pastel votive candles are pretty.
  • VALENTINES – cut-outs of hearts work well. Combine these with bits of pink and brown lengths of ribbon and pink votive candles.
  • EASTER – dollar stores are a treasure chest of ideas, from small eggs to miniature stuffed bunnies. Fill all of the glasses with jelly beans and count the jellies in one of the glasses and have your guests guess the number of jelly beans.
  • DINNER PARTY – purchase wine corks from a wine making store or save used corks. Place them in the wine glasses and invert them. Hang a colorful wine charm on the stem or tie a ribbon to each wine glass stem.


JOKE OF THE DAY: 
The world would be a better place if everybody just took a Chill Pill. It would get even better if some of them choked on it.

HAPPY OCTOBER 24 BIRTHDAY TO: Bill Wyman 77, BD Wong 53, J.P. Big Bopper Richardson (1930-1959), Kevin Kline 66, David Nelson (1936-2011), John Heisman (1869-1936), and Raul Esparza 43.

23 Oct 2013
October 23, 2013

In Honor Of Stupid Labels

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No tips or recipes today. Here is a cornucopia of stupid but unfortunately necessary labels.

In Honor of Stupid Labels
In case you needed further proof that the human race
is doomed through stupidity, here are some actual label
instructions on consumer goods.On a Sears hairdryer — Do not use while sleeping.
(Rats, and that’s the only time I have to work on my hair).
On a bag of Fritos — You could be a winner!
No purchase necessary.  Details inside.
(the shoplifter special?)

On a bar of Dial soap —
“Directions: Use like regular soap.”
(and that would be how???….)
On some Swanson frozen dinners —
“Serving suggestion: Defrost.”
(but, it’s “just” a suggestion).

On Tesco’s Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom) —
“Do not turn upside down.”
(well…duh, a bit late, huh!)

On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding —
“Product will be hot after heating.”
(…and you thought????…)

 

On packaging for a Rowenta iron —
“Do not iron clothes on body.”
(but wouldn’t this save me more time)?

On Boot’s Children Cough Medicine —
“Do not drive a car or operate machinery
after taking this medication.”
(We could do a lot to reduce the rate of construction
accidents if we could just get those 5-year-olds with
head-colds off those forklifts.)

 

On Nytol Sleep Aid —
“Warning: May cause drowsiness.”
(and…I’m taking this because???….)

On most brands of Christmas lights —
“For indoor or outdoor use only.”
(as opposed to…what)?

 

On a Japanese food processor —
“Not to be used for the other use.”
(now, somebody out there, help me on this. I’m a bit curious.)

On Sainsbury’s peanuts —
“Warning: contains nuts.”
(talk about a news flash)
On an American Airlines packet of nuts —
“Instructions: Open packet, eat nuts.”
(Step 3: maybe, uh…fly Delta?)

On a child’s Superman costume —
“Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly.”
(I don’t blame the company. I blame the parents for this one.)

On a Swedish chainsaw —
“Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands or genitals.”
(Oh my God…was there a lot of this happening somewhere?)
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OMG STOP THE WORLD: Kanye West surprised reality star girlfriend Kim Kardashian on her 33rd birthday Monday, with an over-the-top proposal that included a 50-piece orchestra and a 15-carat ring. West reportedly popped the question to Kardashian inside San Francisco’s AT&T Park. West had rented the entire stadium for the occasion.
HAPPY OCTOBER 23 BIRTHDAY TO: Ryan Reynolds 37, Doug Flutie 51, Dwight Yoakam 57, Nancy Grace 54, Martin Luther King lll 56, Johnny Carson (1905-2005), Pele 73, Amandla Stenberg 15, Weird Al Yankovic 54, Jon Huertas 44, Randy Pausch (1950-2008), and Barron Hilton 86.

Lasagna Cups (or change a few ingredients to make pizza cups)
Ingredients:
1 package of won ton wrappers
1 pound (500g) of ground beef
8 oz. (250g) mushrooms
1 zucchini, chopped
3 cups of pasta sauce
4 cups ricotta cheese
1/2 cup of grated parmesan
2 tbsp. dried basil leaves (I used fresh)
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 to 2 cups of shredded cheese (mix of Italian & mozzarella)
desired toppings: grated parmesan or fresh basil
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375F/190C
2. Sauté ground beef
3. Add chopped zucchini & mushrooms to beef and cook until done.
4. Add enough pasta sauce to coat the beef mixture. Cook 5 to 10 more minutes.
5. While your beef is cooking, combine ricotta cheese, salt and pepper (to taste), basil, and grated parmesan.
6. Spray your cupcake pan with non stick spray
7. Gently push one won ton wrapper in each cupcake well
8. Spoon 1 tbsp. of ricotta mixture into each wonton ton wrapper
9. Spoon 1 tbsp. of meat mixture on top of ricotta cheese mixture
10. Sprinkle shredded cheese over each cup
11. Make a second layer of won ton wrappers. Gently push the wonton wrapper inwards & repeat with ricotta, meat, and cheese.
12. Bake lasagna cups 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown and the edges are crispy
13. Leave in the pan to let them cool before you remove them.
14. Take them out and serve. Enjoy!!

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JOKE OF THE DAY: You know that amazing feeling when you get into bed and go straight to sleep, then wake up in the morning feeling fully refreshed and raring to go. Yeah, me neither!

HAPPY OCTOBER 22 BIRTHDAY TO: Christopher Lloyd 75, Annette Funicello (1942-2013), Deepak Chopra 67, Zac Hanson 28, Curly Howard (1903-1952), Jeff Goldblum 61, Catherine Deneuve 70, Brian Boitano 50, Jesse Tyler Ferguson 38, Timothy Leary (1920-1996), Bill Condon 58, and Spike Jonze 44.