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Guide to Surviving the Holidays

As we are all gearing up for the holidays, we may all be feeling some ahem stress. Stress over what gifts to give (always my biggest issue), what parties to attend, how your budget is going to handle the extra out-flow this month, and how to be in a million places at once. And since I’m just as crazy stressed as the rest of you, I thought I’d ask for some advice from a guest poster.

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They’re spooky and they’re creepy

Halloween week you are coming to a close. Tomorrow will be Alex’s family recipe for Pumpkin Pie straight from his Grandma’s mental cookbook. But today, oh today we have to talk about all things Scary. Terrifying. Haunted!

OK I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a wimp. No really, I whimper at needles…and I’m getting subjected to these today, but yes I have a tattoo. But I digress as that’s a whole ‘nother story. I FREAK OUT when bugs come near me. This is why I rarely go camping with the hubby though he loves the outdoors. (Duhr…the man owns a car excuse me Jeep that can literally come apart and be re-built just for fun. And was originally built for the military…Alex made me add that part) I have such a vivid imagination that I typically dream in color which is why I also routinely scare myself awake. My mind is a horror movie waiting to happen. So the one thing at Halloween I avoid like the plague is haunted houses.

Ahhhh the glorious tradition of Haunted Houses. Despite a time-honored tradition of Halloween being the perfect time to scare one silly, I fail to see the “entertainment” in scaring myself. This is surely ironic since I live in the state that is home to America’s #1 Haunted Attraction. Yet I find myself continually drawn to attend these houses of horror. My favorite being the one a Disney World. Who can resist that fun little ending? (And no, I’m not spelling that out here just in case you have never been …. the surprise at the end is fun!)

Why yes I am a mass of contradictions, why do you ask?

As the month comes to a close and Halloween draws ever closer Alex has decided that now is the time to look up just where we ought to go! I say “The couch!” (Not that anyone ever listens to me.)

Since I absolutely refuse to go to Netherworld Alex has located a few perfectly good alternatives including a haunted corn maze, a haunted house across the street from the mall, and a free one. He’s playing on my weaknesses that smarty-pants!

So I’ve turned to you my friends, may I call you friend? I hope so since I consider you as such. I turn to you to help me decide which haunted house I should subject myself too. All are reputed to be on par with one another in terms of the “Scare” factor.

Should I go to:

  1. The Haunted house by the mall. Terrifying with loads of crowds and an angel of death who beckons you into the door, but also near great shopping AND a bar. Which I may need afterwards.
  2. The Haunted Corn Maze. The maze is fun in and of itself, just the haunted parts that weird me out….Children of the Corn anyone? Plus it’s near my house and I have coupons. Oh and they have an s’mores bonfire at the end.
  3. The free Haunted house. I don’t know too much about this one since its brand-spankin’ new to my part of town. But it’s free. Of course this may mean a LOT more crowds. Who knows…this one is a gamble.

So my friends . . . Where should I go? Where would YOU go?

Trick OR Treat gimme something good to eat

Sugar and spice, peanuts and caramel, big and small, round and square, bar, cup, and a handful of bites make up the sugary sweet section of my pantry right now. But it’s that time of year, where you prepare for the goblins, the ghouls, the celebrities, and all sorts of strangers to grace your door with one simple request…

“Trick Or Treat!” They’ll cry with glee. (Hopefully none of them will follow through with the Trick portion of this tradition.)

So I’ve prepped myself knowing we’ll get trick or treaters to come to our house. And since this is our first year in our house,  I choose to hand out mini-candy bars. Mostly because they are easy to find, easy to hand out, and  I can snack on them if they aren’t taken by the end of the night. YUM! Still, I know some people choose to hand out a larger variety of items on this holiday.

Why just the other day on the radio in my hometown people called in to spell out the WORST and the BEST treats they had ever received. On the BEST list were items like and iPod (I need to be trick or treating in this neighborhood that is for sure!), the full-sized candy bar, and real dollar coins mixed up with your chocolate ones. The WORST list included a toothbrush (come on, really? You are just asking to get tricked with that kind of treat), Dum Dum’s,  and by far the most interesting item on either list were the dollar alcohol samples of vodka and rum. Yes, I did just say that someone handed out alcohol chasers. Evidently parents were unaware until their children arrived home and the parents sorted through the candy to pull the bad and inappropriate so no one knows exactly who decided this would be a great idea…

Anyhow – so as I’m evidently in the boring but classic style with my oh-so-popular mini candy bars hand-outs, I want to know what y’all have experienced.  For me, it was always the house that handed out apples as the worst because they would get crushed. The best was the house that either gave out two handfuls of candy each or the house that gave out bags of popcorn. YUM!!

So, I’m curious what is the BEST and WORST treat you’ve ever received?