Home Tour Feature

Today our little house is being featured over at 6th Street Design School!  I must admit I am pretty terrible about networking with other home decor bloggers.  There is just not enough time in my day.  So when Kirsten contacted me to feature our home I was over the moon!  Such a privilege to be featured on such a beautiful design blog!

Check out the home tour over at 6th Street Design School >>>

Superman and Wonder Woman: Couple's Halloween Costume

For a Halloween party this year my husband and I dressed up like Superman and Wonder Woman.  This was not our original plan.  I was still planning on wearing my Wonder Woman costume I have had for years and Brent was going to dress up as something else. 

But when I came out in my costume, he remembered he had a Superman snuggie that I had got him for Christmas one year (I have a Hello Kitty one naturally).  And suddenly we had a couple's costume.

The snuggie is too funny.  It's almost like it was custom fit to his body.  We pinned it in the back so it would be more fitting.  It was a hit and he most definitely won as the most comfortable costume of the night!

The Wonder Woman costume I bought at Walmart one year on clearance after Halloween.  Here is a link to what looks like the costume thought it is a little different.  But oddly I noticed that some of Walmart's costumes look different on the model than what actually comes in the bag??

And we found our Snuggies at Hot Topic but you can also buy them on Amazon.

As for Halloween night?  We will be putting on our Fred and Wilma costume again.  It is the only costumes I have ever hand made so we are wearing them for the third year in a row!

Spiderwebs and Black Birds: Halloween Porch Decor

I picked up a bag of $2 spiderwebs from the store to decorate our porch for Halloween.  I cannot even remember the last time I decorated with spiderwebs.  I was most definitely a child.  Let me just say, stretching that stuff was one of the most entertaining decor elements I have used in a long time.  I was giddy like a little kid.

For years now my husband and I have talked about roasting hotdogs and opening up our front yard to neighbors and friends on Halloween as a source of community.  We have a few other neighbors around that night including one family who sits out front of their house the whole night with their walkway lit up inviting trick or treaters to come by.  We finally decided to join in and have opened up our home to others in attempts of building up our neighborhood and creating a trick or treater friendly atmosphere.

So just a few days before Halloween (yesterday) I put out Halloween decorations.  If you know me at all, I am most definitely a well planned ahead decorator.  Usually come the end of September I would start thinking about fall decorations.  This year I was just too busy and overwhelmed and allowed myself to let it go.  What resulted was decorations on a whim and it was such a refreshing creative moment.  No pressure.  Just fun.  It was decorating for me and for neighborhood kids and less about decorating for a blog audience.

Sometimes we need a refresh to the things we used to enjoy that slowly become an obligation.  Every year I strive to have a stress free holiday season only to end up stressing myself out.  As we move into the rest of this season, I want to take note of this carefree attitude and remember that this time is about being available to people and not just a laundry list of traditions.

Fake pumpkins and black birds create a spooky but welcoming atmosphere.  And I just love our little skeleton bride and groom.  

Though I still have two more bins full of fall related decorations, I settled on a few key pieces that created a big impact.  It doesn't feel overdone.  Just simple and spooky.

We may get rained out this year on Halloween, but if not, I look forward to the community that is to come through spiderwebs and hotdogs.  And if you are in the mood, go get yourself a $2 bag of spiderwebs.  Unleash your creative free spirit!

Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe--using spaghetti squash instead of spaghetti for a healthy spin on this popular comfort food.

Of all the posts I have shared over the years, it is my spaghetti squash with chicken, pesto, and peas that is consistently the most popular.  I suppose in this Pinterest focused internet culture, it is no surprise, but it takes me off guard that a little recipe I threw together one night could reach so many people. 

We live in a time where we are all struggling to eat healthy but still eat well.  We want to enjoy what we eat but still watch our waistline.  I am so thankful that I took a risk one day in becoming my own version of a home chef.  It is in trying new things (spaghetti squash) and mixing them with familiar comfort foods (chicken and pesto) to make dinner time meals that provide a balance in this meal time dilemma.  

Since my spaghetti squash recipe has been such a hit (in my own home and on the internet!) I thought I would share another version of using spaghetti squash instead of pasta. 

How to cook spaghetti squash for pasta:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Cut spaghetti squash in half and scoop out seeds.  Spray top with cooking oil and sprinkle with salt.  Cook squash for 35-45 minutes.

How to bake spaghetti squash
How to bake spaghetti squash

Once cooked and cooled, scrape out spaghetti squash with a fork.

How to bake spaghetti squash

For my version of spaghetti squash with meatballs I combinine store bought pasta sauce and frozen meatballs to spaghetti squash for an easy weeknight meal.  But feel free to make your own homemade sauce and meatballs if you desire.  I especially love the turkey meatball recipe from Everyday Italian if you have the extra time.

The pasta sauce and meatballs have a different consistency than my pesto recipe giving this version a more distinct spaghetti squash presence.  You can do half regular spaghetti and half spaghetti squash to balance out the consistency.  This is the preferred method of this recipe according to my husband.  :)

Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti and Meatballs

-Spaghetti Squash
-Pasta Sauce
-Frozen Meatballs

Cut spaghetti squash in half and scoop out seeds.  Spray top with cooking oil and sprinkle with salt.  Bake spaghetti squash at 450 degrees for 35-45 minutes.

Warm up sauce and meatballs on the stove or in a slow cooker.

Combine spaghetti squash with sauce and meatballs.


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