Looking at the calendar, today’s Three on Thursday for me is seasonal…three simple Halloween costumes over the years.
For many years, I’ve been lucky to enjoy Halloween festivities with my TX girlies. With a flight involved to reach the girls, my costumes over the years have been simple/easy pack options. Here, a few favorites…
2007 – Super Sweet! – A Superman t-shirt + a quick knit Candy Corn Hat = Super Sweet. I knit the hat on the flight down to TX. This has been a costume I’ve used a couple of times over the years.
2009 – Fairy Godmother – I remember one Saturday morning that summer, Maya called me because the girls had a Halloween request for me – they wanted me to dress up as a fairy godmother. Well, of course. This was a chiffon skirt and sparkly sweater, some rhinestone jewelry, a dress-up tiara & a pair of butterfly wings that the girls had.
2014 – Rosie the Riveter – What fun to bring a favorite WWII “icon” to life. Jeans and a denim shirt, my hair pinned up under a red polka dot bandana, bright red lips and viola! My favorite memory was when the girls saw me dressed up, when I asked who I was they immediately replied with “Rosie the Riveter!”
What are some of your simple Halloween costumes?
Joining in with Three on Thursday hosted by Carole & Kat.
The extended blog silence over the last couple of months wasn’t planned…but life has a way of changing things up. But I’m ready to get back to these pages and exercise the writing muscle more. So, as I join up with the “newish” Three on Thursday link-up, I’m sharing three plans for upcoming blog posts as I get back to writing.
The world has shifted since the death of my Dad in early August – and as we move forward, I’ve been putting into words the story of the amazing week of Dad’s hospitalization, passing and celebration service and that needs to be shared.
Before going silent, I had shared the first part of our epic summer sister trip…the parts are queued up and ready to go.
It’s Fall, Y’all! As leaves change and temperatures drop, it’s time for trips to apple orchards, leaf lookin’ and more – today’ I’m heading to the Ville with a Fall Friday planned for tomorrow with Mom & Rebecca.
Joining up with Carole & Kat to share a quick 3 things. This seemed like a good way to dust off the blog and give a quick update.
My sister has a milestone birthday this summer. To celebrate, we decided to take a road trip to Acadia National Park and on up to Prince Edward Island. As the spring progressed, we booked our Airbnb stays…we built our itinerary…and before we knew it, Rebecca arrived to Pennsylvania on a Friday evening in late June for our adventures to begin.
On Saturday morning, we loaded up my car (aka Annie), picked up large iced coffees and were ready to hit the road. The trip odometer was set to 0, a new notebook was at the ready to capture the license plate game. A quick selfie was snapped. And we were off! As we hit the road, we came up with a few meal rules for the trip: No US chain restaurants – although Dunkin’ Donuts for coffee is a given; focus on local establishments; In Canada, enjoy uniquely Canadian eats.
The first day was a long haul drive to reach Acadia National Park. Traffic sailed through Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. In Connecticut, it became heavy and that continued pretty much through Massachusetts and New Hampshire until we reached the Maine state line.
What is a road trip without homemade treats? Rebecca brought a bag of Mom’s classic road trip cookie – Colonial Rocks – with her & they were enjoyed throughout the trip.
It was early evening on Saturday when we arrived to our motel, The Twilite Inn, a classic roadside motor inn that we found via Airbnb. As we checked in, we discovered our innkeeper was a Packers fan…Supper was seafood from a roadside lobster pound – a lobster roll and fish sandwich definitely said we had arrived to Maine.
On our way back to the motel, we decided to stop at a local dairy bar for ice cream. The “small” Wild Maine Blueberry ice cream cones were delicious – even more so after waiting 25 minutes from order to cone in hand (the teen boys behind the counter were struggling mightily with a large group of customers).
On Sunday we headed into Acadia National Park. Our first stop was the visitors center – in addition to a few souvenirs, we also picked up the Audio Tour CD and used that as the basis for our wandering through the park. Once we pressed play on the audio tour, we were off and proceeded to spend most of the day looping around the park. Words can’t adequately describe the views that we enjoyed – I’ll let a few picture highlights do the talking. The color of the water is a gorgeous navy-teal.
It was mid-afternoon by the time we reached Cadillac Mountain. The views from up top were pretty spectacular – but we both agreed that being right along the coastline was what we enjoyed more.
As the audio tour ended we made our way to Northwest Harbor and then over towards Southwest Harbor and the lighthouse there before just driving around the island.
For dinner, it was another roadside seafood shack – this time, fried clams and fried shrimp. After a bit more driving around we tracked down the last piece of blueberry pie at a local restaurant to end the day.
Next up…meandering through Maine and New Brunswick, Canada towards Prince Edward Island…
An appropriate prompt for this “excessive heat warning” Thursday in the midst of our fifth heat wave of the summer…”tell us what you do to beat the heat!” Most of the tips that I shared last summer are still in rotation around here. This summer, a new addition to the cooling collective has been collagen slushies.
As the summer was starting, I saw a simple recipe for a Grapefruit Slushie that sparked my interest. That weekend, I picked up a grapefruit and made a slushie. And I was hooked. I started trying all sorts of liquid/flavor combos and have even cut out any sweetener in them – which is great as I’m in the midst of a Whole30 reset this month.
The “recipe” framework is simple: a cup of ice, a scoop of collagen & then fruit/liquid/flavorings to fill my smoothie cup. A few seconds whirl on the Ninja & viola, ready to sip. Now that this is a go-to cooler, these are some of my favorite flavor combinations:
Mint iced tea + blueberries + cantaloupe
Almond/coconut milk + vanilla splash + lemon juice (or NY Style Lemonade) – this reminds me of a Chick-fil-A Frosted Lemonade
Cold brew + vanilla splash + cinnamon – this fills my Tervis every morning as I head to work
Mint iced tea + watermelon + lemon juice (or NY Style Lemonade) – a nod to the limited time Minted Watermelon Lemonade at Chick-fil-A