Monday, October 3, 2011

It's Fall, Y'all

Remember mystery vine?  The one that sprouted out of our compost bin and creeped through the fence and started growing all over my neighbor's yard?  Because she is the nicest lady ever she didn't get upset, and actually said she was interested to see what it turned into.  When it started sprouting pumpkins I told her she should of course keep whatever pumpkins she got, but she insisted that the girls should have them. For some reason the ones that grew on our side of the fence are a weird shape, kind of butternut squash/pumpkin hybrid, but hers were perfectly formed "faerie tale" pumpkins.
Mooch was so excited to get to pick them.  Who needs a pumpkin patch when you've got a compost bin??

 I wanted a new fall wreath for the front door, but I'm picky.  We've all seen some of the fall themed ones on Pinterest, and some are cute but some are just .... not me.  Let's just say if it can be described as "cute" I'm not going to dig it.
I had this simple wreath frame I picked up at The Thrift Store That Shall Not Be Named

I found fake leaves and yummy smelling potpourri at the Dollar Store.  Brainstorm - some of the potpourri has interesting stuff in it, seedpods and herbs and such, that are really pretty, and this variety smells fall-y without being overpowering.

Of course I ended up being totally sucked in to the fall and Halloween decorations at the Dollar Store, which happens every year even though I swear this year will be different.  I turned a corner, and lo and behold ...

Is there anyone out there who DOESN'T need about a million of these?  I only got 2 and I'm kicking myself.  I want to cover the front of my house in them.  
The Mister came in and took a look and said jokingly, "Now you just need to put a 3rd eye on them!" and then saw how excited I got and immediately said, "That was a JOKE."
"But I'm so going to do that.  Best idea ever.  High five, craft buddy!"
"Don't do it.  People already think you're a witch"
"Too late, seed of brilliance planted."

And after a night of wine consumption and burning my fingers - again- with hot glue and catching up on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (and the horrible realization that I think I don't hate Camille so much now) this is the beast:
 I love it.  I have a Halloween sign that I put up every year that says "Don't Make Me Use My Flying Monkeys" with a pair of witch's boots underneath it, but I do not want to take this down.  
I'm trying to harvest herbs and preserve them now.  (In all my spare time.  HA)  I did pull up my basil plants the other day, and made vegan basil/chive pesto that is pretty amazing.  My chives never flowered this year, which I think is because they were in too much shade, but I still have lots.

 Guess who won't take off her Halloween costume?

I did not measure (I don't really, ever) but here is an approximation:
Vegan Basil Chive Pesto
Approx. 3 c of basil leaves
A good handful of chives
1/4 c macadamia nuts
2 Tb pine nuts
olive oil
salt & pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
Place macadamia nuts and pine nuts in food processor and process until it resembles coarse flour.  Add basil and chives, pulse until incorporated.  Add olive oil (about 1-2 Tb) salt & pepper to taste, and crushed garlic clove, pulse until completely combined.
And in closing, if you don't follow The Blogess, your life up until this moment has been completely wasted. 


  1. Our pumpkins died this year :-( but we got some great ones from the farmers market Saturday.

    That is definitely the best fall wreat I've seen yet.

  2. I love that you got....such a wonderful pumpkin from the compost pile. 2 thumbs up. And your wreath is wonderful....not all cutsy and fluffy....yay for you. I don't do cutsy either....Oma Linda

  3. It is absolutely enchanting that those pumpkins grew up on their own. But the most enchanting pumpkin of all is the one cooking?(She is a pumpkin right?)Soooo cute!

  4. How friggin cool about the pumpkins! Also, love the wreath. I don't have a crafty bone in my big ass body, but I can arrange shit like a motherfucker.

  5. That was a beautiful quote and very true. Something i personally should always keep in mind and stop being constantly on edge.
    brightest blessings.

  6. How fabulous that pumpkins grew out of your compost pile! You are such a little Earth mother. Oh Lydia, your wreath is so awesome. I love the way it turned out. Rather than take it down, maybe you can come up with a different place for the "monkey" sign. And no, you can never have too many ravens.

    Love the sweet little punkin in her pumpkin costume. Smooches to you and those 2 little sweethearts!

  7. I just love your wreath! Looks like we have something in common the Dollar Tree! GOSH! I have found some of the cutest things there!

    Your blog is really great! I wanted to stop by and say hello and check out what you have been working on for The 2011 Countdown To Hallowe'en!



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