Thursday, October 19, 2017

Awesome Life Friday #133

Welcome to Awesome Life Friday!

We're so looking forward to seeing what you've been cooking, creating, growing, decorating, reviewing, giving away, and thinking about this week!

While you're here, leave your posts at the other link up we co-host here - Party in Your PJs!  It starts on Tuesday evenings, and runs through Sunday.  I hope you'll join us there as well!

Hi, all!  As you read this, my husband and I will be high in the sky, flying to Germany to visit with family!  I want to thank you all for your many kind words last week.  We still have a lot still up in the air but we've had this trip planned for a long time and we'll be ready to hit the ground running when we return in a couple weeks.

Next week and the week after, we won't be doing Features - but I'll do a big catch up when I'm back!

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Pumpkin Potholders // Knitting & So On
"Autumn is coming ... outside it's getting rainy and cold. So, to get into a comforting, cozy autumn feeling, I decided to knit up a couple of autumn-themed potholders - and I decided that pumpkins would do nicely."

Boho Style Cozy Fall Outdoor Retreat // My Thrift Store Addiction
"Grab your tea or coffee and follow me out to the garden where I've created a cozy little retreat where we can visit..."

Sprinkle Sugar Cookies // The Monday Box
"Sprinkle Sugar Cookies are an old-fashioned treat that never goes out of style! Just like the big, crunchy cookies so popular at bakeries, these treats are sure to become home baked favorites."

Spiderweb Wreath DIY Halloween Idea // Live Craft Love
"This quick and easy project is the perfect way to greet those trick or treaters.  The best part is that the wreath actually lights up with battery powered lights.  This makes it absolutely perfect for Halloween night!"

Sewing For Baby: Another Pillowcase Dress & Headbands // Strawberry Butterscotch
"I had another baby shower to attend, another one for a baby girl!  So I decided to make another pillowcase dress."

Totally Addictive & Delicious Brownie Chocolate Chip Cookies // Everyday Parties
"I could just sit and eat the batter to these cookies and be completely content with life.  But the cookies are AHH-MAZING.  I even love them a little bit more the next day when they have a chance to get a little harder.  Mini Me loves them when they are fresh so we have a fight to see who can eat them all first."

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ghostbusters Slimer Pistachio Watergate Salad #Foodnflix


For the past few months, my co-writer Lynda has been participating in the Food n Flix Club cooking challenge, where bloggers get together to watch an agreed upon movie and then make a dish that is inspired by the movie.

It looks like a lot of fun, so when she mentioned that this month's movie was Ghostbusters 2016, I asked if I could take it on. Don't be shocked - buy I may be the only person in the US who has never seen any of them!

So, I decided to watch the original version which came out in 1984, and then watch the newest version which came out in 2016!

The original was out two years before I was even born, and needless to say, it seemed like such an outdated and silly movie!

I mean, after 30+ years, it is crazy to see where film has gone. This movie oh my goodness, I do not even know what to say. It was really hard for me to actually sit there and watch it. The graphics, the jokes, the special effects, oh man! I wonder if some movies have to be experienced when they're enjoying great popularity to really appreciate them?

Watching the updated version a few days later was really fun! I mean Kristen Wiig was in it, and she is one of my favorite ladies of comedy! This version's graphics were bright, colorful and so different from the original. I really liked it!

The storyline tried to mimic the original, but some parts were just so off base, I didn't know what to think of the remake as it might compare to the original (I know some fans of the classic movie had some strong opinions about that), but I liked it fine.

While watching both movies, there are a lot of food references, and you can see people eating things throughout the movie.

What stood out for me was Green Slime (both ectoplasm and Slimer), Pizza, Chinese Food and marshmallows!

I thought I might go the Chinese food route, and follow in the classic scene where they state "this magnificent meal is the last of our petty cash" and try a budget friendly version of Chinese food, or the Wonton Soup issue from the 2016 version.

Or, I could try to make some type of green slime or Ectoplasam but really, besides Jello, I did not know what direction to go with that!

In the end, I decided to do something with Marshmallows because well, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man was the last and biggest threat that the GhostBusters defeated at the end of the movie (twice!).

So with Marshmallows as my food of choice, I thought it would be fun to do something that is also green in honor of the mischievous Slimer who caused such mayhem in both movies.! Keep with the theme right?

There were so many possibilities... I thought of Slimer popcorn with green food coloring into the marshmallows. I thought the obvious Rice Krispie treats, and then I remembered something that my grandma used to make that I was obsessed with as a kid!

Pistachio Pudding or as it is also known - Watergate Salad!! It incorporates the green in the pudding itself and also marshmallows! I knew that my kids would love this idea so decided to run with this one!!  I think it would make a great addition to any table full of Halloween dishes.

It is a pretty simple recipe and takes just a few minutes to prepare it. Win win in my house!

Ghostbusters Slimer Pistachio Watergate Salad
Prep Time- 5 minutes

1 Box of Jello Pistachio Flavored instant pudding
1 20oz can of Crushed Pineapple, Undrained
1 cup of Mini Marshmallows
1 container of Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 cup of chopped Pecans ( or nuts of your choice)

*Do not make the pudding as it is stated on the box! The pineapple juice will make up for the milk that is needed in the traditional making of the pudding. As well as the Cool Whip.

*the original recipe calls for the whole can of pineapple and juice. I scoop out the pineapple (not strain) and omit the juice. I find it gets too watery! Your choice!!

* I also omit the nuts as the Pistachio pudding has them in it already and I find it is enough for my family. Again, your choice! More nuts will give this a more crunchy texture.

You simply mix it all up.  Take the pudding mix, add the pineapple with the juices. Stir in the mini marshmallows and then slowly fold in cool whip. I add the pecans, if I'm using them, at the very end.

That's it! There you have it. Stick it in the fridge for an hour or so and then enjoy.

This is truly a timeless recipe that I know my kids are going to love! I loved it as a kid and I am sure that yours will to! Enjoy this marshmallowy- green slime inspired dessert!

And go ahead and watch one or both of these silly movies - we could all use more silliness!

Check back on November 2 with Kimberly at Coffee & Casseroles to see the full round up of other Ghostbusters inspired recipes!  I can't wait to see what others did!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Party in Your PJs #179

Happy Tuesday!

Welcome to the Party in Your PJs Link Party, where your posts will be seen on four different blogs each week.

You'll also find the Awesome Life Friday link-up here at RCHReviews, every Thursday evening at 8pm ET so we hope to see you there as well.

Are you ready to party? I can't wait to see what you've brought to share!

 Meet the Co-Hosts

Nina @ Grandma Ideas 

Lynda @ Reviews, Chews & How-Tos 

Facebook // Pinterest // Twitter // Instagram

Donna @ Aging Like a Fine Wine

Facebook // Pinterest // Twitter // Instagram

The rules for the group board include:
1. Limit of one pin a day.
2. Just like the party anything goes, but clear wonderful pictures with great descriptions are most successful.
3. Please no Spam ( Spammers will be deleted without warning)
4.  If you pin to the Pinterest Board, please link to the Party in Your PJs Party also, the party runs from 7 pm Tuesdays-Midnight Saturday (Central Time)
5.  Finally have fun and share this group board  with blog friends and followers!  The more success the group board is the more success you will see from your pins.

Lynda's Features!

In just a couple of days, my husband and I are headed off for a two week trip to Stuttgart, Germany where me daughter's family is stationed (that's Jackie, my co-editor and writer here on RCH!).  We've been planning for this trip for nearly two years and are very excited that it is finally coming to pass.  Right now, our life is a little complex but it won't impact our long awaited journey and right now spending some time with my family and our delightful grandkids is exactly what's needed.

So, I've got travel on my mind this week and many of you shared your own travels in last week's party! So - grab a mug of your favorite beverage and then enjoy a bit of armchair travel - may it inspire you to explore the area around you and plan for a faraway visit somewhere else.

 Make sure you head over to the other members of Party in Your PJs
 to see their features - we each pick our own!

All links are pinned to a Party can follow the board on Pinterest...feel free to follow the board, there is lots of inspiratioPn to be found there.

Ok...let's party!

Rules -Link to post, not your home page
-Link to something YOU made, wrote or thought
-No Etsy or Business Pages
-Link Parties, Roundups and Giveaways welcome
- Don't Link and Run! Please visit other links, make friends, learn something new, leave a comment.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

How to: Half Frankenstein Halloween makeup


Halloween is, oh, only the best holiday ever. It is so great, in fact it is my wedding anniversary.  Happy 10 years, babe! For the first five years of my marriage, I did not get dressed up out of respect for the sacred-ness of getting married on that day. Being the makeup artist I am, I decided 5 years is good, and I started getting dressed up again!

I am also competitive, mainly with myself. So every year I have to out-do myself.

Today, I'm going to show you what I did in 2015 for Halloween. I didn’t take enough pics of what I did for last year's awesomeness, so this is what you get, peeps.

The first thing that I do to plan year after year is search Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram for spooky inspiration. This process usually takes weeks, and I find a few things I like and will create from a compilation.

While researching for this, I found and fell in love with Lex from Made Yew Look. She is down to earth, a great artist, and is fun to follow. I used much her video, and made some tweaks.

FrankensteinMakeup Tutorial (MadeYewLook)

One of the things I did differently was to use liquid latex to create the center wound.  Lex was able to use a Mehron Special Effects kit which I did not have access to. Instead I went to my local costume shop, Disguise the Limit.

Liquid latex is very similar to lash glue. I found that it is easy to build up, so I was able to make the edges of the wound thinner, and thicker toward the center. In the video, Lex cut the wound open, however with the liquid latex, I found it was easier to create the two sides of the wound separately.

The latex does take quite a while to dry, so ensure you have about 32 years available. (hah!)

I did my eye makeup before hand, but realized later that I could have better used my time creating the wound, then doing the eyes.

I did them smoky with purple, inspired by Lex, and color theory. Purple is a great compliment to the green. Lex used a cooler green than I did, as was the purple, I went with warmer hues to make it a bit more different.

The liquid latex dried a milky clear, and absorbed any color I laid over it very nicely. I used a primer all over first, then mixed a green and white face paint with my regular foundation for a hue of green.

I contoured with green face paint at the hair line, cheek bone and jawline, then set with a translucent powder. I then used a variety of green eyeshadows to create more depth with further contouring. For blush I used a very bright pink just on the apple of my cheek.

As Lex showed, I used a brown eye shadow in the center of the wound before using fake blood, though I decided I should have used more to make the blood darker.

For the stitching, I found the thread I had, even though it was thick, was still too thin. I used a sparing bit of liquid latex as glue to triple and twist the thread. I used a brown eye liner to create the "holes" that the stitching needed.

I made the string too long in my practice round, but loved that as I made faces, and changed expression, it showed that the thread was real stitching, not just drawn on lines.

I used the Liquid latex as glue to attach the thread to my face where the stitches would enter the wound.

I did a basic beauty makeup for the other side, adding a plum color eyeshadow, and blush on the far side of the wound, to create "irritation" to the skin. Add realism.

Taking the wound off was easy an relatively painless. Again, think lash glue. Or Elmer's glue when you were a kid, and had to peal it off. What is super cool, is the stitching came off at the same time.

I am so glad that I practiced before the big night.

I got a better feel for the makeup I don’t use daily, latex, blood, stitching, green all over my face…

I also looked at other Halloween makeup ideas, and decided I wanted more drama with veins.

For the veins, I took a basic triangular sponge, gouged irregular holes in it. I then dipped the sponge in a dark green eyeshadow powder, and sponged the veins in place, never going over the same place twice.

Again, I like the drama, and am competitive, so had to out do my practice round.

This was accomplished with a better executed wound, but then I also extended the center wound down my chest, onto my collar bone, and on my hand.

I used a liquid liner to create cracks coming off the wound, and eye.

I used more brown beneath the blood, and extended the veins onto my chest.

On the Frankenstein side I used dark green to vein, and on the beauty side I used purples, and a deep red color shadow.

I already had purple contacts, and decided again to be like Lex and go with the yellow eye. Everywhere I went, they were out of neon green, my first choice. The result was still awesome though!

I have no idea what I will be doing this year, as usual I will go big, not home.

I still have tons of the liquid latex even after a practice round before the big night, so I plan on using that again. That’s about all I know!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Awesome Life Friday #132

Welcome to Awesome Life Friday!

We're so looking forward to seeing what you've been cooking, creating, growing, decorating, reviewing, giving away, and thinking about this week!

While you're here, leave your posts at the other link up we co-host here - Party in Your PJs!  It starts on Tuesday evenings, and runs through Sunday.  I hope you'll join us there as well!

You know - sometimes, finding the 'awesome' in life is harder than at other times.  Between so many natural disasters coming one after another (and one of our writers, Jennifer, is currently watching her beautiful home town go up in flames in Santa Rosa, along with seeing most of her family at risk of losing everything) and personal challenges, I have to be honest - right now I am not feeling it.

Last week, as I was starting to pull together that week's Awesome Life Friday, our 16 year old dog passed away.  I skipped the link up and my husband I worked to come to terms with that loss.  Sadie was a sweet old beagle that occasionally found her way into this blog, and we will miss her forever.

Then, this week - he was laid off in a 'limited restructuring' at the corporation he worked for.  I have no doubt at all that we will pull through this and eventually it will be fine but right now, this week? That sucked a lot more air out of motivation.

It also cost me the ability to have a pretty intense and scary surgery reconstructing my left hand to correct some of the damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis - a surgery scheduled for early December and have been preparing for for the last couple of months. The scary part of it had to do with a very lengthy recovery process that would leave me one-handed for months so we've had to do a lot of mental and physical prep to make it work.  Now.... the insurance will end before the process is over and it's the sort of thing where I can't see myself risking a potential need to move or change occupational therapists in the middle of it.  The stakes are too high.

So I am trying to come to emotional grips with that, too.

All of which is to say - I'm sorry for the relative quiet here.  We've got lots of posts coming up that my fellow writers have put together - and they are, truly, awesome!  But I'm a bit rocked and I know you all will understand if we all take it a little slow for awhile.

I need a little room to breathe, get my feet underneath me and get ready to notice the awesome again.

So, now our favorite part - the FEATURES !  If you're one of our featured posts, we'd love it if you'd grab a button, and thanks to all of you who shared with us last week!

Salsa Verde Chicken Soup // Simply Stacie
"Salsa Verde Chicken Soup is yummy comfort food that is packed full of spicy flavour. And it’s only a few ingredients to make!"

Make Your Own Painted Pumpkins // Gluesticks
"Make your own set of ceramic pumpkins to match your fall decor this year! A quick and easy afternoon project."

Crispy Oven-Baked Coconut Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries // Simple * Pure * Whole Wellness
"These Coconut Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries are the perfect substitute for regular fries when you want to pack in a little extra nutrition and flavor! They are quick and easy to make and make the perfect snack or side dish."

The Raven - Halloween Art // Of Faeries & Fauna
"The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe is such a gorgeous, brilliantly written poem.  Poe put the raven in the spotlight with his poem. I think everyone has heard of “The Raven”, especially around Halloween."

Hearty Crockpot Bacon Cheeseburger Soup // Housewife How-Tos
"Start it in the morning, watch your team win, then come home to a creamy, cheesy, rich soup studded with crunchy kernels of sweet corn, tender bits of onion and celery, and juicy bites of tomato. Oh, and did I mention there is beef and smoky bacon in every spoonful, too?"

Easter Eggs as Fall Decor? // Eclectic Red Barn
"These plastic eggs made a very inexpensive fall arrangement. I love when I can reuse items."

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