Monday, October 31, 2011

Act 2; Scene 16: The Halloween Reveal!

Kris, Katie, and Mom--you guessed it!

Miracle Max and Valerie!!!

More to come about our marvelous Halloween tomorrow! :-)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Act 2; Scene 15: Some Reasons Why I Haven't Been Blogging Much Lately

I have been so busy. I can't wait to get back to regular postings, and I have a few great ones thought out to someday be published on the Center Stage. While I wait for more time to gather thoughts and words for a posting, I will tell you (or more accurately, show you) a few of the things that have been keeping me so busy lately:

My wonderful Beauty and the Beast, Jr. cast! They have all been working so hard, and we're so excited for the show to go up next week! Opening night, Thursday November 10th! This picture is from our last 6 hour Saturday rehearsal for the school newspaper--there are a few costume items missing (notice the Beast is wearing jeans...lol), and most hair and makeup is not done yet. But they look great nonetheless!

Gaston and LeFou

The silly girls--love them!

Last weekend, my good friend Sean Sekino and I had a recital! It was just for fun, and it was fun!

 It's been fun. And this next week, we start our production of "The Little Red Hen" at Center Stage for the 5-7 year olds. Yay! They are so excited :-) I have never seen kids so excited to act like a fat cat, a lazy cow, and a sneaky fox. Here we go!

Spooktacular Meal #4

I really wanted to try some mummies for one of our meals, but Robert insisted that he'd had enough hot dogs for a while. So I tried these calzone mummies. I should have given them pizza-dough hands and legs, because they look like long, baby mummies!
You can see our attempt to give the mummy arms...

I think the red pepper arms turned out ok

The mummy wrappings!

This mummy is bleeding tomato sauce and pepperoni! Yum!

And on a side note, here are a few other things I have been trying out this Halloween season:

My Halloween centerpiece! Complete with a pumpkin created out of a roll of toilet paper. Good idea, huh?

And these are some witch broom treat bags. Can you guess what they are made out of?

Yup! Just brown paper lunch bags, some twine, and a stick! Inside are candy corns and candy pumpkins. Yum! And fun!

Tomorrow is Halloween! That means there is one last clue, and one last chance to guess what Robert and I will be sporting as costumes this Halloween. Thanks to Katie for making our one and only guess so far....the answer will be revealed tomorrow on Halloween! This is your last chance to guess!

The last clue is: This couple works miracles.

Happy Guessing, Happy Haunting, and Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spooktacular Meal #3

Say hello to devlish eggs and monster mouths

Doesn't that look gross? Well, I have to say, the eggs tasted kind of gross :-/

But these tasted like candy!

Slices of apple with mini marshmallows held on with peanut butter. Yum!

Happy Haunting!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Act 2; Scene 14: My Weekend in a Nutshell

This weekend was just PACKED full of fun and festive activities.

On Friday night, I donned my creepiest apparel, looking something like this:

for Witches Night Out at Gardner Village with my mom and some friends. After mingling with hundreds of witches from all over the valley, we went to Zupas for dinner. Needless to say, there were a lot of second glances our way.  Even the construction worker with his truck parked right by my apartment complex did a double take and gave me a chuckle as I pulled out :-) 

On Saturday, Robert and I readied our house and treats for a Halloween/Birthday party for my theater friends that I graduated with. We had a cupcake decorating contest. It looked something like this:

I was so impressed with everyone's creativity!!! Especially that handsome guy right there. Most creative. Yip, that's my man! 

And I realize it's been a while since I gave a hint about our Halloween costumes. So here's the third hint: We will be going as a very quotable couple.

Any guesses yet?

Looking forward to a festive filled week, starting off with a trip to the Castle to see Macbeth, then wrapping up with this on Saturday night: 

Do you have any spooky plans this week?

Spooktacular Meal #2

This week we had lots of fun decorating these creepy taco salad monster faces:

Robert's was a cyclops! 

The best part is figuring out how to make a creepy face with all of these ingredients. Much more fun to eat a monster face taco salad than a regular taco salad!

Happy Haunting!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Spooktacular Meal #1

'Tis the season to be spooky.

And with that, I decided 'tis the season to eat spookily.

Nothing gets me more excited than festivities. Therefore, making festive foods is a great way for me to try new recipes, and experiment (meaning learn by trial and error!) with cooking.

I have decided for every week in October, we will have at least one "spooktacular" meal at the Center home. This past week was my first every attempt at home made bread (although it came in the form of "sticks"). On the menu: creepy witch finger Italian bread sticks and blood and guts pasta. We were both surprised at the goriness of our meal...but hey, it's Halloween time! 
I think it turned out rather well. 

Witch fingers getting ready to go in the oven

The spooky meal! The noodles are even dyed red.
I got the recipe for the witch fingers at this funny blog.

Happy Haunting!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Act 2; Scene 13: Frantic Frenzy of First Attempt Fabric Flowers

I have always wanted to try my hand at making some fabric flowers. Since girls night out during the Priesthood session led to a stop at a fabric store, I decided now was the time to try. Here is the outcome of my (and my Mom's) frantic fabric flower weekend:

Ah! We had so much fun! And maybe stayed up too late creating :-). I plan to decorate a stick wreath with some/most of them, and keep the others as pins for clothes and hair. Don't worry--I still have fabric and plenty of flowery ideas. More to come!

Act 2; Scene 12: The first of the fall colors

I love looking up at the mountains and seeing patches of red and yellow peeking out. On Friday as I was driving home, I was looking at the mountains and decided we needed to do something about it. So we decided we would do an early morning hike on Saturday morning so that we could see this:

So gorgeous! Can't wait for many more fall hikes.