The Edward Gorey Watch ~ Gashlycrumb Fun!

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“If something doesn’t creep into a drawing that you’re not prepared for, you might as well not have drawn it.” Edward Gorey

On Facebook I’m a fan of the Edward Gorey House. On Tuesday they posted this coolio watch with the caption “Stay Tuned!”

If they make these, I’ve gotta have one!

Super Cool Downloadable Digital Collage Sheets

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Yesterday while perusing ETSY I came across a gal in England that makes some of the coolest downloadable digital collage sheets for $3.99 each.  Currently, she has over 200 different sheets to purchase, that could be used for a plethora of different things;  from gift tags to spice labels.

My smart husband also reminded me that if the files are of a high quality, they could be used as the base for artwork such as stretched custom canvas where they use your personal image.

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http://www.etsy.com/shop/rowantreedesign/about/

 

 

My What Big Eyes You Have! Little Red Never Looked So HOT!

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Super SEXY, Super SASSY, Super SWEET!

This Jumper is a variation of our classic red Jumper but a little longer and a wolf pocket. It is inspired by a grim fairytale twist. Little Red riding wolf doesn’t need to be afraid of anything while she is walking through the woods;)

**tail not included

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—If you see this dress on any other site that is not a KMK site, such as etsy or KMKdesigns.org it is a scam.

Made from a medium-heavy weight woven polyester cotton blend of bright maple leaf red and adorned with a matching red ruffle along the bottom. The JSK is detailed with a wolf pocket with black button eyes.

This JSK is made with multiple elastic waist for a snug fit. It zips up in the back with a zipper and the straps have three adjustable lengths, adjustable with a two black button in the back.

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Shown with our peter pan collar blouse and black cotton petticoat.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/59005962/gothic-loltia-petticoat-black-cotton
http://www.etsy.com/listing/62293817/lolita-blouse-victorian-with-peter-pan

http://www.etsy.com/listing/66824403/little-red-riding-wolf-gothic-lolita

Moulin Rouge Corset & Pin On Bustle

Smoking hot and sexy vamp wear!  Great for clubbing or an intimate night with your favorite person.

Queen Vicky might have raised an eyebrow at this ultimately Victorian and romantic ensemble.
Bustle. One size.
Corset. S-2X.

http://www.victoriantradingco.com/store/catalogimages/1a/i20975.html

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds ~ Healthy & Yummy Goodness!!

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Pumpkins are beautiful and one of the best parts of fall in my opinion.  I love how they grow in crazy shapes and sizes, colors and textures.  I also think they are a much underused source of healthy, affordable,  good food.

You can do a lot with a pumpkin.  Breads, pies, raviolis, muffins, soups and those delicious roasted seeds!

Izzy Octavia in Madison, Maine

In looking up recipes for roasted pumpkin seeds, I deviated as I tend to do on the interweb and found out that they are actually really healthy for you!

Did you know?

Prostate Protection
They promote overall prostate health and alleviate the difficult urination associated with an enlarged prostate.

Improved Bladder Function
In some studies, pumpkin seed extracts improved bladder function in animals.

Depression Treatment
They contain L-tryptophan, a compound naturally effective against depression.

Prevention of Osteoporosis
Because they are high in zinc, pumpkin seeds are a natural protector against osteoporosis. Low intake of zinc is linked to higher rates of osteoporosis.

Natural Anti-Inflammatory
Pumpkin seeds effectively reduce inflammation without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.

Prevention of Kidney Stones
They prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation, according to studies.

Treatment of Parasites
They are used in many cultures as a natural treatment for tapeworms and other parasites. Studies also show them to be effective against acute schistosomiasis, a parasite contracted from snails.

Great Source of Magnesium
1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds contains 92% of your daily value of magnesium, a mineral in which most Americans are deficient.

Lower Cholesterol
Pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, compounds that that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.

Cancer Prevention
The same phytosterols that lower cholesterol also protect against many cancers.

That’s pretty much a miracle food!  So don’t worry about over indulging in these little beauties!!

Traditional Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe~

  • Yield Makes 2 cups
Ingredients

  • 8 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, toss together pumpkin seeds and olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Evenly spread pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet and transfer to oven. Cook until toasted and fragrant, 10 to 12 minutes

Now, if ya’ll want to get a bit crazy and need a change from the regular pumpkin seeds, try these out! From Betty Crocker

13 ways to flavor:

  1. Cinnamon sugar: This recipe for cinnamon sugar pumpkin seeds will satisfy any sweet tooth.
  2. Salt and vinegar: 1 teaspoon salt and 2-3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  3. Parmesan garlic herb: 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  4. Taco: Check out our recipe for peppy roasted pumpkin seeds for a Tex-Mex twist.
  5. Truffle chive: 1 teaspoon black truffle salt or oil, 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives and 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  6. Buffalo wing: 1 tablespoon melted butter and 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  7. Chile lime: ½ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon chili powder and 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  8. Brown butter: 2-3 tablespoons browned butter (melt butter in sauce pan over medium-high heat until it bubbles and starts to brown) and 1 teaspoon salt
  9. Jerk: Toss the pumpkin seeds in a batch of our scratch jerk seasoning.
  10. Pumpkin pie: 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves and 1-2 tablespoons sugar
  11. Ranch: 1-2 tablespoons minced fresh chives, 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  12. BBQ: Our Cajun spice rub adds smoky depth.
  13. Sesame ginger: 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 teaspoons sugar and 1 teaspoon ground ginger

Expert tip: Want a pumpkin-seed sampler? After tossing 12 handfuls of seeds with 12 different seasonings, roast them in a muffin pan to separate each flavor.

50 States of Chex

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I adore Chex Party Mix!!!

No, not that stuff that they’ve recreated, ready made in boxes, at the store.  Yuck.   That is pretty lackluster to me and has a lot of extra chemicals that you’d otherwise never get in the real deal.

I love Chex Mix  homemade, still warm out of the oven with all that spicy goodness, clinging to those crunch bits and nuts!

When we’d go to parties as kids, someone always seemed to make a batch and I’d promptly eat my 60 pound weight in it!  I think as an adult, I’ve made it all of twice, because of that very reason.  I’m pretty certain, either me or The Mr. would eat the entire batch in one sitting.

Okay, not pretty certain.  Definitely.

Yesterday, our daughter Gwyneth found Betty Crocker’s site and sat there reeling off recipes to me as I made dinner. (more of those to follow in later posts).  But, this was one in particular she came across.  While I may not be inclined to do fruity sweet Chex Mix, as I’m partial to the spicy, savory variety… many of these would be fun to make for a family gathering or party.

And it should be noted that if you want to do it organically, Nature’s Path makes a yummy, organic cereal. Check your local co-op or natural food store.  : )

http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Path-Organic-Heritage-12-5-Ounce/dp/B001EO5S2Q

Now, onto the recipes!

Here are 50 varieties of Chex Mix,  One for each U.S. state!

http://www.bettycrocker.com/menus-holidays-parties/everyday-meals/appetizers-and-snacks/fifty-states-of-chex