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{this moment} – A Friday ritual (inspired by soulemama). A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments.

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!

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Halloween Dessert
Originally uploaded by Pictures by Ann

This year, the girls went through my ideas folder for Halloween.  Sophia chose several recipes from Family Fun that she wanted me to make. 

So, I tried them and made a special lunch for them this year.  The girls loved all the recipes and were so excited to have “the best lunch [they] ever had for Halloween!” 

These were the things I made that they enjoyed.  To the right is the mult-layered dessert that was in Family Fun magazine many years ago. I’ve wanted to try it, but it is loaded with dairy ingredients.

So, I modified the recipe by using orange food coloring to color the non-dairy vanilla ice cream orange and using Soy Whip.

This is a picture of the dairy version (the non-dairy version looks identical to the dairy one). The layers are:

– Crushed Oreo cookies
– Orange sherbet
– Cool Whip
– Crushed Oreo cookies

If the container was larger, the layers could be repeated. As it was, this was more than enough for a dessert.

Another thing I made were these apple mouths.  Family Fun  said to cut an apple into quarters, remove the core, and slice a section out of one side. Then, put slivered almonds into the “mouths” to look like teeth.

The girls thought these were funny. It got Olivia to eat an apple (with the peel) which is good. Sophia likes apples, so this was a different treat for her.

 
Sophia pulled this recipe out of my files. It’s also from Family Fun magazine from many years ago. The recipe called for small tapioca pearls that were cooked and then colored green and blue. Unfortunately, small tapioca pearls didn’t work. You really need to use the large pearls (like the kind that is used for bubble tea).  They should be at any Asian grocery store.

Since I had all the other ingredients on hand, I improvised. So, the beverage is lemonade with a couple of drops of green food coloring, diet 7-Up (instead of seltzer water which they wouldn’t have enjoyed), a few gummy fish, and 1 gummy worm hanging out of the side of the cup. Mix it up, and serve.

The girls enjoyed the beverage and thought it tasted great. They liked using the fancy cups for this unusual drink.

The girls with their Swamp Juice, apple mouths, and layered dessert on Halloween.

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As I think back on the past week, I am grateful for…
:: Good  vets who help keep the pets healthy.
:: Being able to hear the Minnesota Orchestra’s performance for school children/families on Wednesday.
:: Having fun celebrating Halloween at the party on Saturday and then with my parents/family today.
:: Seeing three deer on Saturday and two deer on Sunday.
:: Having good memories of grandparents who I knew (some died before I was born or shortly after), and seeing how their legacy lives on through me and now through my daughters.

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{this moment} – A Friday ritual (inspired by soulemama). A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments.

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!

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{this moment} – A Friday ritual (inspired by soulemama). A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments.

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!

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Olivia in Headdress
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Pictures by Ann

This is the headdress that she wore for Halloween. It’s from the carnival museum in Mobile, Alabama.

Now that Halloween is over, the girls can use the headdress and mask for play. They enjoy dressing up, pretending, and creating their own stories/plays. Am interested in seeing how they use the headdress in play.

They could spend hours each day playing – creating stories with rather involved plots and characters. Having a variety of costumes, fabric, and miscellaneous items (open-ended toys, essentially) gives them a wider range in their play. They are not limited by what the costume or item dictates.

I continue to be fascinated with how they transform everyday items into their stories and play.

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4 Lit Pumpkins
Originally uploaded by Pictures by Ann

The girls and I drew and carved the pumpkins one afternoon. We had lots of fun.

This was the first year that Sophia was able to carve her own pumpkins. At 8 1/2 years old, this is an important milestone. Now, not only can she draw what she wants her pumpkin to look like, but she can carve it as well.

Made roasted pumpkin seeds later. They were very good!

More pictures from the pumpkin carving afternoon are at my Flickr site.

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