Monthly Archives: October 2012

A Look Back at Halloween

So I’m slightly terrified of masks but do love some Halloween! If you want to freak yourself out look up vintage Halloween photos on pinterest. Terrifying masks galore. Speaking of that, when looking through images I discovered a new fact, one precursor to Halloween trick-or-treating was Thanksgiving Masking.

On Thanksgiving Day children would dress up like characters of the day and go door to door asking for apples and pennies. It was widely done but frowned upon by the authorities and various social groups. Here are some slightly less scary vintage Halloween images and postcards for you to enjoy.

And don’t forget if you’re in Philly to come see us this Saturday at the East Passyunk Fall Festival that my friend Elissa from Nice Things Handmade is helping to organize. It will be a Halloween extravaganza with costume contests for kids and dogs, a great selection of vendors, candy and local beer! What more could you ask?


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~this moment~ Spackling her room with Daddy…

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Butternut Delicious

Once upon a time my friend Lizzy came over and together we whipped up this simple and delicious meal from what I had around and her giant butternut squash. It’s become a staple of my dinnertime favorites and L could eat it every night. It’s awesome because it’s vegan and wheat free, neither of which our family is but it’s nice to have that. We usually crumble some goat cheese on top but it’s totally not necessary. L and I are just dairy fiends, Mike not so much… That’s good for some protein too, you could also crumble a bit of firm tofu.

Butternut Delicious Pasta

Peeled & chopped medium butternut squash, handful fresh sage chopped, 5-10 peeled garlic cloves, extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle of salt, trader joe’s brown rice penne pasta, goat cheese

In a roasting pan combine squash, garlic, sage, salt and olive oil, toss to mix then put in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes. After 15 mins toss it around to make sure it’s all cooking well and doesn’t burn, keep checking. It’ll be soft (but not too mushy) and slightly caramelized, add more oil if it looks too dry. In the meantime cook your pasta till it’s al dente, drain and add a smidge of olive oil to keep it from sticking together. Mix your delicious aromatic garlicky sage squash in with your pasta. Put in bowls, top with goat cheese, serve with a green salad perhaps.

An easy peasy, gourmet tasting meal that kids and grown ups will love.

I forgot about the garlic this time and only remembered when I was combining the pasta. It was pretty good without it, and if you have kids who really don’t like garlic it’ll be ok. Roasted garlic however is so mellow and lovely you might just give it a chance and see what happens. As for the pasta, I’ve had some pretty gross wheat free & whole wheat pasta’s in my time but I can’t say enough good things about the Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Penne Pasta. If you cook it right it’s just perfect, chewy with a little bite. I also like their whole wheat fusilli, although the whole wheat & brown rice spaghetti, not so much.

The changing of the seasons makes me want to roast everything! Do you have some favorite easy, healthy and delicious roasted recipes? I’d love to know all about it!

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~this moment~ Pouring New Sidewalks

A Friday ritual.-from 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 for all to find and see.

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October 5, 2012 · 1:00 pm

two shows, one weekend… thats right!

After a fantastic time vending at GO WEST! thank you,  thank you to everyone who came, vended and performed (there’s a fuller thank you with loads of pictures on the blog), we’re headed into a crazy two fairs, one weekend event. I’ll be vending on Saturday at The Suburu Fall Festival at Greensgrow Farms in Fishtown from 11-4 and Mike will be at the Old City Seaport Festival at Penns Landing in front of the Seaport Museum on Saturday & Sunday10-5. Can we do it? Who knows… cue the clown car music! All kidding aside though we think it’s going to be really fun. I love Greensgrow and being a part of their festivals. While we’re Clark Park Farmers Market shoppers because of where we live, I love seeing (and eating) what other farmers markets have! And then of course the Seaport Museum is another thing we love and value so much! If you’ve never been there I highly recommend it (maybe at this festival). The Seaport Fest has a ticket price where you have full admission to the museum, boats, all of the wonderful entertainment, and of course vendors. We’re excited about the pirate battle at the end of the day on Sunday! Hope to see some of you at one or even both of these cool and different events.

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