Christmas Craft Weekend

Holy cow! There are only 32 days until Christmas!

As usual, I’m late getting started on my Christmas crafting. This weekend we didn’t have much planned so I had a chance to get started.

Today I made a batch of Green Tea and Lemongrass bath salts. It’s really simple to make. Here’s how:

First you’ll need to track down some containers for your salts. I like candy jars from the thrift store. Mason jars would be good as well.

Then you will need the following:

3 lbs Epsom Salts
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1/3 Cup Green Tea
15 Drops Lemongrass Oil
2 tbsp Grape Seed Oil

 

Warm the olive oil in a double boiler. Add the lemongrass oil, grapeseed oil and loose green tea, stirring to blend as the mixture heats. Continue to infuse the oil and tea for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pour the mixture through a strainer lined with a coffee filter into a large mixing bowl, a bit at a time. Discard the leaves and let the the oil cool to room temperature.

Mix the infused oil with the epsom salt. Spoon into jars and decorate.

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Happy Halloween!

I love halloween. I love the candy, the smell of candles burning inside of jack-o-lanterns, the toasting pumpkins seeds and costumes. I love to dress up. This year, for the second year in a row I am going to be dressing up as Wednesday Addams.

Halloween is also the perfect time to watch scary movies.

These days it seems that most scary movie aficionados seem to prefer the violent slasher flicks. Personally, I am not big on blood and gore, nor do I have much interest in zombies and any other blood thirsty monsters. I like a good ghost story. Throw in a séance, witchcraft or some sort of invisible supernatural entity, and that is totally my bag, baby.

Here are my top 10 favourite scary movies:

1. The Changeling
Not to to be confused with the new movie with Angelina Jolie, this movie was made in the late 70s, and it’s not only a good scary movie but just a good movie in general. It has everything a scary movie should have, a beautiful old haunted house, a creepy musical score and an awesome séance scene.

2. The Shining
Is it just me, or does Jack Nicholson play crazy a little too well in this movie?

3. Poltergeist
I have two words to sum up this film. Toy. Clown.

4. Watcher in the Woods
This was an Disney movie from the 80s, yet is is has always been creepy enough to give me a mild case of the heebie jeebies.

5. The Others
This movie wasn’t really scary, just beautifully eerie with a predictable, yet interesting plot twist.

6. The Ring
If you have seen this movie, I wouldn’t even believe you if you told me you didn’t jump when your phone rang for the first time when you came home from the theatre.

7. Blair Witch Project
Changed camping forever.

8. Rosemary’s Baby
As if expectant mothers don’t have enough to worry about. It also should be noted, the book is actually scarier than the movie.

9. Carrie
This movie was both heartbreaking and scary, with a valuable lesson to be learned. Don’t pick on the weird girl.

10. Children of the Corn
Creepy, Satan worshiping cult of children. It wasn’t the greatest movie, but it had a enough moments that made me jump and cringe to make my favourites list.

Boo!

 
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Honey Curried Chicken

Now that we have moved a whole five blocks away from the grocery store, I think I might actually starve. I haven’t bought groceries since Thanksgiving weekend. Luckily, that weekend, we bought a lot of groceries that have carried us this far but now all of our fresh food has long since spoiled and been tossed. We now have to forage through the freezer and condiment section of the refrigerator for something that resembles a meal.

I know that I could have gotten off my butt and walked to the grocery store tonight, even better, I could have driven, but it was cold, dark and windy. Still, I had to feed myself. We had chicken and rice, that was a good start, but I needed to decided what to do with the chicken. Plain chicken is just too boring.

Then it occurred to me that earlier today, my mother-in-law sent me a chicken recipe that she had made for us last week. I would like to share it with you, because it delicious and involves fairly basic ingredients that I assume most people would usually have on hand.

3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/3 c. melted butter
1/3 c. honey
1/4 c. dijon mustard
2 tsp. curry
dash of cayenne (opt.)

Combine butter, honey, mustard, curry powder and cayenne. Pour over chicken. Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees F. Turn chicken over, baste and bake another 20 minutes. Serve with rice.

That’s all there is to it. Bon Appetite.

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