If the idea of taking a self-portrait makes you want to stuff yourself with simple carbohydrates, make this spiced applesauce cake. We are doing this very thing as a terribly large storm churns its way north. Be safe if you're in the path. The cat & obedient servant are packing up & heading to northern Virginia on Monday morning.
If you're not planning on decorating for Halloween or want something autumnal that can hang around through Christmas & Hanukkah, a hand-sewn velvet pumpkin from Terrain might just be the thing. There are three different sizes & a portion of the price is donated to The Learning Community, a non-profit dedicated to providing free parenting resources.
For more traditional ideas (& really last-minute ideas), see Martha Stewart's pumpkin pages.
You still have two weekends before Halloween, so get moving. Here are some ideas from year's past; here are some for children (no-sew!), even one for the cat. If you're accompanying children to a party or a block festival (raises hand), here are some easy poet costume ideas. Seriously easy.
Sweet Paul has lovely costume & mask ideas (& instructions).
It's World Food Week (& tomorrow is World Food Day); this year's theme is Agricultural Cooperatives: Key to Feeding the World. Please visit this page for information, many good links, & activities that you can participate in with your family & friends. A visit to the World Food Programme site is a good idea, too, for action ideas.
...are still here; don't despair. Dahlias, asters, & chrysanthemums to name three are at many farmers markets in our area & most likely yours, as well. Or maybe you know someone who has some in their garden & would like to share.
A few links: Halloween. It's the same day every year but it does creep up. Start now (if you've not already). An easy-ish fig tart.
There haven't been political posts here because we're not feeling up to much of anything--it must show. If we've done anything positive lately, it has been of the get-out-the-vote variety. You can do the same by visiting the Obama/Biden 2012 website. You can join with others at a call center or make calls (free) from your home. You could also volunteer to drive the elderly & disabled to the polls. There is a lot to do. It's now just under 4 weeks away. Do something. Please. xo
Why didn't you remind us?! White Flower Farm is our favorite vendor for bulbs & there are still many in stock. Whether you have a garden or a deck (we don't) or not, remember to start forcing bulbs now. You will be so very happy if you do this now.
Sometimes you just have to feel it. But quite often, you should do something about it/write something about it. That isn't working here today, the DIY approach; but who needs to write a thing when someone put together 101 Ways to Cheer Yourself Up? (No. 23 is on our list for tonight.)