Happy Halloween from our Weeping Angels

Happy Halloween!

Rob had the great idea a couple of months ago that the ladies should be Weeping Angels for Halloween. He’s even been teaching them to play Peekaboo by saying “Rawr!” instead of “peekaboo!”, which they are tremendously fond of.

So I’ve been spending the last two weeks trying to figure out how to make a decent Weeping Angel costume for toddlers. It had to be comfortable and warm so that they could wear it without complaining. And I had a feeling they wouldn’t go for elaborate face paint and wigs, so it had to be limited to just a costume. This is what I came up with:

Weeping Angel Toddler Costume

The costume is basically a grey shirt and leggings (so they wouldn’t get cold) and then an over-dress, and a pair of wings that I painted to look like stone.

Weeping Angel Toddler Costume

There’s Vanessa doing her best Weeping Angel impression.

Weeping Angel Toddler Costume

I didn’t count on how much Diana would love playing with her wings. She was pulling on those all evening, and they needed so emergency repair at one point. :) Fortunately, her grandpa had a stapler handy.

Weeping Angel Toddler Costume

And here’s Diana showing that even Weeping Angels like to get cuddles from daddy.

Weeping Angel costume wings

Here’s an Instagram shot of the progress on the wings. Basically for both the dress and the wings I started with a white costume and turned them to stone by dying them grey, then spattering them with black, white, and grey paint.

For the wings, since I couldn’t just throw them in the washing machine with some Rit, I used fabric paint that comes in a spray can.

We hope you had a Happy Halloween!

Halloween is Coming – 31 Great Horror Movies for October

31 Horror Movies for Halloween / October For me, October is about Horror movies. Sure, there’s a holiday at the end where you dress up in costumes and get candy – and that’s fun, too – but nothing beats a dark, cool Autumn night on the sofa, scared out of your wits.

Last year I posted a horror movie every day. It was, in truth, a little crazy. This year I’m too busy watching horror movies and thinking about Halloween costumes for 2-year-olds, but I wanted to gather up all the Horror movies from last year and have them in one place. So here you go: 31 Great Horror Movies for October.

My Favorites
Night of the Living Dead
The Descent
The Thing

Funny Horror Movies
Monster Squad
Slither
Shaun of the Dead
Jason X
Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil
House of the Dead
Zombieland

Sci-Fi Horror Movies
28 Days Later
The Mist
They Live
Event Horizon
Cube
The Fly
Bug

Classic Horror Movies
Nosferatu
Freaks
Dracula
Psycho
The Birds
The Last Man on Earth
Rosemary’s Baby

Monster Horror Movies
Dellamorte Dellamore
The Devil’s Backbone
Dog Soldiers
REC
30 Days of Night
High Tension
Candyman

Summer Fruits and Vegetables, CSA Weeks 10, 11, 12

At this point I should admit that it’s Autumn fruits and vegetables! :)

We’ve had some great bounty the past three weeks:

Tagge Famous Fruit CSA, week 10

Tagge Famous Fruit CSA, week 11

Tagge Famous Fruit CSA, week 12

(Of course, Wonder Woman is hanging around)

I was very surprised two weeks ago to find out that the ladies love plums! I think Rob and I had a couple, but the ladies asked for them at every meal for 3 days in a row. Even now that they’re all gone, they keep asking. :)

We’ve had quite a bit of garlic show up over the summer, so this weekend I made chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, just to try and use some of it up. It was lovely.

We only have two weeks left in this year’s CSA. It’s always interesting to look at previous years and compare/contrast. The first year I remember we had so much zucchini, it went into everything! This year I was surprised at how late in the season we were still getting lettuces. It’s nice to notice that every year is different.

Here’s hoping we get a pumpkin this week! :)

Summer Fruits and Vegetables, CSA weeks 8 and 9

Phew! This summer totally got away from me. Well, maybe it was just last week, but still. Only just catching up to the internet now. Quick post from the last two weeks:

Tagge Famous Fruit CSA Week 8

  • Watermelon
  • 10 peaches
  • acorn squash
  • cherry tomatoes
  • four ear of corn
  • butter lettuce
  • four apples
  • four tomatoes
  • garlic
  • onions
  • two bell peppers
  • six plums

Tagge Famous Fruit CSA Week 9

And this week:

  • two ears of corn
  • cucumber
  • four apples
  • two bell peppers
  • two jalapeno peppers
  • 10 peaches
  • cantaloupe
  • potatoes
  • squash (I think it’s spaghetti. I don’t know my squashes)
  • four pears
  • container of raspberries
  • six plums

And of course, two Wonder Women, but those are an ongoing fixture.

I’ve got a lot of cooking going on this weekend with family in town and two little scamps who will be turning 2. Have a great weekend!

Summer CSA – Fruits and Veggies Week 7

Tagge Famous Fruit CSA, helping Hands

As you can see, I had more helping hands this week. I also had a superhero:

Tagge Famous Fruit CSA Week 7

In addition to the fruits and veggies, I had two Wonder Woman toys who just wouldn’t stop jumping into the picture. :) This week we received:

  • Bunch of lettuce
  • Four ears of corn
  • Two beets
  • Two bell peppers
  • Two jalapeño peppers
  • Five tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Four potatoes
  • zucchini
  • and about a dozen peaches – I think there were three varieties in all.

Fortunately, Rob, the ladies, and I all love peaches, so those shouldn’t last long. I hope you’re enjoying the season’s fresh produce!

Summer CSA – Fruits and Veggies, Week 6

As you can see, I had helping hands again this week. I’m surprised the peaches made it intact… what you can’t see in this photo is one in Vanessa free hand. :)

Tagge Famous Fruit CSA, Week 6.

This week we received:

  • Cantaloupe
  • Cabbage
  • butter lettuce
  • two green bell peppers
  • three ears of corn
  • cucumber
  • eggplant
  • two tomatoes
  • four peaches
  • green beans

I’ve been doing a pretty good job of using up our veggies each week, but some of them are harder than others. I still have a head and a half of cabbage in the fridge, so I sent this one home with my mom.

Between the eggplant, peppers, green beans, and tomatoes, I have almost all the ingredients for a Georgian dish – ajapsandali. So I’m hoping to make that up this weekend.

Hope your weekend is full of great summer fruits and veggies!

Recipe: Imam Bayildi – Roasted Turkish Eggplant

Imam Bayildi - Roasted Turkish Eggplant - Finished Dish

When we received an eggplant in this week’s CSA box, I knew it was time to make some Imam Bayildi. Rob doesn’t really like eggplant, so I get it all to myself!

Imam Bayildi is a Turkish dish of roasted and stuffed eggplant. It’s name, translated, means “The Imam fainted.” The story with the dish is that an imam married a woman who was the daughter of an olive oil merchant, and part of her dowry was 10 bottles of olive oil. On their first night she made him this dish and he asked for it to be cooked every night, and she complied for 10 nights. On the 11th night she didn’t cooked it, and he asked why. She explained that all the olive oil had been used up, which caused him to faint from surprise.

Imam Bayildi is usually more of an entree, but I’m sharing my family recipe with you today, which treats it as more of an easily scooped up appetizer. The ingredients are simple, but this recipe does take a fair bit of time. But I promise – it’s worth it!

Imam Bayildi - Roasted Turkish Eggplant - Ingredients

You will need:

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 2 large sweet onions
  • 8 tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup turbinado sugar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

Start with your onions, and chop them up into small pieces (about 1/4 to 1/2 inch). In a large sauté pan over medium high heat, heat up 1/4 cup of the olive oil. Add the onions to the pan and sauté for about 10 minutes until the onions are translucent. Turn the heat down to medium, stir regularly, and let the onions continue to cook until they start to caramelize – about 30-40 minutes.

Imam Bayildi - Roasted Turkish Eggplant Recipe - Onions

Take half of the sugar and sprinkle it over the onions. Cook the onions for about 5-10 minutes more. While the onions are finishing up, chop your tomatoes. Small chop/large dice size – about 1/2 inch. Add the tomatoes and the rest of the sugar to the sauté pan, and cook over medium until the tomatoes release their juice, about 10-15 minutes.

Imam Bayildi - Roasted Turkish Eggplant - Tomatoes

Turn the heat down to low and let the mixture simmer uncovered until the liquid has cooked off. Depending on the type of tomatoes you use this could take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

While the tomatoes and onions are cooking down, it’s time to prepare your eggplant. Quarter your eggplant long-ways, and then cut into slices about 1/8 inch thick. Pour a bit of olive oil in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish and spread around, then fan and overlap your eggplant slices on the bottom of the pan.

Imam Bayildi - Roasted Turkish eggplant - eggplant slices

Then, take the remaining half cup of olive oil and drizzle it over the eggplant. Once the tomato and onion mixture is done cooking down, spoon it into the pan over the eggplant slices.

Imam Bayildi - Roasted Turkish Eggplant - Ready for baking

Pop into a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes. The edges will get nicely brown.

Imam Bayildi - Roasted Turkish Eggplant - out of the oven

And there you go! It will take about 3-4 hours. But in the end you’ll have a wonderful sweet, tangy, glorious dish. In my family we let it cool down and then eat it with pita bread or slices of baguette.

Imam Bayildi - Roasted Turkish Eggplant - Finished Dish

I hope you enjoy it – Let me know what you think!

Summer CSA – Fruits and Veggies Week 5

Tagge's Famous Fruit CSA

This week I had two very busy sets of helping hands. The ladies like to touch and identify the different fruits and veggies, and quite often the go directly in mouths. That was the case with the blueberries and the tomatoes – It seemed like they ate 1/3 of the blueberries in 30 seconds flat!

We received:

  • Two bunches of lettuce
  • cucumber
  • green beans
  • two tomatoes
  • blueberries
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon
  • four ears of corn
  • eggplant

I have great plans for that eggplant, which I’ll share later this week!

Summer CSA – Fruits and Veggies, Week 4

Tagge Famous Fruit CSA, Week 4

Looking at this picture almost a week later, I forget how much fruit and veg we got this week:

  • Two peaches
  • container of raspberries
  • head of cabbage
  • cantaloupe
  • lettuce (Not sure what kind)
  • cucumber
  • zucchini
  • two pickling cucumbers
  • two ears of corn
  • green beans

Usually the ladies polish off the raspberries before Rob and I get any, but I made sure this week to hoard some for myself! They were just lovely.

Summer CSA – Fruits and Veggies, Week 3

Ugh.

In atrocious news, I’ve herniated two discs in my back, and I’m in astronomical amounts of pain. It got so bad I had Rob take me to the ER in a desperate attempt to get some relief and figure out what was wrong. On the positive side, I’ve got some decent pain pills and I start physical therapy Monday. On the negative side, I’m still in crazy amounts of pain, and I’m worried that I might have to have back surgery. :( Not the best news for the summer, but I’m trying to stay as positive as I can.

With all that excitement I haven’t spent much time in the kitchen. So with this week’s fruits and veggies, we’ve got a very full fridge, and I need to do some meal planning! This week we received:

Tagge Famous Fruit CSA Week 3

  • Two ears of corn! I love it when corn season begins
  • Two heads of lettuce
  • Two different types of green onions
  • one head of garlic
  • one cute little green pepper
  • one huge beet
  • three summer squash
  • a bunch of carrots
  • four apricots
  • a pound and a half of cherries
  • a bunch of green beans

This evening I made a nice chicken pot pie, and that used up a bit of the veggies, but we’ve still got enough around here to feed an army. We still have quite a few cherries left over from last week, so I think I’ll make a cherry tart tomorrow and use those up before they get too ripe.

Have a great week, and think some healing thoughts my way, please!