So we have a lovely coop that is right for our little family. But as winter is on the way, we decided to get a heat source, and while we were at it, make some adjustments.
So I love Halloween. Like, a lot. I have had many really cool ass Halloween costumes through the years: The allegorical figures of Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll, The Axis of Evil, The Divine Comedy, The Poe Toaster and his offering, Masque of the Red Death, Julia Child and the Swedish Chef.
I generally have a rule. $10 per costume. I’ve been known to occasionally expand that, and stuff I buy outside the confines of the costume planning don’t count. So for example, the walking stick with dagger I bought at the estate sale totally doesn’t count, because it was independent of the costume idea.
So the walking stick and dagger is cool. What to do? I KNOW! CLUE!!!!
So I hit up my local craft store, and started buying notions – feathers, flowers, stuff like that. Bought the husband a tweed jacket and some patches to put on there. I’ll just wear a black dress, and casually carry a candlestick in my purse.
But I can’t do things half-assed, so I also made cards – and will put three in an envelope, and divide the rest with the husband. If anyone asks, we can give them a pencil and a sheet to mark off.
I need to get a prize or something.
Well the prize was for us! We won best costume!
So when we bought chickens, I was adamant that we get some aracaunas because… well… Danger Bob really, but also because blue eggs. Well, Miss Violet has started getting rogered by the Roos, so we figured eggs weren’t far behind. And we were right! We found two when we were tricking out the coop today.
Aren’t they groovy?
So yesterday we made the sugar cookies, today we decorate.
The frosting is an easy powdered sugar frosting that dries well, and holds sprinkles.
Butter, room temperature, about a tablespoon. Then add powdered sugar and warm water and mix.
Not too runny, not too thick. It should dribble down the cookies’ edges.
Then paint it on. You don’t have to be pretty. This is cheap frosting, and easy to make. If you run out, make more. Choose your Eye color sprinkles, and I use a salt spoon to sprinkle it on. If you have a stencil you can do that too.
Do one tray at a time, so the frosting doesn’t dry, Then add the pupils. You can use black candies, M&Ms, black frosting, I did black licorice, and I don’t like it, but that’s the way it goes.
Then take red decorating gel and make em bloodshot.
Let them dry for a while before putting them in a container.
Every year that I need to make a halloween treat, I go with the easy peasy eyeball sugar cookies. I love me some sugar cookies, but I’m very picky. They must be the correct sugar cookies. The correct sugar cookies are from the 1973 Junior League of Wichita Sunflower Sampler.
I’ve been sick for a while so I haven’t been able to do much, but my beloved made a compost bin. Eventually we’re going to have three.
When I went to law school, I really didn’t expect to have this view.
Today I used the tractor to help my beloved move the immobile truck. I pulled it out of its parking spot, and pushed it until it was on concrete.
One of the things I want to get better at is photography. Note: I want to learn and be better at ALL THE THINGS. So here are the more *arty* of the shots from my vacation.
Day two begins with WAFFLES!!! I love me some waffles. We get moving slowly, because we have loads of time. (Ha!)
We start out and get distracted by Bent’s Old Fort. Which. Is. Awesome.
OK, it’s like two hours out, and we’ve only left the mountains. It just gets weirder.