We’re having some family and friends over for a weekend of fun filled Halloween activities. Here’s what we’re planning on making:
Halloween Dinner: It’s a potluck, so we’re only in charge of a few items.
- Homemade Spiced Cider
- Creamy Pumpkin Penne with Crips Sage and Toasted Pecans from Chef Chloe
- Unstuffy Stuffing with Mushrooms and Walnuts from The Veggie Queen Cookbook
- Spiced Fall Fruit Compote with Figs over Vanilla Ice Cream, also from The Veggie Queen Cookbook
- Gold Rush Chili from Susan at FatFreeVegan
- Freshly Baked Bread
- Vegan Candy Bar that you can order from Food Fight Grocery. It’s the only time a year that I allow myself to eat a candy bar, and these are the best out there.
Little T wasn’t himself this morning.
All he wanted to do was make mischief.
When I asked him to say “momma”, he gave me a great big roar instead.
When I asked him what he wanted to eat, he said “blocks and snails and puppy dog tails”. 0_o
He chased the cats all over the house.
And stomped on top of the city that Big T built.
I finally pulled him aside and said, “Hey Little T, what’s with the attitude?”
“Isn’t this the way you’re supposed to act on Halloween?” He asked. I had to explain that we had a while before Halloween.
“OOOOohhhhhhhhhh,” he replied.
He felt really silly.
“Don’t feel bad,” I said. “Something tells me that Miss Piggy didn’t get the memo, either.”
There was a time when Disneyland was my second home, or maybe my first home-if you count the hours I spent there. I worked over in Fantasyland and met my dearest friends while I was working for “The Mouse”. On my last day of work, I sobbed as I walked to my locker for the last time. Merlin from “The Sword in the Stone” saw me crying and asked why I was so sad. I told him it was my last day, pointed to a trashcan, and said I was going to miss everything-including that trashcan. He gave me a Medallion (usually reserved for children who pull the sword from the stone), and said he hoped that I had many adventures ahead of me. Now I have the medallion hanging on my dresser and use it to entertain Little T while I change his diaper. Diaper changing is an adventure in my book. I loved working there and was sad when I had to leave. My housemate/Little T’s Godmomma/best-friend, still works at the park for Disney Fairytale Weddings. I like to live through her and pretend it’s also my job to go wine tasting and sample cupcakes.
My friends like to take a trip to Disneyland during the holidays to see the decorations. It’s the best time to visit because it’s beautiful, the weather is cool, and the crowds are low.
Here’s a few pictures from our trip…
MIA: my friend S, who I met while eating the most amazing Indian food I’ve ever had. She couldn’t come and we missed her.
And California Adventure at Night:
My favorite time in the park was at night, after all of the guests had left. I liked to listen to the music and walk through the empty streets of Disneyland. They’re stricter about these things now, but back in the day we’d play teacup basketball, do matterhorn races, take tours of the rides, and tell ghost stories in the Haunted Mansion. When I think about working at the park, those are some of the things I miss the most. Those special days where you’d get a phone call from someone after hours who’d say something completely unexpected like, “Hey, you want to play synchronized Dumbos?”