Thursday, November 27, 2014

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!
We had a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving shindig this year!  

We munched on popcorn, jellybeans, pretzels, toast, and ice cream sundaes 
while we watched the show.

Jiffy Popcorn of course!
As much fun to make as it is to eat!

Jelly Belly jelly beans: Holiday Favorites flavors:
 Egg nog, hot cocoa, peppermint, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.

Toast on a stick!
a la Snoopy!

Hope you all get the wish bone!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dick Van Dyke

The world is a better place because Dick Van Dyke is a part of it.

He stars in two of my most favorite movies: Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  I love the characters that he portrays in both films, with their playfulness, simple pleasures, and zest for life.  
I loved Mary Poppins as a child for the magic and music.  I love it now, because I get it.  When Bert tells Mr. Banks "You got to grind, grind, grind at that grindstone though childhood slips like sand through a sieve and all too soon they've up and grown and then they've flown and it's too late for you to give.' ...That's it.  Then when you have "Let's go fly a kite" sung following after that, I generally have to go to another room because I have "something" in my eye. 

During an interview with Dick Van Dyke reminiscing about Chitty Chitty Bang Bang he said something that finalized my admiration for him.  He said that the movie/story may be "considered square and corny today but children need that".  I say, we adults need that too.

Hubs knows about my deep admiration for Dick Van Dyke. He arranged for me to get a surprise in the mail last year.  A birthday card from Dick Van Dyke!

Dick Van Dyke in more recent times is still his charming, funny, playful self.  I found this video that shows him and his wife lip syncing a Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers song.

Watch the comb through out the video.  So funny.
They did this before they were married and the lyrics are perfect for them.

 Dick Van Dyke's 89th birthday is December 13 and I plan on sending him a card.
I wish him many, many more years!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Atomic Age Stuff

The fam and I had an Atomic Blast party several months back. (The many links to it are below)
And then just a month ago there was an entire museum presentation with artifacts, lectures, and even a movie screening of  Dr. Strangelove or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb in our town!

Living with the Atomic Bomb

The best part is the exhibit is on tour! Check the dates through the link above to see if it is coming near you!
The exhibition explores the ways in which Americans experienced the atomic threat as part of their daily lives: at school, in the home, and even at play, in the two decades following the 1945 bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan.  The exhibit features 75 original objects from the era, as well as large-scale graphics, radio broadcasts and film. 
Some cities the exhibit tours through are having panel discussions, community forums and storytelling events, oral history and film screenings of such classics as The Day The Earth Stood Still and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.


One area of the exhibit was set up like a class room, with a film loop of  "Duck and Cover" being played.

The back of the chalkboard had images from a children's safety booklet of "Duck and Cover" with Bert the Turtle.

Vintage image of Duck and Cover in action.

Child focused informational booklets and handouts from the Atomic Era.

Atomic Toys!

Atomic pistols and an Air-Raid board game.

Fall Out Shelter Paper Dolls!

Atomic inspired housewares.

YES!  Kix Atomic "Bomb" Ring!

Air-Raid Watch Team.

Fall Out Shelter paraphernalia. 

Photo op with Miss Atomic Blast!

Mr. Civil Defense.  Does his illustration style seem familiar? 

It should.  Artist Al Capp of Lil' Abner fame illustrated him!

Here are the links to our Atomic Blast Shindig:
Having A Blast
See us relive before and after shots of the 1955 Atomic Blast of Survival Town, Las Vegas

Fallout Frosting and Canned Water
Atomic Blast Mushroom Cloud Cake

Miss Atomic Blast
And the winner is.....!

Duck and Cover
Public Service Announcements, instructional films, and Bert himself presenting "Duck and Cover"

National Atomic Testing Museum
In beautiful ground zero...Las Vegas!

Wrap up

Grab your Geiger counter and head for the nearest showing of this exhibit!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Until Next Year....

Wrapping up these extended Halloween season posts is PB's cute little pumpkin he got at the Pumpkin Patch this year.  He is a slender fellow and only measures about 6 inches tall.  Adorbs!

Let me step up on my coffin soapbox for a moment.
Halloween is absolutely the best holiday.
It is a time where creativity and cleverness are at their peak and encouraged.
DIY and handmade are prevalent in everything: costumes, decor, food.
Because things are to look spooky, nothing has to be absolutely perfect.
Children get to dress up as and be anything they want, which fuels their imagination and instills courage.
And here is the biggie about Halloween:
Everything is optional!
Don't want to dress up, no problem.
Want to go all out with a fog filled cemetery in your front yard...Do it!
Halloween is what you want to make of it.

{This is all in vast opposition to a certain holiday that is approaching and tightening a glitterly garland noose around our necks...}

Let's grasp at the remnants of Halloween...
I leave you with a sampling of bloody Band-Aids to munch on! They are comprised of cinnamon graham crackers, white icing, and red gel icing.

 Keep creepy !

Hot Damn! It's the Soggy Bottom Boys!

Our Halloween costumes this year!
The Soggy Bottom Boys from Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

 Name's Everette, and these two soggy sonsabithches are Pete and Delmar!
 Then syreens did this to Pete.  They loved him up and turned him into a horny toad.

A life of aimless wanderin'!
 I don't want Fop!  I'm a Dapper Dan man!

We gotta find some sort of wizard to change him back.

We started out with the intention of being 1930's hobos but soon the consensus view voted toward the The Soggy Bottom Boys, with my being the elected leader of this outfit.

While we seeked our great fortune (the gathering of candy) on a long and difficult road fraught with peril (lack of porch lights on), we saw thangs wonderful to tell! We saw ah coffin...  On the roof of a house! Ha!  And oh so many (ghostly) startlements. We could not tell you how long this road shall be (wraps up about 9 pm or so), but we feared not the obstacles in our path (tootsie rolls), for fate has vouchsafed our reward (Kits Kats, Snickers, Milky Ways!).  Though the road may wind, yea, our hearts grew weary (and our legs), still shall we follow them, even unto our salvation (and next Halloween!).

Time to RUNNOFT !
We got a Piggly Wiggly in Yazoo to knock over (they have Almond Joys and Reeses Pieces!)!

Bone Soup Final Performance

For the past five years, I have read a wonderful Halloween story called Bone Soup by Cambria Evans to Pumpkinbutt's class for Halloween. 
 In the story, the town's folks make a huge cauldron of Bone Soup from ingredients such as imported eyeballs, bat wings, frog legs, and a sprinkling of slime and sludge.   I generally have plastic ingredients to place in the cauldron to make a fake soup as the story progresses. This year I decided to make everything edible and have a huge chocolate pudding cake in the cauldron!  They all would get to share and eat the 'soup' just like the story!

The 'Dry Old Bone' that starts the soup on it's way in the story ....  
I made this bone from white fondant and dusted it with cocoa powder.

The Bone Soup 'simmering'.
Close up:
I had the cauldron sitting on a 'fire with logs'.  The fire is a strand of flicker flame lights.  The logs are the props from our lumberjacking days.
After the story was read, everyone had a serving of the Bone Soup and Ghoul-Aid to sip on!

I loosely used a recipe I found in one of my Andy Griffith cookbooks for something called (How do you do) Mrs. Wiley's Punch Bowl Cake.  It is basically a cake that has been baked and broken up (wadded?) and put in a punch bowl with pudding and other things added in. I started out by baking 6 layers of chocolate cake and making 2 family sized boxes of chocolate pudding a day before the event.  I also gathered all the ingredients: Frog legs: gummy frogs; Imported eyes: candy corn m & ms; Bat wings:  made from Wilton Candy Apple candy melts and a bat mold; Dusting of slime and sludge: candy corn, gummy worms, Halloween sugar sprinkles. 

I came up with a great idea for having several layers of the cauldron cake all made and ready to serve by using my Picnic Pack.  It also fit perfectly into the cauldron.

This one shown is not mine but exactly the same, just so you get the idea.
It has five pans that separate and stack together.  The carrying handle can be removed too.  I use my Picnic Pack all the time.  It is great for carrying cupcakes in.

You may have wondered why so much cake and pudding.  Because I volunteered to be room parent for two class rooms....41 kids total.  PB has two teachers that are each responsible for a class.  No one signed up to be room parent for either I did.

 Last Year, I said I wanted to up the ante for this performance: 41 kids, chocolate cake, pudding,  various Halloween craft projects!  Spooky...or insane?!