{a purrfect pair}

It is impossible to keep a straight face 
in the presence of one or more kittens.  

Cynthia E. Varnado


{fruit & limbs}

Bezzant Battlecreek Orchard - Pleasant Grove, Utah

Why not go out on the limb?
That's where the fruit is.

- Mark Twain -


{witches hats}

For one witch hat you'll need:
1 Keebler Fudge Stripe cookie with stripes facing down
1 Hershey Kiss, unwrapped
1 piece of shoestring licorice
Frosting, Karo syrup or honey to act as glue

Glue your Kiss on the center of the cookie.  
Tie your licorice in a bow and place it 
where the Kiss meets the cookie.  
You could even embellish with colored frosting.


{candy corn pudding}

A fun variation of 'Ghost Pudding'.

The bottom layer is Jello Instant Vanilla Pudding.
The middle layer is Vanilla Pudding 
with orange food coloring.
The top layer is Cool Whip.



Gettysburg - 2011
Gettysburg - 2011
Sacred Ground - Gettysburg - 2011   

We believe that no government can exist in peace, 
except such laws are framed and held inviolate 
as will secure to each individual 
the free exercise of conscience, 
the right and control of property, 
and the protection of life.

Doctrine & Covenants 134:2

The heavens seemed to weep as we walked
the sites of Gettysburg.
Taken as we passed the rail station where
Lincoln arrived to give his address.



Inspired by Martha . . . Ghost Pudding

Melt a few chocolate chips in a glass bowl.
 With your fingertip, make ghostly faces
on the INSIDE of your clear plastic/glass cup. 
Fill the cup with vanilla pudding or ice cream.
Top off with whipped cream.

* You could use orange plastic cups and 
make jack-o-lantern faces.



It wouldn't be our Orange Dinner without Aunt Kathy's Scones!  I add orange food coloring to the mix before I add the flour when I make it for the Orange Dinner.



Some of my favorite people come in pairs!

Jason, Kelli, Brad & Jensen West


{the tin man}

 Where would Dorothy be without the Tinman?

Unfortunately and just prior to this Halloween, I had broken my tailbone and sprained my wrist when I caught my high heel in a gap on my brother's driveway.  After a VEERRRY LOONGGG ride home from Denver in my dad's Buick and a trip to the ER, I started on the Tinman the next day.  It goes without saying that sewing on silver pleather (and finishing Dorothy & the Cowardly Lion) with a broken tailbone and sprained wrist made for a interesting and memorable Halloween that year.

I've got to admit - one smile from the Tinman made it all worthwhile!  The thing is . . . the Tinman always had a heart!  Who needs a wizard?!?



As seen at the Smithsonian

 Dorothy (Vanessa squinting because 
she has her dad's sensitive eyes) & Toto.

Pleasant Grove, Utah


{wicked fun}

It was fitting that last year, during October, I was able to see 'Wicked' in a beautiful theater in the heart of Richmond, Virginia, with my sister, Carolyn.

With that in mind, the next few posts will be OZ inspired!



Can a woman forget her suckling child,
that she should not have
compassion on the son of her womb?
yea, they may forget,
yet will I not forget thee.

Behold, I have graven thee
upon the palms of my hands;
thy walls are continually
before me.

Isaiah 49:15&16

Stacked Rock Wall - Nashville, Tennessee



A Fancy Nancy Original - Take a black sweatshirt, black sweatpants, black gloves, brown fur, fishing line, red beads for eyes and a little sewing and this is what I came up with for a grandson's request to be a tarantula for Halloween.

Inspired by this found a block from my home.


{move over Martha}

When it comes to holiday decorating, 
I try to be as authentic as possible . . .

A spider enjoying the Candy Corn Soap


{are you my mummy?}

1. Glue two wiggly eyes to a glass.  I used a low temp glue gun and different sized eyes.

2. Tear a 1 1/2 inch mummy colored piece of fabric the width of the fabric (approximately 42").  Put a dot of glue on the back of the glass at about the same height as the eyes.  Stick one end of the strip to the glue.  Wrap the strip so that it falls above and below the eyes.  Secure the end with a dot of glue.

3. After the party, pull off the fabric and pry the eyes off with your fingernail.  If they won't come off easily, fill your glass up with hot tap water to soften the glue.

I think he's my favorite.

Bezzant Boo Juice

1 pkg Cherry Koolaid
1 c sugar
1 lg can frozen orange juice concentrate
2 quarts of water

Mix until the Koolaid, orange juice and sugar are dissolved.
Right before serving, mix equal parts of punch base
and Sprite together in a pitcher.
Allow a little extra space in you pitcher
because the punch will foam a little
when you first mix it with Sprite.


{boo-tiful memories}

New for our annual 'Orange Dinner' (more about that in future posts) is our BOO window.  

I printed pictures of some of my favorite memories and (with the help of my assistant, Vanessa) I taped them to the window to spell BOO.  I think the adults had more fun reminiscing about them than the children.


{halloween yo-yos}

I started my Halloween YoYo Quilt years ago.
It's still a work in progress.
It's nice to have a project that you can enjoy
and display as you work on it.