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Halloweeny Week!

alice wonderland caterpillar halloween costumesHappy Halloween Week!

I’ve always loved Halloween. After Saint Patrick’s Day, it’s probably my favorite holiday.

We are fortunate enough to have friends who own some beautiful farm land in Hamilton, MI, and they generously host two very large annual parties. Every June we open the summer season with a Solstice Party, and every October we dress up for the Halloween Party. There’s always live Irish music. There’s always a bonfire and fireworks. And there’s always plenty of festivity.

Just imagine pulling up to an old farmhouse and barn, both lit with the glow of jack-o-lanterns and strings of lights. Everywhere you look there are people dancing, talking and drinking, and there’s a smell of vegetation and fire in the air. You’re welcomed by those you know, and often those you don’t. There are seasonal gardens, horses, gnarly trees and countless lovely costumes. Every time we go to this party, I swear that we’ve entered some sort of “other world,” and it’s always over too soon.

This year, we were Alice and the Caterpillar. In 2012, Psy and Hyuna. In 2011, gnomes. In 2010, Link and Zelda. The links below can take you on a little tour of these costumes and more, including a Banshee and Banhee, Gomez Adams and his sister-in-law Ophelia and Wesley and Buttercup. I’m considering making a book of these…

Past costumes

And more past costumes…

four zombies zombie walk grand rapids

Zombie Walk 2009 (ft. sister and brother-in-law), Gangnam Style 2012

gangnam style couple Halloween costumes

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Quick, Healthy Breakfast: Oats and Yogurt with Stuff

Irish quick oats and plain Greek yogurt Fage

This is something I eat for breakfast almost every day. It’s filling and healthy, and, depending on how you make it, can be very tasty.

The basic idea is to get whole grain, fruit and protein into the meal. So far, this is the fastest way I’ve found to do it.

Here’s what you need:

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