hap-bee halloween!

31 Oct

Olive says “I hope you had a ‘Hap-bee’ Halloween weekend!!”

Is there some kind of competition for cutest dog costume contest?

Some may think it’s silly to dress up animals for Halloween, but I think it’s just so darn cute.  And besides, with no human children to speak of we must spend our time doing something!

We did have some Halloween fun with humans this weekend as well.  Saturday night we headed over to our friends’ house for a party with our Sunday School class.  We had sort of potluck with lots of delicious food, roasted marshmallows and a pumpkin carving contest!  I was the proud wife of the best carved pumpkin winner. Here’s the husband’s masterpiece:

Not bad for a graphic designer, eh?  🙂

Anyway, I signed up to bring a pasta salad to the party.  The main dish was slated to be ribs, and when we arrived our sweet hostess proudly announced that they had grilled 15 pounds of ribs – “so eat up!!”  haha. Lovely:)

I don’t mean to be cynical at all – this is one of the sweetest couples you’d ever meet, but I have to admit that I cringed a bit at the announcement.  Anyway, I usually sign up to bring some kind of side dish or salad when we got to parties, so that I’ll for sure have something substantial to eat that is vegetarian. And for this particular occasion I decided to go with a classic favorite.

Summery Fall Couscous Salad

Even though it’s technically more of a summery dish, I knew it would be a hit.  Plus the recipe makes a huge amount, perfect for parties and potlucks.  Seriously ya’ll, if you get a chance, please make this salad.  Once people get past the “foreigness” of couscous there is no holding them back.  Sometimes I even make it just to have at the house – and the husband eats it like candy:)  If you’re making it just for your family though, you may want to half the recipe.

The stars of this salad:

My sweet friend, Grace, also brought a tasty salad that was meat free, so I enjoyed some of that, a few chips and some bread!

And a s’more of course.

Anyway, it was a great time.  You really can’t beat good food and great friends, ya know?

After the party Saturday night, we stopped by Redbox to rent a movie – The Greatest.  Have you seen it?  If you don’t mind movies that make you bawl for an hour straight, then you should definitely rent it!

Jon loves to rent really sad movies with me and then fall asleep and make me watch them by myself.

Case in point:  When we were in Tokyo a couple of years ago, we got in bed to watch P.S. I Love You.  Um, yeah.  Talk about a tear jerker.  Within 5 minutes the husband was fast asleep, and I was left to be sucked into this horribly sad movie all by myself.  I got revenge, however, when he woke up to me sobbing uncontrollably at 1am, begging him to tell me why he made me watch it all alone.  And that is no exaggeration, my friends.  I was an complete mess.  If you’ve seen it, you know what I mean.

Anyway, so last night was pretty much a replay, but not quite as intense.

Needless to say I woke up after only about 5 hours of sleep, puffy eyed and tired.  I’m sure everyone at church wondered just what kind of party we had Saturday night, haha.  o’well!

Naturally, it is now almost midnight, and I still have some tasks to finish up.  I’m working on something for tomorrow’s post that I’m pretty excited about.  Heather is having a special post this week where she’s linking other bloggers who took on a recipe that is a challenge and is out of their comfort zone.  I love challenges like this!  Stay tuned…

See you guys tomorrow:)  Let’s start strong for another week!

What was the craziest or funniest costume you saw this weekend? While it wasn’t super crazy, on Saturday afternoon at about 4 o’clock I happened to glance out our front window, and there was a Peter Pan and Tinker Bell walking down our street.  I know it was the day before Halloween and all, but there was just something funny about it:) lol.


13 Responses to “hap-bee halloween!”

  1. Paige @ Running Around Normal November 1, 2010 at 7:38 am #

    I love Olivia!!! I think she and Niko would be best friends, dontcha think? 🙂
    Your contribution to the party sounds delicious!

    • candice November 1, 2010 at 9:09 am #

      Definitely best friends:) Is Niko a yorkie? It’s hard for me to tell in some of the pictures I’ve seen because he’s laying down in the big fluffy bed. So cute btw:)

  2. Lizz @ Leading the Good Life November 1, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    Stella was a bumble bee, too!! I plan to post my pics tonight. I think dogs in costumes are just so cute. 🙂

    By the way, I love that yellow sweater!

    • candice November 2, 2010 at 12:42 am #

      Thank you – you are too nice;)

      And how random that Stella was a bee. Can’t wait to hop over and see her!

  3. Lisa @ I'm an Okie November 1, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    great pictures! what kind of camera do you have?

    • candice November 2, 2010 at 12:44 am #

      Thanks, girl!

      I use a Canon Rebel xsi. For these shots I used my 50mm f1.4 lens.

  4. Kristina @ spabettie November 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    your photos are beautiful – you look so pretty!! and that salad sounds so good…

    • candice November 2, 2010 at 12:44 am #

      aw, thank you:) You just made my day!

  5. amber@SAHM's musings November 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    That is one cute puppers!

  6. Lizlivingvegan November 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    Oh my gosh, I just found your blog and I’m so glad!!! That salad looks AMAZING!!!

    • candice November 2, 2010 at 12:45 am #

      I’m so glad too – thanks for stopping by!

      And I promise you…it is amazing:)

  7. kelli November 2, 2010 at 4:55 pm #



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