Halloween Candy

Halloween candy

Halloween candy changes from generation to generation.  The candy we had as a kid is usually the candy we like for life.  I do not see the appeal of the candy kids eat today, but I am sure my parents felt the same way about me.

When I was a kid, there were fears of razor blades in candy.  I am pretty sure this was an urban legend, but it was real to us.  After trick-or-treating, my dad would examine all of our candy piece by piece feeling it for any foreign objects.  He also charged a “fee” for this…which we paid in candy.  He took a few of his favorites to keep for himself.  I was happy to give my dad all the Tootsie Rolls in my bag since I did not like those anyway.

halloween candy

It was also a time when candy was not the only thing handed out to kids since everybody knew everybody for the most part in the neighborhood I grew up in.  We also got pencils from teachers, toothbrushes from the dentist, a stack of pennies from another neighbor and once a goldfish from a pet store owner.  Yes, a real goldfish in a plastic bag filled with water.  We had to give those back.

Now that I’m on the other side of the trick-or-treat bag, I sometimes think of giving out whole candy bars, but have never done it.  Instead I hand out my favorite candy…things like Kit Kat, Snickers, Smarties and Skittles.  I wonder what the kids think of me.

What is your favorite Halloween candy?

If I Was on The Amazing Race

Love traveling all over the world

If I was on The Amazing Race I am pretty confident that I would be on the first team eliminated.  The entire concept of the show stresses me out, but I cannot help to think it would be fun.  I was recently watching the show with a friend and we decided we would play a little differently than most teams…which is why we would not make it far in the competition, but we would play the game our way.

Here is why we would get eliminated early:

1. Roller bags – how do these people travel with just a backpack?  I could not travel for that long with just a quart sized bag of liquids either.

2. Waiting for luggage – given the roller bags, we would need to wait for our checked luggage. Who knows though, we might meet people in baggage claim who could help us.

3. Parallel parking – I learned to drive and grew up in a land of giant parking lots where parallel parking wasn’t even on the driving test so we would need to find parking lots or garages.

4. I cannot drive a stick – those little cars in foreign countries with manual transmissions would stump us.

5. Nasty food – we would fight over who had to eat the nasty food.

6. Anxiety – I would need lots of anxiety medicine to deal with the stress!

7. We would probably quit and go drinking when we got to a cool city.

Although we likely would not win, we would have more fun and appreciate the experience more than the people who rush and act like jerks to the locals and other contestants.

Happy Easter

colorful easter eggs and spring flowersEaster is not a holiday I have celebrated in a long time.  I have fond memories of Easter though from my childhood even though it seemed to a be holiday that my older brothers used to torment me.  Being the only girl in the family, and the youngest, meant I was often tormented for their enjoyment.  They had me convinced that our dog was going to eat the Easter bunny so I insisted the dog be tied up in their room the night before Easter each year.  My brothers did not always torment me though.  My most memorable Easter is the year when one of my brothers created a scavenger hunt type map to find my Easter basket.

We are not doing anything to celebrate Easter this year, but it will be a great day because we are going to Vegas for a couple of days!  Whatever you are doing this weekend, I hope it’s a great one.

Happy Halloween

Candy shaped as Halloween Pumpkin on rustic Wood

Happy Halloween!  I just bought candy for the trick or treaters last night because it’s really not safe in our house.  Chris and I both ate candy until we had belly aches.  Minky ate something weird outside so he joined the belly ache party.  My favorite part of Halloween is the super cute really little kids who come out early with their little pumpkin buckets.  I want to give them all the candy!

1. What’s scarier than a haunted house?  The McKamey Manor…nobody has ever completed it!

2. Need some last minute ideas for treats for your Halloween party?  Try these sugar skull cake pops.

3. Keep your pets safe!  Remember chocolate (and glow sticks and decorations) are quite enticing to your dog, but are no safe.

4. I have always wanted to make a Halloween cocktail with dry ice.

5. Celebrities seem to put more thought into their Halloween costumes than they do for outfits for award shows.

Be safe and have fun!!!

Springing Forward

Spring is my favorite season.  I love watching the trees and flowers bloom and come back to life after the winter.  I find it amazing that they do this year after year.

The cherry blossoms are particularly beautiful in this area.  I have been to the cherry blossom festival in Washington DC, however there are plenty of trees right by my house that are stunning without needing to fight the festival crowds.

cherry blossoms

Each fall I think about planting bulbs that will bloom in the spring and I finally did it this past fall.  I planted close to 100 bulbs of varying types that bloom at different times to give me “color all season long”.


The bulbs needed the ground to be frozen for 4 to 6 weeks.  Check!  No problem there.  My only other possible obstacle is the deer.  My husband is convinced the deer already dug up the bulbs and ate them.  I don’t believe this though.  Some of the bulbs were labeled “deer resistant” and some were not.  I think the deer are going to be kind to me and I am confident my yard is going to have an explosion of color this spring.

What is your favorite thing about spring?

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