It’s Halloween, the perfect time to share this wonderfully twisted Totoro remix by Sachsen. Read some horror manga, dress up as a Japanese ghost, learn about the Kyoto yokai train (even if it actually runs during summer), and watch something spooky, like Secret Investigation Record (link to automatic video). Then come back here, because I’ve got some fun posts lined up for the week!
Last Minute Halloween Links
A big thanks to all the people who linked or pinned my Halloween posts! My traffic tripled last week, and while it’s a temporary boost, it’s encouraged me to keep blogging (and to do Halloween Week posting next year). Here are some last minute Halloween links I thought you’d enjoy:
- Present & Correct has a fun Halloween contest.
- Nightmares Fear Factory’s Flickr photostream features photo upon photo of terrified haunted house goers. I laughed until I hurt.
- Here are two favorite Halloween songs (YouTube links): Screamin’ Jay Hawkins “I Put A Spell On You” & Gnarls Barkley’s “Boogie Monster.”
- From Daily Candy, a Best Horror Movies list, and from Time Magazine, the Top 10 Haunted-House Movies.
- From TresSugar: How to Dress as Your Favorite ’90s Girl for Halloween.
And some nice, non-Halloween blogger news I’ve been waiting to squeeze in:
- I planned on posting about For Me, For You’s fundraiser (her boyfriend has cancer, and as freelancers, neither have health insurance). But I didn’t need to. Because within one week they met their fundraising goal AND he was approved (after some struggles) for Medi-Cal.
- Joy had a beautiful, healthy baby girl.
Have a great Halloween!
To Try: Stroopwafels, or Dutch Caramel Wafers
In high school, I went to Holland on a school-sponsored exchange program. One thing I discovered was the delicious stroopwafel, a treat made from two crisp wafers held together by spiced caramel.
Stroopwafels are traditionally placed over a hot mug of coffee or tea. Not only do they act as mug snugglers, but the steam from the beverage softens the wafer and the caramel inside. In other words, they are perfect cold weather treats.
I found these at Cost Plus World Market, and recommend the brand (each box contained 8 wafers and cost $4). People in larger cities should also check in the international sections of their grocery stores or at local bakeries. You can buy stroopwafels online at Amazon or from The Vermont Country Store as well, although prices can be steep.
Have you eaten stroopwafels? If so, what did you think?
Art Pick: Ji Yong-Ho’s Recycled Menagerie
I love Korean sculptor Ji Yong-ho’s “Mutant Mythos” series. It’s an arresting collection of real and imaginary beasts, all kinetically realized in recycled black tire rubber. Yong-ho has multiple reasons for using tire rubber: he was attracted to its flexibility & organic qualities, to the potential monstrousness of its dark, leathery appearance, and to the environmental message sent by using recycled materials. Also, the evolution of the tires themselves (from tree sap to tire to sculpture) echoes Yong-ho’s mutation theme.
The collection was first exhibited at Gana Art in New York in 2008, and has since been exhibited around the world. Read more/see more at Ji Yong-ho’s site, and at Designboom, Theme Magazine, & Yangshung’s Blog.
Fall Frame of Mind: 7 to 9
Just as Miss Moss had to psyche herself up for summer, I’ve decided to do a series of posts to get myself and readers psyched for fall. Think of it as a to-do/photo inspiration list. Here are items 7 to 9:
Clockwise from left: crockpot apples from Skinny Chef; easy apple tart by Pioneer Woman; apple cider cups by BusyMommy.
7. Eat apples: If you can, try to get some local farm apples (for Atlanta residents, I can recommend Farmers Fresh CSA). Eat them raw or cooked (I’ve made that easy apple tart twice in three days). Also, if you have any tips for making apple cider that isn’t mouth-curlingly sweet, please share them with me below.
All photos by me; the two left images (brunswick stew with paprika & minestrone) have related posts, while the other two recipes are not yet posted (links to come).
8. Make soup & stew: Soup is healthy, it’s tasty, and it’s total comfort food. Now that temperatures have gone down, it’s a lot more fun to eat, too.
Clockwise from left: Rachel Thurston‘s place via Design*Sponge; Ten Broeck Cottage via A Cup of Jo; photo of my own bed.
9. Snuggle under a down comforter: I know of nothing more lush and delicious when it’s cold out than burrowing deep into the folds of a down comforter. Getting out of bed can be a problem, though.
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