Thursday, August 13, 2015

2015 Top Halloween Costume Round-up

It is never too early to start thinking about Halloween costumes. If you are looking for an activity to share with your little pumpkins the last week or two before school starts, you might start working on this year's haute couture.

Here are the top costumes for 2015; provided by my friend Rhonda Cowan, who with her sister Sandy, owns Etoile, THE L.A. movie studios' go-to costume and gift shop.




Starting at the top of this year's lineup:

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Age, size, shape - none of that matters. If you can rock denim overalls and speak gibberish -
you're golden!

For girls: holding on at number 2

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Anna and Elsa show no signs of melting into obscurity. 

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 Captain America, Iron Man and Thor lead the way for boys. 

 

Adults and theme parties will be jitterbugging to the beat of the Roaring 20's with 
Gatsby and Downton Abbey leading the style parade.

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Surrender Dorothy! the WW of the W, Glinda, et al are back for a Wizard of Oz 76th Anniversary this year - still smoking!

Perennial favorites:

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Star Wars will be back in force and 

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and watch out! Pirates of Caribbean will again invade your neighborhood.

Here are additional favorites rounding out the lineup: 


Zelda's Link 

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The Princess Club

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The neurotransmitters from Inside Out. 

Is it fair that Disney gets to pick the the juvenile trends? 
That is a question for the ages. But for now - Happy Halloween!




Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Delicious Vegetarian Sandwich For Your Late Summer Picnic

As summer heat begins to fade, the desire to enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors grows. Here is a sandwich that is hearty, healthy and filling and is made with whole grain bread, cheese and vegetables. I serve it with no-bake Berry Delight and will publish the recipe soon.



Pack a picnic basket with a quilt, cloth napkins, a bunch of sunflowers and a hearty, yet healthy meal and enjoy the lingering beauty of the season and if you are lucky, a little night music.


Hearty Vegetarian Deli Sandwich
Choose the best-quality whole grain bread you can bake or buy. The filling of a deli sandwich should be at least as thick as both of the slices of bread.
     
      Lightly spread 

low-fat cream cheese 
      
     on both slices of

high-quality whole grain bread
     
     Stack half of the following ingredients on one slice of bread and the remaining ingredients on the  second

sliced Provolone cheese
sliced, peeled cucumber
sliced avocado
sliced tomato
sliced red onion
salad greens
salt and pepper
sliced Portabello mushrooms
     
     Sprinkle a small amount of 

Light Italian salad dressing on one half. 

     Carefully combine the halves, spear with a toothpick and wrap securely. Chill until time to serve. 

It's that time of year again; if you haven't downloaded your copy of 

A Harvest and Halloween Handbook

Do it today!  For only $9.99 you will get dozens of delicious recipes, party plans, games, decor, costume ideas and activities to celebrate your favorite fall holidays. It is your best autumn entertaining value. 




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