Monday, October 1, 2012


   This diy comes from www.danamadeit.com .  I have done these for a couple of years now, in three different sizes. Last year I had them outside around my front porch and entry way. The year before, they moved inside in the entry way.  They can be used over and over again.  But instead of tape use poster putty, it can be used over and over again, just like the bats.


Well, it’s officially raining pumpkin in my inbox. You guys are amazing! I asked for pumpkin and I got pumpkin. Seriously? My thighs are growing with each email I open. I’ll probably have pick my top three and go from there. But who knows, we have a month and a half till Thanksgiving! Yummy. Many thanks for sharing your recipes!
And speaking of rain….or the sky….or things that are spooky and fall-like….here’s what my kids woke up to this morning….

Hundreds of little bats, making their way into our kitchen,

checking out our pumpkin,

and making us all smile (if bats can really do that).

We’re simply batty over here!
Too much? Okay.
So, I don’t usually decorate for Halloween, as in the creepy coffins and skeletons kind of way. But on the Good Report last week (a really cool photography and family life blog that I love) I saw that Leslie felt the same way and so she made these. Perfect! And she got the idea from Country Living. And since I loved them so much, I’m sharing the steps with you!
It’s very easy to do:
* First download the Country Living template HEREAnd while you’re at it, check out their other Halloween templates too.
* Use black cardstock or construction paper. I found this packet of all-black cardstock (50 sheets) at Walmart for $4. SCORE.

* Print the bat image and cut it out. If your printer is out of ink, like mine is, simply hold a piece of paper up to your computer screen and softly trace it. I made two sizes and decided I like the smaller bat better. I got 3 small bats per sheet and 2 of the larger bats (and I cut out about 100 bats total)

* Fold the paper in half and lay the bats on top, lined-up with the fold

* Cut out your bats! Don’t bother with tracing. That takes way too long. Just hold the pattern on there as you cut. Doesn’t need to be exact.

When you’re done you have these cool little guys!

And if you spend a couple hours at the park cutting while the kids play, then you have more to hang on the outside of your house.

Now if I had a really cool outdoor exterior like some of those homes on Country Living, my bats would be superstars. But they’re still pretty fun, leading up to our door. I need another hour at the park to cut out more, so they fly all the way up to the door.

When you’re done cutting, hang them up by applying a small piece of scotch tape or double-stick tape on the back. If you’re hanging them outside, use duct tape.
NOTE: our outdoor bats are starting to sag a bit today (I put them up last night) and I’m not sure if it’s the Texas humidity or they just don’t last long in general (outside). Laminated paper would be perfect but sheesh. Who wants to do that much work?

The inside bats, however, are still going strong and look great.

Arrange them in any fashion you like. Bats usually fly in a stream, following each other.
And if you’ve ever been to Austin, you know that we’re known for our Bats!!


    If your calendar is like mine, we're both missing out.  Did you know that you can celebrate a different holiday every day during the month of October?  Check out the list of special holidays, guaranteed to be thought-provoking, or just make you laugh and scratch your head!

October 1st-World Vegetarian Day, a day when all are urged to partake in meatless menus, and for those already living the vegetarian lifestyle to celebrate the choice that safeguard their own health, protects the earth.

October 2nd-Name Your Car Day, a day set aside to choose a name for your car that suits its character.  Let's just hope your car doesn't have a personality like the one in Stephen King's book Christine!

October 3rd-Income Tax Day.  I'm not sure why anyone would want to actually celebrate the day that the Government takes more and more of our hard earned money away.  It has been around since, 1913.

October 4th-Visit Your Cousin in Prison Day.  Just don't forget the cake with the file in it.  The old saying "blood is thicker than water" rings true on this day.

October 5th-National Diversity Day.  A day to celebrate and strive to understand and accept the races, religions, nationalities, disabilities, sexual orientations, ages and genders that make up our world population.

October 6th-World Smile Day.  Give everyone you meet a big cheesy smile!  Harvey Ball, who created the smiley face back in 1963, also had the idea for World Smile Day.  Mr. Ball was concerned that his smiley face had become too commercialized, and decided everyone should set aside one day each year to spread smiles and random act of kindness all over the world.

October 7th-Bathtub Day.  This day celebrates the initial British appearance in 1828 of the bathtub as a part of our everyday life.

October 8th-Tube Top Day.  Commemorating the first appearance of the tube top, a wardrobe staple of all every woman and well built girl in the 80's.  Come to think of it that's probably the last time I've seen someone wear one of those.  I think every red blooded guy would like to see more tube tops worn these days.

October 9th-Meet A Friend for Lunch Day.  Take time out of your busy work day to schmooze with your best friend.

October 10th-Tuxedo Day.  Celebrating the American debut of the tux in 1886 in New York City.

October 11th-You Go, Girl Day.  A day for celebrating courageous women who go out into the world and accomplish their goals by never giving up.

October 12th-World Egg Day.  Yes, the humble egg, staple food of the masses.  Especially after the bad eggs that hit the market in the past few months.

October 13th-U.S. Navy Day.  Back in the 1970's it was discovered that the birthday of the Continental Navy was October 13th, 1775, and this date was chosen as the official holiday.

October 14th-Monarch Day.  Nature lovers in California anticipate this day when millions of monarch butterflies return to Santa Cruz, Fremont, Malibu, Big Sur, and other coastal California cities.

October 15th-National Grouch Day.  Celebrate your favorite grouch on this day. Buy him or her a laxative or some other gift to help with their digestion.  Show them that you care!

October 16th-World Food Day.  First celebrated world wide in 1945, this day fosters awareness and understanding of world hunger.

October 17th-Brain Cell Reduction Day.  Must be for all the pot smokers and all other recreational drug takers.
October 18th-Long Distance Day.  A holiday to commemorate the first long-distance phone line that was established between New York City and Chicago in 1892.

October 19th-Dress Like a Total Dork Day.  How does one dress for this day? Call one of your buddies that you met on Brain Cell Reduction Day.

October 20th-Shampoo Day.  Conceived to celebrate the history of shampoo.  So the next time you're in the shower, raise a bottle of shampoo in memory of this day.

October 21st-Can Can Day.  Commemorated the first performance of the popular dance in 1858 in Paris, France.

October 22nd-Used Car Day.  The first used car dealership was opened in 1897 in London, England.  This day has been set aside to recognize the beginning of what is now a time honored way of buying a vehicle (lemon).

October 23rd-Do It Yourself Day.  Be motivated to choose a challenge, then go out and succeed.

October 24th-Match Day.  This holiday commemorates the day Alonzo Philips in 1836, first patented the invention of the household match.

October 25th-Picasso Day.  The birthday of the modern artist Pablo Picasso, born in 1881.

October 26th-Mule Day.  Remembering the first mules who ever arrived in the U.S. in 1785.

October 27th-Boxer Shorts Day.  These undershorts first appeared in 1901.

October 28th-Statue of Liberty Day.  In 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York harbor, and this day celebrated Lady Liberty, symbol of freedom.

October 29th-The Internets Birthday.  It all started back in 1979, when two college students linked computers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. On this day, let's all email a birthday card to our dear friend the Internet!!

October 30th-Bodybuilders Day.  This holiday is celebrated on the birthday of Charles Atlas,the famous bodybuilder, who was born on this day in 1893.  So everyone on this day, go outside and strike a "where's the beach" pose.

October 31st-Halloween Day and National Magic Day.  This day honors the memory of the great magician, Harry Houdini, who died on this date in 1926.  So when you go to door to door on Halloween and get your treats, do a couple of extra tricks for good measure!!


  In America, there is a National Food Holiday for every day of the year. This means that you can celebrate food all year long instead of only enjoying great foods on holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving. This article features a list of the National Food Holidays for the month of October. You'll even find suggestions on how to celebrate each day.

Homemade Cookies Day,  October 1st-  Don't wait until Christmas to make homemade cookies, instead celebrate this food holiday with a big batch of chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies.

National Fried Scallops Day,  October 2nd-  If you don't live right on the coast, you may want to visit a restaurant to enjoy this food holiday or at least buy frozen scallops. Make it a full meal with a baked potato and a large salad.

National Caramel Custard Day,  October 3th-  You have an option on this food holiday, you can either buy caramel custard or you can make some from scratch, either way this is an easy and delicious holiday to celebrate.

National Taco Day,  October 4th-  Taco Bell. Need I say more?

National Apple Betty Day,  October 5th-  Now this is a classic dessert that definitely calls for a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

National Noodle Day,  October 6th-  This is a food holiday that lets you be truly creative. Just create your favorite pasta dish or try a new recipe.

National Frappe Day,  October 7th- You can easily make a frappe at home. Just create a chocolate milkshake using ice cream, milk, and chocolate syrup but make it thinner than a regular milkshake by adding more milk.

National Fluffernutter Day,  October 8th-  Now this is a food holiday that will take you back to your childhood. A Fluffernutter is fresh white bread, peanut butter, and marshmallow cream. Serve with a big of glass milk.

Submarine-Hoagy-Hero-Grinder Day,  October 9th Subway. Need I say more? Okay, okay. Go to a great deli and a great bakery and get all your favorite sandwich ingredients and build the ultimate sub.

National Angel Food Cake Day October 10thThis food holiday is so easy to celebrate. Just pick up an angel food cake at your grocery store along with strawberries, sugar, and whipped cream. Slice the strawberries and sprinkle with sugar. Allow the berries to sit until a syrup forms. Pour over a slice of angel food cake and top with sweetened whipped cream.

National Sausage Pizza Day,  October 11: Enjoy this food holiday by sautéing ground sausage with sliced onions. Top a pizza crust with your favorite pizza sauce, provolone and mozzarella cheese, and the sausage and onion mixture. Bake until golden brown and enjoy.

National Gumbo Day,  October 12th Celebrate this food holiday by going out to a local Cajun restaurant. Even better, make a trip to New Orleans for the real thing.

National Yorkshire Pudding Day,  October 13th Yorkshire Pudding is actually a British dish, so how this became a National American Food Holiday is uncertain, but find a recipe for Yorkshire Pudding and serve it with roast beef which is very traditional.

National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day,  October 14th This is a food holiday I would never, ever celebrate. But, during October you can also find chocolate candy that is shaped like insects. Celebrate that way.

National Chicken Cacciatore Day,  October 15th-Treat yourself to a delicious meal at the finest Italian restaurant on this food holiday.

National Liqueur Day,  October 16th I don't drink alcohol, but if you want to celebrate you could make your favorite drink at home or go to a nice restaurant.

National Pasta Day,  October 17thOctober is just loaded with Italian style holidays. To enjoy this food holiday, prepare a huge batch of spaghetti and slip into a delightful carb coma.

National Chocolate Cupcake Day,  October 18th Go all out on this food holiday and create chocolate cupcakes that are beyond decadent. Try adding candy to the cake batter and make homemade chocolate buttercream frosting.

National Seafood Bisque Day,  October 19th There are so many different bisques to choose from. Try making a lobster or crab bisque at home. This is a great way to spend a cool October evening.

National Brandied Fruit Day,  October 20th Again, I don't have alcohol in my home or prepare recipes that call for alcohol. But, you can find many recipes online for this dish.

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day,  October 21: Pumpkin cheesecake is a match made in heaven. You have the wonderful taste of pumpkin pie with the creaminess of cheesecake. I highly suggest celebrating this food holiday.

National Nut Day,  October 22nd- Don't just open a can of nuts on this tasty food holiday. Instead make pralines or sugared nuts.

National Boston Cream Pie Day,  October 23rd Have fun with this fun holiday and make Boston Cream Cupcakes. Just bake vanilla cupcakes and when they are cool, stuff them with vanilla pudding. Then frost them with chocolate frosting and enjoy.

National Bologna Day, October 24th Step back to your childhood on this fine food holiday and enjoy a fried bologna sandwich.

National Greasy Foods Day,  October 25th- Only in America would we have a delicious holiday like this. Get out your deep fryer and make French fries, chicken tenders, deep fried Oreos, deep fried candy bars, and anything else that looks friable.

Pumpkin Day,  October 26thIs there any better way to celebrate this food holiday than having a big piece of Pumpkin pie? I didn't think so.

National Potato Day,  October 27th On this food holiday do something fun and make a potato buffet. Bake up several large potatoes and put out several toppings for everyone to choose from.

National Chocolate Day,  October 28th Do something truly decadent on for this food holiday and order a box of Godiva chocolates. Schedule them to arrive on this fabulous day.

National Oatmeal Day,  October 29th Skip the bowl of oatmeal and bake oatmeal cookies.

National Candy Corn Day,  October 30th Do something fun the day before Halloween and make your own candy corn from scratch.

National Candy Apple Day,  October 31st While candy apples are delicious, why not make caramel apples instead? Buy Kraft Caramels and melt them according to package directions. Dip your apples into the caramel, then into melted chocolate, and then roll them in nuts. This is a Halloween treat everyone will