Month: October 2009

cozy cuteness

I’m wishing I even had the first inkling of knowing how to knit (crochet? do I even know the difference?) after admiring these colorful cozy accessories. Sadly, I’ve never picked up a needle (hook? which is it?)

it’s featured on a little girl, but I would totally wear this hat every day, all winter long.
really, could keeping warm get any cuter than this?
found via the Purl Bee
anybody wanna make me one? or all?

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Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

count of monte cristo sandwich recipe.

photo from food network

Ok, so not exactly a feast, and not a clever assortment of gory concoctions, but this is the meal we frequently enjoy on Halloween. It’s not exactly super healthy, but it’s wholesome, simple, savory, and as festive as you’d like to make it. I don’t believe in cutting calories on holidays.

Count of Monte Cristo Sandwiches
8 slices good quality white bread
dijon mustard
3 ounces sliced swiss cheese
3 ounces sliced sharp cheddar
6 ounces sliced cooked turkey
6 ounces sliced cooked ham
salt and pepper
3 eggs
1/3 cup milk
dash nutmeg or cayenne (optional)
unsalted butter
olive oil

Preheat oven to 350.

Spread each slice of bread with mustard. Top 4 slices of bread with half the cheese, then half the turkey, half the ham, salt & pepper. Repeat a layer of meat, then cheese and top with the remaining slices of bread, mustard side down. Press gently.

In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs and milk, season with salt and pepper and nutmeg or cayenne

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add a bit of butter, a bit of oil. Dip and coat each sandwich in egg/milk mixture and lay >> find out more…

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

shade clothing.

Can you believe it’s been five years since Shade Clothing opened its doors? Neither can I. What did I do before all those cap sleeved, extra long tees filled my closet? I’m not sure. They kind of rule the roost around here, I must have at least 15-20 {no lie}.

Here’s a look at what’s hot at Shade right now, and some peeks back at me wearing Shade over the last few years. Remember my Mom 2.0 Summit Wardrobe Crisis? Do you have awesome photos of yourself wearing Shade? They want to hear about it if you do.

Turquoise Scoop Neck 3/4 Sleeve Tee {feels like buttah}
layered underneath a 3/4 Sleeve V Neck Cardigan

{jewelry from Stella & Dot}



Same 3/4 sleeve tee as above, layered underneath
my new favorite Drape Front Cardigan.
This top makes any outfit chic, I’m in love.

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Make a mummy costume for kids

Mummy Halloween Costume:

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Just for the record, next time I might splurge and spend a couple of dollars on toilet paper instead of the .79 cent super save you see above.

And there’s a fatal flaw in the preschool mummy costume: your kid can’t go to the bathroom while wearing it. The TP sure comes in handy when said kid breaks down halfway through preschool and runs for the john.

Just warning all you would be mummy makers out there; this was a Beta run. C will be something else entirely on Halloween.
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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

how to: make caramel apples.


You can’t have Halloween without caramel apples, it’s unconstitutional. And they’re easier, way easier, to make than they look.



Here’s what you need to get started:

Apples
Caramels
Popsicle Sticks
Milk

We made 10 caramel apples with the amount of caramel you see in the photo above {4 cups, or 2 lbs.}. It was a lot of caramel too, they were big apples.

Step 1:

Unwrap caramel and place in a double boiler pan on the stove-top. It’s possible to melt the caramel in the microwave with a little bit of water but I prefer the stove-top, it’s more fun for the kids to see it melt. Don’t put all the caramel in at the same time, just put in enough to cover the bottom of the pan.

Step 2:

Stir the caramel around as the water heats up to keep the caramel from burning, and when it starts to get a little melty, add some milk. A tablespoon or so for each cup of caramel.

Once your caramel is pretty much liquid you want to add more caramel, like so.

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Allison

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Disney’s The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad


If you’re looking for a Halloween flick that’s not super scary, we are rather fond of this oldie, narrated by Bing Crosby–one of my favorite old-school crooners. It’s animated, it’s short, and a great introduction to the Legend of Sleepy Hollow as written by Washington Irving. Note: The book is a great read this time of year, for older kids and grown ups.

On the same disc is The Adventures of Mr. Toad, of Wind in the Willows fame. My little boy hasn’t been as interested in this one yet (he likes the Bing Crosby songs in the Ichabod Crane story) but it’s a nice one, too. Perfect for a lazy blustery afternoon with hot cocoa.
You can probably find it at your local library and maybe even at your favorite movie rental establishment. Or at my house. Find a copy now to enjoy this weekend.

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

need a costume?

a snappy looking bull’s eye

a few from family fun that you could probably whip up in an afternoon. very clever. more ideas here.

this garden gnome makes me laugh every time I look at it.
a rockin’ mp3 player complete with headphones

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

decorate your pumpkin with paper.

My kids have been chomping at the bit {pardon the cowboy expression, I’m feeling ranch-ish today} to carve our pumpkins. We don’t usually do it until the night before Halloween because of tradition, and pumpkin shrinkage if we do it any earlier. My solution this year? Magazine pumpkin faces.

Cut eyes, ears, mouths, & noses from magazines and pin them onto your pumpkins. My kids loved this and it gave me a few days of reprieve before the pumpkin cutting begins.


Mine is on the right, C’s is on the left. For some reason he’s obsessed with pregnant women, so he cut one out for his pumpkin. P is still creating hers. *cough cough*, perfectionist.

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

dylbug 3-pack of onesies giveaway!

It’s time for a giveaway for your babes. I love Dylbug and the adorable and hip onesie designs. How about a 3-pack of the Retro Riders for the little one in your house?

And while you’re checking out Dylbug, look at their sweet Breast Cancer Awareness tees for toddlers. A portion of the proceeds for the Love Tees will go to the Young Survivors Coalition. Awesome.



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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!