Thursday, November 22, 2012

My Take on Candied Yams

My take on Candied Yams

5 med. yams chopped and boiled 20 min
1 can (20oz) Pineapple chunks
3/4 C. brown sugar
1 T.  cornstarch
mini marshmallows

Prepare yams and place in 9x13 pan
Strain pineapple chunks reserving liquid
Add pineapple chunks to the yams

Whisk together cornstarch and brown sugar and add to reserved pineapple juice.
Microwave or cook on the stove till thickened and add to the pan and stir to combine.
top with marshmallows.
Bake till heated through and marshmallows have a nice color!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Other Costumes for 2012

I had some other fun costumes I was able to be part of this year!
My granddaughters for 2....

 Allison was inc when I get them!

 Then my good friend Diane asked me to Make an Alvin costume for her husband!! So fun!!

Haunted Ladies

Kat and I were Ally Gal and Widow Constance from the Haunted Mansion stretching room!

I loved my costume!! It was completely comfortable!

Kat's costume this year was my masterpiece!

I love every last detail!! I just wish I had a poofier slip to make it perfect!

Halloween Parade and Sully!

They say Opposites attract and they are NOT wrong! My husband is a HAM with capital Letters....He should be an actor or a politician I do not know how he ended up being an Accountant!! I am quite terrified of standing out, I am perfectly happy hiding in the kitchen or watching from the sidelines but not Kent! Not 15 min after entering into the fray of the trick or treaters at Disneyland he already caught the attention of the "patrol" they were on the lookout for people to ask to be in the Parade!! We ran into friends from home and by the time we said goodbye, we all (8 of us!) had an invitation to ride on the Grand Marshall Float in the Parade that night! I like to think it was my outrageous costuming genius.....but I know, that it was the over the top antics of my costumed Minions that ended me just where I didn't want to be!
Can you see their smiles! They enjoyed every last minute of that long long ride that took us from the backstage area by town square to the backstage area next to It's a Small World.  My Minions look good don't they!

This one was over the top happy seeing as how this is his SECOND time in a Disneyland parade!!
Last time he was Jafar and Melannie was Iago and she rode around on his shoulders saying "Why am I NOT suprised!"

I wish we had pictures from that last parade, but that is purely my fault! :(.....

I made this "Monster's Inc" costume a few years ago, must be like 5 or more.... The feet are the funnest part and I'm sorry we can't see them in any of the pictures !! It's still a huge Favorite and someone puts in on every year even if they don't wear it on Halloween!

Kevin and Kevin and Halloween 2012!

For Halloween this year we planned to meet up with Cousins Renee and BrieAnn at Disneyland and do the special "Trick or Treat" after hours event. We didn't all dress up in theme but a few of us were coordinating!

(Cousin Renee as Mrs. Potato head and Brie as Little Dead Riding

Emma decided she wanted to be "Kevin" from the Pixar movie "UP". This presented many, many challenges, for one she is only 9 and not even close to having a 3 foot neck....So, I got out my bag of tricks and started to work on her costume.

I found a good number of Feather Boa's at Gator Bob's warehouse store in Concord for only $1 ea!!! Score! I had to pay $7 for the ONE that I got in the light blue color...bah!

I made the head from Yellow Felt and had Katherine paint the end of the beak to match the photo. I then attached the head to a dollar store alligator foam costume head/hat thing! I cut off the teeth though....There is a good bit of hand sewing to get the blue felt and beak part onto the hat but it worked PERFECTLY!

I made the body of the costume by altering the Penguin costume pattern I had. It's done in Felt because it holds its shape the best. Then I meticulously hand stitched on the feather boas! Thank goodness for NCIS which I watched and watched as I sewed....
TADA!! (Brother Kevin is Russel from UP and we made him take care of Emma all night! haha)
 Her sister Avril wanted to be a Peacock, here are their costumes from the back!

Avril's costume was adorable too! I used an Lyrical Ballet costume I had in my stash and added Tule and peacock feathers that I ordered online from Hancocks Fabrics (Way Cheaper than Joanne's!)
We had her face painted at Disney's California Adventure the afternoon before! So cute!