Happy MeadowTree Halloween!

By the middle of last week, I knew there was no way that I was going to have a style blog post ready for Sunday. We were having a Fall Festival ‘Ween party this weekend at the farm. There was so much to do. Family come on Saturday and they don’t leave until late Sunday. If you come to the farm, well, you just sit and stay awhile.

We had fun. That’s really what this post is about today–reminiscent of my old Blogger blog The MeadowTree Journal when I wrote about art, gardening, cooking, pets, and sewing…not about fashion.



After some last minute house cleaning Saturday morning, I’m in the kitchen sipping a nice beverage and dangerously prepping toppings for pizzas to be served that afternoon.


Millie, our kitty cat Poodle for the day, hoping something falls her way.


My daughters always ask if there is going to be the Taco Dip Cat.  Well, of course! But poor guy, he only lasts minutes. Michael grew an amazing selection of peppers this year and I really had fun creating the face.

I also put out homemade Sour Dough Crackers. I’m back making sour dough bread and finding other things to do with the sour dough starter. These crackers are full of dried herbs and the boys loved them. That was a good surprise.

SophiaSophia staying calm, of course, while I am running around getting things together.


Grandsons still request Bloody Hand Punch (one of my favorites, too). This year I finally got the hands out without breaking one finger. Kudos, Grandma! The recipe I used made enough punch for a small reception. We will be drinking Bloody Hand punch for the next couple of weeks. It’s mainly raspberry/cranberry/pineapple juice so that’s not a bad deal.


This year, the girls and I decided to have an extra ingredient for our punch. (Eitor’s note: Hey! I didn’t know about this!) Cupcake Sparkling Red wine will likely be at our Christmas dinner too.


Well, I needed some real style for this post and it is supplied by Michelle, our older. She made her velvet asymmetrical top which I think its gorgeous. She needs to wear it more!


Four big pizzas with eight different toppings and this is all that’s left! They even ate up my Veggie Kitchen Sink combo: sautéd butternut squash, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, spinach and black olives. Three teenage boys might have something to do with that: two grandsons and a friend from Joplin. Here’s Harrison and friend Lonnie just sitting around, texting of course, while waiting for pizza.


Niko just chillin’.


Can you have style when out and about on a four wheeler? Grandson Harrison can! We make him wear a helmet. At first, I don’t think he was too keen, but he does look pretty cool. Now it’s just like putting on the seat belt.


My very small August Moon Halloween collection.


The night called for a bonfire to toast marshmallows and make S’mores. Our country fire-pit is an old tractor rim.


Captain Rachelle enjoying the warmth of the fire in her pirate hat. I want a pirate hat now.


The ravens have taken over my twisted Halloween tree!


Is that a mad scientist lab behind that door?


Sunday’s lunch was pumpkin and black bean soup with homemade sour dough bread.


My tribute to Miss Havisham from Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations.


The pièce de résistance, Michelle’s test tube and eyeball cake with ice cream in the middle.


Sunday didn’t go by without sports. But rather than football, it was the Mexico City Formula One race. They were rooting for Hamilton, but it wasn’t his day.


In the end, Victor Hugo was musing: “What is all the fuss for? If it’s not about me, it can’t be that important.”


If you are interested in making either the Taco Cat dip or the Pumpkin Black Bean soup, I made a page just for them HERE.

Thanks for stopping by for our family Halloween fun. Our Halloween party has been a tradition for about ten years. The only new thing this year was the raven lights for my twisted Halloween tree. I was good this year!

Let me know if you did anything special around Halloween. You are certainly welcome to leave a comment or two or three. I love to hear from you. I’ll have another blog bit next week.

I link up with some great blogs every week. To see who they are go HERE.

It will be time for a the November 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup this Friday. October’s closes out tomorrow and I will start working on my new collage on Wednesday.

Again, thanks for stopping by. Take care……..



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20 thoughts on “Happy MeadowTree Halloween!

  1. There’s so much to love about this post Terri.
    It looks like such fun; the food, the decorations and the whole family get together.
    I love the way you described the inspiration for your decorations.
    All your fur family were there too!
    Michelle’s top is lovely, she’s obviously a talented seamstress.
    Now I’d better get back to my trick or treaters, who are just starting to arrive!

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    1. Thanks, I think Halloween is the most creative holiday there is. The boys are getting older and I don’t know how many more we will get to have so I think I probably try a little harder in hopes that they will want to come back. If nothing else, they can fish. Only time will tell how many more we can have. But you never know, it may just be a Gardner thing to do, no matter what the age.


    1. Thank you and it’s just something I do. Because of other family things going on we didn’t get to have one last year and so this year I was probably in overdrive. Remember, I am a retired art teacher and love this kind of stuff. To me, Halloween is the most creative holiday out there and it’s just plain fun. My favorite art projects were always for Halloween.

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  2. What a fabulous post! First all that decoration and food! That punch! Fan_tas_tic! And he he he, who won! Max! The Dutch Guy! Yeah! And is your cat s name Victor Hugo? Fabulous!

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    1. Yes Max did win. And yes our cat is named Victor Hugo. When he came he was just Hugo, but he took on such a self important attitude, we just started calling him Victor Hugo and believe me the name fits. I’m glad people are liking this post because this stuff is as important to me as fashion but since changing my blog focus, I never get to write about it anymore. But this was the time to do it. And thanks to Michelle, I do have some fashion.

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    1. Jacqui,I’m glad you enjoyed my crazy take on Halloween. if it’s the hands you are wondering about, they are made from Cool-Aid that I froze in plastic gloves (and I rinsed them out first). My own food that I make is pretty simple. It’s Michelle and those cakes she makes that always blow us away.

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  3. This is a lovely post Terri. I will certainly try the taco cat dip. In Montreal, Quebec, Halloween is a big thing too. This year though I did not do a lot of decorations but we went with the kids Trick or Treat. Too much candy if you ask me. I can resist everything except temptation! Let’s keep in touch.

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    1. The cat is probably one of the simplest things you can make. It takes me longer to decorate the face that to set the dip up on the plate! I agree about keeping in touch because IG is nice but, I don’t know how you feel, but reading bloggers’ posts is so much better er in my book. It does take me a bit of time to get around to everyone but I always try to keep up.

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      1. I totally feel the same way about the comparison between blogging and IG. Don’t worry about the reply as I do understand it is not always easy to keep up. It is the same for me. The blog is only part time; I do have a “real job” and a family.

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  4. My goodness Terri, can I be your grandchild? It looks fantastic. I only went jogging oh and one drink in a pub. You must really enjoy entertaining.

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    1. That’s funny. In reality, I don’t entertain.It’s a bit different when it comes to family and the boys. Michelle and I started this Halloween thing with just a package of hotdogs and building a Halloween scarecrow. I will admit, we have upped our game. I don’t entertain or have people over. But Halloween, along with a few other holidays, we like to get together and eat a lot. We didn’t get to do Halloween last year and I probably went a bit overboard because of the year lay-off.


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