Well, I hadn't planned it, but as you can see I got a little overly spontaneous and decided to try a new look for the blog, thinking I'd be able to play with it before committing to it. Wrong! Now I can't restore the original look. So please bear with me as I stumble around Blogger and try to remember how to navigate their page layout and get my blog goodies to work with my new template. And decide if this is even the template I want to go with! :-)
I took a lot of photos I'd intended to share in a Halloween post, but was unable to find time to squeeze them in between my ABC Wednesday and SkyWatch Friday posts and all the Halloween activities themselves. Plus it seemed frivolous with the trauma and tragedy of Sandy. But maybe a dose of frivolity isn't a bad thing these days, so - in hopes that it's not ridiculously late to be posting them, here are some of my Halloween photos and updates!
First, since I mentioned Superstorm Sandy... in my ABC Wednesday post I'd shared a link to one of the many lists floating around on the Web of organizations helping in the relief efforts following the horrific storm. But I wanted to share the two organizations that we chose to donate to, in case their missions, work and philosophies resonate with any of you as they do with us. Plus, since they're less well-known than the large organizations like the Red Cross (which is stirring up controversy regarding Staten Island) and the HSUS and ASPCA, I wanted to give them a shout-out here:
Food for Life Global
Chief among their projects is feeding plant-based food to the world's disadvantaged, malnourished, and victims of natural and man-made disasters.
Best Friends Animal Society
Perhaps best known for helping animals through their world's largest No-Kill sanctuary in Kanab, UT, as well as for their many programs (spay/neuter, adoption, no-kill shelters, wildlife rehab, etc), Best Friends also assists local animal rescue organizations in disasters. They also received a top score from Charity Navigator.
And now here are a few photos of a home that went all-out with their decorations (wish I could have made it by there after dark!)...
In my Halloween ABC Wednesday post I also shared a link to a second pumpkin hummus recipe, Pumpkincredible Hummus from Dreena Burton's Plant-Powered Kitchen. I had just found it so hadn't made it yet when I posted it, but I made it yesterday and it's delicious!! I highly recommend it! The lime juice, allspice and maple syrup were a flavorful touch, and it was deliciously creamy with the addition of the cannellini with a fun crunchy texture now and then with the pulsed-in toasted pumpkin seeds. Yum!!
And now here are some photos from our next door neighbors' Halloween costume party last Saturday, starting with their amusing invitation...