Mister Ghost’s Highly Enviable Monthly Parcel of Simple Yet Amazing Wonderments – May 2017

Mister Ghost’s Highly Enviable Monthly Parcel of Simple Yet Amazing Wonderments – May 2017

In April I signed up for Mister Ghost’s Highly Enviable Monthly Parcel of Simple Yet Amazing Wonderments for some monthly Halloween fun!  The cost for the monthly box is $12 + shipping.  Included in every box is the following (taken from Evil Supply Co. website):

Art print: 5″ x 7″ (12.7cm x 17.78cm), unframed

Embroidered patch: The size and shape varies slightly from month-to-month. The patch will either be a 3″ (7.62cm) circle or square, or a 2″ (5.08cm) x 4″ (10.16cm) rectangle. All patches include an iron-on backing, though for longevity, we recommend sewing it on after ironing. If you don’t sew, a local dry cleaner can typically handle it for a small fee.

1 notebook: Our notebooks have a different cover every month and our infamous “Last Will & Testament” on the back. Each notebook has 32 blank pages inside.

1 greeting card: Greeting cards are printed with artwork revolving around the month’s theme and have a blank interior. We include a colorful envelope printed with “TO and “FROM” fields with a unique icon.

1 postcard: The front of each postcard will revolve around a character, monster, or location in the Netherworld, and the back will be lined for easy writing.

1 enamel pin: 1” (2.54cm) metal pin with a a hard enamel pin. Pins are die cast with metal with the enamel baked.

Haunted newspaper, The Peyroux Dispatch: A large (11″ x 14″, 27.94cm x 35.56cm folded) newspaper with yet-published stories, articles, news, and gossip from around our tiny, haunted village of Peyroux, and the Netherworld at large. Includes illustrations and advertisements from various Peyroux businesses. Stories appearing in The Dispatch may be published in the future on social media, but parcel purchasers will get the scoop way ahead of everyone else.

I believe May’s box theme is Monsters in Space – Vampires and Werewolves #025; however, I’m not 100% sure on this.  The box is definitely spaced theme though.  Now on to the items full of silly fun:

The Peyroux Dispatch newspaper

First is The Peyroux Dispatch newspaper which is a four page newspaper.  I read the articles and had a few chuckles.  My favorite was “Kissing at the Carnival” which was a charming story about Petal and May and their romantic night at the Halloween themed carnival.

Next is the 5×7 art print.  It is printed on card stock paper and reminds me of font used in 1980’s computer and video games.  I plan to hang this in my cubicle at work to let people ask me about my “space ship docking”.

Space patch

Hands down my favorite item in the box is this adorable embroidered patch.  I recently purchased my first bomber jacket in the last 30 years (they’re back!) and plan to get it stitched on my jacket.  It shows what appears to be a spaceship control panel with a fruit-stripe gum-esque planet and some twinkly stars in the background.  I love the colors and the detail of the patch!

Mister Ghost’s parcel notebook

Each monthly box comes with a “notebook” as well.  I wouldn’t call this a notebook myself, more of a scratch pad type book.  It is not laminated but the cover does feel made of a slightly thicker cardstock material.  All the pages are blank inside and I envision budding artists or high school students may enjoy a doodle book of this kind.  The cover states “The Stars are Calling My Name, The Stars are Calling Me Home”.

I have to admit, one thing I really love about these boxes is that they include a greeting card and post card!  This is the greeting card that came with the box and it also included a pretty turquoise envelope as well.  I love sending and receiving mail, so I was excited to get this card.  I plan to send it to my sister and let her chuckle at the space monkey man.

Here’s the cute Galact-A-Gram postcard included in the box as well.  I love the artwork on these and look forward to sending out some space mail soon!

Home is Where the Warp Drive Takes You magnet

Finally, each pack is said to include a pin. This month it appears the pin is actually a magnet.  I was a little bummed as I would prefer a pin I could attach to a bag or hat, but this will have to go on the fridge instead.

Bonus items – a few stickers were also in the box to boot!

Overall, I found the box to be full of silly fun.  The one thing I was not too happy about is my May box arrived on June 5th.. it sounds like there were some issues with shipping and many parcels were lost in limbo somewhere. The cost feels a little bit on the high end for what you receive; however, that being said this is obviously an indie operation and someone is putting a lot of time and care into these packages and artwork.  For those reasons, I’m looking forward to my June box!

 

 

Halloween Fun at the Annual Portland Zombie Walk!

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Portland Zombie Walk – zombie bride and zombie patient

One of the many cool things about living in Portland is the annual Zombie Walk!

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Zombie Stormtrooper

Each year hundreds of Portlanders gather to show off their zombie skills and scare the masses on Halloween.

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2012 Portland Zombie Walk – Mitt Romney Zombie

The big finale of the walk is when a deadly horde of Portland Zombies crawl from their graves for a dance performance to the song Thriller, by Michael Jackson.

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Portland Zombie Walk – lover zombies

It’s so much fun and you’ll see just about every zombie you can imagine!

7 Ways To Eat Halloween Candy Without Ruining Your Teeth

halloween-candyHalloween is a sweet time of year for kids, but it can be a nightmare for health-conscious parents concerned about excess sugar leading to cavities. But Halloween tricking and treating doesn’t have to be scary with these helpful tips from the Ontario Dental Hygienists’ Association:

  1. If kids have a healthy meal before they go trick-or-treating, they won’t be as tempted to eat candy along the way.2
  2.  When they return with their goodies, sort the candy. Let them keep their favourites and get rid of the rest — hide it, throw it out or donate it.
  3.  Avoid the worst offenders — chewy sweets that stick to the teeth — such as molasses kisses, licorice, jujubes, and jelly beans. Lollipops are also a bad choice because they tend to linger. As the child licks away, the bacteria feed on the sugar, creating acid that leads to tooth decay and gum disease.
  4. Allow children to have enough candy to satisfy their sweet tooth immediately and then ration the rest. Impose a time limit to gobble up the candy, then make sure they clean their teeth well immediately.
  5. Give out “dentally correct” treats such as chips, sugarless gum and candy, or popcorn. Halloween-themed stickers, pencils, erasers, and glow sticks are even better choices.
  6. Offer your kids a candy trade — swap the worst offenders or a portion of their goodies for a trip to the movies or a fun outing at the park.
  7. Follow these tips yourself. The dangers of Halloween candy also apply to adults. Dental hygienists report more visits from grownups this time of year, who come in with fractured teeth and broken fillings after dipping into their kids’ loot bags.

Learn more about oral care at www.odha.on.ca.

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The Scarecrows of Halloweentown!

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Clown Scarecrow, Halloweentown, St. Helens, OR

One of my favorite things about living in Halloweentown (AKA St. Helens, OR) are the scarecrows you will see around town.  The month long celebration of Halloween stemmed from the movie “Halloweentown”, which was filmed in the sleepy town of St. Helens, Oregon.

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Scary witch scarecrow, Halloweentown, St. Helens, OR

Each year, starting on October 1st, the town comes alive with all different kinds of scarecrows.  Some are silly, some are funny and some are a touch scary!  It helps build the spirit of Hallowentown and adds to the month long festivities.

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Pumpkin Scarecrow, Halloweentown, St. Helens, OR

There is a voting period and at the end winners are announced for prizes!

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Corpse bride scarecrow, Halloweentown, St. Helens, OR

St. Helens is only 25 miles north of Portland, Oregon so it is an easy destination for a weekend trip to explore and have some fun!

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Owl scarecrow outside Houlton Bakery, Halloweentown, St. Helens, OR

The town also offers may other festivities: such as Halloween cake decorating contests, face painting, haunted hay rides, a haunted house, bloody mary brunches, tarot card readings and much more!

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Bertucci’s scarecrow, Halloweentown, St. Helens, OR

In addition to the scarecrows that are spread around town, there is also a display of the Great Pumpkin in the town square!  You will find all kinds of cute displays there and activities to do.  It’s a great place for the whole family to celebrate Halloween!

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Bunny scarecrow, Halloweentown, St. Helens, OR

If you’re a true, die hard Halloween fan, I’d say start planning your trip to St. Helens, OR to experience the real, live Halloweentown!

Pumpkin – Its Versatility in Savory Recipes

autumn-pumpkinPumpkins are not just for making pumpkin pies and carving into scary faces at Halloween. In fact, there are lots of savory pumpkin recipes including classic pumpkin soup, pumpkin stew and you can even use this tasty squash family vegetable in salad recipes.

The next time you make a salad, why not chop some small cubes of pumpkin and boil them until they are soft, then incorporate them into your rice or macaroni salad for a splash of color and for their nutritional benefits?

Pumpkins and squashes are used all over the world. They are used to make curries and braises in India, risottos in Italy, oriental pumpkin soup recipes in China and Vietnam, and stuffed pumpkin dishes in the Middle East.

The best pumpkin seed oil comes from Austria and this dark green oil, which is nicknamed “black gold,” is drizzled over salad recipes for a nutty, sweet flavor, or whipped into soft cheese.

Different Types of Pumpkins

You can get great pumpkins from grocery stores or farmers’ markets. If a pumpkin recipe calls for one type of pumpkin and you cannot find it, you can usually use a different variety instead.

Baby Bear is a good variety of pumpkin for cooking. It is firm fleshed, sweet, and suitable for sweet or savory recipes. Delicata is a small white pumpkin with green stripes. This pumpkin has a nutty taste and it dries out when you cook it.

Crown Prince is a bluish gray pumpkin, which is golden inside. It is great for making vegetarian kabobs or roasting. Sweet Mama is richly orange and it is great if you cut off the top, scoop out the seeds, and then bake it whole.

Small Sugar is a medium sized pumpkin with orange flesh. Its high sugar content is the reason it caramelizes so wonderfully. Small Sugar pumpkins are great for making pie fillings. Sweet Dumpling is a small green and white squash, which has a sweet flavor when you cook it and its flesh tastes slightly like chestnuts.

How to Use Pumpkin in a Salad Recipe

The following recipe for Japanese pumpkin salad shows that you can do more with pumpkin that save it for classic pumpkin soup and pumpkin pie fillings.

This recipe is healthy and very tasty. You can use any type of small pumpkin for it. This recipe serves six to eight people.

Healthy Japanese Pumpkin Salad

What you will need:

  • 1 small pumpkin, de-seeded and quartered
  • 9 oz frozen chestnuts
  • 1/3 cucumber, diced
  • 5 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil

For the Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 crushed cloves garlic

How to make it:Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the pumpkin and drizzle it with olive oil. Bake it on a roasting tray for 20 minutes, then add the frozen chestnuts and bake it for another 15 minutes.

Let the pumpkin and chestnuts cool. Chop the pumpkin into bite-sized pieces and mix it with the chestnuts and the other vegetables.

Whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour them over the pumpkin salad. Toss well and serve.

 

Christine Szalay-Kudra is an author, food expert and mom of four boys. She is the owner of the Recipe Publishing Network, a group of sites dedicated to fine food and information for cooks. When not busy with her business you can find her sharing on one of these social networks at her own URL: http://www.recipepublishingnetwork.org/

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