For many years I have never celebrated Halloween, But this year is different. Now we have Dexter every holiday, celebration or anything worth remembering in the calendar has suddenly become a much bigger deal! I have been forced to stop and take stock of what is going on around me instead of being locked in my office 6 days week. So this evening the Hood household will be donning our costumes and masks and having a Happy Halloween celebration. Granted Dexter is only 4 months so doesn’t actually have any idea what is going on, but never the less we are going to get into the spirit of it all. I am already looking forward to next year, when he is bigger when I can throw a full on Halloween party. However I’m not wishing the time away tonight we ar going to make the most of how small and cute he is and have a lovely evening with family.
So Happy Halloween everyone!
Kelly, Nik and Dexter!
Today on the blog we are back with our feature ‘Real Work: What I used to do’. Last time we spoke with the lovely Claire Kemp about her journey from Architecture to Cake designer. Today I am very happy to introduce you to Debbie Carlisle of DC Bouquets.
Debbie is a very good friend of mine, we both started our business at around the same time and it has been wonderful to watch how her business has grown over the past 5 years. I have featured Debbie over on Boho Weddings a number of times and am a big fan of her work! She really is at the top of her game in the wedding world and a hugely talented lady! I find her story of what she used to do to what she does now fascinating and I’m sure you will to!
I’ll pass you over to Debbie…………..
What I used to do
I worked for Sheffield’s main newspaper, The Star, as a journalist for 14 years before I decided to change careers for good just over three years ago. The job involved a lot of early starts and I would never know from one day to the next where I would be – I kept a toothbrush and a pair of hiking boots permanently in my car as you never knew where you might get sent and for how long!
I covered so many different stories, from tragic deaths to much happier events like Diamond wedding anniversaries – the huge variety was one of the main reasons I loved being a journalist.
The most interesting times were in the early years before the internet was the news-generator is today – in those days The Star was an evening newspaper and when a major news story broke after the national newspapers had gone to press in the morning we would be one of the first papers to break the news. This meant that I worked on breaking news stories including the 9/11 Twin Towers attack, The Gulf War, and the Jill Dando murder.
Thankfully life wasn’t all tragedy – in my time as a journalist I also got to fly a plane, spend the night in a ‘haunted’ pub (nothing spooky actually happened) and travel to lots of unusual places. My assignments included scuba diving with a Tiger Shark in the Red Sea, trekking through a jungle in Borneo, crawling around inside an abandoned spy station in Latvia and training with the US Army, which included a memorable, and rather frightening, Apocalypse Now style-helicopter flight! I reviewed hundreds of concerts (I had a special pass which gave me free access to one of Sheffield’s best music venues whenever I wanted) and I was lucky enough to see The Arctic Monkeys perform in a tiny Sheffield venue before they were famous!
As you know it is Halloween on Friday. For the first time ever I am excited! I know Dexter is way to young to understand what is going on but never the less we have decided to celebrate it anyway and are having a little Halloween party for him and his cousin Ted. So far I have bought him a pumpkin outfit and not much else, the rest is getting sorted this week! I have however been looking at Halloween food recipes and the internet is inundated with some rather fabulous ideas. So today I have decided to share my favorites with you and hopefully give you some inspiration for your own Halloween celebrations.
Last year over on Boho Weddings I put together this Halloween food board, which I thought I would share with you again today.
Photo Source: Monster cup cakes / Spider cake / Cat cookies with milk / Pumpkin punch / Witches hat cookies / RIP cookies / Green eye cookies / Ghosts / Ghosts meringue / Cobweb cheesecake / Cheese Ball Pumpkin / Cupcake witches hat.
From this Board I have decided to make these Monster Eye Cookies. Thanks to Lil Luna for the recipe
- 1 Yellow Cake Mix Box
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 8 oz. bar cream cheese softened
- 1 egg
- green food coloring
- powdered sugar
- candy eyeballs
STEP 1) Beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until fluffy.
STEP 2) Mix in cake mix. Add green food coloring until it’s the color you want. I used neon green. Chill for 30 minutes.
STEP 3) Roll into balls and dip in a bowl of powdered sugar.
STEP 4) Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. While warm push eye balls into the center or all over the cookie.
- I found the candy eyeballs HERE
Rice Crispy Pumpkins – (Recipe HERE)
Today I would like to share with you a new feature; ‘Boho’s Top 10 Pins of the Month’. As many of you will know I LOVE Pinterest! I mean really love it! With over 71,000 followers it is the social media platform that drives more traffic to my blog than any other by a long way! I currently have 198 different boards ranging from weddings to food, to interiors to animals and everything in-between.
Each month both myself and my gorgeous side kick Kelly will be sharing with you our top 10 Pins from the month! So you can get to know us a little better and hopefully send a little lifestyle inspiration your way!
I hope you like the feature an if you want to follow me on pinterest you can find me HERE
- As you probably know I LOVE cats, just love them, so this little cartoon really made me smile (Pin HERE – Original Source HERE )
- I also LOVE cake, and I have pinned a lot of cake this month ut this one really stood out, it just looks so simple yet totally delicious! (Pin HERE – Original Source HERE)