10.31.2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!!

 Phee was quite excited to wear her costume today.
She is Peg, from the PBS show Peg + Cat.
For trick-or-treating tonight, I'll be dressed up as Cat.
We highly recommend checking out the show- it's so funny!
Have a fantastic Halloween!

Peg plus Cat costume ~ Life in Random Bits #halloween #costume #diy

10.29.2014

October, you're gorgeous


October sunrise in Austin ~ Life in Random Bits #nature #austin #sunrise

October sunrise in Austin ~ Life in Random Bits #nature #austin #sunrise

October sunrise in Austin ~ Life in Random Bits #nature #austin #sunrise

October sunrise in Austin ~ Life in Random Bits #nature #austin #sunrise

October sunrise in Austin ~ Life in Random Bits #nature #austin #sunrise

October sunrise in Austin ~ Life in Random Bits #nature #austin #sunrise


Linked up at The Jenny Evolution, Parent Club, Carrie with Children, Feed Me Dearly, Random Mommy.

10.27.2014

Last minute Halloween costumes

It never fails. Someone has a last minute Halloween party and you didn’t plan on dressing up this year. Or, your child changes gears days before Halloween. Here are a few last minute ideas to help you out!

Last minute DIY Halloween  costume ideas ~ Life in Random Bits #halloween #costumes #kids #diy

Fairy
Get a set of cheap wings from the dollar store, or borrowed from a friend, or made out of paper/fabric covered clothes hangers. Wear shirt, tights, or pants of the same color. Wear a tutu, if you have one, or you can tie strips of fabric and ribbon around a belt to cover the belt and create a tutu effect. And then add lots of glitter, of course!

Plant or Tree
Wear a green shirt and pants, or brown pants and a green shirt for a tree. Get a green hat. Cut out leaves from construction paper, extra fabric, or even use real leaves and attach them to the hat, shoulders, arms… wherever you want leaves! You can customize this costume as a fruit tree with an apple or other fruit cut out and stuck to the shirt. Or even flowers!

Beach
Wear all tan or khaki. Carry a sand pail. Wear a blue hat and affix a printed out seagull. Print out and affix shells, seaweed, crabs, etc. to your clothes. (This is an excellent use of full page labels! Print out, cut out, and use them as stickers.)

Book
Wear all black clothes. You’ll need two large pieces of cardboard cut to the same size rectangle. Paint, draw, or otherwise illustrate the cardboard as the front and back covers of a book. Cut holes in the “spine” ends of the covers and tie them together with ribbon or fabric. Affix black ribbon or fabric to the top of the book covers so that the book can be worn over the shoulders.

So, have you ever found yourself scrambling to put a costume together at the last minute? What did you end up doing?

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Looking for some more costumes? Check these out!


10.23.2014

8 layer dip

I love a good Halloween party. It's fun to dress up when you know there are going to be lots of other people dressed up, too. In the past, we haven't done much dressing up for Halloween. But, Phee has changed that and likes us to dress up with her sometimes.

We have good friends that love Halloween. They often throw a party and we went last year. I didn't take my 8 layer dip, but I wish I had. The one I made was tasty, but there was a similar dip already on the table when I got there. I've never gone to a party with this 8 layer dip in hand and had it be a duplicate dish.

8 layer dip ~ Life in Random Bits #recipe #party #dip #mexican

I love this dip. It's like nachos, without the mess. And there's plenty of cheese. I hate it when I make nachos and there are cheeseless chips. This dip has everything- beans, meat, cheese. It's been requested a number of times and I always enjoy making it! If you're heading out to a Halloween party this year, take this with you. You won't be sorry!

8 layer dip

Ingredients
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 lb ground beef (or turkey) browned and seasoned with taco seasoning
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 small can sliced black olives
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • shredded lettuce
  • sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)
  • guacamole

Directions
  1. Spread black beans on the bottom of a 8x8 pan.
  2. Spread guacamole on top of the beans.
  3. Add a layer of seasoned ground beef (or turkey).
  4. Spread with sour cream (or Greek yogurt).
  5. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar.
  6. Add a layer of black olives.
  7. Add chopped tomatoes and shredded lettuce.
  8. Feel free to sprinkle a little more cheese on top.
  9. Serve with chips and enjoy!

8 layer dip ~ Life in Random Bits #recipe #party #dip #mexican

8 layer dip ~ Life in Random Bits #recipe #party #dip #mexican

What's your favorite party dish? Do you go all out and make lots of appetizer type foods, or do you like to keep it simple and go with more dips, chips, and veggie trays?


10.22.2014

Fall in New England

Fall in New England ~ Life in Random Bits #autumn #leaves #boston

Fall in New England ~ Life in Random Bits #autumn #leaves #boston

Fall in New England ~ Life in Random Bits #autumn #leaves #boston

Fall in New England ~ Life in Random Bits #autumn #leaves #boston

Fall in New England ~ Life in Random Bits #autumn #leaves #boston


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The Axis of Ineptitude is at it again this month with a great list of blog prompts.
Today, we're talking Fall.


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