Thursday, September 16, 2010

costume contest!

Halloween is right around the corner! And my boy has no idea what he wants to dress up as......

Doesn't it seem like kids always know waaaay ahead of time what they are going to be for Halloween? Well my boy is facing a little dilemma..... he has no idea what he wants to be!

Hello! Mama needs a little time to get a good costume pulled together! Last year he was a spy. I found a vintage trench coat and he wore a plaid fedora I had picked up in the garment district. He looked super cute! We've bought superhero costumes before, but I AM NOT A FAN. I'd much rather make him something original.... something special!

We are in serious need of costume ideas for a really cool 8 (almost 9) year old boy! What if we make it a contest?! How 'bout..... if D picks your costume idea I will give you $15 toward any purchase at Second Wind Vintage?

Sound good?

Email me or submit your ideas as comments. The winner will be announced as soon as D settles on a costume idea. Even better if you can link to a picture of you costume idea!


Friday, September 10, 2010


Usually the short fig season is over before I can think of things to do with them. I wait all year for the beautiful green figs to ripen. They come, I eat a couple, and then they are quickly devoured by the birds and Japanese Beatles. That's that.... and so another year I wait.

However, this year I decided I'd pick as many as I could and quickly, before they disappeared. What the heck do you do with that many figs though?!?! Make jam!

So now I have delicious fig jam, but another question begs answering. What the heck do you do with that much fig jam? Haha!
Maybe a moist little cake flavored with fig jam and brandy? I adapted this recipe from a South African dessert known as Malva Pudding. It calls for a small amount of apricot jam.... I, of course, used fig!

Now what should I do with the purple figs I picked??

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