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Perfect Costumes For Halloween Fun! (Pets too!)

Halloween Costume Maleficent

You have 11 days left before Halloween. I have yet to pick a costume, and if you are a late bloomer like this southern California girl, I have a few Halloween costume choices for you, and your pet!

This is the year of Maleficent. If you have ever wanted to dress up as my favorite Disney character, this is THE year to do it. You can go a little more covered or revealing. Either way, it’s really just about the horns and the icy stares.

minion costume for women

While you all know I like a good pinup look, but really, when it comes to costumes I like to be able to walk around and not freeze. Modesty is highly under-rated. How about a little minion? I love this costume, it is fun and silly yet you can still tell that the person in the costume is a woman without being labeled “sexy minion.”

And a perennial favorite, Sally Nightmare Before Christmas style costume. Sally still reigns on Halloween, and this would be great as a couple’s costume. Just find your Jack and you’re set!

Don’t forget the pets, they look adorable in their pet Halloween costumes too!

If you are dressing up as a minion, why not include the puppy as well! How adorable is this dog minion costume? Especially if yo had a couple of dogs in the house, you could dress them all up and have your own crowd of minions follow you around the house all night!

Spider Dog Costume for Halloween
Or if you spent a little too long watching that YouTube video of the spider dog, why not dress up Fido in his own spider costume? Terrify your friends in a fun way of course.

No matter what you dress up as for Halloween, we want to see your costumes!  Send them our way on Instagram and Twitter!  

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Cocktail Thursday: Cognac Brandy Crusta

cognac makes great fall drink cocktails

Cognac Brandy Crusta Cocktail Recipe

As the weather changes to fall and winter, the taste for certain cocktails turns more to the darker flavors. Today we celebrate with a great fall drink recipe, a classic cognac cocktail – the Brandy Crusta.

The Brandy Crusta is a great cocktail for fall. It was invented in New Orleans as a precursor to its cousin with a better marketing plan, the sidecar. I got this cognac cocktail recipe from Saveur, and it is perfect for this weekend. It includes cognac, orange liquor, lemon and bitters.

From Saveur.com
MAKES 1 COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
2 oz. cognac like CAMUS
1 tsp. orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. simple syrup
2 dashes Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters or Angostura bitters
1 l″-wide strip lemon peel, to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS
Shake cognac, liqueur, juice, syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice until chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled cordial glass; add lemon peel in cocktail to serve.

Most well stocked bars will have these ingredients on hand making this a new go to for you and your friends at your next movie night. You may have to make a stop at the produce section on the way home to pick up your lemon, though.

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Flashback -The Resurgence in Adventure Computer Games

prince alexander on the beach in kings quest 6.  Alexander feels a strange pulling sensation.

In the 1990s, I was a girl tied to the computer playing adventure games. You could not tell me that hours of playing Sierra’s Kings Quest and other classic computer adventure games was not the best way for me to pass my time. I absolutely loved the stories, the fun characters, the puzzle solving elements, and the beautifully painted (yes painted) backgrounds that these games had in store for me.

Fast forward to 30 years later and the old school adventure games that many enjoyed as kids are coming back with a bang.  It seems like they are everywhere right now.

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Raise a Glass! It’s National Red Wine Day

Wine barrels and crushed wine grapes

October 15th is National Red Wine Day

Today, October 15th, is National Red Wine Day. As if many of you needed an actual day to celebrate red wine, right?

Looking for a new red wine to try for this National Red Wine Day? You could pair up your favorite wine to your pop culture obsession of the moment, or reach for a classic. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy.

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Fall Colors In The Sierras: Fishing at Rock Creek

The Colors of the tress turn for the fall.  Sierra mountains fall does not last long enjoy hiking camping and fishing while it lasts

There are few things as beautiful as the Sierras in the fall. The only downside to it is that this season has a short shelf life in the Sierra Mountains near Mammoth Lakes. It seems to go from a few weeks of summer straight into winter and all its snow covered glory. But these few weeks of fall are glorious, especially if you like hiking and camping in the Sierra mountains. This is the perfect time of year to take advantage of the cooling temperatures before it gets down right frigid.

Our friend make the hike to Rock Creek, a well known camping and fishing spot in the Sierras, and sent us this video. I love that you can see the fish in the clear creek water, but they obviously just are not biting the hooks that day. I guess it is not all bad when you have a view like that, right?

There is some talk on the video about looking for bald eagles while waiting for the fish to bite there at Rock Creek. Have any of you seen bald eagles while hiking or camping in the Sierra Mountains here in California? I guess even if you miss out on the fish, or the eagles, you really are not at a loss of beautiful things to see. Those mountain views really do give you something to look at no matter what else is going on there.

What do you guys think? Is the hike worth it to put your fishing line in the water at Rock Creek in the Sierra Mountains? Do you have any favorite places to go camping where you are?

I would love to hear it.

Fall colors in the sierras.  Fishing at rock creek near mammoth lakes in California

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