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Herbie vs. Cousin It

Monday, January 1st, 2018

I had to keep Cousin it locked away in a closet for Halloween until he made an appearance with the Jackson Hole Community Band at their annual Concert for the Kids.

Where’s Cousin It?

Pintrest is a fun place to find new ideas. While surfing one day I found easy instructions for making a Cousin It Halloween prop. All you need is:

  • A tomato cage
  • Plastic Wrap (I added this to keep skirt in place)
  • 2 or 3 Hula Skirts
  • A wire tie
  • Hat
  • Child’s sunglasses


  1. Tun the tomato cage upside down and bend down the stakes.
  2. Wrap the cage in plastic wrap.
  3. Wrap the hula skirts around the cage. If the cage is taller than the skirt is long start low and use wire ties to hold in place.
    • Use enough skirts to cover with a full head of ‘hair’. They are only a buck, don’t be stingy.
  4. Use wire tie to secure ends to top.
  5. Place hat on top.
  6. Place glasses appropriately, it can be stuck through the plastic wrap or taped to it.

That’s It! Well, almost….
Keep the cuz out of your cat’s reach. I proudly put my new decoration on the kitchen table and went to get my camera, I came back to a hula mess on the kitchen floor. Herbie could not resist for a minute, he had cousin it on the floor in pieces and was still torturing his prey.

Herbie killed Cousin It!

Hanging from a ceiling hook did the trick.



Cranberries & Pecans in Sherry

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

This chutney-like condiment can Served with turkey or game, as a garnish for ice cream, or on a cheese board. Great on a cold turkey sandwich too. I like to sweeten my oatmeal with a heaping tablespoon.

Makes 2 Pints

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Lb (about 4 cups) fresh cranberries, washed and picked over for stems
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • Grated rind and juice of 1 orange  (If the rind is skimpy use rind of 2 oranges)
  • Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup quality dry sherry (use something you would serve)


  • Bring water to boiling, add cranberries and
    simmer until the skins pop open.
  • Add sugar and grated orange and lemon rinds
    and their juices and simmer together 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; add pecans and sherry, stirring
    well to combine.
  • Spoon into a glass container.
  • Keep refrigerated.


Directions for canning (triple recipe):
Preparation Time: 2 1/2 hrs start to finish.
Tripling this recipe makes 1 case of 1/2 pint jars.

  • Prepare jars, lids, and bands for processing before starting.
  • Uses 4 12oz bags of fresh cranberries
  • After adding the sugar and grated orange and lemon rinds and their juices cook until it reaches 220*f.
  • Spoon into self-sealing sterilized jars. Fill
    to within 1/2 inch from top of jar.
  • Process jars in boiling water bath
    for 15 minutes.
  • Let cool.
  • Label jars and store in cool, dark, dry place.

a Murder Wreath

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

or a Wreath of Unkindness
or a Cluster Crown

How to make this Halloween wreath from things found at the Dollar Store.

Dollar Store Purchases:

  • 1  Floral Ring
  • 2 Rolls of black ribbon
    • 1 to wrap it with
    • 1 for bow at bottom
  • 7 Crows (Ravens, or Blackbirds), look for ones with wires under the feet. (I picked a couple different varieties)
  • 2 black flower bunches (The flowers I picked had spiders)
  • 1 Purple or orange floral accent
  • Black pipe cleaners

Other Household Items:

  • Black electrical tape
  • Sewing Pins

No glue Instructions:

  1. Wrap the ring with black tape if the ribbon does not cover the color of the ring, then wrap some wide ribbon and pin it in place.
  2. Press the feet all the way into the crows,
  3. Use the wire that is on the bottom of the crows’ feet and press them into the ring somewhat evenly spaced.If the crow did not have wires in the feet, use the pipe cleaners.
  4. Arrange a bow with the thinner ribbon and pin it to what will be the bottom of the wreath. Wrap a pipe cleaner as a hanger on the opposite end of the Wreath.
  5. Clip and trim the flowers from the bunch leaving enough stem to press into the rings without poking out the other side. Fill in spaces with the flowers.
  6. Clip apart the floral accent and poke the ends around the outside of the wreath for accent.

Please return and reply with a note about your wreath and any variations you did.

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