My dear friend Dustin posted this on his facebook page today, and it was too pretty not to share. The video is entitled CGI Student Academy Award Gold Medal Winner Short Film HD: "Dia De Los Muertos" from Whoo Kazoo, and it is just lovely.
I found this vintage Halloween image on pinterest, and just fell in love. It epitomizes everything that was Halloween when I was little. Slightly spooky, but at the same time slightly humorous in a very odd cartoonish way that is still on the scary side. The kids carrying the pumpkin and bat on the sticks are probably my favorite part.
Isn't he cute! With all my running around these last few weeks I forgot to post this little guys picture. As I was heading out of Disneyland one night I spotted one of the elusive Disneyland cats on the prowl. He's a little teenage boy that I saw on the path behind house of blues. He was just about to mark his territory when he sensed me. I was like 15 feet away too, my camera has great zoom. He's totally feral he didn't even respond when I meowed to him. That's one of the things I miss about not working at the park anymore. When I was a sunglass/jewelry vendor I was able to take a short cut from the parking structure through the back of Disneyland by the horse stables. There is a walking path through the hills that once was part of the Painted Desert I think (it ends at big thunder ranch). In that wooded area were a tone of feral cats. And I took that route so often that they started to recognize me. As I would start up the path each morning I would see a dozen little kitty heads pop out of the tall grasses that carpeted the little hill. And there was always one black cat that would meet me at the base and walk with me along the trail. Like a little escort through their world. It was so cute, and I miss him so much. Especially his glittery green eyes.
I just love the Day of the Dead section at Disneyland. The artistry of the sculptures are amazing. The colors are vivid, and there is nothing that puts me in the mood for fall quicker than standing int he middle of several life size skeletons.
I dearly love the Haunted Mansion at Anaheim Disneyland. But I especially love it at Halloween and Christmas time. One of the things I look forward to all year is to see what kind of gingerbread house they have dreamed up for their guests. I all stated when a friend and I were discussing our favorite ones, and I realized that it has been getting hard to remember all the ones in years past. So I tracked down pictures of them all over the internet for reference. If you click on the pictures it will take you to the posts they were originally from. And if you are a Nightmare Before Christmas fan you won't be able to take your eye off their sites. Also, if you dearly miss the ride like I do during the rest of the year these amazing people made a video of the whole ride.
This gingerbread house depicted a haunted mansion turned into monster with giant arms reaching from either side. If I remember correctly the arms sway counter balancing themselves and giving a monster like motion to the house. Little Ooogie Boogie like ghost, or tombstones, or rocks ornament the front yard of the house.
This gingerbread house was a giant stack of presents that formed the shape of the haunted mansion.
This year was Oogie Boogie on a Gingerbread Roulette Wheel.
2004 Was the year of Zero's dog house complete with a little image of zero zooming around the front, and a box of gingerbread ghost dog treats.
This year the man eating wreath took over the gingerbread house. And he was hungry! He had forks in his tentacles so he could pick up and eat the little gingerbread men passing by.
All kinds of things were popping out of this years possessed haunted mansion. The snakes were even breaking it apart and lifting off the roof.
2007 This gingerbread house was pretty involved. Take special notice of the zombie gingerbread men rising from the grave around the house and the large crank on the side of the house to make the Jack in the box spring to life.
2008 My favorite part of this one was the New Orleans jazz funeral of small ginger bread men playing their instruments around the coffin for one of their fallen brothers. LOOK AT THE ONE PLAYING THE DRUM! He's so cute.
2009 I think this ones was called the Scary- Go - Round. Isn't it the most adorabe gingerbread carousel! It has zero and skeleton reindeer floating around it. So adorable!
This one was really cute. It was all mechanized so that Jack would pop up and out of the mansion while a zombie ginger bread cookie tried to wriggle out of this grave. I really love the curly Q candy cane decorations on the side.
2011 This haunted mansion would transform from a normal mansion to a monster mansion. With glowing eyes, and large pointie teeth. Even the little round weather vein on top would turn from a smiley face to an evil pumpkin.
2012 This one might just be my favorite one. I just love the silhouettes of the Halloweens town houses on the side. And the long crooked staircase leading up to jacks place.
Advent calendar gingerbread house counting down the days till Halloween. I think when the doors opened they just turned them around and there were different types of Jack faces on them.
Iron maiden monster house with zombie or deceased giant ginger bread man inside
I have a new favorite recipe!!!! But I'm not quite sure what to call it. It started out as an easy way to make enchiladas, but then I incorporated my favorite thing about fajitas, (Stir fried onion, zucchini, and red bell pepper). So it's sort of a hybrid between the two. AND I used my new favorite way to cook chicken breast. Brine-ing is the only way to go with chicken. Take the chicken breast. salt both sides with sea salt. Then stick it into a bowl of water in the fridge for an hour to two hours. Then just cook it in the oven as you normally would. For me it's on a baking sheet with a little bit of cooking spray on it at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. There are all kinds of different recipes for the brine to add flavor to the chicken. The one I gave is the really basic one I use when I want to cook up a whole bunch of chicken to have it on hand from meals during the week. You can add some Italian seasoning to the water if the chicken will be used in an Italian dish, or lemon if you want something bright tasting, etc etc. I was really surprised at just how moist the chicken was after cooking with just that little change. Well once that was done I was off to making my Enchilada-Fajitas. And let me tell you they were SUPER good, and even better the next day.
1 already cooked chicken breast 1 10 oz. cans enchilada sauce
1 can refried beans 1 zuchinni
1 to 2 cups Mexican cheese blend 1 red bell pepper
4 large tortillas ½ white onion
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop up half the onion, and start to brown in a skillet with a little bit of olive oil. Chop the rest of the veggies and add to the onion. You can add whichever veggies you like. This dish is great at hiding veggies your family might not otherwise eat (I know I got at least a couple of them into my boyfriend before he noticed). Season with sea salt and cook until a little bit soft. While this is cooking shred the already cooked chicken breast. Once veggies are done cooking start layering. Take a tortilla and spread some refried beans on it. Add a layer of veggies, some chicken, a little cheese, and drizzle on some enchilada sauce. Roll that up and place in a baking dish that has been greased, and has a little pool of enchilada sauce on the bottom. Repeat for the rest of the tortillas. I use an 8x8 dish and that fits four. Roll up however many you need to accomidate your family. Then drizzle more enchilada sauce on top and sprinkle with more cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil bake additional 10 minutes or until bubbly.
One of my favorite things at Disneyland right now is the zombie gingerbread men. THEY ARE SO CUTE!! And they are everywhere like little hidden Micky's. They even have little bites taken out of them! In the Haunted Mansion you will see them rising from their graves! But by far is their variant which is the New Orleans Jazz Funeral gingerbread men. I could get only one picture of that and it's at the bottom of the post.
This set of pictures was taken inside the little ranch house by the petting zoo inside the big thunder ranch at Disneyland. Such great Americana vintage Halloween decorations I just had to snap off a few pictures.
Here are some pictures I took at the Halloween Carnival in Disneyland at the Big Thunder Ranch. It is such a cute idea! I just love all the decorations. Just slightly vintage, but still super Halloween-ie.
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