I was driving along the other day, and this memory of a scene from the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland popped into my mind. Alice is lost in the Tulgey Woods and sees these spooky eyes in the woods. (If you are really curious about the image, a quick Google image search for Tulgey Woods, should yield the image that I am referring to.) Then I started thinking about all of the times, this image appeared in animated movies for situations where people are lost and scared– Brightly colored eyes reflecting back from the woods. I decided to see if I could recreate this look with Halloween luminaries. I know traditionally that luminaries are paper, and I love the look of paper luminaries. For this project, I used jars and glow sticks, so we could reuse the luminaries, and given the busyness of Monkey’s chubby little hands these days, I wanted to reduce fire risk.
A couple months ago, I wrote a post about what to teach your kiddo if s/he gets lost, and I got a lot of positive feedback on it. It really is something that I feel is a critical skill for little ones to have. I also mentioned that before the age of 3 or 4 years, it is hard for a little one to be a big help with getting found. I have a little one who can’t stay much besides, “Ball!” and “Dat!” and I doubt he could help in an emergency. I got this idea to help with any emergency that might involve my littlest guy after I started leaving the Monkey’s diaper bag when I dropped him off at his half day preschool I know that they have all of our emergency information on file, but how quickly can they get to it. Plus, if we somewhere else, and the Monkey was hurt, and we were separated. Maybe I’m just a paranoid mama, but I thought he needed his very own “ICE” tag. At my jobs, we’ve always had “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) information that quickly shares all of the critical information if something where to happen, now Monkey has a traveling “ICE” tag.
My wonderful mother-in-law got me a subscription to Taste of Home magazine for Christmas. It’s a magazine that is entirely recipes, and a lot of them are easy ones– the kind that don’t take hours to make. In my first copy, there was a recipe for Speedy Chicken Marsala, and I tried out the recipe. I had to make a few tweaks, as I didn’t have the exact ingredients, but I was quite pleased with the outcome. I thought I’d share the recipe here, as I love finding yummy, quick dinners for my family.