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1 general / Re: teens and Halloween
« Last post by Ms_Cellany on Today at 02:32:30 PM »
When I lived alone, the evening would segue from younger costumed kids to older, uncostumed, surly kids who mumbled "tkrtt" and seemed to be in it just for free candy, not from any sense of fun.

So I started answering the door with my Rottweiler at my side (on a leash). He was a friendly dog, so if you were a well-intentioned kid, he was there for fun, and if you weren't, he was there as a deterrent.

Except for one girl, about 15, who saw him and I swear teleported backward 10 feet in terror. So I said, "Do you like his costume? He's really a Chihuahua! Have some Snickers!"
2 general / Re: teens and Halloween
« Last post by dawbs on Today at 02:31:47 PM »
I've always felt that teens get the short end of the stick w/ Halloween.

They're 'to old' to do a lot of the kid stuff.
They're 'to young' to be allowed to do the grown up stuff.
They're just expected to ignore one of the greatest kid holidays.

(I'm planning on being out w/ my kid @ the time of T-OR-T, so the big kid can get candy from the honor-system bowl on the porch just as easily as the little kid.  Unless the first kid takes it all, which, is the way it has to work)
Family and Children / Re: Uncomfortable bridal shower
« Last post by miranova on Today at 02:19:02 PM »
Most showers in my circle are dressy casual.  Not Sunday best.  However I really don't remember any where many or most guests wore shorts and flip flops.  I think that's fairly rare so it's best to err on the side of dressier.
4 general / Re: teens and Halloween
« Last post by LadyJaneinMD on Today at 02:16:38 PM »
I used to live in a not-so-great neighborhood.  I've had adolescent boys try to grab the bowl out of my hands, or failing that, hold their bags under the edge and scoop as much candy as possible into it.  The next year there was a bunch of boys who screamed in the door of the building, ran up and down the stairs, banging on every door and screaming 'Give me candy, b***h!!'  spray-painting the wall and finally setting off the fire alarm as they left for the next building.

I haven't answered the door since then, on Halloween night.  Fortunately, there seem to be no trick-or-treaters in my current neighborhood at all. 
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Last post by greencat on Today at 02:16:00 PM »
Dear Coffee Bean,

You are actually the opposite of coffee, because you make me want to take a nap when you curl up on me for a nap.


Your human mommy
Holidays / Re: Dear Abby - Halloween advice?
« Last post by bah12 on Today at 02:10:19 PM »
I like Toots' advice.  It isn't (apparently) that the police can't do anything.  It sounds more like they won't do anything.  They should.  That's part of their job!  At the very least they could provide a drive-around presence that might discourage the vandalism.

But I do agree that I would not permit a child to 'stand guard'.

Of course they should do something.   But again, the LW stated that they won't.  So, what is she left to do? I suppose Abby could have given her all the "this isn't fair and the police should do more to help you" and that would, I think, have gone a long way...but as far as actionable advice that the LW controls, putting out a bowl of candy is pretty much it. 
Entertaining and Hospitality / Re: vegetarian, fish-free, gluten-free
« Last post by Zizi-K on Today at 02:09:55 PM »
If you have great Indian nearby, what about just ordering in?? I do cook some Indian, and it's not difficult, but there is a big initial investment if you don't have the spices. And with good Indian nearby, you can have an amazing vegetarian gluten-free meal and never even notice that there's meat missing.

If you want to go with the lentil soup, I found great recipe:

I have made it and it is wonderful!

Add on a hearty salad: not just greens, but maybe some grilled veggies as well, perhaps with the option of some slices of smoked salmon, so your husband can easily avoid it. You could also do smoked salmon with dill dip on slices of cucumber as an appetizer if you want to get some fish in without it being the main part of the meal.
Recipe Requests / Re: Gluten free cake/desserts
« Last post by TootsNYC on Today at 02:07:27 PM »
I am having a dessert buffet birthday party for DD.  I am having the usual bday cake and ice cream (possibly a make-your-own-sundae bar) and I'm thinking of having brownies, cookies, rice krispy treats - plain and peanut butter, fresh fruit tray and apples with caramel dip, nuts and mints.  Possibly gingerbread with lemon sauce, not sure on that yet.  I am looking for some gluten free dessert/sweets recipes to offer my brother.  Specifically I would like a cake recipe so I could make a small yellow or white cake to decorate to match the main birthday cake but I would also love to have a few brownie/cookie/dessert type items so he has a few options. As my brother is the only guest attending who requires gluten free items smaller yield recipes would be greatly appreciated.

Betty crocker Gluten free cake mix is good.  They're really, really good (and you can't tell they're gluten free) if you mix in a box of instant pudding.  Add an extra egg & a bit more oil, I think it is, and it's delicious.  :)

This would be my suggestion, especially if you're not likely to do much gluten-free baking. You can use it all up at once.

I was pleased w/ the Betty Crock cake when I made it. And I'm pretty picky.

(I realize  Mergatroyd already said that. )
Recipe Requests / Re: French Garlic Carrot Soup
« Last post by Outdoor Girl on Today at 02:05:37 PM »
OH!  That makes much more sense.  D'oh.   :P
Family and Children / Re: Uncomfortable bridal shower
« Last post by TurtleDove on Today at 02:05:14 PM »
You don't need to wear heels in order to be "dressed up".

Exactly.  Some people (like me!) enjoy wearing heels, but heels are not a prerequisite or anything.  I think there is a big difference between classic flats or wedges and crocs or flip flops, though, for example.
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