October 24th, 2008

Halloween 2007

Chocolate...

Blame it on my dad. Mike certainly does.
When I was a kid, there was a place we could buy Ghiradelli chocolate by the lb, it was a huge slab of chocolate, and they chipped it off with ice picks, so you got a fist sized chunk.
For Easter, Dad would never get "chocolately flavored candy" or hollow bunnies. He thought hollow bunnies were a rip off, and was deeply suspicious of anything "chocolate flavored" unless it was actual chocolate.
Well.. the end result is that I'm chocolate snob. Kim and Mike both keep telling me I'm really unfair to Hersheys, and just not giving it enough of a chance, but it's waxy and awful to me. The chocolate bars I like usually only have 3 or 4 ingredients.
Cocoa, Cocoa Butter, Sugar, Lecithin, and sometimes vanilla. That's it. The first 3 are clearly chocolate, the lecithin makes the bar really smooth without having to hand temper so it's the reason my tiny bars are 3.00 instead of 6. My standby is Fran's Chocolate. I love the crunch bars with little nibs of cocoa in them instead of puffed rice for the crunch. I'd rather have one bar of chocolate I'll really enjoy then 10 for the same price of chocolate that isn't as good, so I have one chocolate bar a month, but I enjoy it, savor it, and it's my time.

Well.. that said, every Halloween I do buy those 25-50¢ candy bars for the neighborhood kids.They think it's awesome we always give out full sized candy bars, and I feel a little guilty for giving anyone bad chocolate. This year though.. it's going to take some thought. I'm seriously considering springing the extra to get Newman's Own Organics or Endangered Species chocolate because even though I always felt a little guilt over giving the kids Hersheys, it was at least supporting jobs in American, but I'm not sure how I feel about their replacing cocoa butter with vegetable oil, and I'm absolutely certain how I feel about M&M/Mars doing animal testing, and even if I weren't sure, E is definitely on the boycott bandwagon with that, and since she didn't cross our boycott lines during the Olympics, we will respect hers as well.
It's kind of depressing as well. I remember when I was a kid getting popcorn balls that people would attach address labels to so everyone knew where you got them and knew they were "safe". I wish I could bake or cook for Halloween too, but it's not even an option anymore. I could make treats for the kids in my family, but not for the few trick or treaters we get every year. Of course, we get more now then we used to. Since word gets around so fast "The weird people have full sized candy bars!"
I was thinking of doing a cake for the cakewalk at the Y Halloween party, but Mike said he would rather donate 30.00 dollars to the Y then give up any cake I baked. So I guess I'm baking a cake for us, and he's donating. *grins*
But tonight is that annual science museum fund raising safe kids trick or treating event we've gone to every single year since it started. Also known as the "Warehouse of Torture" for people like me who get headaches from screechy kids. So I'm going to think about that now.
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Penny Earrings

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The nifty bandanna in the background? That's from Steampunk Magazine. You can read the zine online for free, or buy it fairly inexpensively, or read an issue or two online and decide you want them all. I ordered them and the bandanna because E is taking a huge interest in Steampunk thanks more I think to ThreadBanger then to books or movies, but I could be mistaken. It's a chicken and egg question. (I know. The egg which was laid by a proto-chicken, an almost chicken.. but you know what I mean, unless you believe in creationism, in which case, the chicken). I also ordered the near free zines you can order with them because I love zines. The SteamPunk zines are gorgeous full sized zines with stories, projects and wonderful art. I really recommend them.
But if you just love the bandanna, you can get them in different colors from Ratchet's Etsy Shop. They are very nice, well printed and pretty large.

I'm not sure I'm going to make it to chat tonight, we've got a busy night planned, and I need to find my cane, shower, get dressed and put on make up.
Current Melt Value of Coins, in case you were wondering.Looks like copper pennies are the only currency in current circulation worth their face value!