Well, it happened. My eldest daughter, Katie, and her now husband, David, were wed in a beautiful ceremony. If you were in attendance, you would’ve thought it was a stress-free morning leading up to the ceremony and reception. Aside from a brief delay in the start time, which I think is pretty standard for weddings, everything appeared to go off without a hitch. “Appeared” is the key word here, though. Behind the scenes, it was chaos. David’s boss shared a piece of wisdom with the bride and groom in the weeks leading up to the big day. “There are going to be three things that will go wrong on your wedding day,” he told them. “After that, everything will be perfect.” His words proved true. Basically from the moment the day began, things started to go wrong. As the mother of the bride, I was, of course, tasked with completing a laundry list of assignments on the morning of the wedding. We had planned to leave at 9:15, get to the florist by 10, drive to the venue, meet the cake company, and then be ready for pictures before the ceremony proper. I had it all planned out. I’m one of those early-is-on-time people, so I was ready to go with ample time to spare. My husband, Dave, on the other hand … well, let’s just say he’s not like me. He was behind schedule and dragging his feet. We were late as all get out, and I was fuming. It was not a pretty picture as I urged Dave to get moving. A ‘PERFECT’ WEDDING FROM PANICKED TO PARTYING With the day already off to a great start, we got a call from Katie around the time we were leaving the flower shop. “Mom,” she asked me, “where are my shoes?” Here we go. Turns out, her shoes, for some reason, were in my closet rather than with her dress. She didn’t inform us of this fact, so we had to improvise. Okay, we thought, Dave will drop me off at the venue and then head back to our place to get the shoes. It’ll be tight, but we’ll be fine. As I’m at the venue helping Katie get into her dress, she asks me for her veil. I was a little confused. Her veil should’ve been with her dress. Turns out, nope, the veil was with the shoes in our closet back at home. Panicked, I called Dave, thinking it may have been too late for him to turn around, get the veil, and still make the wedding on time. I also wondered if there’d be a shoeless bride walking down the aisle. That’s the first thing.
That’s the second thing.
Meanwhile, the entire time this madness is happening, I’m getting secondhand information about how my dad is really not feeling well. At first, everyone told me that he’d get over it and would be at the wedding just fine. But when my sister showed up, she told me that he really was in bad shape and wasn’t going to be able to make it. Eventually, they decided to take him to the hospital. Tests revealed that my dad had a kidney stone. It just had to make its presence known on the day of his granddaughter’s wedding. Once we got the proverbial three things out of the way, just as David’s boss predicted, the wedding was beautiful. My dad never made it, but he’s doing just fine. My husband did make it, and Katie had her shoes and veil on when the moment came. By the time the cake was being cut and the dancing got started, I had forgotten just how hectic the morning was. I guess the moral of the story is that a big event can always feel like an impending disaster when you’re in the middle of it, but you just gotta roll with the punches. “What a beautiful wedding,” so many guests told me. “It was perfect.” That’s the third thing.
Little did they know all the stress it took to get to “perfect.”
Congrats, David and Katie.
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MOVIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
NO. 2: ‘CORALINE’ Few authors weave creepiness with coming-of-age stories together better than Neil Gaiman, and his 2009 film “Coraline” proves just that. Based on Gaiman’s book of the same name, director Henry Selick uses his signature stop-motion animation style to bring the script to life. While young children may find the doll- like imagery too unsettling, this is a great introductory thriller for preteens. NO. 1: ‘SCOOBY-DOO ON ZOMBIE ISLAND’ Yes, a Scooby-Doo movie is at the top of this list — and it deserves to be. As the feature-length debut of Scooby, Shaggy, and the rest of the Mystery Gang, this 1998 film doesn’t pull any punches. While the hand-drawn animation and slapstick high jinks of the original Hanna-Barbera cartoon are all there, make no mistake: There are some creepy moments in this movie. Between scary zombie elements and a spooky Voodoo doll scene, this is the perfect film to get your kids into the Halloween spirit.
With the spookiest day of the year fast approaching, there’s nothing like a scary movie night to get the whole family into the Halloween spirit. The only problem is most frightful films really aren’t for kids, and the ones that are often fall flat. But, if you’re looking for a flick that will have the whole family on the edge of their seats (without traumatizing anyone), consider our top three picks for scary, family-friendly movies.
NO. 3: ‘GHOSTBUSTERS’ “Who you gonna call” to be high on this list? The 1984 spectral classic, “Ghostbusters.” While this may be more of an action-comedy, plenty of scares and creepy imagery still get a jump out of first-time watchers young and old alike. If you’re looking for a lighthearted movie night that still captures a Halloween feel, “Ghostbusters” is a great choice.
HOW TO NAVIGATE LARGE CROWDS OF CARS AND PEOPLE AUTO SAFETY AT BIG EVENTS
CONSIDER ALTERNATIVES In 2019, you do not need to drive to get
Having just experienced a wedding day that involved no shortage of driving, I know firsthand how important vehicle logistics are for big events. Whether you’re planning a party, attending a concert, or heading to a big game, you have to consider how you and your guests will be getting to and from the gathering. Working out a method that’s convenient for everyone involved is tricky enough, not to mention the fact that many activities geared toward adults involve alcohol. The next time you have a big to-do, remember these tips for safe transportation. PLAN AHEAD Simply giving advanced thought to your mode of travel will prove incredibly useful. Carpool arrangements are often decided at the last minute, creating a scramble to get the right number of bodies in each vehicle. The earlier you can decide who will be driving and who’ll they’ll be taking, the better. You don’t need to be as strict as you would be with, say, seats at a wedding, but some structure makes things flow smoothly. It’s also a great idea to assign a designated driver early rather than foisting the responsibility onto someone at the last minute.
anywhere. Even in cities like Louisville, where public transportation is far from comprehensive, Uber and Lyft provide access to a car and driver with just a few taps on your phone. Additionally, services like Dryver will transport both you and your car. Having these alternatives makes driving optional for everyone going to an event. Of course, that’s not practical for huge groups. If you’re hosting a big gathering, you can hire a service to shuttle guests to and from the event.
WHEN IN DOUBT, DON’T DRIVE The single most important rule for safe driving in any context is to not start the car if you don’t feel capable of driving. Whether you’re tired, had a drink, or simply don’t feel up to it, it’s much better to delay than to be a risk behind the wheel. If you have even the slightest inkling you may be unfit to drive, don’t start the engine.
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THE MAGIC OF SCHIMPFF’S CONFECTIONERY
LEFTOVER CANDY SNACK MIX
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This recipe from Momofuku Milk Bar chef and “Master Chef” judge Christina Tosi makes great use of those extra Halloween goodies. It’s a quick and easy way to both elevate and get rid of unwanted leftovers. INGREDIENTS
SO MUCH MORE THAN A CANDY STORE
Strangely enough, Halloween is both our spookiest and sweetest holiday. The spooks come in many forms, but the sweets are dominated by one: candy. And boy, do we buy a lot of candy leading up to Oct. 31. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spend about $2.7 billion per year on Halloween candy. Most of that candy is bite-sized bars and the like — the kind of stuff you buy at the grocery store or pharmacy. In our area, though, there’s a candy store offering sweets of an entirely different kind. Schimpff’s Confectionery is a local institution worth paying tribute to in the lead up to our most sugar-obsessed holiday. Schimpff’s Confectionery was founded in 1891 in Jeffersonville, Indiana, right across the bridge from Louisville. While it’s expanded in size, it’s still located in the same building. They’ve even got the original lease to prove it. As you might suspect in a place teeming with history, Schimpff’s, a family-run business, specializes in old-school, handmade candy, which is becoming more and more of a rarity. In addition to carrying an enormous selection of candy, such as vintage favorites, local specialties, and everything else you can think of, Schimpff’s makes their own delights in-house. Most of the treats are crafted on turn-of-the-century equipment in view of patrons, offering a glimpse into the craft involved in the process. Schimpff’s is probably most known for their famous Red Hots, but current owner Walter Schimpff has his own personal preference. “My favorite candy to make, in addition to eat, is our English toffee,” he says. “I think we make some of the best English toffee anywhere.” Whether or not you suffer from a chronic sweet tooth, a trip to Schimpff’s is sure to put a smile on your face. More than being just a simple candy store, it is a testament to American culture. From the ‘50s-era soda fountain to the recipes dating back more than a century, Schimpff’s honors the traditions of candymaking like few other places in the world. If you’ve never been, you owe it to yourself to make the short trip.
• 2 cups mini pretzels, coarsely broken
• 1/4 cup light brown sugar • 2 tbsp granulated sugar • 1/3 cup dry milk powder • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted • 12 oz mini candy bars, such as Snickers, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
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THE HECTIC PATH TO A PERFECT DAY 1 FRIGHTFUL FILMS FOR FAMILIES DRIVING TO MILESTONES 2
A SWEET LOCAL LANDMARK LEFTOVER CANDY SNACK MIX 3 THE SECRET TO A PERFECT JACK-O’-LANTERN 4
5 TIPS FOR LONGER-LASTING JACK-O’ -LANTERNS
J ack-o’-lanterns are an iconic part of the Halloween aesthetic, but they can quickly backfire. If you carve your pumpkins too early, you may end up with a moldy mess on Halloween. The first rule of jack-o’-lanterns is to wait as long as possible before you start carving. Here are some other tips to help you achieve the perfect jack-o’-lantern this year. FIND THE PERFECT PUMPKIN. A great jack-o’-lantern starts in the pumpkin patch — or in the grocery store if you’re short on time. Look for a fresh pumpkin with a sturdy, green stem, no bruises, and a flat bottom so it’s stable when you’re carving. Size and shape aren’t important, so long as the pumpkin sparks your creativity. Just make sure you don’t accidentally bring home a small sugar pie pumpkin, which will be harder to carve. WASH YOUR PUMPKIN. Before you start carving, mix 1 tsp of chlorine bleach with 4 liters of water and wash your pumpkin to help prevent mold. Be sure to wear gloves! CUT FROM THE BACK. Cutting the top of the pumpkin is traditional, but it removes the stem, which helps keep the pumpkin fresh. It also threatens the structural integrity of the pumpkin. Cutting from the bottom is not good, either, because all the liquid inside the pumpkin will ooze out. For the best results, carefully cut a hole in the back of the pumpkin.
APPLY PETROLEUM JELLY. After you’ve scooped out all the “pumpkin guts” and carved your masterpiece, apply a little petroleum jelly to the cuts. This will help seal in moisture. The Farmers’ Almanac also recommends spraying your pumpkin with anti-humidity hairspray to lock in freshness. GO ELECTRIC. Using a real candle heats up the inside of the pumpkin, causing it to decompose faster. An LED tealight with a flickering effect will create that classic spooky jack- o’-lantern look and keep the pumpkin cool. Plus, you don’t have to worry about any trick-or-treaters getting burned if they accidentally trip over your pumpkin. These tips are to help your jack-o’-lantern last longer. When it comes to designs, feel free to let your imagination run wild! The best jack-o’-lantern is one you’re proud to show off on Halloween.
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