Bee-tlejuice Crocheted Bee

Ya’ll can keep your PSL’s…the arrival of October means just one thing for me…I can now watch Beetlejuice all day every day.

To celebrate my love for the ghost with the most, I made this little crocheted “bee”tlejuice bee. Isn’t he the cutest?


This pattern is inspired by this  Buzzy Bee pattern, though I omitted the antenna and obviously changed the color scheme. I also added a few extra rows here and there, as noted below.


Ya’ll ready?

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Bee-tlejuice Crocheted Bee


  • 3.75 mm crochet hook
  • Black, white, dark purple, light purple and green yarn
  • Fiberfill
  • Sewing needle



Starting with white yarn:

Rnd 1: 6 sc into magic loop (6).

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12).

Rnd 3: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (15).

Rnd 4: [Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (18).

Rnd 5: [Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (21).

Rnd 6: [Sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (24).

Switch to black yarn:

Rnds 7-8: sc in each sc around (24).

Switch to white yarn:

Rnds 9-11: sc in each sc around (24).

Switch to black yarn:

Rnd 12: sc in each sc around (24).

Rnd 13: [sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 6 times (18).

Switch to white yarn:

Rnd 14-15: sc in each sc around (18). Stuff after 15th row.

Rnd 16: [sc in next sc, sc2tog] 6 times (12).

Switch to black yarn:

Rnd 17: [sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 3 times (9).

Rnd 18: [sc in next sc, sc2tog] 3 times (6).

Weave in ends.

Wings (make 2)

Using light purple yarn:

Rnd 1: 6 sc into an adjustable ring and pull the ring closed.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in next sc, 2 hdc in next sc, 2dc in next 2 sc, 2 hdc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc (12).

Rnd 3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 2 times, hdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, dc and hdc in next st, [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 2 times (18).

Finish off leaving a tail for sewing. Sew wings to bee. Weave in ends.

Eyes (make 2)

Using dark purple yarn:

Rnd 1: 6 sc into magic loop (6). Sl st. in first stitch.

Bind off. Weave in ends.

Cut two 12 in. strings of black yarn. Tie knot, forming eye. I knotted the yarn 6 times in this pic.


Thread black thread through center hole of dark purple circle. Sew to face. Weave in ends.


Using sewing needle and black thread, sew mouth on bee. Weave in ends.


Cut 14 strands of green yarn, about 18 to 20 in. long.

Attach hair between first separation of white and black yarn. I looped two strands into each chain.


Using fingers or needle, spread the strands of the hair to make hair frayed. Trim as desired.

Add a handing string between the wings, if desired.

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Never Trust the Living!


“Never trust the living!”

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9 Heartwarming Fall Soups

Once the first day of fall hits, all I want to do is bust out my slow cooker and fill my home with the smells of homemade soups. Creamy squash soups or hearty meat soups, there’s nothing that won’t hit the spot on a cool, blistery fall day.

fall soups

These tasty fall soups have a little something for everyone…best of all, you can add or subtract ingredients as needed. A healthy and no-stress meal that will appease the whole family, these tasty fall soups are all you need to get in the spirit of the season.

9 Heartwarming Fall Soups

Beef Barley Soup

beef and barley

Creamy Autumn Squash Soup


Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

chicken noodle

Vegetable Soup


Curry Corn Chowder

curry lime

Butternut Squash Soup


Lasagna Soup


Tortellini Soup


Chicken and Dumplings Soup


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Her Again Book Review

It wasn’t until I saw The Deer Hunter that I was fully able to appreciate the talent that is Meryl Streep. Before that, the only big movies I saw Streep in were Music of the Heart, Julie & Julia, Doubt and The Devil Wears Prada. Now, I’m not saying she wasn’t great in those movies – because she absolutely was – I just thought, up to a point, that Meryl was…overrated.

I mean how could she be nominated for an Oscar for basically every single role she’s had since Kramer vs. Kramer? What was I missing? I mean, she was certainly talented…but worthy of nearly 20 Oscar nominations? I was skeptical.

But then I saw The Deer Hunter…and then I got it. Meryl Streep is a force. She completely immerses herself in every role, letting each part sink into every pour of her being. She’s funny, she’s bold and she’s utterly and completely fearless.

You might think, “yeah but she wasn’t always that way”…and, well, you’d be wrong. Streep has been a force to be reckoned with ever since she took her first steps on stage at Vassar College, then again at the Yale School of Drama. She’s the “Iron Lady” of acting, racking up hundreds of nominations, appearing in dozens of plays (sometimes two or three at a time) and has starred in countless films that have helped showcase her extraordinary talent.

Like most actors of her generation, Streep got her start on stage, acting alongside fellow no-names like Christopher Lloyd and Sigourney Weaver. Even in her teens, she heard the same criticism from her fellow actors that she does now: “Ugh, her AGAIN?”

To that, Streep only has one response: “DAMN RIGHT.”

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In his eye-opening and beautifully written biography, Her Again, author Michael Schulman (The New Yorker) explores the beginnings of Meryl Streep’s amazing career, prominently focusing on her time at Yale and in the New York theater scene.

Burning with talent and ambition, Streep has always stood apart from her peers. She was awarded back-to-back roles in Broadway plays, a handful of roles in Shakespeare in the Park productions and even received a Tony Award nomination before even starring in her first film.

Complete with several black-and-white photos and insight from Streep herself, Her Again is a captivating story of a woman coming into her extraordinary talents during a time of immense transformation. It briefly touches on her short-lived love affair with John Cazale, her marriage to Don Gummer, and the start of her Hollywood career, including her roles in The Deer Hunter, Manhattan and Kramer vs. Kramer.

Movie lovers all know Meryl Streep from something. They can quote her witty dialogue from The Devil Wears Prada or find sympathy with her tortured portrayal of a mother going through a nasty divorce in Kramer vs. Kramer. She’s played Shakespearean characters, public figures and your every day mother or teacher. What most of us know about Streep is what we’ve seen in her films; however, Streep is so much more than the sum of her parts, so to speak. She is a strong, confident woman who refuses to stop for anyone. She continually challenges herself, shining even brighter when she’s so clearly out of her comfort zone.

So, is Streep over-rated? Maybe. She’s even said so much herself. But there’s no denying she’s earned every accolade tied to her name. In Her Again, Streep’s talent shines through, showing how a little cheerleader from New Jersey would grow up to become a Hollywood icon.

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20 Fun Facts about Anthony Bourdain

The death of Anthony Bourdain hit me a lot harder than I thought it would. A true man of the world, Bourdain took everything we thought we knew about eating, traveling, and basic human communication and turned it on its head. His TV shows opened our eyes to places we’d probably have never seen otherwise, and his soft yet poignant narration introduced us to a man wise beyond his years.


Not much was known about Bourdain until he published Kitchen Confidential, a tell-all book about what goes on behind the scenes in some of the most popular restaurants. Since then, he’s had several TV shows, about 13 books published to his name, and has gone down in culture as the one bad ass chef you can’t help but respect.

The world lost a great man when Bourdain died…and if you need any more proof, here are 20 fun facts you probably didn’t know about Tony B.

20 Fun Facts about Anthony Bourdain

Bourdain attended Vassar College before dropping out to pursue a career in cooking.

His big break came in 2000 when he released the eye-opening Kitchen Confidential, which blew the doors wide open on the closeted world of restaurant kitchens.

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Bourdain’s love of food started when he was 10. He was visiting France and tried a fresh oyster on a fishing boat.

Before becoming a chef, Bourdain wanted to be a comic book artist. He actually co-wrote a graphic novel called Get Jiro! In 2011.

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Throughout his career, Bourdain received 12 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and won four, all for his work on Parts Unknown.

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Parts Unknown also received the prestigious Peabody Award, which honors the most enlightening and evocative forms of storytelling in electronic media.

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Billy Joel was one of a few artists that was off limits in Bourdain’s kitchens. Playing certain music, including Joel, Elton John and The Grateful Dead, could be grounds for firing.

Bourdain once told the Boston Herald that he’s “more of a cat person than a dog person”.

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He’s made a wide variety of TV guest appearances, including Yo Gabba Gabba, Miami Ink and The Simpsons.

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Bourdain was also a big fan of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, practicing the art almost daily.

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His guilty pleasures included KFC, Popeye’s and macaroni and cheese.

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True Bourdain fans know of his disdain for The Food Network, however, there’s one FN show he actually didn’t mind: The Barefoot Contessa.

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Bourdain’s second wife was a hostess at one of Eric Ripert’s restaurants when they met. Bourdain and Ripert were best friends until the end (Ripert was the one who found Bourdain after he passed).

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According to Bourdain, everyone should know how to make an omelet, roast a chicken, grill a steak and make a basic soup or stew.

In a 2007 Q&A session, Bourdain revealed that the worst things he’s ever eaten were fermented shark in Iceland and warthog rectum in Namibia.

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Bourdain was also a staff writer for the HBO show, Treme, working to better develop the character of Janette Desautel, a New Orleans chef trying to get her restaurant back off the ground after Hurricane Katrina.

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Bourdain’s first job in the kitchen: a dishwasher. A position he held for 30 years.

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One of Bourdain’s favorite places to travel was Tokyo. He once said that if he had to eat only in one city for the rest of his life, Tokyo would be it.

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Throughout his career, Bourdain wrote a total of 13 books, eight non-fiction and five fiction books.

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Bourdain also has his own brand of chocolate bar. Each bar is supposedly one of a kind and retails for no less than $18 a pop.

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13 Cute Halloween Crochet Patterns

As soon as the first leaf falls from the tree, I’m ready for Halloween. Pumpkins galore, Beetlejuice on REPEAT and the perfect excuse to eat Reese’s pumpkins without the guilt.

I also love making my home as cozy as possible in fall and winter, which means it’s time to bust out those crochet hooks! These adorable crocheted Halloween patterns will add a warm charm to your home while adding a touch of seasonal flair!

Best of all, most of these projects can be made in an hour or less…so pop in Hocus Pocus, put some apple cider on the stove, and get to crocheting these cute projects for Halloween.

13 Cute Halloween Crochet Patterns


  1. Spider Web Table Mat
  2. Crochet Cat Trio
  3. Bloodshot Eyeball Pillows
  4. Crocheted Spider
  5. Day of the Dead Candy Bowls (paid pattern)
  6. Mini Frankenstein Monster
  7. Crocheted Pumpkins
  8. Candy Corn Garland
  9. Trick or Treat Bag
  10. Ghost Coasters
  11. Cuddly Crochet Candy Corn
  12. Sweet on the Inside Crocheted Ghost
  13. Candy Bar Clutch

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Back from the Dead


“Oh look, another glorious morning. Makes me sick!”
Hocus Pocus

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