Halloween is only a few weeks away! Do you have children who still need costumes? Or maybe you just got a last-minute invite to a Halloween party? Don’t worry, we’ve got some great costumes that you can put together in a flash.
Cereal Killer – If you like word play, this costume is for you. Buy several small boxes of cereal. Cut small holes in the boxes and glue a plastic knife in each hole. Then glue the boxes onto a t-shirt. You can add fake blood to make it even more over the top.
Bubble Bath – You can make a splash with some balloons, shower cap and loofah. Blow up white or clear balloons and safety pin them to a white t-shirt. Put on the shower cap and carry the loofah.
Costume Not Found – This one is great for the tech crowd. Write the words “Error 404: Costume Not Found” on an old t-shirt. Voila! An easy and clever costume.
Back to Basics – Traditional Halloween costumes are a great option! You can cut eye holes into an old sheet to be a ghost, get a witch hat, or use heavy-duty toilet paper to create a mummy costume.
Smartie Pants – An old pair of pants and a bag of Smarties candies are all you need for this costume. Glue packages of candy all over the pants and you’re good to go! Don’t you feel smarter already?
Formal Apology – Break out the fancy clothes for this one. Wear a suit or cocktail dress and make a sign that reads, “I’m sorry.” The more extravagant the clothes, the better.
2 tablespoons olive oil
12 ounces uncooked shrimp (peeled and deveined)
½ teaspoon salt, divided
1 medium shallot, diced
¼ cup chicken or vegetable broth
¼ cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
4 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
3 tablespoons drained capers
2 tablespoons butter, diced
Lemon slices (to serve)
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and season with half the salt. Cook the shrimp until it turns pink and is slightly undercooked (about 3-4 minutes). Remove the shrimp from the skillet with a slotted spoon and set aside for later. Add the shallot to the pan and cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Then add the broth, wine, lemon juice, pepper, and the remaining salt. Simmer for 5 minutes. Put the shrimp back into the skillet to finish cooking. Cook for 1 minute, or until the shrimp is completely cooked. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the parsley, capers, and butter. Serve immediately (once butter has melted) over the pasta of your choice, rice, or zoodles and top with lemon slices.
One common misconception about buying a home is that you need a 20% down payment. While there are some benefits to putting more money down, it may be possible to get a zero-down home loan.* This could help you purchase a home if you have a steady income but have not been able to save enough for a large down payment. Understanding what zero and low-down payment options are available is the first step in figuring out what program best suites your needs. Whether you are a first-time home buyer or a repeat buyer, at Homestead we have many options to suit all borrowers. With every option there are qualification requirements, so it is best to ask your Loan Originator for more details about these programs. The chart below reviews few of our best flexible options.
*Down Payment will be based on program type. Each program has certain qualification restrictions. Contact you Loan Originator for program qualifications.
At Homestead, we know that the health and safety of the children if your life are top priorities on your list. This time of year can get very hectic for parents and guardians - from purchasing school supplies to shopping for new school clothes, there is a lot to accomplish before the first bell of the season rings! As we look forward to the upcoming school year, elementary age and even older children need to be reminded of about safety when attending school.
Below are some helpful tips and safety rules to remind children about when they head back to school.
Have a great 2018-2019 school year!