Happy Halloween 2008!
I am still waiting for home-depot to call me to set up an appointment to order cabinets. I keep my cell phone close at all times so not to miss that call! I really am so excited to have a space to work. The studio is so close I can smell it! Right now the dining room has all the installation fabric and canvases, the kitchen has trial pieces for the installation covering the island, the living room has toggle bracelet supplies everywhere and the computer room has everything else!
Mc Dreamy had fun with the kids last night carving a pumpkin. McDreamy was quite grossed out over the insides and made funny faces that the Sprout thought were hilarious as he scooped out the seeds and goo. I guess pumpkins insides are yuckier than people insides for McDreamy!
After a trip to home depot to look at cupboards for the studio the Sprout and I needed something to do. With party planning all finished the Sprout and I decided to make pumpkin cookies today. I added a little orange colour to the cream cheese icing, delish!
1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, 1 stick melted, 1/2 stick softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon plus 2 pinches salt
1 2/3 cups flour
4 ounces cream cheese, chilled
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.2. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar until smooth. Whisk in the eggs, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, 1 teaspoon vanilla, the baking powder, the baking soda and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the flour.3. Using an ice cream scoop or tablespoon, drop 12 generous mounds of batter, spaced evenly, onto each baking sheet. Bake until springy to the touch, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.4. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, cream the softened butter with the cream cheese. Add the confectioners' sugar and the remaining 2 pinches salt and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla; mix on low speed until blended, then beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes.5. Spread the flat side of 12 cakes with the cream cheese frosting. Top each with another cake. I made 2 styles - for the pinwheels I piped the cookie mixture in a spiral and iced the same way. The sandwich's are good if you are really hungry but I found 2 cookies is a lot to eat. Have fun!
And here is my little pumpkin helper. This is not his Halloween costume, just a super cute outfit we picked up in Florida. He is so sweet and cuddly in it I found myself holding and snuggling him just a little extra today.
These sisters above are too sweet to be scary! I am so glad I finally got to meet their Mom! JL and I will be blog friends till the end! She is crafty, sweet and has 2 gals that any parent would love to have. These two sweeties have great manners and I sure hope they like to swim because the Sprout was already asking if they can come back again to visit!
We also were treated to Quasimodo's Quiche, candy corn jello, buggy cupcakes and fresh cinnamon buns!
With full bellies we needed to wear off some energy so it was Monster Mash Time!
Hello Handsome! With the dancing out of the way it was time for some serious crafting! We made Frankensteins and filled them with candy.
And also made spooky glow in the dark ghosties! The Sprout made his few days ago and just LOVES his new friend. The paint takes 24 hours to dry so first thing tomorrow afternoon I will pop them into the envelopes and send these ghosts flying back to their creators homes just in time for Halloween night! Won't everyone be surprised to find a few photos of our great party tucked inside too!
Wow! What a great party everyone! Thanks for coming! Hey..wait a minute....it's me The Sprout. I have something to say now.Mom.......you were so busy today having fun you FORGOT to put on MY costume! The pumpkin bib and shirt are cute and all but I wanted to wear my......hey, maybe I'll leave it as a surprise until Halloween day. Any ghoulish guesses?
Here is my jar that I sent to Oliver Rain..."Blog Boo's" is a short history of her blogs from 2007-2008 that dangle spookily inside the jar on silver chain. I had a great time cascading the skulls, pearls and crystals down the outside of the jar. I just love the look of skulls and sparkles!I couldn't help but to include a charm toggle or two....some of my earlier and quieter designs.What a great adventure this swap was! I can't wait to do another! If you have not tried a swap before, try it! It may seem a little scary at first but don't be spooked, dive in and have fun, I am soooo glad I did!