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Halloween/Fall 2018

This year was different because my son broke his collarbone.

That meant no running away from zombies like other years...

Instead, I drove myself crazy baking for my husband’s office Halloween party.

He had asked me to bake pumpkin cupcakes on a weeknight (the horror!).

I got home really late from work and started baking.

This was a new recipe, and sadly only made a dozen cupcakes.

Pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

My husband said that wouldn’t be enough, so I started making vanilla cupcakes, too.

But I only had enough cream cheese frosting for the pumpkin cupcakes, and I realized there was not one bit of powdered sugar in the house.

How does this happen??

Too late to run to the store, so I used a regular batch of buttercream I had made–instead of the cinnamon one I wanted to make.

In the meantime, my oven was acting crazy and stressing me out.

I kept running over to get lunches ready for the next day…

Eat a quick dinner in between baking…

Help kids with homework…

And so on…

Then I colored the buttercream frosting orange, piped the cupcakes, and by then I was about to run away screaming because I was so tired.

And that’s when it happened…

My husband told me his office wasn’t actually having a party at work after all– it was just people bringing in candy for Halloween.

So I threw the cupcakes at him.

OK, I didn’t really– but I wanted to!

But that’s ok, his office enjoyed the cupcakes.  🙂

The rest of Halloween was pretty hectic, but I got to bake some fall brownie bites for my son’s school party:

Brownie bites with fondant leaves.

We had spider personal pizzas and mummy hot dogs:

I also made pumpkin pancakes for the first time, and they were a hit!!

And of course, my kids’ pumpkins– didn’t they do a great job?

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Halloween 2017

It’s super late for Halloween desserts, but better late than never!

Life is crazy these days.

Ok, not just these days– it’s crazy always!

I didn’t have much time to do anything, so I had to pretend I was being creative with Halloween stuff.

Throw some eyeballs on pudding cups, and voila!, pudding monsters!

I had planned to make more desserts, but my family decided to go away for the weekend to Six Flags.

This is becoming a habit now…

So after 6pm, all the zombies came out to scare me.

I’m sure they were scaring other people too, but it felt like they were there for me.

I made these brownie bites for my son’s school party.

The first time I ran away screaming, my 8-year-old started crying.

Once I calmed him down, I feel like he thought it was fun to hold my hand so I could drag him along while I ran away.

He didn’t run to my calm husband– he ran to hold my hand.

And we ran, and I screamed, and they laughed.

I was exhausted.

Traditional brownie pizza!  Literally all but these 6 Oreos broke apart when I opened them!

Anyway, because of all that, I had no time to bake anything else.

Maybe next year I can trade the zombies for the desserts (wish me luck)!

My usual creepy egg eyeballs.

The kids insist on hot dog mummies every year!

And before I go, here are my kids’ works of art:

Thanksgiving Desserts 2013

Thanksgiving at my house was definitely not your average Thanksgiving this year.

Here is the crazy timeline (with pictures of the desserts I made):

Friday (before Thanksgiving)- we closed on our new house, ran to Thanksgiving lunches at our kids’ school, and moved some stuff into the house. We made a few more trips Saturday through Monday, while we kept packing.

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The pumpkin pie was a hit. My 4-year-old ate more than anyone else!

Tuesday- the moving company spent 14 hours moving only our furniture in (my husband had already moved all the boxes himself).  Yes, 5 guys and 14 hours. No, we don’t have THAT much furniture.  Yeah, I was shocked too.

By 11pm, I nearly passed out from exhaustion, and I wasn’t even lifting anything!

Pecan Pie a

Pecan pie– my favorite!

Wednesday- cleaned up the rental house.  Ran around unpacking stuff at the new house.  We found the turkey pan!!  Had to run out to buy Corningware to cook Thanksgiving dinner because we couldn’t find it in the boxes.

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Mini Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Frosting

Thanksgiving day!!!- We didn’t have all the right baking dishes, no china, no good glasses, no serving plates, no good silverware, etc. We also had a new convection oven we had to figure out how to use…  

No, we couldn’t go out to eat– and I definitely couldn’t buy the desserts.

That would’ve been way too easy.

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Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

And somehow we managed to cook a full Thanksgiving dinner.

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No, this wasn’t Thanksgiving dinner. It was a little snack plate so my kids
would stop saying that they were staaaaarving while we cooked.

Dinner consisted of turkey, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, stuffing, asparagus, mashed potatoes, corn, bulgur wheat with cranberries, cornbread, rolls, and cranberry sauce.  And the 4 desserts pictured above.

I guess that wasn’t too bad considering the circumstances!  🙂

Vanilla Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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I know, I know, this is nothing new and exciting, and you’ve probably made them a million times already.

But in my last post, I was going through frosting withdrawal, so I HAD to make some.  And I really like vanilla cupcakes.

Usually I make buttercream frosting, but this time the cream cheese frosting was calling me.

No, I’m not hearing voices.  Lets move on.

So I don’t really like cream cheese, but for some crazy reason, I can’t get enough of this frosting.

It was easy to make, but I did have some serious problems:

First, the frosting kept coming out of the top of the piping bag, and I had no choice but to eat it.

Second, sometimes I would mess up, so I had to eat more of it.

And third, there was some left in the container when I was done, and I had to eat that too.

Do you see how dangerous it was to make these cupcakes??

But you should be brave and try it– they are totally worth it.  🙂

Cream Cheese Frosting (from Better Homes and Gardens)

1 8-ounce package of cream cheese

1/2 Cup butter

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

6 Cups powdered sugar

Leave cream cheese and butter out at room temperature for 30 minutes.  Then beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla on medium speed until light and fluffy.

Gradually beat in powdered sugar.

Now taste it to make sure it’s good.

And taste it again.  Repeat as necessary.

Now it’s ready!!

Brownie Pizza

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Well, it was a long weekend and I thought I’d have plenty of time to bake 3 or 4 different desserts.

I was wrong.

Really wrong.

I guess I forgot I had kids or something.

I did manage to make a brownie pizza, though.   I didn’t have much time, and I was going through baking withdrawal, so I made a really simple dessert.  I baked brownies in a 12-inch round pizza pan.  Then I made a cream cheese frosting, spread it on top, added chocolate chips and M&Ms, and voila!!  Instant happiness:

You really need to try this.  Especially after taking it out of the fridge.   Seriously.  And I don’t even like cream cheese.

Typically, I have people try my desserts to give me feedback.  For this, one of the comments was, “Yummy- make more next time.”  Works for me!

Sure, it’s not the prettiest, but I only had a few minutes to throw it together.  The kids were thrilled, and I must admit that it tasted really good for something that’s so easy to make.  Maybe next time I’ll add more stuff to it.  But for now, it’s good enough.

Believe me, I know.  I had to pry myself away from it.    🙂