halloween and fingerpaints 09

IMG_3013Several days before Halloween we carved a jack-o-lantern. Elek attempted to help, however, he thought the pumpkin guts were nasty and wouldn’t touch it much. I think his favorite part was at the end when we got to take it out on the front porch and light it together. He enjoyed lighting it with me last week. I think next year we should carve 3 pumpkins and try to be a little more festive for Halloween. Elek will probably help us get in the spirit. We also managed to let Elek watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, which is essentially timeless.
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In this picture Elek is dressed as a clown in the clown suit I wore at Halloween when I was three years old. I thought the big bright red nose was a nice touch, though after the first time he wore it, we decided to put red makeup on his nose so he wouldn’t have to keep up with it. Last year unfortunately we didn’t get to trick-or-treat like we wanted to. This year we planned our route much more efficiently and we were able to trick-or-treat around a large block, visit my mom’s house, and make it to the cooper young neighborhood party for a few minutes.
IMG_3047The Friday night before Halloween we were lucky enough to be invited to the Donati’s annual kid friendly Halloween party. Diana dressed as a mobster’s woman who took the fall for him, went to jail, then broke out. I was that mobster. Kristen and Justin followed suit with the police officer and prisoner costumes. The food (and alcohol) was catered by Swanky’s Taco Shop and was very tasty! The next picture is of Elek finger painting with Mama at home.

IMG_3062There’s a few things I’d like to change about Halloween next year which include the following:

  1. Carve more pumpkins
  2. Decorate more with fake spiderwebs, lights, and maybe even fog
  3. Have an even better game plan about when we’re going to start trick-or-treating and where
  4. Maybe even have time to hand out more candy

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halloween mini-pumpkin cupcakes

If you have kids or even if you don’t, this looks like a fantastic recipe to try. It’s fairly quick and so colorful! Prep: 45 Minutes Total: 2 hours 20 Minutes.

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Yield
24

Ingredients
* 1 cup self-rising flour
* 2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
* 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
* 1 large egg
* 1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin
* 1/3 cup vegetable oil
* 1/3 cup sour cream
* 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* Chopped crystallized ginger (optional)
* 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
* 2 cups powdered sugar
* Orange and black food coloring; orange, black, white, and yellow candies and sugar crystals

Special Equipment

* Mini muffin pans
* 1 3/4×1-inch paper liners

Preparation
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 24 mini muffin cups with 1 3/4×1-inch paper liners. Mix flour, golden brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice in large bowl. Whisk egg, canned pure pumpkin, vegetable oil, sour cream, and vanilla extract in medium bowl. Add mixture to dry ingredients; stir to fully combine. Spoon batter into paper liners (batter will almost fill liners). Scatter crystallized ginger over, if desired.

Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 16 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and let cool completely on rack.

Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl to blend. Beat in powdered sugar.

Divide frosting among 3 bowls. Tint frosting in first bowl with orange coloring (or combine red and yellow coloring to make orange) and frosting in second bowl with black coloring, keeping frosting in third bowl white. Chill frosting 2 hours or until firm enough to easily spread.

Frost cupcakes; decorate using candy and sugar crystals as desired.

Nutritional Information
One serving contains the following: (Analysis includes 2 teaspoons frosting per cupcake.)
Calories (kcal) 163.9
%Calories from Fat 51.6
Fat (g) 9.5
Saturated Fat (g) 4.0
Cholesterol (mg) 27.4
Carbohydrates (g) 18.8
Dietary Fiber (g) 0.4
Total Sugars (g) 14.4
Net Carbs (g) 18.4
Protein (g) 1.4

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