3 Things I did for Halloween (and what scared the pants off me)

Happy November 1st! Hope your Halloween was fun and rain free. I woke up this morning and its pouring rain and everything is gloomy outside. I hate depressing days like this. Luckily I have enough to keep me busy that it really won’t matter how wet it is outside.

In true November 1st fashion, I believe its about that time of the year when stores go into Christmas mode and put panic in the eyes of parents all over. Before popping in my Michael Buble Christmas CD, I’ll recap my Halloween for you all while drinking my PSL (pumpkin spice latte).

Pumpkin Cookies

pumpkin_cookiesMy mom made soft, warm pumpkin cookies! They have a thick, caramel glaze drizzled on top that hardens after a few hours. Here’s the recipe:

  • 2 cups shortening
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 8 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

Directions:

1. Cream shortening, white sugar, and pumpkin. Add eggs and mix well. Sift together the baking soda, ground cinnamon, salt, and flour. Add to pumpkin mixture and mix well.

2. Drop from spoon to cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

3. To make frosting: Cook butter, milk, and brown sugar until dissolved. Cool and add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. SPread over warm cookies.

These cookies are my favorite Pinterest find to date. They are so tasty!

cat_shaped_cakeMom also got a cake from the local bakery for us to dig into to. The inside was chocolate cake with a chocolate mousse filling. The outside was a hard chocolate shell with whipped icing detailing the kitty’s face. It was so rich! I could only eat a small slice. For almost every holiday my mom gets a cake or cupcakes to celebrate. My grandma did the same thing when my mom was a kid. Keeping these traditions alive is an important part of life.

Last but not least, my sister had her best friend sleep over. We ended up watching a ghost hunters type show. It scared the pants off of us. The hunters went to ancient haunted castles in Ireland. Several of these castles had druid and pagan rituals performed in them. The ghost hunters were trying to communicate with any evil spirits that still lurked in the castle. Needless to say they made contact and it scared the living tar out of them. One even claimed that something with sharp nails grabbed his ear! The man was actually crying. Upon entering a new castle another ghost hunter asked a spirit what touched the other man in the first castle. An audible voice said “Satan.” At that point my sister, her friend and I screamed and the ghost hunter proceeded to cry and then throw up. Freaky stuff! Enjoy the photo of us and be sure to tell me how your Halloween was!

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Autumn Decorating

Hello loves! First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who has liked or commented on things recently. I’ve been so busy and haven’t had time to respond hardly at all and I sincerely apologize for this! I have a lot of things going at once and a few fun things I’m working on for the blog, which you will see soon.

pumpkin_pickingYesterday, I spent a few hours around the house decorating for Halloween this weekend. I love pumpkins and cute/spooky things on display for the season. I also might add that I’m so proud of myself for only drinking 3 pumpkin spice lattes this season! Despite being surrounded by pumpkin things for the last month I have stayed strong!

Anyway, I want to give you all a peak inside my house to see what decorating I’ve done so I’m including some photos below! Most of these decorations come from Michael’s craft stores. Hint: things are going on clearance there right now because they’re moving Christmas stuff in! Now’s the time to stock up on decorations for next year and not spend a fortune!

Autumn and Halloween can be the best time of the year to decorate. It can be whimsical, rustic, natural, spooky, or sparkly themed. I absolutely love the ideas I find on Pinterest for the season. I’m linking my own “Everything Autumn” Pinterest board so you can check out some of the cute things I’ve pinned on there that I’m dying to try!

Hope you enjoyed the photos! Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest!

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Autumn iPhone Wallpapers!

Happy almost-autumn everyone! This is one of my favorite seasons. The leaves changing, air becoming crisp, pumpkin-spice everything, and warm sweaters make me feel very happy and content. Perhaps because my mom has always decorated our home for autumn making it feel very warm and inviting. It makes growing up and leaving the nest a little painful. I figure I have one more autumn left where I can spend the entire season at home before I have to move out and get a big-girl job.

In honor of this lovely season, I’ve found a few iPhone wallpapers online that are freebies! Ignore the slight differences in size between them. They all worked fine on my iPhone. They vary in color and style so hopefully you find one that suits your fancy! They are linked to the website where I found them so you can properly download them onto your phone. Enjoy!

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