Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Taking a Much Needed Break!

I can't believe it has really been a few weeks since I last blogged! It's crazy how getting behind sort of snowballs rather quickly. The truth is, I have been trying to take care of a few things around the house and have put this blog on the back burner. I am sorry for that. I do promise, that when I get myself together, I will be sharing some rather exciting news with you all. But not just yet!

Monday, October 12, 2009

A Perfect Fall Day

Every fall, our family gathers together for a fabulous picnic. The views are gorgeous!

Although, at times a bit chilly!

The big kids take the littles for nature walks!

We crunch the fallen leaves beneath our feet!

We walk a few trails.

Throw rocks to see who can make the biggest splash!

We force the kids to pose in trees!

But most of all, we enjoy the glorious colors of fall with our family!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Who doesn't love a Whoopie Pie? These are delicious and just scream fall!

You will need:
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups solid pack pumpkin puree
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
1/2 tablespoon ground cloves

For the filling:
1 egg white
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners sugar
3/4 cup shortening

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease baking sheet.
  2. Combine the oil and brown sugar. Stir in the pumpkin and eggs, mix well. Add the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Mix well.
  3. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto the baking sheets. (I use my cookie scoop to keep them all the same size.) Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool.
  4. To prepare the filling, Beat the egg white and combine with the milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup of the confectioners sugar. Mix well and then beat in the shortening and remaining cup of confectioners sugar. Beat until fluffy.
  5. When the cookies are completely cool, fill them with the filling. Enjoy!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Create a Ghostly Glow

Halloween decorating is so much spookier when there are flickering candles around. Here is a fun candle holder that you can make to create a Ghostly Glow!
Let's get started!
My kids love tearing up paper!
This might get a little sticky!
Cover the entire jar with tissue paper!
When it's completely covered, allow your jar to dry. After that, you can draw a ghost face and add a candle. We used the same technique to make Jack O' Lanterns as well!

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