Friday, October 29, 2010

Boo - Bake Sale.....

My Sophmore is having a bake sale today at her school, to raise some Boooooolah!

Check out our contribution to this event.

You may see some fingers that Ms. Witch is missing......


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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Bake Sale Specials....

Getting ready for the Boo-Bake Sale tomorrow,
and baking up a storm!

Sugar Cookies are a sweet and tender cookie that has wonderfully crisp edges and soft inside. They are an American favorite and although they were once made primarily during the Christmas season, they are now a year round favorite, because of the tremendous amount of cutters available now. They make perfect cut out cookies which you can dress simply with a sprinkling of colored sugar or they can be dressed up with powdered icing. Delight your family and friends with pumpkin cookies for Halloween, trees at Christmas, hearts for Valentine's Day, and bunnies at Easter or any other special occasion. I have so many cookie cutters, I can fill a big garbage bag. I have been collecting them for years. I'm sure that everyone will appreciate your efforts.


Sugar Cut Out Cookie Recipe
1 Cup of Softened Butter
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
3 c. of Flour
1 1/2 c. of Granulated Sugar (I use half brown sugar )
2 Large Egg
2 tsp. of Baking Powder

Directions
*Preheat the oven to 375°F.
*Cream the butter and sugar.
*Beat eggs and vanilla into the butter / sugar mixture.
*In a separate bowl, sift together the baking powder, salt and flour.
*Mix the sifted dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients one cup at a time, and continue mixing until the dough becomes stiff.
*Divide the dough in half and refrigerate 1 hour or more.
*On a floured surface, roll each half of the dough until it's approximately 1/8" thick.
*Cut out cookies using floured cookie cutters.
*Bake the cookies on an parchment covered cookie sheet for 6 - 8 minutes, or until they're golden brown.
*Let the cookies cool before frosting.

**Now for the frosting I use a confectionery sugar frosting and dip the cookies in to get that smooth texture. I let them dry then take chocolate frosting with a small round tube in my pastry bag to make the facial marks on the pumpkins.

Confectionery Sugar Frosting -
3 c. powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. lemon juice or extract, and enough warm water to get the dipping consistency you desire.
**It works best in a mixing bowl with a whip. I let it go to get all the lumps out.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Favorite Find Friday


Decorating for Halloween can be so much fun around here. I have many things for this holiday, as you may have already seen. Making it hard not to pickup something new when I come across it. I found this great little cut-out at one of my favorite spots "Christmas Tree Shop". The price made it even better......$5.99. I could never had made it for that much. Plus that fact that it was painstakingly cut-out with a jigsaw. This my friends is my Favorite Friday Find.
Now run out and get one before they are all gone!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Halloween Centerpiece


Looking for a great Halloween centerpiece idea. I have a cheap one for you. Take a old grapevine wreath you may have hanging around. Add in some black spray paint and a few Dollar Store finds, and you'll have a conversation piece.
* Wreath and silk Flowers.......Free
* Black Spray Paint.......$1
* 6 skulls.........$6
* Bag of Bones......$1
* Bag of Spiders .......$1
* Glitter........$1
TOTAL = $10

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cheaper Way to Text Your Sweetie......

These are the cutest cell cookies ever.....
Easy to make out of gingerbread.
The hard part is having all the colored frosting on hand,
and drawing up all the apps.
Your teens will love these!
I am sure you would like them using these while driving,
instead of the real thing.....

Check out what Moms have to say this week on "Driving and Cell Phone Use". And as always leave a comment, and LG will donate 50 cents towards cell phone education.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Caramel Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie ....M-m-m-m-GOOD!
And with Caramel making it all the better. Don't feel bad that you do not go to all the trouble of scraping the inside of the pumpkin then cooking and pureeing it. The canned version in the organic section is just as good.


A big ‘thank you’ to Janell of Mortensen Family Memoirs for hostessing this week’s TWD. It was incredible, Janell!! To get the recipe for this amazing pie, click over to her blog, and don’t forget about those other Caramel Pumpkin Pies… you can find links to them here.
We gave the 5 glassesof milk,
for utter goodness!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Do you have rules for your teen's cell phone???


So excited......I have been chosen to participate in a wonderful program with LG as a “LG TextEd Ambassador”. I will get to blog about my tweens and teens and their mobile phone use and what I think about it.And in return, I will ask for your comments on my posting and for every comment 50 cents will go towards DoSomething.org.

My posting is up this week, to check it out go HERE to “Mobile Meanness”. This week the Moms take on "Setting Ground Rules for Your Teen's Cell Phone Use"

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fold Over Apple Torte


Been so busy lately,just trying to keep up. It makes it hard to post as much as I did. But, this torte came out pretty good. I didn't have any pears on hand, so I replaced it with apples instead. Everyone enjoyed it here and you will too!





Thanks to Cakelaw of Laws of the Kitchen for hosting this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie selection. If you would like the recipe, visit her blog or buy the book.

We give this 5 glasses of milk,

for utter goodness!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Double Apple Bundt Cake




Another Apple recipe this week from the TWD group...YEA!, because we have a lot of apples here still. This recipe is super easy and fast to do. One simple tip is to not take the skin off the apples and cut them into small pieces. Once baked, you will never know the skin was there. Just think of the nutrition in that.....
I made a Caramel Frosting for the top, and then drizzled with caramel used for candy apples. Delish!


Thanks to Lynne of Honey Muffin for hosting this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie selection–Double-Apple Bundt Cake. For the recipe, visit her blog or buy the book.

We give this 4 glasses of milk,

for utter goodness!