Happy Halloween

It’s done. We did it. Three circus-themed costumes in less than two hours of work. Thank you scissors, duct tape, and glue guns!

Circus Parade

These are not the best photos, but I just couldn’t resist getting something up tonight!

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Have a Happy Halloween! From our home to yours, wherever you may be!

Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Our home, quite contrary to what we anticipated, sold four days after it was up on the market.

We were all surprised… surprised and quite unprepared. We have no real right to complain; in the worst economy since the depression, we were able to find a new job and sell our home for a profit. Yet it was a rather draining experience, none-the-less. The summer was a season of upheval, but this Autumn will be a time to regroup and recenter.

What a better way to begin than by introducing ourselves to our next-door neighbors! Of course, new, under-equipped kitchen or not, we couldn’t go empty handed, so we settled in this afternoon to bake some pumpkin ginger cupcakes.

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The recipe from Cupcakes! by Elinor Klivans is a complete joy to bake. This is the third recipe I’ve made, and each one has been a winner. These little cakes were perfectly moist, and with bits of crystallized ginger spread throughout the batter, were not too sweet. The lovely liners were bought through the Bake It Pretty website, a small family/mom run business that began as an Etsy shop. She has absolutely wonderful stuff and I’m always happy to support these kind of businesses.

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Those of you who know me personally, know how little I actually enjoy and/or excel at baking. But the little ones love cupcakes, and a Momma’s gotta find something to stuff in their craw, err, I mean an educationally-rich activity to complete on a cold, wet, windy Fall day. So far I’ve been pretty lucky, but I haven’t tried anything too complicated yet. There was a disaster with the original cream cheese icing, but I was able to save the day’s work with a recipe for 7 minute frosting. I can’t seem to remember that I have three children–last week I kept referring to my two children–but I can remember some vague recipe I came across a few years ago. Didn’t have any cream of tartar, but google assured me that lemon juice would help stabilize the eggs whites.

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Once they were iced, suited-up, and packed up in their little boxes, we tromped them, cupcakes all and children three, through the fallen wet leaves and into the welcoming lights of our new neighbors’ porches.