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Happy Halloween!

Exciting! Halloween! For some reason the day doesn’t bring about as much excitement as it used to. Being on the road all the time really makes me really miss that traditional office setting where people get all dressed up, decorate their cubicles and bake some treats for all their co-workers. My company even had trick or treating where they brought their kids to the office and they got to walk around in their costumes. So FUN!

When I was little, my dad used to take our little gaggle of a family out trick or treating and it eventually became a game to make sure we hit all the best houses. There was the house a few streets behind us that decorated the inside of theirs as a haunted house and they gave out small packages of candy. Then there was the cookie lady’s house, who gave out…who would have guessed, cookies. Not just a single wrapped cookie, but a BOX of cookies to each of us. Oh yea. I remember my mom rolling her eyes when we got back with 5 boxes of oatmeal cream pie cookies.

The one house that is seared into each one of our minds, my brother and mine especially, was the house down by our old soccer field. It was just a small house, with two stairs that led up onto a small porch, usually decorated with pumpkins and other typical Halloween themed things. The first Halloween that we went to this house, it was just my older brother, myself and my dad. I was about 4 or 5 and my brother just a year older. We had been walking house to house for a while when we came up to THE HOUSE. I didn’t feel like going up to it for some reason so my dad and I stood at the end up the walkway and sent my brother up to the front door.

I remember him being a bit nervous to go up there by himself but my dad urged him along. As he got to the steps leading to the porch, he glanced down at the pumpkins placed on the steps, got to the doorway and looked over at the scarecrow placed on the porch swing. He rang the doorbell and out of the corner of his eye he saw the scarecrow jump up and start to move towards him. My brother literally jumped sky high, flew down the porch stairs, screaming with tears streaming down his face towards my dad. Traumatized.

The scarecrow came off the porch and apologized to my dad for scaring my brother, but the damage was done. Every single Halloween afterwards, that was the house with the scarecrow and my brother was the one that stood on the side walk.

Anyways, for Halloween this year, two of my friends and I were super heroes and the boys were clowns. Terrifying clowns.

 

I was specifically the black widow ūüôā

 

 

 

A group shot! We had so much fun hanging out with our friends and dressing up for Halloween. But I have to say, I do miss those days going house to house collecting candy and then sitting at home afterwards trading for the best kinds! There is definitely a hierarchy of candy! Reeses and Kit Kats were at the top and tootsie rolls were definitely a two to one trade.

 

What was your favorite Halloween Costume?? What is your favorite part of Halloween??

 

My favorite costume was being a pirate. It was just so much fun running around acting like a pirate.

 

 

Pumpkin Mini Pies

So I might have gone a little pumpkin crazy this weekend. The Pumpkin Muddy Buddies I made for a specific little project that I’m going to hold off on telling you about until a little later, but these Pumpkin Mini Pies were really just because I’ve gone a little pumpkin nuts. Seriously. And in my fridge I have another half a can of pumpkin puree that will need to be used in the near future…it’s an endless cycle.

These ended up being a perfect little¬† dessert to cap off a meal.¬† They are small and satisfying. Making pies have always scared me a bit and I blame Mama C for that. Completely. Dont’ get me wrong, Mama C makes the world’s best pies. But when I was growing up, all I heard about around the holidays was how hard pies were to make. It’s so easy to mess up a pie crust. She even taught my aunts how to make pies. Simply reinforcing the fact that they shouldn’t be messed with.

So these are my,”Testing the Water with a toe” Pies. Mini Pies with pre-made pie crust. Haha.

Ingredients:

2 9-inch Pie Crusts 1/4 Cup Pumpkin Puree
1/4 Cup Marscapone Cheese 1/4 Teaspoon Pumpkin Spice
1/8 Teaspoon Nutmeg 1 Egg

Directions:

1. Mix up the pumpkin puree, marscapone cheese, pumpkin spice and nutmeg.

2. Roll out the pie crusts and use a cookie cutter to cut leaf, ghost, pumpkin or any other shapes. You will need pairs of each so make sure you cut out at least 2 of each. Also, the larger the center the better. If you have arms, legs or leaf  stems that stick out, they will be harder to fill up. Cover the piece of pie crust with the pumpkin mix.

3. Top with the matching half and lightly press around the edges. Then take a fork and seal the edges.

4. Mix your egg with 1 Tablespoon of water and brush it over your pie. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes until browned.

And DONE! They are really quite easy to make. It was about 15 minutes of prep time and 15 in the oven. Not bad for these little delectables. They are really delicious and I’m loving the pumpkin filling. As I was mixing it up, I was thinking about how great it would be as a dip as well. You could definitely use this mix as a holiday dip for some pretzels.

 

Do not worry though, the pumpkin frenzy¬†is not even close to over. We have¬†of a month left of this fantastic little yumster. I’m trying to figure out if pumpkin is acceptable at Christmas??

Anyways, yesterday was also a fun little day for 2 reasons. First: I officially signed up for Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp! I’m so excited to give it a try! You pay 25 dollars and Tina sends you workouts for almost 2 months. I have heard great things about it and can’t wait to give it a go.

Second: I sent out my first Foodie Pen Pal package! Foodie Pen Pal is also something that everyone can participate it. It is organized by another blogger and when you sign up, you are assigned a pen pal each month. She gives you your match on the 5th and you need to ship out your food pressents to your pen pal by the 15th. FUN! In return, another pen pal will be sending you a gift!

As I said, anyone can participate. It’s just something fun to give a try!

Have you ever participated in something online?? A workout? A diet program?? A recipe group??