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Come In……We’ve Been Expecting You……

Welcome to our Halloween Blog Party.  How nice of you to stop by…..Come right this way…..skele-finger

It has been a hectic time around here, so much to do so little time.  But I won’t bore you with all the strange events that have been happening in our abode…..I think first we should sit for a spell and have a couple refreshments and I will show you around….table_2

Help yourself to a cookie…..cookies

Or try a cupcake…..cupcakes_2

I tried out an idea that we had, that adding a Miniature Reese’s Cup to the batter would be worth trying.  I made Devils Food cupcakes added the Reese’s Cup.  After they cooled I frosted half with Peanut Butter Frosting and the other half with a recipe I had read on Tasty Kitchen.  Here is a picture of how the cupcake experiment came out….cupcake_half

Notice how the Reese’s Cup sank to the bottom.  It also didn’t melt, it kind of hardened.  The frosting recipes are wonderful (for the recipes just click on the above links).  The peanut butter is wonderful on the Devils Food cupcake. :-)

Anyway, make yourself a potion to wash it all down…potions_2

Now that we have had our refreshments I’ll just show you around.  Here are some pictures of the family room…..livingroom_2

The fireplace mantle…..mantle

My tribute to the Haunted Mansion….haunted_mansion

Our hitchhiker, Gus….


One of our old favorite decorations…..our fiber-optic black cat…fiberopticcat

Here are a  few more photos from around the house…..skullandhands



Our Halloween Tree….righttree

Young and Old Mr. Gracy Ornaments. Characters from the Haunted Mansion….twogracys


The  Bat Wing Mantle Clock is in a new spot in the house….  batwingclock

I also made a Phantom Manor Gingerbread House….gingerbread_5



I kind of have the Haunted Mansion on the brain so I am going to do two giveaways.  The first is a Haunted House candle holder….hauntedhousegiveaway

The other will be for two Halloween Eggs I painted.  I painted a few of them to put in my kitchen fruit bowl….eggs_2eggs_close

To enter to win just leave me a comment.  I will randomly draw winners on Sunday, October 24th in order to get them shipped in time for Halloween!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have fun Blog Partying and have a spooktacular Halloween!

Yummy Cupcakes!

We were invited to lunch on Saturday at friends of ours and said that I would bring desert.  I took a few days to mull over what I would make.  I thought about cheesecake but we don’t really know this couple’s likes and dislikes so I saw this recipe for these Death By Chocolate Cupcakes and thought Who doesn’t like cupcakes and who doesn’t like chocolate?

I ended up making my version.  I don’t have luck making cake from scratch and honestly I like cake mixes better….they just always turn out moist.  I used a Devils Food mix and added the Hershey’s Kiss.   I also didn’t want to make ganache so I decided to make  Magnolia buttercream.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Death By Chocolate Cupcakes

The only part of the cupcake not shown on the original at The Pioneer Woman blog was of the cupcake cut open.  I envisioned the Kiss being a gooey chocolate mass in the center of the cupcake.  Instead it turns soft and sits at the bottom of the cupcake.  We decided at lunch that if I would have put the Kiss in point down it would maybe stayed more toward the middle like I had envisioned, but I don’t think it would have gotten more “molten” like I had hoped.

Inside of a Death By Chocolate Cupcake

Inside of a Death By Chocolate Cupcake

They were definitely yummy and I think I will experiment more with this idea.   I think my next adventure with cupcakes will be cream filled cupcakes!