Halloween Preparations!

As Halloween approaches, Elyse and I have decided to fit in as many Halloween-related activities as possible. This includes any and all things related to pumpkins.

SO relevant

Our first step: decorating! Since we’ve been trying to explore our crafty sides, we strayed a little from the traditional painting and carving and used fabric paint. We got the idea from this Pinterest page: http://pinterest.com/pin/111604896987112323/ 

In lieu of there being not enough glow-in-the-dark paint at AC Moore, we settled for some other fun colors instead and made the best of it. Our first attempts were pretty weak…but once we got the hang of it, they turned out pretty cool! It’s something different and fun, and we enjoyed creating our own patterns and making them super colorful.

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First attempts and our makeshift carpet protection system

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Round 2 – much better!

Elyse stuck with the bright colors the second time around, while I decided to use some Halloween-inspired colors and design to spruce up my pumpkin! While painting, we turned on the season premiere of American Horror Story because, well, it is Halloween season after all. And on top of the seasonal relevance, Adam Levine happened to be in this episode. And who wouldn’t want a little more of this in their day:

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Those looks with that voice? Can’t lose.

With all that hard work, we decided we were hungry so we searched my (very sparse) pantry for some food we could whip up quickly. Elyse suggested some noodles with homemade sauce – a little balsamic vinagar, browned butter, and mozzarella cheese.

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Cooking up some quick dinner

We also threw in some sliced almonds for added flavor and it was delicious! Definitely something I’ll make again when I’m in search of a quick and easy meal and don’t want to sacrifice taste!
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To cap off the night, we made some pumpkin chocolate chip cookie bars for Elyse to entertain birthday guests over the weekend. We once again altered a recipe we found online here: http://penniesonaplatter.com/2010/11/02/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-brownies/
Ingredients include:
1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree
1 Whole Egg
2 Egg Whites
1 Tbsp Veggie oil
1 Cup Flour
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Ground Allspice
1/4 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
1/4 Tsp Salt
2/3 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
1/2 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
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Giant can of pumpkins! Love it!

1. As per usual, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray the bottom of your 11×7 pan with cooking spray.
2. Combine pumpkin puree, eggs, and oil in large bowl
3.  Mix flour, sugar, and all dry ingredients (this is where you have flexibility – if you don’t have that 1/2 tsp of salt or baking powder, it won’t make the difference, I swear)

Somehow managed to get all the mix IN the bowl this time – it’s a Halloween miracle!

4. Add wet ingredients and mix until thoroughly incorporated.

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Where is the mixer when you need it?

5. Pour into pan and spread

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Perfect orangey color – ready for the oven!

6. Bake 15-20 minuted or until inserted toothpick comes out clean!

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Delicious finished product

Another deliciously successful evening!

-S

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