Halloween

(Easy) Halloween Cupcakes

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I haven’t done many food posts.  I leave food blogging to the experts like my favorite Smitten Kitchen.  But, in the spirit of Halloween, I wanted to make something (easy) for the sweet little ghouls in our neighborhood.

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After Googling lots of Halloween recipes, I decided to make a ghost cupcake.  A brownie cupcake, buttercream icing and mini chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth.

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I am a baking cheater…  No “from scratch” for me.  Hello Ghiradelli Double Chocolate brownie mix!

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Into my ugly cupcake pan at 325 degrees for about 10-12 minutes.  Or, until the knife comes out clean.

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Out of the oven to cool.

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I don’t think I’ve ever made buttercream icing before.  4 cups of sugar?  OMG.  Ok, 8 ounces of cream cheese, 8 ounces of butter, 4 cups of SUGAR and 1 tsp of vanilla extract.

4 cups of sugar...

4 cups of sugar…

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It is good!

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My sad little ziplock bag full of icing.  I cut a small hole in the corner to pipe my ghost swirls on each cupcake.

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I put a big blob of icing in the middle of each cupcake, then swirled around it to make the ghost.

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They are cute, even though my icing talents are questionable.

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I used two boxes of brownie mix that made 24 cupcakes in total.

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Stick the cupcakes in the refrigerator to keep the the swirls from wilting.  They do taste delicious!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN

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Fall on Block Island

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The perfect fall day = chilly temperatures and a brilliant blue sky.

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That is exactly what we had on Block Island this weekend.  Morning temps in the mid-30s, warming to the mid-50s in the afternoon.

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The perfect walking weather.

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We walked all over the island, enjoying no crowds and the stunning October scenery.

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The colors were beautiful.  Design inspiration everywhere.

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Pumpkins on stone walls.  On porches.

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A completely different feel from summer.

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We ate decadent lobster mac and cheese at Winfield’s and fresh halibut at Eli’s.

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The Empire movie theatre was showing The Martian and we almost went….

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But, after an amazing dinner, we opted for an evening in.

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At night, the stars were unbelievable.  Every constellation was visible.

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It was a fabulous weekend.  Something we will do again, very soon!

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Halloween

P1050343Halloween has morphed into something different at our house.

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Gone are the last minute wardrobe emergencies, using a Sharpie for cat whiskers because I can’t find the black crayon and searching for all of the Party City receipts because my kids changed their minds 20 times since the first costume idea Labor Day weekend.

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Now, Halloween parties are the focus for my two little cherubs and trick-or-treating is out!  My husband and I continue to do rock/paper/scissors to decide who will answer the door and hand out the candy, although I know he secretly loves to do it.

Top 4 all time favorites

Top 4 all time favorites

I finally figured out that if I buy all the candy on the 31st, not only is it on sale, maybe I won’t eat (all of) it every time I pass the bowl in the hallway.

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Pumpkins, mums, gourds and all of the accouterment that goes along with Halloween are still the decor at my house.

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I even wore a mask answering the door last year (not the best idea).

My mask last year....

Me last year

There was a family in my neighborhood growing up that left a bathtub full of M&Ms outside the front door because they were never home on Halloween.

IMG_2781It was always the first stop for my brother and I, shoving handfuls into our pillowcases.

Rhino not a fan of Halloween

Rhino not a fan of Halloween

As tempting as it is to go out for Halloween night and leave our candy outside, I would miss all of those sweet faces in their costumes.

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I am hanging around until the doorbell rings for the last time.

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Rhino needs to show off her new costume and we need to hand out ALL of the candy!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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