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Our Halloween Photos 2018

This year KayCee organised a Halloween party for her friends while Ella went Trick Or Treating with her friend and her friend’s older sister.
By all accounts, they both really enjoyed the night and I’m here to share a few of the Halloween photos they took; they didn’t get many photos because I think everyone was having too much fun to remember to take them!

Halloween Photos 2018

Halloween photos 2018 - KayCee and her friends at her Halloween party

KayCee's friends at her Halloween party

KayCee's Deathly Hallows pumpkin
KayCee’s Deathly Hallows pumpkin – she scooped out the middle and got it ready to carve but ran out of time so had to turn to her dad for help!
Ella's Harry Potter pumpkin
Ella’s Harry Potter pumpkin – she also got help from dad!

Halloween Photos 2017

Mummy Pizza Pies – Fun Food For Halloween

I was going to write a recipe for these mummy pizza pies. Then I came across an excellent one that was already on Eats Amazing so instead, I got Ant to make them for dinner the other night using the Eats Amazing recipe 🙂

Mummy Pizza Pies

Here are a couple of our Pizza Pies. They all thought they were delicious and I reckon we’ll be making them again soon; especially seeing as I couldn’t try them because of my diet!

Mummy Pizza Pies

 

For more fun Halloween food ideas, check out my Pinterest board.

 

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Win A Halloween Yankee Candles Gift Set

I’m a huge Yankee Candle fan; I usually get given them as Christmas and birthday gifts and I love to receive them.  I’ve been known to treat myself occasionally, especially when they’re on offer in the January sales. In fact, I’ll be posting next month […]

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Halloween Cookies Recipe

This is a basic sugar cookie recipe for Halloween cookies. We also make them using a gingerbread recipe which works equally as well.

Halloween Cookies

Halloween cookies - pumpkins

Ingredients

  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 330g plain flour

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180° C. Grease and line two cookie sheets.
  2. In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract and egg.
  3. In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff.
  4. DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut into whatever shapes you desire.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

To Decorate

I’ve found a great video on YouTube that shows you how to flood fill cookies.

 

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Pumpkin Carving Design Ideas

They always look so easy to do, but when you actually start to carve a pumpkin you realise you were kidding yourself and they’re not easy at all! We’ve tried a few different pumpkin carving designs over the years but inevitably we go back to good old triangles for the eyes and nose and a jagged mouth.

Mind you, we did manage a couple of different designs in 2016, but it wasn’t all plain sailing!

Halloween pumpkin carving

Kaycee Halloween pumpkin carving

Pumpkin Carving Ideas

I really want to try carving a better design in one of our pumpkins this year so I’ve been checking out designs on Pinterest.

I love this cannibalistic pumpkin and what’s more, there’s an excellent tutorial to show us how to do it.

cannibalistic pumpkin carving from Chopcow.com
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This tutorial from The Telegraph has links to pumpkin carving design templates.

pumpkin carving from The Telegraph
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3D pumpkin carving You Tube tutorial
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If you have a pumpkin design you’re proud of, please feel free to share a link in the comments 🙂

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Kaycee’s And Ella’s Party – Halloween 2017

We’ve never thrown a Halloween party before. I’d promised the girls that we would have one, one year and this was our Halloween 2017 party. I’m happy to say, they had a great time 🙂 They decorated the new covered outdoor kitchen and set out a buffet.

They invited friends from school and they all arrived in brilliant costumes. After filling up on burgers and Mummy hotdogs followed by apple slices dipped in chocolate from the chocolate fountain, they all went Trick or Treating.

I have to confess, though, that I’m a little annoyed with myself. I took photos of all the food and decorations but totally forgot to take photos of Kaycee and Ella in their costumes!
It’s the first year I didn’t get costume photos and I’m a little sad 🙁

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Bloody Hot Chocolate – Halloween Drink Recipe

Kaycee and Ella have a Halloween party planned and they’ve been searching for food and drink ideas. We tried this bloody hot chocolate recipe, (just to make sure it tasted ok before we serve it to the guests, obviously) and we all loved it!

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HomeSense Halloween 2017

Last year Ella was very excited when we had to go to HomeSense to check out their Halloween products.
We pulled up at HomeSense yesterday and I told her we were there again for the same reason. She immediately asked her dad if she could borrow his phone so she could take photos for my blog! We always enjoy looking at the HomeSense Halloween stock; they always have such lovely stuff. My favourite is definitely this cute little ghost 🙂

Ghosts and Witches and Dracula and Skeletons!

Ghost ornament at HomeSense Halloween
Photo taken by Ella

 

 

HomeSense Halloween - skeleton in a cape with a gravestone saying you're next

You can serve punch in his head!

HomeSense Halloween - monster with a hole in the head for serving punch

I’d keep this out all year, it’s so pretty!

HomeSense Halloween - skull decorated with flowers and wearing a top hat

Ella’s in her element!

HomeSense Halloween - headstone saying BARRIED D. ALIVE
Taken by Ella. She thought this was quite funny!

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HomeSense Halloween

HomeSense Halloween

 

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