FRIDAY FAVORITES....HALLOWEEN EDITION


Ahh and just like that October is over and it's Halloween. You know what's gonna happen this weekend? Yep, that's right, Christmas commercials and the stores filled to the brim with Christmas decor!! My Sirius radio on Holiday Music. Poor Thanksgiving really gets the snub sometimes. If your state participates in the ever so goofy daylight savings time, then you can rejoice that on Saturday night we set our clocks back an hour and relish in a extra hour of sleep time on Sunday morn.

1. Sectional Play
Super excited. While the game is being played tonight on Halloween eve, it's probably is the most exciting thing about the week. Our #9 is in round two with his team in Sectional Play and playing a Huge rival tonight. Wish us luck!!



2. TP-ing and other SHENANIGANS 
Come on, you ghoulish lil devils, admit it, you've either gathered 20 rolls and TP-ed the heck out of someone's yard or your house has been TP-ed. I used to feel so guilty if I TP-ed someone's house and then it rained. What a mess. But throwing those rolls (The cheap stuff of course) over a friends giant trees was exhilarating. What Halloween Shenanigans did you participate in?




3. HALLOWEEN COCKTAILS
Yummy, gorgeous looking and delightfully good!!

Recipes HERE


4. PUMPKIN DECORATING
Of course when the cutie pie trick-or-treater's come calling, my carved pumpkins need to be lit. Oh wait, no one wanted to carve this year, boo hoo. Looks like mama needs to get out the old carving knife and do it myself. lol. I do love, not only a good carved pumpkin, but a decorated one too!!  When I was in 3rd grade I got first place with my KISS pumpkins.


1979


Me want a cookie!!

Simple pumpkins of years past...posing with my love


5. COSTUMES OF COURSE
I love a cute costume and the creativity of some of them amazes me sometimes. Cute costumes for all ages and your fur babies too!! See my Britney Spears re-create HERE


Deer and Deer Hunter 

E.T. Kids


Barista and Miss Latte

Bun in the Oven 
How precious are these pups!!


From my 1976 Kindergarten class to you.....

Happy Halloween my loves. Be safe and Have Fun!!
Save me a Three Musketeers if you have any left.


XOXO
  

I FOUND A BLANKET SCARF IN MY CLOSET!!


Do you buy things and then forget you bought them? They wind up in a drawer or the back of your closet forgotten or crammed in an unsought crevice? 

So you know how blanket scarves are the big thing this Fall? Well, I found a great tartan plaid one and had it on order and then, lo and behold I found a cute and rich in Fall colors Aztec print version from Charlotte Russe nestled in a bottom closet corner. 

  The tartan one arrived and it is soft and pretty, but it's like so many of the others floating around. This one is different and I absolutely love the rich, Fall tones. Beautiful hunter green, browns and rust compliment the colors in this outfit so well.

  Then I remembered last fall Charlotte Russe had all their scarves for $5 each and they continue to offer this Promo on occasion.  It cannot be beat! I've seen these darn blanket scarves for $30 or $40 so who wouldn't want to get one just as cute for $5?? Score!!

  The cords are modern skinny form The Loft and the soft as can be cowl neck sweater is from yep, the grocery store, good ole Midwest chain, Meijer, and I love it!! The rounded hem and high split are what make it unique.
Boots, Last year Steve Madden
  It's finally cooling down enough to warrant the wool around my neck, but I cannot guarantee this hot blooded mama can keep it on all day. 


xoxo

WHAT'S THAT PRINT? and WITCH BOOTS

I got this skirt from the Loft and I love it! However I've asked myself on numerous occasions, what print is this? Is it Dalmatian? Is it Leopard? Is it Cow? Is it abstract? 

 Well regardless, I get a lot of compliments on my "what is it?" Skirt. 



Please excuse the round sunny glow, camera and sun issue but I just keep telling myself it casts an angelic glow. Bah ha ha!!

I got the Chinese Laundry boots a couple years ago and I don't wear them a lot but I like to in October because I call them my witch boots. They are kind of pointy, yet comfortable, but they just look like they should go with a witch outfit.

Cardi and black shells are also from The Loft. Necklace from Kohl's. 

Back to the Witch boot thing. Um, who else was terrified by the Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch??? I could not watch that movie without nightmares!! 

Here's the SUPER odd thing, despite my OZ Witch fear, I ALWAYS begged my mom to be a Witch for Halloween. Easy costume for her.
That's me in the middle not smiling, thinking I'm scary
 
Now, by the musical Wicked, I was better at watching her green face and that Musical is a true favorite of mine but something about the original Oz Witch scares the bageebies out of me!! 

Just look at her!!   
"I'll get you my little pretty....And your little dog too!"
~Wicked Witch of the West

PUMPKIN DROP COOKIES with CARAMEL FROSTING


Happy Tuesday. I swore I was not going to do another pumpkin recipe but it IS Halloween week and this does happen to be my personal favorite Pumpkin recipe of ALL time. Yes, all time!! Yum  


I made these last Friday and it was not until I had them frosted that I decided another pumpkin recipe post was indeed needed and trust me if you love pumpkin, you will LOVE these cookies. So soft, and the caramel frosting sets up just right for the perfect compliment to the subtle pumpkin drop cookie.


I am not a fan of pumpkin pie so I usually bring Sweet Potato Casserole or
 my Pumpkin Sheet Cake or best of all, these yummy cookies for a quick grab after (or before) Thanksgiving dinner!

PUMPKIN DROP COOKIES with CARAMEL FROSTING

INGREDIENTS
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour

FROSTING 
4 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons heavy cream
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

DIRECTIONS 
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and mix well. Stir in pumpkin.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  Add to pumpkin mixture and mix well.
Drop by heaping tablespoons onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Bake for 11-12 minutes.

Transfer to parchment paper
To make frosting: In a medium saucepan, combine butter, cream, and brown sugar over medium heat.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture just begins to boil; remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Then, mix in powdered sugar and mix on medium speed til smooth. Spread frosting over cookies quickly as it hardens up .



 
Enjoy, my pumpkin loving friends!!
These would be great to munch on while passing out Halloween candy on Saturday.


xoxo
 

LOOKING AT LEAVES......

Happy Monday Beauties!! I am taking the day off to look at leaves,

Drink some of these,

and soak up all of Fall's splendor with my Handsome Husband!

 May your week get off to a GREAT start and I'll see ya tomorrow!

Linking up with Biana
xoxo

FRIDAY FAVORITES


Happy Friday Friends!! I don't know about you, but I am so excited for this Fall weekend!! Let me tell ya, it has been a rough and emotional week. However, the weekend looks bright!! Our football sectional starts tonight, the kids have a couple days off school and hubby and I have big plans that include leaves, yummy drinks, hiking and hand holding.

1. PRIDE
 Just love all 4 of my "men"!! They have had to make some tough decisions this week, have made plays, made sacrifices, made the grades and I am so proud of all of them!!
2. FALL PILLOW
 I got two of these pillows a few weeks ago at Kohl's and I love them. The burlap sleeve is removable.
 Pillows available online HERE
 

3. WORK OUTFITS
  Weather went from one extreme to another this crazy week so while I normally lay out all my clothes the Sunday before, I did this week on a nightly basis.
 
Target Cardigan and tank, Maurice's pants, Charming Charlie necklace


Penny's cardigan, Macy's booties and Kohl's tank and skirt, Charming Charlie scarf, Maurice's belt


Wide-Leg Pantsuit Outfit from Macy's in New York 8 years ago.


4.  PLUMS ACCESSORIES
While the fruit is good, it's the rich purple family color I am loving. Hence, my post HERE Wednesday with my Plum Floppy Hat...

And I'm Loving these accessories as well..


5. COFFEE RELATED SWEATSHIRTS....
I only drink one good cup of coffee and day and I really like tea more but I LOVE a good coffee related shirt.
The etsy shop noted here says it's taking a break. Well, they better finish their coffee and get back because I want this sweatshirt. lol
When I first started blogging, I did a post on this Sweatshirt HERE

....and a Coffee Cookie
Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe HERE

Happy Weekending!!
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