At the Table: An Early Snowfall and Mikasa Belmont Red

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I’m at the table with an early snowfall

and Mikasa Belmont Red Dinnerware!

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I had the fun challenge and assignment of using these dishes in a

  Christmas or winter setting to photograph for Lifetime Brands this week.

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And photographed them in a fall setting with

pumpkins, mums, and Indian corn for a

Delicious Autumn Table that I shared last week.

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Timely, since the NC mountains received an early snowfall on Saturday and parts of South Carolina had the earliest snow in decades, with Columbia, SC, receiving the earliest snowfall in recorded history!

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We had howling winds and rain here with the only snow accumulation on my table, to join snowmen, cardinals, and add a light dusting on bird houses and trees!

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 Mikasa Belmont Gourmet Basics stoneware is available in an array of colors~

blue, green, black, and red.

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Plates are available in a round, traditional shape, or a

 square shape for a more modern interpretation for dining.

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Belmont Red is a warm russet or brick hue, the same shade

 as cardinals, nesting on top of excelsior in cereal bowls.

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And warm paisley and plaid checked napkins that are paired

with a snowy pine cone and jingle bell napkin rings.

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A brown matelasse coverlet, used for my Belmont Red fall table,

is layered with a jute runner for easy snow removal :)

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Snowflake-adorned red Christmas ornaments

and pine cones are sprinkled on the table. . .

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Along with rock salt and a light dusting of faux snowflakes for a snowy accumulation and wintry mix.

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Mr. Cardinal has a light dusting of snow on his wings,

and snowflakes and a sprig of holly adorns his cap!

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Pedestals elevate birdhouses for some height on the table. . .

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Along with a stack of Belmont Red fruit bowls and provide

a surface for sprinkling rock salt for a snowy landscape.

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Belmont Red Table Details:

*Dinnerware /  Mikasa Belmont Red Dinnerware

*Flatware / Mikasa Gourmet Basics Contempo

Snowy Goblets / Kohl’s, several years ago

Placemats / World Market, several years ago

Napkin Rings / Kohl’s, several years ago

 Napkins & Jute Runner / Pottery Barn, several years ago

Matelasse Coverlet / Bed, Bath & Beyond

Birdhouses, Snowmen, Pedestals / Hobby Lobby

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Enjoy 20% off one Belmont Red item through November 23rd with the link below:

www.mikasa.com/source?src=MARYMBLOGMKBR201

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You’re welcome to join me at the table for a Delicious Autumn here.

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*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.

Christmas Snowfall Table with Mikasa Belmont Red Dinnerware

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Falling Back and a Thanksgiving Round Up

It’s that time of year to fall back, and

when most of us in the US will be turning back our clocks.

It’s also time when my internal clock falls to comfort food. . .

Harvesting, Gathering, and Thanksgiving!

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Click on the links if you’d like to fall back for a taste or

 a peek at a little fall tabletop or Thanksgiving inspiration!

Plymouth Popcorn

A sweet and salty treat, great for snacking and sure to satisfy hungry pilgrims,

football fans, or tree-trimmers over Thanksgiving weekend!

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 A Last Hurrah for Fall Leaves & Pumpkins 

Cornucopia folded napkins and a centerpiece with fall leaves and mini pumpkins.

Pecan Pie Muffins

Pecan Pie Muffins

The flavor of pecan pie in an easy and delicious muffin.

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A Harvest of Gray & Favorite Fall Soup 

At the table with gray pumpkins, Royal Stafford’s Hayride Harvest,

and easy & delicious Roasted Pear-Butternut Soup.

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Quick & easy mini pies with a package of refrigerated pie crusts,

a muffin tin and cookie cutters.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Nuts

Pumpkin Pie Spice Nuts

A flavorful, sweet treat for your Thanksgiving table

or an easy and delicious hostess gift.

Roasted Butternut-Apple and Pumpkin Soup Shooters

Roasted Butternut-Apple and Pumpkin Soup Shooters

A teaser appetizer to serve your guests and

 whet their appetite for the Thanksgiving feast.

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Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Pudding 

Move over pumpkin pie, meet your replacement at our Thanksgiving table!

Thanksgiving Lakeside

A pumpkin vase centerpiece and mini pumpkin vases for each place setting.

Cream of Plenty Soup

aka, Shrimp and Corn Chowder, plenty of flavor and plenty hearty!

A meal in a bowl with some crusty bread, ideal for a busy week night when you need something warm and satisfying.

Thanksgiving With a Touch of Blue

Blue married with shades of rust and brown for an unlikely Thanksgiving table color combination, but Mother Nature approved.

Pumpkin-Berry Bread French Toast with Cranberry Maple Syrup

A double duty recipe! Fire up your Slow Cooker for an easy and moist Pumpkin-Cranberry bread. Enjoy it as a seasonal French toast for brunch with Cranberry-Maple Syrup. 

Cranberry-Apple-Pumpkin Bundt Cake

The flavors of fall in a cake with a

Maple Glaze and Sugared Pecans & Pepitas.

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Pumpkin Granola

Make-ahead, flavorful and ideal for Thanksgiving weekend with family in town.

Harvesting, Reaping, & Sowing 

Fall or Thanksgiving table inspiration

Autumn Flavor-Infused Bourbon

DIY Holiday Spirits,  infuse the flavors of Apple Pie or

 Orange, Clove & Cranberry for gift giving or mixing your holiday cocktails.

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Potato Gratin with Rosemary Crust

 A gratin that marries Yukon Gold with sweet potatoes for a perfect side for fall or Thanksgiving and served in a double crust that’s layered with rosemary and Gruyère cheese. 

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Gilded Gourds

A quick wash of metallic color highlights and dresses your pumpkins

and gourds for an easy DIY for your Thanksgiving table.

Cranberry-Pecan Pie Crust Leaves

Dress up your left over Thanksgiving turkey

with Cranberry-Pecan Crusts for pot pie,

or eat them like crackers :)

 Falling Back

Hope you enjoy your extra hour

of sleep as you fall back!

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Potting Shed: A Haunted Tableau

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I have a Haunted Tableau and final Halloween post for you. . .

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Set in my Haunted Potting Shed. . .

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Ravens have arrived to alight on windows,

covered with a creepy fabric. . .

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And spiders are multiplying, conjured with

Martha Stewart Crafts Gothic Lace Window Clings.

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Reusable glittery spider clings adhere to glass surfaces

and also transferware plates for a little spooky fun.

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Potion bottles line the window ledge. . .

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And dreadful images of bones, skulls and bats join the Haunted Tableau.

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Spooky graphics are courtesy of The Graphics Fairy~

(enter Halloween in the search box for images)

and proceed with caution. . .

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Haunting skull martini glasses are

waiting to serve your potion or poison. . .

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And ghostly white pumpkins are offered under glass

with barbed wire for Cloche Encounters.

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Sinister skeletal hands have previously held

munchkin pumpkinsgraveyard and witch hat cupcakes

in their evil clutches, and are offering napkins to use, if you dare. . .

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Halloween is the time of year when everyday items

can appear a little creepy and spooky . . .

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And when a garden fork can appear as a sinister hand. . .

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 If only fueled by your imagination and a spooky spider ring. <|:>)

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Favorite Haunts & Details:

Skeletal Hands / Target, several years ago

Skull Martini Glasses / Pottery Barn, several years ago

Ravens & Martha Stewart Crafts Spider Clings /Michaels

Glitter Spiders, Creepy Black Gauze, Faux Barbed Wire / Walmart

Transferware plates / Colonial Pottery, Grace

Flatware / World Market

Happy Haunting!

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A Potting Shed Happy Haunting

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My Potting Shed is ready for a Happy Haunting!

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And I’m rolling out the pumpkins in welcome

 for Members of The Black Hat Society!

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A wreath at the door warns:‘The Witch is In’,

 spelled with a sign scared up at Michaels

and some creepy black gauze. . .

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Along with a vintage garden trowel, masquerading

as a rusty witch hand with a bejeweled spider ring.

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Ravens have flown in for Halloween to light on pumpkins.

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And witchy shoes are parked by the door

next to a broom, ready for flight!

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A cauldron is bubbling with colorful mums. . .

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And lanterns, destined for the graveyard,

have a new life & a spooky facelift . . .

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Befitting their cracked glass panes, rust, and a broken hinges.

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Martha Stewart Crafts Gothic Lace Window and

 Mirror Clings were conjured from Michaels. . .

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Reusable spider clings adhere to glass surfaces. . .

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And add to haunted lantern fun with ghostly

 white pumpkins, glittery spiders, leaves and twigs!

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Chippy spindles repurposed as candleholders

elevate Jack Be Little pumpkins. . .

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And a burlap banner puts the ‘Happy’ in Halloween. . .

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Along with witchy legs, whether tucked

in a fern or in a cauldron at the table.

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Spiders are multiplying. . .

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And a bittersweet wreath frames a transferware plate.

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Favorite Haunts & Details:

Member Black Hat Society & Annual Witch Rides Signs/ HomeGoods

Burlap Happy Halloween Banner/ Pier 1

The Witch is In Sign/ Michaels

Witch Ring, Witch Legs / Target

Witch Shoes/ Kohl’s

Ravens & Martha Stewart Crafts Spider Clings /Michaels

Glitter Spiders & Creepy Black Gauze / Walmart

Bittersweet Wreath (real) / Farmers Market

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Hope to see you at the Annual Witch Rides,

Come One, Come All October 31st!

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 Happy Haunting <|:>)

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A Delicious Autumn Table with Mikasa Belmont Red

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I’m at the table with pumpkins, mums, and Indian corn

in a celebration of Delicious Autumn and

Mikasa Belmont Red Dinnerware!

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Gourmet Basics by Mikasa Belmont stoneware is available in a prism of colors~ blue, green, black, and red.

Plates are available in a round, traditional shape or a square shape for a more modern interpretation for dining.

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Belmont Red leans towards a warm russet shade, ideal for a table to pair with the colors and textures of autumn; rustic woven placemats, colorful Indian corn and some fall foliage.

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Fall is my favorite season and the inspiration for the table

came from one of my favorite quotes. . .

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“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird

I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”

~ George Eliot

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A favorite urn, with a bird relief and pair perched as handles, serve as a centerpiece for the table. I added a potted mum, some leaves from a maple and a dogwood tree and a bird’s nest.

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The mum fits down in the urn with the leaves tucked in to fill in and add color & texture around the pot.

I tucked the bird’s nest in for some added interest.

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It’s natural and quick & easy to create in 5 minutes

using foliage and a pot of flowers from the grocery store or garden center

and urn or vase of your choice.

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Bird napkin rings marry a pair of napkins in shades of pumpkin and russet.

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And a plaid fringed throw is layered over a brown matelasse coverlet,

both used here for a Delicious Autumn and Flavors of Fall Picnic!

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Belmont Red Table Details:

*Dinnerware /  Mikasa Belmont Red Dinnerware

*Flatware / Mikasa Gourmet Basics Contempo

*Stemware/ Mikasa French Countryside

Chargers / World Market, several years ago

Bird Urn, retail days, used here

Napkin Rings / Pottery Barn, several years ago

 Napkins / Pier 1 & HomeGoods, several years ago

Matelasse Coverlet / Bed, Bath & Beyond

Plaid Throw / Target, several years ago, used here

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Enjoy 20% off one Belmont Red item through November 23rd with the link below:

www.mikasa.com/source?src=MARYMBLOGMKBR201

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You’re welcome to join me at the table with

Mikasa Belmont Blue, here, or Belmont Green, here.

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Delicious Autumn Table and Mikasa Belmont Red

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Chloe’s Hooked on Fishing

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Our cove has been ‘boiling’ with bass feeding with the cooler fall temperatures for the past month.

Chloe and fish

Chloe’s discovered a new pastime and fascination. . .

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And Gracie is content to watch the action from the comfort of her cushion.

I took these photos and video with my phone so the quality is not the best. . .

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But I hope they bring a smile to your face just the same :)

Chloe Fishing

Happy Sunday!

Deadly Morsels and Twisted Treats, aka Pretzel S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Deadly Morsels and Twisted Treats, aka

Pretzel S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

are a quick and easy treat for Halloween!

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They start with Pillsbury Ready To Bake!® Chocolate Chunk & Chip Cookies as a base and are layered with marshmallows, pretzel twists and deadly morsels, aka Nestle Toll House Halloween Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels. These bars are ready from start to finish in less than 25 minutes, and like Easy Caramel Apple Bars, the hardest part is waiting for them to cool long enough to cut!

Pretzel S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I found the Halloween Limited Edition morsels at Target, if you can’t find them, substitute regular semi-sweet morsels.

You could always add some Halloween sprinkles if you want to add some seasonal color to dress your twisted treats.

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Deadly Morsels and Twisted Treats, aka

Pretzel S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, recipe adapted from Pillsbury

Ingredients

16 oz. pkg Pillsbury Ready To Bake!® Chocolate Chunk & Chip Cookies

½ cup miniature marshmallows

 25 to 30 mini pretzel twists (or enough to cover marshmallow layer)

½ cup Nestle Toll House Halloween Semi-Sweet Chocolate and Orange Colored Morsels or semisweet chocolate chips

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil, extending foil over opposite sides of pan. Spray foil with nonstick spray.

Place cookie dough in bottom of pan. Press dough with fingers to flatten and cover bottom of pan in even layer.

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Bake 14 – 18 minutes or just until center is set.

Sprinkle marshmallows over partially baked crust. Arrange pretzels over marshmallows in 5 or 6 rows of 5 pretzels each. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top.

Return to oven; bake 5 minutes longer or until marshmallows appear melted.

Allow bars to cool in pan before cutting. (Pillsbury’s recipe said to cool 30 minutes but my bars were still too sticky. I had better luck cutting after refrigerating for a couple of hours.)

Lift bars from pan by using foil overhang; place on cutting board. Cut bars to desired size and store in airtight container.

You can find a printable recipe here.

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Cupcake liners provide an easy and festive way to serve these twisted treats

and keep sinister skeletal hands marshmallow-free <|:>)

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Deadly Morsels and Twisted Treats!

Deadly Morsels and Twisted Treats

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At the Table: Deadly Morsels and Twisted Treats

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Halloween’s around the corner which means it’s

that time of year when Treats become Twisted . . .

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Witch’s Cauldron Cupcakes

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Chocolate cupcakes with frosting in a bubbling cauldron hue

and topped with cauldron potion Halloween sprinkles.

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  Twizzlers Chocolate Twists make edible cauldron handles.

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It’s also the time when seemingly normal ingredients can appear Spooky. . .

Spooky Lasagna Soup

Spooky Lasagna Soup

Mozzarella and olive slice eyes to stare up from

 your soup bowl with a quick trick & spooky treat!

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 Scary Hand Pies are easy to scare up with pie filling,

refrigerated pie crust, and Wilton Candy Eyes.

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Scary hand optional <|: >)

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Beware. . . it’s the time of year when

morsels become deadly. . .

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Death by Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Death by Chocolate Cupcakes

A triple dose of chocolate deadly

enough for the most die-hard chocoholic.

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Bottles were collected for potion ingredients. . .

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Pick your poison. . .

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And shake up a Skeletini Cocktail.

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Ravens have gathered for twisted treats. . .

Brains of Cawing Ravens

aka, White Chocolate Popcorn Crunch

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Candy Corn masquerades as Bat Fangs,

Dried Cranberries magically become Lord Neckswoop’s Blood Drops,

and White Chocolate Almond Bark is arsenic-laced

all by conjuring ingredient labels.

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Wishing you a Happy Haunting!

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Deadly Morsels and Twisted Treats Table:

Deadly Morsel Plates & Tiered Centerpiece Basket / Hobby Lobby

Dinner Plates / Pfaltzgraff Delaney

Tablecloth & Goblets / HomeGoods

Witch Hands / Target, several years ago

Flatware & Chargers / World Market

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Around the Potting Shed: Weighing in On Fall Love

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I’m weighing in on a little fall love with pumpkins, mums, and

leaves for garden smiles around the Potting Shed!

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My vintage National Family Scale is offering up Indian corn and

the first autumn color from leaves of a Sweetgum tree.

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And a crewel embroidered pumpkin pillow join

 other pumpkins and pillows on a bench.

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Raking Season will be here soon, and Indian corn and a

garden fork hang on a rake for a little fall display.

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The botanical face of my Garden Smiles plaque is framed with

a bittersweet wreath and topped with some dogwood foliage.

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And a recent find and vintage Schwinn Breeze bike

may not be road ready but she’s pumpkin ready.

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Pumpkins are nestled in the chimney pot with the

fern fronds for a little seasonal color.

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“Autumn truly is what summer pretends to be:  the best of all seasons. It is as glorious as summer is tedious; as subtle as summer is obvious; as refreshing as summer is wearying.
Autumn seems like paradise.” ~Gregg Easterbrook

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The Witch Is In: Halloween Cauldron Cupcakes!

Witch's Cauldron Cupcakes

 With Halloween on the horizon,

 it seemed timely to pull out my cauldron and practice my

 spell making with a batch of Chocolate Cauldron Cupcakes!

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Fitting too since October 18th is National Chocolate Cupcake Day. . .

I’m happy to celebrate any kind of cupcake day!

{insert *cackle* here}

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I like to use a doctored cake mix for quick & easy spelling for cupcakes.

I used a Betty Crocker Super Moist Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix for the cupcakes, substituting buttermilk for the water, 4 eggs instead of 3, and the same amount of oil called for in the mix.

Follow the box directions for mixing and baking, allowing the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

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Twizzlers Chocolate Twists form the handles of the cauldron cupcakes. Bend and insert them in your cupcake, they’re just the right size, no cutting or spelling required! Make sure not to put them too close to the edge of your cupcakes to prevent the cupcake from breaking.

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I tried to insert them after frosting the top, before adding the sprinkles, but I had better more luck placing them prior to frosting to prevent breaking the cupcake. I used the pretzel sticks, aka cauldron stirrers, to help spread the frosting close to the edges of the cupcakes and around the Twizzler/cauldron handles. I found the Chocolate Twizzlers at Target, a short broom ride away.

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This witch likes Pillsbury canned frosting, but if the idea of canned frosting makes your black teeth ache, use your favorite frosting recipe. I used a vanilla frosting tinted with green food coloring for a bubbling cauldron hue.

Little witches will enjoy custom blending their cauldron cupcakes with sprinkles and nonpareils for a fun Halloween activity and treat!

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I hope these cauldron cupcakes make you

Happier than a Witch in a Broom Factory <|: >)

Halloween Witch's Cauldron Cupcakes

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