mummy cupcakes

For a couple of years I have seen photos of different mummy cupcake designs either on the Internet or in food magazines.  I decided to try them out this year for a quick sweet treat. I used a box cake mix to make some carrot cake cupcakes.  I made only 12, and used the other…

sweet and salty pretzels

We had a rainy Halloween night here in Michigan.  So, we had fewer than expected Trick or Treaters, which was a bit sad.  Just like so many things from years ago, I feel that this American tradition is going to be extinct soon. However, in the past few weeks, I have still managed to keep…

Choosing the best pumpkin

Choosing that classic pumpkin for the front porch has always been one of my favorite Fall outings to the store or Farmer’s market.  Seeing  the many different sizes and shapes of pumpkins and gourds that farmers have selected to grow from seed is so exciting.  Thanks to all of those farmers who take the time…

Easy Holiday Petit Fours

Years ago I found this recipe for easy petit fours.  This is a “go-to” recipe that can be made for just about any holiday.  It uses the standard frozen pound cake, which is thawed overnight in the refrigerator.  Then, after cubed, the pound cake squares are glazed with a typical confectioners’ sugar mixture.  During the…

pumpkins for Thanksgiving

Everyone likes to display a pumpkin on their porch for Halloween, but I love to keep my pumpkins through Thanksgiving.  I usually prefer a display of many pumpkins or squash types.  This year I have a green pumpkin on my porch, along with smaller pie pumpkins in my lower windows. Along with the pumpkins, I…

gingerbread house for Halloween

I purchased a kit for a Halloween gingerbread house from Williams Sonoma and assembled it a couple of days ago.  It was a very easy kit to assemble and was so much fun to decorate.  I used a variety of decorations, some of which I purchased for the kit, some that came with the kit,…

ghost cookies

While looking forward to Halloween this year, I brought out my favorite sugar cookie recipe.  From Martha Stewart’s collected recipes for every day, published in 1995, the recipe for Sugar Cookies II is nothing short of perfect.  The dough is perfect for rolling and decorating.  I chill the dough for a minimum of one hour,…

one pan pumpkin bread

this is pumpkin season.  and, i highly recommend this bread recipe. i have made it for many years and always enjoy the flavor and texture of this bread.  if you are using a box mix, get rid of it today.  this bread is flavorful, tasty, and can be made in one bowl. one of the…

halloween candy for the table

since we had made a trip to the old fashioned candy store in bay city last week, i had a nice selection of Halloween candy that was calling out for a creative display. using chemistry glassware and beakers, i have the candy arranged.  black and orange gumdrops, peanut butter chews wrapped in orange and black…

halloween tea

the republic of tea offers a few special flavors of tea for each season.  this year, i tried pumpkin spice and hot apple cider tea.  both of these flavors are the essence of fall and Halloween. while i have been getting ready for the door to door trick or treaters tonight, i have been enjoying…

rice krispie classics

after many years of making these rice krispie treats for a fall snack, i considered changing the recipe into one of the hundreds found online on various websites. i was interested to see if the newer versions were tastier or even just easier to make. it is amazing to see how many alterations have been…