Leading the Next Fashion Craze

There has been some concern for a few weeks that Mila may not play along with this year's Halloween plan. I thought we would manage to squeeze in one more year of Alexis getting to dictate everyone's costumes, but early indications are that Mila is riding the Nope Train all the way to Nopeville. Which, if she sticks to her plan filled with nopes, there will be much disappointment. Alexis ROCKED the duo thing again this year.

I have a week to figure out what sort of bribery might convince Mila to play along. Which, I think maaaaaaaybe I found an angle.


We go to Zoo Boo every year because Zoo Boo is a good time. There's not a lot of candy to be had and it's always crazy crowded, but additional opportunities to wear costumes are good. Also good are the little haunted house and a chance to just hang out for a few hours. I'm a big fan of spending time together while pretending the house isn't trashed, you know?

This year's Zoo Boo lived up to expectations. I didn't even bother to try to get either of the girls to wear their "real" costumes because I may only get one shot at convincing Mila to play things my way. Alexis' costume is really only amazing with Mila's, so that was that. Alexis made herself a bunny tail and I convinced Mila to wear a tutu and some wings.


Mila added one little item to her costume. A feed bag.

Mila very literally hung her candy bag around her neck and threatened to cut anyone who tried to move it. She kept her candy nice and close so that she could eat it as quickly as she collected. Which, she succeeded. The girl left with LESS candy than she arrived with, thanks to the fact that she not only ate everything she got, she also ate the "starter" bag of Skittles I gave her to remind her how to trick-or-treat.

So, when Monday rolls around and it's time for Mila to put on her for-real costume, I'm going to add a feed bag to it. Feed bags filled with candy are most definitely this season's "in" accessory.


Pumpkin Glob Cupcakes

Right about now I should be spending my hours thinking long and hard about what crazy concoction I am going to send to school for Alexis' Halloween party. Alas, our school has joined the many that no longer allows homemade treats.

There is no joy in 100 calorie snack packs.

In lieu of school treats, I'm finding a way to get my Halloween on anyway. Dance class and volleyball and cheer and Mila's daycare and ... and ... and. I am finding people who will accept deliciousness.


So there, school administration that thinks processed food is somehow healthy. SO THERE.



Round One. Super easy Pumpkin Glob Cupcakes.


Pumpkin Glob Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcake

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 15-oz can pure pumpkin
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your cupcake pans. You're going to be making 18 cupcakes, so plan accordingly.

2. Toss the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves into a large mixing bowl. Use a whisk to mix it all. Add in the pumpkin, sugar, brown sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs. Mix well. I used a fork, so don't feel like you have to drag out your electric mixer for this part.

3. Time to place the cupcake stuff in the cupcake liners. Fill the cupcake liners about 2/3 full.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 22 minutes.

Marshmallow Frosting

1 cup butter, room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 13-oz jar marshmallow fluff
Purple gel food dye (optional)
Candy eyes (optional)

1. Beat the butter with an electric mixer until fluffy.

2. Gradually add in the sugar and vanilla and mix some more.

3. Mix in the marshmallow fluff.

To assemble the cupcakes, allow them to cool then use a round frosting tip to make a glob of purple on top. Stick the candy eyes on top and call it a day.


Throw Your Hands In The Air