Happy Halloween, Baby: Pops and Cake

Alrighty, so I saw these on another website (opens to a new window!) a couple of weeks ago, and for my daughter’s halloweeny get together (in which I did not play Type O Negative, I promise) I made them.

By memory, which means that hey, I’m not completely losing my mind. 😀

It was really fun. I think these could easily be adapted for other holidays. And don’t worry, if you don’t have a microwave like me, you can put a bowl over simmering water and melt them gently that way.

(And if I can do it, anyone can! :O)

And then I made cupcakes. Delicious, delicious cupcakes.
I might need to go get one right now.

Bare bones and great lines.

Like I mentioned earlier, we’ve got a place! Woohoo, the house hunt 2010 is over! Thank heavens! Wooo! *tosses confetti*

I took some pictures for my sister – you wanna see? Sure! You can see. But there’s just a handful, and keep in mind our landlord was still cleaning up and getting things ready for the August 3rd move in.

House: Living Room

Here’s the view into the house from the front door. This is the living room. That’s my mom, too, on a really good day – she usually gets around by walker or wheel chair.

House: Living room

Here’s the bricked-in fireplace. We’re thinking about getting something to fill it in.
I saw these 3D holiday wooden scenes at ABC Distributing. I’m not sure they’d fit, but I bet they would! I’m not usually one for ‘cutesy folksy stuff’, but lookit. The candles. And the pumpkins!

And a mantle! At Christmas! :3

House: Dining room

Pardon the mess, but we’re still in the middle of cleaning up and painting. Here’s the dining room. We’ve got a round table we’re gonna put in here temporarily, and my desk. Eventually I wanna get a nice square table and chairs in here.

Mom’s looking into the tiny coat closet. Opposite mom there’s the door into the basement.

House: Mama

Enter the kitchen. These are the ‘new’ cabinets – and I ♥ them. According to our landlord, this is where the appliances are supposed to go. I’ve got a eyetwitchy thing about putting a fridge right next to a stove, but if push comes to shove… *shrugs* that’s where it’s gonna go.

House: View from the dining room
Here’s the kitchen – well, most of it. As I’m looking at this, I’m thinking I wanna put a farmhouse sink in. My husband wants to strip the cabinets to match the newer ones. And the baseboards, too.

House: Kitchen

Funnily enough, I know you can’t see it from this shot, but there’s something deep and dark in this kitchen. I call it the Death Door. It’s a tiny, irregular-shaped door that is not just painted over, but it’s been screwed shut. On the other side of the wall there’s the stairs that lead down to the basement. I’m half convinced I should have a cleansing before moving in.

Other than the ‘regular’ one I was gonna do, I mean.

House: Kitchen

This isn’t the best picture I’ve ever taken, but the little eat-in nook there, that’s where we’re putting a desk for Kelly to do her schoolwork at. Eventually, though, I wanna build a bench plus some storage there, and make it a nice nook for maybe breakfast or something.

House: Stairs!

The stairs lead up to the 2nd floor landing, where all the bedrooms are and where the one bath is. The bathroom was really gross and ill-lit so I didn’t take pictures yet.

House: Our bedroom

Here’s one of the two master bedrooms. This one is mine and Josh’s. Lots of light, which I *love*, but I’m a little concerned with the amount of light it’ll let in at night. I really like to sleep in pitch-black rooms.

House: Upstairs Hallway

Mom’s looking into the room Kelly is coming out of. That’s Kelly’s room. It’s small, but so is she. We’re gonna let her paint her room whatever she likes, and she’s gonna pick out furniture, etc. Really let her make her room her own, in comparison to this childish ‘My way or the highway’ attitude we’ve been subjected to for so long.

House: Kelly's Room

She was pretty adamant that the owl be painted over. Josh was sad to see it go, and said he wished she wanted to keep it. (Which immediately made me roll my eyes.)

Mom’s room has ..disappeared from my harddrive, so just imagine another room like mine, except with 3 windows total.

Mmmm. Fridddge. Mmm. Stooooove.

These are my new appliances! Temporary, in the case of the stove, but I’m thinking about keeping the fridge. It’s beautiful. The stove will be returned once we get past this first month – the rent on the stove is $100, which is ridiculous when I can pay just a little more than 1 month’s rent on it and get one free and clear at the used appliance mart.

Really, the only reason we’re RTO-ing is because we need the appliances immediately, and we had a couple of coupons we were able to use to get the 2 appliances for $30 for one month. Godsend!

I’m making a lot of wishlist and housewarming lists. I’ll be posting them here.
Hint hint 😉

Butter.

I know it’s hard to tell from the picture alone – my batteries are dying and I’m hoping to get pictures of the hot air balloons that’s gonna happen tomorrow (or next month I can’t remember when now) so I just quickly took a shot and then closed it down -but the log is HUGE.

Amish butter, you guys. Half a log remaining. (Now there’s just a tad bit left. Most of this went in the cupcake recipe.)


I wish I had more. It’s just a little hard to measure it out for cooking.

We’re settling in quite nicely.


Meet Percy. Well. At least, Josh and I think this is Persephone. She’s mom’s kitten that does not like water, if you can believe it. Shocking, I know. Sunday night Josh gave all the cats baths – including Arden, of whom I have pictures on MySpace and Flickr, ask and ye shall receive – and this is one of the pictures of DrownedRat!Percy.

More to come.

Pandora (who has been given the undignified pet name of, all things, ‘Pandy Wandy’, thanks Kelly) had a bath, too, like I said, but I didn’t snap pictures of her.

There’s been a ton of picture taking lately. The house is gorgeous, let me tell you. The back yard overlooks a freaking lake. There’s ducks and geese and a blue heron (of which I haven’t been able to get on film *YET*) and the sun shines just *so* and it’s gorgeous.

But I just wanted to show off Wet!Kitten! pictures. I’ve got a storyline to write out and ChaCha to do tonight – see you on AIM if you want! =)

New recipes are coming! Until then..

I keep forgetting to post these things, so I bring you (without recipes, sadly – I’m a disgusting food blogger b/c I’m too lazy to take the time to properly post) some of the foods I’ve eaten (or helped to eat) in the past three weeks.

Cinnamon Snack v.2

Cinnamon Snack v.3

These are cinnamon twists from a local doughnut shop here in town by the name of Murray’s (I live in a town not far from Columbia, SC.) For years my family and I pined the loss of Krispy Kreme – we moved not realizing K.K wasn’t in town, and I’m sure if we HAD noticed we wouldn’t have moved! Needless to say, no one is all that sad about not having Krispy Kreme anymore. I nearly have a foodgasm over their doughnut holes. >.>

I ALMOST didn’t share them with my coworker! 0:)

Campbell's Fettucine Alfredo w/ Chicken & Broccoli

Campbell’s Soup recipe. It wasn’t bad. Forgive the bad photos, I dunno what happened.(Aside from being hungry.)

Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, and Steamfresh Corn
Meatloaf, mashed potatoes (with Parmesan cheese) and Steamfresh corn.

Fried Chicken and Chicken and Broccoli Rice mix
I can’t even BEGIN to tell you how good this was! I’m a huge fan of my fried chicken strips. Still working on perfecting my bone-in chicken, though 🙂

Ego Day?

Alright, so I’ve only seen 1 of you do this, but apparently it’s spreading. I wanna join in too, so here I am!

The Rules:
People post your pictures here.

People come by and tell other people how awesome they are and how great they look.

It’s that simple, and a lot of fun!!!

MK.

DIMPLES!

Belle.