Along with everyone else in the world, I’ll go ahead and say “I can’t believe it’s already November!”. I’ve already been married 3 weeks! Thanksgiving is 3 weeks away, and Christmas is only a few weeks after that! This is my absolute favorite time of the year, but this year, it will also be a time of big changes. We have to pack up our house before the Christmas holidays. Then we have to move to LA (Did I mention we still need a place to live? Holler atchya girl if you hear of anything!). Then Whitney has to start his real, full-time, grown-up job. Then I have to start a job. And find an agent. And become a famous actress. You know, all that jazz.
But in the meantime, I’m going to enjoy and celebrate this holiday season as much as I possibly can, while we are still guaranteed to be in Texas with our families. And my holiday season celebrating started with Halloween. I know, we didn’t find new costumes or go to any crazy parties (we’re an old married couple now). But I did throw on my Jack-O-Lantern costume from last year, made Halloween cupcakes with the boy I nanny while watching Halloweentown II, cooked (honestly, for the first time in a long, long time) a shrimp pasta with french bread to eat under candlelight, and watched Dark Shadows (that’s a Halloween movie, right?). Only one family stopped by to trick-or-treat (which I suspected), so I didn’t buy any candy (thankfully we had some Longhorn mints leftover from the wedding, haha). We also carved pumpkins a couple of weeks ago that sadly were unable to hold out until Halloween.
I was adamant on carving pumpkins this year. The last two years we bought the pumpkins, and to my dismay, never ended up carving them. This is honestly the first time I have carved a pumpkin completely by myself, no dragging Whitney in to scoop out the pumpkin muck or fix this or fix that. 🙂
My finished pumpkin. It’s not perfect, but it’s an owl. And owls are cute. If you know me, you know I have a thing for owls. And Alice in Wonderland. And cute puppies. But I digress…
Jessie’s finished pumpkin. You saw it in the daylight here. I think next time I’ll throw down the $5 to buy one of those pumpkin carving kits for kids. I think it will make things a lot easier trying to carve curves that don’t look so jagged as mine do.
Since I watch the boy I nanny every day after he gets out of school, I had to watch him on Halloween. I knew I had to do something Halloween related, and I wanted it to be something he would 1) enjoy 2) actually use (or eat). So I settled on baking something. Cupcakes or cookies it was, and as cupcakes provided the least amount of mess, I went with cupcakes. The great thing about baking is it is so versatile. You can make cupcakes for any occasion! So I decided to dye the icing green and orange (or pink, because you know, I still can’t figure out the red and yellow dye combination), place them in green and orange cups, and decorate with googly eyes and mustaches.
Putting the eyes and mustaches (or eyebrows or hair, whatever you want to make them) in the cupcakes had to have been his favorite part (besides eating them of course). By the way, he had never tried Funfetti cake before (what?!). But aren’t these so cute? I stumbled across this one pack of eyes and mustaches at the store, so this is what we had to decorate with.
The eyes look out of focus, but really they aren’t. They have that effect where depending on how you look at them, the eyes “move”.
Because I love dogs, and I love taking photos, I had to snap a couple of their sweet, old dog. He is so much more relaxed than Kipling, haha.
Enjoy the season! I know I will. I can’t wait to start playing that Christmas music non-stop. But I’ll try to hold out until Thanksgiving. 😉