Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween Books

Goodnight Goon
Originally uploaded by Chris Devers
As Halloween approaches, we have been reading lots of books about mummy's, witches, ghosts and goblins. Here is a list of a few of our favorites.

1. Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex

2. The Runaway Mummy by Michael Rex

3. Brooms are for Flying by Michael Rex

4. A Very Brave Witch by Alison McGhee

5. Only a Witch Can Fly by Alison McGhee

6. Five LIttle Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino

7. Whoo's There? by Charles Reasoner

8. The Creepies Books by Rose Impey

9. Fancy Nancy Halloween or Bust based on the Jane O'Connor books

10. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (my personal favorite)

Happy Reading!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Stan's donuts

Stan's donuts
Originally uploaded by Donut Stud
I am obsessed with donuts! What's not to love about these deep fried, frosted dough balls of heavenly perfection? Of course not all donuts are created equal and I will admit to being a bit of a donut snob. I have discovered a handful of donut paradises (and I am always on the hunt for more) and hands down, one of my favorites is Stan's Donuts in Westwood. Forbes Magazine even named Stan's the best donuts in America. Everyone in my family has their personal favorites. My husband loves the chocolate round, I'm partial to the coconut and my kids dream of the pink frosted Simpson donut. My oldest daughter is such a fan that for her 5th birthday she requested Stan's donuts instead of cupcakes. Stan surprised her by making a giant Simpson donut that fed 25 kids. I don't think I need to tell you it was a big hit. While we try and eat healthy most of the time, on Saturday mornings like today when my kids wake up and beg for Stan's, I am happy to oblige!

Friday, October 16, 2009


Originally uploaded by Parisienne2008~*
This October we celebrate that my mom and aunt are breast cancer survivors! They are amazing, strong women and I am so happy to have them in my life!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


We recently moved into our first house in a new neighborhood and decided a great way to get to know our new neighbors was to have a little party and entice them over with desserts and lots and lots of good beer. BBQ'd hot dogs, chili beans and a bounce house for the kids completed the festivities. We found out we have some fantastic new neighbors and I see many more parties in our future. Here is a picture of the dessert table. The homemade caramel apples I was intent on having had to be tossed after sticking to the wax paper. I followed the instructions, greased the paper with copious amounts of butter, let them chill and still no luck. Oh well, next time...

Friday, October 9, 2009

Martha Stewart Halloween Dessert Table

Oh Martha - how do I love thee? There are few magazines I hold on to, but Martha Stewart demands saving. And for that matter, referring back to for constant inspiration. I love this Halloween dessert table. It makes me want to try my hand at homemade carmel apples!

Image via dragonflydesignstudio via flickr.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Halloween Screamsicle Cupcakes

Love these halloween cupcakes. I am going to have to try fondant decorations soon!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Amy Atlas Halloween Treat Table

I love holidays, big, small and in between. We celebrate everything at our house! Halloween, though, is one of my favorites. I love the fall weather, carnivals, costumes and of course the treats. My idol Amy Atlas has created the most amazing Halloween treat table. If only she could come to my house!