Saturday, October 18, 2008

Trick or Treat

Hoo? Oh, the party already began! Sorry I'm a little late posting - my computer shut down in mid-blog last night and lost my stuff. I was sooo tired I had to leave it til today. Let's get started - I'm not much for tricks, but I do have a few treats, but first - the decorations. They set the tone for the party -

Nothing says spooky like some skulls in an apothocary jar on the mantel. And my spider candle holder is one of my favorites - it always looks like it is about to crawl off the mantel.

Oh, beware of the attack cat - he thinks he owns the mantel.

*Hisssss* Stay away from the owl - he's mine!!

But while we are over here, would you like some candy?

I just had to share this cool Halloween dish I got at Cracker Barrel of all places. It's still on sale if you have one near you - soooo cute!

And I also got this at the Cracker Barrel - so cute. BOO!!

And now for some cookies:

I bought some new little bitty Halloween cookie cutters that I just had to try out - I have the best sugar cookie recipe so I made them the other day. They are by far the best sugar cookies to taste - they have the slightest hint of lemon to cut the sweetness and the stuff they sell in a tube at the store around this time of year is absolutely awful compared to these.

If ever I could cast a spell to give everyone that visits a cookie I would - they are too good!

I just wish I was better at decorating them - I'm no Martha Stewart. Oh well - they may look juvenile, but they taste better than they look and I'm having trouble keeping people from eating them before I can take a picture. Here's the recipe:

Nicki's Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies


3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/8 tsp Salt
1 cup butter or margarine
2 Eggs
1 1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Lemon Extract


2 cups Powdered Sugar
1/3 cup Butter
1/2 tsp Vanilla
2 tbsp Half & Half (or Milk)

Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off.
In large bowl combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt, mix well.

Using fork or pastry blender, cut in butter until crumbly. In small bowl, beat eggs; gradually add sugar, vanilla and lemon extract, beating until light. Add this mixture to the flour mixture in the large bowl, mix by hand and knead until dough forms, dough will be sticky. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour for easier handling.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough 1/3 at a time, to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters - I used small ones, but usually 2-3 inch cutters are best. Place the cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6 - 11 minutes or until lightly golden brown. (If making smaller cookies watch them carefully - the bake very quickly). Wait a minute to remove cookies as they will be limp, then remove to cool completely before decorating.

In small bowl, combine all ingredients adding enough half & half or milk for desired consistency. Blend until smooth. Then decorate as you like - pipe it on the cookies, spread thinly, whatever. Then sprinkle colored sugars or sprinkles.

As you can see - they are a bit of work to make - but sooo worth it. And while we are still in the kitchen - check out my new kitchen towel I got at Target:

And now for some othe party goers - Marie, the small porcelain doll is enjoying some of my miniatures:

I made her a little jack o lantern to store her goodies in - a large twisty sucker, chocolate - of course, licorice, and caramel apples. If you'd like to see the Country Living cake miniature I made in a little more detail - see my past posts.

And didn't I promise a give away?? Yes, I did:

Nothing says Halloween like a witch on a broom - this stain glass decoration is soooo cute. I had to buy one for a gift and another for here to give away. So please leave a comment on this post if you'd like it and I will randomly select a lucky person to get this. I guess I'll pick by Tuesday?? It's not a lot of time, I know, but I want to quickly ship it out so someone gets it by Halloween.

Here's a pic of it with the light shining through.

Not a great pic, but you get the idea. Cuter in person.

So...that's all for now - Happy Halloween!! Off I go to check some other blog partiers. I'll be posting more Halloween stuff right up to the day so be sure to check back here now and then.


Leah said...

Wow, you did a great job on those miniatures, they look fantastic!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Your miniature candies are adorable...I am amazed they're not real!


Tara said...

Why thank you for such a nice party, those cookies look amazing! Oh, I have the same towel from Target, don't you love it??

CraftyRia said...

I love all of your Halloween goodness! Nice job!

Mel said...

You must have a lot of patience and a steady hand to work on miniatures! Thanks for the party! I love the witch suncatcher!

Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn said...

oooh! I really, really love the cookies!

Deborah said...

Your miniatures are incredible! Very enjoyable!!! Thank you for inviting us in.

gma said...

Thanks for the
Good cookies!

Sleepy Hollow Craft Company said...

my husband and I are attending some of the "parties" today..and yours was a blast!! We especially are fond of your apothecary jar full of skulls..we might have to steal that idea for our own home LOL
and your cookies were just spooktacular :)
Sleepy Hollow Craft Company

Anonymous said...

Your cat looks so cute leaning to the side.
Your cookies look great...move over Martha. Thanks for the recipe...I am not a baker but sugar cookies are my 94 year old Father's favorite I think I will give them a try.

Sandra Evertson said...

Oh, that was just Fabulous, and thanks for the cookies!

Salinda said...

I love the cookies and I must try that recipe. I, too, saw the owls at Target. I walked away the other day, but I might have to go grab a few.

Happy Halloween!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the cookie recipe - that will be fun for Christmas too. Lovely party!!

Witchy Blessings,

Unknown said...

I love your mini treats. They are so cute! I think your cookies look really cool. That witch is wonderful give away. Please enter me.

Chris said...

I LOVE iced sugar cookies at halloween. I'll be using this recipe. Probably won't get them done in time for the party this year, but I'll have them on my own for Halloween.

Thanks for all the pretties and for sharing a recipe!

Betzie said...

Yum..that cookie recipe looks so good!!! You've inspired me to try it and I hate to bake! lol
Love all your decorations!
Thanks so much for sharing!! betzie xo

*~TWo PiXie DoLLs~* said...

Lovely post! You found some great treasures too! Those cookies look so delicious as well. And that stained glass piece is so pretty!

Feel free to visit my party too and enter in the 3 giveaways while you're there!


Anonymous said...

Great party!!! Absolutely love your new kitchen towel!! I'm going to have to try your cookie recipe. I'm sure they are absolutely delicious! Happy October!

Anonymous said...

What a great party! Those cookies look yummy; feel free to send some my way. :)

Kims Art said...

What a wonderful party! Happy Halloween! I think your cookies are great and I can't wait to try out that recipie.

Unknown said...

I love all of your Halloween treasures, and those ghoulish ones too. Thanks for the recipe, those cookies are delightful. Happy Halloween, Karen

AwtemNymf said...

I'm Blog Hopping from Vanessa's "A Fanciful Twist" Party <{:O) Thanks for sharing the cookies! I have the same owl towel! Gotta love Targhay! *winks*
Stop by my place too... I'm having a couple of give-aways!
Have a bootiful day!
Be Enchanted!

Lola Enchanted said...

Hello! I'm so glad I came back!!! What a lovely party and thank you for the sweet treats!!!

Lovely to see you here at the party!!!!~

happy early halloween

* elizabeth * said...

Marvelous miniatures! I'd love to have a great big swirled sucker like that to carry all day. Yum! Thanks for having me to your party.

Anonymous said...

So much Halloween goodness!! Oh no, you lost your blog post last night, I hate that!!

Well, you are a wonderful sport!! Look at those cookies, I am delighted you posted this recipe!! I have been wanting to make good sugar cookies for a long time!! Sppppooooktacular!!! ;)

SquishyCuteStuff said...

Wonderful stuff!! I especially love your owls...I will have to look at Target for that towel♥ Great party, girl!

ittybittyandpretty said...

cute collection of halloween stuff, love the spider too. have fun visiting all those parties. xx rosey

Iowa Sunshine said...

The miniature candies look so real. Now i'm hungry!Then there are those scrumptious looking cookies. I love miniatures. Your site is neat. Thanks for the party. HUGS

calamity kim said...

I love that bowl from Cracker Barrel! Maybe I'll be lucky enough to find one if I go real quick!! I appreciate the sugar cookie recipe- I love to make cookies but only after someone else tastes them first! I agree that the ones at the store are not as good as homemade!
I love the miniatures! I am anxious to check out the next post to see the country living cake- I loved the one last year on the black hobnail cake stand! It was awesome!
Have a happy Halloween and please stop by to see me if you get time!
xxxooo calamity kim

Cottage At Dove Canyon said...

I am so jealous that you have a cracker barrel near you - I love that store! The dish is adorable and your cat - well, he is the best decoration of all! Boo to you!

NyteRayn said...

I was just partying over at a Fanciful Twist and I thought I’d check out your blog! I'll beware the attack kitty... so cute!

tami said...

Your decorations are so cute, can't wait to try out your sugar cookie recipe.

3rdEyeMuse said...

what a wickedly fun post! thank you for the recipe - I am definitely looking forward to taking a stab at it. :)

Christy said...

Love your halloween goodies! Happy halloween!

Charlene said...

HAND OVER THE COOKIES & NO ONE GETS HURT!!!!!!! :) Yumm I copied the receipe & will give it a try. Thanks!

julietk said...

I enjoyed my visit ,great miniatures. Mini Hugs Juliet

Celestial Charms said...

Oh, where do I begin. Your decorations are beautiful, and thanks for the tips on where they were purchased. Your cookies are so cute. Your miniatures are darling and I enjoyed coming to your party.

MJ Ornaments said...

Your skulls in the jar are great, and your cookies look yummy! Thanks for the visit.
Take care,

Marilyn said...

Your cookies look yummy-delicious. Thank you for the recipes:) Your teeny little treats are darling too.
I would love to have a chance to win your giveaway. Thank you...Marilyn:)
{I'm having a giveaway too if you have time to stop by}

Unknown said...

Happy Halloween to you too!
Fabbie post, love the apothecary jar.

American Homemaker said...

Thanks for the recipe... I hardly ever make sugar cookies since they take so long, but the kids have fun with them, so I've promised myself to whip up some dough.

all over the map said...

I'm the Perth girl. I love that you shared your gran is Greek and in Perth. Not useless info at all. Here's some though: I love Greek food! :) Really, as in a lot.
You did a lovely write up here. I am a huge fan of sugar cookies. I'd eat them all. And be sick after as well. Worth every bite though.
I miss getting out all the decorations for Halloween. Boo hoo!
I like the banner you did for the season. Lovely.
Happy Halloween from down under.

Cindy said...

LOL! Love the mantel cat!


Anonymous said...

Happy Halloween...the party has been so much fun. I enjoy viewing other blogs and get inspired!

Robyn said...

Cookies look delicious! Loved the skulls in the apothecary jar!! Sop by my party for a quick nightcap!

Unknown said...

Any cookies left for me! LOL Great Job!

Altered Route said...

I am late as I traveled Vanessa's list from the bottom up this time.
Thanks for the recipe! Happy Halloween!

My Artful Heart said...

Love your party postie....thanks for the yummy cookies :)

Michelle Frae Cummings said...

Just starting now to visit the rest of the party goers from Vanessa's blog! Thanks for sharing, especially the cookie recipe, yum!

Anonymous said...

Happy Halloween to you too! thanks for the recipe!

Kristin said...

(Im just starting to make my rounds)hehe sorry Im late, but I like your halloween decorations are very cute!!

Anonymous said...

Love the sugar cookies! I'll have to try that recipe! I ALMOST bought that same candy dish at Cracker Barrell. May have to go back and get one. Love your blog!

Tumbleweed Trails said...

The party has been fun. Love your stained glass decoration.

Asylumgirl said...

Quite lovely! What an adorable attack cat you have.


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