Simple Halloween Cupcakes

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I kept seeing these cute Halloween cupcakes in magazines and around the internet, and I had to make some!  This recipe is from Real Simple magazine.  I modified it, though.  The original recipe called for pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice, and I’m just not a big fan of pumpkin flavor.

Halloween Cupcakes

1 18.5 ounce box of yellow cake mix (plus the ingredients called for in the package directions)
8 ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
24 pieces of candy corn

Heat oven to 350. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners. Prepare the cake mix as directed. (To add the pumpkin flavoring: add 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and substitute a 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree for the water called for in the cake directions).

Divide the batter among the muffin tins and bake until a toothpick inserted into center of a cupcake comes out clean; about 18-22 minutes.  Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.

Frosting: Use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Spread on the cupcakes and top each with a piece of candy corn.

Handy Boy loved these!  Also, I used an extra-moist cake mix.  It really helped to make the cupcakes super-moist and yummy.

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Halloween Countdown Chain

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Handy Boy has been hounding me lately, asking “When’s Halloween?!?!” He is 9 and has a better sense of time than younger kids, but a month still seems like ages to him.

I decided to make him a Halloween Countdown chain.  I have made Christmas countdown chains for him in the past, so why not Halloween?  This was very easy to do.  You could also make a countdown chain for a birthday, or a big trip, using different paper.

I used 12×12″ scrapbook paper.  I chose Halloween colors, and cut them into 1 inch wide strips, using my  Making Memories trimmer.  You can buy this trimmer at craft stores.  I LOVE THIS TRIMMER!  I highly recommend it for any kind of scrapbooking or paper crafting.

Here are all of the Halloween colors I used.  Different shades of orange, gray, brown, black, etc.

I stapled all of the rings together.  After, I noticed that some of my scrapbook paper was white on one side, but Handy Boy won’t care.  He’ll take one ring off every night before he goes to bed.

Here it is!  I decided to make enough rings for the rest of September.  Why not?  Handy Boy loved it.  I was going to work on this when he came home from school today, but I couldn’t wait.  😉

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Easy Fall Decorations

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Handy Boy has been anxious to put up our fall and Halloween decorations.  Since the first “official” day of fall is coming up, and it’s been getting cooler outside, I told him that we could. To make things look less cluttered, after I took out our fall decorations, we tucked away some of our “everyday” decorations into storage. Those items will come back out again after New Year’s.

I like to put up small groupings in the kitchen and the living room.  The glass jar is something that we found in an antique store recently.  It’s dark colored glass, with a slight red tint to it.  Rob said that his grandmother used to have a jar just like this.

The shelves in the kitchen.  We bought them ages ago in TJ Maxx.  After Thanksgiving, I put Christmas decorations on them.  Before I put the fall things up, I had displays of other items; but I was never satisfied with how things looked, so I never took a picture of them.  😉


I bought these two scarecrows this year.  Aren’t they cute? I love scarecrows.  I feel like I can leave them up past Halloween and through Thanksgiving.  I purchased these decorations over time at craft fairs, yard sales or on sale at retail stores.

Even Handy Boy decorated his room.  I give him little things to put on top of his dresser.  He is so cute, arranging and re-arranging things.  I found the little “Boo” skeleton and the little scarecrow at Michael’s this year.

So, who is ready for fall?  It got down into the 30s last night here in New England…brrrr!

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Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween from Handy Man, Crafty Woman and Handy Boy.

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Pumpkin Massacre

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Every year, Handy Man and Handy Boy carve a pumpkin to put out on the steps for Trick-or-Treaters to see. This year, my photos came out terrible…(I’m usually pretty good with the camera, but I blew it this time!), so I looked back to October 2007…when we had a pumpkin massacre!

The pumpkin that we picked out that year was very, VERY hard. Rob couldn’t cut into it with a regular knife, no matter how hard he tried. Handy Boy was getting a bit upset about it, thinking that we wouldn’t be able to get into it.

So Rob did the typical Handy Man thing.

He got out his reciprocating saw, and cut into it that way:

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Problem solved!  Handy Man 1, bizarrely dense pumpkin, 0.

Actually, I found the only decent photo I took of this year’s pumpkin carving, it happens to be the pumpkin itself!

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