Wednesday, November 3, 2010

What a hoot

For the second year in a row, we spent Halloween with our friends the Hehmeyers. Amanda and Rob always make something yummy for dinner, and then we head outside with the kids, do a little trick-or-treating and then chill out by the fire pit with cocktails while the neighborhood kids tell us jokes.

It's a sweet set up.

And this year, Amanda actually let me bring a dish*. But she requested something sweet.

Crap. I really didn't think she would play the dessert card. Because not only is she the most Martha Stewart of my friends -- and I have a lot of friends with some mad Martha skills -- but baking is her sweet spot.

So I went to the Internets. And the Internets provided owl cupcakes. Cute, and not at all hard to make. Best of all, it didn't require a lot of fancy icing techniques. And best of all, she loved them. I mean, the kids loved them. Because we do it for the kids, right?

Anyway, not much point to this post, other than I really wanted to show off my owl-some cupcakes. I mean, you do see the amount of care that went into staging the photo, don't you? Clearly, I was pleased with myself.

Sadly, all of this cupcake boasting doesn't do you much good for this year, but next year ... next year you should definitely make owl cupcakes for Halloween**.

*Please note that I fully respect Amanda's control freak tendencies when it comes to entertaining.
**Unless you're Stephany, and your eldest son is studying owls at school this week. In which case you should go buy chocolate frosting, Oreos, Junior Mints and Runts so you can make these for your sons. Because they need more sugar.


  1. Owls are my "thing" and these are the cutest EVER! I am totally ripping you off next year. What did you use for the ears?

  2. Kaly, the ears are made out of Almond Joys.

    Ha! Just kidding. Did that freak you out, or what? The ears are made from the other side of the Oreo, cut into thirds.

  3. Very funny. Crazy funny. Crazy like a person that likes AJs.

    You can "cut" an oreo? I learn something new every day.

  4. Debbie, now the door is open for you to make tons of Thanksgiving and Christmas themed treats and whatnot for all your friends. But especially for me.

  5. Andy, I'm pretty sure if you left a cake mix and frosting out on the counter the day your cleaning lady is there, you would come home to a freshly baked cake. With seasonally appropriate decorations.

  6. I feel I should also mention (since I have been obsessed with candy lately) that while I can see that the runt is a necessary evil for this recipe, in general, the banana runts are the pits.

  7. I think they are awesome! I'm not that creative cooking or baking-wise!


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