Sunday, October 31, 2010

Not a single one...

We did not get one single little goblin or witch tonight. No adorable little pumpkins or scary ghosts.
Not a one.
Our candy bowl lays untouched and lonely.
Where did all the trick-or-treater's go?
Not to our house.

So disappointed.
I thought for sure that in our cute neighborhood, we would have lots of kids, but I was wrong.

Guess the candy bowl and I will just have to console each other. :o)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Treats

Check out these adorable little Halloween treat ideas! How cute are the little sorbet pumpkins?
Leave it to Martha...

4 navel oranges
2 pints mango, passion fruit or orange sherbert softened


1. Slice off the top quarter of each orange, and reserve for lid. Using a grapefruit spoon or paring knife, scoop or cut out interior of oranges. Reserve flesh for another use, such as fresh orange juice.
2. Use Martha's templates or draw a jack-o'-lantern face freehand. Tape paper to hollowed orange, and cut out features with a craft knife or other small, sharp knife.
3. Pack each orange with sorbet, and top it with a "lid." Bend floral wire, and poke it in -- not through -- top of orange for tendrils. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet, and place in the freezer until firm, about 30 minutes. Oranges with sorbet can be frozen for up to 3 days.

Makes 12
24 brown mini M&M's plus, more for filling (optional)
Hershey's Chocolate Cupcakes
Dirty Green Simple Buttercream(or cream cheese icing and green food coloring for us simple bakers!)
12 chocolate sugar cones
1 pound black licorice laces, cut into 1/4-inch, 1/2-inch and 2-inch lengths
12 candy corns


1.Using a melon baller, scoop out the center of each cupcake, and fill with mini M&M's, if desired.
2.Cover the tops of each cupcake with a generous mound (about 1/3 cup) of buttercream (or green icing!). Insert one candy corn into each cupcake to form a nose. Using brown mini M&M's, insert two into each cupcake to form eyes. Place two short lengths of licorice above the eyes to form eyebrows for the witch. Place the shorter licorice lengths above the eyebrows to form bangs. Place an inverted cone on top of bangs, pressing gently into buttercream to adhere. Place the longer licorice lengths under the cone hat to form the hair.

Recipes and photos from:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Memories from Halloween's Past...

Some of my favorite memories are from Halloween's past. 
I have always looooved picking out my perfect Ernie shaped pumpkin to carve, dressing up in the most fabulous costume, planning the best route to make sure we covered the entire neighborhood on Halloween night and eating all the Reece's peanut butter cups I was allowed when we got back home.
And more recently, spending time with family and friends at Amanda and Christian's rehearsal and wedding and Corbin and Tyler's amazing Halloween Extravaganza.

What are your favorite Halloween memories?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Happy Halloween Week!

In honor of every child's favorite candy collecting holiday, this week will pay tribute to the "spirits" of the season.
Look at these adorable Halloween decorative treats. Especially love the white pumpkins.
Have a ghoulishly, boo-tiful Halloween!
Photo credit: Pottery Barn and FTD

Hokie Weekend

This weekend we made it back to Blacksburg for the first time this fall. It was a beautiful weekend of sunshine, football domination and catching up with friends.
Saturday we got up early, drove to the 'Burg and made it just in time to meet up with the crew and head to Lane Stadium for the noon game. After cheering the Hokies on to a victory, we spent the afternoon/evening/night at two of our favorite watering holes-
Big Al's and TOTS.
Sunday morning we ate brunch at Sharky's and then walked around campus and captured some awesome photos of Blacksburg in the fall! There is no prettier time to be on the VT campus.
All in all, this weekend got an A+.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

For those of you who thought that my undergrad degree was a waste...

My four years at Virginia Tech were spent sitting behind a computer screen studying Business Information Technology, eCommerce. If you are down with the lingo, you might know it as BIT. I was actually the only girl in my concentration- wait I take that back, I think there were two of us.

Anyway, after my decision to pursue dentistry, some thought that perhaps my years of code writing and website designing were pretty much a waste.

However, I would always say that my skills would come in handy one day and that I would simply be a good dentist with a nice website.

Well, my friends, the day has come. You are invited to check out our new practice website, designed by...
yours truely.

We even have two URL's: and

Pretty good for a dentist, if I do say so myself.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My New Toy

Today my new toy arrived...
My Nikon D5000 D-SLR camera! Thank you mom, for the amazing dental school graduation present. :o)

So excited to learn more about it and the two lenses that I got.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Punk'in Carv'in

This weekend Steve and I carved our Halloween Pumpkin.

He is kinda goofy with his impromptu mustache, but we think that makes him extra cute.

We also made another yummy fall snack from him- Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. So easy and so tasty.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

1 tablespoon butter
2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
Sprinkle of salt (to taste)
Sprinkle of garlic powder (to taste)

Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees. Melt butter in edged baking sheet, sprinkle in salt and garlic powder to taste. Stir in raw pumpkin seeds until well coated. Bake at 300 for about 45 minutes stirring occasionally. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sunday, Funday (with Friends!!)


So happy that this past Sunday we had visitors!
We got to see both Jenni and Ryan, and Jamie and Michael and we had a blast.

The idea was to explore some more of the Monticello Wine Trail and Brew Ridge Trail. We had high hopes of visiting as many wineries as we could on the Western Trail, but we only made it to two... (it was hard to tear ourselves away!)

First stop was Starr Hill Brewery, next King Family Vineyard and lastly Veritas.

It was a perfect day, and we had so much fun with everyone. Can't wait to explore more of the "trails" with all of you!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fall Fave, Party Mix!

One of our favorite fall family traditions is making homemade baked Party Mix. My mom used to make it when we were younger and it is still at every Thanksgiving and Christmas celebration.

This weekend I baked up two batches... each with a unique spin on our 'ol family favorite.  They both turned out great and were crowd pleasers!

However, I was SO disappointed to see that on the Chex boxes, the only cooking directions were in the microwave... what?  That is not real Party Mix, that is not OUR Party Mix.

So I used the recipe suggestions from Chex, but my mom's baking directions. Delish!

Spicy Ranch Party Mix*
9 cups Corn Chex®, Rice Chex® or Wheat Chex® cereal (or combination)
2 cups bite-size pretzel twists
2 cups bite-size cheese crackers
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 package (1 oz) spicy ranch dressing and seasoning mix

Chili-Lime Party Mix
8cups Corn Chex® cereal
1cup corn nuts
1cup bite-size cheese crackers
1cup mini pretzel twists
1cup corn chips
6tablespoons butter
1tablespoon lime juice
1teaspoon lime zest
2teaspoons chili powder
1/2teaspoon garlic powder
1/2teaspoon onion powder
1/8teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In an large ungreased roasting pan, melt butter in the oven. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and onion powder (for traditional mix) or any seasonings as listed in recipie (for other flavored mixes.) Stir in chex cereals, mixed nuts, pretzels, and bagel chips (for traditional mix) or any other dry ingredients (for flavored mixes) until coated. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels until cooled. Store in an airtight container.

*Spicy Ranch shown in photos!


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