Friday, October 31, 2008

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Treats, a Mess, and a Halloween RAK from Lori!

Happy Friday and Happy Halloween! Who likes pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting?! I hope people at the school Trunk or Treat event do! The cheerleaders are manning a bake sale booth, so I whipped these up tonight for them. I made them for the scrapping retreat a few weeks ago, and they were a big hit. I'll come back and post the recipe if anybody is interested.

I made the tags out of SU Confetti White cardstock and the large tag punch (here's how you know you're tired: you look at the tags in the picture and panic and say "What are those spots all over the tags?!! Doh! Confetti cardstock!) and Pumpkin Pie cardstock with the Martha Stewart jack-o-lantern punch. Before I could make the tags, however, I had to walk into my stamp room and deal with this mess leftover from the previous night of failed stamping attempts:

Ugh! I could not get any mojo working last night while trying to do Kristina's Color Inspiration #28 challenge! You know when you're tired and feel like cr*p, but you don't want to give up?! (I'm also blaming Ashley, because I happened to see that awesome card and knew I couldn't come up with anything as cute! grrrr!) This has been a killer week for sinuses and allergies here in Dallas. I'm about ready to lop off my head entirely! And I know it's not just me, because my friend Lori told me she's going through the same thing.

Speaking of Lori, look at this adorable Halloween card she sent me! Don't you love the vintage feel and that tassel trim?! She knows I love the vintage! And I love this card, thank you and big, big hugs, Lori!!

Ummm, did anyone notice the fantastic job I did with smooth transitions between the above subjects?! That's not always easy to do, you know, as you can tell from most of my other posts! hee! hee! Well, off to school. Wish me luck, the kids have been WOUND UP all week and I think today is going to be the grand finale!

We are doing a cool thing today...a bunch of us are going to be mystery readers...we are dressing up like a character in a book and the students try to figure out who it is, then we read the book to the class. Fun, huh? We'll be going around to different classes all day doing this! I haven't dressed up for Halloween since, like college maybe, and of course I left it until 4:30 today to go to Border's and decide on a book, try to find a costume at the Halloween store (big mistake), go to the grocery store to get supplies for the baked goods (see above), go to Michael's to get packaging for the baked goods, come home to see if a costume will magically appear, prepare and package the baked goods, etc. Can you tell I'm a procrastinator?!

Okay, I've rambled on way tooooo long! Tell me about your big Halloween plans!

*Edited to add the recipe for easy and delicious pumpkin bars!

Pumpkin Bars
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c. oil
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 can of pumpkin
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 t. baking powder

  • Beat eggs, oil, and sugars.
  • Add remaining ingredients and mix.
  • Grease & flour cookie sheet pan (sometimes I use 13 x 9 and it works great too).
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes.

  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • 6 T. butter
  • 3 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 t. milk

Beat well and frost. I usually double the recipe for extra, extra frosting on the pumpkin bars!


~amy~ said...

Yuuuummmmmm Angie....pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting??!!! I love anything pumpkin :) CUTE idea!

FABulous vintage inspired halloween the fringe!

Have a great time today as a mystery reader...that's just tooo much fun! Happy Halloween!!!

Ashley said...

Hi Angie! Those cupcakes look so great! You find all the good supplies, like that pumpkin punch - gosh, now I feel like I need it when I don't even create Halloween cards really!

Your room looks almost like mine, but mine is even MORE messy and I work in it like that! hee

I can't believe you blamed me. I really didn't like that card, but you make me feel better about it. We all have those days, so still create something, even if you don't like, someone else probably does (words from my husband and sister)!

Happy Halloween!

Anthonette said...

Hi Angie,

Love how you decorated your pumpkin bars (sounds yummy)! I barely completed Kristina's challenge. Halloween has wiped me out. I love the idea of teachers being mystery readers.

Today's big plans start early. My son normally starts Kindergarten at 10:25 AM. Today, is a early day for him...8:45 AM. Parents have to show up by 9:45 to help the little ones get into costume to prep for the 10 AM parade around school. Afterwards is the party. We'll be home around noon. My job tonight is to hand out goodies while my husband takes our son around the neighborhood. My in-laws are coming to town, so no break for the weary this weekend either.

Alexandra said...

YUMMY!! I want the recipe - is it posted yet, heehee!!! Sounds like you have a very busy day, what a great idea with the mystery readers! Lovin' your RAK, just really pretty! Have a wonderful weekend! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Juanita said...

Those bars look yummy.
I thought I was a big procrastinator, but you take the cake!. Happy Hallloween.

Ann said...

Yummy treats! Please share that recipe.

Awesome RAK, you lucky girl!

My Halloween plans--my HS football team has a playoff game tonight--no way I'm missing that! :D

Tara said...

mmmm...your treats look yummy!! :)
halloween plans are all about the kiddos...then tomorrow night me and the hubby are doing something fun...I don't know what yet...but it will be kidless!

Catherine said...

Those pumpkin bars looks so yummy. and a great RAK. Your craft area still looks way better than mine...lOL!

chloe said...

Wow your halloween sounds like fun! Halloween has been and gone for us mostly uncelebrated (Not really a huge thing in NZ)and we had one lone trick/treater! How sad! What was more sad was what we had to give him...some dodgy old toffees that had been sitting in our cupboard uneaten as they were yuck! Poor kid!

Your stamp room cracks me up, funny how the space to actually make a card gets smaller and smaller and smaller...

Savor the Journey said...

Pumpkin bars have a frosting???
I am sooooo sunk. Move over, "Hershey's" ... make way for the seasonal goodies!
Hoping your Halloween was full of cuteness and sweetness! Time to sleep in late, my friend!


kathleenh said...

Those pumpkin bars sound yummy! You have them packaged up so cute they were sure to be a hit! And you're messy desk is not so messy by my standards. *wink*

Marilyn said...

So enjoyed reading your post Angie - nice to know I'm not the only procrastinator LOL!! Thanks for sharing the pumpkin recipe - I am going to try making these!! As for the messy desk - you don't even want to see the mess I have on mine! You are brave to post the picture!

vina said...

dude tieman, you so rock the crafts and bake stuff....i wish you were at my school. YOU ARE AWESOME, i know if i was at the bake sale i would grab up some of those bars!!