Hello! Sorry for my absence over the past week. Sometimes real life gets in the way of my blogging life, you know? And this puppy doesn't write itself! Things have been busy in my neck of the woods! And I have totally been slacking on keeping you informed on them. Please don't hate me. I promise to make it up to you with about a million picture-heavy posts over the next few weeks. Ok? Can we be friends again? Love you.
Anyway, one of the reasons I've been so busy lately is because of Halloween. Ryan and I throw the "Baddest, Most Kick-ass, Amazingly Fun, Wild and Crazy, Spooky, Scary Spectacular Haunted Halloween Costume Party on the Face of the Earth." I'm working on getting the title trademarked.
If you don't believe me, just check out the food. Yes, those are cupcakes....I made about 487 of them. Then I ate 435 of them and put the rest on the table for the guests.
I don't want to brag or anything (ok, maybe I do), but I have the best recipe for icing in the whole-wide world. It's light and fluffy and creamy, with just the right amount of sweetness. Perfection. My friend Claire's sister is a pastry chef and I
stalked/called/emailed/harassed her for months and begged/bribed/pleaded/threw temper tantrums, etc. for the recipe got the recipe from her.
We also had Devilish Devilled Eggs. With red pepper horns, of course.
And Halloween Candy Bark. OMG, I can't get over how good this recipe was. I'm not even a huge fan of some of the ingredients (I'm just not a salty-sweet kinda girl) but this was about the best dessert I've ever made. I can't take credit for it though - I got the recipe HERE. It's unreal how good it is.
And the bark wasn't even the best thing. I didn't get a picture of it, but in that hot tray was a giant batch of Jalapeno Popper Dip, served with toasted bagette slices. I died after eating it. I came back to life periodically throughout the night, but only to eat more dip. I've never had so many people ask me for the recipe on anything I've ever made. This dip was such a hit. And now I will share it with you - click HERE. Do yourself a favor and make this dip ASAP. But please have a few dozen friends over to share it, otherwise you'll eat the whole thing yourself. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Here are a couple pictures of the decorations in the house. It took me about 10 hours to get everything up and ready. It'll take me 4 months to take everything down.
This spider terrifies me every single time I walk into my kitchen. I almost had a heart-attack Saturday night when I went downstairs to get some water in the middle of the night. I really need to put it away.
In the front yard, we set up a graveyard. We had tombstones illuminated with a red light and tiki torches leading up to the front door. Spooky Halloween sounds are playing on the stereo. And this year we added a fog machine. It was pretty damn cool. We did the same thing the next night for the trick-or-treaters and had a few childen say we definitely had the scariest house on the block. A couple kids were even crying on the sidewalk because they were too afraid to come to our door. Bwwaaaahaahahahahahaha! It was awesome.
And now for the costumes! Are you ready? Hold onto your horses...
I was so impressed with Ryan's costume. If you can't tell what he is, you obviously haven't seen Tropic Thunder. Hello Les Grossman. When he told me he wanted to do this costume I was skeptical, but knew if he could pull it off it'd be fantastic. And he totally pulled it off! I love it!
A few of our neighbors stopped by to check everything out.
My friend Iris drove 5+ hours to come to the party. She's the best!
We had Batman and Octomom.
Ryan's aunt and uncle came as hippies.
A young William Wallace and his wench, Murron.
Ryan's parents were from the Snuggie commercial.
Payne Stewart and Snookie. GTL Baby.
Wilma and Fred Flintstone.
And I was Sookie Stackhouse from True Blood.
Thank you Kelly at Mrs. In Training for the costume! It was a big hit!
Below, Johnston was a ........., ummmmm......, well......., a Master Baiter.
Pretty clever.He won the costume contest for Best Individual Costume.
BLOG yet, it's a must-read. She's battling breast cancer AND growing a baby in that belly! She's about 5 months pregnant and she's absolutely amazing!
Henry was a drunk sorority girl. Hilarious.
I wish I had a picture of the back of this costume because it was fabulous (i.e. lower back tattoo and exposed thong).
Here we have Elin Woods and a swashbuckler.
Claire was a butterfly and Alice (who really is pregnant) was 16 and Pregnant (complete with backpack and plaid skirt). So funny!
Below, Anna (on the right) and her husband were a pair of Chilean Miners.
They won best costume for a couple. Outstanding! I barely recognized her (Alice didn't)!
And of course, what party would be complete without the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Il and Spiderman? Not ours!
Remember Teagan? These are her adorable parents. Love them.
I seriously adore my friends.
I'm so blessed to have a great group of friends from my sorority...