Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween...and Welcome to November!

Happy Halloween, everyone! Just a quick post tonight--getting pretty sleepy here!

All the trick or treaters have long gone home, my family's watching "The Sixth Sense"--I've seen it a couple of times, and it's one of those that I can't watch too often, know what I mean? The girls have never seen it before, though, so.....

I was hoping to watch one of my favorite Halloween movies tonight--"Arsenic and Old Lace"'s just wonderful! Cary Grant--isn't he just the best?! Maybe tomorrow...!

Here's my girls tonight--not the best photos ever, but since I added pictures of them when they were young, I couldn't very well leave them out now!

Annie had a friend over--Emma the bee on the left, and here's Sarah in the middle, and Annie, my cute little witch. Her other pictures didn't turn out very well, so just a group shot for her tonight!

Sarah, my 14-year-old, was an "In-N-Out" employee--do you know the restaurant? It's a pretty famous burger joint--originally just in California, but now spread out through the western states. Fabulous burgers! She made her own apron, so I was pretty proud of her for that!

They gave her their hat last time she was there, she bought a t-shirt, made the apron, and she's good to go!

One last thing....thought you might like the recipe for some pumpkin pancakes that I made for my family (and 5 other girls that spent the night!) this morning. They were absolutely DELICIOUS!!! I didn't manage to get a picture of them because, well, I was MAKING them, and they were devoured pretty quickly. That's what it's all about! Found the recipe online. It was originally printed in Bon Appetit magazine in 2000.


1 1/4 cups flour
3 Tbsp. sugar (I used 4 Tbsp. BROWN SUGAR)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (I used 2 1/2 tsp.)
3/4 tsp. salt
1 1/3 cups milk
3/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
4 large eggs, separated
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
(I added cinnamon baking chips--of course!)

Whisk the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl to blend. Stir milk, pumpkin, egg yolks, melted butter, and vanilla together in a separate bowl. Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry mixture, stir until smooth--batter will be thick. Using electric mixer, beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff, but not dry. Fold egg whites into batter. Then cook up those fabulous flapjacks!

In reading some of the reviews on the recipe, some said the pancakes were fabulous, others said that they weren't spicy enough--so I added more! I also thought that brown sugar had a bit more depth and flavor and would work really well...and it sure did!
Serve with real maple syrup, of course! You will LOVE these! I will be making them again ridiculously soon!

And now it's 12:01 am--which means HAPPY NOVEMBER! Can you believe it? Time to start planning that amazing homemade Thanksgiving meal I know you're all dreaming of--can't wait!

I'll be back tomorrow with a card or two, but for tonight, sweet dreams!


  1. Your girls are beautiful Julie!! Wow, how much fun it must be at your house ... always something going on! Love the new November look of your blog too! Well done!
    Now I have to backtrack 3 more posts to see whatelse you've been up too! (I'm always behind these days!!)

  2. What beautiful, sweet girls you have!! Just like Dar, I noticed the new blog background right away-it looks terrific!! I love pumpkin everything-will have to try these pancakes!

  3. The girls look great Julie, hope they had fun! Love the vintage thanksgiving image too, just lovely!

  4. Thanksgiving is my daughters most favorite holiday hands down. She called me very early this morning and asked me if I knew what we were doing for Thanksgiving NEXT year as she had already heard through the family grapevine that there would family members going away for that week! Oh my!

    For me...October is my favorite month and as it disappears quickly, I look forward to my wedding anniversary tomorrow...a beautiful way to say goodbye to October.

  5. Just looking at your blog leaves me drooling...your ART is stunning, love the vintage feel of it ... and your baking...mmmmm...that apple pie...OMG... I neeeed some now!!!! LOL x

  6. Lovely photos of the girls Julie and your recipes are absolutely yummy!!!! Thank you. x

  7. Your girls are adorable, and those pancakes sound deeply scrumptious. I could eat pancakes everyday, such a soothing, filling comfort food during the colder months.

    Hope you have a gorgeous Sunday, sweet dear!
    ♥ Jessica

  8. I was thinking the same thing as Darlene. Seems like your house is the place to be!

  9. your girls look great! the 6th sense is a great movie. I remember not seeing it in the theatre but renting it, and at the end the director mentioned the clues and I had to right away watch it again to see the clues. that section of Phila where they filmed was cleaned up beautifully to film that movie. it is unrecognizable in its usual state.

  10. Love your blog Julie, so much to see and read. Your work is awesome and the pie looks delicious. I'll have to try it, I have to tell you though, that we make a real mean apple pie here in Yorkshire, England :)))
    Thanks for your kind works on my blog. xx

  11. What adorable girls! You lucky thing to have girls!!!! I have all boys.

    Yes, the movie Amelia was good. It is nice to have a movie you can take your 80 year old Mom to without having embarssing moments or having to explain everything... I had remembered studying about Amelia in school but, didn't know much about her personal life & the movie really goes into it. Have a great week.

  12. Looks like you had a wonderful time - I am having great fun reading through you older posts - will be back soon!

  13. Hi Julie,
    Your girls are so pretty and they look great in their costumes! It sounds like you guys had a fun night. Those pancakes sound sooo delicious!
    Thanks so much for adding my new button to your blog, that was so sweet of you!!

  14. You have beautiful daughters and a very lovely blog! thank you for the kind comments on my blog...nice to have found you! :)

  15. Oh boy those pancakes sound SO good! I love ANYTHING pumpkin! Thanks for the sharing the recipe! Your girls are beautiful!

  16. What beautiful Trick-or-Treaters! Lovely daughters! Thank you so much for visiting me and leaving such a sweet comment! Wonderful! Have a wondrous week! Coralie

  17. Julie,
    Thanks for leaving the nice note on our mama blog! Yes there are a few of us mamas! Welcome!!! So glad you came by to visit! NOW...I will visit you! I see you have recipes also! Can't wait to explore your site! Last thing before I go!!! Tell your daughter I LOVE In and Out burgers!!! Each time we come to California we get our fix!!! Great costume! Be back soon!