Saturday, 2 November 2013

Halloween 2013

(Still blogging from my phone so apologies if it looks odd).
This week has been a bit of a whirlwind with a mixture of practical jobs, seasonal activities and a little bit of much needed down time, too.


Getting cosy at the new house

Our new house is starting to feel more like home but there are still a few bits to do.

Socks managed to recover from the trauma of moving and has been making a start on exploring the new neighbourhood. 


Getting ready to let our kitty free at the new house

We met with friends to play badminton earlier in the week and then got busy at home with preparations for All Hallows Eve.

Here are our pumpkin carving efforts (we shared a pumpkin, decorating one side each):
Cameron's creepy face design.


Cameron's pumpkin 2013

And mine was an idea I copied from google images. The trick or treaters loved it.


My pumpkin 2013

The oven was broken when we arrived here so there was a little wait for a new one and as soon as it was fitted I was chomping at the bit to get baking! It's always tricky for a while working with an unfamiliar oven. Last time we moved I was grappling with a fan oven and this time I'm back to standard electric which seems to burn everything on the bottom.  I'm sure I'll get the hang of it soon.

I baked some pumpkin seed biscotti which is absolutely delicious despite the burnt base!


pumpkin seed biscotti

And I sheepishly turned up to the Halloween party with pimped up cornflake cakes made with Wilton candy melts, dried apple, almond flakes and sprinkles which were incredibly moreish.


Pimped up cornflake cakes with apple and almonds for Halloween 2013


We had a great time at the party. Here's Cameron taking a swing at the piƱata...


taking a swing at the pinata Halloween 2013

That's about all of my news for now. We're enjoying the last bit of half term holidays before attempting to find a comfy routine to settle into.
Just four more days to go until broadband connection. Not that I'm counting or anything...

20 comments:

  1. Your home's starting to look nice and cosy. Glad to hear you've been sorted out with a new cooker. Liz x

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  2. You look really settled in with the fire going and your knitting. Your bakes look wonderful. We used to have an oven that looked wonderful but I couldn't bake a cake in it to save my life. The pumpkin you and Cameron made looks wonderful. It's a shame it's just for one night.
    Ali x

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    1. Thank you, Ali. The pumpkin doesn't have to be for just one night. Ours usually gets stolen or broken but this year it didn't so we brought it in and had it going most of the week :o)

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  3. The little reading nook looks so cozy. Good to know things are on the up and up :)

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    1. Thank you, I hope they are for you, too xx

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  4. what a nice post it is. images of foods are really mouth watering

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  5. what recipe did you use for the biscotti? They look delicious!

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    1. It was something I came up with myself, Lily. I can't post the recipe yet as I need to get to grips with my oven before I can recommend anything!

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  6. Lovely post Hannah, your pumpkin carving looks amazing!

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  7. you sound happy and busy! love the photos and glad you are settling in and your pet is as well :)

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  8. It really beginning to look like home now! You also sound upbeat and happy too, Cameron also looks happy! Love the biscotti, it's on my list of things to make one day, look forward to the recipe. Love the pumpkin too.

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    Brenda

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    1. It's getting there. I definitely am feeling upbeat and happy as is Cameron (as much as you can be with teenage hormones, anyway...).
      I will try and post the recipe when I've got to grips with the oven :o)

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  9. Such a cozy spot you've got there with that chair next to the fire place! Glad you're settling in to the new place and having fun doing it. New ovens are always, well, interesting...you'll get it. :) And I have to thank you for teaching me a new word today -- moreish! I don't believe I've ever read or heard it before. Blessings, ~Lisa :)

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    1. Thanks, Lisa.
      I'm not sure moreish is a real word but I like it!

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  10. What a lovely spot - to sit and read by the warm fireplace! Looks like everything is falling into place for you and your family!

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    1. Thanks, Bev. It definitely feels that way at the moment!

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