Sunday, October 12, 2008

neighborhood "BOO!"ing

I have a confession. We're not the best neighborhood "BOO!"ers. You know the routine: you get a bag of goodies delivered on your porch by a mysterious unseen visitor with a picture of a ghost or whatever and a note that tells you it's now your turn to "BOO!" others in the neighborhood. Well, we're really good at getting the treats from others and enjoying them. In fact, this year Max was appalled that Elle was so quick to put the ghost picture up by our front door (to signify that we've already been "BOO!"ed) because he thought we should just take in as many "BOO!"s as we could get.

We're just not so good at delivering our own set of treats. Oh, we have great intentions. We always make big plans. But for some reason it's always easier said than done.

We tried to carve out time to deliver treats all week, but could never sqeeze it in. So today we decided to make a humongous batch of pumpkin muffins (recipe to follow), and get to our task.

We were all set...three plates ready to deliver. But then the cousins came over for a visit and we decided what the heck, we'd only "BOO!" two people so we could share with them. Then as we were ready to set out Claire decided she'd carry around one plate of muffins...resulting in smooshing half of them. So we were down to one.

We loaded up on our bikes and headed out with our one prize possession to deliver. Lucy was on the back of my bike and she's no lightweight to balance while trying to go super slow to wait for Claire on her super clackety crooked training-wheel laden bike, at the same time as trying to hold a plate of muffins and ride holding on with one hand.

Of course it was inevitable. After a few minutes of that balancing act I had to choose whether Lucy or the muffins should go splatting on the street...I chose the muffins.

Poor muffins.

I guess better luck next time. In the meantime, we have a couple plates of smooshed muffins to enjoy...and man oh man they are good!

Pumpkin Muffins (makes a ton...enough to eat, smoosh, drop on street, and eat again)

2 c. butter
3 c. sugar
6 eggs
1 TB. vanilla
(mix together)
1 large can pumpkin
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. ginger
1 TB. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
4 1/2 c. flour
1 TB baking powder
1 TB baking soda
3 c. chocolate chips

Bake 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.
(Thanks for this recipe, Wendy!)


  1. Your confession is my confession ;-) But you can't say you didn't try this year!!

    And thanks for the recipe. One of my favorites of this time of year...anything pumpkin. Yummy!

  2. shawni, if you get the chance today check out my blog, the post called lucy meet sarah,sarah meet lucy....

  3. You're so funny! I can't wait to try that recipe... the weather here in DC is really cooling off, so it will be serious baking time very soon! (Sorry--- not trying to rub it in AZ girl! ;) I was born and raised in Chandler so I know what your weather is!!!)

    Oh- and my own BOO! story. Apparently, our MOMS club are BOOing each other, but it's organized. There is a list that comes with your BOO that tells you who you are supposed to BOO in the group so that we don't spend time driving around looking for doors that don't have the picture on them yet... (whew! did that make sense?) anyway... the point of my story is that I was at Michael's with a Mom friend the other day and she told me that "Just in case I happen to be surprised by some sort of Halloween treat, I might want to pick up a bag/goody now." So much for the surprise! hehe...


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