I am joining the party over at Fiesta Friday over at The Novice Gardner’s Birthday Party! Where the culinary arts are extraordinary. Happy Birthday! Cohosts are Suzanne @apuginthekitchen and Sue @Birgerbird
I was asked to bring a pumpkin bar dessert for an upcoming Halloween neighborhood street party. “There will be no desserts. ” said my friend. oh gosh almighty when I looked up pumpkin bars the pics (hundreds of them) didn’t inspire.
Soooo I fretted about baking for people I don’t know and gave myself the option of punting – bring store-bought baked goods. (Okay, it’s a failsafe back-up plan.)
However, as fate would have it; I found a recipe in Country Living Magazine that I skimmed through nervously at the insurance estimate place for my car. (Don’t ask.) How to turn an unfortunate circumstance into a better day? Find an inspirational recipe.
From Country Living Magazine online here is the Chocolate Pumpkin Witch Cupcakes recipe link. I followed the steps to the letter. Yesterday I had two taste testers who gave it the thumbs up! This was a practice run before the big event on Halloween, Feast of All Hallows, Samhain (for any neo- pagans).
http://www.countryliving.com/recipefinder/chocolate-pumpkin-witch-cupcakes-recipe-clx1014?click=recipe_sr Retrieved October 24, 2014
These Chocolate Pumpkin cupcakes are moist, rich, and the pumpkin is not too much. Everything worked. This recipe makes a fluffy batter. They are totally cute when finished with witches hat and clever details. It’s a winner and good enough to eat without frosting.
Walk the leaf-strewn streets
In the morning light
The fresh fall of leaves
Onto the paths decayed
Leavers, who feel the change
And the chill
Float and rest in piles
in artful carelessness.
Colors of brilliant design
Intrigue and beckon.
Stooping to examine
the veined paths of leaf-life
The infinite and finite
within my own Fall.
Selecting a few for a pocket,
Orange, red, green and yellow,
Wistful, as imagination sets them on a canvas
To be forever remembered
Bright, alive, beautifully formed
Mushrooms, and golden maples
Lure to a mood of natural mystery
The golden leaves hide a secret
Will fall to earth to create
Another masterpiece of trees
The sprout, the leafing out, defying winter
A squirrel distracts contemplation
And scampers near, performs a pirouette
Around a pole and jumps away.
I use a squirrel noise I know,
He turns to look at me and pose.
In one click he’s caught in my lens
A city critter, he hops closer
Takes a beggar’s stance so humble
With paws so perfectly placed
Expectant, hopeful and
Following apace, tests connections.
My pockets are filled with leaves
and seeds… I smile.
There is nothing edible to share.
Street-wise he moves on quickly.
As I continue on my way.
© October 20, 2014 CKatt