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Good afternoon!

I just wanted to send a little Halloween Magic out to all of you.

 

I hope that your Samhain is full of frightful fun.

I am going to be settling down with some great Halloween movies and enjoy the nice cool weather that the season has offered.

 

May your Trick or Treat bags overflow with sugary goodness!

Until Then,

Wende

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Greetings from a Southern Witch!         

I am so glad that you stopped by for a spell. Please, have a seat and enjoy the goodies that I conjured up for you!

The weather is nice and cool and the trees are a beautiful swirl of gold, red and orange.  Can’t you smell the spices on the breeze? It makes me feel like a child again.

This season gives so much to those who accept. Like this huge pumpkin that was on display in Salem, Mass.

Then again we have the simple pleasures of childhood.

Time to sit and enjoy the delicious treat of the season!

Have a seat and dig in.

Don’t mind the bugs, they do not eat much!

When you are full of sweets we will venture out and dance around the fire!

As the party slows down and we make our way home, please stop and take a moment to remember those

who are no longer with us!

So let’s blow out the jack o lanterns  and don’t forget to tell

Broom Hilda good-bye as you leave!

Have a blessed Blog Party and remember. . .

Please leave a comment!

Until Then,

Wende

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Welcome back.  I have been a lot crazy the past few weeks. I went out-of-town to see my family in Atlanta, went to Fright Fest at Six Flags, and I got a JOB!!! YAY!  It seemed like I was never going to find one but when I least expected it. . . there it was.  Now I have to say that I really did not want to go back into the restaurant biz, but we take what we can get right? I train Monday and Tuesday and we open the doors on Wednesday.  I have a lot of entrees to learn as well as side items.  But it will be fun.  Ok so a while ago I said I was going to make some pumpkin brownies. I like the recipe that I found but I changed it up a bit. I made sure to take them over to my Mother In Law’s house and she let me know that they were gone in 2 days. So behold the Pumpkin Brownie Recipe!

CHOCOLATE – PUMPKIN BROWNIES


PUMPKIN BATTER:
1 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/3 cup canned pumpkin purée
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
1 Tbs all-purpose flour

CHOCOLATE BATTER:
5½ ounces best-quality semisweet – chocolate, finely chopped
1¼ sticks (5 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1½ cups granulated sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter 13×9-inch baking dish.

Prepare pumpkin batter:

In a small bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter with cream cheese until smooth. Beat in sugar, scraping bowl occasionally.

Bet in egg, then add pumpkin purée, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger. Stir in flour.

Prepare chocolate batter:

Combine semisweet chocolate and butter in a medium bowl. Set bowl over saucepan with 1-inch of simmering water and stir occasionally until melted.

Remove from heat.

In a separate bowl, combine eggs with sugar, vanilla and salt. Beat at low-speed until light and fluffy – about 4 minutes.

Using a large rubber spatula, fold in melted chocolate. Sift flour over the batter and fold it in just until
Spread chocolate batter evenly in prepared pan.

Using a Tablespoon, drop dollops of the pumpkin batter all over the top.

Using the back of a butter knife, swirl the pumpkin batter slightly into the chocolate.

Bake for 30-40 minutes (starting checking on brownies at 30 minutes to see if they’re done- a toothpick inserted into center should come out clean).

Let brownies cool completely before cutting.

 

This is a bit more detailed than some of my other recipes, but I really wanted to try them out.  I liked them but Stephen said they just made him mad.  See he is a chocolate lover and there was not enough chocolate in this recipe for his liking.  Like I said before, my In Laws loved them.

I hope that you enjoy this recipe.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for our Halloween Blog Party! It will be frightfully fun!

Until Then,

Wende

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