A Colony of Bats

I want trick-or-treaters this year & it seemed like having a big (& early!) Halloween window might do the trick. The idea & pattern for this Bat Banner came from HenryHappened. I liked the idea since it’s cheap, simple, & almost fancy looking. It reminds me of a beaded necklace.

Bat Banner

Pretty friendly for being a little spooky.

Buying a whole pack of construction paper just for black seemed like a waste. I bought a cheap black gift bag instead. This turned out to be a great idea; the white inside of the bag made it super easy to trace out the bats. I didn’t have a hole punch handy, so the puncture marks were made with a sharp pencil so that the bats could be hung up with twine.

Bat Banner in the making

Bats like to huddle together, right?

Of course I didn’t stop there. In addition to the usual farmers market gourds, I also grabbed a flameless candle on a timer from the drug store. It clicks on every evening before I get home so that I can enjoy it, too. The black cat was leftover from a crazy cat lady costume. The paper lantern moon was just a happy accident.

Getting Halloween ready

Had a few extra, so we stuck them to the window of the front door.

I cut out so many bats that I’m still trying to come up with places to stick them. Having temporary double sided tape has never made so much sense.

Now for some jack-o-lanterns & we’ll be set!

Pumpkin Carving

These were the inspiration ideas for each of our dream pumpkins:

By Yayoi Kusama
Martha Stewart’s Cookie Cutter Pumpkins

Pretty similar, right? So we went for it. We don’t have paint. We don’t have cookie cutters. What we do have is drill bits…

Pumpking Carving
Pumpkin Carving
Pumpkin Carving

And the finished product. Most of the holes and cuts are shallow, with every other small hole going all the way through for ventilation. What do you think?
Pumpkin Carving
Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin Ale Bread

Happy Halloween weekend! Instead of decorating like I originally planned, I baked pumpkin ale bread to celebrate. The recipe comes from Caroline at A Cozy Kitchen as a grown-up version of her college staple.

Pumpkin Ale Bread!

The basic recipe from her college days is 3 cups flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, 3 teaspoons baking powder, and one 12oz beer. Use one beer for the recipe and drink the other five! Yup, college. This version is dressed up with salt, ginger, cinnamon, all-spice, and pumpkin ale.
I’m not an ale girl, so I used up half the 6-pack by making three different kinds. The first was plain and had too much baking powder. Oops! It was tasty as a bread, but too bland to take to coworkers for a treat. I changed to 2 tablespoons white sugar, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and doubled all the spices. The second attempt has walnuts and extra all-spice. The third has walnuts and chocolate chips with extra cinnamon. 
The verdict: Delicious. This recipe is boyfriend and coworker approved. 
Maybe next time I’ll try it with a stout and use some chocolate powder…