Happy Halloween – Pumpkin Chunkin’ Style!

I work for Atlantic BT in Raleigh, NC.  When we aren’t working hard building websites, we organize some pretty great cultural events.  One of my favorites is the annual Pumpkin Chunkin’.  We get all of our employees, their friends/families, and our clients together every year to eat great food, enjoy some delicious beverages, hang out, check out the creative pumpkin carvings from the employees – and of course then launch those pumpkins from a giant trebuchet across the parking lot to see which one will fly the farthest.  And even more entertaining – which one will barely make it out of the contraption.  It’s always a good time, rain or shine, and luckily we were blessed with some great weather this year.

What great event is complete without some fun cookies?!  I started my blog just about a year ago, but I didn’t make any Halloween cookies last year, so this is my first time posting them.  I really had a good time with these.

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I had fortunate enough to have some family members who are not only very supportive of my time consuming cookie habit, but they also like to help out 🙂

The cookies were a hit at the party, and from what I gather, they seem to taste pretty good too.  Win-win!

My pumpkin carving didn’t win any awards this year, but I still think he’s cute enough to share here.  I was inspired by my nephew, Jack.  I sent a pic to my sister up in Ohio and Jack ran into school all excited to tell his teacher that his LaLa made a Curios George pumpkin!  I’ll take that over a trophy 🙂

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Happy Halloween everyone!

❤ LL

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She Said Yes!!!

I know it’s been months since I posted last.  I don’t tend to bake a lot when it’s 90 degrees outside, but I’ve been itching to bet back in the habit lately.  And boy did I have a great reason to get back to it!

Another engagement between two amazing people, Andrea and Justin, who just happen to be great friends of mine!  Now that he has proposed, I can finally say that I was so excited to get to be a small part of proposal.  Justin is easily one of the most thoughtful guys I’ve ever met, and he cooked up quite a surprise weekend for Andrea in Asheville, NC.  I got a message from him that started like this…

So I hope you are able to keep a secret because I am going to let you in on a big one. I am getting ready to propose to Andrea. And I need a little help from you to set the stage….

I froze.  I work with Andrea and she sits pretty much right behind me.  I wasn’t sure if she was there or not when I was reading the message, but I also know I am horrible at containing emotion on any level and I was not about to ruin this surprise, so I just didn’t move until she left the building.  Which luckily was only 10 minutes later, ha!

The “little help” he needed was for me to delivery a surprise mystery package to her without her knowing where it came from.  It was a box filled with some hints for an upcoming weekend – including one saying she needed to pack a bag and request off October 10th from work.   I am a horrible liar yet somehow pulled off quite a show when she asked if I knew where the box came from that magically appeared on her desk.  Who me?  No, Andrea, I have no idea how that box magically appeared on your desk once you FINALLY left for a moment to run to the bathroom 😉  (Thank you to everyone on our side of the building that didn’t rat me out btw)  Now I just had to keep my mouth shut for 3 more weeks.  No. Big. Deal.  What?!

Their weekend was a great success and these two lovebirds are going to tie the knot!!!

Andrea & Justin

But first, how ’bout some custom cookies from ♥♥ Yours Truly ♥♥

Gold Diamond Ring Cookies

Gold Diamond Ring Cookies

Andrea/Justin Heart Cookies

They met and fell in love in Raleigh – and got engaged in Asheville – see what I did there? 😉

North Carolina Cookie

Andrea & Justin's Engagement Basket

Wishing these two all the very very best and a lifetime of love and happiness!!

Hopefully you will all be seeing a lot more from me soon.  I want to make some Halloween, Fall, and Thanksgiving cookies, so check back soon!

♥ LL