Saturday, November 1, 2008


The month of October makes life grand. Goodbye, sweet spooky Pumpkin Spice candle burning month. I'm onto the spiced wassail burning month of November until next year. But I couldn't say goodbye without a little re-cap of why I love you so....

1. Cheap finds at TJMaxx and Ben Franklin, making our dining room table fit for both festive fall months. (The trick: use all white base china, only purchase and switch out salad plates to the tune of $1.99 each during the holidays. Buy two packs of cloth napkins $4.99, and instead of wrapping them with more pricey napkin rings - check out the craft store for little odds and ends with wire attached. Wrap, place, and taa daa! You've got a lovely little spread, no?)

2. Cookies. Decorating cookies for Halloween. We had a house full of 20+ children and moms join the fun...

Uh oh, the carpet seems to be growing babies.

3. Creamy Turtle Pumpkin Pie.
And not that I'm one to boast:
That's right. Amid steep competition...fiercely baked fruity and creamy competitors, it was I, Rachel Haack, whose name was announced for first place! (And I saw you over there, Ms. I won't mention your name publicly- eyeing your own delightful,crusty,bubbly concoction with assurance. Yeah, that's right. Warn the neighbors, there's a new baker in town.)

4. Pumpkin Carving.

5. Children and pumpkin carving.
6. Children spooked during pumpkin carving. (*Might have had something to do with Mom constantly cackling like a witch and letting out unexpected shrieks and screams intermittently)

7. Pumpkin Carving in this outfit.
(Really now Lily, I know Mommy wears your apron like that too...but that is only when she is cooking for Daddy.)

Until next year.....


Steph said...

Hey Rachel -

This is Steph (Haggarty) from Manogue...

I have no idea how I found your blog (I started on a friend's blog from Vegas, and seemed to have bloghopped through several states)! Your kids are gorgeous, adorable, and you look great! Obviously, I had to keep scrolling until I found a pic. :)

Anyways, say hi to Tyler, and drop me a line if you want!

Take care!

Vanessa said...

First place.....way to go Rachel-don't tell Tom, you know he thinks he is the pumpkin pie king. Your house (once again) looks beautiful; you're are so creative. I'm just going to refer to you as "Martha" from now on. the apron and the one sock look.

Cynthia said...


I loved this blog.... every single inch of it. The pictures with all the sweet little babies sittin on the floor playing, frosting the cookies, carving pumpkins, and of course Lilly's sweet little bum! Its just not the same trying to do these little projects with teenagers! Ooooohhhhhhh..... I can't wait to do all these things again! With future grandchildren of course. :)

I do have to admit that after reading your ideas with the white china and adding in the festive salad plates I have become a little obsessed! I have found my fall napkins and the beautiful napkin rings (originally intended as candle decor) but I have yet to find the salad plates -- the search continues. I do have my Christmas dishes (purchased last year after Christmas on clearance) that I can hardly wait to use. They are snowmen so I will be able to use them into January if the weather cooperates.

Anyhow, thank you for your wonderful ideas! Whitney, Alexandra and I were all amazed at your furniture creations too! Maybe you need to be called as the Stake Enrichment Specialist (is there such a calling?) -- we could all learn so much and save so much money!!!! ;-)

Cynthia said...

oops my name came up as "Cynthia" (my work name). It was I, Cindy Martinez, that wrote that last comment. :)

Cameron said...

I would like to try your award winning pie sometime, since it was all gone by the time they allowed the men aged 20 to 40 get pie :(