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Friday, October 31, 2014

Bewitched!






Oh, my!

 Look who appeared on my

door stoop late Monday evening.





She must have flown in to join her

sisters of the Black Hat Society

who reside here at Hyacinths for the Soul.





Meet Fredericka!





No doubt Fredericka, with her rosy cheeks

and sunny disposition, will fit right in.

She has her own special wand for 

spreading good deeds.





There is another chapter 

of the Black Hat Society who 

live in our neighborhood.





Come in closer and let 

me introduce you.





Miss Maddie, the witch of the moon,

the stars and the grateful hearts,

Is also the one with the pumpkin carts.





Zelda always wears a fancy cape

and is never without her kitty, Moonscape.





Zora, getting a bit up in age,

Leans on her broom to assuage.





Minnie, quiet and shy,

tightly holds her kitty when they fly.





Gertrude, or Gertie as she's known by her friends

is gracious, and generous, and never offends.





Sweet Molly May can be found 

at the pumpkin stand,

Eager to help and lend a hand.





Over to the side 

you'll find yet more.




I suspect that you wished

YOU lived next door.  





Have A Witchie

Screamie Screamie

Happy Happy

Halloweenie





Bewitched ~ to enchant and delight

Wishing you and yours a bewitched Halloween.

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Click the links below to read more 

about the good witches 

here at Hyacinths for the Soul

Eat, Drink and Be Witchy

The Witches Are In

Witches' Night Out

Tea for Two and Witches' Brew





Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Boo~tiful Night!



A group of girlfriends have

enjoyed a dinner group for over 30 years.




Cindy was our hostess this month,

and her beautiful home was ready for Halloween.

Want to take a look?





This charming vignette on a bed of crispy fall leaves 

sets the mood on the entry table.





Sweet Faced Witch





Pumpkin People





See the chandelier reflected

in the mirror.





It gave off a festive glow .   .   .





As we dined below.

These are the party favor treats from everyone.

I forgot to get a shot of the lovely meal.

~ Chilled Avocado Soup ~ Quiche ~ Green Salad ~

Delicious!





This tray showcases a collection of 

Halloween pins collected through the years.





This one in the kitchen holds

a coven of folk art witches.





The breakfast room buffet

offers a whimsical vignette.





A jolly jack-o-lantern and

a witch in flight.





Whimsical pumpkin people

by artist Dan Dipaolo.





Chunky Jack





Three Black Cats





Trick or Treaters,

the work of Lori Mitchell,





March across the shelves of

a kitchen baker's rack.




Hope you enjoyed a peek into

Cindy's beautifully decorated home.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Frightfully Delightful





Austin Skyline In The Distance


I know ~

 it's been more than a month.

Thank you to all who reached out

to check in with me.



Lake Austin

I spent two glorious weeks in France

 in September, and since returning home

I've been focused on family and friends.

 I promise I will share about my time in Paris soon.





A very creative friend recently hosted a 

small get together in honor of 

two friends with October birthdays.





It took this 

frightfully delightful table

to spark a new post.




Skelton 

staff on duty!




~ Creepy ~

Cheese Straw Fingers

( Directions found here. )




E e e e k!!!





Creepy, crawly, spiders!!!

More scary deviled eggs can be seen here

Lynn @ Happier Than a Pig in Mud





Chicken Poblano Wraps




Healthy Tidbits





Sweet Bites

For the Birthday Girls




Drink Tray




Anyone 

missing something?




Trick or Treat!

Hope your Halloween Party is

Frightfully Delightful


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Monday, September 1, 2014

Who's Counting Candles ~ The Chef Celebrates A Birthday






My husband and his twin brother

recently celebrated a significant birthday.





Not saying which one.

Who's counting anyway?





Both these guys requested a

German Chocolate Birthday Cake.

No surprise!

That's what they request every year.





I usually make a traditional German Chocolate,

but this year I made a friend's mother's recipe.

It uses German Chocolate for the icing too.

You'll find a copy of the recipe at the end of the post.

This is a delicious version.

*****




I made the cake, but

this pretty young woman made the birthday

dinner for her dad and uncle.





~  A Pork Crown Roast  ~





~  Twice Baked  ~

~  Japanese Sweet Potatoes  ~




You can find the recipe for this

scrumptous dish here.




~  Arugula Salad  ~




This healthy salad 

included apples and goat cheese.





Dinner is served!




Yum!




Happy Birthday, guys!

Mom's German Chocolate Cake


Icing
1 large can Pet Milk
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter
3 egg yolks
1 pkg. German Chocolate
1 cup or more chopped pecans and coconut

Put first 5 ingredients in a double boiler and cook until thick.  Stir in pecans and coconut before icing cake.  This takes awhile to thicken, so it is important to start the icing before making the cake.

Cake
1 pk. German chocolate
2 cups sugar
2 sticks butter
4 egg yolks
1/2 t salt
1 t vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour (not quite)
1 cup buttermilk
4 egg whites, stiffly beaten

Cream sugar and butter.  Add egg yolks and beat until light and creamy.  Add dry ingredients and buttermilk alternately to the sugar mixture.  Add vanilla.  Melt German Chocolate in 1/2 cup of hot water.  Pour into the batter and fold in 4 egg whites that have been stiffly beaten.  Bake at 350 until done.  After cake is done, turn onto a platter and pour hot icing over the hot cake.



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