TWD #34: Peek-a-Boooo-scotti. I see you…

October 14, 2008 at 1:49 am 66 comments

I love this time of year.

It’s just turning cold (well… cold by California standards) so I am busting out my hoodies and scarves from their under-the-bed-abyss.

Personally my favorite “holiday” is the day after Thanksgiving for the Black Friday sales! HAHA. I get such a thrill from standing in line at 2am with other Black Friday shoppers, barely no sleep, playing cards, drinking coffee and waiting until the door opens at 5am. The adrenaline when you finally get inside is such a rush. People are running and grabbing stuff off the shelves in a mad frenzy. It’s awesome! I’ve got my eye on a laptop this year for T’s xmas gift. Ssshhhh… don’t tell!

T’s favorite holiday is Halloween. (Actually it might be tied with Thanksgiving.) He’s a bit of a movie-aholic. I think it breaks his heart that I am not. I prefer being entertained via my internet than watching Saw 4 (or is it 5 now? Did we really need more than one though?). Of all the genres, he loves scary movies. Since we don’t have kids and we live in an apt that in 6 years has never had one trick-or-treater, we always spend the few weeks leading up to and the night of Halloween watching scary movies. I am not a scary movie person. I scare easily. I don’t like seeing blood gushing out from severed limbs but there are a few that I will watch.

Psycho
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Sleepy Hallow
From Hell
The Village
The Sixth Sense

T’s scary movie list is WAY longer. But the above movies are the only ones I have the stomach for. If I can get caught up in the story and the gore isn’t over the top, I can watch it. If its gory just to be gory, forget it!

Wait what was I suppose to be talking about? There I go off on a tangent again. Talking about Black Friday and scary movies has gotten me all flustered! HAHA. Back to the biscotti, m’kay?

I don’t think I’ve ever had biscotti. Whaaaaat?? But I am not a coffee or tea drinker and I think most biscotti eaters nibble their biscotti with a warm drink right? Needless to say TWD is about baking things out of our comfort zone so I put on my apron and did my baking thang! Thanks to our host, Gretchen from Canela & Comino for choosing this week’s recipe. You can find the full recipe on her blog.

In honor of the upcoming holiday I made my biscotti with some Halloween inspired sprinkles that I found at Macys. Gotta love Martha Stewart at Macys. She thinks of everything for every holiday. Can you imagine what she did with her jail cell? You know she worked it out! *snapsnapsnap*

What I learned this week:
I am getting more and more comfortable reading a recipe and adding my own adaptions. I think that makes baking even more fun! Especially when you can find a reason to add sprinkles!


Lenox Almond Booo-scotti
(Recipe adapted from Dorie Greenspan BFMHTY | photos from me!)

Makes 30 biscotti (I halved the recipe and got 12)


A couple TWD members mentioned they weren’t a fan of the gritty texture of the cornmeal but mine didn’t seem gritty? Maybe I just don’t have as a discriminating biscotti palate? hehe


Does my dough look kinda orange-y? I hope so! I added a little red and yellow coloring gel to the dough to make it more Halloween-y. I probably should have added more b/c its kinda faint. Oh well… next time.


I baked for 20 minutes instead of 15 minutes for the first bake. After cooling for 30 minutes, I baked 15 minutes for 2nd bake, turned off oven and let them cool in the oven. You can see that it spreads alot when you compare the loaf proximity to the words on the silpat. Crazy huh?


I sliced mine kinda thick, about 1 inch. Since I like seeing the almond chunks, I had to take a picture. hehe


Did anyone else think that Dorie’s description of “marching band” meant you stand the biscotti up vertical? I DID?! Good thing fellow TWDer, Annette, explained “…just stand them up on their original bottom from when they were in log form versus laying them down on a cut side.” or I would have try to balance my biscotti on its end with total failure. Balance is not my strong suit. Since TWD head baker, Laurie, confirmed that her interpretation was the same, I went with it. Two TWDers can’t be wrong, right? HAHA


I used 1/2 semi-sweet and 1/2 bittersweet chocolate melted via microwave in a cup. After I dipped one end of biscotti in chocolate, I garnished with various Halloween sprinkles (white ghosts, orange pumpkins, multicolor sprinkles)


Let chocolate set in refrigerator about 1 hour.

ENJOY!

Husband rating: A+
He use to work in a coffee shop in college so he knows biscotti. He raved about it in the morning with his coffee and said I have to make it for him every morning. Yeah right!? haha.

Wifey rating: A
I am not a coffee drinker so T says I didn’t get the full experience but I liked it with or without coffee. It was like a dry almond cookie. I could play with so many different flavors with this recipe. I love that.

Next week: Pumpkin Muffins page 13

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66 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Di  |  October 13, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Your biscotti look great–I love the halloween decorations! =) I can’t keep candy corn in the house, or I’ll eat it all and end up feeling totally sick. And I don’t even really like it that much, but it’s seriously addictive. Oh, wait, were we talking about biscotti? =)

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  • 2. Holly  |  October 13, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    So cute!! I’m with you, not a horror movie fan (so, then what is with our vampire reading choice – right? Ummm, it’s a love story?!) Your boo-scotti rock! I will have to remember to do this and let Aidan decorate his. That boy is a sprinkle fiend!

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  • 3. Tanya  |  October 13, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Your biscotti are so adorable!

    I’m with you on the horror movies. I can’t take those “torture” films like Saw. I do like the kinds where you don’t see the blood and guts, more spooky and less yucky. A great genre is really bad horror movies from the 80s, where the gore is obviously fake. Look up “Motel Hell.” My husband and I LOVE it!

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  • 4. food librarian  |  October 13, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    love the chocolate coating and cuter than heck little sprinkles. but keep me away from those horror movies. i need a nightlight!

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  • 5. Cristine  |  October 14, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Your biscotti is absolutely adorable!!! Great creativity!

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  • 6. Mike  |  October 14, 2008 at 3:24 am

    I should have read the P&Q on this one! I considered standing my biscotti up vertically, but ended up placing them cut-end-down. It didn’t turn out badly, but I feel like I didn’t stay true to Dorie’s intention.

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  • 7. Marthe  |  October 14, 2008 at 4:12 am

    Your biscottis are fabulous! I love the halloween-theme!

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  • 8. Lori  |  October 14, 2008 at 4:13 am

    i love the candy-dipped ends! so very cute and creative!

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  • 9. L W  |  October 14, 2008 at 4:54 am

    Adorable Clara!

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  • 10. Erin  |  October 14, 2008 at 5:12 am

    Those are so adorable! I have so many Halloween movies that I love, but Wait until Dark is a favorite. Have you seen that one with Audrey Hepburn? It’s old but it is scary!

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  • 11. pamela  |  October 14, 2008 at 5:16 am

    I am in utter amazement with the log of biscotti before it was baked! Mine was pretty much a mess. Yours looks absolutely perfect. Anyway, they look wonderful and I love the Halloween sprinkles!

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  • 12. isabelle  |  October 14, 2008 at 5:18 am

    ils sont superbes ! j’aime beaucoup ton adaptation :)

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  • 13. chocolatechic  |  October 14, 2008 at 5:21 am

    I wanted to dip mine in chocolate too, but the Chefboy said it would detract from it’s flavor.

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  • 14. Karen  |  October 14, 2008 at 5:29 am

    Love the adaptations you made to the biscotti! It makes me want to get a lot more creative with my photography and playing around! Your post was intriguing too! Thanks for a good read!

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  • 15. Melissa  |  October 14, 2008 at 5:48 am

    I love the chocolate and sprinkles. What a fantastic idea!

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  • 16. CB  |  October 14, 2008 at 6:10 am

    ERIN, I’ve never seen “Wait Until Dark” but anything with Audrey Hepburn can’t be bad. Thanks for the rec!

    TANYA, Motel hell huh? Ok ! I’ll ask T about it. Like I said he’s a movie-aholic so I wonder if he’s seen it! Thanks for the rec!

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  • 17. Nancy (n.o.e.)  |  October 14, 2008 at 6:16 am

    These biscotti are cuter than all get-out! The sprinkles really take them to the next level. Good luck with the movie thing – it wouldn’t be my cup of tea either… the things we do for those we love!

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  • 18. Vibi  |  October 14, 2008 at 6:32 am

    Clara! They are to die for… too cute! And all those pictures! Wow… you have the patience of an angel! Great job, great page creation…

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  • 19. Audrey  |  October 14, 2008 at 6:57 am

    I loved these too…and your creative variations (and new recipe name) are great! Let’s see, one stick of butter in 30 cookies…does this count as a Cooking Light Night? :)
    Audrey

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  • 20. CB  |  October 14, 2008 at 7:02 am

    AUDREY, I halved the recipe so I only used 1/2 a stick of butter! I think its totally CL if you do that. HAHA.

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  • 21. Mary Ann  |  October 14, 2008 at 7:08 am

    I absolutely love your halloween decorated biscotti! Supercute!

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  • 22. Caitlin  |  October 14, 2008 at 8:19 am

    Too funny – I hate halloween movies, but am now laughing imagining Martha’s jail cell :) And seriously, it never gets really cold in California – wimp! Oh yeah, and I love the sprinkles :)

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  • 23. Sihan  |  October 14, 2008 at 8:22 am

    i’m loving the whole sprinkles idea. that is a great way of making the recipe more interesting. and who could resist chocolate. hehe. great job!

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  • 24. rainbowbrown  |  October 14, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Whoa, your guys’ marching band interpretation was waaay more simple than mine. What a fool I am. Booo scotti. Ha.

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  • 25. kim  |  October 14, 2008 at 8:50 am

    awesome job!! i love the decorations. if i make these again i am totally dipping them in chocolate :)

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  • 26. Christine  |  October 14, 2008 at 9:12 am

    I love the halloween theme, perfect biscotti!

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  • 27. Gretchen Noelle  |  October 14, 2008 at 9:46 am

    I love*love*love your halloween decorations! And I too am loving the cold CA weather – yeah for fall!

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  • 28. Cathy  |  October 14, 2008 at 10:01 am

    I love tangents, so thank you for going off on one! And Peek-a-BOOOOOO-scotti — hee! What is better than a little Halloween play on words in our baked goods? I am owned by the fact that you stood up one vertical little soldier for a photo-op!! I was so tempted to dress one up with a mini trombone or something! Your biscotti look so perfect! And I LOVE the Halloween sprinkles!

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  • 29. Piggy  |  October 14, 2008 at 10:15 am

    I’m so agree with you on those horror movies, I scare easily too!

    Love, love, love the way you decorate your biscotti. Great job!

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  • 30. Madam Chow  |  October 14, 2008 at 11:56 am

    I’m looking forward how you decorate the chocolate cupcakes in two weeks for TWD! Do you drink hot cocoa? Because that is a hot drink that you might enjoy with these.

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  • 31. Teanna  |  October 14, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    LOVE your boo-scotti! And isn’t not getting any trick or treaters sad? I haven’t seen a trick or treater in 6+ years – and I always buy candy with no one to give it out to!

    The biscotti look delicious!

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  • 32. Marie  |  October 14, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Ohh, I love, Love, LOVE yoru boo-scotti!! Fabulous! Much nicer looking than my crumbs! I don’t get any trick or treaters where I live. We are so far out in the country I guess they can’t be bothered!

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  • 33. CB  |  October 14, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    MADAMCHOW, I am so excited for my cupcakes! I have some spook-tacular ideas already. HAHA. I do drink hot chocolate. I bet it tastes even yummier with biscotti!

    TEANNA, I buy candy every year too! Wishful thinking I guess. Its so sad. I have to eat all the candy myself. But I manage ;)

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  • 34. Natalie  |  October 14, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    You did such a good job with these. They are festive and creative! My boys may have liked them if I had done something cute like this.

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  • 35. Barbara  |  October 14, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Darling Boo-scotti!

    For scary movies, I recommend classic Hitchcock movies — my hubby just bought a several-CD set of them. Some are better than others but all are interesting. And he wasn’t into the spouting gore thing!

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  • 36. CB  |  October 14, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    BARBARA, Oh yes! T and I are fans of Alfred Hitchcock. Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest (my hub’s favorite), Rebecca, Rope (my MIL’s favorite), The Birds… just to name a few. I think his all time best will always be Pyscho though. Norman Bates still gives me the heebies! I can respect his directing style. Suspenseful, using music and acting without too much gore. That’s my kind of scary movie!

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  • 37. Tammy  |  October 14, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    wow! they look amazing! I am so jealous of the sprinkles yuo can get in the States! Also, I have seen photos in books of cookies made to look like those candy corn, but i didnt realise that they are actually a lolly!!

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  • 38. Libby  |  October 14, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    These are so Cuuuuuuuuuuute! Oh my gooooodness! Never would have thought of it. Love it.

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  • 39. HoneyB  |  October 14, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    love, love, love the halloween inspired biscotti!

    How about The Others? That one I really liked…not to mention that going to it was Grumpy and my first date ever!

    I am much like you however, I usually sit with the laptop on the couch while Grumpy watches tv. But, he is usually watching hunting show and not horror…

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  • 40. Peggy  |  October 14, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    Oh I loved that you decorated them Halloweenie! They are great biscotti. Beautiful photos.

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  • 41. Sugar Betty  |  October 14, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    STFU! You made yours Halloweenish. So friggin cute! I think have the same deco sprinkles . . did you get yours from Crate and Barrel? Good job dearie. Looks awesome blossom. I passed on the biscotti this week and decided to bake cupcakes instead. ;)

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  • 42. Karen  |  October 14, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    the marching band thing definitely had me confused for a second too. :) i like scary movies alright, though not as much as i used to. but i LOVE zombie movies. i don’t quite understand my fascination with them!

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  • 43. craftyjuicebroker  |  October 14, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    I normally dip my biscotti in chocolate. I am going to do that for Halloween! Great idea!

    Cherie
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  • 44. Rebecca  |  October 14, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    You know Martha’s cell was fierce.

    The non-gory movie that freaks me out is Rosemary’s Baby. When she’s in the phone booth, OMG.

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  • 45. CB  |  October 14, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    REBECCA, Definitely fierce. Never saw Rosemary’s baby. I think I just better stay away…

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  • 46. Jaime  |  October 14, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    i love how you spruced these up! i wanted to dip mine in chocolate too but didn’t have time…. or the fun martha steward sprinkles ;)

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  • 47. Linda  |  October 14, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Love how you get in the holiday spirit…very fun!!!

    My favorite (relatively) non-gory scary movie — The Shining

    BTW, my hubby mocked me relentlessly for saying that it was cold last nite … I know, I’m an LA weather wimp ;)

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  • 48. CB  |  October 14, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    LINDA, The Shining is a movie that hubs been trying to get me to watch so maybe I’ll give it a try after your rec. Oh yeah… I am getting teasing from the hubs too. I can’t help it if my body gets goosebumps from California cold. I don’t stand a chance in states that snow.

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  • 49. Elizabeth - Cake or Death?  |  October 14, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    I love the sprinkles, and I love that the fall holidays are fast approaching!

    And also I completely agree about horror movies–scary is okay, but gory is definitely out.

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  • 50. steph (whisk/spoon)  |  October 14, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    you have acheived biscotti perfection–those look great!

    i’m making a beeline to macy’s to check out martha’s stuff when i’m back in the states! and i hate bloody scary movies!!

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  • 51. Amy Ruth  |  October 15, 2008 at 8:51 am

    #51 Wow girlie, you are a little kid (or a big kids) best friend. We all love sprinkles and they are so colorful!!! I like your interpretation and like you, and because of TWD, have learned that you can play when you bake. Yep! So much more fun that way.
    AmyRuth

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  • 52. pinkstripes  |  October 15, 2008 at 9:26 am

    OMG, I love the halloween booscotti. Very creative. They look perfect. I’m going to run to Macy’s now.

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  • 53. Beryl  |  October 15, 2008 at 10:13 am

    So cute and Halloweeny! Gives me ideas for future holiday themed biscotti

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  • 54. Kayte  |  October 15, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Oh, your pictures are all so great and your ideas such fun…just look how cute those biscotti are with their little halloween outfits! Thanks for sharing your ideas, photos, etc. Very very nice.

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  • 55. Courtney  |  October 15, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    These look good! I just wanted to let you know that I wrote about you in my blog about you making vanilla extract…but I couldnt find the exact post so I just posted your blog link. Still trying to figure all this out! Anyway…just an fyi!

    http://cafecococreations.blogspot.com/2008/10/homemade-vanilla-extract.html

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  • 56. CB  |  October 15, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    COURTNEY, aawww about me? You’re so sweet. ::off to read your blog::

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  • 57. Kelly D  |  October 15, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    My kids didn’t even ask for one of my biscotti but they would have plowed through yours. Way too cute.

    I went through one halloween trick-or-treaterless and it was too much for me. I would answer the door all night if my spouse didn’t make me finally turn off the porch light.

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  • 58. AnneStrawberry  |  October 16, 2008 at 8:54 am

    The halloween touch is so cute! I was dying over the Martha in her jail cell comment. LOL.

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  • 59. Liliana  |  October 16, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    I am not into scary movies anymore since I watched Physco! Took me awhile to take a shower alone in the house but I just love your version of biscotti! What a wonderful idea! You gave me a great idea for Halloween.

    Great step by step photos.

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  • 60. Kim  |  October 16, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Awww, how festive! Great job!

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  • 61. Shari  |  October 16, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    I love your Halloween version of biscotti! Also, thought you might like to know that Prairie folks in Canada call hoodies “bunny hugs”. You, especially, might like that name better!! Bunny hugs are so much nicer than parkas!!

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  • 62. CB  |  October 16, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    SHARI, How cute is that?? I am gonna call hoodies “bunny hugs” from now on!

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  • 63. kamaile  |  October 16, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Love the sprinkles on your biscotti.

    I just got Bram Stoker’s Dracula on Netflix. I am excited to watch it.

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  • 64. CB  |  October 16, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    KAMAILE, oohhhh fun! I like it b/c its a good story but not over the top gory. I won’t ruin it for you but we’ll have to discuss when you’re done, k? ;)

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  • 65. bakingblonde  |  October 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    I LOVE the look of these, what a great idea to dress them up for the holiday!

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  • 66. CB  |  October 18, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    BAKINGBLONDE, Thank you! Everything tastes better with sprinkles ;)

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