The eldest offspring, whose birthday occurs mid-October, allowed his Sainted Mother to plan his Hallowe'en themed birthday parties right up until the age of nine, after which he started demanding laser tag and pizza, like the rest of his friends. The youngest offspring, whose birthday falls on All Saint's Day, enjoyed Hallowe'en themed parties right up until the legal age of eighteen, after which she started celebrating at the bar, like the rest of her friends.
In preparation for the parties, the month of October was spent shopping - for decorations, prizes and candy for the goody bags, and searching for publications with unusual food ideas suitable for experimentation on unsuspecting party guests. The insomniac has accumulated a fair number of these publications, commonly found in grocery store checkout lines and bearing such clever names as “Spooktacular Recipes and Party Ideas” and the like, all of which she has saved over the years and are likely worth a great deal in the collectibles market.
Indeed, the insomniac's birthday cakes were legendary. She would be quite remiss in leading you to believe her baking creations even remotely resembled the following examples; the term legendary being used in the more unsavory sense of the word.
|The insomniac's version turned out nothing like this ...|
|Nor this ...|
Despite the fact the offspring haven't celebrated their birthdays in the Gothic Mansion for quite some time, the insomniac has yet to do away with the yearly Hallowe'en shopping spree. When the time came to gather up the Giveaway purchases in one central location, it was evident that more shopping had been done than previously estimated. Accordingly, one Giveaway has now multiplied into two: the first with a somewhat sophisticated Black & White Theme; the second with a more traditional Black, Orange & Green Theme.
|Black &White Hallowe'en Giveaway Contents, L-R:|
Bone Sprinkles, Damask Skeleton Baking Cups, Cupcake Tattoos, B&W Sprinkle Set
Skeleton Cupcake Combo, Skeleton Cupcake Wraps, Black Baking Cups
|Traditional Hallowe'en Giveaway Contents, L-R:|
Hallowe'en Cookie Cutter Set, Creepy Sprinkles Lab, Green Damask Baking Cups,
Batty Bats Treat Toppers, Ghost Icing Decorations, Coffin Sprinkles
This week's Giveaway ends on Saturday, October 13th at 12:01 a.m. EST, hopefully allowing one enough time to figure out how the Rafflecopter winner selection process works. Names of the winners will be announced on Sunday, October 14th, along with details on that week's Giveaway.
The insomniac is going to text the youngest offspring today to see if she can attend her father's birthday festivities this evening, along with her eldest brother who is currently in town on a short hiatus from his extremely remote job near the North West Territories. This celebratory meal will, as always, be finished off with the insomniac's infamous Devil's Food Cake. She might also attempt to coerce her youngest into a Hallowe'en baking session sometime next week - for old time's sake, you understand. Rest assured, the end result will look NOTHING like this ...
|For baking of this quality,|
you should go to the Martha Stewart website.
Definitely not the Insomniac's Attic website.
Until next time, the insomniac wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties ... and Good Luck to you all!
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