Saturday, October 27, 2007

Birthday Pawty at the House of the Seven Gables

We were invited to a Halloween/Birthday pawty that's being celebrated at the House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusettes.
Our good friends Scruffy and Lacie are hosting it and they've been working real hard to make it the best pawty ever!

We've never been here before but we've heard that it's the scarest place on the face of this earth! Mitch is already shaking like a leaf!

Costumes are optional and I know we've said that we don't wear costumes - only bandanas, but we're trying really, really hard not to be poopers! After all - it's a birthday pawty and we do want to have a good time!
I asked mom if we couldn't please just make it simple and she said that would be okay with her so I grabbed my Mardi Gras beads and my grandmother's hat and voila - I'm going as an old lady! It's really not so far fetched seeing as I'm nine years old and I really am a mature older woman!

Mom asked Mitch what he thought he might want to be and he said a ghost! Hey that's easy! Just toss a sheet over him mom!
Is that really you under there Mitch?

Hey, I think your costume is more fun than mine! I want to be the ghost and you be the old woman!

We've decided that we're bringing popcorn balls!

So yesterday we helped mom in the kitchen so that we would have something fun and yummy to bring to the pawty! In case anyone else wants to know how to make them, here's mom's recipe:

2 quarts popped popcorn
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup dark corn syrup
1/4 cup butter (no substitutes)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place popcorn in a large bowl; set aside. In a heavy saucepan, combine brown sugar, water, corn syrup, butter and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue cooking, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 270 degrees F (soft-crack stage).
Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Pour over popcorn; stir until evenly coated. When cool enough to handle, quickly shape into balls.

We'll be flying Aire-Ruby once again! It's the only way to go, ya know!

See you at the pawty!

So until next time................

Love ya lots,



Jackson's J1 and J2 said...

Love the costumes! And those popcorn balls look delish! See you at the pawty, pals! J X

Simba and Jazzi said...

Mummy says the popcorn balls sound too good for dogs, but she might make some for herself. That can't be fair.

Simba xx

Emily and Ike said...

I am so excited!

Amber-Mae said...

Hehehe, you look nice dressing up as an old lady. Mitch's costume does look like fun. I wonder why my mommy did not buy the ghost costume for me? Oooo, the popcorn sounds like it's going to be tasty.

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Gus said...

yummy yummy. muzzer says she wants to make a batch for her while we are at the pawty. See ya

Asta said...

Maggie and Mitch
You two will be a big hit in youw costoomes..that's so nice of you to make the effowt too...the sheet looks fun to get tangled in hehehe..
Ooooh those popcown balls ,,I'm dwooling and so is Mommi..but she's not invited.

Stella is too young to stay out so vewy late
smoochie kisses
pee ess Mitchy don't be scawed we'll all stick togethew!

Headgirl said...

Hi there!

Getting back into "Comments" is great!

LOL, @ outfits - oh, sorry, just Mitch's ghost!
I'm flying in, in diquise, as presume no humans allowed.
Wonder, if you'll recognise me???

Pats & pets

Bogart H. Devil said...

Ghost costume on Mitch - CLASSIC :)


Koobuss said...

Great costumes! Maggie, I didn' realize that you were so old. You really don't look your age at all. You look wonderful! Must be Mitch keeping you young.

Those popcorn balls sound great! I love popcorn!!

See you later!!

Love & Koobuss Kisses,

William Tell said...

I love popcorn balls but I get a sticky beard from them. :)

William Tell

Noah the Airedale said...

Yum another great recipe. You guys must have some wonderful smells coming out of your kitchen.
Hey Mitch, love the outfit matie haa haa, our pinkies were going to throw the sheets over us but that would have cause complete chaos so D put holes for our heads so we could see. It still wasn't a pretty site hee hee.
Maggie, you look very eloquent in your costume.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah, Willow, Tess and Lucy

Linda said...

Mmmmmm, yummy popcorn!! We love it. You look great in your ol' lady costume Maggie. The hat is very fetching on you. And Mitch looks cute as a ghost! Very scaawwwieeeee! See you at the pawty.
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Mojo, Digger and family said...

Maggie, you just don't look 9! but the beads and hat ensemble do add an Agatha Christie touch to you somehow. Only Agatha never had such a splendid beard.

As for you, Mitch... you can hide all you like but I am gonna find you! And go woohooohooo to make you run around so I can chase you.

big hugs

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! Those costumes are amazing!!! Love the ghost!!

Lacy said...

woodies M and M!!!! dose costumes wuz fantastic...yummmies on da pop corn balls, me had mama get it down so she can makes me sum...

b safe,

Ruby Bleu said...

Hey Maggie!!!

Great costumes and those popcorn balls sound so yummy...I can't wait to taste one!!!

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Lorenza said...

Hi, Maggie
I like your costumes! Sure we will have lots of fun!
Tell your mom thanks for sharing her recipe. Its been a long time since my mom was looking for it. She loves popcorn balls but she did not know how to make them!
See you two at the party

Kirby said...

Hi Maggie, Hi Mitch,

Maggie, you make a lovely lady. I'm not saying old lady, cuz you don't look old, even in a costume! Mitch is a great ghost. He's much better than I am, as I would have been chewing all over that sheet. I'm making my mom promise to make the popcorn balls. They sound delish! Hope you had tons of fun at the party!

Your pal,

Scrappy and Pebbles said...

Maggie love your hat and Mitch makes a cute ghost he must be going as Casper the friendly ghost lol
Mom is going to make that popcorn recipe but she said none for us!!! How fair is that!!

See you at the party
Scrappy and Pebbles

Luckie Girl said...

Hey Maggie,
I really dig Mitch's costume! LOL! It's simple and well, definately goes well with the theme. have fun okay? :)

Anonymous said...

Great costumes guys - hope you have fun!


Stanley said...


I think Mitch will be more believable as the old woman, not YOU! The ghost costume is a great idea. Wish I had thought of it myself.

Goober love,

umekotyan said...

Hi, maggie.
I have gotten back from the trip.
Happy time is shared.

Congratulations on the prize of the cake.
And, Halloween is being prepared.
The sheet is a tool of the ghost. :)
I want to eat popcorn.

from loved ume tyan

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh that looks so good, Louie and I can smell it now !!!

Dad bought mom a new stove yesterday, I sure hope something like that comes out of it today, and if not, pizza is ok with us too ..........

Gus & Louie

Isis said...

I think being a ghost is a great costume!

PreciOus said...

Hi Maggie!

I can just imagine Mitch going as an old lady. Tee hee.

That must be the biggest popcorn ball I have ever seen! Thanks for the sweet treat!


the many Bs said...

Hi M&M, you two are really smart about your costumes. our mom doesn't do costumes with us either, other than hats and our bandanas. she didn't know what to do for the pawty last night and she was all busy and stressed out, so we stayed home and she groomed Bailey. well, it was a crazy day and we will post about it later, but you were so smart with your hats and beads and sheet! we could have done that too and not been the party poopers that we were.

Suki & Joey said...

I love those costumes, guys! They looked even better in person last night...hehehe!

Puggy kisses

Joe Stains said...

oooh those popcorn balls look delicous and pretty easy. I will ask Mom to make them.

You guys look nice in your costumes but I agree Mitch's looks more fun!

Martha said...

That looks like a great pawty! Love the outfits. Love, Martha

Chelsea said...

Your costume is so creative! Mitch...not so much. Have a great time at the pawty and thank your mom for posting those popcorn balls.


Asta said...

Hi Magggie and Mitch
It suwe was fun to see you at the pawty..I still have a sugaw wush fwom those gweat popcown ball you bwought!

I'm pwaying fow Janie..I'm so vewy wowwied aout hew

Huskee and Hershey said...

I LOVE Mitch's costume!! (it looks comfy too!!)

Puggle Preston said...

oh Maggie, that was a pretty hat you had on. Hope you have tons of fun in the pawty. My mommy told me Salem is a scary place but it is fun to visit on Halloween!


the Corgi Girls said...

Woah, great hat! You look so good in it! Thanks for coming by our blog and wishing me a happy birthday! We're going to add you to our sidebar, so we can visit your blog more often!

M & I

Kien said...

wow.. maggie u look stunning!.. mitch.. eerr...hhm...i dunno what to say..heeheh

and thanks for sharing the recipe for the popcorn.. bet my lazy mom won't help us to make it..


Girl Girl Hamster said...

You're such a cute pair. An old lady and a ghost. Hee. It sure was nice pawtying with you doggies

~ Girl girl

la said...

The ghost costume ist VERY cool! I live it! :o)

la said...

Hey, Maggie & Mitch, I would like to link your Blog, so my mom can find it better when I want to vistit you guys. I hope that`s ok with you?

Johann The Dog said...

Those are great costumes and very easy ones too! You two are very smart, no fuss, no muss! Have fun at the pawty and Happy Halloween. Woofs, Johann

Girasol said...

popcorn yummy!!! I like your hat.

The Thuglets said...

wow those popcorn balls do look yummie yum yum!!
Great costumes.

Love The Thugletsx

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

cool costumes Maggie and Mitch! and lovely recipe!

I couldn't remember where the Pawty was, so I only hope I behaved myself when Ruby picked me up via Air Ruby!!

So many pawties just lately! Salem though, wow, pretty scary place it seems.

oh and I prefer the older lady you know!

love and many licks, Marvin xxxxxx

Patience-please said...

We loved the old lady costume - it was very dignified and precious! The ghost costume looked like it would have caused a big case of the silly zoomies around here!
And your human's recipes are mmmmm mmmm mmmmmm mmmmm delectable and droolly! Lucky, lucky you!
Maybe your mom could help our Servant. She's tried and tried to join DWB's. But she must be doing it wrong because she never hears an answer. She's "special", but we love her anyway.
your pals the whippet waggle

Patience-please said...

Ok, we got your note and thank you very much. The Servant tried another email, and we'll wait and see. The Servant is ALWAYS way behind on emails, so she sure understands.
thanks again-
we feel much better now!
the whippet waggle