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Broomsticks on the Bayou

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Today we're celebrating Broomsticks On the Bayou @ Incipient Wings and The Frosted Petunia.

Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, has cordially invited you to an informal dinner in her home.

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There are many legends surrounding Marie and her pet snake Zombie.  But the most heinous one is that she doesn't rest in her tomb at the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 because she never died.  Plus she can be much more subtle in her art as social media provides her with information freely.  This is an invitation you can't refuse!

Marie first serves absinthe as each guest arrives.

Sunlight streams through Marie's windows during late afternoon.

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Wine is served!

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Salt and pepper or S P ell?

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Fleur candles sweeten the atmosphere.

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Day of the Dead decor

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Is that gris gris sprinkled on top of the cupcakes?

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes
2 cups gluten-free flour (I used Cup 4 Cup)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, combine the water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Icing
1 package (8-ounce) Cream Cheese, softened 
1/4 cup Pumpkin Purée 
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) Unsalted Butter, softened 
1 t Fresh Orange Juice 
1 t Grated Orange Zest 
1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract 
4 cups Confectioners' Sugar, sifted

Blend the cream cheese, pumpkin purée, butter, orange juice, zest, and vanilla in a large bowl using an electric mixer set at medium speed until smooth. Add the sugar and continue to beat until light and creamy -- about 5 more minutes.

After icing the cupcakes, I sprinkled them with orange dusting sugar.  But Marie probably uses gris gris on hers!

Thanks so much, Marfi and Anna, for hosting!

I'm also hosting a giveaway!  Click on the link at the top of my sidebar!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Yummy yum cupcakes Ricki! Now i want to do some baking!!
    I would love to go to that dinner party but not if her snake is going to show up lol !!!

    Pamela xo

  2. Wonderful decor. Theface vase makes me smile, or is it a soul trapped inside?
    Thank you for a yummy gluten free recipe.

  3. Fun fun fun... I love parties like that!

  4. My kind of party! My nephew had a party and introduced us to his 11 snakes. LOL I had one wrapped around my waist. Yikes.

  5. Oooooo.... I love all the colors, bottle hat, and of course the cupcake recipe, can't wait to try it!!! Thank you for visiting me,

  6. Love all the sunshine and color, the bottle hat is adorable!!! Thank you for stopping by my party too!

  7. Oh...I love this! Influenced at all by AHS? Love the dishes! What a great theme for Halloween!

  8. Thanks for the invitation to this fun dinner party. Snakes???? I think I'll have a cupcake and run along. '-)

  9. Riclo Jill, I wanted to come over here and wish Shanley Belle a Happy Birthday! 21 years - that is such a special one. I hope she had a fun day, filled with everything she loves.


  10. Shanley is 21?? Wow how did that happen? You are so creative and I love your tablescape. Those black lacy dishes are gorgeous. I couldn't reply to your comment cause you are a no reply commenter right now. We are good. Busy. Homecoming, soccer for Quinn and my oldest moved out and was here for dinner and her laundry. I am tired but a good tired. Very good day.

  11. What a bright beautiful party!
    Those roses are my very favorite color!
    And Dia de Los muertos decor !
    I have to make those cupcakes
    The frosting sounds.... Heavenly
    Thank you for playing along!

  12. Just lovely, thank you for the wonderful party!
    Hugs and Sparkles

  13. What a wonderfully enchanting dinner! I loved the dishes and decor (and the drinks)! :-)

  14. Everything looks so inviting and the food... yummy :) Have a great weekend Ricki!

  15. LOVE it! Your decor is just beautiful, fun & funky. Love the decor on the wine bottles!


  16. Ohhh me love that runner and table setting Ricki! So cool.

  17. Love the table setting and the beautiful MacKenzie- Childs pieces.

  18. Mmm! Those cupcakes.. I will try them! Ricki, this is a DARLING post and so festive. New Orleans themed.. love it!

  19. Looks like a great party! And I am going to have to try those cupcakes, I don't think I've ever made anything gluten free and they look scrumptious.

    Great Broomsticks post.


  20. A post of so many awesome things to make little ole me green with

  21. So cute, RJ! Love all of your touches for the party, especially how you dressed the wine bottle!

  22. I love it all....but those salt and pepper shakers are speaking to me!

  23. Wow! I am so glad you stopped by my party and invited me here. What a beautiful party and those cupcakes! Yummy!

  24. I am not much of a baker (I prefer to cook) but I do bake cupcakes now and then (usually out of a box!) I think that your recipe above looks easy enough for me to try. I love the decor pictures you posted!

  25. Hi Ricki Jill ~

    What a fabulous party ~ love all the MacKenzie-Childs and black and white lacey plates. And, congratulations on your 1,000th post. I tried to leave a comment in the form but could not...I hope I get to 1,000 blog posts!

    Thank you for your visit to my blog and your sweet comment. I always enjoy hearing from you.

    Ciao bella,

  26. Well Ricki, I think Marie would've enjoyed herself at your dinner party. Your table is beautiful and those white charger plates are to die for! May I ask where you found them? I love the beautiful autumn roses and the menu makes my mouth water! Thank you so much for joining our bayou party. Always love having you.


  27. Beautiful dinner with Marie! :) I loved the table decor and I am going to use the cupcakes recipe for sure! Sounds and looks yummmm! Lovely party entry, Ricki. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  28. This is so fun! I love her legend, and I love that American Horror Story is getting into it now and the Originals is kind of touching on it too! So fun!

  29. This is so cool, Ricki Jill! Love anything that has to do with the Bayou, I grew up near the LA
    line and my aunt lived in New Orleans. Fabulous party decor, suites the theme just perfectly!
    Love it!

  30. Fabulous Ricky Jill! Your Bayou post is amazing, I truly love it! The party decorations are awesome, specially the gorgeous runner and the flower base...everything really. The menú is yummy and I want a cupcake right now too! Thanks for the récipe sweetie and for your great visit. Hugs,


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