So, can I just say that I absolutely, positively cannot believe that Monday is November? How the heck does time go by so quickly? The holidays and the epic blizzard seem just like yesterday. I can’t believe another holiday season is already almost upon us. But, there is still one last weekend in October (and Halloween!) to enjoy. Are you heading out to any Halloween parties this weekend? If so, any interesting costumes? I had to Google whether Daylight Savings Time ended this weekend or next; in case you were wondering as well, it’s next weekend. Ack, not ready for the 5pm darkness! But, it does mean the holidays and snow are inching closer. And I do love the holidays and snow. So, there is upside
Reminder: If you need any last-minute ideas for a festive Halloween treat, check out these 10 Spooky & Delicious Halloween Recipes
As always, you’ll find a recap of what was posted to the site this week as well as some bookmarked recipes from other blogs. Then, some random musings about some random stuff. Enjoy!
Butternut Squash Soup – A fabulous soup with simple ingredients that brings out the flavor of the butternut squash. Accented with brown sugar and nutmeg, this soup is a wonderful (and healthy!) meal to keep in your fall rotation.
Homemade Cracker Jack – Caramel peanut popcorn that is every bit addicting as you might imagine. A recreation of a childhood classic, and a million times better homemade!
Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting – A classic recipe combination that everyone needs to have stashed away for those last minute birthday celebrations!
Homemade Caramel Apples – A perfect fall treat! I created four different varieties: Apple Pie, Snickers, Reese’s, and Rocky Road.
Most Viewed Recipe This Week: Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Recipes from other blogs that I thought looked especially delicious and that I thought you would like too:
Apple Cinnamon Bread (Two Peas and their Pod)
I love all of the big chunks of apple in this bread, and the cinnamon sugar topping makes me swoon!
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars with Streusel Topping (My Kitchen Cafe)
This looks like such an amazing dessert – a thick crust, a layer of cheesecake, then apples and streusel. Cannot WAIT to make this!
Homemade Almond Joy (Joy the Baker)
Homemade candy bars? Count me in.
Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Swirl (My Baking Addiction)
This is a great pumpkin spice cake with a touch of cream cheese – a great twist on typical pumpkin desserts.
S’mores Ice Cream (elly says opa!)
It may no longer be summer, but in my world anytime is a good time for ice cream. And s’mores ice cream is a great choice for fall!
Some random musings about stuff that has gone on in the last week…
1. Umm, hello… Pens? Anyone home? Okay, first of all, this was pretty darn awesome:
Deryk Engelland, wow. You are a fighting machine. (Gosh I love hockey.) The first three minutes of the game last night was ridiculous. I think there were 10 penalties, 2 major fights and Scott Hartnell crashed into the boards. There was a 3-on-3. I don’t know that I can remember ever seeing that before (although I’m sure I must have). Classic Pens/Flyers hatred.
Now, this more accurately sums up what’s been going on with the Pens:
Chaos. Confusion. Offense is not showing up. The power play is non-existent. We’re giving up too many short-handed opportunities. Fleury is not performing like a $5 million goalie should. Almost everyone on this team needs to be smacked and told to WAKE UP. Too many cutesy moves. Get the puck to the net. Jordan Staal is estimated to be back sometime during the road trip in the next week. Interested to see how things fall into place once he and Michalek get back. In the mean time, please Pens, please just win some games! And I would not be opposed at all to Johnson starting on a regular basis. We need wins.
2. Steelers in the Superdome on Halloween night. Sunday Night Football. The Saints got downright embarrassed by the lowly Browns last week. I’m sure they’re not happy and will come out strong. Nervous about the game, but should be a good one to watch. Note to Ben – Please don’t do this again:
3. Fantasy Football: 6-1.
Big ol’ WOO! If you play, how is your team doing?
4. Currently reading: Eat, Pray, Love.
I am still in the first part of the book when the author is in Italy, and am just loving the story. The book so far has really spoken to me and I can’t wait to hear the entire story. I have held off on seeing the movie until I read the book; I am weird like that. I will never, ever see a movie first and then read a book. In fact, most times I won’t even bother reading the book if I’ve already seen the movie; it ruins the reading experience for me. I’ve always been a big reader and I love forming characters in my mind – what they look like, their mannerisms. Nine times out of ten, a movie made from a book disappoints me but without fail, I always go to see them! Have you read this book or seen the movie? What did you think?
What are you up to this weekend? Have a safe and fun Halloween!