October was a month of transition for Monique and me. After struggling against a dipping economy for two years, our employer was finally forced to shut its doors after thirty-six years. The weeks leading up to the final day were stressful and often confusing, as we were never quite sure when our final day was coming. So, for a month that traditionally kicked-off the beginning of our seasonal baking and crafting, more focus was spent on wrapping up loose ends at work and worrying about the next day while we were at home.
Now that it’s over for both of us, we’re moving on into new adventures. Monique is enjoying her time off while she looks for a new job and I start my new employment tomorrow. I will miss seeing her face every day, but I am grateful that working there brought me to her. I’ve learned so much from Monique these past four-and-a-half years, and not just about baking and cooking! She’s taught me volumes about having faith in one’s self, one’s family, and one’s friends. Teaming up with her has kept me blogging and writing, and I’ve learned to stop wondering whether or not I can accomplish something. I try!
So, even though we no longer share a day-job, Monique and I intend to continue on with our cooking and crafting the best we can as we adjust to new lifestyles.
And now, despite all that? I did manage to do a few holiday-themed things this October.
Halloween Candy Corn Cookie Bark
This stuff is preeeeeetty tasty on top of being colorful and Halloween-y. It’s very, very simple and you can substitute out ingredients depending on what you have. You’ll find the basic recipe here, from The Girl Who Ate Everything.
Apple Crisp in a Mini Pumpkin
What I adore about this recipe is that it’s broken down per serving. Only have three pumpkins? You can know exactly how many apples/oats/etc you need for each! Not only is the filling delicious, but the sides of the pumpkin grow soft during baking (despite what they may look like on the surface — dig down!) and are lovely. You can find the recipe here, from The View from the Great Islands.
Milk Jug Ghosts!
If you’re on Pinterest (and you probably are), you must have seen the milk jug ghosts pin floating around all month. For a household with three milk drinkers, we tend to go through these jugs quickly. So, I gave notice that we’re not to send them straight to the recycling bin, but instead leave them with a face drawn on them and I’d add them to our line-up! Here we only have a few, but by the end I think we had twelve!
Many people have posted instructions for the milk jug ghosts, but I’ll send you to the Krazy Coupon Lady for the how-to.
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Hope everyone had a happy, candy-filled, costumed, pumpkin-overloaded Halloween! Enjoy your weekend… and try not to think about how we only have 50 days left until Christmas!