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My yearly warning about Halloween candy….

This is a friendly warning, and it’s not about all of the horrors and dangers and blah blah blah about sugar. No, it’s a warning to steer clear of the  following candies in your candy bowl. These could earn you trees filled with t.p., and eggs on your house. Consider yourself warned…

1. Hard candies…for the love of everything unholy, please don’t kid yourself. No one, including bank patrons want these.

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2. Dum Dums, or any generic lollipops: see above

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3. Boston Baked Beans: unless your trick or treaters are 90+ years old, please refrain from showering your gobblins with these, unless you want a hail of them returned at your door.

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4. Sugar Daddys: I can’t believe these are still made. In fact I think they aren’t still making them and these are the same ones from 1972…unless they come with a Bobby Sherman lunch box, I’m not interested.

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5. Necco Wafers: enough said

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Screen shot 2013-10-29 at 10.23.27 AM6. Halloween taffy: these are poor imposters real Saltwater taffy, and should be shunned.

Seriously friends, follow the “Golden Rule” of candy giving and only give onto others as you would want given to you. Remember, it’s for the children (and parents).


Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls…the best part of waking up


The perfect fall-themed breakfast roll.

rolls unicedThey are so good that I don’t think you need to ice them….

rolls iced

but I iced them lightly while they were warm.

I have had this recipe “pinned” for a while and I finally found a time to make them. The recipe comes from the terrific Smitten Kitchen blog. The step-by-step photos, commentary and instructions give me confidence to try her recipes. I love her blog and her cook book is fantastic.

The rolls themselves are moist and not-too-sweet. The filling is pretty sweet, next time I’ll cut back on the sugar. The icing is made with cream cheese and 2 cups of powdered sugar, and I only used 1 1/2 cups. I don’t care for too much icing, so I frosted them lightly, and they were still great. I made the recipe the night before and baked them on Sunday morning.

My daughter had friends over, and the 2 pans were gone in minutes. One friend liked them so much that he said the rolls should win a prize.

Candy Corn Mums…I’m speechless….

From the creative hands of Tori Spelling, yes, that Tori Spelling come these amazing Mums. I have no idea how she came up with these, but that’s why she’s a star, and I’m a blogger….I think they are awesome. I don’t know how long they last or if they invite mice, bugs, and small children to eat them.

Click here for instructions from Country Living. If you make these please, please let me know.

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Easiest Pumpkin Spice Latte….Ever!

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Yesterday I was yearning for a Pumpkin Spice Latte at home, but alas, I had used up the syrup from the week before. Then I saw the pumpkin butter right next to the milk in the fridge,  and SHAZAM…there was my answer. Pumpkin butter is made from Pumpkin, sugar, spices and a bit of citric acid. This is almost what is in the syrup (except for the citric acid, and there’s only a tiny amount of it).

So here’s my new recipe:

1 heaping teaspoon of pumpkin butter

4 to 6 oz. of strong coffee

4 to 6 oz. of milk


Put a scoop of pumpkin butter in a mug and fill the mug halfway with hot coffee.

Heat milk in a separate cup, and froth with a frother* if desired. Pour hot milk into mug with the coffee and pumpkin mix. Stir to combine. Top with foam.

Top with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice if desired.

Let me know if you like this. I thought it was pretty good for being so easy.

*those little frothers that have a flat whisk, are battery operated, and about the size of a pen are amazing. I don’t have one, but I will soon….

The Best Tips on Making Caramel Sauce

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Homemade caramel sauce is a true comfort food when eaten from a spoon.

Here is a clear guide to making your own from my baking addiction. It takes the mystery out of the whole process.

I follow this awesome blog, and you should too.

So, tonight I will make up a batch and enjoy it over ice cream or warm pears…or maybe just by the spoonful…

More Pumpkin Spice goodness from Trader Joe’s

Here’s an interesting drink from Trader Joe’s. Pumpkin Spice Rooibos is an herbal blend which tastes like a spiced tea, and smells delightful. It’s a nice way to add some scent to your workspace without getting complaints from H.R. about people with fragrance sensitivities….
The tin and sachet look strikingly similar to Harney & Sons teas, so I know why I like this product. Give it a try. If you don’t care for it, you can always use it as potpourri on the stove top, and you’ll have the lovely tin to use as storage. But, I think you’ll like it.


Pumpkin Spice Lattes at home….

A Sunday morning in October calls for a Pumpkin Spice Latte.
I found this recipe from Crumbs and Chaos (sounds like my house) on Pinterest. My only change to it would be to definitely use cinnamon sticks, not ground cinnamon because it is too gritty with the ground cinnamon. Otherwise it is delicious!
Enjoy your Fall…