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First Week of October

The first full week of October shaped up to be one of the best weeks in all of 2020. One can only hope that the rest of the month continues to be just as awesome.

4 out of 5 stars – I love historical fiction and this reimagining is fun. The Donner Party is trailed by creatures that may be the first vampires in the United States. Each character is given a new revamped back story that helps lead to the eventual demise of the party. I’ll look for more historical fiction from this author.

My C&M and I each created a movie list for the season of the things we wanted to watch for the first time or rewatch since it had been quite some time. This one was on my list of movies I had somehow never seen before. Mr. C&M couldn’t believe it and it was as great and weird as he promised.

Mini Low Carb Pumpkin Pies – I FINALLY used the ramekins that we received for Christmas last year to make tasty little crustless pumpkin pies. This recipe is low carb, low sugar, keto-friendly. I’ve lost 10 pounds cutting back on carbs. 🙂

Finally, we ended the week by taking part in the most epic wedding; Ms. Ignited Moth’s! It was SO much fun and everything went off without a hitch. I can’t wait until the professional pictures are done because the photographers were just awesome. 🙂

How has the first week of October treated you??

October Week 2: Apple Cider Slushies

The second full week of October was a bit of a doozy. Work has been absolutely swamped with hordes of people coming in for their flu shots. We’ve been doing anywhere from 20 to 50 per day. As you can imagine, this interrupts the natural flow of work when it’s busy in it’s own right. Plenty of people getting sick already and a few confirmed cases of the flu. I don’t expect it to slow down anytime soon so it’s even more important to enjoy the season whenever I get a chance.

Watching

I was pretty skeptical the first few episodes of this season. Yes, it’s honoring slasher films but in the beginning, it was pretty basic. Then, we had some twists and turns that brought my interest back. The last episode was so weird, I don’t know how to feel. We might be coming to ‘absolutely ridiculous’ grounds but I’ll hang in there and find out. I can say that I am LOVING Billie Lourd this season. I can’t stand Emma Roberts, if she’d hurry up and die, I would enjoy it a lot more.

This one was weird but in a good way. It was original and how often do we get to say that about movies anymore? I would recommend giving it a try. It’s not amazing but I enjoyed my time watching it. 3/5 stars

Reading

I finished In a Dark, Dark Wood and you can read the review here. I’ve picked up one of my absolute favorite authors, R.S. Belcher’s Nightwise. It had my attention at the very first sentence. I binged about 45 pages before I was interrupted but I can’t wait to get back at it.

Treats

Oh, the treats were glorious! We went to the local orchard during the town’s fall festival strictly to get apple cider slushies because, what about that does not sound amazing?! It was cold, but we wanted one anyway. Worth it. We also picked up a pumpkin cream coffee cake that we have yet to break into and chocolate covered cherries and bananas. Both of which, we HAVE broken into and they’re damn tasty. We also bought a jar of apple butter and I forgot to make myself an amazing sandwich with it today.

I also baked up another goodie that I will post later in the week. Sipping an apple cider slushie while baking is the only way I want to bake every autumn now.

Apple versus Pumpkin, GO!

Lucky 13 Years

Good morning Ghouls and Ghosts! It’s the most wonderful month of the year and this ghoul is PUMPED. Last season was depressing due to a death in the family, so we’re going hard this year. Well, as hard as we can with a semi-ill spouse. BUT, we’re not going to let that get us down.

I’ve already finished two books to get into a spooky mood: Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues and Blood Kissed. I’m currently reading The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper. It’s not as spooky as I had hoped but the facts about Victorian London are currently keeping me going.

I’m not sure exactly why but, every year I have a different ‘thing’ that I’m all about during the Halloween season. Last year, it was witches. This year, it’s skeletons. We recently purchased a skeletal rat, cat and T-Rex skull and I love them all.

Mr. C&M and I already started with the horror movies about a week ago. He randomly choose one we had never seen and it was……..not good. 😛

Today also marks our 13 year dating anniversary. 13 is both of our lucky numbers so hopefully the next year together holds some really awesome things for us.

Like last year, I plan to do weekly updates on Sunday of all the Halloween fun we’re having. I had so much fun doing it last year that it will become a yearly blogging tradition.

I hope everyone is ready for a spooktacular season!

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Wooooo! It’s my second favorite month of the year guys. 😀

Michigan has jumped early into it’s autumn-like weather (aside from a day here or there) and I am DIGGING IT. I am ready for apples and pumpkins and to BASIC BITCH ALL OVER THE PLACE.

I may even begin decorating for Halloween here very, very soon.

What can you expect in the next two months of this blog? Well, after I finish my current book, I’m hopping into the horror/paranormal genres. Nothing sets the mood like spooky books. If we’re lucky, I’ll get some sweet baking in and come October, horror movie marathons.

Mr. C&M and I have a lot going down on the weekends until November, but those things are awesome. Like, visiting the Michigan Renaissance Festival, concerts and a Harry Potter themed Halloween party. It also means our 13 year dating anniversary and our 5 year wedding anniversary.

Anyone else as pumped as I am for Autumn?!

First Week of October

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Good morning my spooky followers! How goes your first week of October?

I’m going to be doing weekly general updates for the month. October is too much fun and full of spooky goodness to wait for an accumulation of things to chat about.

My dad is coming to town to help finish up work on the walk in closet we started 5 months ago. Building a whole room from scratch just before summer was not the wisest of plans, especially since it’s in the upstairs. We won’t be making that mistake twice. But this means I’ll be quiet for a tiny bit here.

Dracula is proving to be the one classic I’m actually going to enjoy.

Little Debbies makes a pumpkin spice Swiss roll and it’s the only Swiss roll worth a damn in this world.

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Mr. Cupcakes & Machetes and I have watched four horror movies in the past week. (Monday was our 12 year dating anniversary and we watched 3 in one night.)

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1 star – SO bad it’s good but I still can’t rate it any higher.

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5 stars. One of our favorites. Must watch every year.

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2 stars. Intentionally hilarious but still bad.

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3 stars. I want to love it but too many plot holes.

I think that’s a pretty successful start to my favorite month. Do any of you have any special plans for next week?

 

 

It’s Mother F**king Fall!

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Ok, I kept my cool long enough. Usually, the first of September I’m celebrating and starting my usual season tradition of reading only horror and paranormal books. But this year I’ve made it until it was actually Autumn!

You’re probably over there thinking, “What’s so big about that?” Well for your information, when it comes to Autumn/Halloween, I ZERO self control. So I’m celebrating my minimal restraint. Don’t take that from me.

I’ve already bought my MONSTER pack cereal. Now, I don’t generally freak about cereal but it’s fucking BOOBERRY and FRANKENBERRY. (I mean, Count Chocula is there too but he’s inferior. Sorry Count.) I had Chider the other day. What’s that you ask? Apple cider + chai = LOVE. It’s a thing, find it, embrace it.

My pumpkin cravings have begun but as of yet, have not been satisfied.

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This year, besides horror and paranormal novels, I’m adding grimdark fantasy. Bring on the darkness baby!

(Currently betareading a novel for a GR friend, but also having an extremely hard time deciding what book to read first.)

Hopefully, I’m going to get into some baking madness as well. It’s not Autumn unless I’ve made something with apples AND pumpkins.

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Book Clubs Are For Winners

Ignited Moth and I have been in a book club going on 5 years strong. Each month one person hosts the event and presents 4-5 books that are voted on. We read the winner and meet once a month either out at a restaurant or at the host’s house with a potluck lunch/dinner. It definitely has expanded the types of books I read and let’s just face it, it’s oodles of fun. Book club girls know how to hang.

For the month of October, I was the host. The winning book was A Season With The Witch which I recently posted a review of. Most of the girls of book club are vegan so lunch was butternut squash soup, pumpkin spice muffins and peanut butter pumpkin dip with apples. Scrumptious.

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Lunch was followed by a tour of the cemetery behind our house with a history talk presented by myself about both the town and legends of the witches buried here.

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Rumor has it that the skeleton hand along the top has a different number of fingers every time you count.

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After book club, the day entailed Ignited Moth and I having a bestie’s day and slumber party. Shopping, book store browsing, carving jack-o-lanterns and watching Stranger Things 2.

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Are you involved in a book club? How does your book club operate? 

ALL THE PUMPKIN – PART 2

More pumpkin stuff! (I’ve actually been pretty lazy about trying things and I’ve definitely been lazy about baking things…)

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Pumpkin Spice Cheerios – Better than regular Cheerios but just a hint of pumpkin spice. Pretty good fall cereal. (Let’s face it though, BooBerry will always be #1.)

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Biggby’s Chumpkin Coffee – Oh dear pumpkin fiends, this is chai with pumpkin. Chumpkin. Doesn’t matter if it’s hot or cold, it’s goooooood.

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Thomas Pumpkin Spice English Muffins – Last year, I mentioned this company’s awesome pumpkin spice bagels (which is always worth a repeat) but their english muffins with pumpkin spice are awesome too.

Autumn Rain, Goddamn Squirrels

I’ve kind of ghosted all social media this last week, sorry. Guess I just had the anti-social bug. I’ve got the day off of work, it’s lightly raining while feeling exactly like autumn, so I’m catching up on all the things on my patio with my animals. Cursing loudly every time a goddamn squirrel shows up and Ozzy does his best to bust out a screen and take down his arch nemesis.

This past weekend we attending Sweet Endings at the Michigan Renaissance Festival in honor of our 11 year dating anniversary. (I know a lot of people stop counting that anniversary after they get married but, we put in a lot of damn years before getting married. I’m not about to stop counting that!) It was crazy packed, hard to walk and had to stand in line FOREVER for food or beer/mead. They also decided to make some GoT inspired pubs, Throne of Swords (where they had a fake iron throne you could sit on) and The Three Eyed Raven. It’s not like they need to make more money, but damn did adding those in rake in even MORE money.

October has arrived since my last post. Even though I started early in my celebrations, it’s time to hit that celebrating even harder! We’ve been doing a lot of Pokemon Go in the cemetery behind our house so look forward to a post with super cool tombstones sometime in the near future.

I’m currently reading a witch inspired book, I think witches are going to be my Halloween inspiration this year. There are several tombstones in the cemetery that are said to belong to witches and really, they’re just the epitome of Halloween.

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When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. I win.