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Two Weeks of October

Usually, I do a weekly report of all my fun Halloween shenanigans in October, however this year is proving difficult to get anything done blog-wise. Outside of that, I have been watching the crap outta some horror movies. I started that over two weeks ago so this incoming list includes only what I’ve watched in the last 2 weeks:

Head over to Sugar and Scream for our joint reviews of Rawhead Rex and Puppetmaster.

Nightbooks might not really be a horror movie but it was spooky and we enjoyed it so it makes the list. My favorite out of all of these movies was Demons. There is barely a plot line but the practical effects were incredible and I can’t stop thinking about it.

Books

4 out of 5 stars – I very much enjoyed this book. As with the first one, it’s a fun and sassy ride. I just did not feel like reviewing it.

Recipes

In case you missed it – Pumpkin Snickerdoodles with Vanilla Chips.

Lastly, it’s been almost 2 years since our last concert. Work has been hell with Covid vaccines, flu vaccines and Covid testing so we decided we deserved a win. We went and saw KISS. It was an outdoor venue so we felt a little better about going and it was worth it. We had so much fun and they played a great set list.

How has everyone’s October been treating them? (Or tricking them?) What spooky madness have you gotten up to??

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles w/Vanilla Chips

Welcome to October Ghouls and Ghosts! Sure, I am 8 days behind that statement but who cares? It’s the greatest month of the year!

I made some new cookies as a thank you to my coworkers and aunt for helping me out during Ozzy’s healing process. (He’s doing great.) They were a huge hit and all of them, I mean ALL OF THEM, were sucked down in one day.

I highly recommend dunking them in a pumpkin spice coffee for maximum pumpkin goodness. In fact, I think I should make another batch of these this weekend!

The original recipe calls for white chocolate chips but your ghoul here, did not have any. I had vanilla though and they still turned out scrumptious!

Recipe here.

Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes

One of the new pharmacists at work has Celiac Disease. She never wants anyone to go out of their way to make her anything but we were having a joint birthday party for her and another coworker. Ya girl here, cannot see someone NOT have a birthday dessert. So, I embarked on my first adventure in gluten free baking.

It was not as hard as anticipated. I even substituted coconut oil for butter in this recipe because another coworker is lactose intolerant. I still put regular milk in it though since it was what I had on hand. Either she avoided the dessert altogether or it didn’t upset her stomach too badly.

I think they turned out pretty great. They had good flavor and the consistency wasn’t even that different. The only issue I had was since I replaced butter with coconut oil, the frosting would get pretty hard in the fridge. I left them out for the party to thaw some.

Recipe here.

Chocolate Cupcake w/French Vanilla Frosting

Cupcake made cupcakes!

I actually need more cupcakes in my life and after finding this stellar chocolate cake recipe, they will definitely happen more often.

It was a different method combining ingredients than I’m used to, and the batter was strangely thin, but oh it’s so delicious.

Recipe here.

I didn’t use the frosting recipe that is on the website. I used Ignited Moth’s tried and true light whipped frosting recipe.

1 package instant pudding mix (any flavor)

Milk

1 tub cool whip

Use just enough milk to make a paste of the pudding mix, then fold in half the tub of cool whip. Taste test. Add more cool whip to preference.

Sugar and Scream Blog Launch

Oh that’s right kiddos. The terrible twosome have united once again to rain horror, science fiction and fantasy down on your heads! (That’s myself and Ignited Moth if you hadn’t figured that out already.)

If you’re looking for a monstrously good time, rest assured, you’ve come to the right place. We’re two best friends with a sisterhood forged in the Unholy Trinity that is Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction. When we’re not busy devouring books, we’re cooking up sinisterly scrumptious baked goods and other delights (and sometimes horrors) in our kitchens. Expect the unexpected, because we like to shake things up. Our blog is its own Frankenstein’s Monster of our own hobbies and passions all stitched together into one glorious abomination that encompasses everything from what we’re reading and watching, to the hobbies we’re working on, our adventures in baking, and plenty more!”

FOLLOW THE DELICIOUS CHAOS HERE.

Easy Banana Bread Pancakes

Sorry that I’ve been a little MIA. I’m currently lost in the process of remodeling our bathroom and it’s been a doozy. But, I have to keep people fed to keep the work going so I tried out a new recipe this morning.

It was quick, from scratch and delicious. Thick batter just FYI.

Classy paper plates because screw all those dishes.

Recipe here.

Coffee & a Chat – Bookstores and Dog Beds

The Prince of Barkness gets a new bed. (Ozzy)

Good snowy morning ladies and germs! What a way to round out the first month of 2021 but with a little chat over the morning’s caffeine intake.

A new realization this month: This pandemic has made me realize many things over the last almost year, and my dears, the general public made me question whether I want to be a pharmacy technician the rest of my life. After a bit of consideration, I discovered that the answer had become a solid, no. Then, Mr. C&M gave me another idea; to one day open my own bookstore.

So that’s the new life plan, in the next 5 to 10 years, open my own bookstore. Pharmacy is still fine for now but if someone is rude, I want to be able to throw them out of my own store. (I may also be falsely envisioning that book patrons are a less rude bunch, but let me have my dream.) I helped open one small business, after lots of research, I think I can do it on my own one day.

As for the rest of January, I did pretty good with keeping up on content.

I reviewed two books –

Magic Triumps by Ilona Andrews (5 stars)

Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews (5 stars)

I also reread Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with my BFF and started another book;

I posted 3 new recipes –

Eggnog Bread

Applebutter Cookies

Soft Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

I also received my first dose of the Covid Vaccine almost 3 weeks ago. My second dose is this Tuesday. I didn’t have too many side effects with the first dose. Just muscle soreness for 24 hours and was ravenously hungry the next day. We’ll see what the second dose has in store as we’ve heard that’s usually where you see more side effects.

This may become my new format, Coffee & a Chat’s for the end of the month to recap progress and various happenings.

How was your January??

New Year’s Drinking & Baking

Happy New Year! Out with the old and in with the new or whatever it is they say you should do this time of the year.

How did you ring in the first day of the new year?

I spent mine drinking and baking with my BFFF (best fucking friends forever) Ignited Moth and I cannot think of a better way to do it given the circumstances.

For our first (we determined that it will not be our last) time drinking and baking on video, we had a bit of a messy start. And, that was BEFORE the drinks got involved. Quickly, we got our shit together and got to baking!

Moth outdid me as she made not just bread, but jam AND a fancy homemade cocktail. Is there anything that girl CAN’T do??

While she tried out a new honey beer bread recipe, I tackled an eggnog bread with eggnog icing. I needed to clean some holiday stuff out of my fridge okay?

Both breads turned out to be winners but here’s a picture of mine (her’s is in her hands in the photo above):

Recipe here.

Ignited Moth is literally one of the best people I know. I’m so lucky to have her as my friend. I’m not sure how I would have gotten through 2020 without our weekly video calls and shenanigans. ❤