Friday’s Fave Five

It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week
with Susanne and other friends at Living to Tell the Story .

Here we are in November! No matter what we do, we can’t change the speed of time. But we can enjoy the moments along the way. Here are some of mine from this week:

1. Pumpkin carving and decorating. A tradition we just started a few years ago, It’s always fun to see what everyone comes up with and how they turn out.

2. Lasagna. Mittu brought over lasagna for the pumpkin night—a favorite!

3. Caramel corn and apple cider have become traditions for pumpkin night as well. It’s a little tedious to make the caramel corn, but it makes the house smell wonderful and tastes so good!

4. Choco-peanut butter dreams. A clunky name for a delicious cookie. I only make them once a year, because they’re a bit of work and they are too tempting. So good. Recipe is here.


5. A not-so-bad dental hygienist. 🙂 To explain, at my last dental appointment, I had a different hygienist than usual. The appointment just did not go well at all. I was consoling myself with the thought that this was the only time I would see her, when I noticed she kept mentioning “next time.” When I checked out, I asked the receptionist about my regular person and was told she had resigned. I was trying to decide whether to ask for a different hygienist at my next appointment, but decided to give this new person one more try. I saw her this week, and everything was fine. Plus, no cavities or other problems, and a bit of “flappy gum” was better.

Bonus: Timothy’s parents had taken him to a mall for trick-or-treating, and they dropped by afterward so we could see him in costume as Aladdin, complete with a small magnet monkey of mine. I didn’t get a picture, though!

This has been a food-heavy post, but one of the best parts of fall is its foods. 🙂 I could have also mentioned making some oven meals we don’t use during the summer when it’s too hot to turn the oven on. It’s fun to come back to those in the fall, with the coziness of warmth and good smells.

What’s a highlight of your week?

9 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. Oh the lasagna looks sooooo good!!! And those are some creative pumpkins!! I’m gonna make those cookies for Xmas!! They look like ones my oldest girl will like.

    Aladdin!!! Great character for Halloween!

    Sounds like a wonderful week.

    My highlights are up..thank you for your nice comments.

  2. Oh, I love seeing the pictures and hearing about the traditions–I am very into rituals and like having traditions in place for different holidays. You have inspired me to make more of an effort to celebrate next year. Thank you!

  3. Pumpkin carving must be fun ! Especially for the not so little boy anymore ! We have pumpkins in the shops for cooking but it’s not the use to carve them. A pity. I like to adopt uses from other countries if they are nice.

  4. Wow, those are some pretty nice pumpkins. And I love that you guys do a traditional meal on the the night you do them. Making fun family memories. I love cozy fall foods. The cookies look yummy.

  5. Your pumpkin carving tradition sounds fun. A couple of years ago I found out that a young couple that I know never had carved pumpkins before. So I took over pumpkins tools. We had a blast. I should look for more opportunities like that.

    Caramel corn is indeed a delicious treat. I haven’t made it in in years and years now. Which is probably a good thing because I eat it all. And those cookies look pretty great, too. Never would’ve guessed that pudding mix was in the cookies.

    Hooray for lasagna and double hooray when someone else brings it.

    Have a great week, Barb.

  6. Your pumpkins are quite fancy! What a fun tradition. It’s nice to feel like cooking heartier foods again, and sweets are a big part of fall cuisine. Lots of comfort in food when the weather turns cold.

  7. Looks like you had a great family time at halloween and the food looks yummy. The dream cookies look yummy with all that chocolate on top but I’m not a big lover of peanut butter, however checking out the recipe I’m sure I would enjoy them if I left out the whole peanuts. Thanks for sharing.

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