Halloween Treat Bags

This year I made few Halloween Treat Bags for our trick-or-treaters.

I had bags left over from Halloween parties we used to have when the boys were preschool age.  Halloween treat bags

Kept things simple.  Bought a package of full size Hershey bars and a some Halloween party favors at Target.  Halloween treat bags Also, knew I could fall back on my stash of Halloween non-candy treats I add to our candy bowl each year. Halloween treat bags The sticky skeletons were a bit of an issue until I figured out to simply stick them to the candy bars. Halloween treat bags Halloween treat bags

What’s in the Halloween Treat Bags:

I only made eight bags.  J expressed concern that it wasn’t very many but I said I’d just give them to kids we knew until we ran out of them.  Or to the cutest costumes.  So what did I put in the bags?

Five of them contain: Hershey’s bars with the sticky skeleton attached, spider rings, and eye balls.  (I started with 6 full-size candy bars but G ate one of them.)

Two of them contain: Packages of Nerds, sticky skeletons, spider rings, and eye balls.

One contains: A granola bar, plenty of Starburst candies, a pumpkin ring, a Halloween changing card, and an eye-ball.

What else will we be giving out for Halloween?  Candy, of course.  I bought a couple of bags at the store last night (actually, I bought 3 but this family can go through some candy! So much for the Hershey miniatures) and will probably have to buy some more tomorrow.

The two hidden bags contain Reese peanut butter cups, and a mix containing Milky Way, Twix, Snickers, and Three Musketeers.  We’re all about the classics over here.  And the chocolate.

I did enjoy putting together the treat bags and wish our budget allowed for a few more.  Maybe next year.  What do you give out for Halloween?

This is post number 30 in my blog series, 31 Days of Embracing The Fall Season. 

Happy Homemaker Monday, A New Not So Busy Week

Even with Halloween thrown in there (we have no plans), our week is noticeably less busy than the previous ones.  Still need to plan out the week.

Joining in, as always, with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for the Happy Homemaker Monday link-up.  Don’t forget to go visit her and the other bloggers.

Breakfast Time, What Is On The Plate This Morning

Pumpkin spice oatmeal and coffee.

Right Now I Am

Eating breakfast while working on this post. Also, listening to J in the next room (he stayed home sick today) and the cat complain about being inside (she came in not five minutes ago at her own request).

The Weather Outside

It’s cloudy, windy, 48 degrees, and looks like rain although none is forecast.  Good weather for the Chiefs and chili later.  They’re calling for a cold Halloween as well. Rest of the week shows fairly mild with it warming back up for the weekend with a high of 75 predicted for Sunday.

Looking Around The House

I see lots of things needing attention and a good cleaning.  I’m thinking I need to find a good month-long cleaning project or checklist for the month of November and focus on getting the house completely (okay, presentable at least) by December 1.

On Today’s To-Do List

Didn’t really expect J to stay home so my plan is a little off today.

  1. Work 1:30-3:45 (just covering so a teacher can go to an appointment)
  2. Clean the bathrooms, they’re gross bordering on disgusting
  3. Pay bills
  4. Grocery store & Target run will have to wait until tomorrow
  5. Gather clothing and items for charity truck coming on Friday
  6. Finish (YAY!) up blog posts in 31 Days Series

Currently Reading

I picked up two library books last week but I’ve yet to start them.  This week I actually feel well enough (no pounding congestion headache) and should have time to read! On my book pile:

  • The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
  • The 6th Extinction, A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins
  • Not books but I also have an overflowing pile of October magazines to read and recycle

On The TV Today

With J home, I doubt I’ll have it on much unless he’s watching something.  G has me watching a Netflix series called The Magicians which is kind of intriguing (definitely a show for older teens!).  I may catch up on it later tonight or tomorrow. Has a bit of a Harry Potter, “the college years”, vibe to it but it’s intriguing enough on its own.

It’s based on a set of books by Lev Grossman, so adding those books to the want to read list.  Or maybe I’ll give them to G for Christmas and then, just borrow them to read myself.

Oh, I almost forgot, The Kansas City Chiefs will, of course, be on the TV tonight.

On The Menu This Week

Maybe now that things are slowing down a bit, I’ll be able to follow my menu plans a bit better.  Maybe.

MONDAY:  Chili *I work 1:30-3:45*

TUESDAY: Happy Halloween!  I feel like I should have some Halloween inspired meal but I’m coming up blank at the moment.   Maybe a snack type dinner (this means hot dogs for the boys and left-over chili for my husband in addition to whatever I’d put out there…) or Taco Soup (leaning toward that)

WEDNESDAY: Chicken legs, potatoes, salad

THURSDAY: Ribs in crock pot (carry over from last week)

FRIDAY:  BLT salad, baked potatoes or possibly OUT  *I work 1:30-3:45*

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try

Last Wednesday, I helped G make this Guatemalan Banana Bread for his Spanish class fiesta.

The boys really liked it (and it was a hit in his class as well, he only brought one small slice home).  It’s quite a bit lighter than the traditional recipe I use.  Also, quite a bit easier to make.

One Of My Simple Pleasures

Reading, something I haven’t been doing nearly enough lately.

Favorite Photo From The Internet Or Camera

Praying For

At the moment, patience!

Quote For The Week

In a world of people who could care less, be someone who couldn’t care more.  (unknown)


Can you believe this is the end of October?  What do you have planned for the week?



A Full Fall Mind

My mind is full as I attempt to embrace this fall season.  Sunday night anxiety crept in there as well.

Just a quick list of all these thoughts for post #29 in my series.

fall season

AND, just two more days to go! Whew.

Taking up space in my full fall mind and my Sunday night anxiety thoughts:

  • What will the weather wheel land on for the upcoming week?  Hot, Cold, In-Between?  Nobody knows.  Froze last night, sweating in my sweater tonight.
  • We still need Halloween candy.  Is tonight too soon to buy it?  Should I get stuff we like or stuff we hate?  How many goblins will ring the bell?
  • What should I get my kids for Halloween? If anything at all?
  • Is it too late to plant bulbs?  I don’t think we’ve really had what you call a “hard” frost yet although it was cold.
  • J’s birthday will be here very soon. What should we plan?  His plan and what I thought we’d do aren’t the same.
  • Ugh, here comes hunting season!
  • Do I need to do more to get ready for that other season?
  • I’m so ready to take down the Halloween decorations! Sadly, I’m kind of ready to put up the Christmas tree.
  • Should I even bother to look at the Fall Bucket List I put together?
  • Why didn’t I go to the store sooner?

Now that I’ve shared the horror of my inner thoughts, I’m off to the store because we are completely out of cat food.  If it was the rest of them, they’d suffer but I’ll go to the store for the cutest little gray cat in the world to have something to eat.

What’s on your mind tonight?



Snowbird, A Bird By Any Other Name

I didn’t know there was another name for the snowbird until quite recently.  My dad always called the small slate-colored birds snowbirds so I did as well.

According to the Wild Bird Watching site,  Dark-eyed Junco get their nickname because of their sudden appearance around bird feeders in the winter.

They are a tell-tale sign of winter’s approach.  Interestingly enough, I noticed a group of these little birds, members of the sparrow family, earlier in the week.  Overnight we had our first frost!  October snow while rare is not entirely unheard of in the Kansas City area.


Snow in October?!

At one point, the weatherman were forecasting a few snowflakes for today.  No snow yet thankfully.  They removed that nonsense from our forecast but it’s still 31 degrees out there at 10a.m.

This snowbird says no more denying the changing seasons.


While I was sad not go on a fall bird-watching hike this week (I’ve been sick and freezing to death this morning seemed ill-advised as well), it reminded me how fortunate I am to live where I can simply step outside to see a variety of birds.

A Few Other Birds I’ve Been Lucky Enough To See Around Our House This Week:

A strange-looking line-man turned out to be a red-bellied woodpecker: snowbird A group of cardinals took up residence in the neighbor’s evergreen tree and I’m immensely enjoying watching them: snowbird snowbird I’ve counted about seven cardinals hanging around the front and back yard.  After looking up the name for a group of cardinals, I opted to call our group a college.  They seem like young party birds to me! snowbird A few sparrows are hanging out around the “college” as well.  snowbird

In addition to the birds pictured above, I’ve also been lucky enough to spot: a nuthatch, our resident Carolina wren, the tufted titmouse, robins, and a downy woodpecker!

What birds have you seen this week?

Joining in over at the Bird D’Pot hosted by Anni of I’d Rather B Birdin’

*This is also post #28 in my series, 31 Days of Embracing The Fall Season.


Almost Halloween: Five On Friday

It’s almost Halloween.

Is it one of your favorite holidays?  I will admit it’s not one of mine.

Funny thing since I think I do the most decorating for it outside of Christmas.  For today’s Five On Friday post, I thought I’d just share some of our Halloween decorations.

Five of Our Halloween Decorations:

ONE: Ghost Mobile

My husband uses fishing wire to hang this from the maple tree in the front yard each year. almost Halloween There’s usually a large spiderweb on the tree as well… almost halloween

TWO: The Front Porch Bunting

I staple these little “flags” to the front porch rail each year when it is almost Halloween time. almost halloween almost halloween

THREE:  Mr. Skeleton

Sometimes he hangs out in the bushes, sometimes he sits on the bench, this year he’s just hanging around the garden.  He’s supposed to glow but I think he lost his glow luster a few years ago.  almost halloween almost halloween

FOUR: Our Almost Halloween Signal AKA The Bat Signal

almost halloween I really need to take a picture of this at night to give an idea of the full effect.  almost halloween

FIVE: A Jack-O-Lantern!

My husband added this one last night.  He brought home a pumpkin (from the grocery store, it seems our pumpkin patch days are over…).  almost halloween He ended up carving it by himself.  almost halloween He did a pretty good job, don’t you think?  almost halloween

Of course, I also have some indoor fall and Halloween decorations.  Perhaps, I’ll share those in a future post.  There are still four days left in my 31 Days of Embracing The Fall Season Series after all, not that I’m counting down or anything.

Are you glad it’s almost Halloween?  Do you decorate for it?

*Don’t forget to go check out the Five On Friday link-up, hosted by The F.A.S.T. Blog!


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