Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3

Another Tuesday, another Countdown to Halloween recap! Not sure what it is all about? Go check out this here post for all the details. New to this year's link up are the fabulous co-hosts - Amanda from Tickled Pink, Jamie from Cocktails & Carseats, and Jenny from The Chronicles of We!

Thank you so much for linking up so far this month, I hope you'll be back again today. I've loved reading through every post. The cuteness, and the festiveness just gives me the warm fuzzies. October is such a good month. I can't believe it is less than two weeks until Halloween already, the final stretch. I hope you've enjoyed counting down as much as I have!

If you didn't get a chance to hop around to all the posts last week, here are five of my favourites...

Tuesdays are my favourite days this month. Reading all the linked posts throughout my day is the best. So, grab a button, add your post at the bottom, and have fun!
Sweet Turtle Soup

Here is how we spent our third week of October!

Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
I'm officially giving up on the funky smoothies. This apple pie smoothie was better than the pumpkin pie one, but sadly it also ended up being dumped. It was like drinking watered down yet chunky applesauce. Gross.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Today's outfit of the day! But, oh a car went by...
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Lunch is served. Leftover worm dogs and leftover Canadian Thanksgiving, including dad's turkey leg that Aria loved.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Now that we aren't hiding books and clothes in her pumpkin bucket anymore, Aria has decided to use it as a tote for her babies. Who needs candy?

Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
I stirred up a jar of overnight pumpkin pie oatmeal the night before. I felt all productive and on top of my shit. It tasted like glue. Actually it felt like glue, it wasn't the taste that was so bad. But, it was like eating super dry sticky glue. Aria had a couple of bites, but preferred her pears. Is that how overnight oatmeal normally tastes? bad.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Eating a well deserved ginger snap after helping me make cinnamon roll dough.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Oh look, more Canadian Thanksgiving leftovers.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
And, finally enjoying a pumpkin cinnamon roll after nap time. Much better than the overnight oatmeal.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
If you follow me on instagram you may have seen my failed attempt at roasting stupid chickpeas. Those blackened balls of death were suppose to go on top of this smoked gruyere butternut soup. And, I bet it would have been awesome. The soup alone was good, but it was also intense. Like sipping on cheese fondue. So, roast your chickpeas at your own peril...and perhaps check on those suckers more often.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
I was ill prepared for the cool front. Aria and I took the dogs outside only to discover that there was a chill in the air. It would have been an ideal long sleeves morning, but that is what I get for not glancing at the weather on my phone.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Remember Aria's pumpkin stained glass craft last week? We did fall leaves this week! Four colours of tissue paper, and same method using wax paper and glue. I love how cute and toddler like the back doors look now.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
My kitchen-aid bowl was dirty on day 15 and I was too lazy to wash it by hand. So after the dish washer did it's job, Aria and I made pumpkin spice cream cheese frosting to top our cinnamon rolls. Yum.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
For dinner I made apple cider glazed pork chops, and Aria helped my shake up the rub. These were actually fantastic. Probably my most favourite thing I've made this month, and I actually had a backup meal already planned out for me since I normally don't eat much pork. But, I tried it and then ate the whole thing. Aria ate them too. Really simple as well, with ingredients we usually have on hand. Winning.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
I had a hankering for ice cream after Aria went to bed, and I remembered seeing an apple cider float on pinterest. So I tried it. Really good! I think even better than a coke float (I don't like root beer). Such a perfect fall treat for those with no cold weather.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Lesson learned! I checked the weather before getting out of bed, and then kept Aria in her long jams and I put on my sweatpants. It was perfectly chilly weather for sitting on the porch. If only it would last past 900am.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Since the window clings have been such a hit everywhere else this year, we naturally picked some up at Target. Aria loved putting them up and moving them around. They only lasted a day.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
I figured these seasonal chobani were doomed to be gross after all my other attempts at healthier fall breakfast options, but they were good. Especially the apple one.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
1. you want me to eat this? 2. okay, I'll try it. 3. I love it so much I'm going to wash my hands in it!!!
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Aria was in charge of her outfit today.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Thanks to Laurie at Andiamo I had to make a fall hand wreath! Thank goodness Aria is totally cool with having her hand painted, because it took us 30 minutes on the nose to stamp all those prints. I cut out a hoop from a cardboard box and glued on the hands during nap time. Then Aria picked where she wanted it to go, in her room on the door! Whenever she sees it she says hands, hands. I think it might be my favourite craft so far this month, the hand turkey is a close second though.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Reading her favourite Halloween book (Clifford's First Halloween) with dad.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
I made paprikash for dinner, and Chris said I had to include it in my countdown because it is orange. So festive fall orange paprikash! mmm I wish there was still some leftover.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
So the clings. Aria left them alone after we put them up on day 17, but the next morning she picked them all off and has been carrying them around in a squishy ball since then calling them her babies. She's fine sticking them to the table or putting them in her pumpkin bucket, but heaven forbid you suggest she stick them to the window or the baby gate. The last time I counted we actually had them all still accounted for too, apart from the candy corn ones that Aria kept trying to eat so I tossed.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
I wanted to snap a picture of all Aria's fall books before we took half of them back to the library. Aria made us read and read and read the Clifford one on repeat throughout the entire month, so I think she liked it. But we enjoyed all the rest except The Best Halloween Masquerade Ever, and I only say that because I don't remember getting around to reading it. Room on the Broom is my particular favourite this year though.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
I got to work on my super easy Halloween costume. Here is a sneak peak! Any guesses?
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Aria got a Halloween surprise in the mail, and is officially a big fan of candy corn now!

Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Pumpkin waffles day! Two thumbs up. I'm not sure if I like my favourite basic waffle recipe or this one better now. A delicious dilemma.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Essie's the perfect cover up. My latest fall polish.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Mission sneak in the huge bat balloon was a success! Chris went in the store to pick it up, and then when we got home I dashed inside before Aria got out of her car seat. bat, bat, bat.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
And, since there is a Starbucks next to the party store, a PSL was kind of necessary.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
A favourite repeat from last year - slow cooker tomato basil parmesan soup.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Playing tug of war with Lizzy with what remains of the green spider. Three seconds after this Aria pulled the leg she was holding off and fell over backwards. Too bad I wasn't still snapping because her face of surprise was priceless, and no worries she didn't hit her head.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
I decided to postpone my planned fall fun and just have a relaxing easy day. We still did lots of repeat things - read all the Halloween books and every other book in the house, wore a pumpkin top, ate leftovers with a large bat hovering nearby, drank a hard cider, ate the last pumpkin cinnamon roll, and played with more glow sticks in the bath.

I will leave you with one little gem though. You may know that I sing carols to Aria before nap and bed time, but since it is getting closer to Halloween I've been trying to give it a more festive and seasonal twist. So, "Five days of Halloween" - on the first day of Halloween my true love gave to me a kittycat in a pricklebush tree/ on the second day of halloween my true love gave to me two flying bats and a kittycat in a pricklebush tree/ on the third day of Halloween my true love gave to me three jack-o-lanterns..../ on the fourth day of Halloween my true love gave to me four dancing skeletons..../ on the fifth day of Halloween my true love gave to me five golden cauldrons....

You're welcome!

Just two more recaps remaining, and I still have lots of fun things on the calendar. All the treating events are coming up now, more soups to try, more crafts to make, and I saved a couple potentially amazing breakfasts for the end too. Now I'm hungry.

So, now it is your turn. I'd love to hear about how you've been spending your October days. All festive and fun fall things big and small welcome, link up below!


18 comments:

  1. Wow so much awesomeness here! I love the leaf tissue paper activity. That looks way fun and easy. The handprint banner is great but Callie would never let that much paint on her hands! Pumpkin cinnamon rolls sound pretty awesome and even more with that icing on top! apple cider float huh? Sounds like it has potential. So I love overnight oatmeal but I don't think it's dried out. It's one of those things every slow cooker works differently so you have to try it a few times to get it just right. Our favorite book this Halloween is Big Pumpkin - it's great! Lots of repetition and great pictures. Love the bat! Oh and the window clings as babies - too funny! If our were in a place Callie could reach they would be destroyed by now i'm sure! Oh and LOVE the black nails too! Very festive :) Love Tuesdays!!!

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  2. That Apple cider float looks phenomenal. The wreath turned out awesome! And genius singing happening! So fun that you document all this. You know, for future years and such.

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  3. Awww! I am touched to be one of your faves! :) That's one of my personal favorite posts too! Anyway, LOVE LOVE LOVE the handprint wreath! Too cute! You look like y'all always have so much fun! I hope that Hallie and I will be able to do that as she gets older!

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  4. Oh my word so much to say... Okay here goes.

    I Lol'd about the smoothie, no more funky smoothies sounds like a plan.

    I MUST make the pumpkin cinnamon rolls THIS weekend.

    The stained glass leaves and hand print wreath are so cute.

    Bat balloon is awesome.

    I can't wait to see your costume finished.

    And I am sure I had more to say but can't remember... OH that float looks so stinking good.

    Have a great day!

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  5. So many fun things you've been up to! Sorry that the smoothies haven't been turning out, but that apple cider float looks yummy. Also love the handprint wreath! I so wish I could do that with Reese. As always, your food sounds sooo delicious, and I love all the different dishes you make. Can't wait to see what your costume is! I couldn't come up with good family costumes this year, so it's only Reese that's getting dressed up. I'll have to put more thought into next year's. Oh, and I love that leaf craft - looks so easy, and another idea I'm going to borrow :)

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  6. The cider float sounds delish. Since Fall has basically refused to show its glorious face I'm going to need something to cool off these warm days.
    The window clings were a big hit - for 24 hours - here, too. Word to the wise: don't let the littles put the clings on white walls, they will leave a reddish tinted stain. So that's fun.
    That hand wreath! So cute! And, I'm so jealous. Marcus HATES paint on his fingers.

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  7. Girlfriend, you make me sleepy looking at your week. I love how fun you make the Halloween season. And the hand print wreath? A must do! Love the idea. Let's hope I can get Connor to be interested in stamping his hand that many times.

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  8. You have just been all sorts of festive this month; I love it!

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  9. All of your tasty food is making me hungry!!! Love all the fun you're having!

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  10. So cool! I love the hand wreath! So many things so many comments...now if I could just remember them. Love all of Aria's pumpkin shirts, and the stained leaves, I might have to do that for a Thanksgiving craft and last i LOVE that nail polish, might have to go get it :)

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  11. those pumpkin cinnamon rolls look great.
    i have got to get some black nail polish!

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  12. I can taste't even imagine how nasty overnight oats are. We eat oatmeal quite often but I totally don't cook it all the way. We basically eat them raw with some warm milk or water, berries, and cinnamon. Did you make the gingersnaps homemade? Girlfriend, you cooked for an entire army, didn't you?
    That leaf window craft is amazing!!! We have so many crafts that are waiting on us that require cutting. I just hate cutting stuff. Call me lazy. Maybe I'll have t try those pork chops. My husband and Lily both love porkchops but I never fix them because I can't stand to eat them. I need to check out the slow cooker tomato basil parm soup too! We usually do Meatless Mondays over here and soups are usually the go-to. Was it very filling?

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  13. I love the 12 days of Christmas song, so that Halloween version is awesome! Did you come up with that yourself? Also, there are so many cute crafts in this post, as always! I really need to get around to making some handprint crafts with Ez.

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  14. Oh, so many good things in this post! I've been craving a good apple cider pork chop recipe to make, so I pinned that one. Thanks for the rec! I also want to the parmesan tomato basil soup. Love tomato-based soups, and a Crock-pot recipe makes it even better!

    The handprint wreath craft is ADORABLE. I'm making that one with Tory, for sure. I also loved the wax paper handprints on the patio doors. I still have this on my list to make with the kids.

    We've been reading tons of Halloween books this month, and Room on the Broom is my favorite one too!

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  15. You have been busy with so much fun stuff! Want to adopt me?! ;) Room on the Broom has been a favorite over here as well. And how funny, we actually ended up with a giant Halloween balloon from the store today too! My daughter saw a giant spider and HAD to have it! She told me it was ok as long as it 'didn't crawl in her nose.' Oh kids!

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  16. Day 14 - HAHA I swear, pumpkin buckets are a toddlers number 1 fashion accessory.

    Day 15 - I'm drooling over here over your Canadian Thanksgiving Leftovers!

    The glow sticks, bat balloon, yummy food, books, crafts and halloween costume project all looks awesome! Glad your all enjoying the Countdown :)

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  17. SOUL SISTER!!!!! I don't like root beer either and people look at me like I am CRAZY! Umm, sorry? Sign me up for a coke float though and probably that apple cider float too! Sounds yummy.
    Also, its currently 10:05pm and I have a strong craving for pumpkin cinnamon rolls and I full blame you! Is it unacceptable to make cinnamon rolls at 10pm? I think not.
    Also, I pretty much LOVE everything about this post. You are so creative and make the holidays so fun for Aria! I can't hardly wait to see what you plan for Christmas!!!

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  18. I'm SO impressed with that handprint wreath! Yea, I would never even attempt that, ha! We would probably get 2 handprints done, and Wyatt would be so over it! Maybe next year!

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