It's Halloween o'Clock

The way Mila sees it, Halloween is a month-long event, not just a day. She wakes up October 1st ready to start very serious training for the candy marathon that will come at the end.

She's DEEP into her training plan right now.

Mila has multiple costumes figured out, because of course, and she has already managed to trick-or-treat once. It was a "little" bit of trick-or-treating. You've got to ramp up for the big day, you know?

The fun part about that "little" bit of trick-or-treating was that it really shouldn't have happened.

There is an annual fall festival thing near-ish to our house. It involves trunk-or-treating in the parking lot and then activities inside a big building. It's generally a mess of people and terribly crowded and basically, it's a really dumb idea to go. So I do every year.

This year, the weather was beautiful and perfect in the hours leading up to the event. Then, at the EXACT moment that I piled two costumed girls into the car, it started to rain. By the time we made it to the magical candy-filled parking lot, it was POURING. As in, people who were outside walking were losing their umbrellas to the wind and it didn't matter because it was raining sideways and they were soaked anyway.

Mila is scared of that particular brand of heavy rain.

We sat in the car for a full five minutes with her going back and forth between being too scared to get out of the car and OMG THE CANDY IS RIGHT THERE. I didn't particularly want to go stand out in the rain, so I finally offered her a trip to the candy store (aka Five Below because that's how I roll) instead.

She pondered it.

She decided to overcome the rain and trunk-or-treat like she had planned.

The good news was that in the time Mila spent arguing with herself, the trunk-or-treating managed to move indoors. The even better news is that Alexis saw someone she knew and we were able to mosey up to the front of the line. But the bad news? The bad news was that *I* got soaked because the two costumed kids managed to steal my umbrella and leave me in the rain.

But, hey. At least I scored a costume out of the deal. I always wanted to be an annoyed, frazzled mom impersonating a drowned rat.

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Apple Pecan Biscuits


Sorry, I didn't mean to yell quite so loudly, but HEY! APPLE SEASON!

I'm one of those people who buy produce that is in season and then use it in every possible way until the next big thing starts to fill the stalls at the farmers market. So! Apples!

This might just be the easiest way in the world to make use of a Granny Smith Apple. It's possible. It's nothing more than a tube of premade biscuits, some brown sugar, a little butter, a splash of vanilla extract, and a handful of pecans.

Of course, you could make it more complicated if you wanted to. Some cinnamon might be a nice touch.

Or you could be lazy and just stick with this quick throw together Apple Pecan Biscuit.

Either way, expect to have them all disappear very quickly. They are a bit of sweet without being overpowering, so it's very easy to eat six of them in one night. Not that I would know from firsthand experience or anything. Ahem.

Apple Pecan Biscuits

1 tube of small biscuits (Homestyle, butter, or whatever flavor you like, just don't use Grands. They're too big. You ideally want 12 biscuits, but 10 would be OK as well.)
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 medium Granny Smith Apple, cored and chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.

3. Add the brown sugar. Stir until well mixed. Don't worry if it doesn't turn into a perfect caramel sauce. It'll fix itself by the time you're all done. Promise.

4. Add the vanilla extract. Stir.

5. Throw your apples into the saucepan. Continue to stir the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and apples until the apples begin to soften. It takes about 3 minutes.

6. Grab a non-stick cupcake/muffin pan. Carefully spoon the apple mixture into the bottom of each cup. It ends up being about 1 tablespoon per muffin cup spot thingy (technical term).

7. Sprinkle the pecans on top of the apples.

8. Stick an uncooked biscuit on top.

9. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes (check the instructions on the biscuit package and follow them).

10. Once the biscuits are done, let them cool for about five minutes. Score the sides of the pan to help prevent sticking.

11. The Apple Pecan Biscuits should come right out of the pan. Turn/spin them if they seem stuck. If any of the caramel/pecan/apple mixture is left in the pan, scoop it out with a spoon and put it directly in your mouth. You've earned it.


Batgirl Pajamas? BATMAN PAJAMAS.

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