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1. One of my favorite Halloween things to do is carve pumpkins I would carve 10 every year if Maria would let me. But the only way to do it is with power tools. I use a sawzall, a drill and dremel tool. It is like cutting butter with a hot knife.


2. Here are our finished products. After we lit them Caleb was jumping up and down saying, “Ooooooohhh Scaries.”


3. I was able to meet these guys the other day. NCAA basketball legends. Does anyone know any faces here besides mine? Go Utes!

4. Halloween Treats Gone Wrong. This is funny!


1. Happy Halloween! Caleb’s cowboy costume is ready and he has been practicing how to say “trick or treat” all week long. I just have to find a good hiding place for his candy…from him and me:)


2. We carved our pumpkins this week. Ok, I really didn’t do any of the carving, but I was around for the action. Josh is the pro pumpkin carver in our house. Caleb loved helping. He scooped out the guts!

3. Halloween Puppy Chow…with Nutella. Calories don’t count on holidays so I am going to snack on this all day long!


4. I can’t get enough spaghetti squash! Are you a fan? Baked Spaghetti Squash with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce is my fave! We’ve made it twice in the last week.

5. Quote of the week.


6. I know spring cleaning is a thing, but what about fall cleaning? I am making it a thing because I need to get organized. I can’t stand the chaos any longer. I started by tackling my baking drawer. It was scaaaaaary! It looks much better now, thanks to Weck Jars! I love Weck Jars for many reasons, but I am really loving that Caleb can’t figure out how to open them. My baking stash is safe:)

7. Why you should never be embarrassed again. Too funny!

8. Tomorrow is November 1st which means Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Do you have any Thanksgiving recipe requests? We’ve posted lots of Thanksgiving recipes over the years, but if there is something we are still missing, let us know!

9. I’ve been eyeing this ring. I think it’s time I get some new bling:)

10. Twix Caramel Popcorn-perfect for Halloween…and Grey’s and Parenthood! I hope we can get Caleb to bed on time tonight. I have shows to watch. And is it bad if we turn off our porch light at 8:00? I can’t have any interruptions:)

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Calories definitely don’t count on Halloween day! Hope you have a great Halloween with adorable Mr. Caleb!

  2. Caleb is TOO CUTE!! Reminds me of Jon David’s first trick or treat…he was a skeleton and he was so adorable. He kept making me stay on the sidewalk while he walked up to the door himself. He’d turn around and say, “Mom, you STAY BACK THERE!!” I’ll never forget it.

    Love that Twix popcorn. I need it!!

  3. Amazing pumpkins, Josh! Really talented work – they turned out beautifully. Maria – please stop posting about jewelry you like – our tastes are too similar! Treat yourself to that ring – it is gorgeous. Happy Halloween!!!

  4. Most of your comments could have come from both my husband and me. So, we are you in about 30 yrs. LOL
    My husband is the pumpkin carver (mostly, I do one each year) I have to convince him to let the grandchildren hit my garden before he does. Then we have to go through what’s left to pick the pumpkins I get to can or freeze for later. That helps limit him to just 4 pumpkins to carve. BTW, you both picked the same pattern for your pumpkin carving this year.
    Fall cleaning is a requirement around here too. I just redid my baking cabinet, but I’m gonna have to check out those jars, too cool.
    8:00 is NOT too early to shut off the lights, as a matter of fact it is the perfect time, others need to get home to bed as well, it is a school night you know?
    Have a Blessed Halloween!

  5. I love spaghetti squash! This season is my first time trying it and I can not get enough!

  6. Wow Josh, power tools and pumpkins! They didn’t stand a chance… they actually look like they were carved with something a little more delicate! Great work!!
    Maria…get the ring… it’s gorg… I’m lovin’ on the garnet… thanks for the link!
    Happy Halloween!!!!!!

  7. I love the pumpkins, they are so cool. I am trying spaghetti squash for the first time this season. Have a great Halloween, hope to see pictures of Caleb in his cowboy outfit.