Happy hauntings everyone! Every year I seem to have quite the line-up of things I want to do in October and usually get to about half of them. That said, I always enjoy my little adventures and festivities against the backdrop one of my favorite months of the year.
To start, I get in the magical spirit by reading a book about witches—I alternate between historical fact-based books and good old mystical fiction. This year's book was one of the latter. It took place in London during the early 1900s and the heroine was the daughter of a Duke carrying on the family legacy (and secret) as head of a coven of witches. Complete with magic spells, sorcerers, and Edwardian high-society manners, it was an entertaining read.
I also took my annual fall trip to Salem, MA where I soaked in the spooky vibes with a stroll downtown. It was fun to poke around the shops, take in the haunting decorations, and marvel at the out-there costumes some people were wearing. Dinner overlooking the harbor—an apple cider Bellini with a cinnamon sugar rim to get started followed by mussels with smoked tomatoes—was just the trick…or was it a treat? For dessert, I was looking forward to my usual Witch's Brew ice cream only to be informed the ice cream shop had run out. I tried to remain calm while jokingly asking, "Uh, you know it’s October, right?" Meanwhile my inside voice was thinking, "If you’re not selling Witch's Brew ice cream in October, when do you plan to sell it? It's kind of prime time!" The server replied, "We’ve been telling the boss to order it all week because people are asking." I responded lighheartedly with, "It’s ok. It's not your fault. I mean it is someone’s fault, just not yours" and settled for peanut butter ice cream topped with Kit Kats and Reese's pieces.
Last weekend, I baked up a batch pumpkin spice scones with spiced icing. (I used a recipe from Brown Eyed Baker which I adjusted here and there. See below for a link and my notes and adaptations.) To make this snack festive and special, I paired the scones with cinnamon-honey butter and whipped up a spiced tea latte which I enjoyed in my Magic Potion mug!
As if the pumpkin scones weren’t enough, the next day for our family Sunday lunch, I dressed up in full witch's gear to surprise my nieces and nephews with Halloween goody bags. I wore orange and black striped tights, a black dress, and the coolest witch’s hat ever. When asked, I told my nieces that my eye-shadow was fairy dust and the hat was from my friend, a witch I had visited in Salem.
Last but not least, this past weekend, my brother-in-law’s Simple Fare Catering, along with other local small businesses, hosted a Halloween block party. Games, food, and drinks all served outside on a beautiful fall day. It was great! I even got to take home some mac-n-cheese and pulled pork for dinner. Thanks Mike!
Overall, a fun month! Happy Halloween!
Pumpkin Spice Scones: I found that I needed an additional 2 tablespoons of flour so that the dough would come together and lose it's stickiness. I also substituted an equal amount of pumpkin pie spice for the total of all the spices listed in the recipe. Lastly, I left off the plain icing and drizzled extra spiced glaze instead.