Homeowner’s Halloween

Well, our first Halloween as homeowners came and went (twice, sorta) and we had a 4 lb. bag of candy ready for all the kiddos we thought we’d get. Thanks to a few storms, we had roughly 10 children stop by on Thursday evening and two come by Friday for a so-called “make-up” Halloween.

I’ve never been a fan of Halloween, in fact – it’s my least favorite holiday. I hate scary movies (or anything scary for that matter) and dressing up in a costume really isn’t my fancy. But I tried to get into the spirit this year since it would be our first year where we had trick-or-treaters, and our friends Danny, Sara and Kirsten were coming over.

When Kevin and I ran out to the store to pick out our pumpkin the night before Halloween, we picked up a jug of our favorite fall treat – apple cider. Apple cider out of a jug quickly turned into spiked apple cider. The recipe is simple, you see, it’s just:

Spiked Apple Cider


  • 1 gallon store-bought apple cider
  • 2.5 cups spiced rum (more or less to taste)
  • Cinnamon sticks (optional)


  • Heat over stove





They turned out to be mighty tasty!

We had other treats, including roasted pumpkin seeds (I simply soaked my seeds in water to remove the pumpkin pulp, sprinkled with olive oil and salt and popped them in the 375 degree oven for 20 min.) and the finest pastries straight from Pella, Iowa!


One of my clients has a location in Pella, Iowa and on all of our monthly conference calls, we somehow end up talking about Dutch Letters and all of the other goodies that come out of Pella. They were so sweet to have sent Kevin and I a package of the freshest pastries as our wedding gift! Half of the package is nearly gone, and we’re not even embarrassed.

IMG_4712So my Halloween as a homeowner is a lot more exciting than Halloween last year!

P.S. Kevin and I moved to Louisville exactly one year ago today! I cannot believe it’s already been a year. Time SERIOUSLY flies when you’re having fun.

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