It’s a Pumpkin/Apple Friday Five


As posted by Singing Owl at RevGalBlogPals:
Hallows Eve (Halloween) is near. As a child, Halloween was one of my
favorite holidays. We didn’t yet worry about razor blades in apples or
popcorn balls or some of the other concerns people have with Halloween
these days. Halloween was a chance to be mildly scared, and better yet,
to dress up and pretend to be something we really weren’t.
Let’s talk about that a bit, but then let’s add in some food ideas for this year. Where
I live the leaves are falling, the temperature is chilly and pumpkins
are for sale everywhere, along with many kids of apples. What’s more,
the "Holiday Season" will soon be upon us. ACK! I could use a new idea
for dessert. So, here we go…

1. How did you celebrate this time of year when you were a child?

By dressing up and Trick-or-Treating! My elementary school years were spent in a Northern Virginia suburb where the streets were always crowded with kids on that night.

2. Do you and/or your family “celebrate” Halloween? Why or why not? And if you do, has it changed from what you used to do?

We have an almost Halloween birthday in the family, so there have been some holiday-themed parties over the years. This will be our first year with no one going out to trick-or-treat, but The Princess will be hosting a costume party for some friends and they will hand out the candy.

2. Candy apples: Do you prefer red cinnamon or caramel covered? Or something else?

I have never eaten one.

3. Pumpkins: Do you make Jack O’ Lanterns? Any ideas of what else to do with them?

This is my great area of weakness. I like them, but I cannot carve them. I am always dependent on the artistry and strength of others.

4. Do you decorate your home for fall or Halloween? If so, what do you do? Bonus points for pictures.

We make a bigger effort when we have a party (table decorations and perhaps a fake spider web to decorate the french doors in the dining room, but on the front steps it’s always just pumpkins and/or jack-o’lanterns.

5. Do you like pretending to be something different? Does a costume bring our an alternate personality?

I do enjoy role-playing. I don’t often dress up for Halloween, but I have enjoyed it the few times I’ve done so in recent years (once as a witch, and another time in Renaissance garb, which I may use again this year).

Bonus: Share your favorite recipe for an autumn food, particularly apple or pumpkin ones.

Should I share the rotmos story again? It’s a root vegetable and potato casserole passed down from my late Swedish mother-in-law and beloved by my children. Aside from that, I love an apple or a pumpkin pie, but I don’t have particular recipes for them.

13 thoughts on “It’s a Pumpkin/Apple Friday Five”

  1. Don’t go looking for the caramel apple, Songbird. You might like them and they are not a WW item. 😉
    On the other hand, Rotmos- this is typical Scandinavian food. Find something white and slather it with butter. My mom thinks that the white and butter theory explains lefse, lutefisk, rutabegas, boiled potatoes and probably a dozen other things.

  2. I am surprised as everyone else, the art form of eating a carmel apple is well documented amongst children.
    In defense, I have never had the cinnamon apple Sing Owl was refering to.

  3. Caramel apples = nasty, IMHO. Don’t bother.
    I had the same font issues…
    I am excited about Princess’s halloween party! I clearly need to get a life. Hope you will post some pix or reflections about it.

  4. Trick or treating ROCKS! We are more excited by the passing out of treats than by the receiving of treats at our house at this point in time, which is just fine…

  5. With all due respect, Mary Beth is mistaken. 😉
    A carmel apple in October is like a candy cane at Christmas, only much, much more delicious. How have you managed never to eat one? Ah well, I’m sure they have a disgusting amount of calories.

  6. Font problem is Typepad related. You can’t have colored text on here for some reason. You can always copy and paste the text into the body of a gmail, change it to “plain text” and then copy and paste it into Typepad.
    See what we get for Typepad subscription? YOu have to do something crazy like clear out any code around the text. Grrrrrrrr.

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