We basically have a month until exams are over, thereby indicating the end of the fall 2013 semester and the beginning of Christmas break. What’s weird is that Halloween, my favorite holiday of the year, was just over two weeks ago!
Earlier today, my mom and I went shopping at Gravois Bluffs, a nice complex complete with department stores like Kohl’s, restaurants like Qdoba (my favorite!), and unique stores like Garden Ridge. It’s out in Fenton, Missouri, which is just about twenty minutes from where I live. Anyway, as we were walking through Kohl’s, I realized that I was hearing some of the first Christmas songs I’ve heard this season. It seems too soon for Christmas music! I recalled a lunchtime conversation at work this past week when my friend and fellow intern, Stefanie, told us that she put a gingerbread house kit in her cart while shopping only to put it back when she realized that it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.
I guess the early hustle and bustle of the holiday season is inevitable. The “Christmas Season” no longer begins with Thanksgiving and ends with the New Year as it used to; each year, the stores begin “celebrating” (aka “marketing”) earlier and earlier. I don’t exactly know how I feel about this – though I’ll admit to looking at the first shipment of Christmas decorations and whatnot displayed at stores in early September, I also enjoy taking the holidays one at a time. (And to that point, I’m sad that Halloween decorations at stores are becoming more and more overshadowed by early Christmas arrivals.) All I can say for sure is that I hope everyone realizes that family and friends are the most important parts of Christmas and that presents and excessive credit card bills are, well, simply excessive.
Witches, the incredibles, iron man, John Lennon, spiderman were some of the celebrities that came to our Halloween pot luck party.
At first I didn’t know what to be for Halloween but then I decided to be little lady bug. For the halloween pot luck I bought some pretzels and baked some halloween sugar cookies. Here is the recipe.
Halloween Sugar Cookies
Makes 48 cookies
- 2 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Cream cheese frosting
- Halloween sprinkles
- Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, mix brown sugar, 1 cup butter, the shortening and eggs until well blended. Stir in flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt.
- On lightly floured surface, roll 1/4 of dough at a time to 1/4-inch thickness. (Keep remaining dough refrigerated until ready to roll.) Cut with 3-inch pumpkin-shaped or round cookie cutter. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
- Decorate with frosting and sprinkles.
Happy almost Halloween! It’s the last week of October already; can you believe it? If you haven’t had a chance to do any festive activities, Fontbonne has a few going on this week that you might want to attend:
Fall Festival–Okay, so this one was last week. But if you missed it, you definitely want to go next year! Campus organizations come together in the meadow (or the AMC when it rains) and celebrate the end of October with all kinds of fall activities. This year, NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association) had baby pumpkins to paint and BSO (Biological Sciences Organization) had big pumpkins for carving. RHA (Residence Hall Association) had some delicious cookies to decorate (and to eat, of course). There was also chili, apple cider, and . . . (wait for it) . . . a crepe truck! The cardinals game was also playing on the huge blow-up screen, so no one missed any of the action while enjoying the party. So if you missed the fall festival this year, make sure you come next year!
Monday-Wednesday this week, FAB is selling candy grams. If you’d like to go all Mean Girls on your friends, you can order them some candy grams to be picked up in the DSAC on Thursday 11:30-1:30. You go, Glen Coco!
This is taking place on Thursday from11:30-1:30 in the DSAC (candy gram coincidence? I think not). I hear they have caricature drawings and apple cider. You should stop by if you have time.
One last thing: I promised you an update on my pumpkin carving. Well…
Voila! One and a half hours and a very messy kitchen later.
You can guess which one is mine (the one that took 1 1/2 hours to scrape thin enough for the light to show through). Happy Halloween!
Griffins! Halloween is this week and I am so excited! Halloween is my favorite holiday. Though, I am sadly too old to go get candy from door-to-door but I can still have fun. I am sure a lot of college students will be dressed in costumes at some random house for a party, but not me. I will be spending Halloween snuggled in my blankets with hot coco and Netflix watching horror movies. Halloween has always been special to me. It is crazy to me that Halloween is my favorite holiday and I was supposed to be born on October 31st 1991, but I came a month early. I remember 11 years ago on Halloween I was only 10 years old that I watched my first horror movie. After watching Child’s Play I made my dog sleep with me because I got scared. From that moment on my love for horror and thriller films grew and now I watch them multiple times a week.
Maybe is a coincidence that October is also my favorite month of the year. Good time for pumpkins, boots and scarves.
Until next time.