This is what I was up to in October.
That fall has finally arrived. Temperatures are cooler and I’ll admit that I love seeing the leaves changing, pumpkins, and corn stalks. If that makes me basic, oh well. Although I don’t like coffee, so you’ll never catch me with a Pumpkin Spiced Latte.
Spending time with family. My husband’s sister was in town on leave at the beginning of the month and we were glad to see her for the first time in almost a year. We spent a weekend with my husband’s family at the beach and went together to one of the last Phillies’ games of the season.
Our Netflix binge-watching choice for the last month has been Person of Interest. It has been interesting to consider the implications of both an AI machine and how the government could use the information they can obtain from the electronic devices surrounding us. We have started watching the new shows Designated Survivor and Timeless as well. I love history, so it is fascinating to consider how the historical events of our past have had a direct impact on the present we are living. Although I love seeing the exploration of important historical events, I’ll admit that time travel as depicted in movies and TV shows often ties my brain in knots because of the logic gaps.
I have tried my hand at baking some healthier treats this month and have been less then successful. My low sugar, low carb banana bread turned out, well, low taste. If any one has some tasty and healthy dessert recipes that they have tried and loved, please do share!
Otherwise, fall is the to make all things apple and pumpkin. So, I’ve made pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars, apple blondies, and apple cobbler. I can’t wait until Thanksgiving when I can make pumpkin pie.
Here’s the recipe for the apple blondies. I doubled the recipe, left out the sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top and baked it for 30 minutes in a 9X13 pan.
To the festival I’ve been waiting for all month: Chestnut Hill’s Harry Potter festival. I love both the Harry Potter books and movies and have managed to turn my husband into a little bit of a fan as well. We went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando last year, which was so much fun, and it is great that we have a fan fest so close to home. My favorite part was the Quidditch Tournament at Chestnut Hill College and if we go back again next year we will probably stick just with that part. The actual street festival was extremely crowded with very long lines for everything. We did get some yummy butterbeer, though.
Here are some of my favorite posts I read in October:
10 Books to Add to Your Feminist Reading List by Brita of Belle Brita
Keeping Your Identity as a Military Wife by Keating of Hello Lovely
Why I Could Never Be a Beauty Blogger by Allison of AA
One thing I am passionate about is raising awareness about mental illness and mental health, so this month I was happy to publish two blog posts on the topic:
What were you up to in October?