Happy Halloween Y’all: Pumpkin Carving + Apple Crisp

It’s Halloween weekend! I have to admit my creative juices are lacking in terms of a good costume idea. My latest consideration:

(First seen on A CUP OF JOE. Illustrations by Cynthia Vehslage Meyers)

Last weekend we celebrated Halloween by going to Skinful, an all-night rager of a party (something Nat’s Knack rarely attends) and had a blast dancing all night with good friends in costume. Sidenote: There might have been a dance-off between Team Sandy & Jackie Moon vs. Team Flapper & Paintedguywithnoname.  Let’s just say Team Sandy Moon won with their token Dirty Dancing lift. [Video Clip Dirty Dancing – Time of my Life]  If you must, fast-forward to 2:55 for the lift, although the build-up is great.  I could watch this scene on repeat.

While I am lacking a second costume idea, I have found other ways to commemorate this fall holiday: pumpkin carving, roasted marshmallows, s’mores, and baked apple crisps.

Some pumpkins are more special than others… Kellen and his masterpiece.

Some pumpkins like to be painted… overalls required.

All fire pits call for nights with pals roasting ‘mallows and making s’mores…

And last but not least, easy apple crisp recipe!
So I made this one up – but if you mix the basic ingredients together you are pretty much assured a delicious treat.

Individual Apple Crisp Recipe
(adapt to your liking)
Apple filling:
– 1 apple, cored, peeled and diced
– 1 wedge lemon juice
– 1 tsp brown sugar
– 1 tsp flour
– 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional spices: ginger, nutmeg, cloves)
– dash of vanilla extract, or spiced rum
Crumble:
– 1 Tbsp brown sugar
– 2 Tbsp oats
– 1 Tbsp flour
– 1/4 tsp cinnamon
– 1/8 tsp nutmeg, ginger, cloves (optional)
– 1 Tbsp butter, crumbled
Method:
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Mix apple filling ingredients and place in individual-size ramekin.  Mix together the crumble ingredients in a separate dish.  Top apple filling with crumble and bake for 25-30 minutes.  Serve with vanilla yogurt or ice cream.

(*Photo credit to Milena Berman for pumpkin carving and marshmallow pictures)

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