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Happy Halloween!

Though I am the house that gives out fangs instead of candy, it’s the one night a year I let my girls go crazy {as long as they leave me some Kit Kats!}. They can eat as much as they want tonight, and then they get to save ten pieces for later {I’m so mean}. The rest is left for the Switch Witch, who may leave them something like a book, perhaps, for all the rest of that candy. {what is up with a fairy-like person for everything lately?}

I’ll let you know how it goes this year.

But first, let’s take a look back. Here are the simple, sweet moments of the last week that made me smile, all captured on my iPhone and shared on Instagram, which I think is one of the best inventions and uses of technology ever.


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My house is so scary right now. I don’t know if the trick-or-treaters will even be brave enough to walk up to these jack o’ lanterns!

My kids go a little nuts for carving. I have always been more of a one-and-done person. I don’t enjoy scooping out the pumpkins very much at all. That’s my alien one, by the way.


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I never get a perfect score on the Pioneer Woman’s quizzes. I know I could have another device at my side and be cheating the whole time while I google the answers, but I just can’t do it.

So imagine my extreme delight when I got 100% on the Back to the Future quiz last weekend! I didn’t win a prize or anything, but I just knew Marty McFly and I were tight like that!

It really made me happy. I’m a dork.


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If I don’t have at least a day to only myself every few months, I start to go a little stir crazy. I realize that statement is hard for some to relate to. It’s just true. I know that I need time alone for my sanity, where no one interrupts my thoughts and no one is expecting anything from me.

Some people have heard me say this and have judged me for “leaving my kids” with the Mister {the horror! Their dad! Oh, no!}, but I say it’s good for them to have time without Mom.

I think the last time I’d been alone for a day was in March {Europe with teenagers? So does not count.}, so I was due for some time. And it just snuck right up on me – about ten days ago I desperately looked at the calendar like I was gulping for air. And there she was – Sunday. With no plans.

So I headed off to the Olympic National Park. I had a stormy, two hour drive filled with podcasts. I drove to the Lake Quinault Lodge {pretty much one of my favorite quiet places on earth} in my cozy blanket sweater, graded some papers at my favorite desk overlooking the lake, then ate a cheeseburger by myself while I worked on some self-reflection with my Return to Me class workbook. I read three {three!} People magazines on a couch near the big fireplace. I sat and thought. I graded some more. I read some Hemingway. Then I drove down to the boat launch and listened to the little lake waves lapping at the shore and enjoyed a sunny drive home with more podcasts.

That is pretty much a perfect day alone for yours truly.

I returned well rested, reflected, cheeseburgered, read, and just ready.

Do you like to go off by yourself sometimes?


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It was a good thing I stocked up on all the quiet, because this happened the next day.

It’s been all Taylor, all the time, ever since. I have heard “Shake it Off” more times than I care to share with you. My girls are at that stage where they want to make up dance routines, and I love it! It reminds me of me with my Madonna tapes.

But maybe they could do it in their rooms?


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Holy Pearl Jam, Batman!

Yesterday, as part of Spirit Week for Homecoming, the teachers had to dress up like when they were in high school. I was so. very. excited.

I had to borrow the Doc Martens from a student, but that’s okay! It was so comfy to be all layered up and long-johned and flanneled and wearing my old Candlebox t-shirt and my brother’s flannel and playing Pearl Jam for my students as they walked in.

Ahh, memory lane, I love you. But Doc Martens? They need more arch support.


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My favorite sign in town finally changed their message. Sheesh. The same thing had been up for months, and I was beginning to lose faith.

Then, this.

Yes. Don’t forget.

Wishing you lots of candy tonight…

xoxo, Mrs. Fresh Scratch

halloween treats.

Halloween Treats, Fresh Scratch

Okay, people. According to my younger daughter Clementine, “Only one more thleep {she has a very cute lisp} until Halloween!!!!”

This statement strikes a little bit of fear into my heart because I have misguidedly agreed to don a black morph suit, along with Annabelle, to be a shadow as we go around our neighborhood to trick-or-treat.


Halloween Treats, Fresh Scratch, candy corn pretzelsWhat’s not scary are these little numbers.

They’re in the same vein as a Christmas treat I like to make, and they whip up in about ten minutes from start to finish. They’re easy if you need something last minute – great for classroom Halloween parties or just for getting sugar into your veins quickly.

xo, Mrs. Fresh Scratch

Halloween Treats
Pretzels with melted Hershey Hugs and candy corn - is there more to life?
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 1 bag of mini pretzels {make sure they have salt so you can get that salty/sweet combo going on!}
  2. 1 bag of Hershey Hugs {they're spookier that way}
  3. 1 bag of classic candy corn
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or a Silpat liner.
  3. Cover the cookie sheet in a single layer of pretzels.
  4. Place an unwrapped Hershey Hug on each pretzel's center.
  5. Bake for 3 minutes.
  6. Pull the cookie sheet out of the oven and gently press one candy corn into the center of each Hug.
  7. Cool {I usually stick them in the fridge to speed up this process!}.
  1. These will not be around long! It is impossible to eat just one.
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