We're just days away from Halloween, which doesn't seem possible because I haven't carved the first pumpkin! I guess I've been too busy baking up loads of spooky treats like this scary-good skeleton cake. When it's sliced you'll find an eye-popping red velvet interior and a cache of candy bones inside. It makes a frightful centerpiece for those party-throwers with a macabre theme.

How funny are these guys?! I decided to give my favorite popcorn ball recipe a monster makeover. If you have a microwave, the green marshmallow coating can be made in just 2 minutes! I had these salty-sweets whipped up in a flash and they taste like a popcorn version of Rice Krispy Treats.

And what about those toothy grins? Just add plastic vampire teeth for instant monster madness.

Buttermilk biscuits are the house specialty here at... well, my house. I hardly ever deviate from my grandmother's tried-and-true recipe, but ever since I made these pumpkin crescent rolls, I've been itching to try a pumpkin biscuit recipe.

These were such a nice change for us. The biscuits have mild pumpkin flavor and I adore their happy golden-orange hue. And boy, are they ever fluffy! If you need an easy scratch-made breakfast for overnight guests (say for Thanksgiving out-of-towners), then this could be it!

Remember when I told you I had Halloween party treats covered? I wasn't kidding! I've been prolific with my spooky sweets-making this year. This chocolate spider cake turned out to be one of my recent favorites. It's absolutely RICH and delicious and it'll double as a centerpiece for your party buffet.

I think we can all agree that Mr. Spider is more cute that creepy. I'd assumed the chocolate sprinkles would make him look hairy and scary, but honestly he looks more like a furry stuffed animal.

Confession. I'm such a huge nerd for the creepy new Netflix original series Stranger Things. I love the sci-fi genre anyway, but throw in all of the 80's period specific detail and I'm a total fangirl! Its visuals evoke feelings of 80's movies past: E.T., The Goonies, Stand By Me, and so many others. I recommend watching it if you're into nostalgia and don't mind being creeped out. Plus, Winona Ryder's constant panicked face gives me LIFE.

How on earth is it already mid-October!? That means Halloween is just around the corner. Are you ready? I still need to buy bags of candy for handing out to mini specters, but as for cute Halloween party treats - I'm so ready! These four no-bake sweets are easy to make and they'll bring plenty of cute spooky fun to your table.

The arrival of autumn always seems to spark my creativity and experimental nature in the kitchen. Lately I've been tinkering with my favorite hard candy recipe. It's difficult to improve upon the classic candy apple but I'm over-the-moon excited about this new soda pop twist. The flavor is oddly addictive, and I don't think I've ever eaten so many candy apples consecutively!

October is Fair Trade Month, and if you've been reading this blog for very long, then you know each year I join the efforts of Fair Trade USA to help promote this worthwhile cause. Buying Fair Trade means you’re getting high quality products and the people who grow, sew and craft them get fair compensation for their hard work.

Today I have an awesome giveaway of Fair Trade Certified products for one lucky reader, along with something for everyone - a recipe for these sweet mini chocolate-glazed donuts!
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