Pumpkin Soup Recipes and Variations

Once fall descends upon us, it’s time to think about all things pumpkin. Sure, they make for fun decorations, but pumpkin also tastes good and is quite a versatile garden food. These cooler days make one dream of warm, filling soups. Today I have two base recipes for you, as well as several variations that you can use to mix up your pumpkin soup game.

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What Is Pumpkin Spice?

As soon as the calendar rolls over to September 1, it officially becomes Pumpkin Spice season. Its popularity is so huge that some places have rolled back the start date to August. I’ll admit that makes me twitch, because to me, pumpkin spice is for fall, and August is still summer. But the kickoff used to be later, in October. In fact, October 1 is actually considered to be National Pumpkin Spice Day. Did you know that?

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Cinnamon Pumpkin Waffles Recipe

Fall is here and you know what that means. It’s time to get #basic and buckle down with all things pumpkin. I admit that I hold off until the calendar actually says it is the season of autumn. But then it can be no holds barred. If you like pumpkin spice, then why not kick off your day with Cinnamon Pumpkin Waffles? You get that pumpkin flavor you’re craving with a hint of complementary spice that doesn’t overload your senses. Plus it’s just fun to mix up your breakfast every once in a while. Or actually, top these with something like vanilla ice cream, and you have a tasty dessert on hand. However you choose to make your them, enjoy your Cinnamon Pumpkin Waffles! Continue reading “Cinnamon Pumpkin Waffles Recipe”

October Food Holiday Observances

We all know that October is the month for pumpkins and all things related to Halloween, right? But did you know that we also celebrate other kinds of foods during this month? Whether you want some inspiration for your own kitchen, a party, or a classroom project, look no further to find a list of October Food Holiday observances. When available, I also have links to ideas for each of these. Keep checking back, as the ideas will continue to be added over time! In the meantime, please add some of your favorite associated recipes in the comments. Also be sure to check out my Pinterest boards of Recipes to Try and Montessori Food Prep Activities for even more ideas.

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Your Guide to the Pennywise Costume

One of the hottest costumes of 2017 is going to be the Pennywise costume. Whether you choose to be the actual Stephen King character or some other form of a scary clown, this guide will help you make the most out of your Halloween costume.

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Pennywise. Stephen King’s iconic killer clown has been the stuff of nightmares for years. I remember loving the book when I first read it all those years ago. And then of course was the TV miniseries with Tim Curry playing Pennywise that scared the crap out of people all over.

Now, my favorite story from the original was in about 8th or 9th grade, I went to a lock-in at my friends’ church. Somehow, we were allowed to watch IT. I love horror movies, and while it gave me some chills, I wasn’t absolutely terrified, unlike my friends.

The next morning, my friend’s mom is dropping me off at home. There, stuck in a tree in the front yard, was a lone red balloon. I didn’t live in an area where someone could have easily left it there as a joke. It was completely random.

My friend bursts into tears and begs me to not get out of the car. I was also crying, but more from tears of laughter. I think I had to call her every few hours to reassure her that I was okay. And obviously, 27 years later, I’m still here.

And so is Pennywise. The reboot just came out in Fall 2017 and fans are heading out in droves to check it out. This movie focuses more on the childhood part of the story, with a sequel in the works to address the adult resurgence of the killer clown.

Add to this the scary clown sightings earlier in 2016, and Pennywise makes for the perfect scary Halloween costume. Here are some ideas to help you get started. You can find these items on Amazon.

Pennywise Costume

So what makes for a good Pennywise costume? The 2017 Pennywise is based on a more old-fashioned look from about the 1800s or early 1900s. You want to start with a basic jumpsuit in yellow, or maybe a white or off-white. It needs at least three large pompoms in a line down the front of the jumpsuit. Some costumes also have a colorful vest and even a large ruffled collar. Round it off with white gloves and big boots.


Creepy Clown Outfit Costume Tee: All Over Printing Unisex SubliVie Tee

Morbid Enterprises Pennywise Gloves, WhiteGrey, One Size

Hatch WG1000S Cotton Parade Glove WSnap Back, White, Medium

Pennywise Shoes Cosplay It Costume Halloween Boots Red & White Props Accessories US Male 9His face is white with a large red-ripped nose, pencil-thin eyebrows and dark-lined eyes. Most importantly are the razor-sharp teeth hidden behind bright red lips. And of course you need the trademark wild red hair.


Official Pennywise Teeth from Stephen Kings IT Standard

Pennywise FX Fangs 2.0 Evil Teeth Dental Veneer

F75613 Evil Clown Mouth

It the Clown Pennywise Scarey Mens Costume Wig

Red Bald Curly Clown Wig Scary Pennywise It Clown Wig for Adults and Children

Rubies Costume Mens It Adult Pennywise Wig, Multi, One SizeIf you have the parts of the costume and some skills, you can finish it off by using a makeup set.


Evil Clown Halloween Makeup Kit – Professional Costume Cosmetics for a Creepy “IT” Inspired Look – Dress Up Like Pennywise with Pro-Quality Paint and Brushes – by Mehron

Rubies Costume Mens It Pennywise Adult Make-Up Kit, Multi, One Size

Rubies Pennywise IT Movie Make-Up KitIf you need a little bit more help, use a full blown mask.


Yangxiao Halloween Hot Sale Clown Cosplay Costume 2017 Movie Uniform One Size, Mask

Halloween Clown Cosplay Costume Pennywise Cosplay The Clown Mask

Pennywise from IT Movie 2017 Adult Mask for Halloween One Size Fits Most

Halloween Clown Mask Full Face Semi Soft Latex Helmet

Rubies Costume Mens It Pennywise Adult Mask, Multi, One Size

Yangxiao Unisex Hot Sale Clown Cosplay Mask Costume Accessories For Halloween One Size, As pictured

Or you could save yourself a lot of time and just get an entire costume. Luckily Amazon has plenty from which you can choose, as do other retailers.



Rubies mens It The Movie Adult Pennywise Adult Deluxe Costume, Multicolor, Standard

Deluxe Pennywise Costume Large

Rubies Costume Co. Inc Grand Heritage Pennywise Costume Standard

So dress up and have fun in your Pennywise costume this Halloween!

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