WIAW: Halloween of Oz

Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats
I just got home from taking my little cousin trick or treating. We didn’t get much candy in an hour but enjoyed some fun Halloween decorations and people watching.

We are fortunate enough that a man, whose kids I went to school with, spends $250,000 and tons of time to put together a neighborhood Halloween show. His neighbors participate, but he plans and pays for it all.

We got there by 6:30 and could not find a parking spot! The track is huge, parts of it were closed, and police directed traffic.

This year’s theme is the Wizard of Oz.

They even had farm animals!

My day was packed!

I woke up at 7 and polished off my last pumpkin spice English muffin.

headed to the school. I’m observing classes for the heck of it and ended up in a world history class. Some of my kids are in the class and though I wasn’t working, I still helped. It’s unnatural not to.

I enjoyed the use of technology and the focus on literacy. One of the reasons I loved history was the lack of multiple choice tests.

Then it was off to “work.” We had a sub so I took over on an easy day – movie and food! I made the spicy chicken tortilla roll-ups with some rotisserie chicken.


After eating just 3 of those and half a Luna protein bar, I was too full for my typical lunch (chicken salad).

I came home, napped, and completed a 20 minute quickie workout: Blonde Ponytail’s Total Body Tabata Home Workout. It’s my go-to workout.

Before heading out, I made and ate a couple of chicken spring rolls. It was perfect fuel for walking around outside. I can say fall is officially here in Southern California! We were frozen without jackets.

Now it’s time for MAGIC, “Magic Mike” that is!

Halloween got in the way of studying, and my nap wasn’t quite long enough, so I’m wiped out.

This week is Red Ribbon Week! They still pass these out.

Does your city or neighborhood hold any big Halloween celebrations?

October Foodie Penpal

The Lean Green Bean

This month’s Foodie Penpal package went to Carla. The post office was out of the square boxes so I ended up shoving everything into a long, rectangular box!

I was ecstatic to get Jenny as my October Foodie Penpal. She owns Sweet Six Candy and got me a fun package.

Right on top was one of her candies.

All the swag (yes, I just used that word):

  • Edamame – right up my uncle’s alley
  • Peeled dried fruit – (see below)
  • Pumpkin chips – I love pumpkin, but these were super salty. Yikes!
  • Cold blooded ice tray – (see below!)
  • Lychee candies – real lychee taste
  • Calming tea, green tea, and Egyptian Licorice tea – Hey Jenny, you probably didn’t know that Egyptian Licorice is my favorite tea ever!
  • Jelly Belly buttered popcorn jelly beans – So I always avoided this flavor in the mix bag. Hopefully my kids will eat them.
  • Sarasota honey – (see below)
  • Sweet Six Candy – (see below)

Brown sugar candy with crispy bacon! I love the vintage-y label.

Jenny didn’t know I’ve been craving figs and dates because of all these fig recipes floating around this season. I just didn’t want to commit to buying a lot of them. This baggie has dates, figs, and apricots – perfect!

Fun and informative card!

You have no idea how much I’ve needed honey. There are tons of recipes that require honey, which I never buy for myself.

I loved the vampire teeth ice cubes. So much fun! We made them immediately.

Have you tried anything in this box? 

What would you want to try?

MIMM: What I Did Sunday

Went to a gentle yoga class at lululemon. My friend Alison taught this one.

Made pumpkin chocolate chip pudding cookies. Using pumpkin spice pudding mix gave the cookies pumpkin flavor without making them too soft.

Dressed up the dogs for Halloween. Kind of. The black and white one in the back got upset and stood in that position till we took it off.

Signed up for the big test. It’s coming in less than one month and you cannot imagine how nervous I am! It’s the stepping stone to a job, more tests, more certifications, etc.

Went to a meeting at work. Got my second annual sippy cup.

Oh, and I bought Reebok CrossFit Nanos! 

Other fun happenings from the weekend:

Won the bell. Good job Chargers! We have a giant inflatable bell in addition to a metal one.

Made a tortilla pizza!

Taking these as prescribed. They’re anti-stress supplements.

What is or was the biggest road block to getting to your dream?