October Thoughts

Hey! I am so glad you stopped by to check out my recent bakes. My name is Kelsey. I love baking all things but especially pies and pastries.

This month was SO fun!!! We went to a Thomas Rhett concert, hosted a Murder Mystery Party and took a week-long vacation! My husband and I took our annual Anniversary trip and this year we went to New York City and Newport, Rhode Island. It was the perfect weather (mid 60s) which makes everything better. We were outside the entire week and got to see some of the most amazing things! Most importantly, we ate some really great food haha! Onto my monthly thoughts…

NYC + Newport… I could talk for hours about what we did for a week in these places but I think all I will do is show you all the amazing food we ate and where its from! Did we mainly eat baked good and snacks? Yes. No regrets.

Murder Mystery Party… I bought a boxed murder mystery with the theme of 1900’s Circus (think Greatest Showman). The box came with everything you could need for the party, it even came with awards for best dressed, best detective and best actor. It contains three endings so you can actually have three murder mysteries if you want to! We had my family and my cousins attend and it was so much fun! Seeing everyone’s costumes when they show up brings me so much joy. Below are some pictures of the decorations and food we had.

Currently reading… While on the subway, planes, and trains during our trip I was able to listen to an Agatha Christie book – Murder in Mesopotamia. It was good (as are all her books!) Getting back to our regular schedule, it was time for me to move to another Cozy English Mystery series, I have landed on the Augusta Peel Mystery series. First up, Death in Soho. Emily Organ, who wrote two other series that I really love, has started writing this series, so far there are only three books.

Currently watching… Andor. My husband and I have been binging Andor this week (even in the airport and train stations) and it is just so good. We had watched the first two episodes before our vacation and just finished the whole series! Disney+ drops a new episode each Wednesday, it is so hard to wait until next week after binging 9 episodes!

Thanksgiving plans… This year we have 3 thanksgivings planned! One with my friend, Madi, and one with both sides of our family. My go-to dessert to bring is a bourbon or spiced rum pecan pie, the alcohol elevates it and makes it a little more special. I also have the best pumpkin roll recipe, I will post that soon so you can try it out! Last year I made strawberry butter and a copy Texas Roadhouse butter recipe, I think it’s my new annual thanksgiving addition. Its so simple but makes any bread so much yummier!

Christmas decor… This year I am obsessed with greenery, candlesticks, bells, and dried orange slices.

DIY Gift ideas… Homemade Vanilla Extract, Homemade Vanilla Sugar, Stovetop PotPourri, Hot Chocolate Mix, and Mulling Spices (my favorite!!). Click the photos for instructions!

Stocking stuffer ideas… My favorite stocking stuffer will ALWAYS BE mascara!!!! Because of several reasons… One – its like $10 for even the cheap kind, I hate buying it myself. Two – they are so small and fit perfectly in a stocking. Three – I only wear mascara and color in my eyebrows so it is great to stock up on mascara for the next year haha.

Jewelry… I am loving small hoops right now, especially a double hoop.

Christmas gifts I’m asking for… The main thing I want for Christmas is an espresso maker, I don’t know which one I want yet. I don’t want to spend too much money on one but I also want a good machine that will last! If you have any suggestions, please let me know! I found this cute honey dispenser, we use honey for everything, it would make clean-up so much easier to have it in this dispenser. I love this thin wallet, all of the colors are cute but the color “Nate” is my favorite. Ballerina Farm has the cutest apron, I found a cheap version on Amazon with tons of cute colors! I have a lot of board games on my Christmas list, some of them are below. I would really like some large storage containers, I love these with the scoops stored in the tops.

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