Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Candy and Costumes: Word Counters

Counting my words again. 

Today my fellow Word Counters and I are sharing our monthly group post. The bloggers who are joining me this time all picked a number between 12 and 74 and sent it to me. I gave the numbers out as assignments to other bloggers who are then challenged to write something (or a few somethings, as the case may be) using that exact number of words. Today we all share what we came up with.

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I got the number 31. It was submitted by my friend the writer Sarah Nolan of the blog by the same name.

As I tend to do in these posts, I've chosen a general theme and am using my word count multiple times in keeping with my theme. Today's theme is Halloween (you're shocked, I know).

Candy and Costumes in 31 Words

~ Have you ever noticed that once it's October and you start buying Halloween candy, it being in your home is constantly taking over your conscious thoughts? No? Just me? Okay then.

~ We're halfway through October and I've already bought all of the Halloween candy. Like on the entire planet. Check your local store, I bet they're out. Sorry (not sorry), my bad.

~ A bit of advice, if you don't live alone and are sneaking a piece (or two) of the Halloween candy stash, push the wrapper(s) down below the rest of the trash.

~ My kids paid a Halloween candy tax. You know, a sweet price they had to pay to get back in the house at the end of a night of treat gathering. 

~ Don't worry, the sharing was done happily. The boys knew that it was always reciprocated. You share some of your candy, and mom will share her Orange and Pumpkin Carrot Cake. 

Orange and Pumpkin Carrot Cake is a classic moist fall cake with added orange and pumpkin flavors. | Recipe developed by www. BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #cake

Orange and Pumpkin Carrot Cake
Orange and Pumpkin Carrot Cake is a classic moist fall cake with added orange and pumpkin flavors. | Recipe developed by www. BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #cake

~ I know they say it's bad luck for a black cat to cross your path, but it doesn't count if it's you crossing theirs, right? Asking for a (fairly unlucky) friend.

~ The best way not to be afraid of a witch is to be one yourself. Or so I've heard. As I tried to climb onto my kitchen broom. Which didn't cooperate.

~ Don't ever go out with a ghost, not only because of the logistical challenges, but also 'cause when it's over, ghosting a ghost doesn't work. They walk through walls, you know.

~ Vampires, ghosts and witches too,
  come on that night by the slew.
  All are welcome to say "boo",
  but if candy's wanted by you 
  best say "trick or treat" . . . or shoo.

~ I will not trip any trick or treater wearing a trump mask, I will not trip any trick or treater wearing a trump mask. I will not trip any trick or . . .

There they are, ten Halloween thoughts each using 31 words (that's 310 words this month, if you're counting). Till next time, my spooky friends.

Here are links to the other Word Counters posts:

Spatulas on Parade

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Orange and Pumpkin Carrot Cake         

Printable Recipe

2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups shredded carrots
1 (15 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained

8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 TBSP orange juice
1/2 cup chopped pecans, divided

*Grease and flour 2 9 inch round cake pans. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and brown sugar.
*Separately, whisk together the pumpkin puree, eggs and vanilla. Mix into the dry ingredients, just until incorporated. Fold in the carrots and mandarin oranges.
*Pour into prepared pans and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until the center springs back to the touch. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely.
*Beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and orange juice. Remove about 1/3 of the frosting and add 1/4 cup of chopped pecans. 
*Place the bottom cake layer on a serving plate. Pour the frosting that has the pecans in it over the top and let drizzle down the sides. Top with the next cake layer and pour the remaining frosting over this layer, allowing it to drizzle down the sides as well. Quickly sprinkle the top with the remaining pecans and refrigerate immediately to set.


  1. I like the idea of the orange juice in the cream cheese frosting!
    I am scared that there will be kids in Trump masks at my door. Are they dressed like that because their parents are going for ironic, I have some hipsters in the hood, or are their parents supporters? Not sure I can show restraint not to the kids but to the parents. Last year not one child came unattended by a parent or 2, soooo

  2. You missed a bag of candy. I have a 200 piece bag, and hoping that will be enough. Our first Halloween in this neighborhood, so we shall see. Fingers crossed.
    Now that is an interesting combo of flavors for the cake and one I'd love to try.

    1. I'd love for you to try it, whatever you do, don't tell me how many points a slice is though.

  3. Ha! I’m across the water. And I have my OWN bag of treats. Nya. Nya. Nya. Nya. (And I can NEVER forget that candy is there just. . . . Waiting . . .)
    Hey, my kids paid Mom tax as well! Heh. Heh.
    I’m sorry. I don’t have the same scruples vis-a-vis Trump accoutrements. They will trip. They will.
    These are SO fun, Karen! Loved them!

    1. Ha ha, they may not trip at my house, but I'm trying to think of an alternate to candy to have for any trumpers that come my way.

  4. You didn't quite buy all the candy, we have some here, and so far i have resisted (i don't want to have to explain to Little Girl why the bags are open).

    1. Ah, so you have Little Girl to keep you in line. Not sure if that's good or bad.

  5. You didn't leave me any?!? I thought we were friends. Not even one little Tootsie Roll? (Rena)


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