If it wasn’t for October, I would never want summer to end. Like ever.
October happens to be my favorite month of the year. The days are clear and crisp, the skies seem bluer, and the sunsets are full of color.
The leaves are turning a beautiful mixture of oranges, yellows, and reds, and the cooler temperatures make it much more pleasant to be outside.
My birthday also happens to fall in October, which, I think, is still a good thing. I haven’t started dreading them yet.
So, yeah, October is a great month.
But truthfully, my real reason for liking October is….
Nothing beats October like the foods associated with it.
For the past few weeks I have viewed every possible recipe made with pumpkin and pecans, maple and brown sugar, caramel and peanuts… I have saved them all in my favorites file, and I’m anxiously awaiting a day to try them.
My absolute favorite October food is the mixture of candy corn and peanuts. I love it so much, that I only allow myself to buy a bag of candy corn in October… and when it’s gone, it’s gone. (Unless I finish it too early, then I can buy another bag… I’m really not too strict as long as it’s still October.) Occasionally I’ll share with the family, but it requires quite a bit of begging and pleading.
The two flavors combined taste just like a Payday Bar, and although I can resist the Payday Bars, I can not resist at least a handful of the candy corn and peanuts daily. And when mixed with my favorite ice cream? OMG.
So my recipe focus for this week has been for homemade Payday Bars.
The first recipe I tried was from Monster Mama.
It was good, but didn’t quite have the texture I was looking for. It was too soft and missing the chewiness that I love about Paydays.
So next time I get a chance, I will try these:
They look like they will be a little chewier, but they don’t have the cake bottom. I may change it up a little and add a shortbread cookie bottom to them. I’m thinking that’ll add the texture I’m looking for.
After that, I’m moving on to pumpkin cupcakes, maple and brown sugar cupcakes, pecan pie bars,………
Sheesh, I may have to quit my job – at least for the month of October. I wonder if they’ll miss me if I sit a month out?
I’d at least have plenty of treats to bribe them for forgiveness
if when I return.