Friday, November 22, 2019

The Adventures of October

Can you believe how quickly the holidays have approached us? Christmas is a mere thirty-four days away and we don't have a single tree up. How very un-Rousch like of us...

     You may recall from my September blog post, I mentioned my plans to go see Downton Abbey with my mom. Unfortunately, we have not had the time to pay a visit to our local movie theatre. So, I am unable to share my personal review just yet. However, based on critic’s reviews alone, I know I will absolutely fall in love with the Downton Abbey film. My mom and I hope to see it within the next month or so. When we do, I will be sure to tell you all about it. 

    Fortunately though, we were able to find the time to do what we truly love, and that is, antique shopping and attending fall festivals. First, I will share our antique adventure in Aurora, Indiana. 

This year for Halloween, I decided to go the traditional route and dress up as a witch. Since my mom and I love shopping, especially shopping trips that involve good deals, we were fortunate enough to discover a witch costume hanging on a discounted rack at an antique shop. It was missing the cape but we lucked out at Dollar Tree and found a cape that fit perfectly.  I just love bargains, don’t you? At the Dollar Tree, I also purchased my witch hat along with some black roses to glue around the brim. To top it off, I was able to purchase a beautiful black and teal owl for only half the price at Michael’s to tie in with the black stem left over from the roses.  

We then paid a visit to an eeire cemetery downtown and had a spooky black and white photoshoot. Tell me, am I the only one who finds cemeteries peaceful? People look at me as though I’m crazy when I say I find beauty in the details of the tombstones or the century-old date someone was born in.  

Next, Canal Days in Indiana.   A couple weekends ago the weather was so lovely my family and I drove out of the city and into the country to visit an autumn festival known as Canal Days. We admired the eclectic creations handcrafted by local residents and got to pet some of the cutest dogs I have met.  Canal Days is worth paying a visit to. Definitely, Canal Days will on our bucket list for many years to come.  

     To top off the month of October, I began baking.  Baking is something I love to do, especially during the holiday season.   The weekend prior to Halloween, my mom and I baked some spooky sweets for my dad. We created the sugar cookies and vanilla icing from scratch, which, in my opinion, makes these treats even tastier. You can find the simple sugar cookie recipe here. As for the icing, I followed a recipe in one of my mom's old Southern Living cookbooks.   

Thank you so much for stopping by. I look forward to sharing with you my November adventures at the end of the month.  

Until next time,

xoxo, Natalie


  1. Love your costume!! Baking around the holidays is so much fun!

  2. Sounds like a great month! Makes my heart happy to hear that you're enjoying life. You're costume was fabulous...such a stylish witch. Antique shopping is something I enjoy, too. Unfortunately, with work schedule and a busy life, I don't get to go very often. Look forward to your next episode!