This week we see out September and welcome October. October, I believe, is one of the coziest months. Children and adults alike can sense the physical change in the air that indicates that the season of hygge and holiday preparation has begun. I would say that this is the week when you can officially decorate for Halloween without people raising an eyebrow and suggesting that it’s “too early,” but then I would be a hypocrite, because as I mentioned before, my house is already decorated. But if yours is not, then by all means give yourself permission to finally get out that Halloween decor.

I am shaking my head at this Real Simple article, about Halloween trees. I am specifically bemused by their describing Halloween trees as “unexpected” and treat the trend as if it were somehow new. They say this while simultaneously admitting that there are more than 22,000 #halloweentree posts on Instagram. I bought my first Halloween tree at Michael’s Arts and Crafts store, literally decades ago.

But let’s get back to this week and what you can expect at CM365. We are going to jump right in to holiday preparation with some calendar planning, but also some cooking and crafting. With that being said, I do have some things for your shopping list this week.

On Tuesday we are going to talk about pomanders, for though you may not know it, there is a “right” time to make pomanders and it happens to be now and not December. You need oranges, whole cloves, and cinnamon. If you already have a source for low-cost whole cloves, that is great. Otherwise tune in to Tuesday’s prompt for more information.

On Friday we are going to talk biscuits, for what is cozier than a meal with fresh biscuits from a warm kitchen oven. Everyone has their own opinion about what makes the perfect biscuit, so I will ask you to think about what yours is. But, if you do not already have a favorite recipe I would recommend having some Bisquick on hand. Yes, Bisquick happens to be an ingredient in my favorite biscuit recipe. I’m more surprised than anyone about that.

Finally, on Saturday I will share a craft that kind of turned out to be a fail. I will show you what happened and perhaps inspire you but help you save money at the same time.

I’m looking forward to this week and to kicking off October!

(Image credit: Gerd Altmann)

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