Trick or Treat?

This was one of several premature Christmas decorator offenders.

‘Tis the Season. Haven’t you heard?

I was feeling pretty good about myself at the mall today, starting my search for an insanely cute Halloween costume for Alex 27 days early. In the past, I’ve relied on the holy trinity of procrastinator enablers: rush Internet orders, Target, and the kindness of strangers (Mommies on Etsy will customize orders quick with a slight tug on their heartstrings). I was there–with my wallet (another miracle; I have better luck finding my keys since I’ve transitioned from handbag to diaper bag)–ready to sift through racks of costumes. I had no fear I’d find one worthy of the photos I will forever keep of Alex’s second Halloween. No pressure…none at all.

Imagine my horror when I was greeted by Santa? Not just Old Saint Nick…ho, ho, ho, oh no…a winter wonderland full of festive Christmas trees decorated with shimmering lights, lush garland, and jewel-toned ornaments; overflowing pots of poinsettias; holiday china outlined with winterberries; and a dizzying array of candy canes.

All I am saying is give candy corn a chance!

I felt compelled to ask one of the associates when Santa and his elves regurgitated their workshop in her store. She said everything went up last week. Did I miss the memo that Christmas now starts in September? I know I am Jewish, but come on.

As a fan of both Halloween (feel free to share costume ideas) and Thanksgiving (the Super Bowl for home cooks), I am feeling a little Grinch-like about spreading the holiday cheer this early…and I grew up celebrating Christmas (my Mom converted to Judaism before I was born and still loves the holiday). Are you with me? Or do you think we’d be even better off cuing the Christmas music in July?

In my silent protest to premature Christmas decorator offenders, I went straight home and made Baked Apples. ‘Tis the Season for one of my favorite fall dishes.

Fall on a plate.

Baked Apples


1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 cup sugar

6 same-size McIntosh apples

2 tablespoons butter, cut into 6 teaspoon-size pieces

1 cup apple juice


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Combine cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.

Core apples, making sure not to puncture the bottom of the apples so that the juices will remain. Remove skin from 1/2-inch around top of apples at the opening. Fill each cavity with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Top each apple with a teaspoon of butter. Place apples in a casserole dish and pour apple juice around them. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Yum. Top with ice cream if you’re feeling indulgent!

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9 Responses to Trick or Treat?

  1. Jody says:

    Sounds delish! I hope this isn’t a dumb question… What technique do you use to core the apples?

  2. Mommy Dish says:

    No real technique for me…just make sure you don’t cut all the way to the bottom! : ) I just did a search for you and found this on You Tube:

  3. Kelly says:

    Haven’t you heard some stores have Christmas in July promos? I swear it really starts then when we’re all laying in our bathing suits on the beach! I was in Kohl’s the other day looking for jammies for Brady and clothes for me and all of the sudden Bob comes out of no where all excited that the Christmas display is up and holiday music is tuned up! I will not be going near that display yet and jolly old saint Bob reminded me that it’s only a few months away. Thanks honey….bring on the bite size snickers please! I suggest Elmo for Alex! I have a great costume! Or how about a cat? Brady has been saying he wants to be Dixie but with 27 days left his mind will be changing everyday so I will not be purchasing a costume for at least another week or so! Good luck and try to embrace Christmaka! Oy!

    • Mommy Dish says:

      I love Christmas…I just think starting this early sucks some joy out of the whole thing. It just doesn’t feel like it’s time yet…not at all. After Thanksgiving I am totally ready for radio stations to play Christmas music 24/7, but not in September! I love Halloween and Thanksgiving…they deserve some time, too! Glad you agree…though, clearly, Bob is ready in July. : )

      Good suggestions for Alex. Based on what I saw, I am thinking I am going to have to order online. There really wasn’t much out there. Brady will be so cute no matter the costume..always is!

  4. Lisa says:

    It’s ridiculous. I liked it much better when the decorations went up right after thanksgiving. Then it really felt like the start of the holidays. Now it depends on where you go but the decorations are up most places near me too.

    • Mommy Dish says:

      TOTALLY agree!! After Thanksgiving I look forward to the decorations, the music, the whole Christmas vibe. Right now it seems forced.

  5. Sherry says:

    If you are buying online, Walmart offers free shipping on Halloween Costumes. Check them out.

  6. Mommy Dish says:

    Thanks! I appreciate the tip, and you reading my blog.

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