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Joy the Baker Podcast 23

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It’s Halloween time! Let’s talk childhood costumes, favorite candies, and… WHY the heck is everyone dressed like so slutty!? When did that happen?
Also… pumpkin. Lots of pumpkin.

Joy as Cleopatra.  Blue eyeshadow?  It got real.


Aaahhhh the Ace of Spades. Made of felt. With a hat. With curly bangs. With her Juggalo friend and devil sister. Lordy.

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Tracy knows how to get down with the Take5!

All Joy wants is a Sixlet or seven.

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Cutest Octopus!!!!

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Excuse me, the cutest Red Sox player is ringing your doorbell!

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So cute, I die.

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Tracy ROCKS the spider mama.  So pretty.  So classy.  Spider hat!

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The Halloween mantle brought to you by Tracy!

Pumpkin Cookies with Butterscotch Chips

Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies

Pumpkin Pie Bars

Pumpkin Pie Bars

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Pumpkin Cake with Brown Butter Icing

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Pumpkin Gingersnap Ice Cream

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Pumpkin Cream Pie

Cupcakes and Cashmere turned a pumpkin into a floral arrangement!


  • Mags October 20, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Aw man I’m totally with Tracey I would FREAK OUT if I could go trick or treating and get baguettes and french fries. This idea is amazing.

  • June October 20, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Totally heard the mouth whistle!

  • dawnb October 20, 2011 at 7:21 am

    So… I have never been trick or treating :( EVER! :( My mum used to say that she wouldn’t have her children knocking on doors begging – Yes begging! I accepted it, it isn’t quite so much of a big thing in the UK. Now, however, my mum is more than happy to answer the door to my sister’s kids, and hand out sweets to them. I am beginning to get suspicious. I am beginning to suspect that my mum, maybe, couldn’t be bothered to help make a costume, or maybe, didn’t want to go out in the cold :O

    Joy should definitely watch Shaun of the Dead :) If you can watch the Walking Dead, then Shaun of the Dead will not be a problem, it is just good silliness :)

  • Tracy October 20, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I was mistaken! It’s not a FAST BREAK. It’s REESE’S STICKS!! I haven’t one in forever but THEY ARE GOOD.


  • Lauren October 20, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Sixlets are the best! People really don’t eat them any more? I’m passing those out this year..children need to know about sixlets.

  • Leslie October 20, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Love it! Sixlets=delicious. And by the way, Tracy, Fastbreaks are also delish. It’s like a peanut butter nougat bar. Yum.

  • joythebaker October 20, 2011 at 10:02 am

    now i want candy.

  • Chelsea Powell October 20, 2011 at 10:07 am

    My friends and I have started a new Halloween time tradition. Instead of having a ridiculous adult Halloween party we have a Cider and Donut party. It’s as legit as it sounds. We fry up some donuts, heat up some cider and have a crazy amount of fun consuming these two items in huge quantities.

    • Iris October 20, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Oh my god, that sounds amaaazing. Cider and donuts happen to be two of my favorite things (who wouldn’t consider them favorites, though, really?)

  • Bronwyn October 20, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Queen of the Nile for a few years here too, but missed the boat by not wearing any eye colour :)
    Favorite candies: the rare Ring Pop, and Reese’s (in any form, Sticks too!). Does anyone else not stand the taste of candy corn, even though they’re cute? Y’all have a safe and adorable Halloween!

  • Ciara October 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Trick or Treating was great for me because both of my siblings are highly allergic to peanuts and tree nuts and all of the delicious chocolate candies have warnings on their labels that there may be traces inside or that the candy was made on equipment that also processed peanuts so they can’t eat it! so now my parents and i eating all their m&ms and reeces and kit kats was really just saving them from an allergic reaction. we were doing great things for them. also i am so sick of the slutty costumes, as a college student constantly witness to girls walking around all year round in slutty costumes shivering i just want to yell at them. put pants on! just do it! shivering is not attractive. also always sunny costumes are fun, i’ve been kitten mittens :) warm and funny! love your podcast!

  • Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen October 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Joy, my sister and I have made those pumpkin pie bars for three years in a row now and we loooove them! We even had them for Thanksgiving dessert last year instead of all the traditional pies.

    Also, I completely agree that an It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia costume would be awesome. Particularly one based on the “Nightman Cometh” episode. My boyfriend almost bought a yellow tux last year to be Dayman, but it was something like $300 so he unfortunately changed his mind. I was totally going to rock the princess dress and an apron.

  • maija October 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I had to comment about gleek-ing. People used to do it in my band class in junior high. It was so gross as you’d suddenly see a wet spot on your sheet music. Ick! I could never do it.

  • melissa October 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Joy, I envy your ace of spades costume because at least yours was made of felt. I too was a “card” for halloween, but my mother thought it was perfectly acceptable for me to wear two poster boards attached with some straps. Essentially I was a sandwich board! I’m pretty sure I was the Queen of Hearts and my uncle drew the card illustration. Good times!

  • Kristy October 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    My favorite Halloween costume ever was when I dressed as Han Solo a couple of years ago. Not slutty Han Solo. Straight up, no good nerf herder Han Solo. It was the best.

  • Jayne October 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Tracy looked positively gorgeous! Oh my…

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  • Carissa October 21, 2011 at 6:46 am

    I dressed up as the Ace of Hearts one year, along with 2 friends who were the Aces of Spades & Diamonds. Our card was a poster paper sandwich-board type thing. Then I had a huge red cardboard heart that had a hole cut out for my face to peak through. I think that was one of my favorite costumes!!

  • Michelle October 21, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I’m laughing at Joy’s comment about punching the wall when she reads the Cupcakes and Cashmere blog. Glad I’m not the only one! :)

  • Melissa Marie October 21, 2011 at 8:57 am

    OH man… I can totally commiserate with the boyfriend cat-hater, but I’m only 3 months into this relationship and I’m pretty sure he knows it’s him AND the cats or just the cats. Ugh. How do they not understand the awesomeness of these furry jerks?

  • BookishCook October 21, 2011 at 11:59 am

    My mom bought Sixlets to give out, so I stole some from her last night! They are orange and black for Halloween. (I don’t buy Halloween candy b/c I don’t get any trick-or-treaters) at my place.

  • Leslie October 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I am the lame-o who buys the crap candy to give out. If I don’t, I totally eat it all before any trick or treaters could have their share. I have no willpower. So sad and ridiculous, I know. :) Loved the podcast. I laughed almost the whole time!

  • lauren October 22, 2011 at 7:54 am

    hi joy and tracy, another wonderful podcast. i’m the lauren saggio (like saj-io .. not sag-gio “shudder”!) you shouted out to at the end… totes was not expecting that as i was sitting here, enjoying some chocolate-y almond milk and halloween cookies listening to your podcast (john steinbeck what what? … sorry… love his work! :) but thanks! definitely made my morning shiny and bright. i love your podcast and can’t wait for the next one! and oh, yeah, im 21, and seriously considering being spongebob… a cute, not slutty one… or possibly a tree? or carrot or … parisian coffee-drinking bohemian poet person? but probably a moose… yeah, i think i’ll steal that. happy halloween! ~lauren saggioo :)

  • Danica October 22, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    What IS up with the slutty Halloween costumes?!?!?! I had no idea this was a thing until a few years ago- I went to a party dressed as a NUN. Full habit. NOT sexy. And every single girl there was slutted-out. Pirate. Nurse. Cop. Every. girl. there. I rocked that habit and it was awesome :)

  • erin October 23, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Aaarrghhh! You guys make me wish more than ever that we had Halloween down here in Australia. I missed out growing up! Thanks so much for your podcast, I look forward to it every week!

  • Beth October 24, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Okay, so I listen to you guys all the time and positively love you guys. You’re basically my internet big sisters. Anyway, my real life friends are wary to help me with my current love life woes so I’m going to you guys hoping maybe you can help me out.

    I started up with this new guy a couple of weeks ago and he seemed perfect. We have a million things in common and I was so tongue-tied super crushed on him so when he asked me out I was super happy. What’s more: he asked me out by offering to make me dinner. Intimate, delicious, he was a keeper in my eyes.

    Now the first date he had a few beers while I only had water and I thought nothing of it just figuring he was nervous. I know him and his friends party more than I do but again, can’t begrudge a guy for having a good time. Thing is, Sunday morning he made me breakfast and we’re eating and out of nowhere he grabs the whiskey bottle on the window sill and splashes a bunch into his coffee. Um, what? Is he STILL that nervous around me that he needs to take the edge off in the morning? What’s more, he didn’t offer it to me. Maybe he knows me well enough to know I wouldn’t be interested but now it’s the double awkwardness of he’s drinking alone at 10am even with me there.

    What are your thoughts? Is it so weird for a guy to add a little something to his Sunday morning cup ‘o joe? Am I being too uptight? Aigh! Help!

  • Sevana October 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

    You guys are awesome. I’ve been an avid listener of this podcast from day 1, and you ladies never fail to make me laugh. Like many others before me have said, I feel like I’m chit chatting with my best friends when I listen to you guys. Being a student, I’m usually too busy on Thursdays to listen to new episodes, so I have to save them for the weekend. Today, in between classes I was sitting in my car and decided to try listening to your podcast on my phone and OMG when it actually worked, I nearly had an aneurysm. My boring, in-between-class-time has just been revolutionized. Thanks for all the laughs! Keep it up ladies <3

  • Christina October 24, 2011 at 11:39 am

    My favorite costume was when I was a viking opera diva complete with horned hat, a wig made out of yarn that was made into two braids (because my real hair wouldn’t do obvi), and two balloons blown up and stuck under my dress to look like big ol’ boobies. Because opera divas have massive chesticles.

  • Becky October 24, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    My two favorite fall dessert recipes to share:
    Pumpkin Pie Cake (Eating Light)
    The only dessert my brother will eat
    Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart (Ina Garten)
    People crap their pants over this and I now have to bring TWO to my annual Friendsgiving dinner

  • zoë October 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Best sexy costume illustrations, EVER. (it gets hilarious!)

    and thanks for adding entertainment to my jogging. woohoo!

  • Caitlin October 25, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Are you ladies aware of magnetic nail polish? It’s a thing…


    a new thing for the U.S. apparently.. but I thought you might get into it. Nail polish that changes patterns when you run a magnet over it?! Come on!

  • Marilyn October 26, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Your podcast just made my night :)

  • Sumika November 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    The Saturday before Halloween I was at a bar in Santa Barbara and in walks a Sexy Panda! It was so weird. She had this pleather, thong leotard on with pantyhose, heels and a panda hat head thing. I really wish I would have thought to take a picture as evidence, I must have been in shock! Just thought I’d let you guys know that there was a sighting. Love your blogs and podcast!

  • Cayla May 1, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    The word you’re searching for is “moniker.” But “nomiker” is close!

  • jackye October 8, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Love the grey paint in the halloween mantle photos! What kind of paint is it?

  • Nutter Buttersmith October 28, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I dressed up as an M&M one year. Joy, your Ace of Spades costume made me think of that. Thanks for the laugh on my little road trip today.

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