Cute Halloween Food Roundup

Believe it or not, Halloween is just a couple of days away! I do love all the cute foods I’ve seen leading up to it. Here are my five favorites – simple and adorable, as always.

5 simple & cute Halloween recipes

Bat Oreo Truffles from One Sweet Appetite


5 simple & cute Halloween recipes

Sneaky Ghost Cookies from Make Me Cake Me


5 simple & cute Halloween recipes

Creepy Me Cupcakes from Sabrina Sue


5 simple & cute Halloween recipes

Mummy Rolls from Between the Kids


5 simple & cute Halloween recipes

Poppin Candy Corn Clusters from Squirrelly Minds

What are you brewing this Halloween?


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Dealing With Boastful People

When I moved back to Boston, I was excited to go back to my former hair stylist. I found that she — let’s call her Sonya — had moved to a salon on fashionable Newbury Street, so I went into the city just for my appointment. Almost as soon as I settled in to the chair, I remembered why I always used to feel wrung out after going to see her: Sonya had a very inflated sense of self.

Several times during that appointment she uttered the words, “I mean, I’m very good at what I do.” It made me feel so uncomfortable! What was I to say in response? I left the salon with a nice haircut and a vow to myself never to return to her chair.

Boastful behavior often stems from a place of insecurity. According to Psychology Today, a person may brag in hopes of leading others to think well of them. Everyone likes to brag a little — but cross the threshold and you run the risk of making the people around you roll their eyes. Hard.

The question is not if you’ll have to deal with a boastful person, but rather what to do when you encounter one.

Well, the good news is that you’re almost totally off the hook because, as Dr. Fredric Neuman points out, “Boasting is unpleasant to listen to: IT IS BECAUSE THE PERSON BOASTING IS NOT INTERESTED IN YOU.” So it doesn’t really matter what you say or do in response because, to the bragger, your reaction is basically just white noise.

You could try to bring this person’s attention to their bad behavior, but this could fuel even more narcissistic tendencies. You can walk away. Or, if you don’t have the luxury of choosing not to see this person any more, you can imagine yourself on a beach with an umbrella-adorned cocktail every time the braggart starts talking.

Do you encounter a lot of boastful behavior? What are your survival tips?

P.S. More tips on living a happier life.


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Advertise on Frock Files!

With fall settling in and the holidays on the horizon, I’ve decided to begin offering a couple of affordable advertising options. If you’re a small business owner who’s already thinking about ways to market yourself in the coming season, I’d love to have you.

To learn more about the options available, click on the “Advertise on Frock Files” button in the sidebar or just follow this link. Merchants may begin advertising at any point in the month, and ads last for a one month period. Just select the size you’d like, upload your image and link, and wait for approval. Simple!

Frock Files reaches a targeted group of readers who are interested in cooking, crafts, fashion, family, friendship, and happiness, all with an emphasis on simplicity. In other words, Frock Files readers enjoy life’s little luxuries.

Thanks for keeping in touch, and don’t miss today’s regularly scheduled post: Pumpkin Mochi!

Pumpkin Ice Cream for Pups

Puppy Ice Cream - Pumpkin

Every afternoon, I give Kona an ice cube to chase around the kitchen floor. It’s her favorite part of the day! So when the ice cream cups at the pet store caught my eye, I had an idea: puppy ice cream bites.

When she was having tummy troubles, the vet recommended pumpkin for its vitamins and fiber. Since fall is right around the corner, perhaps your pup can enjoy these as you indulge in your own favorite pumpkin-y treat.


16 oz. plain goat’s milk yogurt
1 15-oz. can organic pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
8 oz. water
½ tablespoon cinnamon

Puppy Ice Cream - Pumpkin

1. Put all of the ingredients into a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.

Puppy Ice Cream - Pumpkin

2. Pour into whatever sized containers you decide to use. Since I wanted to make small ones, I filled a candy tray and a mini muffin tin. For mini muffin tins, be sure to use cupcake liners, or you’ll never get them out!

Puppy Ice Cream - Pumpkin

3. Freeze for at least five hours.

Puppy Ice Cream - Pumpkin

4. Take the ice cream treats out of the freezer. If you’ve used cupcake liners, allow them to thaw for 3-5 minutes if they’re stuck. Get your pup to do a trick then reward her with her ice cream!

It’s always a good idea to talk to your vet about any new foods you introduce to your dog. My vet recommended goat’s milk because it has a lower lactose content and pumpkin for fiber (and flavor), but your dog may have different dietary constraints.

Something Happy for Your Monday

Well wouldn’t you know, it’s Monday! I know, I’m feeling it too — that aching desire to crawl back under the covers and transport in time back to Sunday morning. Since I haven’t finished building my time machine yet, the best I can do is give you something to make your day a little brighter. I saw this video over the weekend and thought, “Well, that’s probably the first time I’ve ever listened to the pre-boarding announcement.” If only it were always this good.

I’m all about using our strengths to make life better. So this week, maybe you can take five minutes to think about what your gifts are and how you can share them with the people around you. Not only will it make mundane things a whole lot more interesting, but it will also create better connections. And that, I think, is what it’s all about.

What are your hidden talents?

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