The Potluck: October 2020

Continuing the monthly tradition, The Speckled Palate’s The Potluck: October 2020 includes a few Halloween-related products, a new kitchen appliance, some books and more. Come see my list and tell me what was on yours for October.

Collage of nine products showing what I liked during October 2020

Much like September, October inched by a little faster than the rest of 2020, which was a really nice surprise.

COVID cases are starting to climb again, which is worrying, but so far, our older one’s school is still in person. And her teachers—heck, all teachers—are angels.

While we don’t have exact Halloween plans yet, I’m hopeful that we can do something. Both girls will be witches, so they’ll be dressed to the nines either way.

Let’s talk October highlights:

  • I voted early (!!!) and waltzed right in one day after my husband waited in line for two hours to cast his ballot. I’m thankful we were both able to exercise our right to vote and that we got to do it early.
  • We’re giving our patio a facelift. In the two years we’ve lived here, we’ve sworn up and down that we would do something to make our patio more hospitable. A few weeks ago, we got our start with a rock garden alongside the house (in a flower bed that always floods) and some lights.
  • Our tenth anniversary is Friday! We’re planning to get takeout and to have a lovely date night at home. I might bake Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting to mark the occasion.

Let’s talk October action items:

First and foremost: You’re registered to vote, right? (In some states, you can still register!)

Secondly: If you’re registered to vote, do you have a voting plan? I hope you do (or that you’ve already cast your ballot). I hope that you’re paying attention to what’s happening in our country, too.

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    This said, I’m going to repeat my recommendations from last month because they both are helping me stay on top of what’s going on:

    • The Daily: I have really enjoyed the reporting and timeliness of this podcast. I highly recommend it for anyone who’d like to dive deep on an issue for 30-45 minutes a day.
    • Anti-racism Daily: Am I going to plug this every month? Probably. If you aren’t supporting this list, do it! This newsletter offers deep-dives into very specific issues dealing with race daily. I find I am learning something new most days, that these newsletters are very timely and that each one gives me a different perspective to consider, along with action items.

    Now Let’s Talk About This Monthly Love List…

    To recap, my potluck, as defined by the folks at Merriam-Webster is:

    the regular meal available to a guest for whom no special preparations have been made… a communal meal to which people bring food to share —usually used attributively ; whatever is offered and available in given circumstances or at a given time.

    Now who’s ready to see what ended up on my list for October 2020?!?

    The Potluck: October 2020

    Continuing the monthly tradition, The Speckled Palate’s The Potluck: October 2020 includes a few Halloween-related products, a new kitchen appliance, some books and more. Come see my list and tell me what was on yours for October.

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    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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