Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Ready to go trick-or-treating with us?!

Let's go! Our first stop, of course, is the spooky old Victorian mansion where the librarian used to live. She haunts the place now, but, fortunately, she has wi-fi, so we can access this link to get a free tale (or two) of horror!


The wind is picking up a little as we wander on down the street to Mr. Food's house. "Hi, Mr. Food! Trick-or-Treat!"

He drops something into our bag and says, "Oooh, it's so good!"

What did he give us? A Halloween cookbook!

"Thank you, Mr. Food!"

We stumble a bit on the cobblestones as we hurry along to the home of Miss Demeanor, the retired, spinster school teacher. She gives us a list of links to Halloween printables. Red, yellow, and rust-colored leaves blow across our path as we yell our thanks over our shoulders to Miss Demeanor and make our way to the next house. We knock on the door and Professor Picklesby answers.

"Trick or treat, Professor! Do you have anything for us?"

"Of course, I do!" The professor smooths his bushy white mustache. "I have information for you! If you'll walk two blocks down and then take a right, you'll be at the Krispy Kreme doughnut shop. Since you're wearing costumes, you'll get a free doughnut!"

"Wow, Professor! Thanks!"

"That's not all. The kids can get free pancakes from the iHop across the street from the Krispy Kreme. In fact, lots of restaurants are offering free kids' meals!"

"Thanks again!"

When we get to Lisa Hall's door, she surprises us with THIS!





Yikes!!! We run to the  next house, where we see lights flickering in the basement. We slow our steps. Could this house be haunted? Nah, it's just Norman working on the computer. 

Before we ring the doorbell, he opens the door--he saw us on the surveillance camera--and hands us a sheet with a link to game downloads

"Enjoy," he says, as he closes the door. We hear his footsteps receding. 

We see that it's getting late, so we sprint to get our free doughnut before the shop closes. And when we get home, I think we should check out one of my favorite "horror" movies, Tucker and Dale Versus Evil on Netflix!

Happy Halloween!!!!



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pretty and Not-so-Pretty Pumpkins

I made a pumpkin cake this weekend. Looks-wise, it was an epic fail. Taste-wise, it was a winner. On the other-hand, our real pumpkins look awesome! I have to confess; my husband is mostly responsible for the beautiful, real pumpkins. Maybe I should have him decorate my cakes!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Big Ugly Spud

I went to Magna cum Murder mystery festival in Indianapolis, Indiana this past weekend, and, as always, had a blast. Among other things, you get two lunches, a banquet, and a reception over the weekend.

BUT, you're on your own on Friday evening.

So my friend and I went to Dick's Bodacious Bar*B*Q. Yes, I fell off the turnip wagon. And it started out so well, too.

Have you ever heard of smoked potatoes? We never had, so we ordered them. Then we decided to go "Hoss" on 'em. Here's how that goes: They cook the potato in a smoker, then finish 'em up in the oven. Split 'em open and smother 'em in shredded cheese, ranch beans, sour cream and your choice of meat. T got brisket and I got pulled pork.

Highly recommended.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Friday, October 24, 2014

Trisha Yearwood's Crock Pot Chocolate Candy


 Crock Pot Chocolate Candy

2 lbs (36 oz) salted dry-roasted peanuts

4 oz (4 squares) German's sweet chocolate

1 12-oz package semisweet chocolate chips (about 2 cups)

2½ lbs white almond bark


1. Put the peanuts in the bottom of a 4-quart slow-cooker. Layer the chocolate over the peanuts, beginning with the sweet chocolate, followed by the chocolate chips, and then the almond bark. Set the temperature on low and cook for 3 hours. Do not stir the mixture.

2. After 3 hours, stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until smooth. Drop the candy into cupcake pan liners, using about 2 tablespoons per liner. Allow the candy to cool completely before removing the cupcake liners. Makes 30 to 40 pieces.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tail End of Summer #food

There's only one more week of the farmers' market in our town, and I'll be away, so last Saturday was my final foray. Pickings were mighty slim, but we had a nice doin's out of it anyway.
Green beans and red potatoes, boiled and buttered, and okra tossed in olive oil and seasoned salt and roasted until crispy.

OH, yeah!

Farewell, fresh food, farewell! I'll meet you again, my summer love, in May, same time, same place.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

An International Event

Once a month, ladies meet at our church for an evening of fellowship, worship, support, and food. Last night our theme was " It's a Small World". There was food representing Mexico, Italy and America. Everyone signed up for food by country; so we had an equal representation of the various foods. Some of my favorites were: empanadas, bruschetta, and guacamole. Wouldn't this be a fun theme for a potluck, tailgate or children's party? What is your favorite international cuisine?