Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bunny Bait

I cannot wait to make this adorable snack for Easter! Prep Time: 5 Min Ingredients 2 c pretzel stick 2 c rice chex 1 bag microwave white popcorn, popped 1 bag white melting candies (wilton brand sold at michael's) ------- spring sprinkles or any kind of sprinkles 1 large bag easter m&m's Directions 1 Spread 2 cups pretzel stick, 2 cups Rice Chex and 1 bag white popcorn on cookie sheet. 2 Pour melted white melting candies over mixture and stir to coat. Then sprinkle on your spring sprinkles. Do not mix after sprinkling or you will coat the sprinkles. 3 Once the mix is set, add M&M's and then package for neighbors, for a party or in individual treat bags.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Magnificent Mess of Morel Mushrooms

It's that time of the year again. Yesterday was the first time in over a week I've been able to get into the woods. The last time I went out, there were no mushrooms. Yesterday, I found around two pounds of them! Morels are the only wild mushrooms I hunt. Not even I could mistake anything else for a morel.
Actual photograph!
We had some for supper. We'll have some for supper tonight. We might have some the next night, or I might dry some for a special treat during the winter. I am happy.

Meanwhile, at my own blog, I'm posting about Miriam Makeba for today's A-to-Z Blogging Challenge post.

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

Monday, April 14, 2014

Grow your own food

Grow Your own food!
By Joyce Lavene

Gardening experts say that more people are growing more vegetable gardens than ever before. Not since the Victory Gardens of the 1940s have people planted so much lettuce instead of petunias.

During that time, fresh produce was scarce, and people grew their own, or shared plots of land and grew veggies with a group.

Vegetables aren't scarce now, but people have noticed the difference between grow-you-own, and buying veggies at the grocery store. Fresh-picked is so superior that it's like eating a whole different plant!

I'm sure most people aren't worried that there may be a shortage of tomatoes, or lettuce, but they are choosing to plant small gardens, making seed sales soar in 2013, and again this year.

Are you growing your greens?

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Perfectly Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

I've stumbled across a new blog called The Frugal Girls. It's a fun blog. It has recipes (like the one I'm getting ready to share with you), deals, crafts, tips on entertaining, and lots of cool stuff! Be sure and check it out!

Perfectly Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins


2 Cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tbsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

  • Directions

    Stir the flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.

    Add the milk, eggs, sugar, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and oil… and mix until moistened.

    Fill up muffin liners in muffin pan 3/4 full – almost full.

    Sprinkle the top of each muffin with a smidge more sugar.

    Bake at 375 for approx. 18 minutes. Recipe makes approximately 18 muffins.

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    A Book Signing of Titanic Proportions

    A stop on my family's Spring Break trip last week was the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, TN. On the day of our visit, authors were set up in various spots around the ship. All of them had written books that were based on the Titanic. What a cool place for a book signing!

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014


    Ghee is like clarified butter, only different. You make them almost the same way but, for clarified butter, you stop cooking while the milk solids on the bottom of the pan are still pale; for ghee, you let the solids toast so the finished product has a slightly nutty flavor.

    Here is a wonderful Indian Cooking site that tells you exactly how to make genuine ghee. The particularly wonderful thing about it is that it involves setting fire to a piece of paper in order to test your progress. I read that part and I was like, Oh, hell, yes!

    Meanwhile, back at my own blog, I'm posting about the Gorillaz' song "Clint Eastwood" and why it means what I claim it means, all evidence and testimony to the contrary.

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

    Monday, April 7, 2014

    from the Biscuit Bowl Food Truck - Black Olive Dip

    Black Olive Dip
    By Zoe Chase
    from Death on Eat Street
    by J.J. Cook

    Black Olive Dip

    Drain and add one 15 oz. can of large, pitted olives with two large, chopped tomatoes, four finely chopped green onions, three Habanero chilies - stems and seeds removed and minced, three TBSP. olive oil, one and one half tsp. vinegar, one tsp. garlic powder. Combine all ingredients and chill for an hour. Great on anything!