Archive for October, 2012

Halloween – Coming Soon

Monday, October 15th, 2012

You know I haven’t baked anything for a Halloween party in what seems like forever. Looking for recipes I was amazed at some of the creations.  This is tame by comparison to many (brain cookies will be coming later if I can figure out how to show the picture).

There are different videos available for severed finger cookies on YouTube but I picked this one because I liked the instructor’s voice plus it seems pretty easy.

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Speaking of easy, this one looks extremely simple and colorful.  Just don’t hold the instructor against me.

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Do you have some great decorative desserts for Halloween? If so I would love to hear about them.

- – Leigh AAR

Rules for Life

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Every once in a while I start researching a topic and then it leads to something completely different.  This week I was all set to talk about the strength it takes to make changes in our lives.  But honestly, we all know how difficult it is do things like ending relationships, or changing jobs. Instead I got sidetracked to www.oprah.com and Rules-for-Life-After-35 by Leigh Newman and was charmed by some of  her sayings.

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Earworm of the day: Only Time by Enya

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

YouTube Preview ImageThis song is what I call an insidious earworm: It sticks to the back of your mind even after you’ve just heard the first few notes, and doesn’t leave you for days.

I don’t even particularly like this song. I understand it’s emotionally charged with memories of 09/11 for many, and for that reason I respect it. But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s the kind of song that does not appeal to me much. Still, it sticks to me like a burr whenever I hear even a snatch of it.

Yesterday, someone hummed it near me – and here is my revenge on you all: I’m giving you the earworm. ;-)

- Rike Horstmann

Wearing Pink

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Even as a little girl I was never a big fan of pink. I tend to wear mostly blues, greens, and probably way too much black and gray. But on October 1, before leaving for work, I pulled out a pretty beaded pink bracelet and put it on my wrist. I also put on a new pair of pink earrings. And I’ve done the same thing each morning since then. Because once again, it’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’m not wearing pink just to support the cause and heighten general awareness, because really, I doubt if anyone has even noticed my pink jewelry. I’m doing it to remind myself of just how far I’ve come over the last 12 years, and how very lucky I am to be a 12-year breast cancer survivor.

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Skyfall by Adele

Friday, October 5th, 2012
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On vacation in Southern Bavaria, part 3

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

12Sta072No report of visiting Bavaria is complete without mentioning the food.  It’s just that delicious! When I speak of Bavarian food, what I really mean is Southern German and Austrian food, because reciped have been traded in these regions for centuries, local cuisines have enriched each other and the result is a variety of cooking that is similar in all these areas.

I want to begin with the beer, because no proper Bavarian would dream of sitting down for a full meal without a beer. There are several sorts, most important Pils, Helles (similar to but not the same as lager), and Weißbier. For those who try to avoid alcohol, there is alcohol-reduced beer and alcohol-free beer these days. I prefer the latter; when we went to Oktoberfest last weekend and I ordered some there, my husband was quite shocked it was actually available! (more…)