Month: September 2015

Spooky OREO Spiders and Eye-Popping Fanta Punch

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I’m at a weird time in my life when it comes to planning holiday parties. Some of my friends are still child-free, while others have five-to-ten-year-olds in tow. Planning a holiday get-together, then, means coming up with a balance that will keep adults and kids alike entertained, and that’s especially true with holiday recipes! I want to serve items that look and taste good, but they still need to appeal to kids who might have a picky palate.

Since Halloween is around the corner and I’ve been thinking about having a party, I decided to test-drive a couple of fun recipes that would be kid-friendly for little guests. The best part is that you have kids of your own and they want to get involved with making snacks for a Halloween bash, these recipes are simple enough that the kids can help out in the kitchen! Read on after the jump for step-by-step instructions and more photos.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books to read if you like ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

Top Ten TuesdayThanks to the release of The Girl in the Spider’s Web last month, people are once again getting all excited about Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series. This was the series that introduced me to Nordic or Scandinavian crime fiction and thanks to my friend Katrin getting me hooked on the genre and sending me tons of recommendations on new authors and books, I’ve since found quite a few other series to love. However, I’ve realized that lots of those books might not be as well known here in the U.S. Since this week’s TTT prompt is a list of recommended reading—ten books if you liked Book X, or so-and-so popular author—you get the idea—I thought I’d share some of those series for your perusal. This list is by no means comprehensive, and unfortunately I only have seven so far to recommend, but I hope it gives you a good starting point!

1. Department Q, by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Denmark)

2. Inspector Erlendur, by Arnaldur Indridason (Iceland)

3. Thora Gudmundsdottir, by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (Iceland)

4. Inspector Kurt Wallnder, by Henning Mankell (Sweden)

5. Harry Hole, by Jo Nesbo (Norway)

6. Nina Borg, by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis (Denmark)

7. Joona Linna, by Lars Kepler (Sweden)

Thought Questions, #246-#252

Thought Questions: #246: What white lies do you often tell? "I'm fine." Most people who ask "How are you doing?" don't really want honesty; they don't want to hear that you're drowning in stress or tired or depressed or just unsure of what you're doing with your life.(Photo by Christopher Campbell via Unsplash)

#246: What white lies do you often tell? “I’m fine.” Most people who ask “How are you doing?” don’t really want honesty; they don’t want to hear that you’re drowning in stress or tired or depressed or just unsure of what you’re doing with your life.

#247: What is the biggest change you have made in your life in the last year? Finally stopped fretting about trying to fit in, and started to just be myself more. I know, by 26 you should have your shit sufficiently together to already do this, but it took me awhile.

#248: What do you understand today about your life that you did not understand a year ago? That you might as well live for the moment, because the best-laid plans for the long-term will almost certainly go awry, and then you’ll just look back with regret on all the times you might have thrown caution to the wind and enjoyed yourself.

#249: Whose life have you had the greatest impact on? Not sure? I wonder if I’ve had an impact on anyone’s life. I mean, it seems a little egotistical to say, “Why, there was this one person whose life would have been totally different without my influence. They owe it all to me.”

#250: What did life teach you yesterday? That I can’t run on four hours of sleep.

#251: Who impresses you? People with a lot of self-discipline. I tend to get pretty lazy.

#252: What have you done that you are not proud of? I suppose I would say that I’ve unwittingly hurt people close to me, simply because I was too self-absorbed to think through my actions and see how someone else might interpret them. I think we’ve all done that from time to time. But I don’t have anything shocking like a car theft to confess to!

Thought Questions, #239-#245

 

Red wall and bicycle(Photo: Brennan Ehrhardt via Unsplash)

#239: What do you think about when you lie awake in bed? There’s an e-card that compares a woman’s mind to a browser with 2,857 tabs open, and I think it’s pretty darn accurate. Work, tomorrow, yesterday, chores, a book I’m reading—all of this and more shoots through my mind. At high speed. Simultaneously. I actually find the psychology of type A personalities to be very interesting, because what allows you to be incredibly successful is also incredibly crippling!

#240: What’s something most people don’t know about you? That I write! Unless they read my blog or are a very good friend, I don’t talk about it. I’m too nervous!

#241: When you have a random hour of free time, what do you usually do? Read!

#242: What makes you weird? I talk to my cat. But what pet parent doesn’t?

#243: If you could relive yesterday what would you do differently? Sleep more…I never sleep enough on the days I work.

#244: What do you do over and over again that you hate doing? Uh…go to work? Seriously, though, I have a problem with doing things that I know I’ll regret later, like eating too much dessert or staying up too late reading. Nothing hugely serious, but I do wish I had better self-discipline.

#245: Would you rather your child be less attractive and extremely intelligent or extremely attractive and less intelligent? I think this is a trick question, because of course everyone wants their child to be intelligent, yet I also know that being less attractive can cripple your ability to do anything with that intelligence if you have low self-worth, are too shy, etc. Anyway, I don’t intend to have kids. But I wonder what those of you who do have/intend to have kids think: would you hope for an average balance, or would you hope it skewed one way or the other? Why or why not?