• cooking,  Halloween,  holidays,  recipes,  vegan,  vegetarian

    Spooky OREO Spiders and Eye-Popping Fanta Punch

    (This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpookySnacks #CollectiveBias)

    Spook up your Halloween bash with these Spooky OREO Spiders and Eye-Popping Fanta Punch! #SpookySnacks #CollectiveBias

    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.

  • books,  Top Ten Tuesday

    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

    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!