Thursday, October 30, 2014

#3OnThursday - Halloween Costumes!

Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons. As much as I love summer and as much as I love the snow in winter (you know, until we've had 5+ days of below-zero temperatures), there is something about the scents of budding flowers and growing grass...and of burning leaves and pumpkin everything that I can't get enough of. So much that I decorated our house this year before Labor Day. And I bought my first package of pumpkin spice M&Ms. I am a Fall addict.

Which brings me to this weeks 3 on Thursday - Favorite Halloween Costumes!

I loved dressing up for Halloween as a kid - I can remember being a Roller Derby Girl, I'm pretty sure I was Super Girl one year and (of course) I was a cowboy just like my older brother a few times. But over the years I've had three favorite costumes:

3. Lucy Van Pelt - I love the Peanuts gang ... a couple of years ago bebe wanted to be Snoopy for Halloween, and I decided it would be fun if the three of us dressed up - so RadioMan went as Charlie Brown and I was Lucy Van Pelt - complete with polyester blue dress. We had a ball ... unfortunately I only got pics of bebe. There's one right there:

2. Strawberry Shortcake. I think I was about 7 when I went trick-or-treating as Strawberry Shortcake. I'm not sure why I chose that costume because I was never really a Strawberry fan...but I loved that costume, even the plastic mask that made it hard to see.

1. Wonder Woman - again with the hard-plastic mask that made it hard to see...I had the gold bracelets, the short-shorts and a t-shirt made to look like Wonder Woman's bustier. Man, was I styling! Well, for an 8 year old!

If you're celebrating tomorrow night, have a wonderful time - and be safe!!

What about you? Did you have a favorite Halloween costume from your younger days? And, do you still dress up? 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

#TastyTuesday - Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Y'all know by now my affinity for crockpot meals...well here comes one more. It's really warm on the NorthCoast today (and yesterday), but this is the perfect soup for a chilly day in the fall and's warm and hearty and it makes the house smell so good!

Here we go: Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup


30 ounce bag of frozen hashbrowns (I like the cubed kind, you could also cube 1.5 pounds of raw potatoes)
28 ounces of chicken broth (you can sub veggie broth nicely)
10 ounce can cream of chicken soup
1 tablespoon minced onion (i like the dried stuff, primarily because I hate mincing raw onions. If you don't like onion, just leave this ingredient out)
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
8 ounces cream cheese, softened (don't skimp, use Philadelphia brand)
5 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled (don't substitute packaged bacon bits, bake/cook it fresh)
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (velveeta will work in a pinch)

In the crockpot pot mix together the hashbrowns, broth, soup, onion and pepper together. Cook on low for 5 hours and then stir in the cream cheese. Cook 30 minutes longer. Dish up, using the bacon crumbles and shredded cheese as garnish. Serve.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

#3onThursday - Can't Be Without Authors

I posted on WordWranglers earlier this week about a few of the books that I adored growing up. Which got me thinking about the books (and authors) I adore now. Which made me ask myself this question: If I were stranded on a desert island and had the books of only three authors, which three would they be?

I wondered if, perhaps, I could Stephen-King-inize myself and bring along the authors so they'd have to keep writing new books for me to read, a'la Misery....but that's kind of cheating. Plus, I don't want my favorite authors to think I'm stalkery or anything. I probably just killed that by mentioning Misery...

Anywho, without further ado...this 3 on Thursday celebrates three of my favorite authors. Here we go:

3. Laura Ingalls Wilder: I know, I know. She was a middle grade writer. I don't care. I love the Little House books...all of them. Plus there are 9 and that would take me a little while to get through. And then there is Laura's diary, which would have to be included. And maybe a biography, too, to keep me entertained. Plus, you know, if I'm stranded on a desert island, I could read between the lines and figure out how Pa would build a shelter...and then I could build my own.

2. Jayne Ann Krentz: Just the Jayne Ann books. I know, I know, she has several pseudonyms, and I love them all, but the Jayne books are my absolute favorites. She has a way with characterization that blows me away. These are books that I can sink into and get really lost...and after a few days of being stranded on that desert island, I'm going to need some civilization to escape into.

1. Anne Rivers Siddons: Anne writes with amazing emotion; she has this ability to draw me into a story so much that, even after I've finished the book, the characters are still alive for me. Sometimes a year or two later I'll wonder 'what is ___ doing now?' and I always hope that maybe she'll release a sequel to my absolute favorites...even a short story.

I have a lot more favorite authors. Y'all know my addiction to Nora Roberts and my love for Louis L'Amour...and then there are my writer friends Liz Flaherty, Christine Warner, Sharon Cullen, Nicole Flockton, Holley Trent, Melinda Dozier, Elley Arden, Margie Senechal, Nan Reinhardt - and the list goes on! - who floor me with their ability to tell a story, draw a character and make a book come to life. If I had to be stranded on a desert island I'd wish for all the books, from everywhere...What about you? Which authors or books would you take with you?