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Sunday, October 31, 2010

HALLOWEEN CANDY!

My favorite Halloween candy is listed below. I did not rank them because I love them all equally - like children. I stopped at seven so that I would not bore you. What's your favorite?




1. Miniature Snickers
2. Miniature Baby Ruth 
3. Malted Milk Balls
4. Laffy Taffy
5. Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
6. Twix
7. Heath Bar

Thursday, October 21, 2010

WHAT TO PAIR WITH CHAMPAGNE?

?I was reading an article in my O, The Oprah Magazine this week titled, “Six Wine Myths Debunked” by Lettie Teague. Myth three was the belief that caviar is a perfect match for champagne. However, I learned two interesting realities. One, the best match for champagne is potato chips. Two, it is brilliant with fried fish or fried chicken because of its acidity according to Ms. Teague. She should know; after all, she has been writing about wine for more than 15 years. Are you just as amazed as I am?

When you ring in 2011 with champagne, make sure you have chicken, fish, and potato chips on the menu. Then impress your guess with this tidbit. They may not believe you, but hey, they will enjoy their feast.

What do you like to match with champagne? I love to eat strawberries and chocolate - what can I say. Bon Appétit!


Source: October 2010 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine

Thursday, October 14, 2010

13 DESSERTS MARCUS CLAYTON LOVES



By Guest Blogger - Avah LaReaux

1. Strawberry ice cream
2. Cheesecake
3. Peach cobbler
4. Coconut spiced ice cream
5. Sweet potato pie
6. Cinnamon rolls
7. Chocolate chip cookies
8. Rum cake
9. Triple chocolate fudge cake
10. Creme Brulee
11. Banana pudding
12. Bananas Foster
13. Three-stage Bomb Pop


Coconut Spice Ice Cream Recipe
¼ cup sugar
2 cups coconut cream
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 ½cup heavy cream
½ cup coconut (finely shredded)
¼ cup coconut flavor Puerto Rican Rum (Capt. Morgan Parrot Bay)
¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Mix sugar, 2 cups of coconut cream, add the sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, shredded coconut, coconut flavor Puerto Rican rum add in the nutmeg and vanilla and cinnamon. Transfer the mixture to a Ice cream maker. Freeze garnish with sprinkle of almonds mint leaf and stick of cinnamon.

Bio: Award-winning saga fiction writer, Avah LaReaux, is the author of the Lost & Found saga series for which What’s Done in the Dark, Song of the Siren, and Bastards are the first three releases. Avah pens stories centered around everyday characters under extraordinary circumstances, with plots that have all the drama of a T.V. series, in book form. Enter the mind of Avah LaReaux at http://www.avahlareaux.com/.





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Sunday, October 10, 2010

NATIONAL ANGEL FOOD CAKE DAY!

I must admit that I have never made angel food cakes. Matters of fact, I rarely eat them. I need flour and egg yolks in my cake. Angel food consists of sugar, cream of tartar, egg whites, vanilla extract, and salt. It is usually baked in a tube pan and the sponge-like texture is served with berries and whipped cream. Some historian believed that African-American slaves, due to the strength required to whip the air into the whites, baked the first angel food cakes in the South. How cool is that little known history fact!?! I learned something by writing this today. I hope you did by visiting.

Do you like angel food cake? What do you like to eat with yours? Bon Appétit!




Saturday, October 2, 2010

13 TIPS FOR WRITING A LOVE LETTER!

When I first thought about writing this piece, I was simply going to list 13 tips for writing a love letter. I came up with only 10, so I posed the question to my Facebook Fans for the rest. Their answers varied. What I found fascinating was that folks assumed the letter was for a male- companion/friend/husband, or lover. Why do men get all the love? I feel affection for all sorts of people and I rarely let them know. Therefore, this year, I am writing love letters to my family and friends for the holidays – my gift to them.  I want them to cherish the letters and hold the words close to their hearts. After all, tomorrow is not promised and sometimes the words come too late.

Below are the thirteen tips. Do you have any others? Whom are you going to send a letter?

1. Handwrite it. (No spell check, you might have to breakout the dictionary.)
2. Make it legible. (If you have to, print.)
3. Use complete sentences. (No texting)
4. Keep it short.
5. Write on stationery paper. (The dollar stores have some great selections.)
6. Date the letter.
7. Use terms of endearment. (Baby Girl, Beanie Weenie , Sugar Dumplings, etc)
8. Compliment them on their attribute. (e.g., beautiful smile, sense of humor, etc.)
9. Tell them specifically what you love. (e.g., I love the way you tuck me in each night and kiss my forehead.)
10. Say, “I love you.” (Somewhere, anywhere, just include it.)
11. Mention experiences/events, which deepened your bond - thanks Marcie.  (It could be something they did not know or may have forgotten.)
12. End with a personal closing salutation (e.g., yours truly, love, warm regards, etc)
13. Sign it.  (This makes me think about an episode of Three's Company when...well, you get the idea.)