It is officially here. Know how I know? Because I"m losing track of stuff. I'm one of those types who writes stuff down, but only as a backup, because usually I can keep track in my head. But now? Well, it's getting harder, and I can't take any risks. I'm actually having to go back and look at my notes! But it's all good- I can handle it. Been doing it a long time, so no problem!
Anyone got a Valium??
So, this past weekend was Halloween, and we were SUPER busy. My son had a band competition to go to, and the rest of us had a party at friends' house on Saturday. I cooked a whole bunch, and it was SO worth it. I even got to bring home some leftovers! I have to tell you, this cooking magazine I got last week is really fantastic- three of the four dishes I made this past weekend were out of it! America's Test Kitchen Special Collector's Edition Best-Ever Recipes has an unbelievable number of incredible, easy to understand recipes for dishes that we all recognize and are absolutely delicious. And I am not being paid to endorse this magazine at all- that is how much I love it! I have only had it just over a week, and have already made four recipes from it- all with amazing success. If I can make one point right here, right now: GET.TO.YOUR.NEWS.STAND.NOW and get a copy, because according to mine, it should only be on display until December 13. Anyway. For the party this weekend, I made two recipes from this magazine: Korean Fried Chicken, which I adapted for chicken wings, and Apple Slab Pie, which is an amazing glazed apple pie made in a rimmed baking sheet, the equivalent of two regular pies. Both are somewhat labor-intensive, but so, so good! I encourage everyone to get a copy of the magazine. I look forward to trying many other recipes in it in the future.
Another dish I made for the party was one of my own design, a Halloween trifle. I found this fantastic Halloween cake mix that was orange (colored, not flavored) with a fudge swirl, and that is what I used as the base. I layered chunks of the cake with Cool Whip, chocolate pudding, and crushed Butterfingers, topping it with Cool Whip decorated with chocolate syrup. I *attempted* to make a spider web design...but what can I say- I'm not much of an artist! Here is my final product:
My exciting craft-related news this week is that I will have a table at a holiday bazaar that is put on by a friend of mine and her friend every year. It is coming up this Saturday, so I don't have much time to prepare! I got a table cloth and some decorations for my table, and hopefully I will have enough inventory to make it worth everyone's while! I am really looking forward to it. I enjoy shopping at this bazaar every year, so am really excited that I get to sell there this year!
I am trying to catch up and am still planning a giveaway, so don't think that I forgot! Soon, I promise!