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Not My Favorite 
Oct. 26, 2012 2:28 pm 
Updated: Nov. 25, 2012 10:41 pm
Halloween is not my favorite holiday!  In fact, I have only two related items of Halloween décor in my repertoire----a towel with a ghost on it and a silly ceramic witch statue I picked up at Home Goods one day.  They fit in OK with the other fall decorations I have, though, so at least my home doesn’t look bare!  I never liked dressing up for Halloween, but the food that goes with Halloween is great! 
 It's important to eat well with easy recipes.  These came in handy!
But I most certainly love the fall!  I love the shorter days and the way the candle glows in my kitchen as I put final touches on a hearty dinner.  We have a few deciduous trees in our neighborhood, and I love walking over the crunchy leaves.  The aroma of fireplace smoke fills the air, and even though I’m not a football fan, I love the sound of the games emanating from the other room.  I love sleeping in a really cold room and waking up to a cold house so that when the heat goes on I can enjoy the change in temperature.  I love seeing the photos of all the autumn leaves. 
October is birthday month here.  My oldest granddaughter just turned ten.  She starts planning her next birthday the day after the current celebration has finished up.  This year was all about a mix of Hollywood and Monster High (quite a combination).  We put up drapes in her living room entry for her stage, complete with a red carpet and Hollywood backdrop!  There seems to be something popular about mustaches this year.  Even Duck Tape has mustaches on it!   She guided me on what to do about her cake.  Just don’t look too close at it!

Hubby shares his October birthday with a very dear friend of mine.  This year we decided that we’d had enough cake and cookies, so I opted for the very famous apple pie!  It turned out very delicious!  I can see why it has a top rating here at AR!

My sister-in-law also has an October birthday.  This means shipping some baked goodies!  I also have to do some baking and cooking for the teachers where my daughter teaches 2nd grade.  And then there are those little 2nd graders—all 24 of them.  They already know they’ll be getting goodie bags to go along with their cupcakes!  I’ll be making them AllieGeekPi’s version of Sweet Vanilla Cupcakes for them.  For the teachers I’ll be making Carrot Cake III, Antipasto Squares, and Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes.
Don’t forget that October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month!  These cookies made a special gift for my neighbor who, along with her two daughters, have had to endure double mastectomies because of the gene that they carry (two have actually had the cancer.
I hope your month has been as much fun as mine has been!
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Oct. 26, 2012 2:52 pm
The pictures are great, Marianne! Your family is lucky to have such a caring and creative culinary artist!
Oct. 26, 2012 3:01 pm
That's so sweet, Bibi! Thank you!
Oct. 26, 2012 3:48 pm
Your level of love and kindness is easy to see with the gifts from your kitchen. Your family, neighbors and school children are blessed to have you in their lives.
Oct. 26, 2012 4:07 pm
It's with the friendships like yours that one is able to prosper in this life. Thank you, Marie, for all you do for all of us!
Oct. 26, 2012 4:17 pm
Hi Marianne...Great blog...everything looks scumptious!! I drove by your neck of the woods today on my way to a meeting and waved hi and bye to you....Did you hear me??? LOL!! See you real soon!
Oct. 26, 2012 4:28 pm
No! I didn't hear you! BTW, we have had a Modica's sandwich! Yum! I'll look forward to seeing you very soon! Thanks for coming by!
Oct. 26, 2012 4:39 pm
Marianne,your story and pictures are lovely,your very generous with your time,and i'm sure the teachers and students appericate all you do.I like the fall also,love the smell of our woodstove,but not so much the darn snow,that i do not like.Enjoy your weekend.
Oct. 26, 2012 4:52 pm
I agree with you! I grew up in the snow, but I don't miss it! There is a beauty about it when you don't have to drive in it. Thanks for the compliments!
Oct. 26, 2012 4:52 pm
terrific pkotos marianne! great thing you do for your daughter's birthday, her friends and students.
Oct. 26, 2012 4:57 pm
Thanks, Gary! I think it's fun, and they love the food! But they think I'm a little crazy, too! I think I'm still a step away from it myself!
Oct. 26, 2012 7:15 pm
Great pics! I especially like the sugar cookies. They look very professional.
Oct. 26, 2012 7:19 pm
Thanks, Sns! They really aren't very hard to make. I like this recipe for the cookies best but that icing!
Oct. 26, 2012 7:42 pm
I remember you and Marie C. mentioning that recipe last Christmas. Despite my best efforts, I never got around to making them, but I'm hoping to try this this year. Maybe. Perhaps. Possibly. ;)
Oct. 26, 2012 7:46 pm
They are really good! Delicate. Good!
Oct. 26, 2012 11:31 pm
Your French tart is a thing of beauty! All your goodies are lovely, but I do love apple pie. I made a note of the recipe for the KA butter cookies.
Oct. 27, 2012 4:02 am
What great pics! You are a busy baking woman in October and all you know are so lucky!
Oct. 27, 2012 4:23 am
Your pictures are beautiful along with the mustachioed girls!! I, too, love fall.. and can't wait for it to get here in Florida :)
Oct. 27, 2012 5:21 am
October is a busy month for you! I love the birthday party, complete with a stunning cake and cookies too. Thanks for sharing with us.
Oct. 27, 2012 6:58 am
Thanks, BigShotsMom! I'm not normally a cooked apple eater, but this one and also weeble's apple crisp cups---yum!
Oct. 27, 2012 7:00 am
Mother Ann and Baking Nana, yes! It's a very busy month! And it's not over yet. But this is what I get to do now I'm retired! Cindy, I just hope you all stay safe this next week! Thanks everyone!
Oct. 27, 2012 9:40 am
Oh My Gosh Marianne, where do I begin? You make me want to make every single recipe. Those photos are so appetizing. I think I'll try the Bacon & Caramelized Rolls for Sunday dinner. I love the Birthday cake! Wow-zer, you can certainly see that you put lots of love (and work) into decorating it. What lucky GrandGals you have! I especially love the Ribbon of Hope cookies. They are beautiful and inspiring. October seems to be a very busy month in our family too. We have birthdays, anniversaries, plus it's hunting season, football and the beginning of the holiday season. Jeez, I'm already tired. LOL! Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your life with us.
Oct. 27, 2012 10:27 am
Thanks, Candice! Those cookies would have a lot of meaning for you! Bobbi and her daughters are doing fine right now, btw. I do love the fall. I actually love everything about it except for Halloween and Santa Ana winds! Thanks for coming by!
Oct. 28, 2012 8:09 pm
Wonderful blog Marianne. PS Am I the only one who dreads the coming of winter?
Oct. 28, 2012 8:13 pm
I love winter. Sorry, mauigirl. I don't like summer clothes. I like being cold much of the time. Weird, huh?! I understand why you loved moving to Maui and why you live where you do now, too! Just not me. The only thing is that I love being able to be outside any day--just as long as I can have it be cool.
Oct. 30, 2012 7:48 am
What a loving and caring woman, wife, mother, grandmother, sister-in-law, friend and all-around fine example of an Allstar Ambassador you are. It is such a blessing to see someone that embraces their life and family with love.
Oct. 30, 2012 1:19 pm
I am so happy I decided to check in today on this blog! Thanks for such a very sweet message to me! I'm the lucky one!
Oct. 30, 2012 7:36 pm
Marianne, you are indeed a wonderful Grandma!! Love all your pics and the stories about all the're sure a busy lady!!
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Oct. 31, 2012 7:49 am
Everything looks delicious!
Oct. 31, 2012 9:39 am
Lovely blog! I love the colors of fall! I sure wish I could decorate cookies that pretty.
Oct. 31, 2012 5:41 pm
I just got paid $6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that's cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $9k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do,
Nov. 1, 2012 4:55 am
Marianne, whew, it looks like October was a busy month for you. I welcome fall every year as much as you do. Our low temps finally dropped into the upper 50's a couple evenings, so I could smell fireplace smoke outside, as well. Your photos look amazing, and I'm thrilled that you tried and liked my MIL's bean soup. As always, great blog.
Nov. 1, 2012 11:44 pm
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Nov. 7, 2012 5:58 pm
My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do,
Nov. 25, 2012 10:41 pm
This picture made me smile! I love the colors of the decor. What a fun Mom you are. So you basically made the marshmallows and the caramel corn and added M an Ms? What else did you include? Thanks for sharing this.
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About Me
As a child of Swedish parents who always cooked, I have always loved to serve up my love to others through food--just like my folks. Most of my favorite family memories are a result of meals, families sitting around the table talking, parties with good food, good wine, sparkling conversations.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite foods depend on the time of year, the occasion, and my hankerings. I'm easily coerced into changing my mind by mere suggestions (I am Libra rising): a bit of meat--yum; a pancake--I'm ready; potatoes--now what! Desserts, well, that's a whole new ball of wax! Whew!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Swedish pancakes are really a trademark I copied from my mother. These crepe-like pancakes are cooked on a cast iron griddle, spotted with sour cream and jam, rolled up and then sprinkled with syrup. I dare you to eat just one!
My cooking triumphs
When I cook vegetables and am actually able to eat them, I consider that to be a triumph! I grew up with a botanist father who grew EVERY single vegetable possible and could NOT for the life of me eat them. I'm the only one of four children who would sit at the table for hours until I finally convinced them I wouldn't eat. Now, only a few, and then mostly only raw.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married more than 40 years ago, I bought a bag of peanuts from someone "giving" them away for some charitable organization. Naive, yes. I made a meatloaf (supposedly a very good recipe) using those stale, sour nuts and ended up throwing the "result" against the sink when my husband suggested that perhaps this was not really an edible meal. I have since learned better ways to handle disappointments!
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