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The Hunting Widow Re-emerges! 
Oct. 28, 2012 10:19 am 
Updated: Oct. 29, 2012 4:03 pm

So....... Each year the onset of Fall and appreciation for the cooler weather stirs good feelings among us all. Yours may be different than mine, but it seems each of us is thrilled to finally get a break from the Summer heat.

For me, my first thought is Football! College football, specifically - no, specifically, it's SEC football. I love SEC football, and if I'm honest, it consumes most of my Saturdays in the Fall. I know, I know, YOU don't care about football in the least. That's OK, I'm not really going to talk about it. Just giving you an idea of where I'm coming from.

Last weekend I made Karo's Classic Caramel Corn Treat Bags (< ). Actually making caramel corn had literally NEVER crossed my mind! And my sister LOVES that stuff (and spends A LOT of money on it)! I honestly felt like a dufus after finding how easy it was to make (but I digress). I took everything over to a friend's house where we were getting together, you guessed it, to watch Football! All the kids (big & small) really got a kick out of making their own snack mixes. I had little bowls of M&M's, mixed nuts, candy corn, Jelly Bellys and Craisins. Then I had a stack of larger cups so each person could add the "fixins" as they liked.

Now mind you, my Dear Hubby wasn't even there. HE was in the woods. Bow Season started a few weeks ago, which means I won't see him much on weekends for the next couple of months. See, there's another thing I think about with the change in weather. Remember the old saying, "Give a man a fish & you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish & you get rid of him on weekends"? The same applies to Hunting.......Hello, Fall! 

And yet another Fall agenda item popped up too. The company I work for provides employee benefits for a number of State Govt Agencies, and October - December is open-enrollment season. That means I'll be out enrolling a lot of the time. 

This year I'll be spending the week of Halloween in a hotel 2 hours from home and I'll have to be on location for that enrollment by 6:30am each morning. So I started thinking - these sort of snack combos would be great 1) for DH to take to deer camp - I know they like to keep snack things with them in the stands - and 2) for ME to take to snack on in the hotel or if I have to miss lunch! Oh, the wheels got to turning................

This weekend I made more Classic Caramel Corn for DH. I also made Rosemary Roasted Cashews and a twist on a classic cereal-mix sort of thing. I also made biscuit sandwiches with ham & cheese for those early mornings and hard rolls with salami, pepperoni, havarti & butter. I've wrapped all the "sammies" individually & then put in larger bags - one for me, and one for Hubby. I've made myself smaller bags of caramel corn & cereal mix & leaving the rest so he can doctor them up however he chooses. At least I know he won't starve while I'm out of town and he's all on his own out there in the woods. Next time I see him - he's gonna have to fix me a Steak! 

So whatever the colder weather brings for you, I hope you enjoy it - and like the Boy Scouts, Be prepared! Even if it's just for snack time. Happy Fall, everyone!!!

Classic Caramel Corn
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Caramel Corn Treat Bags
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Cereal Snack Mix
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Salami Snack Sammies
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Breakfast Biscuit Sandwiches - Wrapped & ready!
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Oct. 28, 2012 2:15 pm
Very nicely done,happy fall to you to.
Oct. 28, 2012 2:27 pm
Thanks, manella - and to you too!!
Oct. 28, 2012 5:39 pm
hi staci! yep, tell a man he can't and he will. i'm in the fishing crowd. i was the chaperone at the redneck round-up again this year...but next year! hope all goes well in meridan. the pictures are terrific...certainly the time to gnaw on something good while i watch my dawgs hurt the sec.
Oct. 29, 2012 4:03 pm
Aw, now Gary! MY dawgs are under-rated (lol). We Needed you as chaperone - yes sir - Next Year! Next year we'll make sure some REAL Adults come too!
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About Me
I'm not so much a person who loves to Cook, as a person who loves to EAT!!! I'm "born & raised" in Mississippi, though I've lived other places and am thrilled to be back. Married to a good ol' country boy - Jim, aka "Redeye" - who's reluctantly become a good daddy to my sweet kitty, Tallulah Belle.
My favorite things to cook
Gosh, there are lots..... Gumbo (Yum!)or anything Cajun/Creole, pasta, grilling. I don't really bake, but that's because I don't have much of a sweettooth. Bring on the potatoes & gravy, please!!
My cooking triumphs
I'm most proud of our two-year run at the Ducks Unlimited duck gumbo-cookoff here in Jackson, MS. We won people's choice each year and had a ball doing it!
My cooking tragedies
Well, there have been several.... but the worst? The absolute WORST? That would have to be the first time I tried Chicken 'n Dumplings. I was in college & had my grandmother (Nanny) on the phone giving me her instructions, and well, you know how "they" are - "a little of this, not too much of that" - that's about the best you get as far as measurements go....... SO, first she forgot to mention I needed to use PLAIN flour (not self-rising), and she said to mix in shortening..... That's about the time they had just started making butter-flavored Crisco. And of course, I thought, well heck..... If regular's good, wouldn't butter-flavored be Better?..... Suffice it to say I ended up with a big pot of almost Neon-Yellow MUSH!!!! Seriously frightening stuff!!! I was horrified and my boyfriend & roommates were none too impressed. I guess that's why Domino's does such a good business. Oh well, lesson learned. BTW - my great-aunt later taught me how SHE made dumplings! Now I'm an expert, lol.
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