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If You Could Live in Any Cartoon Universe….

Which One Would You Pick?

FridgeImagine for a moment you’re standing in front of your fridge. It’s late at night. Your eyes are bleary. Your stomach’s rumbling. Last night’s taco is in there. Somewhere. So is that slice of cake from a week-or-so ago.

Cake sounds pretty good right now. Can you put the taco on the cake and call it a meal?

You open the door and, instead of leftover tacos, week old cake, some mostly unidentifiable vegetable matter in the crisper drawer and an entire tribe of salad dressings, you find a portal to another universe (no, nothing to do with that growly guy over behind the dark chocolate almond milk – that stuff’s pretty good, by the way. He’s from another other universe. Just ingore him. He’ll go away. Or fry the eggs on your counter. Whatever). It’s a cartoon universe, beckoning you come on over.

And you think, why not? It looks like fun over there. You climb over the Siracha and past the cranberry cocktail to…

Where do you go?

If you could visit/live in any cartoon universe, which one would you pick? And why?

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Legible Feasts

Delicious food and good books. My two favorite recreational drugs (Oh, and Netflix. That too). Sometimes those things come together to make for a delicious reading experience or a novel meal.

Now, while I may have run to the pantry and frantically rooted around for something – anything – after drooling on pages describing a feast at Hogwarts or King’s Landing or an impromptu meal at Kay Scarpetta’s, I’ve never actually tried to cook anything from a novel.

Until recently *blush*, I didn’t even know there were cookbooks inspired by some of my favorite stories. Much to my delight, I discovered there are quite a few tasty cookbooks, official and unofficial, born of a hungry imagination.

Here are five, for your reading and dining pleasure:

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dina Bucholz, boasting such recipes as Knickerbocker Glory, Pumpkin Pasties and Peppermint Humbugs.

The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook, also by Dina Bucholz, including recipes for Turkish Delight and Pigeon Stew with Wood Sorrel.

Food to Die For: Secrets from Kay Scarpetta’s Kitchen by Patricia Cornwell and Marlene Brown, with Kay’s Grilled Pizza and Lasagna  *drool*.

The Unofficial Recipes of the Hunger Games by Rockridge University Press, featuring Greasy Sae’s Badger Stew (yum?), Arena Beef Strips Gamemakers’ Suckling Pig.

And last, but absolutely not least, A Feast of Ice & Fire by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer, with Honey-Spiced Locusts (you may want to have a poison taster take the first bite), Lemon Cakes and Bowl of Brown (probably best not to ask).

The LiteraryTraveler also explores delicious reads: 7 Cookbooks Inspired by Literature.

Writing this post has left me hungry enough to eat an aurochs.

Of course, they’re extinct.

I guess I’ll have to make do with a taco.

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What novels leave you hankering for a bite? Have you ever prepared food inspired by your favorite books?

 

 

 

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If You Could be a Kid Again…

I found this very cute video:

And it made me wonder: If I could be a kid again for one day, what would I do?

I think I’d finger paint, watch cartoons, eat a ginormous hot fudge sundae, spin on the tire swing until I tossed my cookies and take a nap with my teddybear.

Okay, maybe not the puke part.

What would you do?

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Is Your Brain Haunted?

Do spectres haunt the halls of your mind? Rattling their ghostly chains. Footsteps echoing. The doors of your memory creaking. Moaning, wailing and generally being a pain in the posterior lobe?

Baby Bird

Lovin’ you is easy ’cause you’re beautiful. Dootin dootin doo doo…

I’m haunted by movie lines, commercials and sometimes even words (like “anesthesia”…isn’t that a weird word? Just say it a couple of times. Really draw it out. There you go. Now you know what I mean.) but mostly songs. Mostly old songs but some new. They rise, unbidden, from their graves to pester me at random moments. And believe me when I tell you that many of these spirits are malevolent, hounding me until I slip up and say whatever it is they’ve been wailing about out loud.

That’s when the real horror begins.

Sometimes it’s Ice Ice Baby. While I certainly admire the man, Robert Van Winkle has become, that song…that song really needs to be exorcised from my memory. If you were around in the days when the radio stations relentlessly played that song, you know what I mean.

And it can get so much worse. [Hit Me] Baby One More Time,  Loving You, We Are Never Ever Getting Back TogetherI’m Too Sexy, Warm it Up, Call Me Maybe and, one of the most persistent haunts, Hooked on a Feeling.

Just imagine blurting any one of these out in a crowded grocery store, walking down the street or during coffee and donuts after church. *shudder*

There are other, more benevolent, haunts of course: Beethoven’s 5th (Did I really need to link to that one? Surely that one happily haunts everyone.), Mozart’s Rondo alla Turca (yes, I’m totally dancing in my head to this one right now), Layla, The Sound of Silence,  Time After Time (What? I dig Cyndi *shrug*) and White and Nerdy.

And, if the halls of your mind are too quiet and you’ve been skull-shopping, hoping for a haunted brain pan of your own, here’s something my kiddos recently forced on shared with me:

You’re welcome.

What haunts your brain?

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Please note, no baby birds were harmed in the making of this post. The little guy (gal?) you see above fell out of his nest on a windy day. My daughter found him and our good friend, a spectacular animal whisperer, took him in and has been taking great care of him. He should be ready for release back into the wild soon.

Baby Bird 2

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Are You the Cat or the Dog?

Short weeks always make me feel a little off-balance, like I’m coming in at the middle of a season of some tv show with a complex plot line and lots of back story and everybody else gets it while I’m just floundering and I need another coffee and I think I left the light on upstairs and…

Anyway, that’s my excuse for pulling this post together at the last-minute. So, here’s a little something to (hopefully) make you smile.

And to inspire you to ask that incredibly deep, probing question, the answer to which will surely change your life and rock the world… Continue reading

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Old Favorites: Best Classic Movies

Growing up, my family instilled in me a love of old movies, especially the black and white classics. They may not have had the tech and special effects we have now but the stories stuck with you, even the silly ones. Some of them are among my favorite movies ever.

I tried to pick a single favorite and failed miserably. Heck, I can’t pick a single favorite ice cream flavor. I tend to have a range of favorites. So, here are just a few of my all-time favorite old movies (for the purpose of this article, we’ll “old” or “classic” as pre-1975): Continue reading

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Are You Geek Enough For It?

For YouTube’s Geek Week, that is.

Apparently, it’s Global Geek Week. At least, it is on YouTube. And you don’t have to be a super geek to enjoy the offerings this week.  You can enjoy an interactive adventure, go on a date with Freddie Wong, or learn how cosplay can enhance your resume .

Every day is a different geeky flavor. I’m especially looking forward to Gaming Thursday.

Whatever your inherent level of geekiness (that’s a lot of geeks in less than 100 words :)), you’re sure to find something fun. So geek it up already!

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How Do You Keep Cool?

Around here it’s been HOT. Okay, maybe not somewhere-in-the-Sahara-hot. But hot enough.

Actually, right now we’re on something of a cooling trend…only high 90s and just over a hundred on the horizon. I’m pretty sure we’ll be back up to 110 or 112+ before the end of summer though. So it’s imperative we find ways to keep cool.

While I prefer to hang out anywhere there’s a/c, other folks might prefer a little more unusual way of keeping cool… Continue reading

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Grab Your Tac Bac, Machete and…Cat?

The following post is in honor of Piper Bayard’s début novel, Firelands. If you’ve read Piper’s and Holmes’ blog, you know that any book she writes is gonna be thrilling, funny, a little scary and, well, awesome. If you haven’t read their blog, go read it. Right now. And then go get the book…or Felinius Maximus will hunt you down.

You’ve been warned.

Angry Cat

At my command, unleash hell!

Fast forward to tomorrow morning…

You wake up expecting the day to be like every other one. You’ll drag your butt out of bed, pry your eyelids open and stumble into the kitchen to throw some scalding coffee (or tea, matcha, whatever) down your gullet  along with leftovers  donuts a nourishing breakfast. Continue reading

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Is Minecraft Taking Over the World?

My kiddos have a secret language.

It bears a certain resemblance to our native English, involving words such as Creeper, Enderman, Ghast,  slime and Steve, yet remains exceedingly difficult to decipher. After exhaustive research (i.e. I asked my lovely children what the heck they were talking about), I have discovered what this language is…

Minecraftese:  (noun) a modern, rapidly evolving language spoken by cult members players of the video game Minecraft, sometimes referred to as Minecraftian or Mine Latin. Continue reading

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