I believe a good dose of pumpkin or apples can do wonders for the soul this time of year. Here’s a couple of ideas from the October, 2020 Better Homes & Gardens Magazine.
Yup, that’s a green bean for the stem and sage for the leaves.
It’s worth experimenting on a dab of the cream cheese, cheese, pumpkin, and butter mixture by adding different spices. Nutmeg, pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, and a dash of turmeric might be a sweeter blend to serve on a buttery cracker, apple or beet chips.
Pumpkin’s not for everyone. I like the shape, so I may remove the pumpkin and add in crumbled smoked salmon, dill, and thyme instead of the sage.
What are your thoughts? And if you bake bread or can purchase unbaked, frozen (thaw, rise, and bake) rolls, flatten the dough balls out a bit after thawed, and cut 1/4″ pumpkin creases in before letting them rise. Brush them with a bit of reduced apple cider (glaze) after you pull them from the oven. Yum.
I won’t be hosting my usual pumpkin carving party this year, but I may make a few of these spooktacular beauties for the kids-at-heart in my household. https://www.bhg.com/recipe/candy/shrunken-heads/
Martha Stewart also gives a version of this creation along with a punch recipe on her website.
On the writing front: Here is 1937 Batavia (now Jakarta), Indonesia. It’s the setting of the book I’m working on–my dear friend Iris’s real life story. She remembered the name of the private club her parents belonged to, The Harmonie. Searching for a photo on the internet I’ve been in contact with a history buff in the Netherlands. He’s providing me with wonderful photos to aid in descriptions. Pictures reveal the nuances of life.
And finally, a heartfelt thanks to those of you who voted in the Uncaged Magazine Raven Awards. I ended up in Facebook jail three times for making positive comments when other authors won! What an honor to have The Hitman’s Mistake, my first book, win. I can’t wait to see how Torn by Vengeance and The Targeted Pawn fare after they are reviewed.