Fall fun and finding a treasure…

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.

The paperback is on sale now!!!

About Sally Brandle

Author, horse lover, gardener, pastry enabler, and thankful wife and mother. Very proud of both novels, The Hitman's Mistake and Torn by Vengeance, published by Soul Mate Publishing. The Targeted Pawn releases in March of 2020. Multi-award winning author Sally Brandle weaves slow-burning romance into edgy suspense, motivating readers to trust their instincts. Growing up as a tomboy alongside brothers prepared her to work in a male-centric industry, raise sons, and create action packed stories featuring strong women. She thrives on creating unintentional heroines who conquer their vulnerabilities and partner with heroes to outwit cunning villains.
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6 Responses to Fall fun and finding a treasure…

  1. viola62 says:

    I also love pumpkin and apples–in pies! Yummy!

  2. Sally Brandle says:

    Pies are always popular! I love all aspects of fall. I bought seventy pounds of Honeycrisp apples from a retired friend whose husband maintains 64 apple trees. I stewed some last night with plums. We will mainly eat them fresh, but there are pies in the future.

  3. sueberger3 says:

    Pumpkin can be tasty. Thanks for the recipes

  4. Sally Brandle says:

    You are so welcome. I love pumpkin. My family, mehhh.

  5. Everyone in my house loves pumpkin! Thanks for sharing!

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