You’ve Been Tagged! Halloween Tag

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October is the perfect month to get to know my fellow bloggers a bit better! So, consider yourself tagged for this fun Halloween survey. 🎃

 

  1. What scent sets the holiday mood?
  2. Favorite Halloween Fun Size Candy Bar?
  3. Favorite Halloween movie?
  4. Favorite seasonal sweet?
  5. What toppings are on the perfect candy apple?
  6. What’s your favorite costume you ever wore on Halloween?
  7. Most enjoyable fall tradition?
  8. Pumpkin Patch Hayride or Haunted Hayride?
  9. What song is a must for a Halloween Party Playlist?
  10. Favorite Halloween Monster: Dracula, Frankenstein, etc.?
  11. Cider or Cocoa?
  12. Scary movies or Scaredy cat?
  13. Pumpkin Spice: Yum, or Yuck?
  14. Which is scariest: Spiders, Zombies, or Clowns?
  15. Best find in your Trick or Treat bag?
  16. Worst thing to get in your Trick or Treat bag?

Here are my answers:
What scent sets the holiday mood?
Cinnamon Spice! I love the brooms, pine cones, candles, and anything else I get my hands on. 

Favorite Halloween Fun Size Candy Bar?
When it comes to chocolate, it’s impossible to pick a favorite. Snickers, KitKats, Peanut M&M’s, Heath…they’re all good.
Favorite Halloween movie?
Family Favorite- Hocus Pocus. I adore scary movies, too…not gory, but one with a good suspenseful plot, and a dark and stormy feel to it, is perfect!

Favorite seasonal sweet?
Chocolate Covered Apples
What toppings are on the perfect candy apple?
Chocolate, Caramel, and Crushed Peanut Butter Cups. (I have chills thinking about it).

What’s your favorite costume you ever wore on Halloween?
Wonder Woman (Because nobody messes with a super hero’s candy).

Most enjoyable fall tradition?
Finding the perfect pumpkin to carve in the pumpkin patch…then, buying a cheap replacement at the grocery store, because the other one is too perfect to carve. (It will look so perfect with the Thanksgiving decor).

Pumpkin Patch Hayride or Haunted Hayride?
Pumpkin Patch. Yes, I like a good scare…from behind the tv screen, where zombies can’t grab me and pull me into the dark forest- to the chain saw shed.

What song is a must for a Halloween Party Playlist?
Monster Mash

Favorite Halloween Monster: Dracula, Frankenstein, other?
Frankie! He’s my favorite Halloween icon.

Cider or Cocoa? 
If I chose cider, I wouldn’t be named Agatha Chocolats. Cocoa, for sure. And bring on the whipped cream!

Pumpkin Spice: Yum, or Yuck?
Mostly, yum. Until it gets out of hand, and I’m smelling it all day in toilet cleansers and laundry detergent.

Which is scariest: Spiders, Zombies, or Clowns?
Clowns. Yep.

Best find in a Trick or Treat bag?
A Pumpkin Wrapped Lindor Truffle


Worst thing to get in your Trick or Treat bag?
Raisins.
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Your Turn! 
If you have the time to participate, I’d love to hear your answers!👻

NOW is the Time to Make Homemade Vanilla for Your Holiday Baking

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In just a couple short months, it will be holiday baking time. This year, upgrade the flavor. Instead of using generic store bought vanilla flavoring, make your own extract.

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Making homemade vanilla extract is ridicuously simple!  The recipe below is the basic recipe.  Here, we use vodka as the base, but you can use other liquors, such as rum or brandy. 

For the beans, we’ve chosen the Madagascar variety, for that classic rich vanilla flavor.  Feel free to vary it up, for your own signature blend.

 

 

Ingredients:

A 750ml Bottle of Vodka (any brand, 80 proof)

10 Madagascar Vanilla Beans ( I got mine here on Amazon).

A glass jar for storage.

 

1.  Slice the vanilla beans horizontally, exposing the seeds. Place the beans into the bottle.

 

2. Fill the bottle with Vodka, and give it a shake.

That’s it! It’s that simple.

 

 

Shake up the bottle a few times a week.  Your Vanilla Extract will be useable in 1-2 months, just in time for holiday baking! It’s best to make a batch as soon as possible. The longer it ages, the more intense the flavor. 

 

 

Top off the bottle with alcohol as needed to keep an ample supply on hand. 

 

Happy Baking!

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5 Binge-Worthy Whodunit Television Series

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I’m always on the lookout for a captivating mystery television series. I’ve certainly watched my fair share of Thrillers, Police Procedural, Detective mystery, and Crime Investigation shows.

But, my all time favorite mystery genre:  A-keep-you-guessing-till-the-last-moment Whodunnit.

If you’re a fan of mystery television, then you know that many shows are formula based. Although entertaining, you know what to expect. But, the following whodunnits, break the mold. They draw you in, and won’t let you go until you’ve watched every single episode. And even then, you’re left wanting more.


 

And Then There Were None 

(2-part series)

A remake made for television, based on Agatha Christie’s novel. You can’t beat the classic!

As the world teeters on the brink of World War II, 10 strangers are invited to isolated Soldier Island. Among them are young secretary Vera Claythorne (Maeve Dermody, Serangoon Road), soldier Philip Lombard (Aidan Turner, Poldark), General John MacArther (Sam Neill, Jurassic Park), spinster Emily Brent (Miranda Richardson, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), and Justice Lawrence Wargrave. ~Amazon 

 

Broadchurch

Two detectives – the strong yet compassionate Detective Sergeant, Ellie Miller, and the by-the-book Detective Inspector, Alec Hardy – are brought together to solve the murder of an eleven year-old boy on a picturesque beach in a small coastal town. Under the glare of the media spotlight, the two race to find the killer, while the clock ticks and the mystery deepens. As seen on BBC America, this critically acclaimed crime series stars David Tennant (“Doctor Who,” Harry Potter) and Olivia Colman (The Iron Lady, Cuban Fury). ~Amazon


Harper’s Island

This one gets a bit more gruesome then the others on the list, but oh so suspenseful!

A small group of family and friends gathers on a secluded island to attend a weeklong wedding celebration…but the island’s history as the location of a mass killing threatens the joyous event and sets the stage for a new mystery. ~Amazon

 

Secrets and Lies

 The role of the relentless detective, (Juliette Lewis), keeps suspects on their toes.

A taut psychological thriller; a nerve wracking plunge behind the curtains of suburbia. Ben is an everyday family man who find the body of a four year old boy, and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect. As his world splits apart, Ben finds himself with no choice but to clear his name.~Amazon 

 


American Gothic 

A modern whodunnit. Everyone is a victim. Everyone is a suspect. Love it!

American Gothic centers on a prominent Boston family reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery that someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string of murders.~Amazon 


 

Have you watched any of these shows? If so, I’d enjoy your feedback.

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Have a Whodunnit Mystery show to add to the list?

I’d love to hear from you! ❤️

Meet and Greet Recipe Exchange: Pumpkin

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Hello Fellow Bloggers and Bakers!

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We’re hosting another Meet and Greet Recipe Exchange

You may be asking yourself, what’s the point of participating in a Meet and Greet?

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Well, it’s an opportunity to…

  • Connect with other bloggers.
  • Gain exposure for your blog.
  • Increase your followers.
  • Discover new blogs.
  • And of course collect delicious recipes!


Each Recipe Exchange features a different baking confection or flavor.  

Now it may not officially be Autumn, but September has arrived…which means Pumpkin Spice is in the air!

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So, no surprise, the theme of this Recipe Exchange is Pumpkin.

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Ordinarily, chocolate is the star of all of the desserts on this blog. But, just this once, chocolate doesn’t have to be the main ingredient. However, we do ask that chocolate is in the recipe…we don’t want to get too crazy here, and lose focus of our priorities. Besides, pumpkin and chocolate- pure decadence!

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The Rules:

Your recipe must feature pumpkin, and include at least one chocolate element. The chocolate can be in any form, or in any amount:

  • White, Milk, or Dark Chocolate 
  • A sprinkle of chocolate chips
  • A powder of cocoa
  • A white chocolate glaze
  • A dash of chocolate sprinkles

 

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Examples include, (but are not limited to):

  • Muffins
  • Cakes & Cupcakes
  • Cheesecakes
  • Pies & Tarts
  • Cookies 
  • Cookie Bars


If you have a Pumpkin recipe on your blog, we’d love to showcase it here! Simply, post the name of the recipe and your blog link in the comment section below.

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Don’t have a recipe, but love great food? We’d love to connect with you, as well!

To gain the most exposure, be sure to add your recipes and blog link to past and future Recipe Exchanges. We’ll keep a running lists of posts.


Previous Recipe Exchanges:

Chocolate & Berries 

Brownies

S’mores

Looking forward to your Pumpkin recipes! ❤️

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20 amazing cacao facts

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Just in case you needed more reasons to eat chocolate…

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Some of these are pretty amazing. They should call cacao a super food or some thing 😉

1. Raw cacao gives rush of endorphins, relaxes muscles and boosts energy.

2. Raw cacao also contains high amounts of magnesium which relaxes your muscles. Magnesium also helps to protect against osteoporosis, reduces type II diabetes, and lowers blood pressure. Raw cacao powder (2tbsp) contains 52mg or 14% of daily value. Raw cacao nibs or beans per 100 grams contain 272 mg or 65% of daily value. The recommended RDA’s for Magnesium for a Male are 420mg and 320mg for a Female.

3. Cacao is also a source of iron, which builds the blood and helps to transport oxygen around our body, as well as potassium, copper, zinc, manganese and selenium.

4. A recent study by London’s Kingston University on cyclists also found that chocolate can make you go faster and further. Consumption…

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Top 10 Chocolate Festivals in the World: Fall 2016

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Like Chocolate? Then you’re going to Love these chocolate events! Some of the biggest chocolate festivals in the world, are happening this fall. 

 

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Top 10 Chocolate Festivals this Fall


Dallas Chocolate Festival 2016: Lights, Camera, Action

September 9th- 11th

Addison, TX

More Details here


Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival 

September 10th-11th

San Francisco, CA

More information here

 

 

Las Vegas Chocolate and Pastry Show

September 15th-18th

Las Vegas, Nevada

Details here

 

 

The Big Chocolate Show

October 8th-9th

NY, New York

Details here

 

 

The Chocolate Show London


October 14th-16th

London, England

More details here 

 

 

Eurochocolate Festival 

October 14th-23rd

Perugia (by Milan)

More details here

 

 

Toronto Chocolate Festival 

October 15th-November 6th

Toronto, Canada

More Details here

 

Salon Du Chocolat

October 28th- November 1st

Paris, France

Details here 

 

 

The Chicago Artisan Chocolate Show and Wine Tasting

November 11th-12th

Chicago, IL

Details here

 

The Northwest Chocolate Festival 

Seattle, WA

November 15th-18th

Details here

One Lovely Blog Award

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Thank you to Chewettes for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award! Chewettes is the home of tasty foods, cooking tips, and restaurant reviews. But my favorite thing about her site is the cow mascot and musings! 😉 Be sure to check out her site at Chewettes.

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Here are the rules of the award:

  • Post to accept the nomination
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blogs
  • List 7 things about yourself
  • Link to 10 blogs you nominate
  • Notify the recipients of their award
  • Post the rules


Random things about myself.

I giggle during scary movies. The more suspense, the more intense the laughter. (giphy)

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Although I didn’t live in the fifties, I adore soda shops and diners. Maybe it has something to do with the milkshakes and malts? Nah. (photo)

 

I prefer to write in a completely silent environment. (photo)

 

I find tranquility in the Mountains, particularly in the fall or winter months. (photo)

Visiting amusement parks makes me feel like an excited little kid. Maybe in part to the sugar-high. (photo)


You can never own too many hat boxes. Anything stored inside, feels that much more special. (photo)

 

I feed my chocolate obsession with related hobbies: baking, chocolate candy making, cake decorating,…and ordering off the dessert menu often.
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Now, for the nominees:

 

 

Bacon Loves Cookie

Just in Queso

Home, Hugs, and Huskies

Keralas.Live

Masala Vegan

Mindful Palate

My Thoughts

Root and Leaf

Tea is For Tina 

The Quirk and the Cool

 

Congratulations, Bloggers!! To accept the award, follow the rules above. Looking forward to learning more about you all!