It’s National Deviled Egg Day!

There are many different ways of making deviled eggs and people have definite personal preferences.  At my house the filling is moist (I use an olive oil based mayo), tart (we add vinegar) and bright yellow (lots of mustard). 

Our garnish of choice is paprika sprinkled over the top.  Your preference might be sliced olive, pickle or something else.  I like to use deviled eggs (and potato salad) as examples of how our thoughts, ideas and preferences are influenced by family and the community where we live.

What are deviled eggs like in your world?What about your deviled egg recipe makes it “just right” no matter what anyone else says?  Let’s talk!

What’s Fall Without Vegetable Carving?

Polski: Arbuz
Polski: Arbuz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What would Fall be without fruit and vegetable carving?  I know you’re thinking Jack-O-Lanterns, but what about carved watermelons or pineapples?  I doubt you’ve seen anything like these.  Please follow the links to see some beautiful pictures (there are a few magnificent  Jack-O-Lanterns included) and don’t forget to bookmark us before you go.

I just found one more I had to share.  If you’re not into carving check out these beautifully decorated pumpkins.  All you need is a pumpkin and a permanent marker.

Now it’s your turn.  Have you ever experimented with fruit or vegetable carving?  Or maybe you are quite accomplished in the art form.  Perhaps you have been inspired by a fruit or vegetable carving demonstration or display.  Do you have another way of decorating pumpkins?  Tell us about it.

Thought for Today

Charles Spurgeon (C.H. Spurgeon)
Charles Spurgeon (C.H. Spurgeon) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.” ~Charles H. Spurgeon

The First Pot of Chili

One of our favorite ways to welcome Fall is with the first pot of Chili of the year.  This is one of my favorites.  I call it Genie’s Slow Cooker Veggie Chilli.  Enjoy!

A big bowl of veggie chili
Photo copyright 2011 by R.A. Robbins
1 onion chopped
2 carrots peeled and sliced thin
1/2 cup lentils
 1/2 cup dry garbanzo beans (chick peas) soaked overnight and cooked
1/2 cup dry black beans soaked overnight and cooked
1/2 cup dry navy beans soaked overnight and cooked
1 cup corn kernels fresh or frozen
2 cans chopped tomatoes
1 small can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf (discard before serving)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 cups water — more if needed.
Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low all day — no less than 6 hours. Chili is better the longer it cooks. Discard bay leaf before serving.

A Great Halloween Alternative

English: United Nations postage stamp
English: United Nations postage stamp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you remember Trick or Treat for UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund)?  Perhaps you went door to door with your orange box on Halloween when you were a child.  While trying to come up with some new ideas for alternative celebrations I found myself thinking, “do kids still Trick or Treat for UNICEF?”  The answer I discovered was yes, they do.

The Halloween fundraising effort of the United National International Children’s Emergency Fund is alive and well with new ideas that don’t involve going door to door.  For more information visit the resource center at the UNICEF website.

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