Recipes FI

An Apple a Day …

Baked Apple Bombs 4 large granny smith apples, peeled and cored 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons corn starch 1 teaspoon apple pie spice 1/4 teaspoon salt 12 caramel candies 2 eggs 1/4 cup Demerara sugar

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birthday cupcakes

Me, Me… ALL about ME!

Yep! My birthday is on Sunday, so according to the laws of the universe that means the entire weekend is focused exclusively on ME! Ha! As if that were true! Sounds nice though, doesn’t it? In reality my plans for

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mashup lit FI

Literature Classics meet Monsters

Last week I highlighted novels mashing together Jane Austen with monsters of one sort or another, adding a bit of fun with two titles fabricated by me. Hehe…. That post is here: Austen Monster Mash and the fake titles & authors

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Excerpt FI

A Thriller, Chiller Excerpt

As a follow up to last week’s blog post on magic lantern and Phantasmagoria history, I am sharing the excerpt from My Dearest Mr. Darcy where Darcy and Lizzy attend a performance while on holiday in Norfolk. So turn off

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Recipes FI

Squash It!

Autumn Squash Soup 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped (or 20 oz package precut) 1 tablespoon canola oil salt and pepper to taste 1 15 oz can pumpkin 1 cup vegetable broth 1 cup apple cider 1 cup

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MatthewM FI

Matthew is 40 and still FINE!

David Matthew Macfadyen was born on October 17, 1974 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, the son of Meinir, a drama teacher and former actress, and Martin Macfadyen, an oil executive. His paternal grandparents were Scottish and his maternal grandparents were Welsh. Macfadyen was brought

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Austen mashup FI

Austen Monster Mash

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Jane Austen mash-ups are everywhere! By definition, a “mash-up” is a derivative work consisting of two pieces of media conjoined together. In the Austen world this was originally attributed to movies like Clueless and Bridget

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Phantasmagoria FI

Scary Movie: Regency Style

Imagine it is 1817. You are in a theatre usually reserved for opera performances and ballets. It is pitch black with eerie music rising from the orchestra pit. You are clutching onto the armrests, or your companion, while witnessing a

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Recipes FI

Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater!

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Icing & Caramel Drizzle A cupcake that offers the best of both worlds—sugar and spice. ½ cups Vegetable Oil 1 cup Brown Sugar 1/3 cups Granulated Sugar 2 whole Eggs, Room Temperature ½ teaspoons Salt ½ teaspoons Cinnamon 2 teaspoons Pumpkin

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GothicNovel FI

Go Gothic

The word “Gothic” conjures a host of imagery to us these days. For the moment let’s set aside visions of head-to-toe black painted and garbed Marilyn Manson. LOL! Instead, let’s delve into the history so as to learn what the

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