A-to-Z Foodaholic in Interactive Carnival of Art #FridayRecommends

A-to-ZYes, it’s that day again; the day I make up silly titles … I mean recommend awesome blogs and stuff!

The first is the A-to-Z April Blogging Challenge. If you have a blog, it’s not to late to sign up for the fun! And it is fun, too. You may think, “What would I write about? Who would care to hear from me every day? How could I be interesting enough, day after day?” My dears, I never let those questions bother me!


ANYWAY, the posts are supposed to be short, because there are so many participants we have no hope of all reading all of one another’s posts every day. The fun is in finding new blogs that we do want to follow after April, and meeting new online friends. It’s loverly. And, of course, you don’t have to blog in order to use the list of participants to find kewl new blogs.

For instance, Foodaholic. Maria Nasir posts the most heavenly recipes! OMG, it makes me drool, just typing this sentence. ~slurp~ I can put on ten pounds just looking at the pictures. “Love for all things yummy,” indeed! Mmmmm….

Here’s a nifty theme for the A-to-Z challenge: AJ Lauer writes interactive fiction, and she’s doing a serial interactive adventure in April! “We are going to follow a character through an adventure and my visitors every day will vote in the comments section about what direction they want to see the character go.” Fun!

Have I told you about the Carnival of the Cats? It’s a weekly compilation of links to cat blogs or posts about cats. I learned about it from the late Mr. Nikita, Mistress Elvira, and Miss Sneakers. Go take a peek!

It was through one of those links that I found Athena and Marie and their Caturday Art Blog Hop, where participants post arty photos (they don’t have to be good art!) of their cats. Amidala and Munchkin want to join, so that might happen.

Happy hopping!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Send one of your characters to a carnival.


Oh, To Be In England. Wait — I WAS #ThrowbackThursday

I’ve been to England twice, in fact: once in 1968 and once in 1991. This is a picture from — OBVS — 1968.

MA in England

in England


Dig that Carnaby Street hair. So unlike the hair of the actual British people around me.

This picture was taken by Mr. Smallcomb, the father of the family I was staying with as a cultural exchange, at a school fete (note flags flying in the background). I don’t remember any three-legged races or Mother’s Egg-And-Spoon Competitions or any of that, but I do remember some EXCELLENT ice cream with a stick of something crunchy stuck in it. Trust me to remember the food.

Mrs. Smallcomb introduced me to salmon sandwiches, probably to her dismay, because I adored them. They also introduced me to Ribena, scampi, fish-and-chips, afternoon tea, and Dr. Who (Patrick Troughton).

Mrs. Smallcomb would get up every morning and bring everybody tea or hot Ribena and toast in bed. Then she would go back downstairs and make breakfast. Spoiled them, she did. The girl my age in the family thought I was nuts to make my bed every day. That was Mum’s job. I was like, “Now it’s my job.”

What a good time I had.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What was your main character — or someone your main character knows, if your mc is too young — doing in 1968?


Crackadoos #vegan #vegetarian

Charlie was like, “Why did you do this?” And I was like, “I just wanted to.” And he was like, “Okay.”

The secret to a happy marriage: Know when to say, “Okay.”

I was staying with Mom while she recovered from pneumonia and from the upper respiratory infection she picked up at rehab, and I wanted to COOK SOMETHING. So I made crackadoos (known to most as crackers).


crackadoosSO EASY!


  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cup cold vegan margarine
  • 1/3-ish cold water

Mix flour and margarine until all the flour is incorporated but not all the margarine lumps are smoothed out. Add the water a bit at a time until you have a smooth dough. Roll the dough out VERY THIN. Cut the dough into squares or rectangles or any damn shape you please. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet. If you like, brush the top with butter and sprinkle with salt. Poke holes in the dough with a fork. Bake at 400F for about 15 minutes. Take the crackers off the sheet and cool them on a rack.

Here’s an even easier recipe from Little House Living that I might try next time. Then again, these were so yummy, I might stick with this recipe.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character makes something cheap to buy and readily available and easily done without. Why? What do others think of this? Does your character care?


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