I’ve had a few glasses of wine as I sit down to write this (and my O key doesn’t work well), so I’m totally Blogging Under the Influence and hope it doesn’t come out too crazy-sounding and messed up.  You’ve been warned.

This morning, Mom and I tried our new waffle maker for the first time!!


We made a practice waffle first in case there was any icky stuff on the iron surface…


…and then I made PUMPKIN FiberOne waffles!!


On one half I put my pumpkin maple sauce, and on the other side, spray butter and SF syrup.


Icky flash.  What-evs.

Flash forward to the afternoon…I’m working on birthday party stuff and listening to our football game on the radio (not televised, booo) when I remember I have this:





It was a definite impulse buy at World Market a couple weeks ago, but it was worth it!!  It was really good when it was cold but got a little bitter as it sat in my glass for awhile.  Though of course I don’t have a very effective beer glass…



It was a nifty reddish color – very Halloweeny!

For lunch, Mom and I had soup and a sandwich – bored yet?.  I made a bagel panini with spreadable brie, roasted red peppers, sundried tomatoes, and lettuce and mom made good ol’ Campbell’s tomato soup (topped with some parmesan).



The sandwich was kinda “meh.”  I wish I had had some pesto for it, but I ran out a few days ago.  Boo.  In the afternoon I made some baked apples for the first time in a loooong time.  In each one, I put some nutmeg and cinnamon, brown sugar Splenda, honey and SF maple syrup, “butter” spread, and some cranberry walnut cereal (sounds weird, I know, but I got the idea on a random website and it turned out pretty good – the cereal turned to goo).


I ran some errands, worked on some pictures, and ate a salad


It looks like a lot of dressing, but it was less than 2Tbls for sure.  It had lettuce, carrots, broccoli, black olives, French Onion salad topper thingies, and my yogurt-based ranch dressing.  This had to tide me over while Mom made Dad’s dinner (why can’t he make his own dinner, you ask?  I ask myself this all the time…), and I occupied my time by drinking this


…and taking these (with diffuser reeds in the way)…



…see what else is in the way?


A little blurry, but it’s a yin and yang set of wine bottles!  A white “Treat” and red “Trick!”  They’re “table wines,” so you know they’re pretty crappy, but I’m a fan of kitsch, and these definitely fit the bill.  Yay for World Market!!


I passed some more time drinking “Treat” and Googling (I finally changed my theme to an autumnal one!) before FINALLY making these:



Ghoulish calzones!!!  I made the vents in the dough into skull shapes, but they kinda baked together funny.  Oh well, you get the idea, and the difference helped me tell mine apart from Mom’s.  Of course I didn’t get a picture of them cut open…grrr.  In each are green peppers, onions, button mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese…mine’s got a shit-ton of black olives, too.     I really missed my AMAZING knife from my small supply of kitchenware that’s all boxed up about 6 miles away, so I bought one for Mom today at Walmart…it was cheap price-wise, but sooo much better than the knives she had.  It slices and dices like a dreeeeam!!

I’m watching Ghost Hunters (I’m a big fan, but I don’t even know if I believe in ghosts…I LOVE when science and the paranormal/supernatural combine, though…I’m a big “I need proof” person, so this is right up my alley) and sipping the remainder of my half of “Treat.”  Mom and I bought some of those new Jell-O Mousse Temptations today (60 calories apiece!) that I fully intend on trying in a few minutes, so I’ll definitely let y’all know what I think about them.

Is it sad that I’m sitting at home alone on Halloween?  Maybe a tad.  I was invited to a party/event by my BFF but decided not to go.  It was in a big field, and her fiancée's band was playing, and I knew there’d be lots of drinking and possibly smoking…you know…and I’m just not into that sort of thing.  I’d prefer to have a dinner party - people coming over to watch movies and play games, something like that - than getting shitfaced in a field with loud music.  I don’t want to have to worry about cops coming to break something up or about having to get home or about having to PEE somewhere comfortable.  Some people take personal offense that I’m not into that scene, but it really makes me wigged out, so I avoid it.  Sorry. 

What’s your ideal party?  How do you like to spend time with others?  What did you do this Halloween??

PS – Did y’all see the cast of “Glee” sing the National Anthem at the World Series tonight?  Amber Riley freaking ROCKED THAT BITCH!!!  It was kinda hard to hear the harmony except for in a couple places, but that’s ok – she did a great enough job for everyone!  I can’t wait till it comes back in a couple of weeks!!

PPS – Lofton, of course I’ll make you some apple butter for Christmas!