Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hodgepodge Questions - Volume 196

This week's Hodgepodge is especially fun. We've 'gone to the birds' with the questions and answers. I've also included some whimsey  about 'my staff' at the very end.   Thank you, Joyce, for coming up with such blogging fun with these clever questions! 

To link up with other bloggers who have answered these questions, click on the link below:

1. My hubs spent last weekend pheasant hunting. Are there hunters in your family? If so, what do they hunt? Which of the following have you tasted-pheasant, rabbit, venison, duck, goose? which of those would you most like to taste, or be most willing to taste?

Vegetarians keep calm and Hodgepodge on.

My husband used to hunt in the early years of our marriage, but now he's a fly fisherman. He brought home a pheasant when we lived in South Dakota and now what remains of the fowl is stuffed and on display in Beloved's study. 

2. What high spot have you visited that gave you a wonderful 'bird's eye view' of something below?

I blogged about that very subject just this past weekend.... click here to see it. Here is one of the pictures I used in that post:

I took this photo from the lookout at Castle Rock, overlooking
the Interstate and rail road tracks that run through my town

3. Do you have any birds in your home? These could be either real live pets or decorative, as in bird prints, knickknacks, fabric or pottery.

Just this one on display atop a bookcase (mentioned in question #1 above):

4. Tell about a time you "killed two birds with one stone."

Sort of like multi-tasking ... (1) vastly improving my health and (2) easily getting breakfast prepared and out of the way ... I do that by making a green smoothie in my Vitamix at least 6 days of the week.

5. Your favorite song with a bird in it's title?

Hands down, Rockin' Robin! Click here to see a YouTube video of it.

6. What most recently gave you goose bumps?

Waving goodbye to Beloved as he left for work this morning. I stood in the COLD garage and waved goodbye to him. We had our first hard frost of the season last night.

7. Halloween is this Friday ... any plans? Did you trick or treat as a child? Carve pumpkins? Share your most memorable costume.

Trick or Treating as a kid was fun for me until I got braces when I was 10 years old and then the whole candy thing changed for me. My favorite costume was dressing as a gypsy because my mother made a green vest for me with gold rickrack for decoration and I got to wear some of her jewelry and makeup.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

My long-time readers are well-acquainted with my own personal staff that helps me with housekeeping, cooking, and social responsibilities.  I don't include them in my blog posts as much as I used to because times are so truly serious that I don't want to come across as disrespectful or flip.  

But late this afternoon I remembered Jill Duggar's wedding was to be featured in a 2-hour TV special on TLC and I had wanted to watch it. (Jill Duggar, one of the children in "19 Kids and Counting."

When Kate Middleton and Prince William were married a few years ago, my staff dressed up for the occasion with fancy hats and a photo session in front of the television for the blog.  They wanted to dress  up for this wedding, too, but time was short and I needed to get started on dinner.  We have moved since the Royal wedding, so I wasn't just exactly sure where the fancy hats were stored.

Left to right: Grammy Bear in lime green tulle, Mandy Sue in her nurse's hat, Lily in orange satin and lace,
Eaves Dropping (the Home and Garden Editor of the local newspaper)
and our chef Mrs Berniece Mertz, a vision of loveliness in pink net and feathers.

Well, we managed to pull it off. I found some of the hats and for the rest I quickly put together some scraps of tulle from my sewing room. Oh, well, except for Mandy Sue. We couldn't find her hat and so she wore a nurse's hat!  I took some photos to share with you.

Right after dinner everyone found a place to sit in front of the TV.  Grandad Bear didn't want to wear a hat (although he was offered a black top hat). Spud, his handy assistant is self-conscious about his balding head, so he always wears a ball cap, wedding or not.

Well, the occasion was lovely and we had slices of frozen Lime Coconut pie during the telecast of the wedding reception. We do have fun around here!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Food for the Soul October 25-26, 2014

It is the weekend, a time when I like to write a little message to feed the soul. All during the week I look for what God is saying to me. Often there is something to be learned as  scriptural application is made to the simplest of things in everyday life. 

The town where Beloved and I live is surrounded by hills and mountains, and many small canyons. If one were to turn away from the evidence of modern civilization and gaze at the undeveloped areas, it would be very easy to imagine John Wayne galloping through on his horse, or the characters from the Love Comes Softly books homesteading the land.

Last year Denise and I hiked the trail up Castle Rock, for which my town is named, and were able to see for many miles in every direction. Truth be told, we can get this kind of panoramic view from many spots around the town and I really enjoy them.

Beloved and I frequently hike the trails all around our house for both exercise and the mental exhilaration we get from being able to see far and wide.

We can see the traffic on the highway heading north and disappearing around the bend just before Happy Canyon. We can see the building boom of new houses (one of which is ours) with huge yellow earth movers creating streets and home foundations. The trains blow their whistles while chugging through, often pulling many cars of black coal and automobiles, among other things.

There is a McDonalds positioned just a short block from one set of the train tracks and it's not unusual to see a train stopped at just about that spot. Beloved tells me the train engineer stops there for lunch. That always makes me smile. We have no idea if that's true, but it may be!

As I gaze at my town and squint to make out the details, I am reminded of God and His sovereignty, the One who sees all and has it in His control. One of His names in Hebrew is "El Roi," the God of Seeing (see Genesis 16:13). This name was given to God by Hagar at a time when she was alone and desperate in the wilderness after an altercation with Abraham's wife, Sarah.  She knew God had seen her in her distress and that He is a God who lives and sees all.

Even from my perspective atop Castle Rock, I cannot see all that is happening in my town, but nothing escapes the notice of El Roi, the God who sees. This comforts me as the media bombards us with bad news and dire predictions.

For those of us who know God and have accepted His gift of salvation, we can trust Him to bring us through the hard times with victory in the end. He sees all that is happening on a worldwide scale as well as the intimate details of our lives. He sees it all and He cares.

It takes discipline to keep our eyes on our Savior when times are tough, but when we do, the troublesome news lessens and our hope is strengthened. 

Those who wait for the LORD.
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
Isaiah 40:31 NASB

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Yesterday ...

... all my troubles seemed so far away ... (the Beatles).

And indeed they did. The sun rose shiny and bright, the forecasted high was autumn-like, and my yellow lilies were still blooming cheerily just off the front porch. 

I had fun plans lined up. The house was clean and the twinkly lights were plugged in, both in the entry hall and ...

... in the dining room, where a festive feel was in the air.

Exactly on time, Denise arrived for a day of fun in my basement sewing room.

As a result of one of my blog posts, Denise had said she would like to learn how to make the mesh ribboned wreath that Sheila had taught to me.

Lily, in the pink hoodie,  Mandy Sue in the black sun dress,
Eaves Dropping in the newspaper hat (she's our local Home and Garden Editor,
and Mrs Berniece Mertz, our chef

My staff met Denise at the door to help carry in her supplies for the project, and then we trundled down to the basement.  After just a few words of instruction, Denise was busily working on her wreath, and I made one from the leftovers of a previous project. 

Come late morning we adjourned to the deck for a delicious lunch cooked by Mrs Berniece Mertz and Denise (who brought the lovely fruit). 

Mrs Berniece Mertz made a fabulous vegetarian chili (ever considerate of my odd eating ways), and it hit the spot for all of us (in spite of the fact that this photo is sideways!!).

She also prepared a  light pineapple cole slaw with a creamy pineapple sauce.  (I told Denise it was a peanut butter dressing but that wasn't right -- it was made with cashews).  I asked my chef for the recipes to share with you blog readers, but she just waved her hand and said "not today."

Aren't we all? Blessed, that is!

We cleaned up the kitchen and returned to the basement retreat to add embellishment to our work before calling it a day.

We took a group photo at the very end. Eaves Dropping had to rush off after lunch to meet a publishing deadline ("eat and run"), so Grammy Bear was going to hold the camera, but she has no thumbs, so that wasn't going to work. I told her to join the group and I took the picture instead. 

"Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away ..."  I think I'll play again tomorrow! Note: Post Script below

Here is Denise's new wreath on her front door.  She says she will probably replace the bow with something darker, like in a dark green. Be sure to note who's peeking out the window!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hodgepodge Questions - Volume 195

Today Joyce over at From This Side of the Pond is asking questions related to fall. To see how other bloggers have responded to these same questions, click here: http://www.fromthissideofthepond.com

If you don't have  your own blog, I invite you to leave  your comments below this post with some of your answers to these questions.  I'd love to see what you have to say!

1. Elizabeth Lawrence is quoted as saying, 'Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." So have you done just that? And what did you leave undone in order to do so?

I'm always ready to drop what I'm doing to run and play with Beloved. This past Saturday we took a drive  to see the turning leaves along Colorado's Front Range. We took the mountain drive a few weeks ago; this trip was just among the foothills on either side of  the I-25 corridor. 

The muted shades of the Gambel Oaks on the hillsides are at their best right now, although my picture of them in the far distance  doesn't show them up very well. 

2. Since we're talking turning...what's one thing you feel you're doing 'every time you turn around'?

Trying to find the dishtowel.  My kitchen towels tend to blend in, color-wise, with my kitchen countertops and I am forever trying to find them when my hands are dripping wet.

3. How hard is it for you to 'turn the other cheek?'

It depends on the issue and the people involved. Like most people, I'm a work-in-progress.

4. When did you last turn a drawer, your car, a room, or your entire house upside down looking for something? Did you find it?

Last week, twice! I  carry my cell phone in the left front pocket of my jeans. One day last week while I was on the treadmill I replied to a text message from my husband. When I finished texting him, I laid my phone on the shelf above the treadmill. An hour or so later I realized I didn't know where my phone was. By then Beloved was home, so I asked him to use his phone to call my cell.  The scary part was that we couldn't hear my phone ringing!  However, I then remembered I had left it in the basement by the treadmill.

Then a day or two later I removed my cell phone from my pocket while I was taking a nap under the bedspread in our room.  When I got up, I made the bed and then couldn't find my phone. I used the home land line on my night stand to call my cell phone.  I could hear it ringing, but couldn't see it.  It was underneath the covers!

5. 'One good turn deserves another'...were you most recently on the giving or receiving end of that sentiment?

Although I give, but it seems more often that I'm on the receiving end of good things. 

6. Red, yellow, and orange are the colors of fall. Also the colors of fruit. If you were permitted only one color of fruit in your diet, which would you choose? This question isn't as easy as it sounds, at least not for me.

Red. Red cherries, red apples, cranberries, strawberries, nectarines, raspberries ...  the deepest colors of food are said to be the most nutrient-dense.

7. The Hunt for Red OctoberOctober SkyHalloween...which 'October' film is your favorite?

I absolutely do not watch movies having to do with Halloween. I enjoy both  The Hunt for Red October and October Sky, although I've seen the submarine more times than the rocket. I enjoy observing the characters in the stories.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Here's a 'just for fun' photo... 

Beloved and I take this hike above our neighborhood often because we love to be able to see far and wide. I just had a funny thought: Does this photo make me look fat?  Ha-ha!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sewing for Preemie People

flannel baby quilts

Diana and Diane are in Nevada sewing flannel quilts for premature babies in record time. To date they have a stack of nearly 3 dozen quilts ready to deliver to the hospital for itty bitty newborns in need of warmth and cuddles.

flannel baby quilts

These industrious gals make a simple top from 3 different flannels and then back them with Minky fleece.*  The blankets are soft enough that no batting is needed. Quilting is "stitch in the ditch" (sewing straight lines in the "ditches" where the fabrics meet).  If you inspect them closely, you can see their techniques require no hand work at all. It's done entirely on the sewing machine. 

The majority of the flannel quilts are approximately 25 inches square. They cut most of the pieced squares to 5 1/2 inches. That means you would cut 25 squares to make an approximately 25 inch square quilt. Use your favorite method of binding to finish the quilt.

For the quilts with the smaller four patch squares, they cut the big squares 6 inches and then cut smaller squares to 3  1/4 inches of contrasting fabrics. This would result in a finished quilt of about 27 inches square.

my samples made with scraps of 100% cotton (not flannel) 

They did a couple of blankets with triangle squares but told me those were more time-consuming so they preferred to stick mostly to the simpler patterns in order to get more quilts made.

My family has kept me busy sewing more traditionally-constructed baby quilts this year (2 down, 2 more to go).  But once I'm past those projects, I'm thinking these flannel quilts are a lot faster to produce than the ones with batting.  What wonderful last-minute baby shower gifts they would make! And of course, to follow the example of Diana and Diane, these quilts are a wonderful way to bless hospital maternity wards.

Thank you, girls, for this inspiration!

*Minky fleece is a soft, cuddly fabric with a smooth minky surface with dimple-like embossing, 3mm pile and is perfect for creating blankets, baby accessories, plush toys, quilt backings, and more.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Chocolate Cranberry Banana Oatmeal Cookies

My friend Leah B. posted her version of these cookies on Face Book earlier this week. They are gluten-free, egg-free, and delicious! 

For those who are not well-acquainted with cooking gluten-free, here are pictures of some of the products I used in this recipe:
The almond milk and dark chocolate morsels can be found at Walmart; I had to go to a health foods store to buy the gluten-free oat flour.  Or you can make your own by processing gluten-free oats in your blender. 

If you want a dairy-free version of this cookie, substitute chopped nuts for the chocolate morsels.

Chocolate Cranberry Banana Oatmeal Cookies

3 bananas, sliced
1/3 cup applesauce
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups gluten-free oat flour
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 cup gluten-free dark chocolate morsels

Combine the bananas, applesauce, almond milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon in a food processor.  Blend until smooth.

In a large bowl combine the oat flour, dried cranberries and chocolate morsels. Stir to mix up and then add the banana mixture. Mix with a spoon until well combined and all the flour is moistened.

Spoon about 1  1/2 Tablespoons of cookie dough for each cookie onto a lightly greased cookie sheet (or use an ungreased silicon sheet on the pan).   Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. This recipe makes about 30 cookies and they are good!

*this is a moist batter, so baking for the entire 20 minutes is necessary.

my cookies fresh out of the oven

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hodgepodge Questions - Volume 194

Today's Hodgepodge questions hit on a variety of subjects and it was fun to respond. To see the blog of Joyce, who comes up with these questions, as well as the replies of my sister (fellow?) bloggers, click on this link: From This Side of the Pond

1. What's your favorite time of day? Why?

I like morning best because it is so full of promise for many things. 

It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, 
because his compassions fail not. 
They are new every morning: 
great is thy faithfulness. 
Lamentations 3:22-23

2. Waffle iron, toaster, coffee maker, mixer, blender...which small appliance would you say most needs replacing in your house? 

Thankfully, all of my appliances are not too old and are serving me well.

3. It's National Grouch Day (October 15)...what's something that makes you feel grouchy?

Hands down, a bad hair day! (smile) A headache can make me hard to live with, too. 

4. Ever been to Canada? Is that a country you'd like to visit? According to Trip Advisor, the top ten best destinations in Canada are-Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Victoria, Calgary, Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Whistler, and Halifax. Which city would you most like to see?

photo credits: Internet photos edited by Picmonkey
I have been to Canada numerous times and even had the experience being a card-carrying immigrant with my family when I was a teenager. We lived in Vancouver, British Columbia and I have never forgot its beauty. We lived on the 8th floor of an apartment building and could see the harbor with the ships coming and going and the mountains on the other side of that. 

5. What was your favorite food (or one of your favorites) when you were a child? Is that still a favorite?

I loved my mother's "Lollipop," which was a family name for spaghetti. Nobody knows why we called it that. 

6. Do you cry easily?


7. Have you started your (gasp!) Christmas shopping? If so when, and how much? If not, when will you even begin thinking about it?

Most of our family lives several states away from us and we like to be home for that particular holiday, so we send $$. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

me with our ballots and Beloved dropping them into the mail slot

Our ballots arrived in Tuesday's mail. We filled them out after supper and then made a special trip over to the post office to mail them. 

We must vote!  Don't tell yourself that your one vote won't make a difference. It makes a huge difference and is a privilege that could easily be taken away. We must not take this right for granted that we have as Americans, and we must be aware of the example our habits today set for the next generation. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Good Bible Story

One of my favorite Bible stories in the Old Testament since I became an adult (long ago, by the way) is about King Nebuchadnezzar. Although he was the ruler of a pagan nation, God teaches us a simple  and yet powerful truth through this man's story.

King Nebuchadnezzar had a very troubling dream that none of his wise men could interpret until a Jewish exile named Daniel was ushered into his throne room.  Through the power of God, Daniel was able to make sense of King Nebuchadnezzar's dream which, to put it briefly, was a prediction of profound loss of mental stability and as a result of that, loss of his position as king.

At the end of the interpretation, Daniel urged the king to turn away from his sins, repent, and live right. If he were to do this, Daniel told him that there may possibly be "a continuance of lengthening of  your peace and tranquility and a healing of your error." (Daniel 4:27, Amplified Bible)

King Nebuchadnezzar apparently did not follow that counsel because after twelve months had passed, he was admiring all of his kingdom and giving himself credit for his abundance. A voice from heaven spoke aloud to say that his kingdom had departed from him.  

With startling speed his mind deteriorated to where he became like an animal, driven from among people and eating grass like a cow. He lived outdoors and his hair became long like feathers and his fingernails took on the appearance of birds' claws.  He remained in this state of insanity for a full seven years.

At the end of that time, for whatever reason or circumstance, the man lifted his eyes to heaven. The right use of his mind returned to him. He blessed God, praising and honoring Him as he acknowledged  God's everlasting dominion that endures from generation to generation.

When the king's sense of reasoning and understanding were returned to him, he was also (amazingly) given back the majesty and splendor of his kingdom. His counselors and lords sought him out and he was reestablished  with more greatness than he had before. 

... I, Nebuchadnezzar, 
raised my eyes toward heaven, 
and my sanity was restored. 
Then I praised the Most High; 
I honored and glorified him 
who lives forever." 

Daniel 4:34
New International Version

When the state of our world is a mess, current events threaten our peace of mind, and we feel incapable of making any positive difference, I am comforted that our Sovereign God is in control.  That assurance brings calm to my personal world. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pumpkin Crumble Dessert

Pumpkin Crumble Dessert

November 1st will be the one-year anniversary of my entrance into the culinary world of gluten- and dairy-free cooking.

People ask me if it's been a hard transition. Yes and no.  To "fall off the wagon" tends to be self-correcting. (I get sick)  Since I cook for just Beloved and myself, it's not been hard to prepare ahead of time what I need and then to cook something for him that he likes.  It would be more challenging if I were preparing meals for more people all of the time.

There is a lot of help available to people like me. I am very blessed in that my daughter has been eating this way over twice as long as me, so she has taught me a lot of tips and sent me tons of recipes.

There are also books and websites on the subject. Google is one of my best resources. Not any one website or book is my final word on the topic.  I have learned to take out of each source what applies to me and ignore the rest. 

As a result, I have been blessed with a healthy weight loss (and new, smaller clothes), an improved disposition, and good health. 

Autumn presents some challenges as we close our windows to the cold wind that blows down off the mountains, and people speak often of hunkering down in their snuggy homes with pumpkin-flavored lattes, pumpkin-shaped and frosted cookies, and quick breads spiced with all that reminds us of this fun season. 

Today I am sharing with you a dessert recipe Beloved and I enjoyed this past Friday night.  

Fresh or canned pumpkin?
 My first decision in preparing this recipe was to decide if I would use a fresh, pie pumpkin from the store, or a can of pureed pumpkin.  I decided to go fresh.

I brought the orange orb home but in my first attempt to slice it I remembered that I had promised myself to ask the men in the produce department to cut these things in half before I bring them home -- but I forgot! With the fear of risking personal injury if I were to continue to fight with the pumpkin, and the fact that Beloved would not be home for several hours to do the job himself, I decided to use a can of pumpkin that was already sitting in my pantry.

Good choice. Much less messy.  

This treat is quick and easy.  It is made up of a filling and a topping. Make them each up separately and don't put them together until just prior to serving, to prevent the topping from getting soggy.

Pumpkin Crumble Dessert (makes 4 servings)

Pumpkin Filling:

15 ounce can pumpkin (just pumpkin, NOT pie filling)
10 pitted Medjool dates
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice)
1/2 tsp sea salt


1 cup walnuts
1  1/3 cups pitted Medjool dates
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup dried cranberries for garnish

In a blender combine the Pumpkin Filling ingredients, processing until smooth and creamy.  Set aside.

In a food processor combine the Crumble ingredients except for the dried cranberries. Process only briefly. You want the walnuts to be broken up but don't allow the whole mixture to become powder. 

To serve, spoon about 1/2 cup of the Pumpkin Filling into individual glass bowls, then top with the Crumble.  Garnish with the dried cranberries.

Pumpkin Crumble Dessert

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Food for the Soul October 12

Sunrise on the Porch
The entrance of thy words giveth light;
it giveth understanding unto the simple.

Psalm 119:130 KJV

I've said before that I love filtered sunlight coming through tree branches, window shutters, and now porch bannister and wood bench slats. 

The contrast of light and dark fascinates me. The shadows accentuate the glow of the light while the illumination gives us understanding. 

When we read Holy Scripture we are exposed to the mind of God, the One who created and loves us and wants nothing but the best for us. 

Yes, the entrance of His words gives us light.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Whimsey and Octopus Fingers

Entry Hall tree

Lest you think I am rushing Christmas, let me assure you that I am not. But I did put up two trees [in August!] with seasonal decor which I plan to change at the appropriate times. This tree in my entry hall has wired ribbon with autumn colors wound around. 

lights, ribbon, and ornaments

I've added 3-dimensional glittered autumn leaves for more sparkle.

My oldest set of Pilgrim People

I am so happy to report that the Pilgrim People have arrived early at my house this year.  So many times, in spite of careful organization and packing on my part, this group of people tends to show up late for Thanksgiving (if at all!). While many are decorating their homes with ghouls and goblins, I love to focus on the theme of thanksgiving and gratitude.

the dining room couple
We have a total of three Pilgrim People couples. This is my newest set (which I've had for several years). They look as though they come from hardy stock and I dare say they do, with all they had to endure to get to the first Thanksgiving!

This set celebrated our return to Colorado in 1996,  for which I was very grateful.

pumpkin table runner from an Art to Heart pattern
This runner usually is placed on our coffee table and this year was no exception. I made it maybe 5 years ago and just love the fabrics.

I was happily decorating for October and November when a bit of whimsey began to appear.

My long-time readers will remember my "staff" of Mandy Sue, Lily, and Mrs Berniece Mertz. For reasons that defy explanation, they have played an unusually low profile ever since we moved into this house about 17 months ago. 

They have been stationed atop the bookcases in my study all this time until this afternoon when they took matters into their own hands and began skittering about the house behind my back.

Mandy Sue
As per usual, most of them don't take direction from me very well; they tend to have their own ideas of how things should run in this household.  

Case in point, we don't dress up for Halloween around here any more.  Our kids are grown and out of the house.  But today Mandy Sue stretched that rule by donning a bit of a disguise and stationing herself at the entrance to the dining room.  

However I knew immediately who this was -- after all, I made her dress and still have leftover fabric scraps to prove it!

She has a paper sack for the big October 31st event, with obvious high expectations.

Lily, whom I can always count on to be sensible, must have decided that I need a little more fun in my life. She joined Mandy Sue in the game.

Yes, I know those pretty eyes; that's her.  She shares my love for chocolate.

Mrs. Berniece Mertz is my valuable chef.  I have missed her terribly this past year while organizing the new kitchen and then getting slammed with the news that I have some serious food allergies. I wonder if she will be showing up a little more, now that the other girls are out and about?

I had put my decorating leftovers away and was coming back up the stairs from the basement when a whiff of something cooking hit my nostrils.  Sure enough, Mrs Berniece Mertz had busied herself and was making the most strange-looking concoction.  


Mandy Sue was perched at the breakfast bar, eating directly from the metal pan and licking her fingers. She told me the recipe was Octopus Fingers.  Mrs. Berniece Mertz peered at me over her glasses and said that in spite of appearances, the snack was Roasted Okra.  

Hmm.  Given the time of year and the tricks that tend to pop up all during the month of October, this was a good idea.  I tried them and decided the recipe is 'blog-worthy'!  Enjoy!

Octopus Fingers (Roasted Okra) serves 2

1 pound fresh okra (or more)
olive oil
garlic powder

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut tops off okra and slice lengthwise. Place on a large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil (or coconut oil). Toss to coat with the oil.

Sprinkle with salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Bake for 18 - 22 minutes until soft and just starting to brown on the ends. Serve and enjoy!