This weekend has been filled with Steampunk goodness all against a Vermont setting. The attendees were welcoming and friendly and the Springfield Steampunk Festival staff were amazing and should be given extra stickers for talking me off the ledge when I was in a panic.
We started our Chocolate season off with a bang. We sold out of books AND chocolates this past weekend along with letting folks know about our ETSY shop with a new, affordable box of chocolates.
This past summer has been full of change. While I welcome change what I had faced required having to inform people that some things were not in my control. For some that was not acceptable and for some they understood, but either way I am grateful for the lessons learned so far and I hope that I can delight people with my words and chocolates as the seasons change.
This weekend I was made to feel awkward but in the best way (I think). My Nerd and the wonderful Scott Anderson were talking at our table last night and they both, while I was standing right there, began to talk about me in glowing terms. I mean, big words. Words you may need a dictionary for…okay, not really.
Though it left me in a dazed state, it got me thinking about how we see ourselves versus how others may see us. I’ve been open about my past in terms of folks projecting things that aren’t me onto me so I am very hesitant to take on anyone’s view of what they believe to see of me.
Last night was difficult, but a lesson to be learned. After I was blushing and thanking Scott for such encouraging words and positive feedback on things I stole a moment with Nerd in semi-private, behind the booth sign. (Yes, there may have been some PDA. Yes, Zoe and Wash kinda lovin'. Be jealous!)
Around the chaos of the photobooth patrons and the beginning evening’s festivities I slid my arms around Nerd and asked “How come I can’t see myself as intelligent or powerful in presence like you and Scott say I am?”
Nerd replied, “Perhaps someone who knows that they are powerful and smart would take advantage of it. For you, I think it’s best that you are all these things, but still humble.”
I had no pithy reply nor anything of value to add to that and so I was quiet for the evening and frankly it's been on my mind even late this Sunday evening and I assume tomorrow too. So how do you negotiate such a thing in your mind? How do you balance confidence and belief in self without letting it give you a fat head? I'm asking for a friend. Ya...a friend.
Autumn Equinox is here! Here's a freebie recipe to celebrate the Harvest season.
This month, we're sharing a recipe for Caramel Apple Cider, our twist on a traditional Autumn beverage. It’s Vegan and you won’t even notice! I’ve tested out the Caramel Recipe several times and had non-Vegans try it too and it’s unanimous the Caramel is rich and creamy without any hint of the coconut cream used.
It's no secret I adore the cooler weather and with them brings Samhain/Dia de los Muertos and Spring/Ostara... unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere. To my Australian and New Zealand friends, I am totes jealous you get to have an all in one season.
That said I am putting the finishing touches on my Steampunk mystery novella THE CASE OF THE ROSE GRIMOIRE. This story takes place in 1880 mid-Autumn, but unlike the previous novellas I will be making a few new recipes available on my blog for the month of October and November for free! I'll tell you what else will be free starting in October for a limited time... THE WINTER TRIANGLE! Book #1 of the Steampunk RomCom series will be FREE soon! Make sure to sign up for our BOOKS & CHOCOLATE newsletter to get the link.
Look for Apple and Pumpkin delights soon and keep a batch of marigolds with your offerings for your Dumb Supper and celebration of when the Veil is the thinnest.
So, which is your favorite, Apples or Pumpkins? Why?
Short post since I’m resting today. Below is the Mexican Corn or as a friend of mine calls it “Street Corn” recipe that I got to share at a BBQ last evening. This recipe can cover 6 ears of grilled corn* or 8 if you stretch the sauce.
Place lime juice, salt, chili powder, and cayanne in a mixing bowl. Use a fork to thoroughly blend before adding melted butter and mayonnaise. With a gentle wrist motion gently whisk all the ingredients together. Let rest for 5 minutes before using a brush to paint the sauce on to the grilled corn. Sprinkle the cojita cheese on all sides of each corn and serve. Enjoy!
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*Corn can be boiled or microwaved too
This morning the windows are open in my little oddly shaped Cape Cod home and it's chilly. Summer is winding down and I am grateful. I'm not a fan of Summer, never have been unless I'm spending it in my beloved Washington state or France. That said, I enjoy New England Autumns. Yes, yes, I understand that Fall has not arrived yet, but the PSL* ads have begun. Though for me, a West coast native, I know Fall has not officially arrived until the trees along the Connecticut highway turn warm, golden hues and it takes double the time to get to a destination because of tourist driving to slow as they wonder at the Nutmeg states annual celebration of foliage.
I have several books coming out in exclusive print and others in eBook format first, but I am glad that I no longer have the nightmare of trying to ship chocolates in the summer. Never again. Candies only for the summer from now on.
Anyways, books and chocolate...
So I have been working on so many new things like swag for my online chocolate shop. The swag will be for CHOCOLIX membership only and besides the 10-piece box of chocolate they receive every month they will get a short journal entry from a fictional Steampunk Chocolatier who has been making cameos in all my Sweet & Steamy novellas-- Chef Alex LeBeau.
LeBeau will be making her cameo again in the CASE OF THE ROSE GRIMOIRE, but will have more speaking in the last book I'm writing right now in the series SUZETTE AND THE HOLIDAY HANGOVER.
Alex LeBeau was created almost 10 years ago while I was first connecting to culinary world in NYC. Through day jobs and short stories and creating a chocolate company, Chef Alex LeBeau has never left my thoughts. While I use her as a front for my chocolate company I hope members will enjoy her chef's journal.
Though my excitement is not only in the journal entries which is a prequel of her debut mystery series debuting late Fall 2017!
So yes, it's chocolate season and I hope you enjoy the upcoming insight into my favorite Steampunk Chocolatier Alex LeBeau.
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*PSL- Pumpkin Spice Latte