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Halloween Bash: Day 4 with Author Samantha Sommersby

Oct 27, 2010

Halloween Memories:

We have a Halloween tradition of making Chili and cornbread and carving pumpkins. One year, when my son was about five, we invited the neighbors over. At the time there were four other couples in the neighborhood with children between 5-9. It was a rare, stormy night in southern California. We spread newspaper out on the kitchen floor, got all of the kids and parents set up, then lighting hit the transformer outside and the entire street was plunged into darkness. We carved the pumpkins and ate by candlelight, told silly ghost stories, and laughed until our sides hurt. My son has grown (he’s 17 now), and although the chili and cornbread recipes are the same, the carvings have become more elaborate. Last year he and hubby decided to put road flares in the pumpkins in lieu of candles. The affect was amazing!

For cool carving ideas, checkout the Extreme Pumpkins Website!

Sam’s Chili and Cornbread

Chili – slow cook the following for 2-3 hours on top of the stove
2 lbs lean ground beef (browned)
2 medium onions (chopped)
4 cloves garlic (minced)
2 teaspoons coarse ground black pepper
4 large cans of stewed tomatoes
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 cans of low sodium beef broth

Cornbread – I use a premade cornbread mix and follow the instructions on the package but add ¼ cup of diced canned green chilies and ¼ cup of grated Monterey Jack cheese.

Treats for the Wicked!

Commenting on this post between now and Oct 31st will earn you an entry in the “Treats for the Wicked” contest. I’ll be giving away a free download of The Revolution [Book 3, Forbidden Series]. Blurb below and link to an excerpt…just to tease you.

The Revolution
[Forbidden, Book 3]

Cursed by magic. Betrayed by lies. Bound together by love.

Twenty-five years ago Dell Renfield’s father started a revolution, and Dell plans to finish it. Sorcerer, vampire, secret weapon, he’s spent a lifetime training for his fate. The one distraction he isn’t equipped for? Special Agent Alexandria Sanchez. A woman he desires above all others—and a woman he dare not get close to.

Alex’s love life is already cursed. She doesn’t need the added complication of a sexy new partner. Especially one who’s touch is literally magic. Posing as his lover for the sake of their investigation is pure hell—and pure heaven. Now if she can just get him to quit casting spells long enough to prove she&quo;s capable. And keep her hands to herself in the process.

As they infiltrate a dangerous culture, temptation becomes too much to resist. And their torrid affair triggers an epic battle for power that could forever alter the future for them...and their kind.

Warning: This book contains spectacular magical ass-kickings, copious amounts of blistering sex, one super-sexy, gun-toting heroine, and a very delicious, very powerful sorcerer...who sometimes sports fangs.

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Fun and Games!

Do I still have your attention? Woo hoo! Let’s play a game. Since you’ve already warmed up your cooking skills, this cake decorating should be a snap. Then everyone can vote on them on Halloween day so make sure you go and play. Email a screen shot of your pumpkin to jojo @ jojosbookcornerATgmailDOTcom

(TO GET A SCREEN SHOT, on your game window press Ctrl + print screen, go to windows paint and paste. save and email to JoJo , Please put VIRTUAL CAKE DECORATING in the subject
Here is Mine:
Samantha Sommersby
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*I'll be around to chat throughout the day.*

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15 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

RENEE October 27, 2010 at 7:43 AM  

My mom would alternate between chili and sloppy joes for Halloween! Such great memories.

I like the cornbread idea...I just might try it this weekend.

Thanks for the excerpt...sounds like fun!

:) Ren

Samantha Sommersby October 27, 2010 at 10:35 AM  

Sloppy Joes are a great idea! I haven't had one of those in years.

RENEE October 27, 2010 at 12:23 PM  

My kids hate ends a tradition!

Victoria October 27, 2010 at 12:46 PM  

What a cool thing to happen while carving the pumpkins. Like the chili idea. I usually do mummy dogs and bloody fingers ;).

Cathy M October 27, 2010 at 2:02 PM  

We make a big pot of red beans and rice and cornbread, with caramel apples for dessert.

Samantha Sommersby October 27, 2010 at 5:51 PM  

Caramel apples - something else I haven't had in ages!


joder October 27, 2010 at 7:27 PM  

We do the soup tradition too. We make chili and chicken n' dumpling soup for Christmas Eve every year. It warms us up and amongst all the craziness, it's easy and relaxing to make.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

JoAnna October 27, 2010 at 7:41 PM  

We don't have a food tradition for Halloween. We do go to a pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins instead of just buying them at a store.

Anonymous,  October 27, 2010 at 8:20 PM  

We haven't carved pumpkins at my house in years. Although I love looking at what other people have carved into their pumpkins.

- sandy

*yadkny* October 27, 2010 at 9:18 PM  

Been wanting to read these books for a while... got them on the wishlist.

Beth October 28, 2010 at 2:37 AM  

I like the chili and cornbread idea. But I add a little bit of honey to the cornbread. I like mine moister than most mixes will be and with a touch of sweet.

Virginia C October 28, 2010 at 1:32 PM  

MMMMMM--Chili and cornbread! Perfect for a cool Fall evening : )
The hot peppers in the chili will burn off the calories from the candy ; )

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Jenn October 29, 2010 at 9:20 PM  

Sounds like the lights going out turned out to be a good thing - love those unexpected bad things where the silver lining is better than how it would have been!

DforDarla's Definite Reads October 30, 2010 at 1:43 PM  

Computer is being stupid, so no cake decorating for me. now I feel like carving a pumpkin. on well, will do one next year. Chilli and cornbread sounds good.


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