Archive | Oct 2018

Pumpkin Pie Fudge

Recipe courtesy of Candy Steiner.

3 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup fat-free evaporated milk
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 Tbsp corn syrup
2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
9 oz white chocolate chips
7 oz marshmallow fluff
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Line a 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil. Spray with nonstick spray or line pan with parchment paper

Stir together the sugar, butter, milk, pumpkin, corn syrup, and pumpkin pie spice in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer reads 234 degrees F (soft-ball stage).

Remove pan from heat. Stir in white chocolate, marshmallow fluff, and vanilla until well blended. Pour into a greased, aluminum foil or parchment paper-lined pan. Let stand 2 hours or until completely cool. Cut fudge into squares.

In the mood for art

Sometimes independent authors simply don’t want to write, research, or promote. The last few days I’ve been in that category much of the time, spurred perhaps by first the completion and release of “Cleopatra VII: Egypt’s Last Pharaoh” on 10 October followed by the Audible release of “Empress Wu Zetian” on 23 October.  It’s been a good month, but naturally a busy one with two new releases.  And sometimes, a girl just wants to have fun!

What did I find myself doing? I have no children at this time. No husband. My friends all live hundreds or thousands of miles away (at least the ones I talk to regularly). I feel like I am a terrible cook.  What is a girl to do when she’s not in the mood to work?

Apparently for me, it’s playing in Photoshop.  A few days ago a special offer at Depositphotos.com prompted me to buy a 100 image pack — way more than I think I need in a year — for $100. Usually you have to subscribe to get $1/image with them. But knowing that as I continue to work, I continue to need book covers I went ahead and invested.  That itself becomes a toy — there’s always so many interesting images to find and download.  Unexpectedly my brain has jumped ahead and decided that I need to create the cover art on planned books for the series that I have no started yet.  So, being in the mood for art, I sat down and played.  First on the 25th and now this morning.  Here are the results.

In the Hildegard cover I take a photo of an abbey and put onto it a carefully extracted and sized nun. The portal image of the abbey originally shows a courtyard behind it, but I replaced that with the bright sun to represent heaven and signal that Hildegard was a mystic renown for her visions.  Likewise, the gold text is designed to represent to you that she is a canonized saint.

 

The Margaret of Wessex cover uses a stained glass window rendering of Margaret that you can visit in Edinburgh. I pick up the gold from her skirt and black outline the title to resemble the window behind it.

 

None of these books are started yet. But when you are in the mood to create art – you gotta create!

From personal journaling and books to food: dramatic changes to this blog

This wordpress blog is now about 4 1/2 years old.  It started as a book blog and as a place to preserve my favourite articles written for Yahoo Voices (2012 to 2014) before Yahoo dismantled the service.  It also became a place for me to journal in public, as many blogs do.

Hypatia of Alexandria webTimes have changed.  Since starting this blog I have written eight Legendary Women of World History biographies, completed the Peers of Beinan science fiction series, and experienced dramatic social changes in my personal life.  No human in my life when I started this blog is still in my life.  My mother has died and I do not maintain contact (nor ever wish contact) with my surviving blood relatives.

I’ve also grown as a spiritual being, including grown much more private about my life and my experiences. This is in part due to success.  A largely anonymous and unnoticed author can speak in public without being heard.  That, happily, is no longer the case.

The result:  much of the older content on this blog is now deleted.  By my count, about 35-40% of what was here is now gone.  The world doesn’t need to hear the specifics of my past lives nor the slings and arrows of what is today a relatively recent past.  I have close friends now who are finally, at long last, proven trustworthy.

Nine through Thirteen (Image above: in 2005 Doctor Who returned for a whole new generation. From left: Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor [7 October 2018 — present], Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor [2014 — 2017], Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor [2010-2013], David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor [2005 — 2010], Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor [2005] and John Hurt as the Doctor of War [2013])

 

My interests have naturally evolved as well.  Four years ago “Doctor Who” was a vague impression left by browsing for new ornaments at a Hallmark store in November: an odd blue box and an odder thing called a ‘”dalek.”  Today my brand new website created in the winter of 2018 features music from series 8 – 10 of Doctor Who as played by Peter Capaldi.

12 leaves TARDIS

 

(Image left: Peter’s Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor emerges from his TARDIS – Time and Relative Dimension in Space).

 

It’s a welcome change.  I am very proud of the new website.  But the website also means that this blog simply no longer functions as it once did and no longer needs do.

Going forward, expect this blog to focus much more on food and recipes which I like to collect and refer back to here rather than other places.  Though my culinary skills have much to be desired, copying favourite recipes and reposting them here allows me to find what I like best quickly and easily — even if I never acquire the skills needed to actually successfully make any of them.

I hope you like these changes and will enjoy what I find interesting and fun about food.

 

Bon appetit!