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Fall Traditions


22, 2012 |

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Growing up, one of my favorite October family traditions was making caramel apples. We’d buy a bag of caramel cubes and my siblings and I would race to see who could unwrap the most before they were gone.

We’d dump them in a pan and wait and wait and wait for the cream and caramels to go from this:

. . . to this.


I was the fourth child so I had to wait FOREVER for my turn, but then I’d get to drip (what was left of) that melty goodness over my apple on a stick.

The tradition is so ingrained in me, it’s like it’s not really Fall until we’ve made caramel apples.

I could go on about how important traditions are and ask you what your characters’ traditions are, etc., but my mind can’t focus that far when the gooey caramelly picture is staring me in the face. So instead, I’ll keep it simple: What’s your favorite Fall tradition?

P.S. The fabulous, wonderful, amazing Brenda Drake invited me for an interview on her blog. If you’ve got time, check it out! 🙂

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No Contest


29, 2010 |

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Honestly, you guys. I really thought the results of the last poll would be a little closer! So here we are:

Total votes: 25

Cruise: 3 votes; 12%

Hawaii: 20 votes; 80%
Cruise TO Hawaii: 1 vote; 4%
Neither: 1 vote; 4%

Though I was leaning towards Hawaii (because it was my favorite vacation EVER), I felt so bad for the cruise that I had to add my vote there. I’m a sucker for underdogs.

And with  the smell of Autumn in the air, I couldn’t resist the next debate:




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