#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Admit it, you thought I’d forgotten!

This week’s winners are: Kim Cornwell, Kathy T. and Carole Sklenar.  As usual, send your snail mails to llmfb@msn.com, and you’ll soon receive your prizes!

Next question: What is your very best childhood memory of Halloween?  Prizes announced next Wednesday!  (If you object to Halloween on religious grounds, I respect that, but no preaching, please.)

And now for the news.  Once again, I wrote all day and met my quota–wow!–so I’m just getting around to blogging now.  I am LOVING this book, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Leftover pork, boiled up with navy beans, for supper.  Yum.  I’m just a country girl, and I love to spoon my beans over bread.  (Carbs?  What carbs???)

Banjo came up lame, so we’re keeping an eye on him.  Silly horse.  We’re afraid to give him too much bute, because then he’ll think he’s well and hurt himself again.  If he gets worse, we’ll call the vet, of course, but our experienced neighbor, Jay, looked him over and says he’ll be all right if we’re careful.  Thank heaven for neighbors–especially out here in the country!  But that’s country folks for you.  They always step up to help.

I chose the winners for my 2012 scholarships today, and they’ll be announced very soon.  As always, I wanted ALL of them to win.

Keep an eye on the website for next year’s competition!

27 comments to “Admit it, you thought I’d forgotten!”

  1. Gloria
      · October 17th, 2012 at 8:55 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Kim Cornwell, Kathy T. and Carole Sklenar on winning today!!

    • Carole Sklenar
        · October 18th, 2012 at 5:43 pm · Link

      Thank you so much. I am really excited about this. WOW! And to write about my best Halloween memory – I really don’t have many from when I was little – way too many years ago for that – I think the best ones are from when my kids were little and taking them around Trick or Treating and then my grandkids. We don’t get kids here at the farm per-se but our closest neighbor’s grandkids come by, so I fix up a little bag for each of the (there’s only 3 of them) and they show off their costumes and we sure do have fun with them. I’m scrapbooking these and really enjoy looking at them over and over. :-D

  2. Sherry Wallace
      · October 17th, 2012 at 9:16 pm · Link

    Yummy, your beans sound so good on a cool night! I make a similar version with ham & Great Northern beans. So good with homemade cornbread :-). I’m liking the evening blogs, well it’s evening here in central time zone. Sorry about Banjo. Was he getting too much sugar in his diet? That’s what gets one of my Paso’s every time he eats too much new grass, persimmons or feed. I must make sure he gets only the feed without molasses. Odd how that goes straight to their hooves. Only one more work day on your new schedule !
    Blessings to you,
    SherryNan Wallace

  3. Nana
      · October 17th, 2012 at 10:26 pm · Link

    As much as I loved having horses I cant say I miss caring for their feet and legs!! Not being able to tell us just what hurt they had to take our best guess as to what was wrong. … And I’m with you on the bute, Linda.

    I don’t remember a stand-out childhood Halloween. We went trick-or-treating and ate ourselves sick. :) Now if this were about a Christmas story ….. :)

  4. Kathleen O'Donnell
      · October 17th, 2012 at 10:28 pm · Link

    Congrats to all the winners…
    I think that my very best memory of Halloween is when my Mom woudl take us from house to house in our neighbourhood and then we would go to the local Fish and Chip shop where the owener would give out cones of free French Fries on Halloween.. That place is still there today and has been a staple in the neighbourhood for over 50yrs.. Still the same family that owns it..

  5. Vickie Bates
      · October 17th, 2012 at 10:58 pm · Link

    When I think of Halloween, I always think of one lady. She always made popcorn balls. We liked those popcorn balls more than the candy. She looked for us every year even after we were grown and married. She has passed away now but I always think of her at this time of year.

    • Sal
        · October 18th, 2012 at 8:33 pm · Link

      Oh wow, I remember popcorn balls at Halloween! In those days it was safe to accept homemade treats. Our mom used to make them too.

  6. Cathy Schroeder
      · October 18th, 2012 at 12:08 am · Link

    I think that most memorable Halloween was when I was in grade school and living in Blawnox, PA. They used to have a work house down at one end of town and we used to go there to Trick or Treat. The Guard’s houses were across the street from the work house, we used to take pillow cases to fill up. I think what I liked best was the when the Guard’s wives would ask us in for hot apple cider and dough nuts and we would go home with a full pillow case.
    This was like 78 years ago and I don’t know if that work house even still exist’s.
    I hope you have a great Halloween and that your hose recover’s.

    Cathy Schroeder

  7. cathy green
      · October 18th, 2012 at 4:50 am · Link

    My favorite Halloween memory was after we hauled the loot home my sister and I would pour everything out and seperate it. My parents seemed to always like the things Susan and I didn’t and then we would swap out favorites like trading baseball cards. We lived on an airforce base and there was a lot of candy. Didn’t have to worry about weight then either.

  8. Betsy
      · October 18th, 2012 at 9:30 am · Link

    I miss the small town Hallowe’en where we would get the home made sugared popcorn or cookies. It has changed so much-

    The pork and beans sounds yummy-and it is almost time for the cold weather foods that bring us comfort!

    I have never had horses even though we grew up in the country, but I do like to read about them!

    Have a good weekend!

  9. Anne Little
      · October 18th, 2012 at 9:53 am · Link

    I too, don’t have a Halloween childhood memory because we lived out in the country on a farm back then. Way out, about 20 miles. We really did not do much Halloween celebrating until we were in are teenage years and went to an ocassional party. I asked my younger sister Chris and she said the only thing that came to mind was the year my older sister T (short for Tomasina but don’t call her that she gets mad) made fudge one year that didn’t set so we sat home eating fudge soup. She doesn’t think that was on Halloween though, probably closer to Thanksgiving or Christmas. Much of my memories come from when the boys were small and one year in particular we dressed the boys up as a cowboy (Mike) and Indian (Stephen). We ended up cutting the night short because Mike kept losing his pants and gun belt, Stephen was cranky just getting over the chicken pox and after we had covered about half a block Mike jumped into a very deep mud puddle soaking himself, his brother, and myself so it was home we went and I just divy’d up what I had at home between the two of them. They were ages 2 and 4 then give or take a year. Sorry, wish I had a story to share about myself. Hope Banjo is well soon. There is nothing worse then a sick child or pet. :(

  10. Brenda Mitchell.
      · October 18th, 2012 at 10:27 am · Link

    I think the best childhood memory of Halloween is when we went into town to go walk with our cousins around the neighborhoods. Since we didn’t get a lot of candy as kids…that was a highlight for us. My brother and I would go thru our “booty” when we got home and share things the other liked.

  11. Hilda
      · October 18th, 2012 at 12:51 pm · Link

    My best Halloween memory was not when I was a child. It was when I was in my late 20s/early 30s. I accompanied my friend with her 3 kids around the neighborhood. We each brought along a wine glass, and at a couple of homes we were brave enough to march up to the door (after her kids had their chance to get their treats, of course!) and say TRICK OR DRINK! At one home we actually got a glassfull – of course we only did this at her neighbors whom she knew well! (And no, her children are NOT alcoholics today as a result!) Cheers!

  12. sam
      · October 18th, 2012 at 1:18 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Kim Cornwell, Kathy T and Carole Sklenar :)
    Linda, I hope Banjo recovers quickly. I enjoy hearing all about your pets and the wildlife that comes to visit you from time to time :) Do you remember when you had a woodpecker visit and take a liking to your home? I have always wondered how long it stayed ;)
    I forgot to say congrats to my fellow winners from last week and a big thank-you Linda, I am soo looking forward to my book :)

  13. Linda Cholewa
      · October 18th, 2012 at 3:17 pm · Link

    I think my best Halloween memory was when I took my son Trick-or-Treating for the first time in 1976. He was 18 months old and was dressed in a “Fonzie” costume. He looked so cute holding his bag open and saying “Pease” (for please).

  14. Michele
      · October 18th, 2012 at 4:09 pm · Link

    Congratulations Kim, Kathy and Carole!
    I don’t know what “bute” means but I hope Banjo will be alright.
    I think I’m ready for some comfort food too!
    I think my best Halloween memory was leaving the house with friends as soon as the sun went down, going to every house we could walk to and knowing almost everyone! We kids weren’t shy about saying hello to everyone we met in our neighborhood. Sure, we still turned our candy over to mom and dad to inspect but we weren’t as affraid of tainted candy as we are now. We got our candy back with less chocolates than we started with, just like my kids. LOL!! Those were some good times!

    • Gloria
        · October 19th, 2012 at 2:14 pm · Link

      Michele, I think Bute is a sort of aspirin for horses. I don’t know if you can use it for other animals, or not. I know my friend, Mary, in NV. uses it for her horses.

  15. Carole Sklenar
      · October 18th, 2012 at 5:46 pm · Link

    Our horses are just great big pets these days. Snuffy is in her twenties now and Junior is almost that old too, so they are now just enjoying running and playing in the pasture these days. I just love to go out and visit them when my hubby feeds them. And when they come up to the corral just love to listen to them talk to me. We have great conversations. Two of my best friends.

  16. Lois Rotella
      · October 18th, 2012 at 6:59 pm · Link

    1st I want congratulate the ladies who won !!!! The best and funniest memory I had of Halloween is when I was about 8 years old. My mom took my little brother and myself trick or treating in the apartment building next door to our apartment building. When we rang the door to one apartment we said treat or treat and the gentleman said alright show me a trick. My brother and I didn’t know what to do. We turned to out Mom and what do we do and she said doa trick but we did not know any. The man was laughing because we couldn’t do any tricks but he gave us some candy. We couldn’t wait to go home. We didn’t want to do it again afraid we might have to do a trick. :-P

  17. LaTasha Reed
      · October 18th, 2012 at 11:42 pm · Link

    My best childhood Halloween memory relates to one of my children. Each time I think of Halloween, I am reminded of my daughter’s 1st time trick or treating. She was almost two years old and dressed in a bumblebee costume. She discovered candy way before and was addicted to the sweets. When I walked her door to door and neighbors dropped candy in that little orange pumpkin of hers, it took everything I had to keep her from eating it before we got home. When we finally made it home, her pumpkin pail was full and her only focus was the candy. I tried everything to get that bucket from her, but it didn’t happen. That night she climbed in the middle of my bed and ate, and ate, and ate. There was chocolate and fruit flavored candy all over that costume; she would not let the candy go. My little bumblebee fell asleep with one hand in the pumpkin. Now she is 13 and the memories of that Halloween help me hold on to the days when she was my baby girl.

  18. Rhonda Terstegge
      · October 19th, 2012 at 12:24 pm · Link

    I have lots of good memories of Halloween. I loved that my mother loved to dress up. She would often get dressed in costume, sneak out the front door and come knocking on the back door to see if we could guess who she was – such fun. I also liked dressing up in my dad’s old army uniform or my older brother’s baseball uniform. Those home-made costumes were the best. Everyone always knew who were by our dark brown eyes.

  19. Bonnie Wilson
      · October 19th, 2012 at 2:57 pm · Link

    From one country girl to another….you need some salt risen bread to go with those beans and pork…ever had any?

    • Bonnie Wilson
        · October 19th, 2012 at 3:18 pm · Link

      Oops…forgot my Halloween story: My husband and I grew up in a small community in the country. My Halloween night was always fun-it didn’t matter that I didn’t have a boughten mask. My sister and I made our own masks from a brown paper bag; cutting out two eye holes and coloring faces on the bag. We had such fun going through our community trick or treating. My husbands father was strick, and would not allow any of his six children to go trick or treating. My husband was about 10 years old and decided he was going. He cut the rubber face from one of his sisters large stuffed animals-a monkey. He waited until dark, and sneaked to a neighbors house, held the monkey mask in front of his face and knocked on the door. He got his candy and hurried back home. He can’t remember if his father ever found out or not-but I think if his dad had found out…the result would have been something that my husband would not have forgotten. :-D

      • Hilda
          · October 19th, 2012 at 11:32 pm · Link

        Hi, Bonnie. your comment about making a paper bag mask reminded me of my own childhood Halloweens. My sister and I usually had those store-bought masks and they were horrible. Your breath would form condensation in the mask and it was like walking around with your own spit on your face. And in between houses to take it off and try to wipe it off, it was just yukky and I don’t think we saw well behind those eye holes. Anyway, a paper bag mask sounds much more comfortable.

  20. Gloria
      · October 19th, 2012 at 4:00 pm · Link

    I don’t think we even knew there was such a thing as Trick or Treating way back when I was a child, and we lived way out in the country, anyway…no matter where we lived.

    But, the funniest, and only, one I do remember was when my cousin and I were around 12 to 14 and we decided to go one night. We had no custumes, but we went to a house that sat back from the street and on a rise. I’d always thought the people who lived there had to be rich and very “uppity”. (I didn’t know what sophisticated was back then.)

    Scared to death, as it was already getting dark, going to a house we’d never been to, not knowing if there were dogs running loose that might bite…we march bravely on to the front door, rang the bell and waited.

    Someone came to the door, invited us in and took us to the kitchen. I think there were 2 older ladies, and it seems as if there was a man, but one of these, according to us, “uppity” ladies, didn’t have any teeth. They gave us an apple and offered us some water, so I took the water and as I walked to the sink, there was the “uppity” lady’s teeth in a glass on the sink. I’d never seen anyone’s teeth in a glass before.

    I left, figuring “uppity” people kept their teeth in their mouth and not in glasses sitting around. I didn’t think they were so uppity, anymore. And, I’ll never forget my first trick or treating trip.

    When my children were little, I didn’t take them to many houses as it was about that time that evil people started putting razors and things in the candy and apples. I usually just took them to businesses around town who stayed open for the kids.

    They liked to go to this one store about a mile from our house because the people were always giving them candy and at Holloween, they really handed it out. The children loved that.

    Sadly, that couple died in a house fire last night, and I pray their kindness to all the children gets them a bigger mansion in Heaven.

  21. april
      · October 22nd, 2012 at 3:25 pm · Link

    When I was around 6 or 7 was when the razor blades and drugs started slipping into Halloween treats so my mom decided from then on we would stay home rent movies eat pizza and she would get us Halloween candy. She really would get us a variety of candy so we didn’t feel left out. We would stuff ourselves that night because we knew after that it was put up and you got a piece after dinner from then on. We also started a tradition of counting every kid who came to our door too just how many we got! I loved it! And really can’t wait for my own children to outgrow trick or treating so we can move on to that.

  22. Stacey
      · October 25th, 2012 at 9:15 pm · Link

    I really do not have a fave halloween memory, there was one street in town that decked all out, and we did that yearly, and for a few years while my kids were younger too before we moved away from there.

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