The Psychology of Halloween Candy

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This is my completely unscientific, totally opinionated and baseless analysis of what your Halloween candy says about you.

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You bought your first supply of candy as soon as it was in the store.
You think buying school supplies and Halloween candy at the same time is efficient. You are a planner. You also buy birthday cards in January for the whole year.
You have hidden it in a safe place so you wouldn’t eat it until Halloween.
Unfortunately you cannot find it so you have to buy more.

You bought candy in early October and hid it in a safe place and ate it yourself. You are also a planner. You are the classic passive aggressive eater. Since you displayed self control waiting until October you deserve a treat, right?
Unfortunately you have to buy more.

You bought candy weeks ago and hid it in a safe place but your family found it. You shop with your children. You are easily distracted. Um…wait…what?
Unfortunately you have to buy more.

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You buy candy you don’t like.
There you go, playing tricks on yourself again. You buy candy you don’t like with the thought that you won’t be tempted to eat it. You also watch the Food Network’s hit show Chopped or Sweet Genius so you know how to melt anything down and create a delicious confection.
Unfortunately, you have to buy more.
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You buy candy you like.
Duh? You’re brilliant. You know life’s too short to not have a treat. Eat now…worry later.
Unfortunately, you have to buy more.

You buy six bags of candy for an annual parade of 12 Trick or Treaters.
You are a hoarder. You have 12 packages of Mac and Cheese years beyond the expiration date. You go to the wholesale market and buy giant sized nacho cheese jars and you don’t even like it. BOGO sales make your heart go a-pitter-patter.
Unfortunately, you will buy more.

You buy 10 times the amount of Halloween candy you will give away just a few days early.
You are an overachiever. You buy candy with the intention of giving the remainder away at work. You have a candy bowl on your desk so that people don’t have to only come and see you when they have a problem. You like to feed people. You are like a bartender of candy because people tell you all about their relationship with food, why they are only going to have one (cutting back, you know…but these are fun sized so can I take one to eat walking back to my office?), and the feeling they have while biting into a York Peppermint Pattie.
Unfortunately, I just described myself, and I always buy more!

Have a yummy Halloween. I hope it’s Boooooteafull!

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A Lovely Evening At Water Street Landing

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The weather today was just like our wedding day, 32 years ago…it rained all day long in spite of my mother hanging rosary beads on the bushes outside the house. You cannot stop the rain…my mother still is not over it!

We decided to celebrate close to home at Water Street Landing in Lewiston, NY. I’d say the view was fantastic (if it were daylight or not raining I would be correct) but the lack of daylight and clouds reduced the opportunity.

But, if you are there just for the view then you have not taken the time to look at the menu. There are always specials and I usually like to try those because you are sure to get the freshest catch but I was uncertain about lobster with maple. Maybe it’s just me…

We started with our favorite cocktails served to our satisfaction. Mine was a lemon drop, the perfect combination of sweet and, well, sweet. It was filled so high I had to sip it on the table in the best ladylike sip I could muster.

We ordered calamari with our drinks. They were lightly fried with a Vietnamese chili aioli. I like the aioli but did not find it particularly spicy.

We shared a bowl of lobster bisque, sliding it between us. I really enjoy this soup and try to order it each visit. It did not disappoint.

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My entree was the Lobster Pasta. I loved the bite of sun dried tomatoes. The tomato sherry cream sauce was smooth and mild. The fettuccine was cooked al dente, just the way I like it. There was a perfectly cooked Australian Lobster Tail, split, in the shell on top of the perfect pasta. The Langostinos were chopped and generously mixed through out the dish. I brought home more than I could eat and enjoyed each bite.

We drank a nice Australian Malbec but don’t remember the vintner. I appreciate a restaurant who understands that wine tastes different depending on the glass. Our server also did not over fill the glass, allowing us to enjoy the wine completely.

It was very cute to see the staff decked out in Halloween finery. Our server was a devil but sweet as heck!

She offered dessert and after listening to the offerings decided on a Creamsicle cheesecake. It was served on a large white plate with a fruity sauce scribbled on the plate. The sauce was tart and the cheesecake brought back memories of the ice cream truck and the creamsicles that made me forget the guy didn’t have chocolate!

I think what makes me the happiest is that we have so many wonderful places to eat just a few miles from home. Water Street Landing was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary.

Have a yummy day!

Quick Bite: Whole Wheat Waffles

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Mom made waffles for my foodie niece. These waffles are surprisingly tender, made with whole wheat flour. We had a debate this morning about syrup. 100% maple was not sweet enough for my niece and my sister and I don’t like any “lite” varieties. What is your favorite waffle topping? Have a yummy day!

An Open Answer to a Recent Facebook Status

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Facebook Status:

“If you work really hard and are kind, amazing things will happen. *B…S…*”

There was a ton of agreement until a friend posted a perfect response. She reminded her that if we content ourselves with money we are surely going to be disappointed. But if we act kindly ourselves and show our strength of character everyday then things would be just fine. This lady was spot on!

Here is my take…

Life’s greatest leveling tool is our own attitude. The older we get the more negative crap we have to balance. My grandmother used to say that we all have a cross to bear. I agree with her. But I add a few more things.

Everyone has a cross to bear. Each persons cross is the heaviest because its the only one they know. It’s how we carry the cross that shows who we are.

When I was 30 I thought the world was over. My son was gone and my future dim. Everyone had healthy children, big houses, fabulous jobs and I had an empty room, four years of debt from his illness and lost my job when my father sold his dealership.

Everyone was happy but me.

Then I made a conscious decision to be happy. I seriously had to reframe almost everything I knew to be true. And, eventually I began to believe the stuff I preached to myself.

Today I work hard to see the glass half full. Even when I know others “have” way more than I do…bigger families, bigger houses and better jobs…I make the choice.

I am happy.

This I know about you: you are smart, you are determined and you are kind. Decide that you will be happy.

Mean people are all around us. They make more noise so they get more attention.

Kind people are all around us, too. They most often quietly impact everyone around them. Often we feel better around them and don’t know why. We usually credit some other outside force. But they are there.

And

You are one of them. Be kind. Look inside for your happiness. Content yourself on a job well done, a shared smile or affirming someone else’s kindness.

I believe in you. Believe in yourself.

Have a yummy day…pass it on!

Birthday Treats and Always Being A Mom

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This guy is 22 today. The beanie hat has been replaced by a briefcase but he did have a ride in the subway today…to work.

Even 10 years ago I would have baked a treat and gone to school with fresh pressed cider from a local farm and shared with his class. One year, when my grandmother passed away my husband did treat duty. Otherwise it was a tradition I enjoyed without reserve.

Birthday cakes were homemade in our house growing up and we did the same for our kids. Every year we would get their feedback and create the treat of choice. We made a big deal of preparing and packaging the confections and it made their birthday even more special.

Perhaps the best compliment my sister ever received from my foodie niece came a few years back when one of her classmates celebrated her birthday at school.

My sister asked her what the treats were.

“Oh, they were ok. Cupcakes.”

My sister reminded her she loved cupcakes and she responded:

“But Mommy, they were from the STORE!”

Happy birthday to my 22 year old baby. Oh what I wouldn’t give to be able to visit your client this afternoon with some freshly pressed Niagara County cider and homemade brownies.

Have a yummy (birth)day!

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