Curiosity Killed the Cate

Not yet, of course, but I’m sure someday it will…

Happy Halloween! October 31, 2007

Filed under: Food — catherineeliza @ 10:55 am

Last night I was frantically making a coffee cake for a morning meeting, and I knocked over a grocery bag full of stuff. I looked inside and found the seasonal ingredients (decorative pumpkin candies and Kraft caramels) for two of my favorite autumnal treats that I should have been making the for the last month at least! I’m not sure I’m going to get around to them this year, but I thought I should at least share the two yummy recipes with my friends. These Pumpkin bars are really easy, and always a huge hit. I like to serve them chilled. Tomorrow I’ll share the Caramel Brownies that are to die for when served warm from the oven.

Pumpkin Bars

2 C sugar
1/2 C vegetable oil
1 can (16 oz) pumpkin
4 eggs, beaten
2 C Bisquick All Purpose Baking Mix
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 C raisins (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat sugar, oil, pumpkin and eggs in large mixing bowl until well blended. Stir in baking mix, cinnamon and raisins. Pour into greased jelly roll pan and Bake until top springs back, about 25 minutes. Cool. Frost with cream cheese frosting, cut into bars and decorate with candy pumpkin. Refrigerate left over bars.

Cream cheese Frosting

1 small package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/3 C butter, softened
1 Tbl milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 C powdered sugar

Beat everything except the powdered sugar together until creamy. Add sugar and beat until smooth and of spreading consistancy.
Optional: You can also add 1/2 tsp of orange flavoring in addition to the vanilla.


me want! October 29, 2007

Filed under: Books,Manhattan Life — catherineeliza @ 4:40 pm

One of my sisters was in the same ward as Ken Jennings in college. I told her when Jeopardy history was being made that she should have flirted with him, and then maybe she would be married to the trivia king of the world. Now I find another reason besides fame and fortune that she should have been batting her eyelashes at ole Kenny. Look at the mural he’s painting in his daughter’s room! I love it! I want it in my room; it’s gorgeous.


ukelele Cate October 26, 2007

Filed under: Manhattan Life — catherineeliza @ 3:50 pm

Several years ago (more like 4 or 5, holy cow!), I had a summer job at a factory. Consequently, I would spend my days working on the assembly line and obsessing about all kinds of random things all day long. One thing I became obsessed with was owning my very own ukulele, assuring myself it would be easy to become a master ukulele player, and then I’d go on to become the life of the party, and so on. I did eventually buy a ukulele that summer, along with a book entitled You Can Teach Yourself Uke.
Long story long, I have taught myself the same three cords over and over, and sung the same 6 songs to myself and unwilling neighbors. I’ll tell you, strumming doesn’t so much come naturally to me. I did even go so far as to try to find a ukulele teacher, but they’re not really listed in the phone book.
A while ago (this time only a month or two), I stumbled onto this blog entry that really made me wish I’d been more diligent in “teaching myself uke.” The good news is I have a renewed fervor to master the ukulele. The bad news, for anyone living with me, is that I have a renewed fervor to master the ukulele. Coming to a party (and a library!) near you…


have you met… October 24, 2007

Filed under: Books — catherineeliza @ 12:36 pm

Donna Jo Napoli? She writes all kinds of books, but my favorites are her fairy-tale retellings. She really has a knack for retaining the structure of old, well-known¬†stories, but adding something special and new as well. My very favorite is The Magic Circle. It’s great, I really love it. Don’t read reviews or descriptions of the book, just read it.¬† I recently read this fun interview with Napoli which also provides some great links to learn more about her. Enjoy.


check it out, dude October 22, 2007

Filed under: Theatre — catherineeliza @ 2:21 pm

A coworker brought this site to my attention which is really a shame since I could easily lose hours at a time on this baby. Still, they’d be really fun hours, so I think you should go there too. Click on the picture to be transported to musical theatre heaven.


reading is a thrill October 19, 2007

Filed under: Books — catherineeliza @ 2:11 pm

I love reading a scary story, especially in the comfort of my parents house where all I have to do when I get to scared is run down to the kitchen and everything is nice and warm. One of the first “horror” novels I remember reading is Fog by Caroline B. Cooney. It was a gift from a friend for my birthday; I doubt very much my mother would have let me get it for myself. I remember it being fantastically scary, but I don’t know if it would seem so now. It’s the first book of a trilogy, and I found them all very thrilling as a teenager.
What scary stories do you like to read?


postscript October 17, 2007

Filed under: Books,Manhattan Life — catherineeliza @ 1:35 pm

I almost forgot to tell you one of the best things I learned at Bookfest! Someone asked about The Giver cover, saying it was off-putting. I was very interested in Lowry’s response because a) I felt the same – I put off reading The Giver for a long time even though people kept recommending it because I was scared of the man, and b) I had just noticed while sitting at Bookfest waiting for it to begin that the photo credit for the cover was Lois Lowry. I know from Shannon Hale’s blog that authors usually don’t get any input on covers (which is stupid if you ask me). So, the story is that Lois Lowry had written an article on this guy, and taken pictures to go along with it. She became friends with him, and liked the pictures a lot because he had an interesting face. So when she did The Giver, and she was a big enough author that she did get some input, so she said she wanted to use one of the pictures of this guy (sorry, she said his name, but I don’t remember it). She said there was another picture that was warmer, but his hand was in the picture and he had a band-aid around his finger which the publishers didn’t like, so she used this photo instead. She said that she never thought he was at all scary-looking; probably because she knows him. I will admit, after reading the book, I felt kindlier towards him too, but I did think he was scary to begin with.