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AHS Apocalypse ~ The End is Meh

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American Horror Story: Apocalypse (Season 8) wrapped up this week, and once again, it was a great concept thoroughly squandered by Ryan Murphy’s team of inept writers. The show looks great, has a great cast, but the time-jumping story was ultimately full of missed opportunities and a tone that abruptly veered from campy comedy to deadly witch wars to a guileless origin story about a whiny teen antichrist. It leaves viewers rooting for the missiles to destroy it all. The advanced buzz was good – a direct sequel to Murder House (S1) and Coven (S3) from the heyday of AHS. Would it be possible to recapture the magic of those early seasons? The artwork showcased the very devil in our midst. Would this season return AHS from the absurd excess of the more recent seasons to a more scary, satanic showdown? The first 20 minutes of the season induce palpable terror as missiles descend upon LA. It plays on our fear of having a cheetohead as commander in chief with access to The Button. But

Pumpkin Tres Leches

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I was very lucky to be joined by a group of fiends, mostly from work, to help me hand out candy this year. To add to our celebration I made Pumpkin Tres Leches which is a moist and creamy bread pudding type dessert. "Tres leches" means three milks in Spanish and it's the basis for a popular Mexican cake often served for the holidays and weddings. The cake is soaked with the milks and it essentially creates a rich, decadent bread pudding that I believe is best served cold. Warm bread pudding enthusiasts don't you give me that stink eye. Pumpkin Tres Leches Bread Pudding 2 eggs 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 cup apple cider 1- 17.5oz box of Trader Joes Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix ( not cake mix) 1- 12oz can evaporated whole milk 1- 14oz can sweetened condensed milk 1 cup whole milk whipped cream, for serving 1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a ceramic or glass baking dish (not metal) with butter. Set aside. 2. In a large bowl, combine eggs, oil and whisk

The Day After Halloween

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Call me crazy, but I actually love the day after Halloween. First, there’s Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) to celebrate with a vibrant altar, Mexican food, and margaritas. Secondly, while it’s sad to bury another Halloween up in the attic, there’s a profound sense of relief. I'm not sure why I feel the need to be so secretive about this as if I'm betraying the spirit of Halloween. There's no more worrying about getting things done on time, writing posts, fixing props, dragging people to haunts, running around town like a madman attempting to find supplies, and spending all my money on just one more Halloween thing. Again, it’s sad to see it all go but the emotional and psychological break is a sweet release. Plus I can finally catch up on all the tv & movies I missed. My ritual begins at 12:01 a.m. sharp on November 1. I start breaking down my front yard display with a goal of having it completely out of sight by sunset since technically, Samhain ends at sunset

Feliz Dia de los Muertos

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If you slept through November 1 like I did fret not. You can still celebrate the second day of Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday that celebrates loved ones who have moved on. Start with a viewing of the best (only?) Day of the Dead-themed movies,  Coco or  The Book of Life. If I had to choose only one then definitely go for the Pixar pic. If you love the vibrant colors of Dia de los Muertos, you'll love the vibrant prints from artist David Lozeau . I own one tiny original that I absolutely love, but luckily he offers more affordable prints in a variety Finally, no Mexican celebration is complete without a margarita. But if you can barely move after a hectic Halloween season, who has time to make one from scratch. I've finally found the BEST margarita mix on shelves today. It's made by Tres Agaves who also makes tequila but I haven't tried it. The Margarita Mix is flavorful with a tangy but not to tart lime pucker and sweetened with agave instead