When it comes to Halloween, y’all, I’m a kid at heart. I always go trick-or-treatin’ with my grandson Jack at my good friend Donna’s house because she lives in a neighborhood filled with kids. On Halloween, her neighborhood is totally devoted to the children but the adults are there having a good time, too. It’s the one time of the year that all the neighbors get out on the street. They walk the neighborhood, catch up, visit and just enjoy the fellowship—in costumes, of course.
I don’t take myself too seriously, so I usually think up a harebrained outfit to give folks a good laugh—like the year I went as a stick of butter and Michael went as bread. Even when my boys were little, I can remember making their daddy and me pumpkin costumes that I filled full of balloons. We were totally round. We wore black leotards and I even made us a little pumpkin hat with a stem on it. Their daddy and me had more fun wearing those outfits, but trying to get into the car was another story.
I also get a kick scaring the wits outta people. I remember one Halloween in particular that I dressed up like a witch, painted my face green and sat out on the porch, stirring a cauldron full of dry ice. They say I sound like a witch when I’m laughing, so when the kids would come up the steps, I’d go, “Hee, hee, hee, hee, heeeeeee! Come up my little precious!” I had so much fun scaring ‘em.
Now, don’t even think of scarin’ me back. One time, when the boys were teenagers, we tried to watch that movie “Halloween,” but it scared the livin’ daylights out of us. I remember being in the kitchen with the boys—they were standing behind me—and we would watch the TV reflect in the window ‘cause we couldn’t look directly at it. And when that Jason character jumped out of nowhere, we’d all run and scream. We never could get that movie watched.
I grew up with Hitchcock films—movies that were suspenseful rather than just plain gory. So this year, I’m taking a page out of “The Birds” and decorating my house with black birds and birdcages draped with cobwebs. Ladybird, my macaw, looks at me like I’ve lost my mind, but I know my girlfriends will get a kick out my nod to the films from our time. Keeping with the theme, I’ll serve up my delicious Lattice-Top Blackberry Blackbird Pie, complete with a blackbird sitting on top. Even that creepy little thing isn’t enough to keep y’all from diggin’ in.
You see, Halloween is for everyone. It’s a time to make memories that you’ll always treasure, like how Jack’s eyes get as big as saucers when he sees what I’m wearing. This year, I’m doing it up big and going as a princess. I already have my outfit—it’s orange, representin’ Halloween—and it’s got a full skirt. It’s just so beautiful. And Michael is going to go as my Prince Charming. Jack will still be surprised, but this time it’ll be because his Grandmomma looks downright beautiful.Read More From Holidays and Entertaining.
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Inspired by her early days of selling lunches as The Bag Lady, Paula Deen will host a Box Lunch to End Hunger, presented by The Bag Lady Foundation, Springer Mountain Farms, and Hoffman Media. This grab-and-go lunch event will be held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Tuesday, September 16 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. For a $15 donation at the door (no advanced tickets), guests will receive a box lunch prepared by Edgar’s Bakery featuring Springer Mountain Farms chicken and Golden Flake potato chips, and have the opportunity to meet Paula Deen. Grab these delicious boxed lunches and take them back to your office or share with a friend or neighbor. One hundred percent of proceeds will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, which serves 12 counties in our area. For the price of one lunch, 135 meals or 65 pounds of food can be distributed to the food insecure in our area.
“Since September is Hunger Action Month, the timing of this event couldn’t be more perfect,” says Brian Hart Hoffman, Chief Creative Officer at Hoffman Media. “Paula Deen’s dedication to helping those in need and positively impacting people’s lives every day makes this event ideal for getting our community involved in the fight to end hunger in Central Alabama.”
Each guest will be entered into a raffle to win front-row seats to the Paula Deen Live! show at the Alabama Theatre the same evening.
Sponsors for Paula Deen’s Box Lunch to End Hunger include Golden Flake and Edgar’s Bakery.
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens are located at 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223.
Come see Paula’s live show at the Times Union Center for Performing Arts in Jacksonville, FL and get a heaping helping of Paula’s recipes, and some good old-fashioned fun and laughter!
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Sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms.
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