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Who Would You Pick?

I came across this on Pinterest a while back and have written several versions of it, although I’ve honestly had an easier time picking real people, living or past. It’s the Virgo in me, probably, since I admire their work or their impact. I decided today to post this since it’s so light hearted and I’d love to see what anyone else might comment, if someone does. 🙂

For me, seat 1 would have to be Emma Hart, from the Spellbound Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series by Annabel Chase. I devoured the series when I discovered it and she is such a neat character that I could sit and talk with her for hours. I would love some more information about the other characters in the series, too. Probably a quarter of the characters deserve a spin-off, they’re so neat! That’s my opinion, at least.

Seat 2 would have to be Bay, from the Wicked Witches of the Midwest Series by Amanda M. Lee. She lives on the property with her mom, two aunts, and her great-aunt, and gets herself into some tight spots while solving murders that she shouldn’t have been involved in anyway. *laugh* The wacky family tails would make such fun table talk!

Seat 3 would definitely have to be Jayne Frost of the Jayne Frost books by Kristen Painter. Excuse the language, but she’s a badass and how awesome would it be to chat with someone that’s related to the folks in the North Pole?! (Remember, these are fictional, therefore those folks would be real too. *laugh*)

In the fourth chair would be Moss, played by Richard Ayoade, on The IT Crowd. Although I’d only understand maybe a quarter of what he talks about, since I’ve lost touch with tech so much, he would still be really fun to hang out with. He is such an adorable character and someone that is actually more awkward than me!

5th chair would be Father Brown, from the television series of the same name. I love that he toes the line when it’s to right a wrong and he always has such a generous heart. I love his antics and he would be someone I could learn a lot from, I think, with such a thoughtful and forgiving personality. Since this is fictional anyway, I might have Sid sneak in, since he’s such an interesting character too, and would probably be watching over Father Brown anyway. Sid’s not-quite-legal, but very helpful, abilities would lead to some fascinating stories, I bet.

In six would be Sheriff Jack Carter, from the Eureka television series. Trying to take care of a chaotic city of geniuses that have no common sense would leave him with some hilarious stories and it’d be interesting to see how much rubbed off on him. It is still one of my favorite series, even though it’s been off air for a while, because of the crazy, brilliant, creative characters. And he’s one of the few normal people to ever be in that town. It helps that he has such a cute smile, too. *grin* (He’s the current Maytag man in the commercials.)

Right beside me in the seventh would be Vicar Geraldine Granger, from The Vicar of Dibley television series. I’m not sure if the character would be as funny as in the show, since Dawn French is such a superb actress, but I’m going off of the character being just like she is in the show. I literally HAD to buy the box set when it went off air, because I watch some episodes every single year, especially the holiday specials.

So, who would you pick? It’s a thought provoking exercise and if you share, you might just introduce others to some wonderful characters that they would never have known about otherwise. 🙂

Plantain and Corn Stew

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Tonight was Disney Dinner Night!  We were watching The Lion King so of course the cuisine needed to be African.  I chose to use recipes from the African-inspired Boma Restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort in Disneyworld.  Though I’ve never been to Disneyworld myself I have heard so many good things about this restaurant and I’ve been anxious to try some of their food.  I have to say that it did not disappoint.  The stew was thick and delicious and the salad a perfect blend of sweet and tart.  The only disappointment is that I didn’t try making one of their desserts.  I definitely recommend you try both of these and if you really want to spoil yourself make some of Pioneer Woman’s The Bread to accompany it. 



Plaintain and Corn Stew

Plantain and Corn Stew


Boma, Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort


Yield: 8 servings



2 cups Coconut Milk

2 cups V-8 Juice

1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper

2/3 cup Sugar

1 cup Soy Sauce

1/4 cup Ginger, chopped fine or pureed

1 tsp Ground Turmeric, toasted

1 tsp Ground Coriander, toasted

1/2 cup Water

1 cup Cornstarch (no, it’s not a typo, it really is 1 cup)

2 cups Sweet Potato, diced chunky

2 Carrots, diced chunky

1 small Onion, diced chunky

2 cups Corn Kernels

1 Red Bell Pepper, diced chunky

2 cups Green Plantains, diced chunky

1 Jalapeno, sliced

1/4 cup Parsley, chopped



  1. Heat coconut milk, V-8 juice, soy sauce, ginger, sugar, crushed red pepper, turmeric, and coriander in a pot over medium heat.  Mix cornstarch and water together to make a slurry.  To the slurry add 1/2 cup of the stock.  Whisk together and then whisk into the pot.  Let simmer until the stock thickens.  
  2. Add red bell pepper, sweet potato, onion, corn, and plantain*.  Cook on low for an hour.  Add jalapeno** and parsley and cook 15 minutes more or until the vegetables are softened.


*If you are using frozen plantains, add last when you are ready to serve.

**If you’re making this for children I suggest leaving the jalapeno out of the pot and adding to individual bowls. 




Apple and Jicama Salad

Boma, Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort


Yield: 8 servings




4 apples (I used Gala)

3 Tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

1 Jicama, peeled and julienned

1/2 cup red onion, diced

1/2 cup radish slices

4 cups spinach or mixed greens (washed and spun)


2 Apples (puree)

1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

1/3 cup Cider Vinegar

1/2 cup Lemon Juice (fresh squeezed)

2 cups Olive Oil

1 1/2 Lemon Zest (fresh)

Kosher Salt to taste

Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste




  1. In a stainless steel bowl mix the apple puree and Dijon mustard. 
  2. Whisk in the cider vinegar and the lemon juice, and slowly add in the olive oil.
  3. Sir in the lemon zest and mix well.
  4. Adjust the seasonings with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.


  1. Wash apples.  Cut in half and remove seeds.  Cut all halves into slices.  Place in a mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil and sat and pepper.
  2. Place apples on a grill on low heat to caramelize and impart some of the smoky flavor.  Chill grilled apples and set aside.
  3. Wash and peel the jicama.  Cut into slices, the julienne.  Place in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the red onions, radish slices, and spinach.  Remove the apples from the refrigerator and cut into large dice.  Add the apples to the salad and toss with the dressing.



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