It’s October, people! Where has this year gone?! Not to mention September slipped passed while I wasn’t looking what with my stupid ear infection and all.

It’s my favorite time of year, though – I love fall, and I love decorating for fall. It’s time for corn stalks and scarecrows and pumpkins and all things pumpkin spice – though not for me on the pumpkin spice – I’m holding out for all things eggnog.

But I digress… it’s also time for black burgers!

Say what?!

Yeah, you read that right – apparently Burger King is ‘bringing back’ their black burgers (aka Halloween Whopper) in honor of Halloween. Not sure I could wrap my head around eating something that looks like this:


To get that ‘black’ look, apparently the buns are backed with A.1. sauce. 

“Layered between the buns is savory flame-grilled beef topped with melted American cheese, ripe tomatoes, fresh lettuce, creamy mayonnaise, A.1.® Thick and Hearty Sauce, crunchy pickles, and sliced white onions.”

Last year Burger King Japan tested burgers with black hamburger buns, black cheese, black ketchup, all made from squid ink and bamboo charcoal.

No thankyouverymuch.

While the black-bunned-burger isn’t doing anything for my drool-factor, this ‘two-faced’ cake most certainly is:


Isn’t that beautiful? Made by a baker in the UK (Tier by Tier). You’re wondering what’s so ‘two-faced’ about it, aren’t you? Because when you turn the cake around, it looks like this:


How cool is that?!

When newlyweds Kia and Billy Bunning were discussing their cake for their wedding (back in August), they realized they would need a compromise. Kia wanted a traditional cake, but Billy wanted to feature his love of superheroes.

I’d say that was the perfect compromise. Plus, they look like they’d totally be fun to hang out with:


Speaking of cool and unique… Did you hear that Iceland will install electric columns in the form of unusual walking iron giants. The spectacle is impressive (and maybe a bit creepy):

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I wonder if they’ll do something like that here eventually? Or if they’ll think it’ll be too distracting for drivers?

Russia apparently has some cool ones – these I’d totally love to see here:


Seriously artistic.

It’s time once again for Leslie’s (aka Rory Bore) Tuesday Chat!

This week’s prompt or question is:

“Tell us about something you have never done, but would like to do now. What was holding you back?”

You know what that is?  That’s Ireland as seen from space.  Pretty cool, no?  Ireland happens to be one of the places I have on my ‘bucket list’ of places I’d like to visit before I get old.

My late father-in-law and his late girlfriend went over there every year for about 30 years and would usually spend a month at a time there, since his girlfriend was originally from there.

They always regaled us with stories of their trips – apparently my late FIL was quite handy at finding out-of-the-way places to visit, simply by venturing off the beaten path and offering to mow the grass at various farms in exchange for a place to sleep and a good Irish meal. How fun would that be?

I would sure love to see this in person:

And try this:

In addition to Ireland being on my ‘bucket list’, I also want to tour the wine country in Italy – you know, since it’s known as the ‘birthplace for most wines’.  I’ve always enjoyed a good wine, and Italy does produce some great ones.

Since I’ve been making my own wine, going to ‘the source’ would be a great learning experience.  And I can drink lots of wine.  Who wouldn’t want to see this in person:

And drink copious amounts of this:

Of course my current wine making ventures pale in comparison to the professionals – but I can definitely understand the passion that most winemakers have and the need to learn about all sorts of different grape varieties and which grapes make a better wine. Being able to experience that in person would be a dream come true for me.

Some day the budget will allow for some fun travel – hopefully while I’m still young enough to truly enjoy it.

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  1. Travel seems to be the key term for this weeks coffee chat. Ireland is at the top of the hubby and I’s list of places to visit once we are empty nest-ers.

    Not sure about the Black Burger, but that wedding cake is phenomenal!!!

  2. I think just having a black bun is not too bad, especially if it tastes good still… but an all black burger? and quid ink? Um no. thanks, I will stick to my candy corn thanks.
    I LOVE those wire towers!!! That is so great. I think wherever we can use our creativity; we should go for it. It makes like more interesting. Why can’t a wire tower be Art too? 🙂

    Seems we all got the travel bug!! LOL And I agree with your locations too. Although there probably isn’t any place I wouldn’t go if I had the chance.

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