Elfcon 2015


Wow that was a fast year!

Hard to believe it is almost another Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S.

I have a theory. I think foods are traditional to the holidays because great-great-great-granny had the good sense to realize that traditional = I don’t have to think about it.

It’s down to routine. Same shopping list. Same routine. Bake the cake and brine the turkey the day before, heave everything in the oven during the commercial breaks in the TV parade and bah-BAM. Dinner. The secret ingredient is to omit all the empty Clark-Griswold-ish expectations. If you are expecting a lot of fussy entertaining …you don’t know me very well. It’s just one day, but I’d rather save room for another helping of sweet potatoes than have a belly full of disingenuous-ness. Honesty is my favorite garnish. This year a piping hot mug of be yourself is on the menu.

Speaking of menu…let me take another stab at weekly menu ideas.

Monday: Spaghetti with green salad

Tuesday: Mushroom and Beef noodle soup

Wednesday: Yakionigiri with easy velvet corn soup

Thursday: Roast turkey, green bean casserole, black olives, mashed potatoes, pumpkin cake

Friday: turkey fried rice

Wishing Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving



  • Modern Oracle Tarot: $5 off all email “Seasons of the Year” until Jan 3, 2016
  • Quirk & Flotsam: look for lots of new meditation bead designs and paper copy books with custom Tarot readings for holiday giving.
  • RondaSnow.com: still quiet but look for book announcements after the holidays


Being Human Is 100% Fatal


Not the TV show. Love “Being Human” actually – just talking about it makes me want to re-watch the American version or catch up those last seasons of the BBC version that I’ve missed.

But you know how that goes…TV is on in the background, often to the news, and not something I watch with any sort of real attention. One report did, however, make it through the inattention: processed meats will kill you.

Well, maybe not THAT dramatic…but you get the idea of how it was being hyped. My gut response to every “study” in the news is “show me the data”. After being through the dissertation process, even with a cheesy, semi-accredited correspondence school, I know how good and bad studies can be. It’s called a lit search. It will make you weep at the human condition – but that is another story. If nothing else, a dissertation will teach you to look at “studies” through jade-to-bile colored glasses.

Apparently this was meta-analysis…a study of studies. Makes my eyes cross just thinking about the amount of data they had to process. Sounds like in this case they did it right.  But the gentleman (I didn’t hear who he was) on the newscast (I don’t remember which one) made the best point you could make in these “new medical study” kinds of pop news reports…follow the money. The people saying processed meats contribute to cancer are a non-profit organization, well respected for decades – literally the global leader in health care – WHO, the World Health Organization. The people whining about the study are none other than the for profit meat industry.

Don’t get me wrong – I loves me some bacon. The chances of my being vegetarian are currently hovering somewhere between zero and none. Without having access to the full details of the study (although I bet there are out there on the interwebs for someone more motivated than I am to find)…the best I can do is gloat. Yes, you heard me…gloat. Neener neener neener. The whole thing fits with the basic premise of the vampire way of eating: Feed discriminately.

Whether they feast on humans or animals, vampires in contemporary film and literature have to be careful in how they eat so the humans don’t discover them. Humans have to be somewhat careful in what they eat so the ills of modern industrial food doesn’t discover them.  The Grim Reaper knows where you are already, so you might as well have some mindful fun along the way.


Vampires don’t eat processed preserved blood. They drink natural and whole. Whatever their animal of choice, they can’t decimate populations or leave heaps of corpses in their wake. Neither can we.

Like any particularly delicious food, I plan to eat meat – but as unprocessed, natural and moderately as possible. One meatless day per week is one way to help find that moderation.

I liked the suggestion someone made in the amid all the noise about meat will kill you…eat better but eat less. Sure the good stuff costs more, but if you eat smaller portions and less often it can be a wash, breaking even as far as the food budget goes. Good excuse for some real smoked bacon instead of the industrial kind. It has to be out there somewhere.

Hello Foodies!


It’s been a whirlwind time…again.

“The Vampire Diet” is still a thing. I’ve been out there trying to do it instead of writing it. Begin again, and again. Begin again enough times and you’ve put together days upon days of doing what is right for you.

If you want to get out of the kitchen and come visit some of the other rooms in the ‘blog cabin’ here’s what is going on

  • Halloween Special on www.ModernOracleTarot.com: get a 3 card yes/no reading for $5, 60% off the regulare price. Order HERE
  • New on Quirk & Flotsam: “Soul Mala” – clear crackle glass beads with a rose quartz gemstone guru bead (said to attract love and support the heart chakra)
  • New look on RondaSnow.com. Both websites are now in a new mobile / tablet friendly format.
  • Menaga A Tarot podcast has stepped up our recording schedule. Listen to our latest episode on www.menageatarot.com, iTunes, Stitcher, or TuneIn.

Will be back with menu ideas and recipes soon. Today’s easy though…beef stew brewing away in the good old crock pot.