Come in, my pretties...
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If you'd like the directions for making this wreath, please click here.
Happy Halloween, all! Thanks to the lovely A Fanciful Twist, we're starting the Halloween fun just a tad early to get everyone in the mood. Halloween is such a wonderful and unique holiday - it's the only day of the year anyone and everyone can dress however they like and not get arrested. :) Mystery, fun and sweets are musts. All in all, my kind of holiday.
This year, I'm taking inspiration from the Queen of Mystery herself - Agatha Christie. Let's wander through her classic book "Hallowe'en Party"...
A teenager tells everyone at a Halloween party that she saw a murder once, years ago. The girl is known for lying, however, and no one believes her... until she is found later that evening, drowned in a bucket of bobbing apples. One of the detectives in the book, Ariadne Oliver - a mystery writer and a character inspired by Dame Agatha herself - loves apples and eats them all the time. Since apples abound in the book, how about we try some of these this Halloween...
(Photo and recipe from www.about-recipes.com)
2 cups sugar
2/3 cups white corn syrup
1 cup water
3 oz. red cinnamon candies
pinch of salt
Combine first five ingredients and cook without stirring over low heat. Remove from heat and place pan in a pan of hot water. Dip apples to coat. Set on waxed paper to dry. Insert sticks before or after coating - whichever is easier.
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If caramel apples like the ones above are more to your liking, click here for the recipe.
Once Ariadne realizes the teenager must have been telling the truth and did see a murder all those years ago, she calls on her old friend, Hercule Poirot, detective extraordinaire (and a great idea for a Halloween costume, incidentally.) Ariadne and Poirot, of course, solve the intriguing murders - both the old and new. It should be noted that the home in which the murder takes place is named Apple Trees. I always imagine it as looking something like this...
Photo credit: Andy Lyons/Better Home and Gardens
If you would like this pumpkin carving pattern, click here.
I hope you have enjoyed this little excursion through our Halloween mystery. Be sure to grab some candy before you go...
Photo credit: Juushika Redgrave via flickr