You know what I love? Fascinator hats. And beer. But I don’t know how to make beer.

Here are two fascinators I made today.fascinatorsThe net on the black one has sparkles in it. I like sparkles. That’s probably why I like so much beer. I mean why I like beer so much. That’s what I meant. The feathery one is not — repeat, NOT — a critter. It’s a fascinator. Really.

I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies about Mrs. Bridges’ Upstairs, Downstairs Cookery Book.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What kind of hat does your character wear, or what kind would he/she wear if forced to wear one?


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Fascination

  1. Jane

    October 22, 2013 at 10:02am

    Finely fancy fascinators! (Say that twice in a row!)
    As you no doubt recall, my ladies are extremely open to wearing an action-appropriate fascinator when they attend their Derby events, largely because they don’t get so in the way when one is dodging bullets and such!

  2. Jo

    October 23, 2013 at 11:06am

    Those are cool hats! Your talent knows no bounds lovely author. I really wish I could drink real beer – can’t though because it’s got gluten in it. However – since you said – you can make a really cool pineapple beer just by letting the peels ferment. Tastes lovely too. 😀

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      Marian Allen

      October 23, 2013 at 11:09am

      Oooooo, Jo, pineapple beer sounds like heaven! Want some! Now! 🙂

      • Jo

        October 23, 2013 at 11:16am

        Get yourself some pineapple quickly! You can make a really slimming pudding with the insides with coconut biscuits, jelly and evaporated milk – guaranteed to make you lose 10kgs in 2 days! Proven formula – hee heee! Seriously though – after a couple of days the peels make a lovely fizzy drink (not too alcoholic) and then after a bit of storage will knock the spots off a giraffe. 😀 Can you just post me one of those hats please? :)))))

  3. Jane

    October 24, 2013 at 10:43am

    Dear Jo, Hi!
    I have indulged in a rye-based beer that is entirely palatable. OK, it was good!
    Now, I can’t recall the brand, but it was clearly labeled as to its contents.
    Good luck finding some!

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      Marian Allen

      October 24, 2013 at 12:01pm

      Jane, I think rye also has gluten. Mead may or may not, depending on how it’s made. It SHOULDN’T, but the gluten intolerant have to be superdeeduper careful.

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