Burning Question #54: Do you believe…

Answer the poll.

Add your comments below in the comment section.

Sing along.

Get an ear worm.

Dance real slow.

Sing along.



~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman


Burning Question #28: Apple Pie



There are all sorts of pies. Everybody has a favorite.

This is the time of year when the new crops of apples are being harvested. So APPLE PIE is the subject of today’s feel good, non-offensive BURNING QUESTION.

There are some who say, “Actually, apple pie isn’t American.” Shut your pie hole. Nothing is more American than Apple Pie. That is like saying “BBQ isn’t American because the current breeds of cattle used for commercial use originally came from Scotland.”


Yes, we all went to school with that kid. Our kids had to deal with them. We’ve worked with that guy. Dude, chill. It is just a saying. Now go get yourself a piece of apple pie with ice cream on it and feel good about yourself and the people around you (yes, this IS a parenting blog too.)

Apple pie is universal. Where there are apples there is pie.

Apple Pie.

Everybody loves pie. Even I, who has to say no to most pie (because I’m a Vampire) love pie, or at least the idea of pie.

I once made an apple pie with no recipe. It actually turned out really great. Woo Hoo. The key is to not make the apples too sweet. When in doubt go light on the sugar. The second key is to keep the shortening or butter in the crust COLD COLD COLD and don’t over mix it. That way it will turn out nice and flakey. And one more thing – ALWAYS use good crisp tart apples. Granny Smiths are good. Stay away from Fuji apples for pie. They’re great for eating but not so much for pie. However if you throw in a couple of Golden Delicious (not the red) it adds a nice naturally sweet flavor.

Juliette Trivia: I like to bake more than I like to eat what I bake. I’m not even tempted to eat it. I like giving it away.

Apple Trivia: Apples were first cultivated in Centeral Asia, but they have been cultivated in Asia and Europe for thousands of years. The European settlers brought apples to America (and Canada and Mexico.)  Wherever people go they bring their apples with them.

My children did not learn about Johnny Appleseed in school. When I told them about him they thought it was a weird story.

This week’s burning question will leave with all kind of warm and fuzzy fall fun. How do you like your apple pie?



Should Apple Pie be eaten plain, with cheddar cheese or with vanilla ice cream?




Honey, don’t you need a pot holder? You can tell she is some sort of paranormal person, because otherwise her hand would be burning.

If you have more thoughts on pie let me know. Leave something nice (like pie) in the comment section. If apple isn’t your favorite tell me what is? Or do you prefer savory pie. Or are you feeling like math today and pi? Please share.

Check back next week for another BURNING QUESTION. 

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman



Loud and Clear

July 4th is one of those days where we really, actually, absolutely celebrate the holiday that we’re supposed to be celebrating.

We celebrate our life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

People risk their lives to come here, to the United States of America. Appreciate that fact.

At the time of the writing of the Declaration of Independence this small spot in the world was settled by some of the most forward thinking and brilliant minds in the world. Some were from Europe and other foreign locations, but a lot were born here. This was their country, as only they understood it.

Far away from the rest of the world they could make and create their own society. They could make their own rule – rules that suited them and not traditions that had nothing to do with their lives.

They were afraid but fearless. They were strong but had loving hearts. They used their minds as well as their swords.

Forget the clowns and nitwits who now call themselves politicians. They have lost the passion and intelligence of our founding fathers. They have lost the imagination and creativity. They have lost their balance. Most don’t have the balls to sign their names as large as John Hancock.

That said, my wish for this Independence Day is for those with thoughts of freedom, justice, creativity, and the individual will rise up and take part. Let your voices ring out with truth, justice and common sense.

Remember, the Vampires will back you up on this – we know what it is like to be different and without a real voice.

Make your voice heard. Shout it loud and clear – like John Hancock’s signature.

Happy Independence Day!


~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

We agree to celebrate our life…

Last summer, when traveling on a short trip abroad with my friend Amelia, we found ourselves squeezed on public transportation, always a great place for people watching.

As we looked around (as we always do) my friend and I noticed that there were no tattoos. Since we live in the Western United States (California and Nevada) we see A LOT of ink. I live in walking distance of at least five tattoo parlours. And I’m not talking seedy holes in seedy strip malls. It is everywhere. My kids know how many teachers have tramp stamps or verses written on their wrists and other inked in decorations. We’re one of the few inkless families around.

Anyway, then we started to talk that everyone looked the same more or less. There was some diversity but not as much as we have at home.

And the point is that if you look at the US Olympic team we don’t all look the same. We don’t act the same. We don’t pray the same. We aren’t the same. Yet, WE ARE the same in our hearts and souls.

Our union isn’t make upon blood lines or DNA or family ties or tradition. It is something far more special than that. It is about the freedom to break ties. It is the freedom to be different, yet part of the club. It is like love in the fact that it is blind, but grows to be wise and nurturing.

It is the freedom to be a Vampire or a Werewolf even if it is just in spirit and for fun. Ghosts on the other hand….that is a different blog post.

And speaking of such things – nobody can have fun like we can…really, think about it. Think of all the goofy silly things we do just for fun.

We agree in that we will celebrate our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness together, and agree that we can disagree. For like I tell my kids, life would be boring if we all were the same.

Appreciate what we have and the life, love and work of those who have gone before us.

Teach your children to fly and make their own world, based on our values, morals and truth but let them own it. To me that is what makes us Americans.

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~ Have a good Labor Day Weekend everyone!

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

Everyone needs to get along!