Host a Murder Mystery

We arrived at a friend’s beautiful hawaiian property for a private birthday party, only to find that he had been murdered earlier that day. It sounds like a horrible night, but this scene was set to kick off a murder mystery dinner instead (no real murder involved).

Years ago, we had a few murder mystery dinners with friends, and we’ve always wanted to do it again! So, we made sure to put this slip in our Sunday Bucket. And, after a few weeks of coordinating (some slips aren’t as easy to complete in just a week), we made it happen!

6 other suspects joined us for a luau themed evening at our apartment, complete with hawaiian inspired appetizers, drinks, and even decor, graciously provided by AZ based Creative Occasions. The main event was narrated by a CD that came with the game. Each guest is given a character and a script, and as the night plays out, the story comes together. By the end of the night, everyone guesses who the murderer is. But, the real fun is dressing up, getting together with friends, and doing your best to stay in character (especially when you sport a grass skirt).

To commemorate the night, Lianne made the video below. Check it out, and if you host your own dinner, feel free to invite us!

For Your Bucket:

Game: $17 on Amazon
Food & Drinks: $60

Donut Try This at Home

This week, we picked, “Eat Donuts at Just about Every Time of Day All Week”. Actually, we picked “Make Homemade Donuts”, but we might as well have picked the first one. Earlier this year, we got a donut pan at Sur La Table (impulse buy), so when we started Sunday Bucket, we knew this had to be on the list!

Real donuts are deep fried in industrial kitchens. Note: If you are the owner of an industrial kitchen or deep fryer, give us a call, and we’d love to try this over. But, the way to do it at home is a little simpler. We picked a recipe for a Cinnamon Apple Cider variety, and started by mixing all of the ingredients, first in a bowl, and then in a mixer.

We poured the mixture into a greased donut pan, and baked for 7-8 minutes. Then, we let the donuts cool a bit, brushed them with butter, and rolled them in Cinnamon Sugar (delicious, as is anything that’s brushed with butter and rolled with Cinnamon Sugar). Maybe next week we should pick “Exercise”.

For Your Bucket:
Cost: $11 for Donut Pan
Recipe: Adapted from here

Pack a Picnic

Who says you need to eat home cooked meals at home? Last Sunday, we sat in a park, under a shaded canopy, sipping pumpkin beer and eating leftover Pizza from St. Francis, and wondered why we don’t make food to go more often.

DC Ranch has a great little park at Market Street, which was the perfect backdrop for this week’s pick, ‘Pack a Picnic’. Amidst the Sunday football games, we took a break to savor the sunshine (90 degrees!).

A picnic is an easy way to make a regular meal more memorable. Unless you pack too many pumpkin beers.