Book Birthday!

May 1, 2014

Today The End or Something Like That officially comes out! Yay! To celebrate I’m having a little contest. In the book, the main character’s best friend is very specific about what food she wants served at her funeral. I know that at my funeral, I want chocolate covered cinnamon bears. From the BYU bookstore. They are the softest and most luscious and I hope everyone is stuffing their mouths with them while they sing songs.

What food do you want  at your funeral? Two winners will receive a signed copy of my book and a bag of chocolate covered cinnamon bears. One winner will be picked randomly. The other winner will be chosen because of their culinary picks. I have a panel of food people who will be picking.

Good luck!


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  • Reply Happy Birthday Kyra! | Throwing Up Words May 1, 2014 at 1:29pm

    […] is my book’s birthday too. I’m giving away a couple of my books and some candy on my website that I never use. All you have to do is leave a comment about what food you want at your funeral. […]

  • Reply Carol Lynch Williams May 1, 2014 at 3:10pm

    This one is from Carol Lynch Williams: I think a lot about my funeral. A lot.
    First of all, someone will sing Wind Beneath My Wings. Over and over. Hopefully that will be Bette Midler.
    There will be plenty of videos–but not of me because I don’t take film of myself.
    People will have to read the favorite parts of my books or tell what I did to make them laugh OR feel like crap.
    I want people to cry. A lot. And loudly. And for a long time.
    There will be a dance afterward, with all my favorite dance music. This will take several hours, so I am going to have some great food.
    1. a chocolate fountain, but not one you can a) lick
    or b) double-dip
    or c) sneeze into
    2. funeral potatoes because yes! Delish!
    3. Shrimp with extraordinary cocktail sauce
    4, Homemade rolls with LOTS of butter. People can get as many as they want.
    5. These delish cookies I found the recipe to. They are sweet and salty. Chocolate chip. (Milk chocolate.)
    6. Rice crispy treats–with extra butter and marshmallow
    7. Butter mints (as a parting gift. Along with a book that I wrote and then bought all the remainder copies of, because what else will my girls do with them these extras?)
    8.Thai deep friend shrimp with delish dipping sauce.
    9. Kyra–who has a birthday today–will make salmon (super fresh) and so will Elise. It will be cold. And served with that cocktail sauce and lemons.
    10. The butter )for the rolls) will be in the shape of my books.
    11. An assortment of fresh lemonades–different flavors.
    That’s all the space and time I have now because I have to finish Three Thing Thursday. This menu will have to be tweaked, I know. But this is just off the top of my head.

  • Reply Ilima May 1, 2014 at 3:11pm

    From Ms. Ilima Todd: I want everyone to eat ice cream at my funeral. Maybe have an ice cream bar where you can request your favorite flavors. Everything’s better with ice cream.

    • Reply Brooke Phillips May 1, 2014 at 3:40pm

      Kim wants a chocolate fountain with snickers…….I would like a taco bar and like you chocolate covered cinnamon bears!!!!

  • Reply Emily W May 1, 2014 at 3:24pm

    I want fresh peaches and no one to wear black. I want lots of color.

  • Reply Rebecca Aaronson May 1, 2014 at 3:31pm

    Pie. All kinds of pie, but especially mincemeat because it seems melancholy.

  • Reply Dan May 1, 2014 at 3:45pm

    I want some hot, gooey, fresh off the stove sticky Special K treats. I want people to eat them until they feel a little sick and then I want there to be a massive food fight with them.

    Also, I do not believe in chocolate covered cinnamon bears. I believe they are a case of two good things that don’t belong together. If I am the winner of this contest I will prefer to receive cinnamon bears as they should be eaten along with a side of dark chocolate with almonds.

  • Reply Nicole May 1, 2014 at 3:48pm

    I want the same meal my parents made for my intimate wedding: barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, homemade sauce, tons of fruits, skip the salad, and candy jars everywhere for the kids. My wedding was a family celebration of taking the next step in life and I would like my funeral to be considered the same. Absolutely no Relief Society food!

    Nicole Laughman

  • Reply Sarah Steele May 1, 2014 at 4:06pm

    I think I would like some sort of full 5 course meal. But one of the courses has to include grilled, parmesan crusted asparagus. Not necessarily because I like it, but mostly because when the consumer pees for the next two days after, he or she will still be thinking of me. “Wow, my urine stinks. Must have been that asparagus. Man, do I miss Sarah.”

    • Reply Debbie Nance May 1, 2014 at 6:12pm

      I want whatever the Relief Society provides because I don’t want my kids or grands or hubby to have to think about food for a luncheon. I used to not want a viewing either. But now I do. I realize it helps people get closure and besides I’m not going to be there (well except in spirit) so I’ll enjoy the time. What I want is lots of flowers. Mostly carnations and daisies and lillies and wildflower-types that last a long time and have lots of colors and luscious scents, as opposed to roses that look lovely and live for only two days.

      When one of my uncles died a few years ago, his family had dishes of black-licorice-candies sitting in strategic places so everyone could eat them, because black licorice was his favorite candy. I like that idea. But not so much black-licorice. I do love those BYU chocolate gummy bears. Rick Walton introduced me to them. Alas, unless you go to BYU, they are hard to find–though I did try to make them once. So when I die, all my friends from Utah County will need to bring small bags of the yummy treat so my extended family can taste the deliciousness they’ve been missing.

      And happy birthday Kyra!

  • Reply Kirsa May 1, 2014 at 4:32pm

    Mounds and gummy worms, because it’s funny. Rainbow jello because it’s beautiful. Chicken and dumplings and pie (as many kinds as can be managed) because they are delicious and can be saved and eaten later at any time of day if there are leftovers.

  • Reply Ashley sundberg May 1, 2014 at 4:33pm

    Sparkle Ice cream from BYU creamery!!!!

    Ashley Sundberg

  • Reply Maegan Green May 1, 2014 at 4:57pm

    Peach cobbler lol! 🙂

  • Reply Paige May 1, 2014 at 5:27pm

    I want chocolate-covered strawberries, but with no white chocolate involved. Only dark or milk. Also, shout out to Kyra: happy birthday!

  • Reply hubbard19 May 1, 2014 at 6:20pm

    Amaretti cookies–those Italian almond cookies because after you eat them, you can set the wrappers on fire and the float up like lanterns. The Russian fried chicken they cook smashed under a rock, because nothing’s funnier than fried chicken that looks like road kill. Mango lassis. Colorful fruit. And Bollywood music and dancing. Ooh–and those austrian marzipan and chocolate balls that have mozart’s picture on them. Don’t know the name, but to die for.

  • Reply Juliette May 1, 2014 at 7:21pm

    I want an international feast. Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Italian and Middle Eastern food. Plus I want desserts galore. Cheesecake, ice cream, strawberry short cake, eclairs, candy bars. I want it to be as tacky as a Las Vegas buffet.

  • Reply Haemi Choung May 1, 2014 at 11:04pm

    I would think the food at my funeral should be something that represents who I was when I was. After thinking long and hard about this and my mortality (I’m only 25!!) I think I would want this-

    homemade pineapple ice cream, served and made table sided to each person at my funeral, paired with a cup of Irish Breakfast tea with milk and honey

    Whenever I was in the drawing mood or if I was every down, a cup of tea would cheer me up. Pineapple is not only my favorite fruit but it is also my favorite color, yellow, which could be associated with happiness. For it to be made table sided means that even after my death, I am still caring and will do my best to serve those that I love. Everything here is meant to say that “I may be gone but everything will be okay”.

  • Reply rbirkin1 May 2, 2014 at 1:55am

    My husband says I can’t serve funeral potatoes at his funeral. I’ll counter that. Cheesy potatoes are great, but no ham or that bagged salad that always comes with ranch dressing out of a tub.

    Instead, I want desserts. Flowers, and lots and lots of dessert. Cupcakes, eclairs, and those cupcakes with flowers on top from Backers Bakery in SLC. So that would be flowers AND dessert.

    Too bad I can’t email one of the Backers cupcakes to Kyra for her birthday. In fact, I still have cupcakes left over from my birthday. But I don’t think they will ship well. Or scan.

  • Reply Karen May 2, 2014 at 3:14am

    At my funeral . . . warm cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting. These are a Brown family comfort food, celebration food, breakfast food, and birthday food. In a pinch, they’re even airplane food (of the Cinnabon sort). My funeral will sort of encompass all these things. . . a place to find comfort, a life to celebrate, the birth of a new life, and a trip to a new place (which I hope has breakfast food like cinnamon rolls).

  • Reply Cindi Simons Jensen May 2, 2014 at 4:17pm

    I would have to say I would want Italian food because my favorite and i dont like the traditional ham and funeral potatoes because I don’t eat pork and the Italian food would need to be made with a turkey burger or chicken because I don’t eat red meat I would also like my guest to have a parting gift maybe a book mark with my favorite saying on it or just a simple washer necklace with something simple stamped on it so when they use it or wear it they think about the good times they had with me. 🙂

  • Reply Nadia May 2, 2014 at 11:55pm

    I want lucuma ice cream, imported all the way from Peru. No funeral potatoes, please. I like having those when I’m not dead, which is, you know, most days.

  • Reply Nadia May 2, 2014 at 11:57pm

    Happy Birthday Kyra!

  • Reply Melissa Perez May 3, 2014 at 3:44am

    Definitely In N Out burger, tamales, and all foods that can be made from potatoes

  • Reply Lynne Snyder May 8, 2014 at 3:28am

    I would like every Relief Society woman who signs the paper to bring the very best thing that ever came out of their kitchen. Funeral potatoes included. I will supply the caramels. Unless death is a surprise. In that case people should bring the Costco chocolate cake and serve it with two scoops of Carmel Cashew ice cream, which is better than my caramels anyway. And none of that Abide With Me song. It creeps me out. I hope someone says “Hallelujah.” I don’t know why. It seems like a good idea. But then someone else might think the Hallelujah person was glad I was dead. It might drive them crazy, trying to think why. Every one needs a good mystery, even if it is only trying to figure out why the dead person did wrong. That’s all. Except under baked chocolate chip cookies, hot from the oven. A woman in an apron should take the cookie sheet and a spatula and serve them right then. if a cookie lands on the funeral potatoes someone could say Hallelujah, and then I would be happy, but there would be no mystery to be solved.

  • Reply holly May 22, 2014 at 3:05am

    I want comfort food — a warm roast, mashed potatoes, hot homemade desserts. Because no one’s really been eating because they’re so sad I’m gone so they’re going to need something substantial.

  • Reply Tommy L May 25, 2014 at 7:42am

    I’d really like to treat my family and friends to some ham and a potatoe dish, baked with cheese and Special K’s on top. Maybe some salad and rolls. But honestly I’d be happy with whatever the relief society comes up with.

  • Reply lexis October 11, 2015 at 2:50pm

    I want to have exotic foods such as crickets because while I may be gone I still want people to live there lives by trying new foods and making memory’s and having the best experiences anyone can have.

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