Saturday, October 31, 2009
This is my Samhain altar. I was putting my finishing touches on my altar tonight with pictures of my grandparents and my father in the center. He has been with me all week. He visited me in a dream a few nights ago. We held hands and visited. :) It was a very comforting dream. Also, things have been flying off the shelves this past week. I get this strange feeling I am being visited by someone...dad? Tonight, as I finished my altar I could have sworn I heard drums in the distance. My windows were closed at that moment so I decided to open them so I could hear better. As I opened my window the wind was still, it was raining. I still heard them. All of a sudden the biggest gust of wind kicked up and blew through me and into my altar room. I quickly turned around and noticed the only picture that fell was my fathers. I know he is here with me now. :) I honor all of my ancestors who made me who I am today and welcome them with open arms for a very special visit and maybe even tea. :) What a wonderful feeling!
Few quick notes. The picture of Jesus was in my father's room for as long as I can remember. I kept it after he passed away. :) Also, the citrine cluster and heart-shaped rose quartz are from Hibiscus Moon! I am so happy with them and I am so connected to them already. Thank you Hibiscus! The lighting is a bit dark. Sorry! I also have pictures of my grandparents and pets who have also passed on.
Happy Samhain everyone! Peaceful blessings....
Friday, October 30, 2009
My newest purchase! I love them....they are just gorgeous!
A picture I bought while back home on a visit. I absolutely adore this.
I've had this statue for years and I can't remember where I bought it. Isn't she pretty?
And my working candle holder I've had for years as well. :)
Sorry for the grainy pics guys. I've done something to a setting on my camera again! I'm so technically challenged. I usually just push buttons until I get it right but tonight I just couldn't figure it out. Lol!
Ready for Samhain?
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Spread evenly on a cookie sheet.
Bake until golden, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Let cool on paper towels and ENJOY!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
A little about the magical pumpkin....
The Magickal Properties of Pumpkins: Used for fertility and contacting the Spirit World. Since most pumpkins are large, they also represent abundance or being plentiful. Also, by lighting your Jack-O-Lantern you are sure to bring good luck to your household!
2 cups sugar
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, stirring just until moist. Stir in chocolate chips. Spoon batter into 2 (8 x 4-inch) loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pans on a wire rack, and remove from pans. Cool completely on wire rack.
Now don't forget to stop on by The Domestic Witch to see what other ghoulish ghosts are up to at this monster fun mash!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
So I subscribe to the Vegetarian Times online and I get these awesome recipes in my email! This one happened to come the day before yesterday and oh my gosh...I have never had whipped pumpkin cream, let alone with Mexican Mocha Pudding! I am for sure trying this for a get together!
Mexican Mocha Pudding
1/2 cup sugar, preferably natural brown sugar such as Sucanat or maple
3 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 1/2 Tbs. arrowroot powder
1 Tbs. instant espresso powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. New Mexico chili powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 large egg
2 egg yolks
2 cups milk
4 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Whipped Pumpkin Cream
1 15-oz. can pumpkin
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup heavy whipping creamDirections:
2. Scald milk in saucepan over medium heat until milk is steaming. Remove from heat. Whisk ı/2 cup hot milk into cocoa mixture. While whisking, pour cocoa mixture back into hot milk, and whisk until smooth. Return to medium heat, and continue whisking for 5 to 6 minutes, until pudding starts to bubble. Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate and vanilla until smooth. Transfer pudding to bowl, and cool to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap pressed directly onto pudding; refrigerate until chilled.
3. To make Whipped Pumpkin Cream: Cook pumpkin and brown sugar with cinnamon medium skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Transfer to bowl, and cool to room temperature.
4. Whip cream in stand mixer or with handheld beaters on medium-high, until soft peaks form, about 1 minute. Fold whipped cream into pumpkin until no streaks remain. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve pudding dolloped with pumpkin cream.
If you want to checkout more recipes from Vegetarian Times go here! They have such a wonderful and informative site! Have fun!! I also have another recipe I will be making Saturday in honor of Halloween! Stay tuned!
Monday, October 12, 2009
So, to wind down and to continue the October blog party hosted by the Domestic Witch I thought I'd make a very haunted Martha Stewart craft. It was so easy too! The spidery hurricane! You can find her directions here! I couldn't find a frosted hurricane but the clear works just fine!
3 Your mother? California
4 Your father? Ashes
8 Your dream/goal? Author
11 Your fear? Drowning
12 Where do you want to be in six years? Happy
14 Something that you aren't? Unhappy
21 Your pets? Cats
22 Friends? Close
23 Your life? Happy
27 Something your not wearing? Earrings
29 Your favorite color? Pink
30 When was the last time you laughed? Today
31 Last time you cried? Awhile
32 Your best friend? Several
34 One person who Emails you regularly? Brother
I love breaking rules. Anyone who leaves a comment to this post gets the award and questions! Have fun and play along!!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I'm away on vacation for a few days..relaxing in Montana with my family. A nice train road overnight on the Amtrak was fabulous! I couldn't get any decent flights out of Oregon without only spending a day and a half with my family. Taking the train gave me a day and a half longer. Go figure! Getting your own sleeper cabin is the only way to go.
Champagne was promptly brought to me when I settled in my cabin. Complimentary when you get a cabin...and it's STILL cheaper than the airlines!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Nutter Butter Ghosts
Nutter Butter brand peanut butter cookies
White chocolate or dark chocolate
Decorative tube frosting in white or chocolate
mini chocolate chips
Very simple guys. Simply melt your white chocolate or dark chocolate (which ever you prefer and I prefer both!) over a double broiler. Dip the nutter butter cookies into the chocolate. Place on wax paper or drying rack. Once cooled, use the mini chocolate chips for the eyes and/or tube frosting! How simple is that?
Enjoy! I know I will. :) BOO!
I will let you know how the investigation goes. Fits so well into the month of October, doesn't it? Oh and I got the gummy pumpkins at Michaels! :)
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Today, decorations are in order. Just a few I pulled out of the closet. :)
The package had so many goodies in it. Chocolate covered blueberries, chocolate covered cherries, an adorable tea towel, two ceramic tea bag holders, Ceylon an adorable teddy bear skeleton (which Quincy ultimately took off with), a sweet fairy card with a very kind written note inside..oh my gosh and so many other goodies!
And this beautiful fairy card! The card is sitting on my altar right now for a little fairy energy. :)