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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 09/08/15

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE WITH A GINGER BOTTOM!





Ingredients for the base:


  • 250 grams of biscuits gingernut
  • 80 g of unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
Process biscuits until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add butter and mixed spice, process until just combined. 
Line the bottom of the 23 cm tin with baking paper. Press crumb mixture evenly over the base and side of 23 cm baking tin. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until companies.
Wrap the tin with aluminum foil twice.


Ingredients for the cheesecake mixture:
  • 750 g curd cheese, minced 
  • 250 g mascarpone cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 3 Tbs potato flour (cornstarch)
  • 1 Tbs plain flour
  • 190 g caster sugar
  • 425 g pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
Should be all ingredients at room temperature.
Put all ingredients in a large bowl with electric mixer and beat until smooth.
Set oven to 170 ยบ C. Pour cheesecake mixture into tin. Place the roasting tin in a trey and pour hot water wrapped around the tin to come about halfway up the sides of the springform. Set temperature to 150 ° C. Bake for about 1 hour 30 minutes or until set. Remove from oven, cool to room temperature then put into the fridge for 12 hours.
Additionally:
  • 120 ml whippnig cream, chilled
  • 2 tsp icing sugar

Beat the whipping cream in a mixer bowl until creamy in consistency. Add icing sugar and beat. Decorate just before serving.




HAUNTED HOTELS IN THE UNITED STATES!

    In the United States and all around the world are hundreds of haunted places. But did you ever think that while on vacation, the place you choose to sleep could be the very place a ghost or spirit is looking over you? Haunted hotels are known to be the most haunted places on earth.




Kate Morgan

Hotel Del Coronado


    This hotel is located in California and is known to be haunted since 1892. It is also considered to be one of the top resorts in the U.S. There have been reports of voices and apparitions coming from all floors of the hotel. It is also reported that Kate Morgan, a young woman in her 20's was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Her body was found on the steps to the front entrance of the hotel. Ms. Morgan is she ghost haunting the rooms of the Hotel Del Coronado.



Stanley Hotel


Stanley Hotel ghost



   The Stanley Hotel is located in Colorado and has a lot of hidden secrets and history behind it. Author Stephen King is known to stay in this hotel when in need of inspiration. His best selling book, "The Shining" is based off of the Stanley Hotel. There have been reports of children laughing, mostly in the ballroom, and sounds of piano playing. The ghost is known to be Freelan O. Stanley and his wife, who was once a piano player. He has been known for stealing guest jewelry and visiting their rooms in the middle of the night.




Crescent Hotel and Spa

Crescent Hotel ghost



   The Crescent Hotel and Spa is known to haunted since 1886 and is located in Arkansas. The ghosts and spirits in this hotel are not so friendly and are considered to be dangerous and don't enjoy guests. It has been reported that the spirits appear through mirrors and seems as though they are trying to reach out. Guests and staff members have recorded seeing hands come through the walls and mirrors.





Myrtle's Plantation

Myrtle's Plantation ghost



   Myrtle's Plantation has been proven to be one of the most haunted hotels in America. This hotel is located in Louisiana. Built in 1796 by General David Bradford was a place meant for this man and his family. But today is haunted by 10 ghosts that were murdered and didn't leave the earth on a good note. Most of the ghosts are known to be children. There are reports of a little girl skipping up and down the stairs, then disappears.





Provincial Hotel

Provincial Hotel ghost




   The Provincial Hotel is located in New Orleans and was built many years ago. It is known to be haunted by soldiers and hospital patients that have suffered throughout that time period. There have been reports of screaming and moaning of wounded soldiers along with blood stains that disappear seconds later. Also, there are feelings of being watched and followed. A lot of these paranormal activities have been caught on tape by ghost hunters.



Heathman Hotel




   Heathman Hotel is located in Oregon. There have been reports of multiple ghosts lurking the halls and rooms of this ancient hotel. The ghosts and spirits are known to do odd and spooky things. To let their presence be known, there are reports of moving objects, tapping, and faces appearing in dark corners. There have also been cold spots in one particular area in a room and voices have been recorded on an EVP.





Carolina Hotel




   The Carolina Hotel is obviously located in North Carolina and has been visited by many paranormal investigators. The investigators discovered this hotel is being haunted by William Jocoks.  Mr. Jocoks was a man that lived in the hotel for over 20 years and was known to be a very angry man. His appearance is what spooked a lot of guests that entered their rooms. The described him as a large, tall, heavy-set man, dressed in an all black suit. It has been reported that a feeling of being watched was constant and William was always playing jokes. The man would always turn the door knobs as if trying to enter the room and appear on the foot of the bed several times a night.




Sagamore Hotel




    In New York there are plenty of haunted hotels, but this one seems to get more attention than others. There are reports, once again, of multiple ghosts that appear to be less friendly than most. It is proven that a little boy haunts the golf course and pulls off the wall tricks on the golfers when on the course. The boy is known to throw golf balls from behind trees and a loud burst of laughing is always heard afterwards. On other occasions, there are reports of a woman dressed in all white, entering every room of the hotel at different times of the night. The identity of the spirits are unknown.




Ramada Plaza Hotel




   There is not much information on this hotel and the paranormal activity that occurs. Guests have spoken and admit that something different happens everytime to a different person. This hotel is located in Wisconsin and is built on well-known land. It is proven that this hotel was built on top of underground tunnels that were used by Chicago gangsters. The tunnel ends in the hotel's basement. Walter Schoreder was the owner of this hotel and was murdered on the property. He is the spirit lurking the halls of his enchanted palace. Walter is known to turn the lights off and on in the rooms and the faucets turn on mysteriously. There have also been reports of screaming and banging on the walls

IT'S TIME FOR A ANOTHER HELPING OF CANDY FACTS!!! YYYUUUUMMMMM!!


   Candy Corn, Tootsie Rolls, Snickers, and Hershey's Chocolate products are popular with trick or treaters.  Other than how good they taste, what else is there to know about these yummy treats?  Take a look at some of these fun candy facts.










  Candy Corn was invented in the 1880s by George Rennigner.
   The oldest company to produce the surgary corn is The Goelitz Company which is now known as the Jelly Belly Company.  They have used the same recipe for over 100 years.  Can't get enough of this Halloween classic?  At the moment, you can buy 10 pound for $81 dollars.   Approximately 9 billion pieces of it will be made each year.





   Tootsie Rolls were invented in 1896 by Leo Hirshfield.  The product is named after Hirschfield's daughter whose nickname was "Tootsie".  In 1896 Tootsie Roll cost one cent.  In fact, it was the first "individually wrapped penny candy".  Over 100 years later, consumers can still find Tootsie Rolls for a penny.  The Tootsie Company makes 64 million Tootsie Rolls a day.






 A fun online Chicago Tribune article suggested that if your favorite Halloween treat is Snickers, it means you probably have an indecisive personality.  "Do you want chocolate?  Do you want nuts?  You don't know.  Or do you?"  Snickers is the most popular chocolate bar in the entire world.  Snickers got its name from a horse.  There are around sixteen peanuts in each Snickers bar.  They are made by The Mars Company.










 Hershey's produces around 30 different chocolate products that can be given out to trick or treaters on Halloween.  Most people probably know that Hershey's Chocolates are made in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  The town got its name from the chocolate and its inventor Milton Hershey.  But did you know that before it was named Hershey, the town was known as Derry Church?  Here is a link to The Hershey Company.

   Think chocolate is boring? Archie Mcphee sells fun Halloween themed products such as gummy maggots, brain flavored zombie mints, and voodoo pop.
   According to AOL, the average American household spends $45 dollars on Halloween food and candy.  Candied apples are a popular Halloween treat, but their origin remains unknown.  Dan Walker is sometimes credited with the invention of the caramel apple, but others believe he was only involved in marketing caramel apples while working at Kraft Foods in the 1950s.