Wednesday, October 25, 2017


  • Black Cats
    In America some people believed in the magical powers of black cats. Certain bones on the cat has the power to make wishes come true, or even to make one invisible. In Europe, the black cats had nasty connections with witches. 

  • White Cats
    The White Cat in England, at Halloween, is thought to the be unlucky.

  • Blue Cats
    The Blue Cat in Russia brings good luck. The "Blue" is often viewed as a "gray" cat.

  • Snails
    Some believe if you catch a snail on Halloween night and lock it into a flat dish, then in the morning you will see the first letter of your sweetheart written in the snail's slime.

  • Owls
    Many people used to believe that owls swooped down to to eat the souls of the dying. If they heard an owl hooting, they would become frightened. A common remedy was thought to be, turning your pockets inside out and you would be safe.

  • Bats
    In ancient November Samhain festivals, bats would swoop over blazing fires to eat the mosquitoes.

  • No Talking at the dinner table
    'The Dumb Supper' was brought to America by the Africans. This an eerie Hallowmas meal - where nobody is allowed to speak, not even whisper. It encourages spirits to come to the table.

  • Nutcracker Night
    In Britain, people believed that the Devil was a nut-gatherer. At Halloween, nuts were used as magic charms.

  • Husband Finding
    If a girl puts a sprig of rosemary herb and a silver sixpence under her pillow on Halloween night, she will see her future husband in a dream.

    Make some of these and give some of those other family pictures a break this Halloween season.  These come to you from http://www.countryliving.com/ .   Happy haunting!


    Image result for PARANORMAL PORTRAITS


    Paranormal Portraits

    You'll never look at loved ones the same way after transforming their images into a ghostly display.

    STEP 1: Make a black-and-white copy of a portrait on printer paper and cut out.

    STEP 2: To "age" the picture, lightly brush it with a sponge dipped in a solution of a few drops of black craft paint mixed with water. Let the paper dry.

    STEP 3: Cut a piece of card stock the same size as the photo, glue to the photo's back, and let dry. With an X-Acto knife, cut out the eyes of the picture's subject(s), piercing through the card stock and creating holes about 1/4 inch in diameter.

    STEP 4: Open the frame's back, remove the glass, then fit the photo inside.Insert red mini LED Christmas lights (try Superior Holiday Lighting's flattop version, $11.26 for a 25-foot string; 1000bulbs.com) through the back of the eyeholes. Plug in the lights, then replace the frame's backing — securing it with tape if necessary — and drape with fake cobwebs.



    Another neat recipe I found while looking for some cool and interesting Halloween ideas and inspiration.  This is brought to you by  snowybliss.blogspot.com.  A really cool cake for that next Halloween party or get together.  Good luck!


    And the inside is even better... because I made a
    Polka Dot Cake!

    I've had this idea in my brain for awhile. It turned out pretty good. But I think after my first attempt I'd tackle it a bit differently next time. I'll give you my thoughts on that after the directions.
    Here's how I did it.


    I have this little nifty cake pop maker. It's fun, especially for the kids. It doesn't make the decadent bakerella cake pops, they are actually more like a donut hole. But they are quick, easy and so far fail proof. Anyway… this is how I made the polka dot cake.
    Step 1


    I made the cake balls with the cake pop maker. Using the recipe that comes with the machine, adding orange food coloring.
    I honestly wonder if you could just get some donut holes and use them. Or maybe make a sheet cake, and use a melon baller to scoop out spheres. Some experimenting is needed.
    Step 2

    Cut a bunch of the cake balls in half with a knife.
    Step 3
    Make the cake batter (I just used a boxed cake mix. This one is devils food, it sounded halloweenish. I added a little black food coloring to it as well). 
    Step 4

    Pour a small amount of batter into the bottom of a greased and floured pan. Then push some of the half sized cake balls flat side down into the batter.

    Step 5

    Add a little batter to a halved cake pop, onto the flat side, and then stick it to the side of the pan.


    Continue this step until you have halved cake pops around the side of the pan.
    Step 6

    Add more batter into pan.
    Step 7

    Place a bunch of full sized cake balls into the batter.
    Step 8

    Top off with more batter
    Step 9
    It took longer to bake than the directions on the cake box stated. About 10-15 minutes extra. I'm sure it has something to do with all the cake balls in there. And p.s. I was worried that the cake balls would dry out, from cooking again, but they were just fine, and the devils food cake itself was awesomely moist.
    Step 10

    Cut off any extra poofy cake from the top to level it.
    And there you go! I made two, and stacked them with orange colored frosting in-between. You could do this in any color. I think a white cake with pink polka dots would be just about the most precious cake ever!


    Alrighty, now I'm going to tell you how I'll be attempting it next time. I think it will work better this way. In step four Instead of just placing half of a cake pop down, I think I'd do some cake balls half size and some whole. Then I wouldn't worry about step seven. When the cake rose, it caused the full cake balls to rise with it, and when I lopped off the top of the cake (step ten), it caused the whole cake pops to become half cake pops. They got cut along with the cake. (Does that make sense). So I didn't get any full polka dots. I am planning on making another one of these. 

    I'll let you know how it goes!

    Is it bad that I'm showing you my sort of, kind of, turned out Polka Dot Cake and not a perfect one that may come after a few attempts? I'm sure I'm breaking all sorts of blogging unwritten rules.
    The blogging police would probably be gasping and tisk tisk tisking me.
    I also shouldn't tell you that the back of the cake looks like it was mangled by a rabid dog.
    I was having major fondant issues, and instead of throwing it through the window (I almost did… really, I was so frustrated), I just kinda smashed the fondant all to one side. Then I decided it would be the back side, and I'd call it a day.  
    I should have taken photos… it would have made you laugh.

    Aaaannnnd…. I made you something.


      Here's another pumpkin carving tutorial I think most of you will like!  It comes to us from http://www.chopcow.com/ .  Go ahead and carve one of these.  It will keep all other pumpkins at bay.

       I thought I would try my hand at carving the popular cannibalistic pumpkin that I've seen so many times before. Just as I was starting out, I realized that this was a good opportunity to document it with my camera. So below is a little tutorial I put together for anyone who might want to try this out. It's not too difficult if you are just patient and take it slow.

    STEP 1:
    The first thing you want to do before setting out on this is to get the proper tools and items.
    This includes the following:

    1. Large Pumpkin
    2. Tiny Pumpkin
    3. Washable Marker
    4. Large Knife
    5. Smaller Steak Knife
    6. Large Spoon
    7. Small Spoon

    STEP 2:Take your washable marker and draw out the face on the big pumpkin. Make sure to measure the circumfrence of the tiny pumpkin and make the the mouth that you sketch on the big pumpkin large enough to hold that size.

    STEP 3:
    Grab your large knife and cut a hole in the top of the large pumpkin for the cap. I like to go in a circle, but add one notch so I know which way the cap goes back on later.

    STEP 4:
    Take the cap off and set it to the side.

    STEP 5:
    Get your children involved by having them scoop out the insides. Kids love this part. Look at my daughter's face expression, she is having a blast!

    STEP 6:
    Once you get all the seeds and innards out, then get your spoon and scrape out the extra stuff that clings to the side.

    When you are done, your pumpkin should have a smooth inside all the way around. Nice and clean.

    STEP 7:
    Take out your large knife and cut a hole inside where the mouth is going to be.

    STEP 8:
    Get your smaller steak knife and start trimming off pieces, making the hole bigger and bigger as you go. The reason you are doing this is that you will be constantly cutting and then trying to place your tiny pumpkin into the hole so that it will fit snugly inside.

    STEP 9:
    When you have the hole for the mouth done and you have tested that the tiny pumpkin fits perfectly, then it's time for the skinning of the teeth.
    See where the knife is in the photo below. You want your knife to go into this area between the meat and the skin of the pumpkin. Start shoving your knife in between very carefully as shown.

    STEP 10:
    Begin cutting this way, taking off little pieces of the skin, while leaving the meat of the pumpkin intact. You are basically slowly shaving off pieces of the pumpkin's skin. This is a delicate process, so take your time. This isn't like using a computer where you can CTRL+Z (undo) if you make a mistake, so be careful not to trim too much.

    Keep skinning the rest of the teeth until you have removed all the skin covering.

    STEP 10:

    The next part takes patience as well. Go in and begin carving out the teeth. It shouldn't be too difficult to do, since the texture is wet and easier to cut out than the skin was.

    STEP 11:
    Now follow the same techniques you just learned for the eyes. You should have the hang of it now.
    Create the hole, carve it out to the lines you drew in. For the eyes, skin them like you did the teeth.

    Take the tiny pumpkin and put it inside the big pumpkin's mouth. If there is any pen marks from the initial sketch you made, take a wet paper towel and wipe them off.

    You now have your cannibalistic pumpkin carving!

    You can add a hat or maybe put some hay underneath it when you set it out for the kids coming by to trick or treat!

    I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!