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Great Last Minute Gift-- Bed Pockets

Organize: Bed Pockets

Great Gifts to Sew

bedside pockets
Simple-to-sew handy pockets.

Tools + Materials
· fabric runner
· sewing machine or needle and thread

1. Fold one end of the fabric runner to the desired pocket depth. We used a vintage emboidered runner.

2. Stitch together the outer edges of the folded portion.

3. Stitch through the folded portion in two places to make three pockets.

4. Tuck the runner between your mattress and box spring, allowing the pockets to hang out. How easy can you get? While I wouldn't necessarily use a vintage table runner, I could see using the basic pattern of a table runner to get the width and sew my own to fit the style of the recipient. Talk about a last minute quickie!

Alligator Swamp Water -- For Gator Fans

More Spooky Drinks for Adults and Kids

Go here and have a ball:

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party

This site not only has the organization, it has recipes to match!

There are even pumpkin carving templates!

USE ALL Your Pumpkins This Year

Carving a pumpkin this fall? Don't throw any of it away!
By Jeff Yeager Posted Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:44am PDT
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"Jeff, can't we at least celebrate the holiday before you eat the decorations?" I've heard that more than once from my long-suffering wife during our 26-year marriage.
You see, cheapskates like to celebrate Halloween and other holidays just like everyone else. But we grimace at wasteful rituals like throwing away a perfectly good pumpkin after using it for only a few days as a decoration. Americans buy more than one billion pounds of pumpkins at Halloween, and the vast majority of those end up in the trash. But at the Green Cheapskate's house, we eat our jack-o-lantern, every last bit of it.
While some particularly meaty varieties of pumpkins are specifically grown to be eaten (including Sweet Jack-be-Littles, Cheese Pumpkins, Sugar Pumpkins, and some delicious heirloom vari…

Candy Corn Bark

Candy Corn Bark

"A delightful recipe only for those with a incurable sweet tooth! Candy corn mixed with chocolate sandwich cookies and pretzels will please your whole Halloween crowd."

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16 Halloween-colored chocolate sandwich cookies, chopped (Yeah, Halloween Oreos, okay?)
1 1/2 cups broken small pretzels
1/3 cup raisins
1 1/2 pounds white chocolate, broken into squares
2 cups candy corn
orange and brown sprinkles

Spread the cookies, pretzels and raisins evenly onto a lightly greased small baking sheet. Melt chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, or in the microwave, stirring frequently until melted. Remove from the heat while there are still a few chunks, and stir until smooth. White chocolate burns easily.
Drizzle chocolate with a spoon over the goodies in the p…

Never Waste Food Again


Tortilla Spikes with Devil's Salsa


Spiderweb Sundae

Too fun not to do, right?

Samhain Ritual for Pagans

Samhain (October 31st)


Samhain to the Celts was their New Year's Eve even. That mysterious moment belonging to neither past nor present, or this world nor the other. It was a time when the herds were slaughtered and the meat salted, which also led to the use of salts in magic ritual as a disinfectant against psychic or spiritual evil. On this night also, the spirits of dead friends sought the warmth of the Samhain fire and communication with a living.

The divinatory aspect of Halloween is understandable for two reasons. First, the psychic climates of the season favored it, and second, the anxiety about the coming winter demanded it. The fertility ritual aspect was reflected in legends of gods and heroes. As such, it was a time of deliberate (and tribally purposeful) sexual freedom. That is primarily a Celtic tradition, as many other superstitions say to refrain from sex for fear that your former (dead) friends would take over your body and you might have A Change C…

Shoo Vampire Soup

Yes, of course it has lots of garlic. LOL! It's good. Trust me. I substitute cauliflower for the potatoes though.

Pink Ghouladas-- Not Necessarily Alcoholic, but Fun

I'll make the non-alcoholic version, and yes, I will make the glasses "bleed." What's life without a little fun?

Mauled Apple Cider

Yeah, you know it's good. I recommend getting a friend who knows calligraphy to print out name cards detailing what each dish is on a "parchment" cardstock card to place near each food. Who says kids get all the fun?

Lady's Fingers and Men's Toes (Pretzels)

Follow the directions carefully, and try not to laugh too much at this funny snack.

Black Devil Martini

Black Devil Martini
Photo by Steve Murello
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A martini of a different color, dark rum and a black olive garnish give this drink its midnight hue. Rim the glass with coarse orange sugar to dress it up for a Halloween party.

2 oz. dark rum
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
Black olive

Stir and strain into chilled martini glass, garnish with olive.
Recipe courtesy American Professional Bartending Schools of Illinois in Chicago

Liquefied Ghost Cocktail

Liquefied Ghost
Liquefied Ghost
Photo by Steve Murello
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This ghostly-white drink tastes like a grown-up version of a milkshake. Mix vanilla simple syrup, cream, vodka and soda and serve in a martini glass.

2 oz. vodka
1 oz. vanilla simple syrup
1 oz. cream
2 oz. soda

Mix vanilla simple syrup, cream, vodka and soda and serve in a martini glass.

Recipe courtesy Janelle Maiocco,

GHOST Sandwitches, Part Two -- The Tapenade

Kalamata olives aren't that difficult to find these days. I can even find them in the deli section of the commissary. It's not a bad spread, really.

Easy Halloween Treats

Now these are easy treats! Marshmallows on sticks with a candy coating. Wow! I'm so doing this.
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GHOST Sandwitches, Part One

For those who can't figure it out, it's:
Goat Cheese,
Oak-leaf lettuce,
Sun-dried tomatoes and

I'll post the tapenade recipe tomorrow.

Eyeball Highballs

I don't drink, but this sounds fun to serve.

Ancient Eggs --Low Carb!

Okay, so it's a little work. They still look cool and taste pretty darn good.

All Hallows Cheese

You can find Branston Pickle here: They claim it's worth the trouble to get. Let me know, will you?

If you wish, you can make your own pumpernickel bread using this recipe for the bread machine:

Bloody Brain Shooter Cocktail

Bloody Brain Shooter
Bloody Brain
Photo by Steve Murello
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Channel your inner mad scientist with this Bloody Brain Shooter. Mixing acidic lime juice and Irish cream causes the cream to curdle, creating brain-like strands in the shot.

1 1/4 oz. strawberry vodka such as Stoli
1/8 oz. Rose's lime juice
3/4 oz. Bailey's Irish Cream
Splash of grenadine

Chill vodka for better smoothness. Add vodka and lime juice to a shaker, shake and strain into a shot glass. Using a straw, dip some Bailey's Irish Cream into the shot. Once you submerge the straw into the Bailey's put your finger on top of the straw to hold the Bailey's in the straw. Dip the straw tip into the vodka and slowly release your top finger. The Bailey's will curdle a little bit due to the lime juice and you should be able to make strands of Bailey's.
Repeat the straw/Bail…

Witches' Brew Cocktail

Witches Brew
Witches Brew
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Use a cauldron to mix up a batch of this party-perfect punch. A mixture of pineapple and cranberry juice give this drink its harvest moon-hue, while a shot of Malibu rum gives it a Caribbean kick.
2 oz. mixed pineapple and cranberry juice
2 oz. 7-Up
1 1/4 oz. shot Malibu Coconut Rum

Mix juices and 7-Up in a highball glass. Pour shot down the side of the glass right before drinking.

Recipe courtesy Kelley Meredith, bar manager, Red Brick Tavern, Lafayette, Ohio

Monster Claws

This too-easy trick has been known to Moms for years, but hey, why should the kids have all the good eats? Me, I love different dipping sauces besides just plain ol' barbecue, but that's up to you.

Ghoulish Goodies

While these do require some skill, mostly they just require some special equipment. Take your time! The biggest necessity for this treat is patience!

Halloween Creatures, Part Two

My favorite is the banshee. What's yours?

Halloween Creatures, Part One

Who doesn't love a good creature? This list gives you scary things from around the world to do. More tomorrow!

Witch Lantern

Yes, I know, I forgot the template. However, a good web search will undoubtedly reveal a few witch on broom silhouettes you can use. This particular craft came from Martha Stewart Living magazine, so I'd start with the Martha Stewart websites. Forgive me, but I find a certain amount of sardonic humor in having witch designs all over my house at Halloween time. All in good fun, of course.

Spider Table

This is really much easier than it first appears. Right click on the image, save to your computer, then print it out. All the spiders are pom-poms and satin cord! I recommend the use of hot glue guns for the spiders and fabric glue for the ribbon webbing.

Easy Scary Sound Effects


Flower Petal Masks

I love these because there are so many options. Just think how many silk flowers and leaves there are in the craft stores to mix and match!

Aqua Gems Pumpkin Candle

There really is a pumpkin design at the bottom of this.

See the bottom of the page?

Brain Gelatin Mold

I'm still laughing over this mold. You just have to see it.

Fw: Jerry Baker's What's Growin' On October Newsletter

Look at these great tips for fall! I love and use Jerry's "Yarden" Tonics. They really do seem to help.

The air is getting crisper, the days are getting shorter, and the beautiful leaves are just starting to show their stunning fall colors. Before you know it, your Halloween jack-o'-lantern will make way for Jack Frost, who'll leave his telltale calling card all over your yard and garden. So visit the cider mill and bring home the fixin's to treat yourself to our delicious homemade applesauce. And don't worry about all those bees and yellow jackets—keep 'em at bay with a few of my easy tricks. Above all else, get out and enjoy the weather while you can because Old Man Winter will be here sooner than you think!**************************************************************************************
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Indian Pudding

Indian Pudding Recipe

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6 cups of milk
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup molasses
3 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 cup golden raisins (optional)
Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream


1 Scald the milk and butter in a large double boiler. Or heat the milk and butter for 5 or 6 minutes on high heat in the microwave, until it is boiling, then transfer it to a pot on the stove. Keep hot on medium heat.
2 Preheat oven to 250°F.
3 In a separate bowl, mix cornmeal, flour, and salt; stir in molasses. Thin the mixture with about 1/2 cup of scalded milk, a few tablespoons at a time, then gradually add the mixture back to the large pot of scalded milk. Cook, stirring until thickened.
4 Temper the eggs by slowly adding a half cup of the hot milk cornmeal mixture to the beaten eggs, whisking constantly. Add the egg mixture back in with the hot mi…

The Sabbat of Mabon



“The two Equinoxes are, as we have pointed out, times of
equilibrium. Day and night are matched, and the tide of the year
flows steadily. But while the Spring Equinox manifests the
equilibrium of an athlete poised for action, the Autumn Equinox's
theme is that of rest after labor. The Sun is about to enter the
sign of Libra, the Balance. In the Stations of the Goddess, the
Spring Equinox represents Initiation; the Autumn Equinox, Repose.
The harvest has been gathered in, both grain and fruit, yet the
Sun- though mellower and less fierce than he was- is still with
us. With symbolic aptness, there is still a week to go before
Michaelmas, the festival of Michael/Lucifer, Archangel of Fire
and Light, at which we must begin to say au revoir to his
splendor." (WBC p.116)
Unlike Lughnasadh, which marked the time of beginning to
gather the harvest and emphasized the sacrifice aspect of the
God, Autumn Equinox marks the completion of the…

Zuchinni or Apple Bread for Cakes and Ale

This is one of those versatile "serve for several occasions" recipes. Zuchinni for Lammas, Apple for Mabon, and Carrot-n-Pineapple for Samhain. I substitute a full cup of Spenda for Baking for the sugar in the recipe. I like my quick breads sweet, but you're welcome to use the correct substitution amounts on the package first to see how you like it.

Get Your Garden Organized with Folia

Get Your Garden Organized with Folia
Gardening software can help you get the most out of your backyard garden.

By Jaymi HeimbuchSan Francisco, CA, USA Thu Apr 30 15:32:00 GMT 2009

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Dashboard tools are already an important part of smart homes, smart driving ...but what about smart gardening? Folia provides a user-friendly dashboard tool to help users know what plants are being sown and harvested, as well as weather forecasts, seed organizing, and photo organizing so that your garden can grow at its best.
Gardening and Urban Homesteading are on the upswing and getting organized is a big part of running an efficient garden, and getting the most out of it. If you want to really gather your weekly produce from your garden, you'll need to keep track of your plants, your seeds, your planting and harvesting timing, maintenance scheduling and so forth.
Folia's cool webtool helps …

Equinox Cleaning

The Equinox Cleaning

Is this like spring cleaning? Yes. Spring cleaning was a necessity in historical times when the house remained closed up all winter, gathering soot and smoke from the fireplace as well as the accumulated mess made when people are cooped up inside for long periods of time.

That being said, we all need to do a thorough cleaning now and then. I recommend doing so at the equinoxes. In fall, we’re getting ready to shut our homes up for the winter and the holidays. Friends will visit, parties will be thrown, and of course we all want to show our homes off to the best advantage. In spring, we’re driven to open our homes to the warm spring breezes.

However, let’s be honest. Very few of us have the time to strip our rooms completely one by one, washing anything that holds still for it. However, a few things can be done in a very short period of time.

First things first! Take down the curtains, carpets, and throws. Dump them in the washer and/or load them in the car for a trip …

Pumpkin Bars or Applesauce Bars

See? Told you that applesauce you made probably wouldn't survive until Halloween. Here's another good use for it. If you don't know how to make cream cheese frosting, here's a LINK.

Tangy Cider Mold


Mabon Incense

I repeat this incense every year because it's the best I've found. Note this is the type where you mix a powder, then sprinkle on a briquette. No, I don't mean one of those toxic charcoal briquettes you use on the grill. Here's a LINK to the correct type. Scroll down, you'll see them. Look in the links section of this blog and buy your herbs and oils from reputable shops. If you want to burn chemical powders and sniff them, there's a dealer in the red light district. You want the good natural stuff, you pay for it.

Why a powder instead of just buying already made? Same reason as above --no chemicals you have to worry about. I don't see the point of loading the air with more chemicals than necessary. The idea here is to cleanse the air and perfume it, not pollute it.

While you're at it today, say a little prayer and light a little incense for those lost in the 9/11 Tragedy.

Peach Melba Sundae

Flaking Jello is easy. Just make the Jello and let it firm up. Use a fork and run it up and down the Jello to create small flakes. Get out your aggressions. It's fun and easy.

For me, I use fresh or frozen peaches to cut down on the carbs, and serve with Cool Whip Free. I can't resist ice cream, so we don't have it around here much. LOL!

Any way you have it, this dish is a delight when Indian Summer Days strike.

Mabon Applesauce Coffee Cake

While too "expensive" for me on a low carb diet, I try to be fair to those who don't have to watch every crumb they put in their mouth. Save this little treat for Sunday mornings or Sabbats. To me, this is a great "cake" for Cakes and Ale. Served with a hot mulled apple cider, it's perfect for a fall treat.

Apple Fluff

Ooops! This scan came out just a little off-kilter, but hopefully you can read it. This is a fall-flavored treat that isn't anymore "expensive" calorically than eating regular applesauce. Serve this as an after school snack, and you'll be the neighborhood home they all come to visit. The other parents will love you for serving a nutritious snack disguised as something tasty, too.

Applesauce Popsicles

Applesauce Popsicles! Really! Make homemade applesauce, then pour the juice in popsicle makers. Cool!

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Mini Apple Spiced Glazed Donuts from Selena Illyria

By Sandra Lee
Cause i'm evil and I'm craving donuts. LOL
Recipe Link:http://www.foodnetw sandra-lee/ mini-apple- spiced-glazed- donuts-recipe/ index.htmlRecipe:
1 (7.5-ounce) can refrigerator biscuits
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons apple juice
3 cups canola oil
Remove the biscuits from the can and place onto a cutting board. Using a 1/2-inch biscuit cutter or the cap from a water bottle remove the center from each biscuit. Place both the donuts and donut holes onto a sheet pan and allow them to rest and come to temperature, about 15 minutes.
In a large bowl combine powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice and apple juice. Whisk together until smooth and well combined. Set aside.
Heat the oil, in a medium pot over medium heat, to 350 degrees F.
Fry the donuts, 3 at a time, until golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Remove from oil and place on a sheet tray lined with a paper towel. Repeat with remaining donuts and donut h…

Applesauce Deluxe

Now this takes applesauce to a whole new level of delicious, wouldn't you say? Applesauce itself (if homemade) is about 112 calories and 29 carbs for a 1/2 cup serving. You can reduce the carbs by using Splenda for 1/2 of the sugar. The recipe below will not add any real calories or carbs if you use sugar-free Jell-O.

Recipe: Popcorn Balls for Halloween

Posted by Selena. Boy, these brought back some memories. I can remember buttering my hands and shaping those balls, then wrapping them in wax paper to give away on Halloween. I loved it. Between popcorn balls and candy apples, Little Lena was in heaven!
By Paual Deen
This takes me back to my childhood and middle school. Any time there was a birthday or a holiday, someone would bring these in. *Sigh* Making them on the hand...stupid syrup is sooo damn sticky!
Recipe Link: http://www.foodnetw paula-deen/ popcorn-balls- recipe/index. html
Recipe: Ingredients2 cups sugar1 1/3 cups water1/2 cup light corn syrup1 teaspoon white vinegar1/2 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon vanilla extract18 cups popped cornDirectionsIn a medium saucepan, combine sugar, water, syrup, vinegar, and salt. Cook over high heat until mixture reaches 255 degrees F (hard-ball stage) on a candy thermometer. Stir in vanilla. Pour over popped corn, tossing gently to coat. When mixture is cool enough to handle, press…

Harvest Moon Starts 9/4

From Dawn Roberto--
The HARVEST MOON rises on September 4!
The Harvest Moon is the moon that is nearest the autumnal equinox. The full moons of September, October and November as seen from the northern hemisphere—which correspond to the full moons of March, April and May as seen from the southern hemisphere—are well known in the folklore of the sky. In general the moon rises about 50 minutes later each day, as it moves in orbit around Earth.

The Harvest Moon is special, because around the time of this full moon, the time difference between moonrise on successive evenings is shorter than usual. The moon rises about 30 minutes later, from one night to the next, around the full Harvest Moon. Thus there is no long period of darkness between sunset and moonrise. In times past this feature helped farmers who were working to bring in their crops. They could continue working by moonlight even after the sun had set. About once every four years it occurs in October (in the northern hemisphere), d…