Friday, October 26, 2012

What are you gonna be for Halloween???

When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, May luck be yours on Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Yep, it's almost here again. Soooo, what or rather who are you gonna be this Halloween? 
I've decided to go with my usual fall back out fit and dress as a fortuneteller. Or rather what we've come to think a fortune teller should look like. Basically, a boho lagenlook kind of out fit. 

(What? Never heard of Lagenlook? Hmmm, I'll have to do a little blog about it.)

 Anyhoo, I'll actually be telling fortunes! What fun!
So, since I know I'll be telling some fortunes I decided to look up some interesting and fun ones. I also thought about making Halloween Fortune Cookies but that was waaaaay too much like work! :-P

Here are some of the fortunes I found and a recipe for Halloween Fortune Cookies if you're interested.

Classic Dark & Scary Halloween Quotes & Fortune Cookie Sayings:

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!"

At first cock-crow the ghosts must go
back to their quiet graves below.
~Theodosia Garrison

'Tis now the very witching time of night, When churchyards yawn
and hell itself breathes out contagion to this world.
~William Shakespeare

From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties
and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!
~Scottish Proverb

Double, double toil and trouble;
fire burn and cauldron bubble.

The witches fly across the sky, The owls go:
"Who? Who? Who?" The black cats yowl
and green ghosts howl: "Scary Halloween to you!"

Halloween wraps fear in innocence,
as though it were a slightly sour sweet.
Let terror, then, be turned into a treat.

One need not be a chamber to be haunted;
One need not be a house;
The brain has corridors surpassing material place.
~Emily Dickinson

You wouldn't believe On All Hallows Eve
what lots of fun we can make, with apples to bob
and nuts on the hob and a ring-and-thimble cake.

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.  ~George Carlin

There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.  ~Joseph Conrad

'Tis the night of the grave's delight, and the warlocks
are at their play; Ye think that without
the wild winds shout, but no, it is they, it is they.

If a man harbors any sort of fear,
it makes him landlord to a ghost. 
~Lloyd Douglas

 Halloween Jokes

How do witches keep their hair in place when flying?
They use ‘scare-spray’.

How do monsters tell their fortune?
They read the ‘horrorscopes’.

Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?
No. They eat the fingers separately.

Where does a witch park after flying?
In the broom closet

What does a child monster call his parents?
Mummy and Deady.

What fairy tale do ghosts like best?
Sleeping Boo-ty.

Why do vampires need mouthwash?
They have bat breath.

What do ghosts eat for breakfast?
Ghost Toasties and evaporated milk.

What doesn’t a vampire order at a restaurant?
A stake sandwich.

What is a vampire’s favorite holiday?

What is a baby ghost’s favorite game?

Adult Themed Halloween Fortune Cookie Sayings:

I'll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.

Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight
make me a child again just for tonight!

True love is like a ghost, which everyone talks about but few have seen. 

Clothes make a statement. 
Costumes tell a story.

There is nothing that gives
more assurance than a mask.  

Fortunes/Sayings found here

Eat, Drink and be Scary!!!

Halloween Fortune Cookies
By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen
 (check out the link at the bottom to see the cookies being made)

Here’s what you’ll need:
Nonstick spray
2 egg whites
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 cup superfine sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons water
Pinch salt
Fortunes written on strips of colored paper
6 drops orange food coloring

Special equipment: Silpat, coffee mug, and muffin tin.

Here’s how to do it:
1. Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. On a half sheet tray, spray a silpat with nonstick spray. 

2. In a medium bowl whisk egg whites until foamy. Whisk in 6 drops orange food coloring. Add the flour, sugar, almond extract, water, and salt to the egg whites and beat until smooth, about 30 seconds.

3. Pour or spoon 1 tablespoon of batter onto prepared silpat and spread with the back of a spoon into a very thin 4-inch circle. Repeat on the other half of the sheet, making only 2 cookies per sheet tray. 

4. Bake the cookies on middle rack of oven until golden brown around edges, about 8 minutes. 

5. Remove from oven and working very quickly, with an offset spatula, remove cookie from baking sheet and place a fortune in the center of the round. 

6. Fold to create a half circle. 

7. Using the rim of a coffee mug, bend pointed edges of cookie toward each other. This should be done quickly since the cookie will become hard and brittle within 10 seconds. 

8. Let cookies cool in the wells of a muffin tin.

To see pictures of the cookies being made go to  <>

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Spinning, Weaving and Storytelling!

"Woman Spinning" by George Walker

October 1-7 is Celebrate Spinning and Weaving Week  and October 5 -7 is National Storytelling Weekend (the National Storytelling Festival is held in Jonesborough, Tn this weekend).

So to celebrate two holidays in one post, I have decided to put up a story about spinning and weaving! Yea! Aren't I clever!

The Good Housewife and her Night Helpers

There was once a farmer's wife called Inary who lived on Tiree. She was a hardworking woman and after the chores of the day were done she would spin and weave long into the night.

One night when she was up alone spinning her yarn for her next batch of cloth, she was overtaken by a great tiredness. 'I wish someone would come from land or sea, from far or near, to help me finish this cloth!' Inary exclaimed.

Just then there was a knock at the door and a voice called 'Let me in Inary I have come to help you.' Inary opened the door to find a tiny woman dressed in green, the newcomer came straight in and sat down at the spinning wheel and started to spin. Inary had hardly time to shut the door when another woman knocked upon it and asked to be let in. Inary opened the door and another small green clad lady entered and set her hands straight to the distaff. Inary's visitors continued to arrive until she lost count of them all. Some sat down at the loom and started to weave. Some teazed and carded wool while others boiled fulling water over the fire for the finished cloth. The whole room was full of the women and yet their clattering failed to wake Inary's family in the next room.

She realized at last that they were faeries from Burg Hill and her sleeping family were under a spell. The faeries began to complain of hunger and Inary tried to feed them all, but the more they worked the hungrier they became.

Inary was soon down to her last loaf and desperate she ran from the house and went straight to the cottage of the local wise man. Inary tumbled out her story and begged the old man to help her.
The wise man was grave and told Inary that her foolish request had brought her into this trouble. Her husband was indeed in an enchanted sleep and she must get the faeries out of the house and sprinkle him with fulling water to wake him. Furthermore she must cry 'Burg Hill is on fire!' three times to make the faeries leave and upset all the tools and implements with which they had been working. Inary thanked the old man and went back to her house where the faeries were still at work, with all her might she cried....

'There is fire in Burg Hill!
Burg Hill is on fire!
Burg Hill is in red flames of fire!'

The faeries cried out in alarm in fear that everything they valued in the faery hill would be destroyed, and they all ran out of Inary's door. Once they were all gone Inary took the band of the spinning wheel, turned the loom upside down, twisted the distaff backwards and took the fulling water off the fire.

The faeries soon realised that they had been tricked and were back hammering on the door asking Inary to let them back in. Inary refused, so they asked the spinning wheel to help them. 'How can I?' the spinning wheel replied, 'I am without a band.' The faery folk appealed to the distaff to let them in. 'I cannot.' replied the distaff, 'I am twisted contrary.' Then they asked the loom. 'I would happily let you in but I am set topsy-turvy.' it replied. The impatient faeries appealed to the fulling water. 'I cannot help you,' it replied, 'I am off the fire.' In desperation the faeries appealed to the last loaf sitting on Inary's hearth and it bounded across the room to open the door.

Inary remembered the old man's words and quickly sprinkled some of the fulling water on her sleeping husband. The farmer sat up and strode to the door, and when he flung it open the faeries had fled, and they never came back to trouble Inary again.

 story found online here
Scottish Folk Tales and Legends
Barbara Ker Wilson
Oxford University Press, 1954.