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Mutterings of a Mad Woman

Burnt Brittle!

on November 8, 2011 - 4:41pm

The last traces of this year's Jack O'Lantern - the seeds - have been mistreated. 

I had been saving them to make the Pumpkin Seed Brittle recipe I've been eyeing for years, resisting the urge to snack on their toasted goodness while they waited patiently in a container in my office (Yetch would have devoured them otherwise). 

Today I found the time to make it. Had it heating up on the stove when I thought "oh! I should have my camera and take pictures for the website".

By the time I ran into the other room and retrieved the camera, my brittle went from light toffee to deep amber.

*sigh*

Yetch is still very pleased with the results.

Sunday Brings Pumpkin Treats

on November 6, 2011 - 8:13am

Up early on this Sunday morning (thanks to change in the clocks and Yetch's inability to turn his alarm off). While making pumpkin pie I saved some of the filling to infuse in milk and make myself a pumpkin latte.

Halloween over? Never. It simply lurks.

 

Ventriloquist Dummy Cake

on November 6, 2011 - 7:45am

Birthday cake? I'd say this rates as one of the creepiest Halloween cakes of all time. You can check out more cake coolness at Jana's Fun Cakes.

Frank and Beans

on November 5, 2011 - 7:11pm

If you have some extra time, check out the kitschy collection of photos and figures by judibird. There's more where this gem came from.

Snoopy

on November 4, 2011 - 4:21pm

An old friend and her husband attended my Halloween dinner in costume. 

She's 7 months pregnant and decided to use her belly to her best advantage. It made the perfect base for a certain famous beagle we all love.

Hubby was Charlie Brown.

 

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Best Spells by Betty Croaker

on November 3, 2011 - 12:15pm

Betty Croaker Spell Book

On Tuesday, I spent close to nine hours putting away Halloween decorations because I decided to completely reorganize the bins (and make sure everything was off the floor since we had that incident with water in the basement after the torrential storm). 

While doing so, I came across a box of all the decorations I had made for my first big Halloween party back in Grade 4.

Amidst the paper bats and pumpkins was a bound book entitled "Best Spells By Betty Croaker" (and my other name). I do enjoy that I put a copyright symbol on it.

I'd bound the book with thread and used wall paper for the cover. No, the wallpaper isn't very scary, but when you're little you have to work with what's in the house.

The book is a collection of spells for monsters from A to Z. Some are classic Halloween characters while others are creatures I'd seen in my Dungeons & Dragons books (I didn't play at the time, I just liked having books about monsters).

Want to make a mimic? A Frankenstein monster? A Zorma? 

It's all here.

Need an elf for a recipe but don't have one on hand? No worries. There's a recipe for making your own elf. 

A is actually an introduction. Note how little Ghoul uses the traditional spelling of Hallowe'en.

I hope you enjoy the pictures below. I got a good chuckle out of them.

Happy Halloween 2011

on October 31, 2011 - 12:48pm

Jack O'Lantern Mouse House

Happy Halloween everyone! 

Though reports of ice and snow storms are top stories for haunters on the east coast, Toronto is all blue skies and sunshine. 

I hope those shivering without power are safe and still finding ways to enjoy the day despite terrible conditions. 

As for me, I finally had a moment to carve this year's pumpkin. Decided to do something different from my usual styles and I think this mouse house is pretty cute (real mice need not apply). 

Not sure what the plan is for the day. It's lunchtime and I have yet to get out of my pajamas (which has made this whole day so far feel a bit like Christmas morning for me, and isn't that a nice thing?). 

The book I ordered for October reading at the start of the month arrived today. So much for leisurely reading this last month, slowly getting into the spirit of the holiday. But I'm still pleased to have it. Now I can thumb my way through some Poe, Lovecraft, Straub, Sir Walter Scott, Bradbury and a load of other authors perfectly designed for Halloween reading. 

Enjoy the holiday. Keep creepin'.

Party Nosh

on October 31, 2011 - 11:26am

Last night's dinner party was a blast. Great company, good food, and lively chat. I think that's the perfect recipe to keep the spirits away on devil's night.

Speaking of recipes, all three of the above dishes - chili cups, tomato eyeballs, Halloween shaped puff pastry - are available on the Eerie Edibles page in the Party Planning section.  

 

Full Story for Halloween 2011

on October 28, 2011 - 10:32am
A creature of darkness tired of working for death. He sought an existence the opposite of the world he knew.
 
Love.

But what is it? How to attain it? The living held the secret. So he studied their literature and observed their courting behaviour. He understood he needed a fiancee to shower in gifts (including the key to his heart). And in order for her to love him, he started gathering all the human elements of love: lips for love's first kiss; an ear where sweet nothings are whispered; a tongue that professes love; a nose to breathe in pheromones; fingers that caress; eyes to stare longingly; a brain for daydreams and romantic thoughts; a heart to give to her, and an extra in case the first should "break".

He found a house in a quiet neighbourhood which conveniently had a wife living in it. In his limited understanding of human custom, he grasped she couldn't marry him if she already had a husband unless he was given something called "divorce papers". He created a crude version with a simple statement and added his own wax initial (a gesture to make it official) though by that time, the marriage was technically over since the man no longer lived (better to be safe than sorry, he thought, apparently divorce indicates an ending to love while death has strange lingering romantic thoughts surrounding it).  

This Year's Theme

on October 27, 2011 - 2:02pm

A creature of darkness tired of working for death.

He sought an existence the opposite of the world he knew.

Love.

But what is it? How to attain it?

The living held the secret.

So he studied their literature and observed their courting behaviour, gathering all the human elements of love: a fiancee to shower in gifts (including the key to his heart) and the elusive workings of human passion. 

I hope to take the last of the photographs this evening, and have them posted for you tomorrow.

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