We have some really delicious recipes for you to start your weekend off right, and one of the best Halloween songs to get your feet a'movin.
Don't forget- tomorrow is our Craftacular Saturday!
Now, let's get to it!
The winner of the Charissa's Cauldron Giveaway is...
In honor of the thinning of the veil, we're going to take each Friday to honor a magical someone who has passed through to the other side of the veil.
We hope you’ll join us in honoring them, even if you hold them in your heart, even if only for just the time you read the blog post.
Thank you in advance, and may you always be remembered through time.
We are asking the community to submit your own forget-me-nots for loved ones who have passed through the veil for our final Samhain post. Send your tributes and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, October 23. We look forward to helping you honor them through this venue. If you have any questions, please use the "contact us" form at the top of this page.
Today, we honor Deborah Ann Light. She was a Hedgewitch, feminist, environmentalist, philanthropist, and Pagan elder active in national and interfaith work.
Per Circle Sanctuary:
"In 1985, Deborah received a Master's in Religious Studies from Norwich University in Vermont. Her thesis was one of the first in the emerging field of Pagan Studies to examine contemporary Goddess Spirituality in the United States.Deborah supported a variety of feminist, environmental, Pagan and other organizations, projects and endeavors over the years. She was founder and executive director of the Thanks Be to Grandmother Winifred Foundation, which for nine years funded projects by older women that benefited women.Deborah was a longtime member and benefactor of Circle Sanctuary, its Nature Preserve, its cemetery, and other work. She was part of the Pagan Spirit Gathering in its developing years and was among the founding supporters of the Lady Liberty League, which works for Pagan civil rights and religious freedom in the United States and internationally."May she always be remembered.
Today's Recipe: Football Munchies
Smoked Sausage Bites
1 lb smoked sausage or kielbasa sausage, cut into bite sized pieces
3/4 cup ginger ale
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup of your favorite barbeque sauce (I like Sweet Baby Rays!)
Place sausage in a greased 9” x 9” baking pan. Mix together ginger ale, brown sugar and barbeque sauce in a small bowl; spoon over sausages. Cover with foil and bake at 300* for 90 minutes
** You can do this in a crock pot all day too!
Crabmeat Party Spread
1 1/2 cups cream cheese, softened
2 Tbs mayonnaise-style salad dressing (Miracle Whip)
1/2 cup minced onion
1 clove minced garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
3/4 cup chili sauce
1 lb imitation crabmeat, diced
In a bowl, combine first 5 ingredients and blend well. Spread on a serving platter. Top with chili sauce; then spread crabmeat over that.
Serve with crackers, or celery sticks.
Toffee Apple Dip
8oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 Tbs powdered sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla
8oz pkg toffee bits, divided
Sliced apples and/or graham crackers
Combine cream cheese and butter in a large bowl, beating with an electric mixer at low speed until well blended. Add sugars and vanilla; mix well. Set aside 1/4 cup toffee bits and add remaining bits to the cream cheese mixture. Stir in until well blended.
Cover and refrigerate overnight, for best results. Just before serving, sprinkle with remaining toffee bits. Serve with apple slices or graham crackers. (those little goldfish graham crackers are great for this!)
*Serves 8-10? No….not that many…make a double batch for that!
Your football fans will love these recipes! Who Dey! Go Bengals!
Blessings and Love,
Autumn Earthsong is back for the 3rd year as our resident Kitchen Witch. You may have seen her recipes in Imramma Magazine and The Sunday Stew as well. Autumn has been a practicing Witch for 17 years and hails from Ohio. She is a wife, mother of two, and Nana to three busy little grandchildren. Samhain is a favorite time of year for her….with her name indicating what Season she loves! Cooking for family and friends this time of year is also a joy…..Especially this time of year! Hearth, Fire, love of family and good food is how She brings Magick to her home. You can also find her blogging at www.autumnearthsong.com. She looks forward to sharing her recipes with you all and hopes that you have a very Blessed Samhain Season!
Paleo Recipes from Paula Lancaster Lupi
Bacon-Wrapped Smoky Chicken Thighs from Practical Paleo
4 bone-in, skinless chicken thighs
8 slices of bacon
2 tsp Smoky Spice Blend (yes I included this recipe too)
Smoky Spice Blend:
1 TBS chipotle powder
1 TBS smoked paprika
1 TBS onion powder
½ TBS cinnamon
1 TBS sea salt
½ TBS black pepper
Combine all spices in a bowl, and store them in a small container. Makes 5 TBS
Preheat oven to 375 F
Sprinkle the chicken thighs with 1 tsp of Smoky Spice Blend. Wrap each thigh in 2 strips of bacon. Sprinkle the chicken with the remaining Smoky Spice Blend, and bake for approximately 40 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 F.
Cocktails with CL
6-8 tablespoons butterscotch sauce (depending how sweet you like it)
3 cups apple cider
1 cup bourbon whiskey (optional)
2 cups ginger beer
Whipped cream, for garnish
This recipe makes a very large batch which is great if you are entertaining! But if it is a party of one then I would recommend using the recipe blow. Unless you’re really thirsty.
1 Tablespoon Butterscotch Sauce
½ Cup Apple Cider
1 Jigger Bourbon Whiskey
1/3 Cup Ginger Beer
Heat cider, bourbon and butterscotch syrup in a medium saucepan until the butterscotch dissolves and the mixture is steaming hot. Remove from heat and stir in the ginger beer. Ladle into mugs and serve with loads of whipped cream on top.
Yes yes, I know. Harry Potter fanatic! But I also really wanted to try someone’s concept of Butter Beer! If we’re being honest here, though, I am not a huge fan of Bourbon. Or whiskey in general! I tried it with the original recipe and just couldn’t get behind it. Deciding I couldn’t accept not enjoying Butter Beer I set about tinkering with the recipe and came up with a few other variations, both of which were fantastic! At least in my humble opinion.
The first experiment was with Apple Brandy. I had some on hand for another recipe and thought it had a nice caramel apple type of sound to it. Granted it didn’t taste like a caramel apple but it was fabulous nonetheless!
The second experiment involved the same recipe only subbing Hiram Walker’s Pumpkin Spice Liquor for the bourbon whiskey. Now this had Autumn flair and flavor and was delicious to boot!
I honestly don’t know which one of the two experiments was my favorite; pictured is the Pumpkin Spice variation. No doubt the variations are endless so go forth and try them all! It’s research doncha know!
Thriller by Michael Jackson
Today's Giveaway from Author Sam Curtin!
One Signed Copy of Return to Summer’s Hollow ($8 value)
Rylie has everything she could want in her life: a PhD in archaeology, a job at one of the top institutions in the country, and a man to spend the rest of her life with. What she doesn’t have is closure from those events that happened thirteen years ago in the small town she left behind. Plagued by visions of the spirits she thought defeated, Rylie journeys home to Summer’s Hollow and discovers that legends never die. Rylie comes face to face with both her inner and outer demons, as she attempts to silence the Pascal family once and for all during this twisted reunion.
Here's how to enter: (Canadians, skip this part and go to your section)
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That gives you 6 chances to win this fabulous prize!
CANADIANS: LOOK HERE!
Canadians, your country requires that you answer questions instead of participating the American way ;) So, we're bringing you some good old-fashioned trivia about your country this year. Answer the question correctly in comments (don't forget to put your email address in the comment!) and you'll be given 6 entries in the giveaway!
Here's your question:
What is 1+1?
This giveaway is open until 9pm EDT tonight. Winner will be announced Monday at 9am EDT. Remember, we have to notify the winner in email first, so those email addresses are critical for you to qualify for the giveaway!
Good luck everyone!
REMINDER: All entries will go into our Grand Prize Giveaway from LaPulia Studio. Here's a sneak peek at what you might win!
See you tomorrow for our Craftacular Saturday!