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Halloween festivities are at least 2000 years old and originated in Ireland. The Celts held a pagan festival on October 31st to celebrate the coming new year. On Celtic calendar, November 1st was the start of the new year.

The festival was called Samhain, which means ‘summer’s end.”

In those days the celebration also marked the end of the harvest. On this day the Celts also celebrated and gave thanks for the bounty of the summer; an ancient precursor to our modern day of Thanksgiving.

If you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved on watching over you.

Carving pumpkins is a way to ward off evil spirits.

Pumpkin means large melon and is about 90% water. Pumpkins are actually a fruit.

The first city to officially recognize Halloween in Americawas Anoka, MN in 1921.

Which famous magician died on Halloween?

The first Jack-o-Lanterns were made of turnips.

What do you call a skeleton that won’t work?   Answer: Lazy bones

Pumpkins originated in Central America and was a food crop. Europeans discovered them when they first arrived in theNew World. They took seeds back toEurope. Pumpkins soon became very popular inEurope.

No word in the English language rhymes with pumpkin.

It is believed that the tradition of going trick or treating also began in Ireland. As part of their Thanksgiving festivities, town folks would visit their neighbors to seek donations of food for the town Thanksgiving feast. Kind of an early version of a potluck.

Can you name the movie this quote comes from? “Pimples are the Lord’s way of chastising you.”

Last year Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups ranked as the #1 Halloween candy according to examiner.com.

Where do baby ghosts do during the day?   Answer: Dayscare centers

About 41 million children age 5-14 go trick or treating on Beggar’s Night.XXXXXXXXX

            

Answers to Questions: Magician Houdini. Movie Carrie.

Featured  Recipe       Hot Apple Cider Punch

When I woke up this morning, I checked the daily weather report on the internet as I always do. It was 49 degrees. That was also the predicted high for the day. *Sigh* The temperature has fallen since then. It is now noon and it is 46 degrees.

It is cloudy gray and raining. I need something to not just warm me up physically but something to warm my soul and my spirit too.

Today is a Hot Apple Cider Punch kind of day.

This drink is insanely delicious!!!!!!! Fair warning, it is addictive.

At only $0.59 cents a cup this drink can’t be beat for putting you in a Halloween frame of mind.

You can kick this recipe up a notch by adding some Apple Brandy too.

This is what you will need for 8 cups:

½ gallon apple cider

½  cup brown sugar

A  pinch of ground allspice

1½  teaspoon whole cloves

2 sticks cinnamon  

2 cups orange juice

Optional: 1 orange and/or 1 lemon or extra cinnamon sticks

Optional: You can substitute cranberry juice for the orange juice.

Here is what you do:

Pour the cider into a large pot. Add the brown sugar, allspice, cloves, and cinnamon.  Heat over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved stirring occasionally.

Lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Then add 2 cups orange juice to the cider. Heat to boiling, lower heat and simmer another 30 minutes.

If you are using the orange or lemon cut them into thin slices.

Remove the cloves before serving. Then ladle  into cups and serve hot. If using the orange or lemon add an orange or a lemon slice to each cup. Or you could just add a cinnamon stick to each cup. I did both.

Since Hot Apple Cider Punch is so wonderful on a crisp fall day I just had to have mine with a slice of pumpkin pie.

 

 Cheers!!!! 

Cost

1/2 gallon apple cider          $2.49

1/2 cup brown sugar           $0.44

A pinch  allspice                  $0.04

2 sticks cinnamon               $0.22 

2 cups orange juice            $0.80

 Optional 1 orange             $0.34

                   1 lemon         $0.17 

                   cinnamon sticks  $0.22 each

Total cost = $4.72
Cost per serving = $0.59

Quote of the Day

Once you fix it in your mind that life itself is a gift, you begin to find happiness in just about everything.

Robert Brault

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