Here we are in the last week before Halloween,
Here is some fun info and quick crafts and recipes to try,
In ancient times what we know as Halloween was also the time of year to celebrate the midway point between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice.
This particular time was also considered the New Year. Festival’s began on the “eve” of the celebrated day, so too does the new year begin on the eve of, “all hallows eve” or October 31, with the advent of winter and the New Year beginning on November first.
It was the time to remember the dead and offer to them prayers of remembrance. In return for those prayers, you were given a treat!
People walked around at night offering prayers for the dead and then receiving cakes, “soul cakes” in exchange. Generally, a soul cake was made with whatever grain the community had available.
The cakes were more like a large cookie, called “souls”. They were etched with crosses that clearly identified them as Alms for the dead and there was an expectation that a prayer would be said each time a cookie was eaten.
Here is my recipe for “souls cake”:
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup of Buttermilk
Combine flour, soda, powder together. Mix sugar, eggs, butter together in a separate bowl until smooth, gently add some dry to the butter mixture, fold in, then start adding your buttermilk and mix, repeat process till all are combined. Knead slightly divide and form into rounds on a cookie sheet, sprinkle sugar on top. Make a cross on top with a butter knife. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes depending on your oven.
Here is a one dish meal for Halloween night.
I remember trying to make sure my children had a good meal before going out to trick or treat, while trying to get their costumes on and out the door by the time the whistle would blow (here in Mason) to let the town know it was time to start. I don’t think I even had a crock pot back then, however I could have made this on top of the stove hours before.
Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff
* 2 tablespoons of olive oil
* 12 oz white or cremini mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
* 1 lb sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
* 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
* 2 cloves of garlic, minced
* 3/4 cup of dry red wine
* 1 1/2 cup of beef stock
* 1 tablespoon tomato paste
* 1/4 cup 2% plain Greek-style yogurt
* 1/2 cup of chopped fresh parsley
* Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer to crockpot coated with cooking spray.
* Combine beef, 1 1/2 tablespoons of the flour, and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in bowl. Toss to coat. Transfer to crockpot.
* Add remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to skillet. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring until onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon flour until vegetables are evenly coated. Stir in wine until flour dissolves, scraping pan to release any bits stuck to the bottom. Simmer until wine has reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Transfer to crockpot.
* Stir in beef stock and tomato paste until well combined. Cover and cook until beef is tender, 4 to 6 hours on low. Allow liquid to cool slightly, then stir in yogurt and parsley. Season to taste and serve over buttered noodles
This cute spider is made with your child’s hand print and black acrylic paint.
Pour some paint on a paper plate,
Dip your child’s hand in the paint and quickly press two times, going opposite ways,
onto a piece of construction paper,
When the paint dry’s, glue on eyes, (found at craft or sewing stores),
use an elbow noodle or pipe cleaner for the mouth.
I think this is a great way to record the growth of your child,
Be sure to write the date on the back,
Make your favorite brownie recipe or just buy some ready made one’s
Just before the brownies are done baking, about 10 minutes before, put the “Peep’s”
marshmallow Ghost’s on top, and continue to bake until the Ghost’s have browned.
Paint the stick of the sucker black, even a felt marker would work,
take two or three piece’s of wrapping tissue paper and cut into a 4 inch square.
Poke a tiny hole into the center of the square and slip over the sucker. Take a piece of twine
and wrap around the bottom of the sucker, cut the ends of the broom so it is jagged to look like a broom, embellish with a name tag, some Halloween stickers,
or tie with colored ribbon,
Use your left over buttons to, sew, or glue onto a burlap backing into a pumpkin shape.
If you are going to sew the buttons on, glue the burlap onto a thick piece of cardboard after you sew them.
Glue the burlap onto a thick piece of cardboard, I always use brand Fabri-Tac glue.
You can also buy packages of buttons at craft and sewing stores.
Make the pumpkin any size you like, depending on how many buttons you have.
There are plenty of fun Halloween items at my shop.
I have a new batch of black “shabby” scarves in the shop.
The scarves are full of antique lace and antique buttons,
The scarves also have bits and bobs of antique silk, satin and tulle,
Also, I have a new batch of “shabby rose” tie on’s,
To wear as a necklace, headband, wrist band, or to wear on your
All are made with antique lace and antique buttons!
Please come and visit me at my shop in the Maple Street Mall over the
holidays. We always have something fun going on at the mall,
Would love to see you and visit,
Remember you can always bring in your alterations to me or just give
me a call for an appointment at, 517-525-3583.
Hope to see you soon,
Blessings to you for a safe and fun Halloween!