Halloween Fun!

So I totally know this is late but hey, I have a life too.  With work, the Fur Kids, and a Police husband, I am busy cleaning, cooking sleeping and relaxing (when I can).  So now I am writing my Samhian post.

At work we decided on a Sports them. I went as a referee as did my partner in crime.

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The other girls dressed as a tennis, soccer, and baseball player.

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We had a wrestler, and a handful of tail gaiters.

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We all brought food and had a big Halloween feast.

It was fun and some of the other departments really went all out.  Our Medical Records department chose Hocus Pocus to dress up as.  I have to say that they won the day in my book.

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They had a floating cauldron and the hanging cages with kids in them ( not real ones).

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The sacred candle which can only be lit by a Virgin.

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And who could forget Billy Butcherson?

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They did a great job.

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It was a long day at work but I was ready to head over to ritual with my friend Barbra.  Our lovely host had the house decorated to the 9’s.  They had over 300 kids come trick or treating to her house alone.

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The food was amazing!

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The fire pit was a blaze and we all gathered round for warmth and conversation.

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Circle was set with beautiful lights as the spirit world lingered just on the other side of the thinning veil.

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Paula and Cody graciously invited us in to circle.  It was a magical time to reflect on the  past year and what was to come in the new year.  You could feel those who had left this relm  reaching out to us. Letting us know they are there and to thank us for remembering them.

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We all lit candles for our ancestors.

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It was a wonderful evening.  I am so glad that I can be a part of such a fantastical group of people.

Now that November has started it is time to be thankful and show appreciation for all that we have in this dark time of year.  Love, shelter, friends, jobs, LIFE!  I think that I will post about what I am thankful for throughout November.  I challenge you to tell someone what you are thankful for too.

Until Then,

Wende

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Chicken PotPie

What’s up?  I told you that this past week was going to be crazy busy and that the posts would be a little off but here I am starting the weekend posts.  So Friday evening I made chicken pot pie for dinner.   It is so simple and makes a good portion for a hungry Police Officer.

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So first I boil my chicken.  I use chicken tenderloins. (about 5).  I season the water with salt and pepper and a little Mrs. Dash onion and herb season.

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  While that is cooking, I drain my canned mixed vegetables and empty them into a big bowl.

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I then put a can of Cream of chicken soup in and mix it all up.

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Next I roll out my pie dough and put it in my deep dish pie plate.

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I put a baking chain in the bottom of the crust to help it cook evenly.   I now take the chicken out of the broth and let it cool a little, then I shred it and add it to the veg mix.  Once the bottom crust is golden brown I fill it up with the mixture, roll out the top crust and put it on top of the pie.

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You always make sure to cut vent holes in the top so it does not bubble up and overflow.

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With it being the Halloween season I cut a jack o’ lantern face in mine and put it in the oven to cook away!  Usually it is about 30 minutes or so.  I watch the top crust and when it starts getting brown around the edges I know it is ready to eat.

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The pot pie was hot out of the oven when Stephen got home. I watched Practical Magic while I ate my dinner and Stephen did some work on the computer for his 2nd job.

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This movie is by far one of my favorites of all time.  It is funny, sad, magical… It is just perfect.

Well tomorrow is the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk her in Mobile, AL so I will post that shortly!

 

Until Then,

Wende

Fall Frolics #1

I was lucky enough to start my Halloween shenanigans  a week ago with the Witches Ball.  This year they paired up with a Local group that is in the Foot Parading Society during Mardi Gras her in Mobile, Alabama.  They are a Pirate society.  It was so much fun and I just love watching everyone in costume.  My friend Barbara went together.  She was a Pirate witch and I was a Leprechaun.  Fun times.  I have at least one other social Halloween gathering for sure but I hope I can find a few others to enjoy.  The night of the ball was also the Local  LODA Art Walk in Downtown Mobile, AL.  They have a Facebook page that shows some of the fun activities that they offer each month.  If you live in the area I recommend you check it out.

This is Barbara

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Myself and Paula, “The Pirate Hostess with the Mostess”

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Barbara and Arsen

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Lillian and Me

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A bit of decor’

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My at the beginning of the night

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I know these are a bit wonkie but hey, it was a fun night!!

Until Then,

Wende

It’s That Madness In The Air!

Hello all,

  As we all know it is nearing the most amazing time of year… Mad Tea Party Time!

Vanessa Valencia from A Fanciful Twist is hosting her Mad Tea Blog Party and you do not want to miss out.

If you click on the link above you can see her original  post

for how to join in the Blog Party Fun.

Hope to see you there!

Until Then,

Wende

Fall Is Around the Corner!!!

Here in the south it takes a bit longer for the fall weather to show up.

So in the spirit of FALL and the subtly cooling breeze, I am making Beer Bread!

Sorry that there are no photos. My computer will not coöperate with me today!

5 Ingredient Beer Bread

YIELD: 1 LOAF

INGREDIENTS

3 cups flour

4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 cup brown sugar, loosely packed

12 ounces of you favorite beer (for this one I used pumpkin ale)

1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick spray.

Add the flour, brown sugar, baking powder and a pinch of salt to a mixing bowl.

Pour in the beer and stir with a mixing spoon until just combined.

Pour the batter into the loaf pan.

Bake for 45-55 minutes or until the top of the bread is lightly browned and the middle is set.

Allow to sit 15 minutes before serving.

Serve warm and ENJOY!

Until Then,

Wende