Halloween Shopping {and yummy cake!}

Are you done with your Halloween shopping yet? Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, second only to Christmas. I’ve always had a love for things that were spooky and creepy, so I look forward to this time of year. I went to my local Walgreens for some Halloween ideas and also to check out their new Balance Rewards program. You can earn points on thousands of items when you shop online or in their stores, plus you’ll get 500 points on every prescription you fill. A cool feature of #BalanceRewards is that members of their Walk With Walgreens program, will […] Read more »

Autumn Poems For Kids

Leaves All join hands and circle round While we watch the leaves fall down See them twirling to the ground, See them dancing all around. See them skipping here and there, See them flipping in the air. Autumn leaves so peacefully Falling, falling from the tree. Pumpkins One day I found two pumpkin seeds. I planted one and pulled the weeds. It sprouted roots and a big, long vine. A pumpkin grew; I called it mine. The pumpkin was quite round and fat. (I really am quite proud of that.) But there is something I’ll admit That has me worried […] Read more »

A Halloween Ghost Story

With Halloween right around the corner, here’s a short ghost story to entertain your trick or treaters. 🙂 A WIRELESS MESSAGE: In the summer of 1896 Mr. William Holt, a wealthy manufacturer of Chicago, was living temporarily in a little town of central New York, the name of which the writer’s memory has not retained. Mr. Holt had had “trouble with his wife,” from whom he had parted a year before. Whether the trouble was anything more serious than “incompatibility of temper,” he is probably the only living person that knows: he is not addicted to the vice of confidences. […] Read more »

History Of Halloween

Halloween had its beginnings in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of the dead. The Celtic peoples, who were once found all over Europe, divided the year by four major holidays. According to their calendar, the year began on a day corresponding to November 1st on our present calendar. The date marked the beginning of winter. Since they were pastoral people, it was a time when cattle and sheep had to be moved to closer pastures and all livestock had to be secured for the winter months. Crops were harvested and stored. The date marked both an ending and a beginning […] Read more »

Hot Apple Cider

Perfect for a nippy autumn day! 🙂 Hot Apple Cider: 8 cups apple cider 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 cinnamon sticks 1 teaspoon whole cloves some orange rind Mix apple cider and brown sugar together in a pot. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Put cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange rind in a spice bag (or wrap in cheese cloth and tie with string). Put the bag in the pot. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Serves 6. Read more »