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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Silent Solidarity

Students all over the nation gave up their voice today as they participated in a stand against abortion. Each and every day over 3,000 lives are taken away via abortion. These voices will never be heard so the students have decided to give up their own voice for the day.

Imagine one of five individuals will miss our generation because of abortion. Brothers, sisters, friends, peers and / or that special someone will never be born. Since 1973 via Roe v. Wade and legalizing the killing of pre born children many million children have died. They never met the world, enjoyed the holidays or met their families.

Perhaps next year you will wear a red arm band and take part in the National Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity.  A day of silence to stand up for those who have been silenced forever.

Fall Vegetable Pasta

8 ounces pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion or scallion
1 medium eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium zucchini, sliced
1 fistful fresh green beans, ends trimmed and cut to bite-size pieces
1 1/2 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped or 1 can tomatoes
Salt & pepper, to taste
1 small chili pepper, diced (add more or less to your taste)
Shredded Parmesan to top

Cook pasta according to instructions on the package.
Bring small pot of water to boil and cook green beans in it for 10 minutes or until tender.
Heat olive oil in pan until medium-high heat. Add onion, eggplant and zucchini and saute until onion is translucent and other vegetables have softened.
Add tomatoes and stir together, cooking until tomatoes have released their juice. Add diced chili pepper, salt and pepper.
Add green beans and pasta when finished cooking. Toss all ingredients together and top with Parmesan.

Scary Real Life Story::: Medical Treatment Gone Wrong

Reading history can be a bit scary. But just imagine that while we are at Halloween time those that lived history did it day to day life. Like take for example the psychiatrist that thought ice pick lobotomy could help those with depression or mood problems. Wow!! Can you imagine,,,, it really did happen.

Psychiatrist Walter Freeman introduced what he thought was a life changing medical procedure. the "ice-pick" lobotomy in 1946 was exactly like it sounds like. The doctor would tak an ice pick and jam it through your eye socket into your brain. Yes you were awake when this was going on. The doctor believed that too much emotion caused the depression and decided the emotional connection in the brain needed to be cut. Many after the procedure were changed but sometimes the change was from being paralyzed or being left mentally disabled.

Freeman took his traveling freak show across the country. Because there was few treatment for mentally ill many wanted the treatment. People would soon catch on that a knife in your brain may not be advanced medicine after all and the treatments would be stopped.

Bit of Haunted House History

Haunted house's exist to scare people. Haunted Houses have been around for quite some time. Spooky stories have been told for centuries as a way to entertain. Haunted houses are closely related to Halloween likewise Halloween would not be the same with out haunted houses. While there are those that may be truly haunted the Halloween haunted houses are often commercially done to raise funds.

The first haunted house that was man made dates back to the 19th century. A group of illusions and attractions in London introduced the public to a new form of entertainment. Marie Tussaud showcased was sculptures of decapitated French figures that included King Louis XVI and his wife Marie as well as many others who had met their death via guillotine. The exhibition in London was known as the "Chamber of Horrors"

A not so distance relative to the haunted houses of today can be dated back to Paris and the Grand Guignol theater where depictions of graphic dismemberment under director Max Maurey. It was a good sign that audiences would always be available for dramatic hauntings.

Halloween themed haunted houses in the Untied States started during the Great Depression. It was parents that looked for ways to distract young tricksters who other wise may be involved in other halloween pranks that could get them into trouble. Trick or treating and commercial haunted houses in the United States came into being around the same time in history.

The first houses were primitive in style. Families would decorate basements and hold "house to house" parties. Kids would travel basement to basement having fun scaring each other. It was Walt Disney who would build a haunted house that would become a cultural icon. The Haunted Mansion which was made to resemble famous haunted places included the Winchester Mystery house. Thousands of people have passed through the Haunted Mansion where a Grand Hall ballroom is also present.

Haunted House Fever would spread across the country. The Jaycees would become famous for raising money through haunted houses. Knott's Berry Farm in California would start hosting halloween night attractions as well. In the 1980s and 1990s when Hollywood was embracing slasher movies haunted houses would adopt such characters as Freddy Krueger, Jason, and others.

In our area there are haunted houses and there are other haunted events. The haunted fair ground, haunted trails, haunted forest so many ways to get your scare on. All are there to have a bit of fun.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Trick or Treat Safety Tips

Trick or Treating Safety Tips

plan a route

This route should be in an area that you are familiar with. It should not be a great distance away. A trick I have learned on my own is if you go trick or treating it is better to have many houses in a row than to have one with distance between the next. This will help cut down on complaints from the little goblins

Comfortable shoes are a must have. While decorative shoes to match costume are great in costume contest they are not needed for trick or treating. I have been with many that get tired of walking and their feet hurt shortly after starting to go house to house right after starting. Enjoy the night wear comfortable shoes

stay well lit ,,,,, reflective tape, flashlight
make sure costumes at walking length
avoid masks that make it hard to see or breathe

try to only trick or treat in areas that you know and always check childs candy

Old Fashioned Skillet Country Ham Steak

1 pound ham slice
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon paprika

Melt butter in skillet and add ham, cooking until brown on both sides approximately 3-4 minutes each side.
Remove ham steak from pan and keep warm.
Add remaining ingredients; water, Dijon mustard, brown sugar and paprika to the pan and cook until sugar is dissolved, approximately five minutes.
Place ham steak back in the skillet and cook approximately five more minutes with caramelized glaze.

recipe source here

My Family

This week celebrate your family. It is a day to brag a bit about your family during My Family Week. International Early Years trainer, author and consultant Laura Henry is the name behind the act. Laura has worked with children and families for three decades and has recently focused on what the word family means to others.

Divorce and single parenting has become common in modern day but years ago this was not the case. Today's world still places a stigma on certain types of 'non-conventional' families. This has a lot to do with where others believe they belong in society. While every family is unique sometimes the part that makes them unique makes others see them as a lower value. Laura Henry wants the differences to be celebrated. Thus the creation of My Family Week 2017.

This is my daughters family She is a single mom trying her best to work a full time job and raise her 2 little sweet hearts. Me and Papa are of course doing our best to help out and loving every moment of it

This is my middle daughter and her husband, now of 3 years. They are a family of their own and while they would love to start a family have done so as of yet.

My son and his family. Once upon there was this beautiful girl who loved a boy very much. They dated a while in high school then split up and each went their own way. Few years pass before my son sees the girl on face-book. He thought about it and then contacted her to see how she had been. Seems that she had been married, divorced and had a child as well. This did not bother my son who had been raised with love and to be nonjudgmental. They talked for a while and then decided to meet up. Now a few years later and they are a married couple and my son is raising the little boy as his own son. This happy family makes this mama smile.

This is just 3 stories in my very large family . I could go on and on but for this post I think I will stop.

Skeleton Treat Bags


1 large marshmallow
6 yogurt covered pretzels
loose Halloween candy (candy corn, M&Ms, etc.)
black Wilton Food Writer
clear treat bag and tie

  1. Using a black food writer, carefully draw a skeleton face onto the marshmallow
  2. Stack up the pretzels and place them on a microwave-safe plate. In 5 second increments, microwave the pretzels so that the coating begins to soften, adhering the pretzels together. Place them into the freezer for about 5 minutes to set the coating 
  3. Put some loose candy into the treat bag. Then place the pretzel "body" into the bag.  

Set the marshmallow head onto the body

All that is left to do now that you have the skeleton built is to tie the bag closed.

craft source : thrifty fun

Walking bag of Bones

When we think of Halloween we often think about the things that scare us. One member of the Halloween frightening crew is the skeleton. In daily life we do not see human bones walking about. In Halloween time they want us to envision just that. Skeletons and skulls are everywhere to be seen. In costumes, decorations, greeting cards and in books and on t.v. Skeletons and ghost help to keep the memory of Halloween being a past solemn day--- the day of the dead. 

Celebrating the dead to many cultures is not sad or morbid. It is a celebration of life. Of the loved ones life, who they were and the hop that one day they will be seen again. All Soul's Day will see people in Brittany heading to the cemetery to pray for their ancestor's souls. Doing this helps them feel closer to the ancestors that have passed on.Day of the Dead in Mexico is as grand as Christmas with street peddlers selling holiday toys. The toys may be skeletons with moving legs and painted in bright colors and many times dressed up like Barbie. In America skeletons take a less liberal view but are still great fun on Halloween.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Guess Who They Met

You may not be able to recognize him without makeup but this is the man behind the character Jason in the movie Friday the 13th VI  He was in town for a meet and greet and my nephew and niece were able to meet him.