30 Oct 2013 9 Comments
by Sue Dreamwalker in Health and wellness , Hobbies , Uncategorized Tags: Crafts , Food , Halloween , Imagination , Pumpkin Muffins , Pumpkin Smoothie , Samhain , Traditions
Now All Hallows Eve I have wrote about before on my blog where you can find out all the facts how Halloween came into being, and about Bonfire Night in the U.K. and how Halloween was developed from the Celtic Feast of Samhain..
To read more about its origins and how back in history Celts acknowledged the beginning and the ending of all things as they saw the leaves fall from the trees and the coming of the winter. It was a time when they turned to their Goddesses and Gods, seeking to understand the cycles of life and death..Due to the facts that many people died in the winter, and the people were so dependent on the natural world, they believed that this day the boundary between the living world and the dead opened up gateways. To find out more of this History lesson, I wrote in full about in in 2009 on this blog. and you can read more HERE ..
These days we have all fell into the trap of commercialism as the shops are full of Halloween products from Costumes, masks, treats and baubles and bangles that tweet and whistle at us to buy buy buy! Halloween like every other Holiday has become Big Business as we get sucked in deeper still…
Now don’t get me wrong, Some may call me a bit of witch myself LOL as I have been known to speak to the Dead!.. But I won’t go there today.
I enjoy the children coming around showing off their various costumes and scary boooos and have my dish of treats at the ready.
Today I share with you not the spooky Halloween, but the joys of sharing time with my Granddaughter not yet 3, who loves nothing better to stand on a chair in the kitchen with me and bake… So Yesterday we had fun in carving out a Pumpkin, now this was a first for me, and she got stuck into the slimy middle and extracted the seeds. The pumpkin will be lit outside for the Big Day..
We then enjoyed making a little house for some peg dolls, The house was made from a cardboard box, she insisted on doing it all herself, except for me cutting out windows and doors, she dressed her peg dolls in cut out pieces of paper and spent most of the afternoon playing with her new friends. She gave them names and took them home, Informing her Mum and Dad she was going to take them to bed to sleep in her room. She made them a table and chair and bed to lie in…
Sorry this was the only photo I took which isn’t very clear an Ariel view
Imagination is such a wonderful tool and we can get so much enjoyment out of the simple things in life..
Today I carried on the theme of Halloween as I had saved most of the pumpkin, and roasted in the oven to split it between making some Pumpkin Muffins .. The muffins could have done with more spices, these I followed the recipe to the letter and they contain fresh Rosemary but omitted the seeds. I should have followed my instincts and added some cinnamon or mixed spices The idea of the pumpkin Smoothie was set off by my visiting a new follower who posted a recipe on her blog called A Sincere Soul’s Life Experiences I adapted the recipe adding Banana and Almond Milk. I will share with you on my recipe pages when I get more time to post it.