My husband and I have Scottish ancestors; the McMurtry and Holladay clans. Sometimes for fun, we celebrate with a heritage theme. My family and friends know I have a red plaid addiction. I can’t resist anything in a Stewart or Black Watch tartan For Halloween, I’ll take a good black and orange plaid with no complaints.This old-style, I mean really old-style party […]
The history of harvest celebrations is filled with contrasts; from the brightest joy to darkest depravity. Did you know that some scholars believe the American Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving was based on Israel’s Sukkot or Feast of the Tabernacles? Because many American and European traditions are based on Judeo-Christian customs, I’d like to share with you information about the roots of some of our autumn celebrations. Sukkot […]
These tasty shortbread cookies were the original trick-or-treat treat. Long ago, Catholics believed that more prayers would hasten a soul’s ascent to heaven. Poor people went from house to house offering to pray for the deceased, in return for Soul Cakes, in a practiced called “going souling.” SOUL CAKES or McMURTRY SHORTBREAD They need no adornment but you may wish […]
Ideas for last-minute, economical or unique costumes – or all 3! Would your man like to be Superman in disguise? How about a party with a room full of superheroes in their alternate identity disguises? Or would your children like to go as their favorite historical or literary figure?
Create a Halloween Family Tree! 1. Fill an urn, bucket or other container with dry florist foam or crumpled newspaper. 2. Push in dry branches and add a few leaves. 3. Copy Halloween photos, glue them onto scrapbook paper. Add brads and ribbon. 4. Hang photos on tree, add paper Halloween ornaments.
Andrew’s Pumpkin Pie Cake Andrew votes this rich dessert better than pumpkin pie! Preheat oven to 350°. From a box of yellow cake mix, remove one cup of dry mix and set aside for topping. Combine remaining cake mix with 1 egg 1/2 C butter, melted Pat into bottom of a 9’ x 13″ baking pan. Mix together: 4 eggs, slightly beaten […]
Here’s a note from Emmy award-winning Commander Mark ! “Pam, I’m ordering your awesome book online…the cover is FANTASTIC by the way” with a Post to FB “Look at my Sisters AWESOME new book! Let’s get her on the Amazon.com top 100! EVERYONE lets give her book a big push, let’s ALL post her letter below to our FB pages […]
It’s time… for a party… Looking for a treat? A Harvest and Halloween Handbook is ready for you on Amazon.com With scrumptious recipes, handmade decor, clever costumes and lots of fun and games – you and your little pumpkins will enjoy the happiest Halloween ever! Don’t forget to invite your friends to join the fun. http://www.amazon.com/Harvest-Halloween-Handbook-Artisan-ebook/dp/B009PA8ON6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1350170519&sr=8-3&keywords=pam+mcmurtry If you don’t have a kindle, […]
Dear Family and Friends, The results of the drawing for the two free Harvest and Halloween Handbook ebooks are in. And the winners are… Melinda Rowzee and Jeremy Cowan! Congratulations – I’ll get your ebooks right out so you can start enjoying the fun