Monthly Haiku Corner – April

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empty streets

crowded morgues

pandemic

Happy Caturday!

I hope everyone is still practicing physical-distancing.

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

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Black Cat ©Paul M. Woodruff

Artist: Paul M. Woodruff
Where to Purchase: https://www.etsy.com/market/paul_m_woodruff
Website: http://paulmwoodruff.com/galleries/aceo-gallery/

 

 

 

Happy Quarantine-o-ween!

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feeling ill
alone with my ghost
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Recipe of the Month – March

This month’s recipe is dedicated to the people practicing physical-distancing during the great Coronavirus crisis of 2020. Panic buying due to the government’s request for multi-week self-quarantine has rendered the store shelves nearly empty, with eggs being one of the hardest items to find.  So, when I came across the recipe over at  Mommy’s Home Cooking for Easy Eggless Halloween Cookies I knew I had to share it.

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Photo by MommysHomeCooking

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup (210g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt1 teaspoon pumpkin spice (optional)
  • 9 tablespoons (125g) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup (88g) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

 

Glaze:

  • 1 cup (140g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • pinch salt
  • Food Coloring

 

For the full recipe and baking instructions, please visit here: https://mommyshomecooking.com/easy-eggless-halloween-cookies/

Halloween themed cookie cutters can be found just about anywhere. You could always try Cookiecutters.com

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Photo by MommysHomeCooking

Halloween-y Things to Do During a Pandemic Quarantine

Hello, I hope everyone is staying safe, staying healthy and staying home. Even Halloween fans must do their part to help to flatten the curve of Coronavirus, in hopes to minimize deaths and buy our overtaxed health workers a little time to get the crisis under control. Since the situation is so fluid, volatile and a vaccine is over a year away, who knows how this will play out, but citizens have a chance to save the day by staying indoors and doing absolutely nothing. It’s not going to get easier than that.

That said, I bet there’s a whole lot of people out there feeling anxious and stressed by the Covid-19 crisis though, so I came up with a list of things that Halloween fans can do during the quarantine to keep ourselves busy.

Write a Short Story

“Double, double, toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble”

Don’t let anxiety and depression take over your brain! Get those feelings out on paper. Writing under duress sometimes produces the most creativity. Look at Shakespeare, that dude turned out Macbeth, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, and dozens of sonnets during the black plague. Yep, it’s true. The Bard of Avon was surrounded by the horrors of sickness and death every day for most of his life, and yet, he spent his time writing about love. I mean, isn’t that what life’s all about? Death and love?

Witches brew by Ka7 on DeviantArt
Witches Brew by Ka7 on DeviantArt

Binge-watch 14 seasons of Supernatural 

“The road so far”

Coronavirus has interrupted the production schedule of the CW’s Supernatural, television’s longest-running paranormal show. Maybe 2020 is upset as we are that this is the series finale. It’ll be hard to say goodbye to the Sam and Dean, and their angelic sidekick Castiel, which is why we should binge-watch all 14 seasons now, to mentally prepare for the end! It’s a 15-year story that demands closure. Does anyone even remember why the Winchester brothers are hunting demons in the first place?

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Create a Spooky Terrarium

“Life springs from death”

Creating a spooky terrarium is a lot like putting together a Halloween diorama. You get to work with miniatures to create a haunted scene, but somewhere in your terrarium, globe, or glass container is a real living plant. The upside is going green for Halloween is always a good idea. The other upside is if you forget to care for your living plant and it dies, well, a dead plant will fit right in with your theme. Win-win!

Work on your Halloween Smash book

“Something wicked this way comes”

Halloween junk journals are still all the rage. All you need is a journal or notebook, and some Halloween ephemera, postcards, printables, or stickers. There’s no right or wrong way to do it, just follow your heart. Make ’em big. Make ’em small. Get artsy or just manage your collection of pumpkin stickers. Since we never enough time to do all the things we want to do with our smash books, quarantine life is like a gift from Father Time.

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Create a Witchy Halloween Playlist

“But the talk got shackled by the howls and the cackles
From the bowels of the Black bayou”

Creating your own Halloween playlist is one of those suggestions that always end up on lists like these, but I’m challenging everyone to get specific. When you’re done creating a witchy playlist, with only songs about witches, make a zombie one, then, werewolves, vampires, okay, apocalyptic tunes to dance to, you get the picture. With any luck, the rabbit hole you fall into should last the entire pandemic.

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You’ll notice I left off reading scary books and watching spooky movies, not because they’re not great ideas to keep our minds entertained and occupied during these surreal and unsettling times, but because those are things you should be doing every day anyway.

Let’s practice good physical-distancing, so we’re all here when Halloween 2020 rolls around this October!🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

 

Advice from a Jack-o’-lantern

During these difficult and surreal times, I just wanted to give a shout-out to the Halloween community. We all want to be here this Halloween 2020 because it’s going to be quite the spooktacular celebration and we don’t have time for Coronavirus!  So, let’s do our part and help flatten the curve against Covid-19.  I realize I can’t be the only one suffering from a little anxiety and stress, so, I thought I’d repost my Advice from a Jack-o’-lantern. I hope it helps a little.

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay home, my friends.

Advice from a Jack o'Lantern 🎃Don’t lose your top 🎃Never let your light go out 🎃Stop worrying about your imperfections 🎃Find your own porch to sit on 🎃Take time to enjoy the view 🎃Greet everyone with a smile
Advice from a Jack-o’-lantern ©Halloweenkristy

 

Recipe of the Month – February

Today we celebrate Women in Horror, with a tribute to a legendary queen of horror, Sigourney Weaver, star of enduring Alien franchise.

In Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror masterpiece Alien, Sigourney relished the chance to bring a smart, no-nonsense, powerful leader to movie audiences during a time when women yearned to see a strong female presence on the big screen.  Lt. Ellen Ripley proved to be way more than just the final girl, and in the 1986 sequel Aliens, Sigourney continued to portray Ripley, this time as a badass survivor and the voice of reason in this crazy new world.  In her final action-packed showdown with the queen mother of all Xenomorphs, Ripley emerged as one of the greatest female kickass heroes on film, period.

So, in honor of Queen of Sci-fi and of Horror, I found a recipe for Date and Marizpan Alien Xenomorph Eggs over at Feast In Thyme.

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Date & Marzipan Alien Xenomorph Eggs by Feast in Thyme

Ingredients:

  • 24 large Medjool dates
  • 1 (7 ounces) tube marzipan almond candy dough
  • 1 cup dark chocolate fudge (see below, or your favorite recipe)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Decorating Supplies: green sprinkles, matcha powder, cocao powder (optional)

For the full recipe and cooking instructions, please visit here: https://feastinthyme.com/alien-xenomorph-eggs/

For some insight on Sigourney’s thoughts on playing Ripley, check out this video:

Monthly Haiku Corner – February 2020

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barbed wire
love takes no prisoners
eternally bound

Recipe of the Month – January

January dragged by like a zombie with no legs. While not quite on par with the disastrous January 2016, when we lost our beloved David Bowie and Alan Rickman, this month was a cacophony of leftover holiday vibes, hopeful optimism, failed resolutions, global despair, and finally, the tragedy of losing another global icon, former L.A. Lakers Kobe Bryant.

I’m not ready to give up on 2020 and you shouldn’t be either! Despite all the pink, February is a perfectly good month for Halloween fans to hijack, and what better way to usher in the month of unrequited love than with the Superbowl! Somebody is gonna go home in tears. Between losing to the Vegas odds and those tearjerker Budweisser commercials, you’re gonna need some comfort food, and no decent Superbowl party would be caught dead without a good taco dip to catch our tears. So, when I found this recipe over at The Tipsy Housewife for a festive Halloween Taco dip, I knew the lunar new year has not forsaken us.

Bookmark this one, my creepy friends, you’re gonna use it again in October.

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Halloween Taco Dip Photo by The Tipsy Housewife

Ingredients:

  • 1 Can of Frito Lay Bean Dip (found in the chip aisle)
  • 1 C of Prepared Guacamole
  • 1 C of Sour Cream + 1/2 C for making the web.
  • 1 Pouch of Taco Seasoning
  • 8 to 10 Black Olives, reserve two to make the spider, dice or slice the rest
  • 1 C of Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Tomato, Seeded and Dices
  • 1 C of Kale, shredded very thin

For the full recipe and instructions, please go here:
https://thetipsyhousewife.org/2018/09/29/halloween-taco-dip/

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©The Tipsy Housewife

Don’t let the mention of kale scare you off, just replace it with lettuce.

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Halloween Taco Dip Photo by The Tipsy Housewife

Wicked Art Wednesdays – Grayson Fogg/Richard Moore

Grayson Fogg appears to be the creation of Richard Moore, or perhaps, it’s the other way around? Then again, they could be two entirely different people altogether. In any event, they make wonderful art!

 

Artist: Grayson Fogg/Richard Moore
Where to purchase goods: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheAutumnlands
https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/5-richard-moore/shop
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/richardmoore