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The Gory Details

I’ve been having way too much fun with this halloween decorating thing the last couple of days so I’ll give you a short tour… see if you can see what’s been going Bump in the night… Mwuhahaha.

 

Rattle, rattle

 

This guy has been hanging around the pantry, I guess he needs to put some “meat on his bones”… ugh, ok that was just bad, and I can hear you groaning too, but what other explanation could there be?

 

Bill

 

 

Ted

 

Then we have these two incorporeal fellows that have popped up in a couple of our display stands.  At least they smell good, Bill has nestled himself among the Pot Pourri and although you can’ see it, Ted seems to be enjoying the Bath Bombs.  I wonder if they know how good they smell?

 

Skulls 3/$1.00

 

From what I understand these are the last known members of a small tribe of murmuring braincases (otherwise known as talking heads).  They are said to hail from the bad lands of Spooksilvania.  Or they could just be Bill & Ted’s smaller cousins.  You decide 🙂  I just call them skulls.

In my last post, there was some speculation as to how Uncle John met his (untimely?) end.  Well the speculation continues.  This is a closer look at the bottle that has been suspected of the ill doing.

 

 

Need we say More?

 

 

A Closer Look

 

But while doing a little fall fouling of the Family Crypt, we came upon this item for your perusal.

 

Dr. Oddbody's Elixer

 

 

A Close-up

 

Now it must be said that although Uncle John seemed a very hail and hardy gentleman, he did suffer from most if not all of these common ailments… Uncle John it seems was a bit of an hypochondriac.
From all the literature that I have found on this particular nostrum, it is “GUARANTEED TO CURE 100% OF THESE COMMON AILMENTS AND MANY MORE”  From what I can deduce from this bottle of “snake oil” is the way in which it cures you of these complaints.  You may think that our “side effects” of our modern pharmaceuticals pushed upon us by our local quacks leaves much to be desired, but back in Uncle Johns time they pretty much spelled it out for you, if you take the time to read it.

 

Precautions & Dr. Oddbody's Address

 

Upon inspection of this bottle, I notice that not a single drop remains.  If by chance Uncle John did imbibe of the contents, then by his own hand he was “cured” of each and every  affliction he suffered from, and then some.  And if this is the case, then Dr. Oddbody’s Cure All Elixir & Patent Medicine did what it was supposed to do.  I certainly don’t hear Uncle John complaining any more.
But this still hasn’t answered our question about how Uncle John when peacefully into that good night.  Was it by his own hand or was it… (insert suspense music here… Dum, dum, dum) MURDER?????
As I mentioned before I was doing a little fall fouling of the Family Crypt … it’s kinda like spring cleaning but the opposite, ya know dusting, adding just a few cobwebs, making sure the spiders are in all the right corners.  It gives the place that died in feeling… Anyway as I was saying, I found these .

 

Skull Match Boxes .89 ea

 

I guess Great Aunt Grizelda must have left them tucked away for Uncle John to spark up his Meerschaum whenever the urge hit.  Now Aunt Grizelda hated Uncle John smoking… she thought it would be the death of him…  but he did enjoy his Meerschaum every once in a while.  Aunt Grizelda could have a bit of a mean streak in her,  these were tucked in a sealed box, it took 3 able bodied people to pry it open to see what the contents were!!  And if that wasn’t bad enough, guess what wasn’t left behind for him… yep, his Meerschaum and his pipe tobacco!!!  But after all these years in a cold damp mouldering environment, they still come alight on the first strike.
Now don’t get me wrong, our ancestors weren’t all mean.  There was a sweet side to them too, and here’s the proof.

 

Jack O' Lantern All Day Suckers $2.99 ea.

 

These yummy suckers are 4″ wide by 5″ tall and are 140 g of sugary goodness.  How’s that for sweet for ya?

Well, that’s all for now.  I told ya I was having way too much fun!!!  Who knows what other items and kooky stories my brain will come up with next.  Please let me know what you think of my posts… are you enjoying them, or am  I just amusing myself?
Unpleasant Dreams,
Scary Sherry

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Fall Decorating

Well, even though the calendar doesn’t say it’s Autumn, the air sure has got that fall like nip in it, so I got to thinking about decoration for fall.  A time where you pull on something warm and snugly, have some good down home comfort food in your belly and sit back and smile while you breathe in the fragrance in the air that can only mean Fall Has Arrived.  So here’s what I’ve been thinking about, (I was going to post some pictures, but the batteries are dead in the camera so I’ll be editing later to add some pics) anyway as I was saying… here’s what I’ve been thinking.

The first thing that comes to mind for me is candles, candles and more candles.  For me a candle is more than just the fragrance it’s about the glow that comes from it that make things feel that much more cozy.

Since this isn’t smeloblog and you can’t scratch and sniff your screen I’ll try my best to describe some of the fragrances of my Soy Wax Candles I have available here at the store of what I think of as Fall Scented Candles.

  • Cranberry… Tart and crisp, just like the juice, the first scent that jumps into my mind when I think fall.
  • Northern Blueberry… A real juicy blueberry scent just like a bowl of freshly picked blueberries, rinsed and ready to eat!
  • Blackberry Sage… sharp, ripe berries mingles with aromatic sage – one of our best sellers.
  • Apple Jack & Peel… Just like mulled cider in a barrel
  • Eucalyptus… Stimulating and relieves the symptoms of sinus, colds, sore throat and other respiratory problems.  As an added bonus it removes smoke odour.
  • Gingersnap Cookie… Warm spices of ginger and cinnamon, baked to perfection.  Another best seller.
  • Twigs and Berries… A warm mingling of forest cedars and red currant.  This one is a MUST!!

Then, I start thinking about those little added touches placed around the house.  It’ doesn’t take much, for example.  Take a bowl, any bowl as long as you like it.  Lets say a earth toned pottery bowl, and simply fill it with an assortment of nuts, berries, pine cones, pine needles or even some dried flowers.  Add some Fall Scented Votive Candles in clear glass holders.  Next add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to add a wonderful aroma to scent you house.  You can change up this simple idea by adding candy corn to the mixture  to flow into Halloween.

You can also place groupings of 3 or 5 (always use an odd number) of real or Fabric Pumpkins on a table, in a book shelf, or use larger ones to place on stair risers.Bring out those great hand knit/ crochet afghans or fleece throws to cuddle up in.  Just casually toss it over the side of a big comfy chair or on the sofa and you’re done.  But please, don’t spread it neatly over the top of the sofa and tuck it in under the seat cushions like grandma used to do, it’s meant be be used and inviting. 🙂

And one last thought.  Apples, whether you pile them high in a great bowl, or make them into your favorite apple pie recipe, ya just have to have fresh crisp apples at this time of year.  With that in mind, if you don’t have a favorite apple pie recipe, why not try this one.

Grandma Thompson’s Prize-Winning Apple Pie

Ingredients

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Double-Crust Sour Cream Pastry recipe

      1 egg yolk
      2 tbsp (25 mL) course sugar
      Filling:
      8 apples, (such as McIntosh or Northern Spy)about 3 lb (1.5 kg)
      3/4 cup (175 mL) granulated sugar
      2 tbsp (25 mL) cornstarch
      1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon
      1 pinch ground nutmeg
      1 pinch salt
    2 tbsp (25 mL) butter, softened

Preparation:

Filling: Peel and core apples; cut into 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick slices and place in large bowl. In small bowl, toss together sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt ; add to apples and toss to coat.

On lightly floured surface, roll out half of the pastry to generous 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness; fit into 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate. Trim to leave 3/4-inch (2 cm) overhang; fold under and flute edge. Scrape filling into pie shell; dot with butter.

Roll out remaining pastry. Whisk egg yolk with 1 tbsp (15 mL) water; brush over pastry rim. Fit pastry over filling; trim to leave 3/4-inch (2 cm) overhang. Fold overhang under bottom pastry rim; seal and flute edge. Brush egg mixture over pastry. Cut steam vents in top; sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake in bottom third of 450°F (230°C) oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F (180°C); bake for 65 minutes or until bottom is deep golden and filling is bubbling and thickened. Let cool on rack. (Make-ahead: Set aside for up to 24 hours.)

Double-Crust Sour Cream Pastry Ingredients

      2-1/2 cups (625 mL) all purpose flour
      1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
      1/2 cup (125 mL) cold butter, cubed
      1/2 cup (125 mL) cold lard, cubed
      1/4 cup (50 mL) (approx) ice water
    3 tbsp (45 mL) sour cream

Preparation:

In large bowl, whisk flour with salt. Using pastry blender, cut in butter and lard until in fine crumbs with a few larger pieces.

In liquid measure, whisk water with sour cream. Drizzle over flour mixture, tossing briskly with fork and adding a little more water if necessary, until ragged dough forms.

Divide in half; press into 2 discs. Wrap; refrigerate until chilled, 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze in airtight container for up to 1 month.)

Well, that’s all for now, enjoy

Sherry

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