Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happy Homebirdween

Trick or Treat potion bottle gourds pumpkin scarecrow Halloween spooky friends monster child pumpkins pumpkin scarecrows Halloween Mantle pumpkin row Halloween Wreath Fake Ancestors  halloween dresser Halloween Mantle white glitter pumpkin Happy HalloweenThe Halloween stage is set and we will wait for the ghoul procession heading up the road with jack-o-lanterns and giggles. Black cats will slink in shadows that are darker and more light quenching than normal, hiding clawed beings that run out from their terraced houses. Quick mask readjustment and the picking up of a pointed hat dropped in haste.

Small witches in striped tights will knock and roar 'Trick or Treat!' and the cloaked owner within will bring forth a brimming bowl of sweets and chocolate treats.

Grab, grab, rustle, chew, chew, chomp.

Enjoy your evening but do watch out, for the other side are hungry too. Perhaps a nibble or a bite. And if you should bump into one of these frightening beasts, vampires or spectres with their whitewashed hue, please keep them sweet and offer them a biscuit too.

Happy Halloween

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

A Feather in the Wind

Oasis Dress skull lip gloss dress and zebra bracelets grey nail varnish new makeup goodies Rendezvous orange Fox trinket jar Oasis Dress
Some new treats for me, autumnal goodies. A dress for a night out - don't know where or when but a girl can live in hope. A sneaky bit of Halloween for my purse with a cute skull lip gloss, a bargain at 99p! A new lip colour, soft orange for October and a new mascara which I've found to be a bit too clumpy. Perfect looking brows with some Benefit Speed Brow - I love Benefit products. A foxy present and friendship bracelets in happy, cheery colours.

Feather Print Long Sleeve Skater Dress - Oasis £50
Friendship Bracelet Stack - New Look £5.99
Skull Lip Gloss - Quality Save 99p
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain (Rendezvous)  - Boots £7.99
17 Blowout Volumising Mascara - Boots £6.29
Benefit Speed Brow - John Lewis £13
fox trinket Jar - New Look £3.99
Cheeky Zebra - my sons :)

Monday, 28 October 2013

Baked Potato, Spinach and Leek Soup

baked potato, spinach and leek soupAnother warming recipe that I did this week with my bag of Maris Piper potatoes - baked potato, spinach and leek soup. happy spudIngredients:
1 medium onion, chopped
1 leek, sliced
2 cloves of crushed garlic
1tbsp olive oil
3 med/large Maris Piper potatoes
1tsp salt
500ml milk
200 ml water
handful of spinach
Cheddar cheese, grated
frying onions and leeks autumn book
Bake the potatoes in some olive oil and salt in the oven for 30 minutes on Gas Mark 5/190 degrees
Fry the onions, leeks and garlic in the olive oil until soft in a saucepan
Add the baked potato, crumble it in. I ended up adding the skin too as it tastes lovely
Add the stock and the milk
Simmer for 10 minutes
Add the spinach
Simmer for another 5 minutes
Season and blitz with a stick blender
Serve with grated cheese on top
soup simmering autumn book Great served with a lovely piece of crusty loaf, by the fire on a windy day :)
baked potato soup This post is an entry for #MarisPiperBritMums Linky Challenge sponsored by Potato Council for Potato Week 7 – 13 October, celebrating the varieties of potatoes and how we like to eat them. Learn more and find recipes at

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Hobgoblin Stew

Hobgoblin ale stew Perfect for a Halloween supper using lots of veggies, some beef pieces and a bottle of Hobgoblin Ale.
Warming, tasty and done in the slow cooker so its smell was wafting through the house all afternoon whilst it was grim and rainy outside.
Maris Piper potatoesIngredients:
500g beef pieces
1 medium onion, diced
2 garlic gloves, crushed
1 leek, chopped
4 carrots, sliced
500g Maris Piper potatoes
Tin of chopped tomatoes
500ml stock
3tbsp gravy granules
500ml bottle of Hobgoblin Ale
100g rice
Mixed herbs
Hobgoblin bottleInstructions:
Par boil the potatoes and the carrots for 10 minutes
Fry the beef pieces until well browned, add to slow cooker pot
Fry the sliced onion, garlic and leek until soft, add to slow cooker
Add the potatoes, carrots and tin of tomatoes
Add the stock
Add the rice
Add 3 tbsp gravy granules and stir well
Sprinkle herbs in and season
I cooked it all over an afternoon in the slow cooker until it thickened and all the veg and meat was soft.
Hobgoblin Ale on the Halloween menu
I do love a slow cooker meal as it makes the house feel toasty warm and I can enjoy the afternoon whilst it cooks and there's usually lots of leftovers for lunch the next day of freezing batches of. 
Happy Halloween
Hobgoblin Stew

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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Halloween Tea Party

It is time my mysterious friends to leave for the annual Halloween Tea Party, a ghoulish get together for you and I and a few more moonlit chums. A small gathering of only the most elite shadows and fantastical characters. Let us take a stroll, look at the time, we must leave now.plague church
To the churchyard for the precious ones, remembered by stone and flower. Souls and spirits tag along but hush your excitement for some still choose to rest and the few that like to party grasp their dusty invitations in crooked hands. They smooth down their lacy gowns and step forward with boots polished and a glint in their gauzy eyes.
tomb headstone angel
Chilling air that swirls around grass and daisy edged tomb comes to meet our legs, twisting around them like a cat looking for attention. Come along, come along but please be quick for the witch and her coven they will not wait to start the party and their cottages are at the bottom of the village.
I smell them before I can see them. A dark, stifling mustiness that fills my head full of visions of cauldrons brewing contents like the most stagnant of pond water. Knock, knock, hobble, creak - the owner comes to greet us at the door. Welcome all on the All Halllows Eve, come inside my small abode.
plague cottages
Step forward, come in. Do not be afraid for this will be a glorious party.
halloween cottage
Inside is the most colourful array of frothing potions and fireworks. Glitter springs through the air cascading over us and bubbles of magic pop over our head leaving droplets of wishes and promises of mystical futures. The most frivolous of pumpkins dance and jump, too excitable to stop and talk. We all shuffle in.
Welcome to the Halloween Party
By the glow of the Jack O'Lantern I reach for the jug of tickleberry juice, a reddish hue that stains your lips and smells like honey and lollipops. Warted gourd stew in a huge pot occasionally bubbles up and splatters the stove with bright green. It smells delightful and a hungry warlock's tummy rumbles like a ghost train passing on ancient tracks. I should grab a bowl before it all gets eaten up.
Join us for the Halloween party
A collection of potions for the occasion are displayed in frosted jars and bottles, neatly labelled by Agnes the Home Witch, meticulous and created following the book of 'Spell Casting for Shindigs and Masquerades' - a copy of which I have and cherish dearly. A bottle is open and the spell explodes out and whizzes around the room, coating all the otherworldly gatherers in a film of party fever.
witches potions
Pumpkins make the most awful racket at parties, they get so carried away in the moment. Hopping about the room, they annoy the spooks and with a woosh of a shroud are suddenly swept away under the table with the dust and scolded. The skeletons find this most amusing and fall about laughing leaving a collection of bones - no matter they'll pick them up later.
munchkin pumpkins
Chatter, chatter, catching up and reminiscing on times gone by, 'so you departed in 1610, how lovely and how have you been since?' Glowing eyes spark with devilish glee and too many bottles of Hobgoblin have clearly been drunk already.
pumpkin witch
Pumpkin treats filled with oozing globs of tree sap, an explosion sensation and one to savour by candlelight.
fizzy pop and cakes Time for the bogeyman's lament and the witches cackle and throw spiders that scuttle in desperation up the walls and into damp corners. Stardust tickles my nose and an almighty sneeze turns into a friendly apparition who smiles and waves - another party spell I presume.
glitter ghost The members of this household have certainly been busy for all supernatural tastes have been accounted for. Grasshopper bites, a delicacy are offered. Take your pick. Green for sweet and crunchy or mottled sour for the tangy loving Fright Harbringers - that will keep them happy and stop them terrorising the goblins.halloween grasshopper treats Fairy lights twinkle and flash, games are played and 'pass the head' is won yet again by one of the pumpkins. Macabre misfits move slowly and nod to each other, no words required by these types.
Have you had enough cake? Surely another piece of frog springer would be hard to refuse.
Halloween party table A tiny group of small witches are starting to get tired, yawns of gappy, rotting teeth with the most terrible of hounds breath. One starts to have a tantrum, it must be nearly witching hour now. Time to think about pond bath and resting in one's hay crate.
pixie witch Fire torches are extinguished and just the Jack O'Lanterns remain, glowing, warding off midge flies and dragon beetles. I take a rest on a huge misshapen arm chair with springs that protrude and snag my cloak.Jack-o-lantern
Suddenly a scream raises my attention, a course of fear pushing its way through my veins more than any walk through a quiet cemetery would. Wary faces stare, not blinking and bones are still. Hush.
horror mask In walks the Boo. A frightful crypt keeper. Anti social and ready to turn any party into an ending of  horror and despair, enough to send a witch fleeing broom in hand or a spook jumping down the drains. Hide.
evil face
 I sit as still as possible watching his menacing face with blank eyes, no soul or no remorse. Will he see me?
horrible sack mask
Lips curl, froth explodes and a huge box of Halloween poppers bursts open with the force of an almighty thunder clap. Even the stars in the sky shudder and I hold onto a werewolf to stop myself from joining them.
The Boo has gone, reduced to nothing more than a hessian sack and a few teeth. There is nothing more powerful it seems than a Halloween party and as the quiet subsides, the pumpkins are back dancing and I'm going to join them.......
Halloween Party
Happy Halloween to all and especially to A Fanciful Twist and our party friends. Please have a look at the other parties and enjoy the wondrous sights.