Something a little different for Halloween. A look at some amazing, take my breath away pumpkin carving. Which is your favorite?
Pale were your looks; and the rose in your tresses
Paler of hue than the dreams we have lost;
Who, then I said, is it sees or who guesses,
Here in the hall, that I dance with a ghost?
Gone! And the dance and the music are ended.
Gone! And the rapture dies out of the skies.
And, on my arm, in her elegance splendid,
The woman of fashion smiles up in my eyes.
Had I forgotten? and did you remember?
You, who are dead, whom I cannot forget;
You, for whose sake all my heart is an ember
Covered with ashes of dreams and regret.
Spiced Hot Cider
For a non-alcoholic version, omit the applejack and schnapps and add 2 tablespoons cinnamon-flavored syrup, such as Torani brand.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 6 servings, 3/4 cup each
4 cups apple cider
1 cinnamon stick
5 whole cloves
1/2 cup applejack, (apple brandy)
2 tablespoons cinnamon schnapps
Cinnamon sticks, for garnish
Bring apple cider, cinnamon stick and cloves to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add applejack and schnapps.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve hot.
Halloween is only 3 weeks away. This is the first of the holidays that I truly miss living up north. The changing colors of autumn, the smell of fresh apple cider, Indian corn and of course carving the pumpkins. That is not to say we don’t have pumpkins in Florida, they are just very different inside than northern ones and the longevity is much shorter because of our warm temps. None the less, I have my pumpkin sitting on the counter and set out in search of some creative ideas. Better Homes & Gardens website always seems to have some wonderful ideas and I wasn’t disappointed. They not only have 26 cute ideas, but you can download the patterns for free.
For my animal lover friends, they even offer 25 different of our favorite dog breeds. If you are inspired by your pet, you can check them out and download the patterns here.
Last but not least they also have 31 spooky ideas to decorate your front door, porch, sidewalk, and yard.