Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Superstitious?

Are you superstitious?  Many of us are and admit it. Many of us say we aren’t, but really are.  There are “bad luck” superstitions and “good luck” superstitions.  Today I thought I’d take a look at some common ones:


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Bad luck

Friday the 13th – Think about this; if you happen to have a birthday that’s on the 13th, every now and then when it ends up on a Friday, your birthday is bad luck. For everyone in the whole world.
Black cat – There’s a black cat who comes out of the woods behind my house now and then, which explains why my neighbors sometimes see me walking backwards up the hill on the side of my house.
Walk under a ladder – I’m sorry, if you’re incapable of avoiding walking under a ladder I have no sympathy for you, you deserve bad luck.
Breaking a mirror brings 7 years bad luck – Cleaning up the shards of glass is bad luck enough. Adding 7 years is just overkill.
Bird flying into your house brings bad news – Well, yeah, bird poop all over your house is definitely bad news.
Step on a crack and you break your Mother’s back – I can personally debunk this one.  Believe me. After an argument my son is outside stepping on every crack he can find.
If you shiver someone’s walking on your grave – Last time I checked I was graveless.  I’m still alive and kicking unless you know something I don’t know.
Spilling salt – I never understood this one. If you spill salt it’s bad luck, unless you spill more salt to avert the bad luck? Huh?

Good luck

Rabbit’s foot – I'm guessing the rabbit thought it was much better luck when it was attached.
4 leaf clover – I think this one is a conspiracy by Moms to keep their kids outside, busy and quiet for hours at a time.  Genius.
Find a horse shoe – I’m sorry, isn’t the deck kind of stacked for the owners of horses? That’s just not fair.
Cricket in the houseI don’t know who this is good luck for, but hearing a cricket in my house would not be good luck. For me, or the cricket.
Ladybug – I used to love ladybugs but then I moved to the Midwest. There are bugs here that look exactly like ladybugs but they bite, and it hurts. Camouflage ninja stealth biting ladybugs, not good luck in my book.

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Neither good nor bad

Dropping silverware brings company – An omen needs to be good or bad.  Never trust an omen that can go either way.

Now here’s the part I never understood.  There are actually superstitions concerning how to avert bad luck. So here’s my advice: Whenever it’s Friday the 13th or when you see a black cat, walk under a ladder, break a mirror, have a bird fly into your house, step on a crack, shiver or spill salt, just turn around clockwise 7 times.  That should take care of it . . . knock wood.

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Black Cat Cookies
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Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 cup baking cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Candy corn (approx. 72)
Red mini M&Ms or Red Hots (approx. 36)

Directions:
*Cream butter, margarine, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until it forms a dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 baking sheets.
*Roll dough into approx. 36 balls. Place on the baking sheets. Flatten with the heel of your hand and pinch the top to make ears.
*Press the tines of a fork into the upper part of the cookie (closer to the ears, at an angle to make the whiskers). Bake for 12 minutes.
*As soon as they come out of the oven, while they are still hot and pliable, add 2 candy corns to each cookie at an angle to look like eyes. Between the candy corns, add a mini M&M or Red Hot for the nose. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing to cool completely.

26 comments:

  1. I believe I'm so unlucky that a black cat won't even cross in front of me. The other day one started to dart across the street and seen me coming. It stopped, waited for me to pass, watched me for a couple minutes, then crossed. ???? Is that bad or what?

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    1. No, I'm sure you're not that unlucky . . .but you do live a good 900 miles away from me, right? No, no reason, just curious (wink, wink)!

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  2. I don't really consider myself superstitious but I won't walk under a ladder fearing of an accident, something falling on my head etc. I happen to love black cats! We have the same superstitions here, too, but in Greece bad luck day is Tuesday the 13th! A bird flying into your house is actually hearing good news! and we spill salt when we want unwanted guests to leave the house! There are so many I could do a post about it, too! MOst are completely ridiculous!

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    1. If spilling salt made unwanted guests leave my floor would be covered in salt but at least I wouldn't have to argue with my oldest son any more!

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  3. No opening an umbrella in the house. That's one I stand by. I'm sad thinking that I wouldn't fit under our ladder. IF I tried, I'd just get what I deserved...which seem to be some yummy black bat cookies :) I'm off to the garage to give it a try!

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    1. Just as long as you don't open an umbrella in the house before you go!

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  4. I can honestly say I have no superstitions...good or bad! Is that weird?
    Reagan is ALL OVER your cookies! The second she saw the picture she was like KITTIES!!

    Great...now I have to make an effort for Halloween!
    Haha!

    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. Just wait a few years, you'll be making all kinds of effort for Halloween, may as well make some cookies this year to get you ready for future Halloweens.

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  5. I had to laugh at some of the above things you mentioned, as I remember them from back in the day. It's amazing how so many people are still really superstitious nowadays. Can you imagine the fuss if they forgot to do something?

    I loved the way you ended it with that last paragraph though, excellent.

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    1. Thanks, glad you laughed. I thought Halloween was a good time for a superstitions post!

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  6. I kissed my husband for the first time on a Friday the 13th. Every Friday the 13th after has always been good luck for me.

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    1. Best way ever to turn a bad luck day into a good luck day!

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  7. 1) Those cookies are awesome, and the kids will love me forever if I make them.

    2) My husbands nickname is Cricket, so I always have one in my house. Luckily most of the time he doesn't make annoying noises, and he seems to be pretty good luck so far, and it's much easier to get him outside than one of those tiny suckers when he is being annoying.

    3) Much love from the girl with the same blog background :)

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    1. Ha ha ha, so glad your house Cricket doesn't cause you too much trouble. Thanks for the laugh!

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  8. Hi! New fan from the TGIF Blog hop! I think I may just Make your cookies today! My brood would love them :)
    bloggitymoo.blogspot.com

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    1. I bet they will, everyone loves chocolate cookies!

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  9. Oh goodness, I totally LOLed reading this. I have to show it to my overly superstitious mother who will lose control of her car trying to avoid a black cat that's two streets away. Also I agree with you on walking under a ladder. Chances are there is lots of walking space around the damn ladder. Can't wait to read more of your posts. I'm new to blog hopping, as in just learned the term today. If you'd like to check mine out, I'd be more than flattered. http://sanitywaitingtohappen.blogspot.com/2012/10/how-to-diagnose-shooting-abdominal-pain.html

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    1. Not sure your Mom will want to see this many bad omens all in one place, wouldn't want to send her over the edge. Happy to check out your blog.

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  10. You are really amazing and creative!! Love these.

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    1. Thanks, that's high praise coming from someone as creative as you are!

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  11. Love the cookies, thank you for sharing. This was hilarious! hahaha. I like to think that I'm NOT superstitious xx

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    1. Many people like to think that they're not superstitious, but aren't actually willing to tempt fate, LOL!

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  12. Lovin' your blog and those bat & black cat cooking....amazing! That is some talent! I am a new follower from the Friday Blog Hop. Have a great day! :)

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    1. Thanks for the compliment and for the follow!

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  13. I love those cookies! My kids would love them too. I once broke 2 mirrors in about a months time. I remember when my 14 years was up… I was 23. I should have had a party! :)

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