Friday, October 12, 2018

A True Horror Story: Use Your Words

Today’s post is a monthly writing challenge. If you’re new here, this is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once. All of the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the recipient will take them. Until now.


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At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
I'm using: glow ~ fall ~ river ~ hit
They were submitted by Jules of The Bergham Chronicles.

                          
I'm from Massachusetts, for those of you who don't already know. Every time I looked at these words, preparing to write my post, all I could see was Fall River, the name of a town in Massachusetts. I couldn't think of those words separately, perhaps because, coincidentally, they were submitted together and in the same order as the name of the town.

Or maybe it's Halloween I have on my mind. Because, it just so happens, that glow and hit work right into the most famous story that comes out of the city of Fall River. Glow, as in ghost. And hit, as in strike.

Fall River is the city where a young girl lived with her sister Emma, father Andrew step-mother Abby and maid Bridget Sullivan. The house where they lived is now suspected of being haunted. As in most haunting stories, it's the scene of a horrible tragedy. But the story starts somewhere else, with a bit of a different cast, some of whom made it to this home, some who did not.

The little girl was born in 1860 to her parents, Andrew and Sarah. They had 3 daughters, Emma, their first, was born in 1851. Their second daughter Alice was born in 1856. By the time their youngest was born (9 years after their first), in the initial tragedy of this story, Alice had died at the age of one from what was then called Dropsy on the Brain but is now known as Hydrocephalus. Just a few short years after the little girl was born, in the second tragedy of this story, their mother died at the age of 39 of uterine congestion (no idea) and spinal disease.

Two years later, dad Andrew remarried a woman named Abby. Emma was 14. Her little sister not quite 5. The family, well off financially, moved to their new home 9 years after Andrew married Abby. It's said that the girls did not like their step-mother, not calling her Mom or even Abby, but "Mrs.", and believing she and her family were conspiring to get Andrew's money.  

In fact, they were so comfortable they had a maid living on the third floor. Bridget, originally from Ireland, was responsible for the dusting, sweeping, laundry and all of the cooking.


On the day of the final tragedy, in 1892, Emma (41 and still living at home) was out of town, and Bridget (who had been living with them for 2 years at this point) was in her room when the younger daughter (not so young any more but at 32 also still living with her parents) cried out. She had found her father dead in the parlor. It's unclear as to whether it was Bridget or the police who then found Abby dead in her room. 

Four months later, the deceased couple's youngest daughter was indicted for their murder. Six months later, with the support of her older sister, she stood trial and was acquitted of the charges in June of 1893. Ordeal over, the sisters sold the family home and, having inherited from their father, purchased another home in Fall River where they lived comfortably for many years.

The family home where the murders occurred is now a bed and breakfast. Where you can sleep in the room where Abby was murdered, and quite possibly see the glow of ghosts late into the night.

Bridget, after being forced to testify but really having nothing of substance to contribute, disappeared after the trial. Rumor had it that she returned, at least temporarily, to Ireland, possibly funded by the sisters. The next we have any inkling of her was 12 years later in 1905 when she married at the age of 35 in Montana (where she had family). It's believed she never again spoke of the sisters or the tragedy. 

And what became of the girls? They lived quite comfortably together in Fall River for many years. This home too may have been comfortable but it also was not a happy home. Although acquitted, the younger sister was thought of as guilty by most of the townspeople and basically shunned by the community. It didn't help that in 1897 she was accused of shoplifting. And in 1905 Emma moved out and, according to legend, never spoke to her sister again. She died in New Hampshire in June of 1927, coincidentally just 9 days after her little sister died in Fall River.

You know who I'm talking about by now, don't you? Heard the story? Perhaps even spoken about it yourself:

Lizzy Borden took an axe,
gave her mother forty whacks. 
When she saw what she had done,
gave her father forty-one. 

Anyone want to go sleep in her bedroom?

Raspberry Swirl Halloween Cake | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #Halloween

PS: I always share a new recipe in my posts, but today I just couldn't pass up sharing one I posted a few years ago, my Raspberry Swirl Halloween Cake. It may not be a new recipe, but I'm technically sharing a recipe so let's not split hairs (so to speak), shall we?
Follow the link to the original post to find the recipe.


Here are links to all the other Use Your Words posts:
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Team Pumpkin: October Poetry

This month our poetry group picked the theme Pumpkins. Maybe it's a coincidence, maybe it's a gift because today's my birthday, but I'm pretty happy to have my (rhyming) say about pumpkins. They take quite a beating right about now. Not so much because people don't love them, probably because bloggers and websites pluck them way too early, starting to post pumpkin recipes in the summer and keeping it up steadily straight through October.



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Not me. I have a hard fast rule, all things Halloween, including pumpkin recipes don't start until October 1st. But then, well, all bets are off. 


 Team Pumpkin

Little seed so small and brown,
planted in the Spring. 
Burrow deep into the ground,
happiness you'll bring.

In the patch grow big and round,
green to gold to ripe.
Soon the kids will be farm bound,
October's favorite hype.

Corn maze, cocoa, a hay ride,
caramel apples too.
Picking and choosing with utmost pride,
ends in holding you.

Jack-O-Lantern you'll become.
And recipes, a slew.
I'll be making more than some,
pies and cake and stew.


Pepita Harvest Bars are an interpretation of the classic seven layer bars incorporating all of the flavors of the Fall Season. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert
Pepita Harvest Bars


Oh, I've heard it, the boo-hoo,
complain and whine and groan. 
"Too many recipes, too soon too".
Please! Quit your insufferable moan.

'Cause on my blog . . .

For one month out of every year,
I'm sorry happy to publicly say, 
I'm "team pumpkin" and to be clear,
and that's (more than) OK.


Before you go, click on these links to more poetry from some of my friends:
Dawn of Cognitive Script shares Pumpkins.
Diane of On the Border shares Pumpkin Time
Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares 4 Little Pumpkins.


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Pepita Harvest Bars       
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Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 1/2 packages Chips Ahoy Thins Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
3/4 stick butter or margarine, melted
1 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 cup quick oats
1/2 cup cranraisins
1 cup Pepitas, roasted and shelled
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions:
*Grease a 9 X 13 baking pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Mix the cookie crumbs with the melted butter and press into the bottom of the pan.
*Sprinkle the prepared crust with the white chocolate chips followed by the quick oats, then the cranraisins and last the Pepitas. Whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. Pour over the top.
*Bake for 35 - 40 minutes or until the top is bubbling and has browned. Remove from oven. 
*Allow to cool for 15 minutes. Gently run a knife around the edges. Cool completely before cutting.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Spider in his Web Cake: Spooky and Fun Blog With Friends

Today’s post is the next in our series of Blog With Friends theme collaborations. Each month a group  of bloggers get together and each publish a project based on a theme. What I love about this partnership is that it’s not bloggers with similar interests or strengths but a diverse group coming up with a variety of posts. In any given month we may have a recipe, sewing tutorial, crafts projects, book review and/or a technology post all related to the theme of the month.


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This month's theme is Spooky and Fun.

There will be individual project pictures and links to what everyone else has to offer at the end of my post, but here’s a peek at what we all came up with:


Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post based on a theme, Spooky and Fun | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com


I made a Spider in his Web Cake.


Spider in his Web Cake: cake, a web and a spider peeking through. Yup, it’s October! | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #Halloween #cake

Spider in his Web Cake


What? Spooky and Fun as a theme? I'm there. Of course I'm always there for these Blog With Friends posts. And now that I think of it, I'm always there with the spooky and fun recipes throughout the month of October. But nothing makes me smile like interpreting Halloween themes into recipes. It's the challenge, but it's also just the pure fun of playing with food. Literally. 

Today's recipe is really less of a recipe and more of a decoration tutorial. It's versatile, so make this any way you want. I chose to make a chocolate cake and frosting, white bark or candy melt spider web and a Golden Oreo spider. You could also make a white or vanilla cake with light frosting and make the spider web from chocolate and use a chocolate Oreo. 

You also can make your cake from scratch, like I did for my Jolt of Coffee Chocolate Cake or enhance a boxed mix like I did for my Cookie Frosted Cake. The same holds true for frosting, make it from scratch like I did for my Peanut Butter Cup Squares, or enhance canned frosting as I did on my Raspberry Swirl Halloween Cake.

Either way, start with a frosted cake. 


Since I chose chocolate, my decorations will be in white. First, make the "spider web". Measure the bottom of your cake pan and, using a marker on a piece of parchment paper, draw a circle about the same size.

Web template for Spider in his Web Cake: cake, a web and a spider peeking through. Yup, it’s October! | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #Halloween #cake


Once the marker is dry, turn the parchment upside down on a flat surface. You can see the circle from the top now. Melt 1 ounce of white candy melts or vanilla bark and close into a sandwich bag. Snip a small piece of the bag from the corner and pipe the bark around the circle you drew on the parchment paper. Next pipe lines from the inside to the outside, then in waves around the inside of the circle. This does not have to be precise. Using a paper towel, completely wipe off about a 2 inch square hole in your web. This is where you'll later place one of the spiders. Carefully place the web in the refrigerator to set.

Web for Spider in his Web Cake: cake, a web and a spider peeking through. Yup, it’s October! | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #Halloween #cake


Meanwhile, place 5 small dabs of the remaining melted bark onto one end of an Oreo. Stick candy eyes (or mini M&Ms) onto the cookie. Set aside to set. Cut two 1 inch pieces and two 2 inch pieces of the pull 'n peel candy ropes to use for spider legs. In the same way, make a full spider using the remaining oreos, eyes and candy ropes.

Spider for Spider in his Web Cake: cake, a web and a spider peeking through. Yup, it’s October! | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #Halloween #cake


Then assemble. Carefully, using a large spatula, place the spider web onto the cake. Gently push the "spider" into the cake at an angle where the hole is. Place one short "leg" and one longer one on either side of the spider so it looks like it's crawling out of the cake. Press the second spider into the side of the cake.

Spider in his Web Cake: cake, a web and a spider peeking through. Yup, it’s October! | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #Halloween #cake



As always, any time you make one of my recipes, feel free to post a picture of it to my Baking In A Tornado Facebook Page. I'd love to see it!


Be sure to visit all of this month's other Blog With Friends projects:

Spatulas on Parade shares the recipe for her edible Cat Litter Dessert.
Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Spooky and Fun | Cat Litter Dessert by Dawn of Spatulas on Parade | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com

Rabia of The Lieber Family Blog shares her DIY Paint Pour Pumpkin project.

Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Spooky and Fun | Paint Pour Pumpkin by Rabia of The Lieber Family Blog | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com

Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares her DIY Canvas Art project. 
Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Spooky and Fun | DIY Canvas Art by Lydia of Cluttered Genius | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com


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Spider in his Web Cake
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Ingredients:
1 frosted two layer cake
2 oz white candy melts or vanilla bark
3 Golden Oreos
7 candy eyes (can substitute mini M&Ms) 
1 pull 'n peel candy rope

NOTE: You can bake a cake from scratch, like I did for my Jolt of Coffee Chocolate Cake. Recipe HERE.
Or you can enhance a boxed mix like I did for my Cookie Frosted Cake. Recipe HERE
The same holds for frosting. You can make it from scratch as I used for my Peanut Butter Cup Squares. Recipe HERE.
Or you can enhanced canned frosting as I used on my Raspberry Swirl Halloween Cake. Recipe HERE.

Directions:
*Measure the bottom of your cake pan and, using a marker on a piece of parchment paper, make a circle about the same size.
*Once the marker is dry, turn the parchment upside down on a flat surface. You can see the circle from the top now. Melt 1 ounce of white candy melts or vanilla bark and close into a sandwich bag. 
*Snip a small piece of the bag from the corner and pipe the bark around the circle you drew on the parchment paper. Next pipe lines from the inside to the outside, then in waves around the inside of the circle. This does not have to be precise.
*Using a paper towel, completely wipe off about a 2 inch square hole in your web. This is where you'll later place the spider. Carefully place the web in the refrigerator to set.
*Meanwhile, place 5 small dabs of the melted bark onto one end of an Oreo. Stick candy eyes (or mini M&Ms) onto the cookie. Set aside to set. Attach 2 eyes to one of the remaining Oreos.
*Cut two 1 inch pieces and ten 2 inch pieces of the pull 'n peel candy ropes to use for spider legs. 
*To assemble, carefully, using a large spatula, place the spider web onto the cake. Gently push the "spider" with 5 eyes into the cake at an angle where the hole is. Place one short "leg" and one longer one on either side of the spider so it looks like it's crawling out of the cake. Press the second spider into the side of the cake.