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Applie Pie & Pie Crust Recipe

Posted 10-28-2009 at 02:43 PM by lauriebear777
Updated 10-28-2009 at 02:46 PM by lauriebear777 (I copied & pasted it did not convert right)

[B][COLOR=green]Pie Crust (two crusts)[/COLOR][/B]
[B][COLOR=green]Ingredients[/COLOR][/B][LIST][*][COLOR=green]3 cups all-purpose unbleached flour [/COLOR][COLOR=green][/COLOR][*][COLOR=green]1 1/2 cups shortening [/COLOR][COLOR=green][/COLOR][*][COLOR=green]1 teaspoon salt [/COLOR][*][COLOR=green]1 egg [/COLOR][*][COLOR=green]1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar or cider [/COLOR][*][COLOR=green]5 1/2 tablespoons water [/COLOR][/LIST][B][COLOR=green]Directions[/COLOR][/B]

[COLOR=green]1. Whisk together the flour and salt. Blend in shortening until texture resembles coarse crumbs. [/COLOR]
[COLOR=green]2. Mix together egg, vinegar, and water. Pour into flour mixture, and mix together. [/COLOR]
[COLOR=green]3. Roll dough out between wax paper; no extra flour is needed to roll out dough if wax paper is used. Use as directed in recipe. [/COLOR]

[B][COLOR=green]Apple Pie Filling (two crusts)[/COLOR][/B]
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And A Haunting we will go... 1600 Pennsylvania Ave...

Posted 10-28-2009 at 12:26 PM by lauriebear777

Dorothea Paine "Dolley" Madison was one of the most popular first ladies to have presided in the White House.
She was born in 1768 and became the wife and the young widow of John Todd, a Quaker lawyer of Philadelphia. 1794, at the age of twenty-six, she married James Madison, who became, in 1809, fourth president of the United States.
Dolley's wit and charm and her ability to remember faces endeared her to everyone. But she never liked to be crossed, as the legend of her ghost bears out.
When the second Mrs. Woodrow Wilson occupied the White House, she ordered gardeners to dig up the familiar Rose Garden. They never turned a spade. Dolley Madison had planned and built the garden! Her ghost arrived in all her nineteenth century to upbraid the workmen for what they were about to do. The men fled. Not a flower was disturbed and Dolley's garden continues to bloom today as it has for nearly two centuries.

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Superstition of Halloween

Posted 10-27-2009 at 08:42 AM by lauriebear777

Halloween has always been a holiday filled with mystery, magic and superstition. It began as a Celtic end-of-summer festival during which people felt especially close to deceased relatives and friends. For these friendly spirits, they set places at the dinner table, left treats on doorsteps and along the side of the road and lit candles to help loved ones find their way back to the spirit world.
Today's Halloween ghosts are often depicted as more fearsome and malevolent, and our customs and superstitions are scarier too. We avoid crossing paths with black cats, afraid that they might bring us bad luck. This idea has its roots in the Middle Ages, when many people believed that witches avoided detection by turning themselves into cats. We try not to walk under ladders for the same reason. This superstition may have come from the ancient Egyptians, who believed that triangles were sacred; it also may have something to do with the fact that walking under a leaning ladder tends to be...
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Halloween Today...

Posted 10-26-2009 at 07:55 AM by lauriebear777

:boo:The American tradition of "trick-or-treating" probably dates back to the early All Souls' Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called "soul cakes" in return for their promise to pray for the family's dead relatives.
The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as "going a-souling" was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money.
[IMG][/IMG] [LEFT]In the 1932, George Peters works on these Halloween masks.[/LEFT]
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The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter...
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Halloween's Origins

Posted 10-22-2009 at 11:34 AM by lauriebear777

Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in).
The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long,...
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