Archive for September, 2012

The Infamous “Jack O’Lantern”

The origin of carving a pumpkin

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Whose idea was it anyway?

Actually, that’s a very good question. Who did start the tradition of carving out pumpkins into faces for Halloween (a.k.a. All Hallow’s Eve)?

The Myth of Stingy Jack:
Jack of the Lantern

The Irish folklore goes like this.

There was this guy named Stingy Jack who lived in Ireland. He was so stingy, that he really lived up to his name (Stingy Jack).

Stingy Jack was so stingy, that when the townsfolk began to complain about him being so stingy, it began to weigh in on the mayor of this small Irish town. So the mayor asked Stingy Jack to participate in the upcoming holiday,  All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween), by handing out treats to children during their “trick-or-treating”.

Stingy Jack agreed.

When Halloween arrived and the children visited the home of Stingy Jack, it seems that Stingy Jack handed out potatoes & turnips instead of sweet treats as it customarily called for.

The towns folk was upset with Stingy Jack and decided to give him the silent treatment for the rest of his life.

This didn’t bother Stingy Jack in the slightest, so he thought. After spending Thanksgiving, Christmas and then the New Year being completely ignored, this eventually took a toll on Stingy Jack. By the time Valentine’s Day came and went, Stingy Jack couldn’t take it anymore.

One day, Stingy Jack spent all day alone in the town’s only tavern. Nobody would speak to Stingy Jack, so Stingy Jack decided to invite the devil to come have a drink.

The devil eventually showed up, so Stingy Jack drank with him. When the bill came, Stingy Jack thought that he shouldn’t have to pay because he was drinking with the devil. The devil said that he couldn’t pay because he didn’t have any pockets to keep his money in. So Stingy Jack thought of a plan.

The plan was simple.
Stingy Jack told the devil to turn himself into a gold coin and with him being a gold coin, he would pay for the drinks with that. Then, when the barkeeper isn’t looking, the devil would turn himself back into himself and then walk away.

The devil agreed.

So when the devil turned himself into a gold coin, Stingy Jack placed the gold coin in his pocket right next to a silver cross. Doing this entrapped the devil inside the gold coin, disabling him from turning himself back. Stingy Jack then paid the bill with his own money and went home.

Once Stingy Jack got home, he made another deal with the devil.
The deal was that the devil could never bother Stingy Jack or anything of his for one year. The devil agreed and Stingy Jack freed the devil.

Before the year was up, however, the devil came to inform Stingy Jack  that his one year was almost over. Stingy Jack knew that the year was about to expire, and so to show that there wasn’t any hard feelings, Stingy Jack asked the devil if he would like to stay for a piece of fruit.

The devil agreed.

So, Stingy Jack asked the devil to climb the fruit tree to retrieve some fruit. The devil, not thinking anything could go wrong, simply complied, but that’s when Stingy Jack hurried and carved a cross into the bark of the tree.
Doing this entrapped the devil in the tree, because the cross was carved so deep into the tree’s bark it would not allow the devil to climb down.

Once again, Stingy Jack tricked the devil. He knew that the devil couldn’t climb down. This was the perfect opportunity to change things, so he made another deal with the devil. This time, the deal would be for ten years instead of one; same as before, but just one more thing was to be added.

The added part of this new “ten-year” deal was simple. It was that if Stingy Jack would happen to die, EVER, the devil WILL NOT & CANNOT  claim his soul – no matter what sins he has committed here on Earth.

The devil agreed.

Unfortunately, Stingy Jack died before going into his third year with this new “ten year” deal he made with the devil. So Stingy Jack ascended into Heaven. But God was most unhappy with  Stingy Jack, and how he went about to assure himself a place in Heaven. Never having to fear the devil ever claiming his soul…? This made God upset, so He wouldn’t let Stingy Jack into Heaven either.

The devil, keeping his word, still wouldn’t claim Stingy Jack’s soul.

Stingy Jack was sent back to Earth to wander in the shadows (like the Shadow Folk), with only his turnips & potatoes that were carved out and to be used as a lantern for punishment. He was then known as “Jack of the Lantern”, which eventually turned into Jack O’Lantern.

When the Irish immigrated to the United States, the folklore followed them. So the pumpkin became the favored fruit for making a Jack O’Lantern, since the pumpkin was native to the Americas, and they were plentiful.

Have a Happy Halloween

The Cucumber

The Cucumber is my most Fascinating Vegetable

Why the Cucumber belongs on the Frontline to your good Health

The cucumber is one of the many vegetables that people just don’t get enough of.

This is a cucumber from my garden.

It’s true. The cucumber is probably the one vegetable that is totally useful – in & OUT of your body! The cucumber not only includes MOST of the important ‘B’ Vitamins, it’s packed with Calcium, Folic Acid, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, potassium & Zinc.

“Cucumbers contain Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 & B6
as well as Vitamin C”

Other useful things you can do with the cucumber, OUTSIDE of your body.

About three months ago, I discovered that cucumber slices can help prevent the fogging of the bathroom mirror when taking a hot shower.

It’s quite amazing! Take a cucumber slice & rub it all over the mirror. The oils that are in the cucumber prevent the mirror from fogging up, & we all know how convenient that can be.

This is about the size of an average cucumber that was grown from my garden.

Another fascinating fact about cucumbers is that
if you have a squeaky hinge, all you have to do is
rub a little cucumber in it and let its natural
oils lubricate it just as if you were spraying a
little WD40 on it.

Like WD40, the oils from a cucumber will not
harm or corrode the metal hinge. But unlike WD40,
the oils from the cucumber is safe for the environment – GO GREEN!

Sliced Cucumbers can Protect your Garden

A popular enemy of the common planting garden are slugs & grubs. These can give even the most experienced gardener a hard time. In fact, these bugs are next to impossible to get rid of without having to rely on harmful chemicals.

But not anymore.

Take a freshly picked cucumber & slice it up. Place the slices of cucumber on a pie tin & place it in the garden. A chemical reaction will begin to happen when the cucumber and the tin come into contact with each other.

Cucumbers can give you a Boost of Energy & help ease a Hangover

Feeling a little groggy in the afternoon? Eat some cucumber slices instead of ingesting all that caffeine from coffee & sodas. Cucumbers have plenty of ‘B’ Vitamins & carbohydrates that are natural pick-me-ups.

People just don’t believe that cucumbers can give them the boost they’re looking for. It may not come as fast as a shot of caffeine, but you can better believe it’s a lot healthier for you.

After a heavy night of drinking, and although there is NO SURE CURE for a hangover, eating a medium-sized cucumber before bed, just may improve your chances of avoiding that terrible hangover and even better – that dreadful headache.

Eating cucumbers will replace essential nutrients the body had lost due to alcohol because of the sugar, ‘B’ Vitamins, and electrolytes cucumbers contain.

Cucumbers as a breath mint?

Order a cucumber slice with your lunch

You can believe it. It’s been proven that there is enough phytochemicals in a cucumber slice that can kill the bacteria that causes bad breath.  Think about the money you’d be saving on “gas stationed priced” breath mints… Most restaurants won’t even charge you for just a slice of a cucumber – good ones anyway.

Cucumbers can help Reduce Stress

Boil a pot of water & add a bunch of sliced cucumbers in it. The nutrients and chemicals that are released in the steam have been proven to reduce stress when dealing with anxiety.


Cucumbers on the Eyes

You remember seeing women on television and in the movies, when you see them laying in lounge chairs, wearing robes and towels on their head…right? Well, this is an actual cure that expensive spas use to treat wrinkles that form around the eyes and has been proven to work – naturally.

It’s not an “over-night cure” by no means, however, you should see results after about 4 weeks by simply placing a sliced cucumber over each eye for at least 45 minutes each night before bed…viola!

This has also been proven to treat cellulite. The huge amount of phytochemicals that each cucumber slice has is outstanding, and works wonders by tightening the outer layer of skin that can erase wrinkles, stretch marks and cellulite.

Cucumbers can Help Fight off Hunger

No more late night snacking that can quickly add the pounds to parts of the body you don’t want to.

Starving yourself on a regular basis is unhealthy both physically & mentally.

Being hungry most of the day can cause severe depression or make an existing condition worse. Eating sliced cucumbers can stop those hunger pings.

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starring Bill Murray

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I wonder what that guy is thinking about today?


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Homemade Soup Recipes

Posted: September 4, 2012 in Food and Drink

The (Oldest) Most Original, Easy-to-Make, Homemade Soup Recipes

Homemade Soup Recipes Made Easy

The Reasoning behind “Homemade” in a Homemade Soup Recipe

Homemade soup recipes are becoming quite popular these days.

In fact, the word “homemade” means, made (or prepared) at home. So if you’re buying something in a can or in some other type of packaging, and it says “Homemade” on it, it kind of makes you think…don’t it?

Well, it should.

Homemade soup recipes (for some odd reason), are becoming a Hot commodity. That’s right, search engines all over the World Wide Web are being bombarded with requests and questions about homemade soup recipes.

But what makes a homemade soup recipe truly a homemade soup recipe?

This book is becoming quite popular, even with non-vegetarians

First off, please understand that the word “homemade” can literally be taken as serious as if something were calling itself “organic”.

And that’s not a good thing.

Just because we hear or see the word “homemade”, we’re suppose to automatically think that this particular item is better than usual.

A Beautiful Bowl of Soup: The Best Vegetarian Recipes by Paulette Mitchell

The word “homemade” catches my eye, like it’s suppose to, but I’m not thinking that it’s better.
I see the word “homemade” and I’m thinking “Bullshit!”

Really. I do.

A homemade recipe to me is something different; something maybe even unique, but whatever it is that you do, whether it’s a secret ingredient or even how it’s prepared, it has a special touch that you have added to what would have been considered a basic recipe.

So, what I’m trying to tell you (or BETTER yet – Warn You), is DO NOT get fooled into buying something just because the word “homemade” appears somewhere on it.  Like I said earlier, the word “homemade” means as much to me as the word “organic” (and trust me, that’s a whole other story).

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My Personal Tomato Soup Recipe

If you’re wondering if I posted any homemade soup recipes here – I did. However, you’ll have to click here if you’d like to see my personal homemade soup recipe for tomato soup.

You may NOT agree that it is completely homemade, but it’s as homemade as you’re going to get. My homemade tomato soup is made with tomatoes that were actually grown from my garden.

I must say, I’ve made my homemade tomato soup plenty of times, but this was the first time I made it using a vegetable that I grew myself. Honestly, I don’t know if it was the satisfaction that I grew the main ingredient (the tomato) or that it just tasted better than a store-bought. But I swear, this batch I made with my own vegetables brought out a bitter sweetness in a tomato soup that I’ve been obviously missing for over 40 years.

If you grow your own tomatoes, then you MUST try this recipe. I guarantee this will be a household favorite. (Don’t forget the grilled cheese!)

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  • Butter two slices of bread on one side
  • Place slice of bread (butter side down) on a hot pan or other heated flat surface
  • Place a thin slice of cheese on bread
  • Place the other slice of bread on top of cheese butter side up
  • Wait one minute, then carefully flip to the other side
  • The grilled cheese sandwich is done when both sides have turned a delicious golden brown

Homemade Chicken Soup Recipe

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Unlike my homemade soup recipe for one of my favorite fruits – the tomato, I don’t have access to a chicken farm. But that’s not going to stop me from calling this chicken soup recipe homemade.

Go to your favorite trusted grocery store and buy TWO whole chickens already split into pieces.

TOTAL: 16 pieces
5 – 14oz Cans of Chicken Broth
1 –Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup – 50oz
1 package of carrots, sliced into wedges (cut like a pizza, a signature move – timely, but affective)
1 package of celery, sliced into small pieces
4 onions, chopped
3 packages of egg noodles
Salt, pepper & garlic powder

If you don't have a stock pot, may I suggest the Granite Ware 6139-1 34-Quart Stock Pot, Black

I always made more than enough when it came to soups. I figure with all the work you put into it, it should last for a couple of days…know what I mean?

I always prefered LARGE stock pots, 34 quarts or more, but of course it doesn’t really matter. Just make sure it can hold 16 pieces of chicken.

  1. Boil chicken thoroughly, especially the breasts
  2. Remove chicken, cut into pieces and place back into pot
  3. Place on medium heat and add carrots, celery and onions
  4. Stirring occasionally, allow to slow boil until carrots are soft
  5. Add 2.5 bags of egg noodles (save that half bag for next time!)
  6. Stirring occasionally, cook until noodles are soft
  7. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder (to taste, if at all)

Homemade Vegetable Soup Recipe

If there’s ever a way to make a child eat their vegetables, make some vegetable soup. There’s no doubt in my mind, but I believe it is because of Campbell’s Soup Vegetable that I probably eat my ALL vegetables still today.

I usually decide to make a homemade vegetable soup when the crisper drawer starts looking a bit crowded. But here are the typical ingredients:

1 package of carrots, washed and then cut in half slices
1 entire stalk of celery, cut into small pieces
4 onions, peeled chopped into small pieces
2 green bell peppers, remove seeds and cut into small pieces
6 potatoes, washed and cut into pieces (skin on)
2 large heads of cabbage (cut into pieces)
2.5 large cans of V8 juice (I don’t know, buy 3 and drink half of one)
2 bags of frozen okra
2 bags of frozen corn
2 bags of frozen cauliflower
1 large roast, cut into small pieces

  1. If you’re going to add meat, cook the meat first in stock pot filled with water until done.
  2. Remove meat and try to remove some of the fat out of the water.
  3. Cut the meat into pieces and put back in the water.
  4. Add 1 can of tomato juice and cook for 1.5 hours.
  5. Add carrots, potatoes and onions and cook until carrots are tender.
  6. Add the remaining vegetables and the rest of tomato juice.
  7. Cook until cabbage is almost tender, but still a bit firm.

The Truth
about the
Autumn People

by James Timothy Peters

The Autumn People come from the woods, they travel within the trees by following & staying with the season. They are cunning and will grant a grand wish for those willing to exchange it for their soul and agree to travel with them for all eternity.

The Origin of
The Autumn People

My grandmother mentioned only once about The Autumn People when I was just a teenager. She told us children that these people came from “nowhere”; that they would just show up in town one day walking around as if they’ve always been there – but maybe, they have.

Travels of Sadness

Autumn People are “lost souls” who dwell in sorrow & misery, and although they may seem completely harmless, you can be sure their intentions are quite sinister, for they will stop at nothing to gain your soul by tempting you with your greatest wish and pleasure.

Shadow People are known to work for The Autumn People by watching people with vulnerable souls, especially those with low self-esteem and weak character. They scout ahead (or stay behind) to keep a close eye on those they feel will soon falter and quite possibly join The Autumn People and their eternal travels of sadness.

It’s not really known where The Autumn People come from, although they are considered to be “unholy“, generates the thought that The Autumn People must have something to do with Hell.

The Autumn People are NOT demons, and are considered to be nothing more than “lost souls” that are trapped within their own soulless bodies for all eternity.

The Autumn People are very cunning & manipulative and it is believed that the last soul ever taken from the “Region” was from a former Hammond, Indiana resident named Gregory Edgar.

It is not known if The Autumn People are from Hell or are even able to enter Hell.

Be Careful
for what you
Wish for…

it just may come


Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes”

The Meaning Behind Labor Day

The Origin of Labor Day

Happy Labor Day

Very few understand the meaning behind Labor Day.

Many mark the first Monday in September the last day of summer, but very few really know the true meaning behind Labor Day.Scholars argue about who thought up of the idea to celebrate the American worker. Some say it was a machinist who was serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union (aka CLU) in New York who first proposed the idea, by the name of Matthew Maguire. Others claim that it was Peter J. McGuire, who witnessed a similar event that was being held in Toronto, Canada who thought of the idea & who was also a member of the American Federation of Labor.

Both men claim to have proposed the idea in 1882

It wasn’t until 1887 until the first state officially made Labor Day a federal holiday. Oregon was the first state to celebrate Labor Day. By 1894, thirty states recognized Labor Day as a federal holiday.

But still, there were a few states who refused to accept the idea of a day set aside for the American worker. That is until the famous “Pullman Strike” happened & a number of workers died by the hands of the United States military and the United States Marshals. President Grover Cleveland feared further conflict & immediately reconciled with the leader of the labor movement; as so did the United States Congress, who unanimously voted that ALL states will recognize Labor Day as a national holiday. President Cleveland signed the bill in just six days after the strike to make it official.

The first Monday in September was chosen for a reason

The CLU first suggested the idea that Labor Day should be in September so that way there would be no conflict with those who celebrate International Workers Day which rallied up mostly Communists, Syndicates & anarchists.