Sunday, November 1, 2015

Samhain Blessings! In Our New Home

It only seemed natural for Greg and me to have our house-warming on Halloween. I've been working 8 days a week (no, that is not a Beatles joke) at my hourly jobs and all off-hours on my Journal columns. Greg has mostly been on 6 day weeks in preparation for the Christian Holy-Money-Day that kicks off (officially for his job) today. But we were determined to have guests for Samhain, so we worked hard the last few weeks to clear the living room and make the kitchen usable enough to prepare a feast!

Since Halloween fell on a Saturday this year and I work a full shift on Saturdays, it was blessed luck that gave me the day before off. After sleeping a full 12 hours, I got to work in the kitchen. I usually suffer from insomnia, so this shows just how exhausted I've been, but this is my all-time favorite holiday, and our first gathering in our home. I wanted to make it a good one!

The menu:

  • deviled eggs (flavored with African smoke spices from Trader Joe's and garlic)
  • white chicken chili
  • vegetarian chili (I highly recommend this recipe)
  • pumpkin bread (Trader Joe's boxed mix)
  • pumpkin bars with chocolate chips (also from Trader Joe's mix)
  • mini corn muffins
  • party mix
  • sliced apples
  • roasted pumpkin seeds
And that was just what I made (Greg helped on the chili). We also had pumpkin biscotti (Trader Joe's), chips and dips brought by friends, BBQ beef smokies also brought by friends, a vegetable tray with hummus, pop, beer, cider, a sangria that Greg made from an apple mead he also made, and pretzel monster fingers made by our first overnight houseguest Robin! (She was our first overnight houseguest at our last apartment, too, because she drives all the way across the state to see us.)

Did I miss anything? 

We had treats for trick-or-treaters, too, and passed out almost all of them. This year, I participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project, so I had skull erasers and mini Play-Doh containers in addition to little bags of mini Oreos, Swedish fish, and Sour Patch Kids, which are also largely allergy-friendly, depending on the allergy. The Play-Doh was a big hit! I'm definitely doing that again next year!

We ended up with a lot of leftovers, as expected, so we're hosting Game Night tonight, as well. I hope I am not jinxing anything when I say this was a great Samhain weekend. We even (mostly accidentally) left out a Crock-Pot of cider by the new fire pit that Greg bought, so the fairies are probably pretty happy with us, too.

Have a blessed season, everyone!

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