If that sounds familiar to all of my readers, it’s because it is a quote from “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare. As Halloween is tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to talk about what is called a “Witches Garden.” Right now you must be thinking that I am a little “witchy,” but everyone has used the items that are grown in a “Witches Garden” at one time or another.
A Witches Garden is an herb garden specifically designed and used for the cultivation of medicinal herbs and herbs used in everyday cooking. For centuries the “Wise Women” and healers understood the “magic” that herbs did for healing. During the medieval period monks, and nuns acquired this medical knowledge, and grew the necessary herbs to heal people. In fear of losing their power the nobility called the Wise Women and healers, “Witches”. They were said to be evil for using these practices to help heal the common people. They were eventually burned.
In today’s world, a “Witches Garden” is the center of her creations. The medicinal qualities from many plants and flowers growing within her scared space are simple in design. They contain a wealth of magical materials that can be used for healing. They were essences, lotions, cures, and some were ground up or dried. Some typical plants and herbs that are found in a Witches Garden are Rosemary, Sage, Parsley, Mint, Catnip, Marjoram, Chives, Thyme, plus Angelica root. They also had Bay leaves, Oregano, Dill, Basil, Mugwort, and wildflowers of all sorts.
My recipe this week is a delicious fun way to celebrate Halloween. If you have little ones or older ones, this recipe can be a fun one for all ages. It’s a fast recipe for you to enjoy as I know you have spooky places to visit this Halloween night.
“Chocolate Crescent Witch Hats”
Kids will love these chocolate witch hat-shaped crescent snacks. Easy to make with only 3 ingredients!
Total Time: 25 minutes
1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips or Nutella Chocolate Spread
2 teaspoons powdered sugar or unsweetened baking cocoa- optional
Heat oven to 375°F. Separate dough into 8 triangles. Sprinkle a heaping teaspoon of chocolate chips/ or Nutella Spread on wide end of crescent triangle, and roll over once to form brim of hat. Form the rest of the crescent triangle into hat shape. Repeat for remaining crescent triangles. Place on un-greased cookie sheet. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Using fine mesh strainer, sprinkle crescent hats with powdered sugar, cocoa, or chocolate sprinkles; serve warm.
“Pumpkin Spice Halloween Punch”
Pumpkin pie spice and apple cider lend autumnal flavor to this Halloween take on classic sangria. Serve in a hollowed-out pumpkin for a dramatic presentation.
2 honey crisp apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar, or more to taste
1 cup bourbon
3 cups apple cider
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 bottles Pinot Grigio, chilled
1 pumpkin, for serving (optional)
Thinly slice apples, pears, and oranges lengthwise, then place in a large bowl. Coat with lemon juice to prevent browning. Add honey, brown sugar, bourbon, apple cider, and pumpkin pie spice, stirring gently to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours, or overnight. Top with chilled pinot grigio and serve.
Serve in a pitcher or punch bowl, or give the punch extra Halloween flavor by serving inside a Jack O' Lantern. Cut a circle in the top of a large pumpkin, then completely remove seeds and pulp. Fill with fruit and punch, then enjoy!
Tip: Decorate the exterior of pumpkin using a silver paint marker. Here, the cocktail name lets guests know what's inside.
Source: HGTV (Please Drink Responsibly)
Daylight Saving Time 2015 ends on Sunday, November 1 at 2 A.M. Before you go to bed on Saturday night, remember to “fall back” by setting your clocks back one hour. We get that extra hour to sleep. (The exceptions to DST are Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.)
Till Next Time………………
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