Welcome to October, Where Things Go Bump in the Night

things that go bump in the nightHow is it October already? How did that happen?

September was by far the best month on Horrific Knits, period, full stop. Close to a solid third of my yearly hits to date came in the month of September. Let’s see what sort of momentum October brings.

-October’s blogging theme is ‘Things That Go Bump in the Night’. I’m going to be looking at the urban legends, media, and folklore that like dark places, the scarier stuff that I’ve always wanted to write about but wondered about in scope. Frankenstein, Dracula, the boogeyman, the Midnight Game…I might reintroduce you to One Man Hide and Seek and Robert the Doll. I’m not looking to be terrifying all night, but I’m working with darker legends than what I have been lately.

-I don’t have a food theme set up. I should probably knit something this month, I haven’t touched fiber in a few weeks.

-Remember, Fall Into the Holidays is open for the year. Link up as much of your favorite seasonal material, old  and new. All entries pinned and features stumbled. Open Tuesdays.

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Confessions

I haven’t done a confessions post in…long enough that I’m going to subject you to one.

1. This week’s Fall Into the Holidays was borked. And it’s all my fault.

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I actually think it’s pretty funny now that I’m a few hours off of it. Mid works retail now, but he gets a lot of hours. He gets a lot of hours because he’s so willing to work and flexible with hours. He was called in to start at 730 yesterday morning. Keep in mind I don’t get home until close to midnight from my own second shift job.

I set up the blog hop, sent out the email…and nothing. Crickets. Me, frantic, trying to figure out what’s going on. Silence. Me, bordering on a temper tantrum on social media. Seriously, it wasn’t attractive.

…I kept thinking back to that email list.

Dear readers, if you’re going to try to set up an email list with less than five hours of sleep and no coffee-double check that you actually put people on the email list.

Yep. I take full responsibility for that one.

2. I’ve become that anti-social person

I’ve become that person who walks around with their earphones plugged into their phone. No one likes that person. I don’t like that person.

But I’d much rather deal with the Christmas Song, Ozzy Osborne, Fergie, and Meatloaf on my way to work than some of what I have to listen to on my bus rides in.

(I feel like I should have some screaming manifesto about not being your thinspiration, or lay off of the head wrap, or something. But, dude, seriously, if that’s what you can find to do with your time…I have enough going on in my life without tracking you down to tell you to get a hobby.)

(Also, yes, my headphones are taped together with penguin duct tape. Because I hadn’t gotten my sheep tape yet.)

(Further, what’s that thing on my head.)

earphones3. I skipped out on socializing to take photos of pretty leaves.

Yeah. That whole anti-social thing again. I prefer to think of it as my Baba Yaga training. We did tear down at the camp this weekend and Mid brought a friend along. Note, I did not socialize. There were trees to photograph.

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Fall Into the Holidays #2

It’s that time of year again!

*I know that I’ve been opening the hop really early. That will probably not become a standing trend. Or maybe it will. I haven’t decided yet. I kind of like having it open early.

Welcome to the first round of this year’s Fall Into the Holidays.

Time to start thinking autumn, holidays, and changing seasons! Feel free to share your seasonal recipes, diy, crafts, and other related material. Link up as many new or archived posts as you would like.

I’ll be pinning all entries linked up to the Fall Into the Holidays board-please let me know if you want to be removed.

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What’s On My Food Prepping List

what's on my food prepping list

It can be hard to figure out what you need to have in your ‘stockpile’, especially if you’re starting out from scratch.

The easiest way is start is to think about what you normally need-if you absolutely, insistently, will not eat beans, then don’t put them on your list. Remember, start prepping for mundane reasons like bad weather and economic hardship first, and worry about the zombies and SHTF later. Call me overly optimistic, but I’m fairly certain job loss is much more likely than the grid falling.

If you have as many staples as you can built up, you can supplement with fresh dairy and produce.

Then think about your space, and optimize your list in importance by what you can use and can easily store first.

My list, depending on space and sales, in no particular order:

White Sugar

Black Strap Molasses (both can be used separately, and can be used together to make brown sugar)

Coffee

Dried Milk

Canned milks

Shelf stable soy or almond milks

Shelf stable tofu

Beans-canned and dried

Corn-canned and frozen

Peas-frozen, if I have room

Green beans-frozen and canned

Tuna fish or salmon, canned

Tea Bags

Raw sugar, when I can find it under $1.50 a pound

Peanut butter

Oats-not in large quantity, they can go rancid, steel cut and instant. I often get these in the bulk bin

Dried fruits-in the bulk bin

Nuts-in the bulk bin

Baking supplies-baking powder, baking soda, chocolate chips, etc. I get these on the Christmas and Thanksgiving baking sales

Unbleached white flour

Wheat flour-in small amounts for bread

Yeast-I try to have some in the house. but I don’t stockpile it

Shelf stable stocks or stock bases

Stocks-frozen or canned

Canned fruit

Oils-olive, corn, coconut

Garbage bags

Dish soap

Dish rags

Parchment paper (eventually I’ll get some Silpats, but for now, parchment paper)

Tin foil

Plastic wrap (only a box or two, one box lasts me years)

One or two bee’s wax clothes

Paper towels-there are some really nasty tasks I still prefer paper for, like draining bacon

Cleaning rags

Vinegars-white and apple cider

Citrus cleaner-I normally make my own

Salt-table, and whatever other kinds I can find on sale

Canning supplies-have on hand if you know how to can in case you find awesome produce sales

Pastas

 

 

 

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Cat Sith

myths and memes 2014

Originally posted in September 2013

I spent a large chunk of Saturday night being haunted by a certain white cat. Who seemed to have a thing for bath tubs.

Not that there’s anything wrong with having a thing for bath tubs, it just somehow seemed appropriate for the type of night I was having (truly, I love how I can be -so- worked up for a holiday and then manage to -forget- that said holiday was Saturday night).

Being that I was haunted by this white cat, how about looking at the cat sith for this round of Myths and Memes?

The British were pretty good for making just about anything into a fairy. I say this without any disrespect, but the Islands were full of just about every spirit imaginable. In a lot of cases I would sort of just roll my eyes…but with cats I can see the appeal of applying the supernatural.

The cat sith was not just any cat-turned-fairy; as with demon dogs the cat has functions and plans. It is said that the cat is either a faery or a witch who’s capable of turning into a cat for a set number of times. The cat is said to steal souls, but a cat sith that’s fed on Samhain blessed the house with good harvests and lots of milk for the rest of the year.

One story involving the cat sith said that a man came back from a trip to tell his wife and cat that he saw a procession of nine black cats with spots on their chests (the most common appearance of the cat sith) carrying a coffin with a crown. The cats told him to tell Tell Tom Tildrum that Tim Toldrum is dead. His cat jumped up immediately, yelled, by the Gods I’m the king of the cats! and disappeared up the chimney.

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The Seasons Turn

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It’s the edge of October, which means the rest of the world has caught up with my love of Halloween.

Here’s a list of seasonal Halloween legends past posted on Sunday Legends.

Jack O’ Lanterns

Mirror, Mirror

Trick or Treating

Tainted Candy

The Sad Fate of Elmer McCurdy

Black Cats and Pitbulls

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Cheddar-Apple Pie

cheddar apple pie

Someone asked me, quite scandalized, if I had ever heard of putting cheese on an apple pie before.

I had indeed, but I haven’t had it since I was a child.

It’s an old-school Northeastern thing. I’m assuming that other areas do it as well, or did. Or did/do they? I’m not sure. Anyway, I remember my grandmother making apple pies in the fall and serving them with the knife sharp cheddar cheese that you can get in CNY and Upstate. Sometimes if she was feeling oddly, she would just bake the cheese onto the crust. That’s the way that I like it best.

If you make your own crust you can add some of the sharpest cheddar you can get into the dough itself. I don’t make my own crust, after trying for years to find a recipe that I can get to come out successfully and I actually like, so I just add it on to the finished pie.

I don’t peel or finely chop my apples for pie, because, honestly, I’m lazy-but both are traditional. I have also started using a round cake tin for my pies after a discovery last fall. My pies hold up better in them.

Cheddar-Apple Pie

2 pie crusts

6-8 apples, mixed types, cored and sliced

3/4 cup raw sugar

2 tablespoons flour

2 table pumpkin pie spice

butter

Cheddar cheese-about 1/2 cup, either shredded or sliced, the sharpest you can find

buttered apples

Preheat oven to 425

Line a pie plate with bottom crust

Add apples, sugar, flour, and pie spice into a bowl, and toss to cover. Fill the pie plate with apple mixture. *Don’t add all the extra sugar mix in the bowl. It doesn’t melt. Dot with butter, about a tablespoon or so.

Cover with top crust, pinch edges closed, and cut slits on top of pie.

Bake for 40 minutes.

Prep your cheese while the pie is in the oven. Pull pie from oven and cover crust with cheese. Return to oven and bake for another 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to cool before cutting.

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