Month: September 2014

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.

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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)


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





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.

Cat Sith

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


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.

The Knife and the Grave

myths and memes 2014

I don’t think that this is a terribly obscure urban legend, but I don’t see mentioned in heavy rotation either. We were actually just talking about this story at work the other day, and I haven’t covered it here.


Sue lived on the edge of the graveyard that the angry old man was buried in. The girls at her high school swore that he was so mean, nothing could keep him down-even death.

They told her that if you went to his grave at midnight on a dark, the old man would reach up out of the grave and grab your ankle. However, they also teased her mercilessly, knowing that she was not the bravest of souls.

Eventually the teasing got too much and she agreed to a dare-since she lived so close to the graveyard, she would sneak out of the house one night when it was dark. At midnight she was to go to the grave and leave a knife in the ground as proof she had actually gone.

Knowing that she was backed into a corner, Sue waited until a moonless night and crept out among the graves, clutching a steak knife her mother wouldn’t miss. She walked through the graves, growing bolder as she went. She found the old man’s grave, and seeing nothing wrong, knelt and put the knife into the soft ground.

However, Sue was in for the shock of her life when she turned around! Something was clutching her down to the grave. Struggling, she realized that was trapped-and became so frightened that she literally died of fright.

The scene that Sue’s friends found the next morning was a sad one-Sue, lying dead of fright, her skirts pinned to the grave by her own mother’s steak knife.


The story varies wildly from telling to telling, but the basic story remains the same-an old man in a grave who supposedly won’t stay dead, a dare to go to the grave against a person who everyone ‘knows’ won’t go, and a girl who dies of fright after pinning herself to the ground. Sometimes she stakes her skirts down, and sometimes it’s another article of clothing. Snopes dates the legend as far back as the European Middle Ages.

If the story seems like it should be told in black and white, the Twilight Zone featured an episode that pulled heavily from this legend.

HK’s Group Pinterest Boards


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Are you interested in joining new group boards?

These are the boards that I currently have open to new members:

Make Me, Bake Me, Craft Me, Inspire Me

General crafts, DIY, and food

The Bakery

Baking related pins-not limited to desserts

Autumn-Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving

Autumn/seasonal (new board)


Winter/seasonal (new board)

And for the creepy stuff…

Hauntings, Folklore and the Macabre-Horrific Knits Research and Ideas