If you are looking for a different Halloween celebration during the pandemic, consider honoring your ancestors and remembering loved ones you've lost. This is at the core of an ancient holiday known as Samhain, which we celebrate every October 31st. It is believed that the veil between this world and the next is thin on the night of Samhain, allowing the spirits to walk among us. We do things to show them we remember and honor them, and we might receive their messages, if we are listening.
Our celebration includes:
Samhain was the precursor to current Halloween celebrations- we dress up so that roaming angry spirits don't recognize or harm us. We prefer to think of our spirits as benign and welcome them back with our memories.
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We leave an offering for the spirits outside overnight (above) including some of the "Dead Bread" we make in the shape of skeletons (below).
Friendly reminder, WINTER IS COMING … Unlike in the Game of Thrones series, our winters happen every year and it is best to be ready for them. This year could be especially rough due to the COVID virus and who knows what will happen with possibly more lockdowns, bad weather, and some people being just plain stupid. Being ready to stay home for a month or more at a time is a good plan. (Just in case anyone thinks this is political because I mentioned COVID, remember, IOWA had FREAKEN HURRICANE winds this Summer! So the weather may make you need to stay home too.) Most people go to the grocery store at least once a week along with picking up food when at gas stations. If you plan ahead, you can have plenty of food for a month or more and don’t need to panic if there is a food shortage in the stores. You don't solve the problem by not needing to go to the store, but you definitely will not be a part of making shortages worse. Keeping the pantry ready all year is definitely a stress reducer when trouble happens.
BEING PREPARED IS THE BEST WAY NOT TO PANIC. If you have space and enough food for a month or more you don’t need to worry if you can’t travel to get more. Get an emergency supply that you can rotate once a year and have extras of nonemergency foods so your shopping trips can be more organized and you spend less time in the store.
Gotta love the pictures, which I hope are inspirational. Here are a few more tips, sadly without pictures...
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We are ready, are you? Hopes this helps, stay safe out there...
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Tis the season to preserve for Winter and we are doing just that. This year we got a new dehydrator and Theresa went nuts, in a good way. See the pictures below...
THIS IS THE PRETTY...
(Note from Theresa: the above is 10 lbs of sweet peppers,
which after drying fits in one quart and one pint jar.)
THIS IS SOME OF THE MANY...
... What did I tell ya? We did fruit, vegetables, and herbs. (I tried meat jerky and found out I need more practice, hopefully I will have good pictures later.) We also updated our pantry/preserving page to include more about dehydrating. Take a look if you want to... and see why Theresa now thinks that dehydrating may be the best way to preserve food.
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