Monthly Archives October 2012

Homemade Wassail- The Best Recipe I’ve Found Yet- Drink for Tonight!!!

October 31, 2012 61 Days of Fall  No comments

I have been on an endless quest to find the best wassail recipe (a hot mulled cider).  Wassail is a staple hot drink for me and I have tried many recipes… some have just apple juice, some have added cranberry juice, and some you have to cook overnight.  This recipe was one we used for our Murder Mystery party a few weeks ago and I have tweeked it a little bit to make it work just a little better.  I can’t begin to tell you how savory, yet sweet, this hot drink is.  It hits every taste bud at the perfect level and you can’t just drink one cup.  Even my teenage daughters have taken a mug of it each cold morning on their hour long morning bus ride, then shared it with their friends who now have asked me to make it on the cold nightsRead More

Day #31- Halloween!

October 31, 2012 61 Days of FallPS Classics  No comments

Everything You Ever Wanted to Be

TEXT BY: Penny Orland,

public speaker and blogger at SoHumorMe

A Polite Society Magazine Classic

(Excerpt from October 2011 “Just for Fun” article.

For full article, please visit the website here.)

It’s Halloween. The autumn leaves are turning to colors of the season. Orange and brown leaves hang on the branches, dangling by a thread. The air is crisp and cool at night. The moon seems brighter in the dark sky, at times thrusting its light through cloudy skies and casting creepy halos. If you listen carefully, you can hear the low moans of ghosts, goblins, and werewolves. Zombies, mummies, skeletons, and other monsters, followed by an occasional ambulatory yellow M&M, lumber down the streets.Read More

Day #30- Spooky October

October 30, 2012 61 Days of Fall  No comments

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep

Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

 *All Photography by Felicity Photography unless otherwise noted.

The Apparition

By John Donne

When by thy scorn, O murd’ress, I am dead,
And that thou thinkst thee free
From all solicitation from me,
Then shall my ghost come to thy bed,
And thee, feign’d vestal, in worse arms shallRead More

Halloween House Tour- Michelle Rich

October 29, 2012 61 Days of Fall  11 comments

Oh my! Thank you to, Michelle Rich for sending these photos over for our viewing pleasure. How beautiful are her Halloween decorations?!  You are truly an artist, Michelle.  Thanks again!  This is definitely going up on our pinboards.

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Day #29- Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins

October 29, 2012 61 Days of Fall  No comments

(c) Brittany Knotts

A Pumpkin Poem

One day I found two pumpkin seeds.
I planted one and pulled the weeds.
It sprouted roots and a big, long vine.
A pumpkin grew; I called it mine.
The pumpkin was quite round and fat.
(I really am quite proud of that.)
But there is something I’ll admit
That has me worried just a bit.
I ate the other seed, you see.
Now will it grow inside of me?

(I’m so relieved since I have found
That pumpkins only grow in the ground!)


(c) Brittany Knotts

Origin of the Jack-o-Lantern

“Perhaps the most famous icon of the holiday is the jack-o-lantern.  Various authorities attribute it to either Scottish or Irish origin.  However, it seems clear that it was used as a lantern by people who traveled the roadRead More

Day #28- Murder Mystery 2012

October 28, 2012 61 Days of Fall  No comments

(c) Felicity Photography

Last weekend, we held our annual Murder Mystery Party.  We had three separate games going, which meant 24 guests, a great turnout!  You’ll notice in the picture gallery below, there was quite a range of costumes.  Can you figure out the themes for the three games?  If not, well I’ll help you out a little:

1. Murder on Misty Island-  High School Class Reunion with 11 different students and one old housemother trying to figure out the murderer of their classmate, Stephanie.

2. Grapes of Frath- A 1920′s themed mystery set on a beautiful yacht, the Gilded Vessel, while trying to find the murderer of their host, Archibald Frath, the famous, internationally-known champagne and wine distributor.

3. The Good, the BadRead More

Day #27- A Love Letter to Halloween Pumpkins

October 27, 2012 61 Days of Fall  No comments

A Love Letter to Halloween Pumpkins

Text and Photography by Joe Armstrong

The history of the jack-o’-lantern can be traced back to Ireland, where our ancestors carved ghoulish faces into turnips or potatoes in order to ward off evil spirits, primarily that of the protagonist of a folk tale who went by the dubious name of “Stingy Jack.” Apparently after numerous shady dealings and shenanigans with the devil, Jack was banished from both heaven and hell and was then doomed to roam the Earth with only a burning coal to light his way. Poor Jack.

Like many traditions, the story and practice morphed when Irish immigrants brought it with them to the New World. Pumpkins are indigenous to Central America, and when the tradition of carvingRead More

We Love Our Readers! – Randi’s Outdoor Autumn Table

October 27, 2012 61 Days of Fall  No comments

We love receiving pictures from our readers with their fall inspirations!  How fun is this backyard cafe table Randi DeRoest made for an outdoor Fall dinner.  I love the candy corns vases, the dried wheat and the fun chalkboard. Thank you, Randi!



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Day #26- Polite Society October Poetry #2

October 26, 2012 61 Days of FallPS Classics  No comments



(c) Felicity Photography

(c) Jessica Ceason Photography, Felicity Photography

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Day #25- Nanette’s Annual Witches Brew

October 25, 2012 61 Days of Fall  No comments

I’m always delightfully enchanted when I meet readers or have friends who are just as smitten with Halloween as I am.  Their love for all things spooky immediately binds us a kindred spirits and I excitedly wait like a child on Christmas morning to see what type of wicked affair they will hold each year and the boo-tiful types of decorations they will adorn their haunted houses with.

(c) Bridget Parry

My sister, Nanette, is one of these kindred spirits.  You might remember her from her Halloween House Tour submission. Well, we, of course, had to feature her again!  She is one amazing gal and her love for Halloween is a shared sentiment in almost exact measure as mine.  Ever since we were young, she and I have always had a kinship whenRead More