Category PS Classics

Day #45- New England Autumn Dream

November 14, 2012 61 Days of FallPS Classics  No comments

New England Autumn Dream

Text by: Amy Carpenter
Photography by: Blake Werner
-A Polite Society Magazine Classic-
(Excerpt from October 2011 “Travel at Home and Abroad” article. For full article, please visit the website here.)

Is all that we see or seem But a dream within a dream?

-Edgar Allan Poe

Golden leaves fall silently outside my window. As the heater turns on, I push the blanket off my lap and stand up. I stretch like a cat, arching my back and yawning lazily. My limbs are sore from sitting, and my mind is fuzzy from reading. Glancing outside, past the falling leaves, my eyes squint at the bright sunlight. I need to go for a walk.

Chilly air greets me as I go out the door. The tree-lined avenue where I live is a canopyRead More

Day #44- Culinary Fare… Feasting with Friends

November 13, 2012 61 Days of FallPS Classics  No comments

Feasting with Friends

Text & Photography by: Elizabeth E. Ellenbecker

Excerpt from September 2011 “Culinary Fare”.  For full article, please visit the website here.

Fall is by far my favorite season. I love the cool crispness in the air; the trees painted reds, yellows, oranges, and browns; the sound of the leaves crunching under your feet. I love sitting outside, bundled up, with a warm cup of tea and good book. I love visits to apple orchards and pumpkin patches, picking ripe, fresh fruits and making them into a delectable treat. Most of all, I love sharing these autumn favorites on cool evenings, warmed by conversations with good friends.

A year ago my neighbors and I supported one another as our husbands were away at war and ourRead More

Day #41- Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes

November 10, 2012 61 Days of FallPS Classics  No comments

Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes

1 boxed spice cake mix
Additional ingredients called for in boxed cake mix

Bake cake according to directions on box and pour into a greased mini bundt pan.   While cake is baking, prepare the frosting.

-Buttercream Frosting-

3-3/4 c.  powdered sugar (1 lb.)
1/2 c. butter, softened
3-4 T. milk
1 t. vanilla
Extra milk to add for consistency

Mix first four ingredients together and let stand until cakes are finished.

When cakes are finished, carefully remove from pan and place flat side down on additional jelly roll pan covered in wax paper.

Begin to add milk to already-prepared frosting to make consistency thin enough to drizzle over and soak into the cakes.  While cakes are still warm, use a 1/4 c. measuring cupRead More

Day #36- Change Your Color

November 5, 2012 61 Days of FallPS Classics  No comments

Change Your Color

-A Polite Society Classic-

TEXT BY: Sue E. Peterson, author of The Mourning Run

(Excerpt from October 2011 “From the Inside Out”.

For full article, please visit the website here.)

Fall — the time of year that announces itself with cozy colors. Oranges, yellows, and reds explode at the higher elevations and run down the mountainsides to pool on valley floors. Like turtles, we begin to slowly pull ourselves into our dwellings to hunker down for the winter. Fall is the bridge between romp and refuge.

Fall is kind. The snuggly colors warn us, and help ease us into the wet and cold weather on its way. If Fall were a person, I would imagine her as matronly, wearing an apron patterned with undisciplined yellows,Read 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 #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 #23- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies-EASIEST!!!

October 23, 2012 61 Days of FallPS Classics  No comments

(c) Jessica Ceason Photography

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

***Easiest Recipe Ever***
1 box Spice Cake Mix
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree
1 small bag chocolate chips

Mix cake mix and pumpkin puree until completely mixed. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop rounded spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.


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Day #20- October Poetry

October 20, 2012 61 Days of FallPS Classics  No comments

Dear Ancestor,

Your tombstone stands among the rest;
neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
on polished, marbled stone
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn
You did not know that I’d exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
one hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
and come to visit you.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of theRead More

Day #19- Pumpkin Cupcake Muffins

October 19, 2012 61 Days of FallPS Classics  No comments

(c) Jessica Ceason Photography

Pumpkin Cupcake Muffins

4 large eggs
3-4 oz. cream cheese
1 cup oil
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups pumpkin
2 t. nutmeg
1 t. vanilla
1 t. ground cloves
3 cups flour
3 cups sugar
2 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
2 t. cinnamon
1 bag of chocolate chips
Cinnamon Sugar Frosting (see recipe below)

Mix together first 8 ingredients in a medium bowl to make a wet mixture. In a separate bowl, combine additional dry ingredients– flour, sugar, soda, powder and cinnamon. Add 1 cup of dry mixture to wet mixture at a time until blended. Consistency should be similar to a muffin mix. If too dry, add a little milk. Stir in bag of chocolate chips. Line 24 cupcake cups with paper liners and fill about 2/3 full. Bake at 325Read More

Day #18- Guide to Hosting a Murder Mystery

October 18, 2012 61 Days of FallPS Classics  No comments

…Each year, we at Polite Society love to host Murder Mystery parties.  This year’s event is about to take place, but before we premiere the pictures, we’d like to republish Nanette Steimle’s “Guide to Hosting a Murder Mystery Party…” Have you begun to plan yours?  Make sure you use this guide to help!

-Christy, Editor-in-Chief


TEXT BY: Nanette Steimle

A Polite Society Magazine Classic

(Excerpt from October 2011 “Entertaining” article.

For full article, please visit the website here.)

     What better way to spend a night than gathering together with close friends dressed as characters straight out of a movie scene all in order to solve a fake mystery? This is exactly what aRead More