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Welcome to the 13 Days of Halloween

So, today’s theme day in the 13 is all about ghosts and revolves around a great little movie from the late 80’s (when Steve Guttenberg and Daryl Hannah were definitely at their best). This movie has all of the elements of a good ghost story: drafty old Irish castle, a ghost, and a crime. However, the castle has been turned into a hotel, the staff are pretending to haunt the place, and a most unlikely of love stories comes into play. And that, my friends, is where the fun and funnies begin! As I’ve already mentioned, Guttenberg and Hannah star is this humorous haunting, but I must also mention the great Peter O’Toole–I mean–he completely rocks, and I love him in this movie. Liam Neeson and Beverly D’Angelo are also in this movie, so it’s bound to be a good time–right? Let’s get started.

In this post:

  • Urban Legend
  • Song of the Day
  • Tonight’s Movie
  • Dinner and Beverage (no dessert this time–boo)
  • Movie pics

Urban Legend

The Long Distance Phone Call

Urban legend:
An elderly woman, bed-ridden after her husbands death, receives strange
phone calls that turn out to be from the dead husband.

The Story:
An elderly women receives a phone call on a dark, stormy night. She
hears a moaning on the other end and a voice that sounds like her
recently deceased husband. The calls tormented her all night. The next
day, she asked her driver to take her past the cemetery where her
husband was laid to rest. They discovered that during the storm, a phone
line had fallen down . . . and was laying on her dead husband’s grave!
Were the phone calls she had received the night before made from
beyond the grave by her dead husband?

Origins:
The legend has been told as having happened in various parts of the
United States but no true origins can be found. A version of this legend
showed up as an episode of the Twilight Zone on February 7, 1964,
called “Night Call.”

Song of the Day

Here’s a bad ass tune from Stevie Nicks called Ghosts Are Gone

Tonight’s Movie

Huh? Am I right? Great movie.

Bonus

Dinner and Beverage

Tonight’s menu:

  • Hot molten blobs
  • Scary pancakes
  • Spooky berry shakes

Hot Molten Blobs

This recipe comes from a cookbook in my vast collection, but it can also be found here.

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 ounce) can buttermilk biscuits
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard or 2 tablespoons honey mustard
  • 24 pieces ham, cubes cut into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 36 pieces cheddar cheese, cubes

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Coat muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Place a biscuit in each of 10 sections.
  4. In a small bowl, combine mayo and mustard and stir until well blended.
  5. Using thumbs, press down center to make deep indentations in each biscuit.
  6. Spoon equal amounts of the mayo mixture in each, about 1 tsp each.
  7. Top with ham cubes, then with cheddar cubes.
  8. Place muffin tin on foil-lined rack in oven.
  9. Bake until biscuits are golden and puffed, and overflowing with cheese, or about 10-12 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and let stand 3 minutes before removing from tins.
  11. Serve while hot.

I omit the mustard and just use mayo, because my kids (now adults) and g-daughters don’t like mustard. Whatever.

Scary Pancakes

This recipe comes from a cookbook in my vast collection, but it can also be found here.

Ingredients

  • 1 container (6 oz) orange crème yogurt
  • 1/4 cup maple-flavored syrup
  • 2 cups all-purpose baking mix
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Directions 

  1. In small bowl, mix yogurt and maple syrup until well blended.
  2. Set aside.In medium bowl, mix baking mix, milk and egg until well blended. In small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the batter, the cocoa and sugar until well blended.
  3. Heat large nonstick electric griddle or 12-inch nonstick skillet to 375°F. Oil hot griddle.
  4. For each pancake, drop three 1/4 to 1/2-inch drops of dark batter about 1 to 1 1/2 inches apart forming eyes and mouth of ghost. Cook about 30 seconds. Immediately pour 1/4 cup regular batter; start the pour to cover the “eyes and mouth” and continue the pour downward to form an irregular ghostly shape. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until pancake is puffed and dry around edges. Turn pancake; cook about 1 minute longer or until other side is golden brown. Serve with syrup mixture.

Spooky Berry Shakes

This recipe comes from a cookbook in my vast collection, but it can also be found here.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon white vanilla baking chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 drops green food color
  • 4 clear plastic cups (8- to 9-oz size)
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream (about 4 scoops)
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 2 cups milk

Directions

  1. In small microwavable bowl, microwave vanilla chips and oil uncovered on High about 1 minute or until chips can be stirred smooth. Stir in green food color. With tip of knife, spread on inside of each cup to look like eyes and mouth.
  2. In blender, place remaining ingredients. Cover; blend until smooth. Pour into cups. Serve immediately.

scary pancakes, molten blobs, scary berry shake

Fun right? I would like to tell you, though, that I don’t recommend straying too far from the Hot Molten Blobs recipe. For example, I used shredded cheese instead of a cheese cube and all the cheese quickly melted down the sides and kinda burned. I was able to trim the crispy, brown edges but “molten” it was not. Also, to get a nice even brown with the pancakes, you absolutely must cook them on a griddle. I cooked these in a non stick pan, and because the heat wasn’t evenly distributed, they look mottled. The kids aren’t too fond of the yogurt topping so we substitute with strawberry syrup–nice and ‘bloody”. Ha! The Scary Berry shakes compliment this breakfast for dinner nicely.

Movie Pics

Until tomorrow . . .

Happy Haunting

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