How to make a garlic wreath for Halloween

Around this time of year every home should have a garlic wreath to make sure no vampires can enter and drain your family’s blood.  We can’t have that.  Plus it makes an awesome Halloween decoration.  This wreath was very easy to make, using only garlic cloves, a straw wreath form, raffia for the bow, and […]

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October 23, 2013

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New Orleans Vampire Ball

This year’s Endless Night Vampire Ball in New Orleans will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the House of Blues on Decatur Street.  Carfax Abbey will be performing. The Vampire Ball hosts a mixture of vampyre, steampunk, pagan, neo-victorian, gothic, medieval and rock.  It has been described as a Venetian Masquerade Ball mixed with […]

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Three easy Halloween cakes

Halloween is a great holiday for invention, from homemade costumes to decorations and food.  Here are 3 easy desserts that won’t take up much time, but will look impressive. Ghosts in the Graveyard More of a pudding, but looks like a cake.  This is super easy – from 2 boxes (3.9 oz.) Jello Chocolate […]

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October 20, 2013

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Celebrate the summer harvest

Celebrate Lammas Tall stalks of corn, baseball bat size zucchini, luscious ripe berries, red runny watermelon.  These are the fruits of hot summer days.  In order to avoid turning on the oven, we prepare salads and enjoy dinners made of veggies, fruits and crusty breads.  These steamy days mark the time of Lammas, the Pagan […]

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Fremont’s naked Summer Solstice parade

One of our readers sent us a photo from Seattle’s (Fremont, technically) Annual Summer Solstice parade, which consists of naked (body painted) walkers and  bicycle and other vehicle riders.  Seattle is evidently much more liberal than New York City and we applaud them!  Alas, we don’t have rights to photos from the parade, but we […]

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June 29, 2013

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10 good and bad ways to celebrate Fat Tuesday

Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, is traditionally a day for gluttony – eating, drinking, smoking and partying before giving up bad habits for Lent.  This day of celebration has turned into many days of frivolity down in New Orleans, Rio and other cities that hold Mardi Gras festivals. Ways to celebrate Fat Tuesday […]

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