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Pumpkin Spoils

As promised, I have the goodies I made from my pumpkin. Below are the Cajun pumpkin seeds. They're really easy to prepare: Wash the pumpkin seeds in a colander, and dry them with napkins. Prepare a baking sheet, and spray it with cooking spray (I used butter flavored).Spread out the pumpkin seeds.Cover with salt and Cajun Seasoning. Add to taste. (featured below).Put them in the oven on 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes (making sure to stir them around once or twice)

I am very pleased with how the pumpkin seeds turned out. Cajun spices never fail.
Next, I started on the pumpkin pie.  *This is enough for two pies.

Put on a large pot of water to boil. After it started boiling, Pour the pumpkin meat in and cover with a lid.After you let it boil for twenty minutes or so, drain in a colander. Put the meat back in the pot, and start mashing (or you can put it in a blender).Add about two cups of brown sugar (or more or less) and about 1/2 a cup of butter.Season it to taste using powde…

Twins of Evil tour 2012

After a hell of a car ride (getting caught by every red light, and being led to a dead end by the GPS), we finally arrived at the amphitheater. Justean and I hauled ourselves down to the entrance with all the other black clad people. We started to hear someone screaming on a megaphone. It turned out, it was a religious picketer warning others of Marilyn Manson's music (whilst forgetting to mention Rob Zombie). You know a concert's going to be good when people outside are screaming about Hell. 
We got up to the front gates, and a very elitist acting person in crow make-up -facepalm- was rubbing it in that he had front row seats, and we only had lawn tickets. Let me just say, one cannot act elite while wearing crow make-up. We got through the gates, and the venue completely closed off the lawn. I was wondering where we were going to sit. It turned out, The headliners didn't even sell enough tickets to fill up the seats. Everyone with lawn tickets got to sit in seats, and th…

Carved Pumpkins

One of my favorite Halloween activities is carving pumpkins. The most fun part about it, in my opinion, is digging out the stringy pumpkin goop! It took forever to cut off the top, but I finally scraped out the a lot of guts and meat, which I will use to make roasted Cajun pumpkin seeds and pumpkin pie pretty soon. 
 I decided to be festive in my Jack-O-Lantern shirt while I labored away. I decided on carving a bird into my pumpkin. My mother wanted to do a happy Buddha.


 I sat on my floor attempting to carve a raven on my pumpkin, but it didn't turn out as well as I planned. The pumpkin started to crack every time I put the knife in. The leg popped off, and so did a portion of the tail and beak. I almost gave up, but I stuck some toothpicks in there to hold it up instead.
Regardless of my minor pumpkin failure, I had fun anyway. Once I get some free time, I'll be making some delicious treats from my spoils.

Keep it weird, Y'all, and Happy Halloween.

Post-Halloween: What's Next?

Every time Halloween comes around, there are so many things I look forward too. The month of October is never long enough, and Halloween always tends to end too soon in my opinion. Fortunately, Halloween isn't the only holiday catering to those with darker hearts. Day of The Dead, The Eve of Saint George's Day, Guy Fawkes Night, and Walpurgisnacht are some other interesting holidays to celebrate (which I will briefly describe).

Day of the Dead is a Catholic Holiday celebrated in Mexico on the first of November. This night is all about remembering your ancestors. Families visit cemeteries, bringing food and drink along with them. Graves are often decorated with flowers. The families even dedicate an alter to the deceased loved ones. Common foods are sugar skulls and coffins, and sweet rolls called "pan de muerto," and even candied pumpkin. In some parts of Mexico, some of the children even dress up and ask for candy, like trick-or-treating.

The Eve of Saint George's…

October 2012 Update

Hey everyone. I thought I'd just give a quick life update. This October has been extremely busy, so school and work have taken up the majority of my time. I've had a considerable amount of people attend my ghost tours. Each weekend, I've been doing two tours per night with about thirty people on each. It's been tasking, but totally worth it for the sake of story telling (and big tips).  However, I think these evening tours in the cold where I'm forced to yell are starting to take a toll on my health. I woke up with a sore throat and runny nose this morning, and I had foot cramps the other night from all the walking. Regardless, I will not falter!

There's a couple of posts I'd like to do, so hopefully I'll get them posted soon. I've got a DIY post in the works, and I'll definitely be posting my Halloween Costume.

Last but not least, my best friend Justean and I will be attending the Rob Zombie/Marilyn Manson Twins of Evil tour on October 25th. I&…

Song Tag!

[Lady Zendra of Noran] made a tag, which I will be doing. :)

The idea is to pick a song that describes you. Here are the rules:

It must make you feel good to be you.You must post a video containing the song.You must post the lyrics after the video in the blog post.It can be any genre or artist. NO JUDGING. It doesn't have to be gothy.The video containing the song can be anything. It does not have to be a music video.Even if the video contains lyrics, still post them. The first song that came to mind was Doing The Unstuck by The Cure. Although this song does not describe me as a person, this song can really cheer me up and make me feel excited to face the day. I loved when this song was in a scene from Gypsy 83 (below). If you wanted to hear the whole song, here it is below. 
                                         "Doing The Unstuck"

it's a perfect day for letting go
for setting fire to bridges
boats
and other dreary worlds you know
let's get happy!
it's a perfect …

Pumpkin Picking!

Today was a very long and eventful day, but it was nevertheless a very good one. That's because, my mother and I went to Burt's Pumpkin farm in the north Georgia mountains. It's kind of a tradition in my family. Every year near Halloween, we drive all the way up to the mountains to select our pumpkins. It's really nice to take in the sights.

On the way up, I took some pictures of the scenery. I just wanted to show everyone how beautiful it is there.  Burnt Mountain was the name of the mountain we were on.

We arrived to Burt's Pumpkin Farm, and it was extremely crowded. I expected as much since it is close to Halloween. There were many cute children dressed up in spooky finery like little petticoats, striped leggings, witch hats, etc.















I definitely had my fair share of exercise today with hauling around pumpkins and pushing the wheelbarrow up steep hills. I'd do it any day, because this place is great!

On the way back, we stopped at a tractor supply company to lo…

Southern Gothicism

Southern Gothicism is a Literary Genre I hold close to my heart, since I myself live in Georgia. In this domain, the american south is darkly romantic, tragic, dramatic, and anything you'd suspect from  typical Gothic Literature. It's very similar to Gothic literature in the fact that they both incorporate grotesque characters, the supernatural, isolation, lots of irony, and social criticisms. Southern Gothic works often  criticize and reveal issues like racism and hypocrisy, which were all, and still are, prevalent here (and pretty much anywhere else, really).

Some Southern Gothic Authors:
Flannery O'Connor:
Flannery O'Connor is definitely one of my all time favorite authors. She was born in Savannah in 1925 to a Catholic family. At that time, Catholics were not common in this region. Her religion has a big influence in her writing in that she points out the religious hypocrisy of our region. She also She is a very skilled writer, and she is very witty in her writing.

S'mores Cookies- Your One Way Ticket to Hell

Last night at about 1:00 in the morning, my brother and I decided to make some s'mores cookies. These things are so good, they're disgusting. You'll puke awesome if you manage to eat a whole one. So! If you're willing to risk eternity in Hell for gluttony, here's how to do it!


Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. We made our homemade dough, but you can buy ready made dough if you'd like: Nestle Toll house recipeSpread aluminum foil onto a baking sheet.Lay out the bottom unbaked cookie. (It's going to look like a cookie sandwich)Make your S'more (graham cracker, two large marshmallows, and a segment of chocolate) Put the S'more on top of the bottom unbaked cookie, and lay a second unbaked cookie on top of the S'more.Take some more dough, shaping it around the sides. Make sure the dough encompasses the whole S'more.Put your cookies in the oven for 20-25 minutes.Let cool and enjoy, and then go curl up in the fetal position to reflect on where your …