Sunday, October 7, 2012

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. Henry David Thoreau

October 7,

Pumpkin Day

Today is the day when people traditionally begin to hunt for their perfect pumpkins! Pumpkins are indigenous to the western hemisphere. They have been around for over 5,000 years, the Native Americans call them "isquotersquash." The Europeans had never seen a pumpkin until Columbus.
Pumpkin carving dates back to the ancient Celtic holiday known as Samhain in which Halloween is derived from. On this day the realm between our world and the spirit world is believed to be the thinnest. The Europeans used to carve turnips and gourds as a way to ward off any malevolent spirits. Once in America, the size of the pumpkin made for easier carving. Before candles where used inside Jack O' Lanterns  hot pieces of coal were used to light up the smiling pumpkins.
Lift your glass in celebration of all the things that go bump in the night, that haven't gotten into your house! Cheers to natures guard dog!

Pumpkin Pie 
Today is a perfect day for pumpkin pie! You can do pie your way, and I'll do it mine!

1 oz. Malibu Rum
3/4 oz. canned pumpkin pie filling
1/2 oz. Kahlua
2 oz. Cold milk

Mix ingredients in blender with ice and blend thoroughly;
Pour into graham cracker-rimmed highball glass
(Dab the top of glass in honey, then in smashed graham crackers)
 garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon. 
I personally like to add a little dollop of whipped cream, as I would on a slice of pie!

"May Jack-o-lanterns burning bright Of soft and golden hue Pierce through the future’s veil and show What fate now holds for you.”

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