Halloween finds its roots in ancient Celtic beliefs. Later, All Hallows Eve was created as the evening before All Saints Day which is celebrated on November 1. By the 1800’s people began to have costume parties featuring fortune tellers and games such as bobbing for apples. At the turn of the 20th century, cities were overcrowding and Halloween marked the time to relieve the stress by playing practical jokes which soon got out of hand. So, by the 1930’s there was a movement to have children go door to door and ask for candy as an alternative to vandalism.
If you know of any friends, family, or customers looking to buy or sell a home, give them my name.!
Nila De Silva
Seasonal Scoop for Homeowners
The days are getting shorter. The nights are getting longer. The nip in the air tells us without a doubt that the seasons are changing. It’s time to get ready for the colder months.
- Lawn chairs and summer gear can be suspended from the ceiling of your garage with sturdy hooks.
- Garden hoses can crack and split in severely cold weather, so store them inside. If you must store outside, make sure they’re empty first. Pockets of water can collect and freeze in cold weather, and that can result in a tear.
- Take steps to ensure that your lawn mower will start in the spring. Old, unleaded fuel can solidify over winter and will clog up the workings on your mower. Empty the gas tank and then run the mower till it stops. Only then should you store it for the winter.
Your Home…Talkin’ Tips for Buyers
Are you trying to decide between a single-family home or a condo? If a single-family home is right for you...
- You like your "space." The idea of apartment living gives you the willies.
- The prospect of cutting the lawn, trimming the bushes and shoveling snow excite you (or at least don't send you headed for the nearest bridge.)
- You like the idea of modifying your home - changing the color, the appearance, the size. Having someone tell you that you couldn't do that may bother you.
• 1 cup shortening
• 2 cups white sugar
• 2 eggs
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
• 4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 pinch ground nutmeg
• 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
• 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the vanilla and pumpkin until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; stir into the pumpkin mixture. Mix in the chocolate chips. Stir in the walnuts if desired. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges begin to brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely.