Wednesday, October 18, 2017

8 AWESOMELY SCARY FREE PUMPKIN TEMPLATE DESIGNS

Hello all,

I just love this time of year! Everyone is dusting off the Halloween decorations. Everywhere you look you start to see pumpkins. I know me and my kids loved carving pumpkins when they were younger, and we still do! The hard part was coming up with new ideas. So I've made it easy and I found some awesome free Halloween pumpkin templates and designs you can use this year. Don't forget the supplies like a pumpkin carving kit, tea lights to light them safely,  and papers to line your tables for an easy cleanup!  Enjoy!

1. Witches are my favorite! I found this awesome free Halloween pumpkin template! Here's what it looks like with a link to the free template. If you don't like this one the site has 700 more to choose from! The site is http://www.pumpkinlady.com/pumpkin-carving-patterns/free-pumpkin-carving-patterns/page/2/
Here's the one I like -

free witch Halloween pumpkin template

8 AWESOMELY SCARY  FREE PUMPKIN TEMPLATE DESIGNS - WITCH





2. My kids loved carving ghosts. This awesome free Halloween pumpkin template is to a ghost I want to try this year. This site here has hundreds to choose from  http://www.pumpkinpile.com/ .  Here is the ghost template I found -

free ghost Halloween pumpkin template




8 AWESOMELY SCARY  FREE PUMPKIN TEMPLATE DESIGNS - GHOST





3. If your kids or grandkids are like mine, they love Disney! This site has so many awesome free Disney template to choose from. I might have a hard time choosing which one to try. The site is https://family.disney.com/pumpkin-carving-ideas/. I found this awesome Halloween pumpkin template I just love! -

free Minnie Mouse Halloween pumpkin template




8 AWESOMELY SCARY  FREE PUMPKIN TEMPLATE DESIGNS - MINNIE MOUSE




4. For more traditional images for your pumpkins, this site has over 100 free templates to choose from. The site is http://www.celebrating-halloween.com/pumpkincarving . I have a black cat, so I  love adding black cats to my Halloween decorations. Here is an awesome black cat template to use -

free black cat Halloween pumpkin template




8 AWESOMELY SCARY  FREE PUMPKIN TEMPLATE DESIGNS - BLACK CAT






5.  If you like just carving traditional pumpkin faces, this site has 27 free templates to look through. The site is http://www.rd.com/home/decorating/pumpkin-carving-patterns-ideas/2/. I found this cute one to try -

free Halloween pumpkin template





8 AWESOMELY SCARY  FREE PUMPKIN TEMPLATE DESIGNS - PUMPKIN SCARY FACE






6. I found some scary free templates , 28 in all on this site http://www.dotcomwomen.com/crafts/free-pumpkin-carving-patterns-stencils-and-patterns-for-carving-halloween-pumpkins/4283/. This one is definitely worth trying -

free RIP pumpkin template




8 AWESOMELY SCARY  FREE PUMPKIN TEMPLATE DESIGNS - RIP PIMPKIN





7. If you're looking for simple kid friendly free templates, this site has 13 that your kids will love. It's  http://familycrafts.about.com/od/pumpkincarving/ig/Pumpkin-Carving-Patterns/?_ga=1.92589534.2146492418.1476194270. I think we'll be trying out this frankenstein one -

free frankenstein Halloween  pumpkin template




8 AWESOMELY SCARY  FREE PUMPKIN TEMPLATE DESIGNS - FRANKENSTEIN





8. No Halloween decoration is complete without spooky spiders and bats.This site has them all. It's http://www.dltk-holidays.com/halloween/mpatterns.htm . Speaking of creepy spiders, check this one out -

free spider Halloween pumpkin template




8 AWESOMELY SCARY  FREE PUMPKIN TEMPLATE DESIGNS - SPIDER




Whichever you choose, I'm sure you'll have fun with these awesome designs!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

AN AWESOME PRODUCT THE INSTANT READ BABY AND INFANT INFRARED THERMOMETER BY TWOBIU

I received product compensation  in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.


Hello all,

I am always on the lookout for products that will make my life easier. I am a grandma who babysits a lot. And of course, my granddaughter occasionally gets sick, and I have to take her temperature. She absolutely hates it when I need to do that for her. I am so glad I came across the Instant Read Baby and Infant Thermometer, Dual Mode for ear and forehead by TWOBIU. It is an infrared thermometer that is FDA approved.

This thermometer is awesome. No longer will I need to struggle with my granddaughter to take her temperature. This thing is so easy to use. After putting in the batteries, you then press the on/off button. You get to the setting you want to use, forehead or ear. For the forehead you place it on their forehead and press scan. After just a few seconds, the correct temperature is displayed. For the ear, you remove the cover and use the earpiece.Then hold slightly in their ear and press scan. A few seconds later, the temperature is displayed, all on a brightly lit, easy to read display screen. And the best part, if you have a higher than normal temperature, the display lights up red!

It comes in a convenient storage sleeve. It is available on amazon for $20 through this link http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075F8M94T.  This is a great product if you have kids!




AN AWESOME PRODUCT THE  INSTANT READ BABY AND INFANT INFRARED THERMOMETER BY TWOBIU


AN AWESOME PRODUCT THE  INSTANT READ BABY AND INFANT INFRARED THERMOMETER BY TWOBIU




AN AWESOME PRODUCT THE  INSTANT READ BABY AND INFANT INFRARED THERMOMETER BY TWOBIU

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

AN AWESOME GIVEAWAY FOR THE FLORIDA WEDDING EXPO



Hello all,

Love is in the air. I can just feel it. I know so many couples that are planning their weddings now. When I married, I went to quite a few wedding expos and conventions. I got a lot of useful information from those, along with coupons, samples, and gifts. Weddings take a lot of planning, and most couple can use all the help they can get.

So to help with that dilemma, I want to do a giveaway! I have free tickets to the exciting  Florida Wedding Expo. They have an event on October 15th at the Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort in Tampa. Then they have one on October 22nd at the Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista in Orlando. I have 2 free tickets for each event.

The Florida Wedding Expo will feature 75-100 vendors (depending on location), 15+ grand prizes, 100+ giveaways at the show which includes honeymoons stays and various free wedding services. Prizes include a free wedding cake, a free wedding dress, gift cards, tuxedo rentals, and many others. It sounds like a great time to be had by everyone that attends!

Now for the giveaway. Give me your best quotes for this wedding picture. The best quote wins! This contest will end Friday morning, and that's when I will notify the winners. The prize will be in the form of a promo code to redeem for free tickets on the Florida Wedding Expo website. But don't worry, if you don't win all is not lost. You can use the promo code RING to but tickets on their website until the Friday before each show for $7 instead of $15. So let's get started and let me see those quotes! The picture is below. Good luck!




AN AWESOME GIVEAWAY FOR THE FLORIDA WEDDING EXPO

Sunday, October 8, 2017

A THRILLING GOOD TIME IN HAUNTED ST. AUGUSTINE

Hello all,

I just got back a few days ago from a wonderful vacation in St. Augustine. It is an amazing city, so rich in history. Besides the fact it is the oldest city in the US, it is also one of the most haunted. With that said, of course we had to partake in a few haunted ghost tours. If you never been, I highly recommend going on one if you ever get the chance to visit. We had a blast!

One of the things we wanted to make sure we got to see was the Castillo de San Marcos. We visited last time, only having time to visit The Fountain of Youth State Park and the St. Augustine Lighthouse, but really wanting to see the fort. And if you have never seen The Fountain of Youth Park, I highly recommend that also!

The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry and extant 17th century fort in the US. It is one of only 2 forts made of coquina stone, a rare limestone. Because of the stone being so porous, when a cannon ball hit the wall kinda of absorbed it instead of shattering it. We were told on our ghost walk that the entire grassy area of the fort was a mass gravsesite. We were also told a story how they had found a hidden room in the fort where many skeletons  were chained to the walls. One story in particular that stick with me is about a doctor that was at the fort. It was during the Indian War, and the doctor had cut off the head of a Seminole Indian chief and kept it in a pickling jar. It was told he would take it out to show his kids when they misbehaved. Besides the haunted stories, the fort is well preserved and is definitely a must see!




A THRILLING GOOD TIME IN HAUNTED ST. AUGUSTINE - CASTILLO SAN DE MARCOS


A THRILLING GOOD TIME IN HAUNTED ST. AUGUSTINE - CASTILLO SAN DE MARCOS


A THRILLING GOOD TIME IN HAUNTED ST. AUGUSTINE - CASTILLO SAN DE MARCOS


A THRILLING GOOD TIME IN HAUNTED ST. AUGUSTINE - CASTILLO DE SAN MARCOS




The next day while waiting for the time of our tour, we hit St. George Street, where the city gates were. They were once the only entrance to St. Augustine and were built in 1808 of coquina stone. We were told on one of our tours the old city gates were haunted by a young girl. I was so surprised when I started walking down the cobblestone streets of the historic district. There were so many shops, stores, restaurants, and pubs all nestled among their historical sites like the oldest house, the oldest wooden schoolhouse, and the St. George Inn, which is said to be one of the most haunted inns in the US. We had so many sites  to choose from.



A THRILLING GOOD TIME IN HAUNTED ST. AUGUSTINE - ST. GEORGE INN



A THRILLING GOOD TIME IN HAUNTED ST. AUGUSTINE - HISTORIC DISTRICT




Of course I had to buy souvenirs,and I bought quite a few from Gator Bob's Trading Post. I found them reasonably priced. They even had a mini museum inside. They had a mutoscope there which I found very interesting and watched a movie on. It's a machine that flips movie cards on something like a rolodex very quickly so they look like they're moving. I also had gotten my fortune told on one of those old fortune telling machines.



A THRILLING GOOD TIME IN HAUNTED ST. AUGUSTINE - GATOR BOB'S TRADING POST



A THRILLING GOOD TIME IN HAUNTED ST. AUGUSTINE - GATOR BOB'S TRADING POST




While waiting on one of our tours we took in some local fare for dinner. We were pleasantly surprised. We ate at Burger Buckets. It was reasonably priced and not crowded at all. It was one of the best burgers I have ever eaten. It was absolutely delicious. The service was quick and friendly too! It was also one of the stops on the Red Train tour we took, so that made it a win win. I highly recommend eating here!



A THRILLING GOOD TIME IN HAUNTED ST.  AUGUSTINE - BURGER BUCKETS




Being in one of the most haunted cities in the US, of course we wanted to stay in one of the haunted inns. But it was not within our budget. I booked one of the cheapest ones I could find , and crossed my fingers. I had made an excellent choice. we stayed at The Southern Oaks Inn. This was one of the  cleanest and well kept places we ever stayed at. I was nervous because the price was so cheap, but it exceeded my expectations. And it was conveiently located on the Red Train tour line and  was just a few minutes drive to everything we wanted to see. Also included was a fee breakfast which was delicious, and offered many choices. The pool was nice and clean. I can't say enough good things about this inn. Check it out if you visit this city for a comfortable nights rest. We will be staying here again! All in all, out visit at St. Augustine was thrilling and fun! We will be visiting again soon!




A THRILLING GOOD TIME IN HAUNTED ST. AUGUSTINE - SOUTHERN OAKS INN


A THRILLING GOOD TIME IN HAUNTED ST. AUGUSTINE - SOUTHERN OAKS INN


A THRILLING GOOD TIME IN HAUNTED ST. AUGUSTINE - SOUTHERN OAKS INN



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

RIPLEY'S RED TRAIN TOUR AND GHOST TRAIN ADVENTURE TOUR- THE BEST WAY TO SEE ST. AUGUSTINE

I received compensation in the form of tickets  in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.


Hello all,

I have been fortunate enough to get back a few days ago from a wonderful vacation in the awesome city of St. Augustine. St. Augustine is the oldest city in the US. Being such, it is rich in history and has many historical sights to see along with many attractions.

Of course we weren't familiar with the city, but we still wanted to see as much of it as possible. So we took The Ripley's Red Train Tour. We heard many good things about this tour and we weren't disappointed. It was so much fun. We were fortunate to have a red train stop right across from our hotel. The red train, and yes it does look like a train, drives you around the city and makes 20 stops for you to get on or off. The stops are located near the historic sites, attractions, restaurants and shops. Everything you would want to see!

While you ride, the tour guide tells you stories and the history of each point of interest as you go by. Our tour guide was Benjy. He was very, very knowledgeable of the history of the city, and he was hilarious. We had so much fun on the tour. We wound up riding it all day for the fun and for the convenience of not having to do any driving. It's a great bargain, and I highly recommend the tour! The whole tour takes about 90 minutes. Tickets are adults $12.99, kids $8.99.


RIPLEYS RED TRAIN TOUR AND GHOST TRAIN ADVENTURE TOUR- THE BEST WAY TO SEE ST. AUGUSTINE


RIPLEYS RED TRAIN TOUR AND GHOST TRAIN ADVENTURE TOUR- THE BEST WAY TO SEE ST. AUGUSTINE


RIPLEYS RED TRAIN TOUR AND GHOST TRAIN ADVENTURE TOUR- THE BEST WAY TO SEE ST. AUGUSTINE



RIPLEYS RED TRAIN TOUR AND GHOST TRAIN ADVENTURE TOUR- THE BEST WAY TO SEE ST. AUGUSTIN


Since St. Augustine is also known as one of the most haunted cities in the US, we just had to take a ghost tour. We took the The Ripley's Ghost Train Adventure Tour. We had an awesome time. You started out at the Ripley's Museum where you boarded the train and they passed out lasers and EMF readers. I was excited about using the EMF reader. Once we saw that Benjy was our tour guide for this also, we knew we were in for a fun time!

We rode the train around a little as he spun tales of chilling ghost stories and historical facts. Our first stop was the Old Sugar Mill where we were told many people have captured pictures of ghosts and floating orbs. All of our EMF readers went off right away. We had 30 minutes to investigate the buildings as we stayed together as a group.

Our next stop was the Fort Castillo de San Marcos, where Benjy told us tales about the haunted fort. He said the whole grassy area we were standing on was actually a mass gravesite. He also told us the story of a doctor from the fort long ago who cut off the head of a chief and put it in a pickling jar. He then took it out to show his children when they misbehaved. After another story, we boarded the train again.

The last and final stop was back to the Ripley's Museum where we were told there have been many ghostly occurrences.  We had a different guide for this last part. She told us  a story of there being a lot of people murdered in the building when it was a residence. One in particular was a woman who was found killed in a bathtub. They had the bathtub on display. Our EMF readers were really lighting up in this building. After walking through a few more rooms, using our EMF readers and hearing a few more ghastly stories, it was time to go.

We really had a great time on this tour. It was both entertaining and educational learning about St. Augustine's haunted past. We would definitely do this tour again! This tour also took about 90 minutes. It's a must see! Check out our youtube video below. Tickets are adults $24, kids $13.


RIPLEY'S RED TRAIN TOUR AND GHOST TRAIN ADVENTURE TOUR- THE BEST WAY TO SEE ST.
AUGUSTINE


RIPLEY'S RED TRAIN TOUR AND GHOST TRAIN ADVENTURE TOUR- THE BEST WAY TO SEE ST. AUGUSTINE



RIPLEY'S RED TRAIN TOUR AND GHOST TRAIN ADVENTURE TOUR- THE BEST WAY TO SEE ST. AUGUSTINE


RIPLEY'S RED TRAIN TOUR AND GHOST TRAIN ADVENTURE TOUR- THE BEST WAY TO SEE ST. AUGUSTINE

RIPLEY'S RED TRAIN TOUR AND GHOST TRAIN ADVENTURE TOUR- THE BEST WAY TO SEE ST. AUGUSTINE


RIPLEY'S RED TRAIN TOUR AND GHOST TRAIN ADVENTURE TOUR- THE BEST WAY TO SEE ST. AUGUSTINE




Monday, October 2, 2017

MY REVIEW OF THE 30 L WATERPROOF LIGHTWEIGHT TRAVEL BACKPACK BY C-BIZ PRO

I received compensation  in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.


Hello all,

I am here to tell you about this amazing backpack I just received. I love spending time outdoors in the this great state of Florida we share. It so easy being on the go to just shove stuff in a backpack and off we go. One thing I don't like is when it rains, which does a lot here and my backpack and belongings gets soaked. or the backpack gets wet from a day at the beach. 

This backpack by C-Biz Pro. It is made of a strong waterproof, rain resistant material. It provides us with 30L of storage capacity. It has layers of storage inside and many compartments for all your needs. it has S shaped shoulder straps for comfort, and a safety reflector strip to help you stay visible. It even has a dedicated headphone jack, and a space to keep your computer. It is a great back pack, and it even comes with a 3 year replacement. It's available through this link http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0753FK9NF, what a great product!




MY REVIEW OF THE 30 L WATERPROOF LIGHTWEIGHT TRAVEL BACKPACK BY C-BIZ PRO




MY REVIEW OF THE 30 L WATERPROOF LIGHTWEIGHT TRAVEL BACKPACK BY C-BIZ PRO




MY REVIEW OF THE 30 L WATERPROOF LIGHTWEIGHT TRAVEL BACKPACK BY C-BIZ PRO

Saturday, September 30, 2017

MY CHILLING TIME WITH A GHOSTLY ENCOUNTER GHOST TOUR

I received compensation in the form of tickets  in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.


Hello all,

Well it looks like I made it back alive. I just spent an awesome 3 days in the most haunted city in the US, St. Augustine. And let me tell you, it was so much fun! One thing we had to partake in being in a haunted city was to take a haunted ghost tour. We wound up going on a tour by A Ghostly Encounter

We started off by parking in back of the business, parking was $5. Then we walked around and met our tour guide Matt. He had a very friendly and professional attitude. We chatted with him as we waited to see if anyone else showed up. After waiting an appropriate amount of time, we started our tour. It looked like it was just me, my hubby and the tour guide tonight.



MY CHILLING TIME WITH A GHOSTLY ENCOUNTER GHOST TOUR


Our tour guide Matt was very, very knowledgeable and really knew his history of St. Augustine well. He shared so many stories with us. He was very entertaining. On our tour, the  first stop was 2 old cemeteries. They were locked because of vandals. In one cemetery you could see one small headstone by itself. He told the story of a woman who lived in the house right next to this cemetery a long time ago.  She had a young son who played in the cemetery often. He died from falling from a tree there. She had her sons body buried in the cemetery.The woman could no longer stand to look out her window seeing the headstone of her deceased son, so she moved away, but never came back for her sons body. The tour guide Matt told us some people have taken pictures of the boys ghost in the tree from which he fell that is located in the cemetery. He even showed us one! He told us another story how  the people buried in one of the cemeteries were the rich people, and the poorer people were buried outside in mass graves. How we were standing on a mass grave at that moment. That was chilling.



MY CHILLING TIME WITH A GHOSTLY ENCOUNTER GHOST TOUR - MATT THE TOUR GUIDE


We worked ourselves around the area and came to the Fort Castillo de San Marcos. It is the oldest masonry fort in the US, and is haunted. He told us a few stories about the fort like the grass around it was one large grave site. He told us the story about a doctor from the fort who cut off an Indian chiefs head and showed it to his children when they misbehaved. He also walked us around the fort and showed us an oven where the soldiers in the fort would reshape and reuse already fired cannon balls' He then showed us a wall of the fort where he said a firing squad performed mass executions. You could see the holes in the walls. I took a picture of this wall while on this tour, I think it looks eerily like bullet ricochets in the picture.



MY CHILLING TIME WITH A GHOSTLY ENCOUNTER GHOST TOUR



In the youtube video my husband shot below, you can see our tour guide Matt talking. The video is a little long because we didn't want to edit it, but if you watch it between the minutes 6.04-6.09 you can see an unexplained flash of light.





Finally, at the end of the tour we wrapped up by heading to the office where we started. Matt said the place was known for a lot of ghost activity. He showed us some divining rods and explained how to use them and what they meant and how they were used to find ghostly energy. He showed us a chair and set 2 flashlights on it, one on each arm. He said sometimes the ghosts like to play and turn the flashlights on and off. That didn't happen this time, but in my video I did capture a floating disc that came out of nowhere.


video



All in all, we had a great time and learned a lot about St. Augustine. I definitely recommend a Ghostly Encounter Ghost Walking tour the next time you visit! We definitely will be taking this tour again! For information about their tours, call 904-827-0807, or 877-606-3820.

Monday, September 25, 2017

6 FREE OR CHEAP INCREDIBLY FUN THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA

Hello all,

There are so many things to do here in Florida. But many are so expensive. If you're on a budget like me, you are always looking for free or cheap fun things to do. I found 6 local places that your family will love! A few I have been to already and are well worth the trip. Enjoy:

1. Florida Botanical Gardens - The Gardens showcases and educates by showing flowers and fauna in motivational surroundings. It has 12 gardens in all and even has a butterfly garden. It is open most every day of the year and admission is free. It is located at 12520 Ulmerton Rd., Largo. (727)582-2100.

6 FREE OR CHEAP INCREDIBLY FUN THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA - FLORIDA BOTANICAL GARDENS






2. Heritage Village - This is a 21 acre open air living history museum. It has 31 historic structures to explore, some dating back to the 19th century. Admission is free. It is open Wed.-Sat. 10-4 pm, and on Sunday 1-4. It is located at 11909 125th St. N., Largo. (727)582-2123.



6 FREE OR CHEAP INCREDIBLY FUN THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA - HERITAGE VILLAGE






3.Leepa Rattner Museum of Art - This small museum has 8 galleries featuring art from Rattner, Leepa, and Ester Gentle. Admission is $7. They are open Tues-Sat from 10am to between 4-8 pm. Sunday it is open 1-5 pm. It is located at 600 Klosterman Rd., Tarpon Springs. (727)712-5762.



6 FREE OR CHEAP INCREDIBLY FUN THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA - LEEPA RATTNER MUSEUM OF ART






4. American Victory Ship Museum - You can come aboard and explore the entire ship with its 3 cargo holds, radio and gyro rooms, bridge, crew cabins, mess hall, wheelhouse, captain's quarters, and all of the other rooms you expect to see on a battleship. They even have rare artifacts, photos, and exhibits to see. This is one of my family's favorite places to watch fireworks from on the 4th of July during their Family Fest. Admission is $10 adults, $5 for children. It's open Sun-Mon- noon to 5pm. Tues-Sat from 10 am to 5 pm. It is located 705 Channelside Dr., Tampa. (813)228-8766.



6 FREE OR CHEAP INCREDIBLY FUN THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA - AMERICAN VICTORY SHIP MUSEUM






5. Wildlife Survival Sanctuary - I have been here many times. This place provides sanctuary to many exotic animals. They have tigers, leopards, cougars, deers. emus. ostriches, a pot bellied pig, and lemurs. They take donations for their tours that you have to call and set up in advance. All of the donations are used for the care of their animals. A great place to go with the kids! You need to call (352)797-4785 to schedule a tour. They are located at 18212 Booming Rd., Springhill.



6 FREE OR CHEAP INCREDIBLY FUN THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA - WILDLIFE SURVIVAL SANCTUARY







6. Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center - Many manatees seek out this area to stay warm in its discharge canal waters. Big Bends discharge canal is a federally designated manatee sanctuary.  They are open Nov.1st - April 15th. They have a rays touch tank, an observation tower, a boardwalk, and a habitat trail along with its viewing center. Admission is free and are open 10 am-5 pm daily. They are located at 6990 Dickman Rd., Apollo Beach. (813)228-4289.




6 FREE OR CHEAP INCREDIBLY  FUN THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA - TAMPA'S ELECTRIC MANATEE VIEWING CENTER

Thursday, September 21, 2017

HOW TO MAKE SCARY LIFELIKE WITCH FINGER COOKIES

Hello all,

One thing I love to do this time of year is bake. There are so many recipes to try. The spookiest time of year is coming up, so here's a spooky recipe. I made these and they were a big hit! The recipe is for severed witch finger cookies. Aside from the fact they're delicious, they are easy to make and the end product is so life like and amazing. Take a look -


When I made them I used a roll of store bought sugar cookie dough, but if you want to make your own dough, here's what you need for that -


INGREDIENTS FOR COOKIE DOUGH:

1 cup of softened butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 2/3 cups of flour


THE REST OF THE INGREDIENTS:

sliced almonds
coca powder
tube of red decorating gel


DIRECTIONS:

Roll out small amounts of cookie dough on a floured surface. Roll it into thin strips. Remember, they will spread out when they cook. Press a sliced almond into one end of the cookie. This will look like a fingernail. Scour the cookie in the middle with a knife for the knuckle. Dust with a little bit of cocoa powder around the knuckle and nail. It gives the fingers the appearance of being dirty. Bake as directed on the package or at 325 degrees for about 10 minutes until done. Let cool. Then add a little of the red decorating gel on the ends to give the appearance of blood. Enjoy!


HOW TO MAKE SCARY LIFELIKE SEVERED WITCH FINGER COOKIES







Sunday, September 17, 2017

4 CREEPIEST FLORIDA URBAN LEGENDS

Hello all,

Each state in our country comes with its own unique set of stories and urban legends. Since we are coming to that spooky time of year, I  just wanted to share a few of Florida's with you. I think the last one is the creepiest:


1. FLORIDA SKUNK APE  - Some place have Bigfoot, Florida has the skunk Ape. In 1959, three Boy Scouts came out of the Ocala National Forest saying their camp was attacked by a big hairy monster having the face of a human and the body of an ape. Since then there have been hundreds of sightings. One in particular was from a trucker who claimed he was pulled from his truck by a hairy creature that smelled awful. He said he was carried a few yards and kicked himself free. He then ran to his truck and scared it away by blasting his air horn. Two anonymous photos of the creature snooping around in a backyard sent to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office kept the legend alive. The photo below was taken by Dave Shealy in 1998 and published in the Smithsonian magazine.In 1959, three boy scouts emerged in a panic from  or a skunk. It’s this skunk-like stink that gives the skunk ape its name, although old timers in rural areas often refer to it as a “swamp monkey.” My theory, if this thing reall exists, is that when the creature is upset it gives off musk. This is not just a slight scent, wit
5 CREEPIEST FLORIDA URBAN LEGENDS - SKUNK APE

boy scouts emerged in a panic from the Ocala National Forest with a wild tale of having been routed from their camp by a





2. FAIRFIELD OAK-  Legend says back in the 1800's in Ormond Beach a majestic oak tree was on property owned by Norman Harwood. He killed himself under the oak tree by committing suicide.   Years later James Ormond II bought the land and built a plantation on it he named Damietta.  A few years later Ormond was also found dead under the same tree, a suicide as well. People say when you go under the tree you feel intense sadness and have  suicidal thoughts. Sometimes you can see a ghostly figure under the tree also. The tree sits in the Bulow Creek State Park.







5 CREEPIEST FLORIDA URBAN LEGENDS - FAIRFIELD O






3. SPOOK HILL - Centuries ago, a legend states a native American chief fought in a battle with an enormous alligator to protect his village. It ended with their deaths and a giant sinkhole formed on the spot. Pioneers later started calling the spot Spook Hill because their horses were laboring too hard riding downhill. In later years, a merchant parked his truck on the hill and was terrified to see his truck going backwards up the hill on its own. He blamed it on "Spooks" and that's how the hill got its name. Today many people come from all over. They park their cars on the white marked line, put their car in neutral, and see them roll up the hill backwards. The hill is actually an optical illusion, called a gravity hill. The area makes them appear to roll uphill when they are actually rolling downhill. Spook Hill is located on the east side of N. Wales Dr./5th St, about 1/4 mile south of Burns Ave./Hwy. 17, Lake Wales.






5 CREEPIEST FLORIDA URBAN LEGENDS - SPOOK HILL






4. DEVILS CHAIR - There sits a red brick bench in a cemetery that is on the borders of the towns Cassadaga and Lake Helen. They call it the Devil's Chair. The devils is said to speak to anyone who sits in the chair. Also if you sit in the chair around midnight, you supposedly cannot move from it for a whole minute, like it has a hold of you. Some people say if you leave an unopened can of beer on the bench overnight, when you return the can is empty with the can never have been opened. The town of Cassadaga is a strange little Florida town. It was founded in the 19th century by a medium from Iowa named George Colby. He is buried in the same cemetery. The town has become a haven for spiritualists and those who say they can speak with the dead. The Devil's Chair is located at the Lake Helen Cassadaga cemetery in the Thatcher plot, at Kicklighter Rd. and Root St., Lake Helen.





5 CREEPIEST FLORIDA URBAN LEGENDS - DEVILS CHAIR