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  HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!

     

LET THE CHILDREN BE

'Twas Halloween night and all through the sky,
The clouds hid the moon as the bats glided by.
I was dressed all in white in my mama's old sheet,
Walking with friends down the ghost-haunted street.

All the kids were dressed in bright costumed array,
While flashlights and street lights guided our way.
We giggled and laughed as we hurried to each door,
Ringing or knocking, then laughing some more.

There were pumpkins aglow and skeletons dangling,
Scarecrows and shadows and silver chains clanging.
Grownups in masked faces opened doors in greeting,
As we stood with our bags and waited for treating.

Some people say we should not have this night,
That too many kids are harmed by the fright.
But it's one time a year we can pretend to be,
Someone else for a while, not you and not me.

Let them celebrate now, as the bats glide on by,
For childhood is brief, like the blink of an eye.
Listen to their laughter and let the children be
Someone else for a while, not you and not me.

Happy  Halloween!

         

WATCH OUT FOR GOBLINS!!

 

 

   

The History of Halloween

 Many people believe there is no point to Halloween. There is no history. It is just a made-up holiday dedicated to scary things. Granted it is a far-out holiday, but many people do not know is that Halloween has as rich a history  & past as most other holidays.

 Just as Christmas, Easter & Valentines Day have duel origins, so does Halloween, consisting of both Pagan & Christian beginnings. Halloween, anciently & presently, is celebrated as the first day of Hallowmas Triduum or Allhallowtide Triduum. In the Roman Catholic Church, Triduum's include three observances or celebrations. The Hallowmas is 3 days, Halloween (Oct 31st), All Saints Day (Nov 1st) & All Souls Day (Nov 2nd). Actually Halloween is the initiation, All Saints Day is celebrated to honor the Saints and All Souls Day  is to pray for the souls of the dead, in western churches.

 But , many of the traditions of Halloween come from Pagan rituals in Ireland. Such as, during the fall, Britons would have large bonfires to commemorate their Sun God who gave them the light to grow their crops. They also celebrated the 'Lord of Death' who gathered the souls of the people who died at the end of the year and brought them back in the bodies of animals. In some Protestant countries, where Roman Catholics still lived and celebrated Allhallowtide, the protestants would scare the Catholics on Halloween. Historians believe this started the tradition of scaring  people on Halloween.

Halloween is mostly known for 'trick or treating'. During the three days of Hallowmas, beggars would go door to door and ask for a 'cake or piece of fruit'. In return the beggars would pray for the deceased members of that family or household. They would say things like "Soul, soul an apple or two, if you haven't an apple a pear will do. One for Peter, two for Paul and three for the man who made us all.

 Halloween remains an important holiday, whether religious or secular. But it is a holiday with a past that must be learned to understand what it is today.

Happy Halloween!

 

     

Gramma's  Easy Lasagna

IT'S GREAT COMFORT FOOD!
Everyone Will LOVE IT!

This was a favorite of MY children. It's great on the
 second day too, if it lasts that long!  Easy & Nutritious
!

Easy Lasagna

You will need a DEEP lasagna pan for this recipe.

Ingredients:

2 lbs Italian sausage
Garlic powder, Italian Seasoning & Basil to taste
1 large jar (45 ounces) Prego Pasta Sauce
2 containers (16 ounce each) of ricotta cheese
2 eggs
4 cups shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
12 regular lasagna noodles, cooked

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Brown the sausage, drain. Add the Prego sauce and  add garlic powder & basil, seasoning to your taste. Heat about 15 minutes.

2. In a bowl combine ricotta cheese, eggs, 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. In a 13x9-inch baking dish, spread 1 cup Prego pasta sauce, layer 4 cooked noodles, then 1 cup of the sauce and 1/2 of the ricotta cheese mixture, repeat. Top with remaining 4 noodles and sauce. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for one hour.

3. Remove foil and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.

Serve with some Crusty French Bread & Butter.  Mmmm Great!

Enjoy!!!

 

TRICK or TREAT! HAVE A SAFE & HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

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