We had a very happy Samhain this year! We had the best, clear and cool weather to celebrate! We’re usually worried about cancelling our bonfire thanks to rain but not this year!
A bit last minute but we decided to have a small party since I realised that others are actually interested in celebrating this time of year the way we do- without the commercial candy, junk and commercialism. Next year, we may plan a larger party ahead of time to include more people.
We had a potluck supper where I made crockpot Chicken Enchiladas with a free range, organic chicken (new to our grocery store!), Refried Beans, Marshmallows for the bonfire and my favourite for this time of year, Honeyed Seed Cake.
Before supper we had a lengthy treasure hunt where Lily read the clues that took the kids around to different patches in the garden, up the tree fort and all around inside our house. The kids cooperated as they collected treasure like glow sticks and funny white marble type items. The kids didn’t realise until the last clue that those white marbles were actually mentos and that they had collected the makings for putting together their own geyser with mentos, diet pop and a device that drops them inside the pop bottle all at once. It was a lot of fun but the kids weren’t sure what to expect so I pulled the pin to make the geyser. We can’t wait to do that again!
Erin was kind enough to share her video of this moment.
Both Lily and Leif had designed and created their own costumes this year. Lily was a creepy and beautiful witch with a long train on her hand sewn dress. Leif was a ghost with a bed sheet (Cam’s white tshirt later on) and a scary, white ghost mask.
The pumpkins were also designed and created by the kids with only a little help from Cam.
Lily is almost an expert in seasoning and toasting pumpkin seeds thanks to all the organic sugar pumpkins we’ve been buying to make Pumpkin Pie with Maple Whipped Cream this season. Yum! Lily uses garlic, Worcestershire sauce, garlic chilli paste, a little salt and a little oil.
Along with celebrating the end of the harvesting season, we also took this week to reflect on the way our passed away loved ones have touched out lives. We usually commemorate Cam’s father and step father at this time but we sadly added my Nana to this list since she passed away earlier this year. I had a lot of wonderful stories to share about her with my kids. We laughed and cried and talked about how these loved people helped make us who we are.
(ps. Happy Voting USA Hopefully the sensible choice, Obama wins the day.)