Goodnight my babies, the long hot day has come to an end.
Mama awaits the still, soft sound of your sleeping breath,
to snuggle close beside you.
to our Gods and Goddesses of old, we bless the ground that you tread in search of our freedom! we bless your presence in our lives and in our hearts! take of this offering to your delight, and be filled with our prayers of thanksgiving! may our lives remain as full as our hearts on this day!
My pumpkin butter came out absolutely delicious, and one of the things I’d promised my children as they all marched up the stairs on their way to bed after Samhain, was that I would make corn fritter cakes to accompany the three jars of pumpkin butter in the morning.
So, that’s what we all munched on, with a drizzle of honey on top! Nothing quite like this time of the year…cozy mornings, days and nights!
To create beautiful feelings in the life of my children is so important to me. I liken it to making a loaf of bread with no sweetener or salt, yes it’s edible, but most likely not very palatable. It’s not always easy, but I work hard to add the delicious spices to their life. They will savor it in the end!
Enjoy your Autumn time.
Mankind strikes an unholy bargain at birth. The contract reads: “Give me life and I will agree to death.” We awaken in life to find ourselves trapped on a boat floating down an uncharted river with a horrible waterfall at its end. We possess no map to tell us where we shall face the falls, but we know the falls are there.
So the grand ol day began with an Ancestor coming to me in a dream to let me know it was time to rise and shine, and get the foods started. Not only did she let me know it was time to arise, but also the breakfast request!
I sat up on the bed and listened to the howling winds coming through our bedroom window. Somehow the temperature had warmed a bit the day prior. I could hear my husband announcing that the Ancestors had arrived. I was a bit foggy brained, as I’d went to bed a bit late the night prior, but pulled myself out of the bed and head to the showers.
All that to say the day started out with one tired mama! I’ve pledged to myself to have a much easier time next year, as I will definitely have at least half of the food prepared a day before, AND will go to bed much earlier, which happens to be a normal challenge of mines.
Anyway, with all the helping hands, the day got off to a great start! The girls and I hit the kitchen and started off by whipping together sweet potato pie…I must add, with sweet potatoes used from grandpa’s garden! It was actually his third and final harvest which was also very synonymous with Samhain!
Pumpkin seeds, saved from our previously carved pumpkins the night before, were cleaned and prepared for salting and oven roasting. Ms. Nalla helped out by skinning the pumpkins that I’d fortunately been able to steam the night before.
Here’s the whipped and spiced, sweetly seasoned pumpkin, almost ready to be magically turned into pumpkin butter!
The ingredients used were 3 medium to small-sized pumpkins, 1 freshly squeezed lime, cinnamon and nutmeg to taste, maple syrup to taste, vanilla extract, a pinch of sea salt, 1/4 to 1/2 apple cider. Whip all ingredients together except lime and sea salt, and then add to pot. Stove can be placed on medium to high heat. Keep lid cracked by using a wooden spoon so as to reduce any splattering. It’s not nice to get splattered by boiling food! You can boil for about 10 minutes or so…the longer it boils the thicker it’ll be. Lastly, after allowing it to cool a bit, you can add the lime and sea salt. Lime and sea salt help as a preservative. It tasted a big yummy!
I was so exhausted at this point, and Kiro needed to nurse, so I took the opportunity to sit and close my eyes for a moment. I wished I could stop time to go hop in the shower for a breather!
Face make-up time! Niomi was my helper because I was suppose to be the one doing the face make-up. She helped out with the little ones, and everyone else did their own thing. Next year I think we’ll have it down a little better…lol. Lemuel insisted that I share he was portraying ‘the joker’, although I think it’s kind of obvious…lol.
If I look a little serious, it was really the fatigue taking shape on my face.
My love and I! I guess it’s the picture because I know he’s not THAT much taller than I!
This was our lovely food menu, and everyone raced to the kitchen when it was time to get the grub on! A prayer was said, asking our Ancestors to partake of the foods with us. Beautiful times!
The menu: collard greens, rice and peas, red curried baked chicken, seasoned turnips, fried chicken (not our usual, but a must for the occasion), curried stir fry cabbage.
Deserts all complete, and sitting out to cool! I don’t think ten minutes could pass without hearing Samahrah request her piece of sweet potato pie.
After dinner clean up, we all head to the living room for Ancestral dance and some family fun! Kiro couldn’t make it any longer and fell asleep on dad.
A prayer was said, and afterwards the girls danced the Egungun with some independent drumming from the boys. Nasir did his thing with a big bowl and wooden spoon.
So happy to have partook in this time, and definitely look forward to it next year! Funny how our Ancestors always have a way of letting us know their desires, as long as there is that regular connection with them. It is our pleasure to reverence them, and keep them close to our hearts.
“We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies.” ~abbott
Samhain blessings to all who celebrate at this time.