Tuesday, October 30, 2018

October 30th, 2018...

Greetings guys and ghouls,

Fourteen years ago today I married my wife.  We both would have preferred to pick a different day for our wedding anniversary since there's always so much to do to get ready for Halloween (if you're like me) and our anniversary doesn't get the attention it deserves.

This year is not unique for many reasons.  Lots going on in, but all is good.  We will find a way to get away to celebrate our 14 years of married life together.

I love you honey, Happy Anniversary.

So since we're talking October brides...have a listen to "October's Bride" off  Rain Station's DARK RIDE CD.

If you've not taken the time to check out the DARK RIDE videos, please do. Visit JackoLantern.org or click the links below....
and the BONUS track "IT'S HALLOWEEN"

Happy Anniversary to my lovely wife and Happy 30th of October. TOMORROW is THE day! HALLOWEEN PEOPLE!!!!

Mark Harvey

Monday, October 29, 2018

October 29th, 2018...

Many people have Halloween parties. The majority of these parties will have spirits - high spirits, spirits of the dearly departed, and of course distilled spirits. So...I can't help you with the spirits of the dearly departed, but I found some solutions for the distilled variety and can tell you how to raise your spirits with said distilled spirits in the form of the noble pumpkin martini and some other recipes I've unearthed.

Pumpkin martini's might be a bit of an acquired taste (I wouldn't know - I'm not much of a fan). People either love them or hate them but they're more than worth making at your Halloween gathering as an expression of the season. This year I think I might try my hand at 'em since, what the heck...sounds like a good idea. Here are three pumpkin martini recipes that I found on the net.

Pumpkin Martini
1/2 oz. Drambuie Sylk Cream Liqueur
2 oz. Absolut Vanilla vodka
1/2 oz. pumpkin liqueur
1 tsp. whipped cream
Cinnamon stick for garnish

Pour the Drambuie Sylk Liqueur and vodka into a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Add the pumpkin liqueur and shake. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Top with teaspoon of whipped cream. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

Pumpkin Pie Martini
4 oz. of Smirnoff vodka
1 oz. Stolichnaya Vanilla vodka
Cocktail Candy Vanilla Shake cocktail sugar
Pumpkin spice

Pour all of the liquid ingredients into a shaker 1/4 full of cracked ice and shake. Allow shaker to rest while rimming two iced martini glasses with Vanilla Cocktail Candy Rim Sugar. Strain martini into glasses. Garnish with a shake of pumpkin pie spice.

Everything Nice
2 oz. Modern Spirits Pumpkin Pie Vodka
1 oz. Heavy Cream
2 tsp. Maple Syrup
Splash of Orange Liqueur
Graham cracker crumbs
Combine all ingredients in shaker and shake hard. Strain into a graham cracker-rimmed glass.
For other Fall drinks visit the Modern Spirits website.

Check out The Webtender (http://www.webtender.com/specials/halloween/) and their Halloween list of drinks.

And here's a few more for your party...

1 package orange Kool-aid
1 package grape Kool-aid
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 quarts water
Add 1 fifth vodka
A nice chunk of dry ice

Mix these ingredients well in large punch bowl or any large container


1 oz. bourbon
1/2 oz. lime juice
1 tsp. Tequila
Tomato juice

In a Collins glass pour bourbon and lime juice over ice
Fill remaining glass with tomato juice
Top with Tequila

1 oz. vodka
1 oz. gin
1 oz. tequila
1 tsp. Bailey's Irish Cream
2 drops grenadine
1 Cherry

In an Old Fashioned or rock glass, shake vodka, gin, & tequila with ice, strain, add cherry, spoon Bailey's then top with grenadine

Irish Ghost
1 oz. Coffee Liqueur
2 oz. Cream
1 oz. Irish Cream
1 oz. Irish Mist

Mix together with crushed ice in a glass and garnish with mint leaves

Black Cat
1 part Apricot Brandy
1 part Coffee Liqueur
1 part Sambuca

Serve in lowball glass
Black Witch
0.25 oz. Apricot Brandy
0.5 oz. Pineapple Juice
1.5 oz. Amber Rum
0.25 oz. Dark Rum

Fill a mixing glass with ice and add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled glass
1 part Coffee Liqueur
1 part Irish Cream
1 part Vodka
Serve in lowball glass

The Green Ghost
1 oz. Blue Curacao
1 shot Gin
3 oz. Orange juice
1 oz. Peach Schnapps
2 shots Vodka

The Gin MUST be a citrus gin to taste as it was intended. Pour orange juice over ice, then mix in the appropriate amounts of alcohol

And for those of you who favor beer - have no fear...this is Pumpkin Ale season! So many on the market these days (and I've tried most if not all of them). Still I go back to the local favorite from Buffalo Bill's Brewery in Hayward, CA (click here for their site). Good food, good beer...highly recommended.

Happy Drinking!

Mark Harvey

Sunday, October 28, 2018

October 28th, 2018...

Greetings friends and fiends,

Last night we had a little shindig at the house.  It was a lot of fun. I didn't take too many photos of things, but will do so in the coming day or two (before I have to take it all down).

Some years I get a really late start of decorating and this year was probably one of the latest starts.  Problem is (as some or many even many of you know) I live in the WORST Halloween house ever. You can't see my house from the street and I don't get trick or treaters. I decorate for my kids and for Halloween parties (if we have 'em). This year was filled with all sorts of wonderful people, food, drinks and fun. Exactly what I needed!

Did you go to a Halloween party? Do tell!

Happy Haunting,

Mark Harvey

Saturday, October 27, 2018

October 27th, 2018...

Hope you enjoyed the video...

 Mark Harvey

Friday, October 26, 2018

October 26th, 2018...

This from newsday.com...

What's scarier than a toddler with a sugar high? How about the amount of waste that is produced during the holiday season?

According to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch, more consumers plan to celebrate the holiday this year than last (64.5% vs. 58.7%). But celebrating Halloween doesn't have to break the bank or trash the planet.

So we present the Green Living Newsletter's Top 10 Ways to Green Your Halloween:

1. Swap costumes. Host a get-together with other parents and trade costumes and accessories your kids have outgrown.

2. Replace traditional paper party invitations with online invites.

3. Make your own costumes by reusing items found around the home, at local thrift stores, or at yard sales.

4. Walk the streets of your neighborhood, don't drive! The exercise is heart-healthy and eco-friendly.

5. Avoid plastic trick-or-treat bags. Instead, decorate an old pillowcase, tote bag, or canvas shopping bag.

6. Treat the kids to organic and fair-trade goodies.

7. Shop for locally grown holiday treats and decorate with apples, pumpkins and gourds.

8. Find alternatives to candy treats. Try soy crayons or packets of seeds that can be planted in the spring.

9. Fill your flashlight with rechargeable batteries instead of conventional ones.

10. Host a pumpkin pie bakeoff -- a great way to use the post-halloween pumpkins.

Happy Haunting!

Mark Harvey

Thursday, October 25, 2018

October 25th, 2018

Hey there,

So...WOW...Jay has a new Rain Station Halloween video done! That's huge for this Halloween fan!
Have a watch (listen) and let me know how much you love what Jay does (I always love what Jay does...he's Jay...he's one of my
best friends!).

Happy Halloween, ya'll...

Mark Harvey

It's Halloween from JackOLantern.ORG

Happy Haunting,

Mark Harvey

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

October 24th, 2018

Do you dance with the Devil? Do you hoochie coo?

If the answer is YES...have a listen...

I'm a Haunted Man...

Mark Harvey

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

Thank you for visiting - Mark Harvey