Sketch, Baking, Witch and Naming Her....

I have been really appreciating all the name suggestions for my witches. Y'all have come thru for me! Thanks. One in particular, which actually got me to reading the short story, was of a character named Ligeia, with the same title name. Thanks for "Nance" for the suggestion. I will probably use several from my blogging buddies. Ann, who suggested Raven and Ebony...great minds think alike. I have used those in the past years.
    Nance10/11/2021
    Poe had a short story titled "Ligeia" (pronounced Lie-JEE-a) about a raven-haired lover who sickened and died. The man married later, and his wife took ill and died, but she suddenly began to exhibit signs of life. As he unwrapped her burial shroud, he was shocked to see that she had turned into Ligeia, alive again. Ligeia would be a great name for a dark-haired witch.
This is one of my dark haired witches...now, named Ligeia:


As much as I enjoy reading Poe, I too like to re-read Irving's Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Even long ago, I had on my bucket list to travel to Terry Town in New York and venture up a ways north to what used to be called North Terry Town, now changed to Sleepy Hollow. Anyway, I was thinking of getting out the Disney DVD [narrated by Bing Crosby] Sleepy Hollow and watch it soon. Instead I got my pencil and eraser out and sketched a simplified version of Icabod Crane...


If you have been online for as long as I have, you no doubt have seen, heard about, or even made these cookies. Lore has it that some woman actually paid $250 for a cookie recipe from Neiman-Marcus and then shared it by property right to those who visited her website. Of course I did. Long ago. And made them many times. Long ago...yep, long ago I lived off chocolate and caffeine. Not any more!! In fact I don't do caffeine at all. But, I thought of those cookies this past weekend, and came up with a brilliant idea to make them but with NO CAFFEINE white chocolate. They are just as addictive as the ones with the Hershey's chocolate. Well, almost. 
I copied and had the recipe from years back, but I'm sure if you search online for Neiman Marcus Oatmeal Chocolate cookie recipe you'd find it.

Comments

  1. Oh yes, I remember making the Nieman Marcus cookies years ago. They are super delicious! I haven't made them in years but I just might have to now. *lol* Your drawing of Icabod is absolutely perfect, Anni. You are such a great artist!! I think the name Ligeia is a wonderful "fit" for your beautiful dark-haired witch. She looks like a "Ligeia". ~Andrea xoxoxo

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  2. Your sketch is perfect, and right on point. i could never in a million years do this, and I think you have to be born with this kind of talent. I really like the names Raven and Ebony. I believe I have read Poe's complete works, but don't remember this story. Oh well, it was a very long time ago that I read him.

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    1. Poe is so fitting for anything Halloween. IMO

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  3. Love the name for the witch and your sketch is amazing.
    I remember seeing the Nieman Marcus recipe. I don't think I ever made them though.

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    1. I'm pretty sure you'd prefer NOT baking at home.

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  4. Ligeia is a gorgeous witch and I love your sketch. I've never made these cookies but they do look very yummy!

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  5. Ligeia is the perfect name for this witch. it fits her! she is a work of art as is your icabod crane. i am trying not to be jealous of your talent... i have not heard of these cookies because i am not a baker, but in my past before i gave up sugar, i would have loved them. Jan 26 2022 will be 5 years of no sugar. and now i have cut my 4 cup caffeine habit to 2 cups per day. the problem with the cookies would be if i ate one i would finish a dozen by nightfall

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  6. Anni, I love the name that Nance suggested AND the history the short story by Poe! And it's ironic you mentioned Poe because he lived in Philadelphia during the 1800's and lived in a house in Old City where he wrote, "The Raven." And anytime I walk by that narrow, little house, I think of him because it's one of my favorite writings from Poe, not to mention my favorite bird - a Raven.

    I also love the look of Ligeia. She's beautiful!

    So VERY talented you are! Your sketch of Icabod Crane is FAN-TASTIC!

    And those cookies look soooooooooooo yummy!

    Have an awesome day, Anni!

    P.S. I googled that recipe and found it. It was labeled: "NEIMAN-MARCUS $250 CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES RECIPE"

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    1. Is his house now a museum or privately owned?

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  7. Hello Anni,

    Love the witch and the name. Your sketch is awesome. The cookies look delicious, I wish i could try one now. Take care, have a happy day!

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    1. There are some left...come on down!!

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  8. I think that is the perfect witch for the name! I'm always glad to have anyone read some of Poe's more obscure works. He's a pet author of mine. I enjoyed teaching him so much.

    My sister makes the NM cookies and they are addictive. Whenever she bakes them, she puts aside an extra dozen for me. I make them last as long as possible.

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    1. My sister likes baking cookies too. Me not so much any more Too much to clean up.

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  9. Is there nothing you can't do? I am so impressed with all your accomplishments, and especially love reading your posts during October, filled with all kinds of witches and whatnot! :-)

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  10. IcHabod Crane sketch is perfect! I love it and envy your talent to sketch so well! My neighbor brought me some of those cookies last week, they are all gone! Ligeia is too beautiful to be a witch!

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  11. I absolutely love the Sleepy Hollow by Disney, and I read and reread all of Washington Irving's works. He is so droll. What a great sketch of Icabod! "Who's that walkin' down the street? Are they shovels, or are they feet?" LOL.

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    1. Oh me too I also like the "twisted" version with Johnny Depp

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  12. I read sleepy hollow each year to my family at our annual pumpkin carving party. Fantastic sketch!

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  13. Think you nailed Icabod. Me too on trying to limit caffeine so I may try that recipe with white chocolate. Thanks.

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  14. those cookies look so good. I had to go find the recipe before even commenting here.

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  15. I always like witchy -poo.
    and I remember them cookies.

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  16. Those cookies look mouth watering. When I was young I name all of my stuff animals and such. I believe I will name my witches after pass members of females relatives. And Scarecrow after my past male relatives.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  17. Nice sketch of a remarkably cheery looking icabod Crane.
    I'm trying not to bake any cookies etc. in an effort to undo the effects of too much Thanksgiving food.

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    1. Understand about the over-eating for holidays!

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  18. I'm impressed with your sketches. This one of Icabod is fantastic!!
    Sometimes I put white chocolate chips in cookies too but my family prefers the chocolate.
    I love BOTH.

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    1. It's delicious, but I can say I'd like Hershey's better. Lol

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  19. WHITE CHOCOLATE HAS NO CAFFEINE??????????

    Reallllllllyyyyyyyyyyy????????

    👻🎃🎃🎃👻

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  20. Gorgeous witch!!!!!!!!!

    Yikes, I have not read Poe. A wimp! Yup! A wimp!!!

    But I would love to visit Sleep Hollow at Halloween!!!!! It's a ways 'down the river,' from me. -smile-

    re-reading a book I love... "The Hollow"....by Jessica Verday... It's a trilogy. It's one of the YA's I love. I have a copy, signed by the author.

    👻🎃🎃🎃👻

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    1. Wouldn't that be fun for Halloween?

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  21. Great Icabod! And I do remember Neiman Marcus cookies...
    I'm supposed to be off caffeine also... and am for the most part. I can get away with about a half cup of coffee twice a week... and 1/3 cup of black tea every afternoon. So far, no ill effects - so I'm hoping the small amts are OK.

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    1. Stopping cold turkey did the trick for me.

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  22. I always enjoy your sketches, and this one is perfect!
    I've heard of those cookies, but never tried them.

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  23. You are such an artist! I should lookmup.the recipe...oatmeal.cookies are one of Roger's favorites.

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  24. Fun to read about the names and Ligeia is a good choice for your beautiful witch. Enjoy your artistic creativity, a talent you share with us out here which we all appreciate :) now i am hankering for those cookies so thanks for sharing that too. happy thursday to you anni.

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  25. I'm like everyone else..I have sketching envy..You capture so much in simple lines.
    Love the name for your mysterious witch. So much is going on behind that facade of a face.
    Sue

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    1. No one noticed (not even me 'til now)...poor Icky has only one eyebrow!!

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    2. Need to remedy that right away. 😄

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  26. I love your latest witch...and name. I also want a cookie PLEASE
    Hugs Cecilia

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  27. I just noticed Ichabod has one eyebrow! It's been added before I put him away geeze. Senility?

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  28. Love the name and it's perfect for that witch! Your sketch is awesome! I will definitely be searching for that Neiman Marcus cookie recipe!

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    1. Your grandsons will love those cookies!!

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  29. I DO remember that recipe!! How cool is that - you can still enjoy them with your modification! I wish you could meet my friend, Shannon. She is a fire chief by day and is married to a bog shot guy in the haunt industry. She is a part of 'dark hoour haunted house' and makes the most beautiful with! My neice Leah works the haunt, too and is gorgeous. they make halloween extra classy! and they would love your fabulous witch collection!

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    1. Oh I never liked haunted houses. My heart works overtime in those places.

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