Saturday, May 30, 2009

Seed Planting Spell

SHASTA DAISY SEED PACKET Pictures, Images and Photos


Seed Planting Spell

Gather up your tools for gardening, seeds, soils and containers all within your altarand call the directions. Breathe a deep breaths and say:

Goddess Ceres Mother of Harvest

Goddess of the plants, of the time of growing

Ceres, I ask your blessings upon these items

May my garden spring forth, strong and beautiful

May my flowers scent the air and warm the senses

May my vegetables grow large and tasty

And may my plot be free of weeds

For this I ask your blessing Ceres!

Now close the directions and start planting your blessed seeds.

Magical Bath Ritual

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Magical Bath Ritual

A magical bath is perfect for the stress of today. To take one, you will need a candle, incense and an incense burner or tray, and some salt (preferably sea salt).
Give your tub a quick rinse, and start filling it with warm water. When the tub is as full as you like it, touch the surface of the water and say:

Blessed be the water.

Then put a little salt in your hand, touch the salt with your other hand, saying:

Blessed be the earth.

Toss the salt in the bath water, stir it three times clockwise. Light the candle, hold it over the bath and say:

Blessed be the fire.

Lastly, light the incense, and say:

Blessed be the air.

Put the candle and incense in some safe place in the bathroom, get in the tub, and enjoy.

Deciding Whether To Marry/Marriage Lore

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Thoughtful Conclusions About Commitment
Deciding Whether To Marry

Though we may make many commitments throughout our time on earth, few
have a lifelong impact on the path our lives will take. The decision
to marry someone you love—to bond yourself to them completely—is
unlike any other and can reshape your existence. When two people have
similar goals, values, and needs, marriage can result in a lifetime
partnership of love and respect, shared laughter and tears,
friendship, and intimacy that is ultimately fulfilling. Love is often
cited as the sole prerequisite of a strong and stable married life.
However, the decision to get married should be made with the mind and
the soul as well as with the heart. Carefully considering whether you
truly want to get married, both individually and as a couple, can
ensure that if you do choose to marry, your relationship can grow to
unimaginable depths.

The decision-making process you employ to determine whether you should
marry should be a thoughtful and honest one in which you appraise not
only your partner but also yourself. Consider that love and attraction
do not guarantee long-term compatibility. If your relationship is not
secure, marriage will not make it so. Likewise, if your partner is not
as attentive, loving, or kind as you would like, your becoming spouses
will not change that. Marriage has no power to permanently fill any
emotional or spiritual gaps in your life. Before you choose to marry,
ask yourself whether you and your partner are adept at resolving
conflict, can speak openly to one another, and fully respect one
another. Your attitudes regarding the nature of marital commitment,
children and child rearing, and marital roles may be the same or they
may differ. It is your shared responsibility to discuss your
similarities and come to agreements regarding your differences that
will predict how successful yo! ur future marriage will be. Often
times, younger couples rush into marriage just for the wedding dress,
the ring, the party, and honeymoon. Would you still be willing to be
married if you couldn’t have these things?

Remember that planning a wedding is simple when compared to the
intricacies of nurturing a marriage. The honeymoon and nesting period
will eventually wear off, and what you are left with is a partner for
life. When you work together with your partner, reassure and support
one another, and are honest about your feelings regarding marriage,
you’ll come to the right decision.



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Marriage Correspondences and Lore

Marriage, or hand-fasting, is said to be luckiest when held in June. There are also just as many different traditions around to keep the wedding lucky. Where a whole book could be written on marriage traditions, I have chosen just a few, from the well known, to hopefully a couple of obscure ones.

"Something old, something new; Something borrowed, something blue."

Of course, the tradition of throwing rice, breadcrumbs, and other edibles, at the newly wed couple have many different sources. Some sources say that the edibles were thrown to attract good luck. However, the reason most told to me, is that the edibles were thrown to distract evil spirits, thus preventing them from ruining the newly weds fun. Other methods for keeping evil and mischievous spirits away are the tying of cans, bells, and other loud noise makers to the car, cart, horse drawn carriage, etc.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Classic Strawberry Shortcakes





Classic Strawberry Shortcakes

1 quart (4 cups) strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/3 cups Original Bisquick® mix
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup whipping cream


1. Heat oven to 425°F. In large bowl, mix strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar; set aside.
2. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, milk, 3 tablespoons sugar and the butter until soft dough forms. On ungreased cookie sheet, drop dough by 6 spoonfuls.
3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, in small bowl, beat whipping cream with electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form.
4. Split warm shortcakes; fill and top with strawberries and whipped cream.

BettyCrocker.com

(These would be good for the holiday coming up)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Oven Fried Chicken/Oven Fried Zucchini Chips

Oven Fried Chicken

1 tbsp. margarine
2/3 c. Bisquick baking mix
1-1/2 tsp. paprika
1-1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2-1/2 to 3-1/2 lb. fryer, cut up

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Melt margarine in 13 x 9 inch pan in oven. Mix
baking mix, paprika, salt and pepper; coat chicken. Place skin sides
down in pan (uncovered). Bake 35 minutes. Turn, bake about 15 minutes or
until done. 6 servings.


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Oven Fried Zucchini Chips

3 med. zucchini
1/4 c. frozen egg substitute, thawed
2 tbsp. commercial reduced-calorie Italian dressing
1/2 c. fine, dry bread crumbs
2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp. freshly ground pepper
Vegetable cooking spray

Cut zucchini into 1/4 inch thick slices; set aside. Combine egg
substitute and Italian dressing in a small bowl; stir well. Combine
bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and pepper in a small bowl; stir well. Dip
zucchini in egg mixture; dredge in bread crumb mixture. Place zucchini
on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 475 degrees for 5
minutes; turn and bake an additional 5 minutes or
until golden. Serve immediately.

Yield: 8 servings - 1/2 cup serving

ROMANTIC PLAY

kiss kiss Pictures, Images and Photos

ROMANTIC PLAY

Love ballads float through the air. The time favors soothing feelings while building reservoirs of romance for one another. A Harlequin-like honeymoon refreshes your love. Creativity reaches new heights. Be on the lookout for an inspiration that becomes your next line of work or sideline. Funny how you get wonderful ideas when you're doing something you love. Share everything freely and fully. Watch life multiply.

Sensual Bedroom Spray

Sensual Bedroom Spray

10 drops Jasmine
5 drops Patchouli
5 drops Sandalwood
5 drops Ylang Ylang

Add to 16 oz. distilled water in spritzer bottle. Shake well before each use.

(mmm nice and def sexy)

Window Box

Window Box





HAVE YOU EVER wanted a window box blooming with color in front of your kitchen window? Boxes can be bought ready-made or you can build your own. Just make sure it's securely fastened to your house. Good drainage is essential: Drill some drainage holes and put a one-inch layer of rocks in the bottom of the box. Add enough compost and good potting soil around the plants so they sit firmly. Window boxes look their best if they're crowded with plants. Start early in the spring with tulips or other blooming bulbs. Later, replace with summer flowers. Some great choices are geraniums, lavender, sweet alyssum, and ivy. Or you might want to plant herbs like sage, chives, thyme, and mint. Just open the kitchen window when you need some fresh herbs! Make sure to water and fertilize often. Don't be afraid to replace plants that have finished blooming with others. Mums are great in the fall, and if you leave the box out in winter, fill it with evergreens and pine cones.


Illustration by Margo Letourneau
http://www.almanac.com/garden/crafts/windowboxes.php?

Your Guitar (Poem)

guitar girl Pictures, Images and Photos


Your Guitar
by nakipie223


Let me be the guitar
on which you like to strum;
Let me play the melody
which from your heart comes.

Let me sing the chords
that make the song come through;
That bring forth your truest love
buried deep inside of you.

Play the notes that sound your thoughts,
make me live through every string;
Giving voice of your true love,
that to me you bring.

May my voice fill all your needs,
for the hours when you play
As we become both sound and soul,
together blending all our days.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Salads By Wishbone.Com

Creamy Red Potato Salad

Serves: 10
Preparation Time: 15 Minute(s)
Cook Time: 10 Minute(s)

Ingredients

3 lbs. red bliss or new potatoes, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
1/2 cup Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing
3/4 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper


Cover potatoes with water in 4-quart saucepot; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender; drain and cool slightly.
Thoroughly combine all ingredients except potatoes in large salad bowl. Add potatoes and toss gently. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
NOTE: Recipe can be halved.


Also terrific with Wish-Bone® Robusto Italian Dressing. Photo Copyright© 2009 Publications International, Ltd. Used with permission.

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Hearty Ranch Salad

Makes: 8 side-dish servings
Preparation Time: 15 Minute(s)

Ingredients

8 cups Boston and/or Romaine lettuce, torn into pieces
8 ounces shrimp, cleaned and cooked
1 small red onion, sliced
1 medium tomato, cut into wedges
1 carrot, sliced diagonally
4 ounces snow peas (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup sliced cucumber
1/2 cup Wish-Bone® Light Ranch Dressing


In large salad bowl, combine all ingredients except Wish-Bone® Light Ranch Dressing. Add dressing and toss gently.

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Quick Italian Potato Salad

Serves: 8
Preparation Time: 15 Minute(s)
Cook Time: 10 Minute(s)

Ingredients

3 lbs. red or all-purpose potatoes, peeled, if desired, and cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 cup Wish-Bone ® Italian or Robusto Italian Dressing
1/2 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise


1. In 5-quart saucepot, cover potatoes with water; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Drain and cool slightly. 2. In large bowl, combine Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing and Mayonnaise. Add potatoes and toss gently. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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House Italian Pasta Salad

Serves: 8
Preparation Time: 10 Minute(s)
Cook Time: 20 Minute(s)

Ingredients

1 box (16 oz.) bow tie pasta
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (about 8 oz.)
1 large tomato, chopped
1 cup Wish-Bone® House Italian Dressing
1/4 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise


1. Cook bow ties according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water until completely cool. 2. In large bowl, combine bow ties, cheese and tomato. In small bowl, blend Wish-Bone® House Italian Dressing and Mayonnaise; toss with bow tie mixture. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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Italian Pasta Salad With Tuna

Serves: 8
Preparation Time: 10 Minute(s)
Cook Time: 20 Minute(s)

Ingredients

8 ounces uncooked rotelle or spiral pasta
1 can (6 ounces) tuna, drained and flaked*
2-1/2 cups assorted cut-up fresh vegetables (broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, onions and/or mushrooms)
1/2 cup cubed cheddar or mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup sliced pitted ripe olives (optional)
1 cup Wish-Bone® Light Ranch Dressing


Cook rotelle according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water until completely cool.
In large bowl, combine all ingredients except Wish-Bone® Light Ranch Dressing. Add Dressing; toss to coat. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Toss, if desired, with additional Dressing before serving.

*VARIATION: Use 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, grilled or broiled.


Source: wishbone.com

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Old Sayings & Lore

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Old Sayings & Lore
To dream of a future husband, go out into the light
of the Full Moon of May and say:
"Moon, Moon, tell unto me
When my true love I shall see.
What fine clothes am I to wear?
How many children shall I bear?
For if my love comes not to me
Dark and dismal my life will be."

Crops sown near a Full Moon will be ready for harvest
a month earlier than crops sown during a waxing Moon.

According to Cornish tin miners, if you put a piece of
tin near an ant hill during the Full Moon of May, it
will turn into silver.

Upon seeing the New Moon, bow to Her and turn over the
coins in your pocket. This will bring you luck in all
your affairs.

To see the future for good or ill, take a mirror
outside. Let the light of the Moon fall on its surface
and gaze into it. Any face appearing will be connected
to your future.

What Is Your Moon Sign

Zodiac wheel Pictures, Images and Photos


What Is Your Moon Sign
The most visible symbol of feminine energy in the solar system is the Moon. Because it reflects the light from the sun, the pale orb in the night sky has come to represent a woman's reflective nature, her internalized response to the world.

The Moon rules the Fourth House, the House of home and family and the energy of Cancer, which is the Sign of nurturing and mothering. Moon looks after the fluffing of every pillow and is no stranger to growing the vegetables for each pot of home-cooked soup.

Women wield the most powerful creative force -- the ability to give birth. Moving in cycles throughout history, women have alternately been worshiped for possessing such vital magic and then become suspect, flipping roles to become the reactive, ready-to-serve female of the patriarchal era.

If the Moon has been more identified in our contemporary cultural myths with the passive side of women, let us not forget that it also exerts tremendous power (not unlike women) as it controls the tides in the oceans and the cycles in women's bodies. It waves its magic wand over plant growth and is the comforting night light all over the planet. In some indigenous cultures, women refer to their menstrual cycles as their "Moon," and a woman's power at the time of the month when she bleeds is considered so great that all kinds of special conditions must be observed out of respect for that energy.

The Moon makes us feel slightly "lunatic" at times, yet its strong influence in the grounded areas of home and the garden show how much its cycle connects us to our place. Decorating, repairing and cleaning all reflect our sense of ourselves in the world. When we need a change, we often move things around in our home, clean out a closet or even move to a new house, city or country.

Moon goddess qualities have manifested as "maternal instinct" and "feminine know-how." Women have a mystique, a reputation for never being exactly like they appear, much like the Moon who changes size and shape in relation to the horizon nightly.

The Moon affects some women more strongly than others. Princess Diana, who shares the name of the Moon Goddess, experienced many critical life events during eclipses. Her response to the world was extremely internalized, inspiring her to work to improve living conditions for the impoverished and oppressed all across the globe. Click here to understand how she has come to represent the many roles of women.

from ivillage



MOON SIGNS
Aries Moon Feels well-being when expressing emotions in a fiery, direct (often impulsive) way. Shows love through actions, and needs to stay challenged to be happy.

Taurus Moon Thrives in situations that feel stable, while being nourished by the rhythm of the day. Has the patience to build things up slowly, and is grounded in the pleasures of the senses.

Gemini Moon Gets a warm feeling from the colorful exchange of ideas, stories, jokes and interesting tidbits. Likes to keep moving, and engage with others lightly.

Cancer Moon Finds it natural to share emotions and nurture others at an intimate level. Sensitive, changeable, imaginative, with an instinctual need to return to home base for nourishment.

Leo Moon Has a strong need for self-expression and the enthusiastic approval of others. Can be generous, a natural at friendship, playfully childlike, and supportive of the dreams of others.

Virgo Moon A creature of habits who loves to sort, edit, analyze and keep refining the routine. Has an instinct for purifying the self, and can be a healing force for others.

Libra Moon A lover of all things beautiful and harmonious, with an instinct for creating balance in relationships. Needs the mirror of the other, in order to see all the dimensions of who they are.

Scorpio Moon An intense emotionality can bring turbulence, but also take them deep into relationships. Senses the hidden reality of life, and has a sixth sense that goes beyond intuition.

Sagittarius Moon A true adventurer at heart, with the world as home, exploring and learning throughout life. Nourished by inspiring ideas, curious people, and actively pursuing new experiences.

Capricorn Moon Finds it comforting to work, as part of an innate need to achieve and experience worldly success. Can be deeply private and reluctant to share feelings, but with a reservoir of emotional depth to draw from.

Aquarius Moon Has an emotional detachment that lends a broad, abstract vision, making them able to see how things are interconnected. Can be self-contained, and solitary, but comes alive in the larger sphere of groups.

Pisces Moon Often feels a profound lack of boundaries, which makes them vulnerable to all the energies in the environment. Imaginative, and aware of the subtle ways we're all connected, they are nourished through creativity and the search for a mystical connection to spirit.

Gifts We Give Ourselves Friends

Gifts We Give Ourselves
Friends

Good friends enrich our lives in so many ways. Through a magical
combination of similarities and differences, friends offer us the
opportunity to know ourselves as we are and help us grow into who we
want to be. Our similarities attract us to each other, comforting us
with familiarity when we see ourselves in them. When we are drawn to
those we admire, the same recognition is at work, unconsciously
acknowledging that these people possess qualities that we ourselves
possess. By acting as mirrors, friends help us define who we are by
reflecting our selves back to us.

Friends also help us know ourselves through our differences.
Differences allow us to see other options and make choices about who
we want to be. Sometimes we are drawn to those who appear to be our
opposites, and we learn to accept the parts of them we love and the
parts of them that don’t resonate with us, thus allowing us a valuable
learning experience. By expanding our understanding to include others’
experiences, friends help us accept others. By understanding when
someone’s life differs from our own, we can learn about ourselves in
contrast. There are times when we see in friends what we don’t like
about ourselves. That mirror reflection may be hard to take, but a
good friend helps us find ways we can change and supports us in that
choice.

Part of the joy of friendship is the feeling that we are accepted just
the way we are, with no need to change. It is a gift they give us, and
one we can give back every day. Ultimately, we choose friends because
they make us feel good about ourselves and life. Through tears and
difficulties, friends help us find the laughter. When we find those
special people who offer us that perfect combination of comfort and
stimulus to grow, we are very fortunate. Friends, those wonderful
companions that walk with us through life, help us define and refine
who we are and who we choose to be every day.

DailyOm

Mock Chicken Fried Steak





Mock Chicken Fried Steak
1 pound ground beef
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt 1 egg
2 cups crushed saltine crackers, divided
1/2 cup oil for frying

In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, parsley, chili powder, salt, egg, and 1 cup of crushed saltine crackers. Form into 6 balls, then flatten into patties. Coat patties with remaining cracker crumbs, and place them on a plate. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry patties for about 7 minutes per side, or until the centers are well done and the outside is golden brown.




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MOCK CHICKEN FRIED STEAK
1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
Flour
1 egg
Oil

Add egg and flour to ground beef in a bowl and mix. Mixture should be slightly sticky. On dough board, sift some flour and put mixture on flour. Sprinkle enough flour to prevent meat mixture from sticking to rolling pin. Roll meat mixture out until it is desired "round steak" thickness. Cut into serving size pieces. Fry in hot oil like chicken fried steak. Prepare gravy from remaining oil and serve.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Stuffed French Toast With Strawberries/ 2 Recipes



Nice one to try for Mom's Day, hubbys make this for your special lady.
Try this for any brunch or special occasion as well.
Serve with a side of sausages and scrambled eggs.


Stuffed French Toast With Strawberries

8 slices white or wheat bread, cut 1 inch thick
8 ounces cream cheese
6 tablespoons strawberry preserves
1-1/3 cups milk
4 eggs
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons powdered sugar
4 cups sliced strawberries


Cut each bread slice in half crosswise. With a sharp knife cut a horizontal slit in each half slice to make a pocket. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese and preserves. Spread 1/16 (approximately) of the mixture inside each bread pocket.
Pinch edges of bread together to hold filling.
In a shallow bowl, whisk together milk, egg, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Dip filled bread slices in egg mixture to coat. Cook about 6 minutes or until golden brown, turning once.
Top with strawberries and sprinkle with powdered sugar.


family.go.com/food/recipe

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STRAWBERRY STUFFED FRENCH TOAST


1 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. lemon zest
4 T sugar
4 - 1" thick slices of French bread
1 cup low fat milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. baking powder
4 egg whites
2 eggs
3 tsp. butter
fresh strawberries
strawberry or maple syrup


Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix together the 1 cup of
strawberries, the lemon juice and zest and 2 T sugar. Set
aside. Cut bread slices in half and cut a slit in each
slice to form a pocket. Stuff with strawberries, secure
with toothpicks. Place slices in a 13" X 9" greased or
buttered baking dish. In a saucepan, combine milk, sugar,
vanilla, baking powder and eggs. Mix well. Pour over stuffed
bread, turning to coat. Chill for 30-60 minutes, turning
bread pieces occasionally. Grease another 13" X 9" inch
baking pan. Move bread pieces to this second pan and bake
for 3-6 minutes on each side. Serve warm with syrup and
additional strawberries.

Yield: 4 Servings
gophercentral.com recipes

Friday, May 01, 2009

Potato Print Basket




Potato print Basket

HERE'S A FUN and inexpensive way to give an old basket new life. First, dampen the basket with a wet sponge, and use a water-based acrylic paint to cover the entire outside of the basket with one color. Let the basket dry completely before printing on it. Meanwhile, cut a big potato in half. To create a flower design, use a pencil to lightly etch a petal shape onto the cut surface of a potato half. Carve out the petal by cutting straight down around the design about 1/2 inch deep, and then cutting away the excess potato from around the outside of the petal, leaving the raised petal design. Carve out a leaf design on the other potato half. Put some paint onto a paper plate and dip the petal stamp into the paint. Test the print on a piece of paper. Rotate the potato stamp for a flower with many petals. Print as many flowers as you like around the basket. (Dip the potato into paint as necessary.) Use the leaf stamp and a different color to add leaves to the flower designs. To finish, paint some green stems onto the flowers using a small brush.

(What a nice idea to do. Would look nice taking it along for a picnic for two)

Illustration by Margo Letourneau
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May Day Lore & Legend

May 1 — May Day

Most modern May Day festivities are born from ancient spring rites that are related to human and crop fertility.
The dance around the maypole remains an enduring event. In Great Britain, the custom of “bringing in the May” involves gathering “knots,” or branches with buds, on the eve or early morning of May 1.

In England, a favorite branch is hawthorn. In North America, we are more likely to find forsythia, lilac, or pussy willow branches.

Or, fill a basket with flowers!

(Happy May Day and Beltane)


"It's May! It's May!
The lusty month of May!...
Those dreary vows that ev'ryone takes,
Ev'ryone breaks.
Ev'ryone makes divine mistakes!
The lusty month of May! "
--Camelot Musical