Friday, December 31, 2010

Victorian Era Home




On the eve of a new year 2011, I thought it would be cool to look back in time to how people lived.

Travel back in time to the Victorian era. Cool site that shows you how a family might have lived then. Check it out here.

I often fantasize about living in another time and romanticize it, but when it all comes down to how it really was, I'm glad to be living with today's conveniences. I often wonder what might be invented in the future, will today seem primitive in the future or has everything that is humanly possible have been invented. I do see that new things take a lot longer to come about now a days.

Here is some info on victorian women and how they were suppose to carry themselves.

Check out this new necklace just listed at my Artfire Studio - Vintage Love Heart Locket

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cleansing Spell

Begin the new year fresh with this cleansing spell.

Cleansing Spell


As the Moon begins to wane and the year draws to a close,
take time today to cleanse all that no longer serves you
in the coming year. Get a pad of paper and a pen and
reminisce on all of the difficult moments of the year.
How did these experiences serve you? What gifts did they
grant you? What are you ready to release?

In your ritual space, meditate on the lessons these
experiences have taught you. Speak them. Cry if you need
to. There is no wrong way to release.
When ready, burn the paper in a fireproof dish and say:

"I release the cords that bind
What does not serve is far behind
I cleanse my body, mind, and soul
Through the fire, I am whole."

Collect the ashes and release in the wind or
bury in the earth.

AdailyTarotYahoo

Monday, December 27, 2010

Water Spell




Water Spell

Materials required

Small piece of parchment paper
Blue ink pen.

To achieve the best results perform the spell
on the waxing moon.

Write on a peace of parchment paper a goal you desire
in your life, hold it in your left hand and really
visualize that the paper is your goal. Believe that
the spell has already worked. After five minutes or
more throw the paper into a running stream, river or
sea, and speak the rhyme below.

"Water of stream and open sea,
Tide of change
And prophesy,
Flow of life
Wild and free,
Disperse my spell
So mote it be."

As the charm floats away, the ink and paper dissolve
into the water and the spell begins to work.

ADAILYTAROTYAHOO

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Best Beef Roast





Best Beef Roast

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, jack frost nipping at your nose. Dreams of Christmas dinner dancing in your head & the cook making preparations for the big day.

Christmas day dinner - a lot of people love to serve roasts of beef, pork, turkey, duck, ham. At our house it's pork roast - we usually get a pork shoulder. We like to serve it with rice & black beans, a hearty tossed salad & tostones (green plantain bananas that are fried).

The more traditional meal for Christmas would be beef so here is a good recipe for all beef eaters :) very New England style.



Best Ever Beef Roast
This is just about the best way in the world to cook a beef roast. I've done this with little roasts all the way up to one that resembled the leg of a brontosaurus and it is totally foolproof.

Yield: 4-8 (depends on roast size)

1 beef roast for the oven (any size)
2-3 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced (optional)
Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
First, take the roast out of the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for an hour. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Place the roast in a pan, fat side up. Oil the top and sides. Make slits in the roast and place a piece of garlic in each slit. Season with salt and pepper. Place the meat in the oven and set the timer for 1 hour. Don't open the door at any time. When the timer rings, turn the oven off and again, do NOT open the door.

Decide your serving time and 45 minutes before serving, turn the oven back on at 375 degrees. Cook for 25-30 minutes and then turn the oven off. Remove roast and let it sit wrapped in foil for 15 minutes.




Yorkshire Pudding
The classic accompaniment to roast beef.

pan drippings
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Set the oven at 450 degrees F. Put some of the drippings from the roast beef in a pan. Mix up the batter of eggs, milk, flour, and salt, and pour into the pan with the drippings. Bake for about 30 minutes. When done, the pudding will be puffy and golden brown. Cut in squares and arrange around the roast.




Breaded Beef
This recipe may be used for left-over roasts of any kind, rib roast, eye roast, or pot roast.

beef, sliced 1/4 inch thick
salt and pepper
minced parsley
vinegar
flour
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon salad oil
fine dried breadcrumbs
butter
Spread on the slices of beef, season them with salt and pepper and sprinkle each slice with parsley and a few drops of vinegar. Let stand 10-15 minutes. Place flour in one dish; egg, milk and salad oil mixed together in another, and bread crumbs in a third. Dip the slices of beef in the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs. Let stand until the crust dries a little. Heat the fat in a skillet and saute the slices until a golden brown. Serve with left-over gravy or mushroom sauce.


Tons more holiday recipes here
and more recipes

Source Almanac.com

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Winter Solstice




Happy Winter Solstice


Happy Winter Solstice - today marks the beginning of winter here in the northern hemisphere. Today is also the shortest day and longest night. Mark this day by lighting candles early in the afternoon before it gets dark out, burn incense and if possible have a cooked meal that involves either stewing meat or making a nice pot of old fashion chicken soup. Light a fire in the fireplace or wood stove and snuggle up on the couch with your soup bowl and drink in the magic of the season.

Here is some more info on the winter solstice that I found.

In ancient Rome, the winter solstice was celebrated at the feast of Saturnalia, while in pre-christian Britain, the end of December centered around the pagan Yule log in a fiery display to melt the heart of a cold and dreary winter.

Today, a similar response to winter doldrums is the celebration of Christmas by many cultures around the world complete with twinkling lights, holiday feasts & lively festivals.

To many pre-Christian cultures, however, December was thought of as the most dreaded time of year, when the lack of heat and light and a limited supply of food spelled danger.

The cold was stark and the darkness seemed perpetual.

Even today, modern science points to a mental disorder that is now officially recognized as SAD, or seasonal affective disorder that results in moodiness or depression during the winter months due to the lack of sunlight.

The cure? Turn up the wattage! — indeed, the use of artificial light is the only known treatment for SAD.

Yet as the old wise man once said, it truly is darkest before the dawn. After December 21, the light slowly begins its inevitable return, and the days begin to grow blessedly longer, flipping the switch to ON for the inevitable countdown to spring ...

Grog Recipe

One of my readers wanted a Grog recipe and I found this one for you...enjoy, bottoms up, cheers!

Here is a little history from Wiki about Grog.


The word grog refers to a variety of alcoholic beverages. The word originally referred to a drink made with water or "small beer" (a weak beer) and rum, which was introduced into the Royal Navy by British Vice Admiral Edward Vernon on 21 August 1740. Vernon wore a coat of Grogham cloth and was nicknamed "Old Grogham" or "Old Grog". Modern versions of the drink are often made with hot or boiling water, and sometimes include lemon juice, lime juice, cinnamon or sugar to improve the taste. Rum with water, sugar and nutmeg was known as bumbo and was more popular with pirates and merchantmen.

By contrast, in Australia and New Zealand, the word has come to mean any alcoholic drink.

In Sweden and some subcultures within the English-speaking world, grog is a common description of drinks not made to a recipe, but by mixing various kinds of alcohol and soda, fruit juice or similar ingredients; i.e. a highball with no defined proportions. The difference between the Swedish definition of grog and long drinks, mixed drinks or punches is the number of ingredients. The number of ingredients in drinks may vary, but grog typically has just one kind of liquor (most commonly vodka or brännvin) and one kind of a non-alcoholic beverage. The term Busgrogg (mischief grog) refers to a mix of beer or cider and vodka or brännvin.



Grog Drink Recipe

2 oz. dark rum
2 oz. hot water
2/3 oz. lime juice
1 tsp brown sugar
2 cloves
1 cinnamon stick

Combine all the ingredients in a small sauce pan. Heat until the sugar is dissolved. Strain into a footed mug.

Recipe source drinkoftheweek.com

Like to check more drinks go here

Monday, December 20, 2010

Holiday Drinks

Here are some drinks for the holiday season from Betty Crocker.Com & even hot cocoa for the kids.

Crantinis/Cosmopolitans

1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
1/2 cup citrus vodka or plain vodka
1/4 cup Triple Sec or orange juice
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
Fresh cranberries, if desired
Lime slices, if desired

1.Fill martini shaker or 3-cup covered container half full with ice. Add all ingredients except cranberries and lime slices; cover and shake.
2.Pour into martini or tall stemmed glasses, straining the ice. Garnish glasses with fresh cranberries and lime slices on picks.



Noel Spritzer

2 cups chilled dry white wine, nonalcoholic wine or apple juice
1 cup chilled cranberry-apple juice drink
1 cup chilled sparkling water
Apple slices, if desired
Fresh mint, if desired

1.Mix wine, juice drink and sparkling water.
2.Serve over ice. Garnish with apple slices and mint



Christmas Cocoa

1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1/3 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 cups milk
3/4 cup marshmallow creme

1.In 2-quart saucepan, heat sugar, cocoa, water, cinnamon and nutmeg over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 4 minutes, stirring constantly.
2.Stir in milk. Heat over low heat. Pour cocoa into 6 mugs. Top each with 2 tablespoons marshmallow creme

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Vamp's Mystic Moon & Stars Necklace Featured

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

How to Open Champagne Bottles

It's that time of the year when you will be serving more champagne than usual to your guests. Here's a video on how to do it the right way. Although this is the safe way to open champagne bottles, I'm more of the excitement type, so I like to hear the cork pop and go where ever it may :) the thrill of it all...Cheers!

How to open champagne bottles























Healing and to remove pain

Oh those little aches and pains we all get when we get older or are stressed out. Winter and this time of the year might get you more stressed having to do so many things in such a short period of time. Taking a bath is one way to calm and soothe ones body & spirit. Adding natural ingredients like lavender & salt only enhances the experience. Some like Calgon baths, but this easy little recipe is just as nice if not more soothing for you. It's always important to treat and nourish your body.


Healing and to remove pain

Materials required:

Muslin bag
Dead sea salts
lavender herb
lavender oil.

Fill your muslin bag half way with
the dead sea salts, add two teaspoons
of lavender herb and one drop of lavender
oil. tie up the bag and include in your
bath. Close your eyes and feel your body
soak up the healing herb, salt and oil.
Chant the rhyme

"Pains and Aches and
Evil Things
Fly from me on rapid wings!
Leave my body, don't return
For peace and quiet I do yearn.
Surround me in Her radiant light.
Magic power pure and white
Banish forces of the night!"

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December Correspondences

December Correspondences

Nature Spirits:
snow faeries, storm faeries, winter tree faeries

Herbs:
holly, English ivy, fir, mistletoe

Colours:
black red, white and black

Flowers:
holly, poinsettia, Christmas cactus

Scents:
violet, patchouli, rose geranium, frankincense, myrrh,
lilac

Stones:
serpentine, jacinth, peridot

Trees:
pine, fir, holly

Deities:
Hathor, Hecate, Neith, Athene, Minerva, Ixchel, Osiris,
Norns, Fates

Monday, December 13, 2010

Apple Seed Love Spell



Apple Seed Love Spell


It is recommended that you cast this spell on a Friday,
as Venus, the planet of love and romance, also rules
this day

What you will need:

One piece of Rose Quartz Crystal
One red rose
One red Apple
One green candle
One pink candle
One oil burner and rose essential oil

Pick a time when you know you will not be disturbed.
While getting all the things you need together, think
of the love you would like to invite into your life.

Light the oil burner and the red and green candles.
Place the red rose in front of the burning candles.
Hold the Rose Quartz in your hand and as you stare
into the candle flame, repeat the Angel Invocation
below:

"Archangel Anael I invoke thee on this Venus eve
To grant me my wish
I ask for love eternal and true
May the flame of the candle
The fragrance of the Rose
Carry it afar
And grant me my hearts desire
So Mote It Be"

Thank the Archangel Anael for helping you and leave
the candles to burn out. Eat the apple and save the
seeds.

Place the rose, the apple seeds, and the rose quartz
crystal on a window ledge where they will attract the
magic of the moon. The following morning as soon as
you wake up, plant the apple seeds in a pot with suitable
growing medium.

Look after your seeds in a caring way and as the seedlings
begin to grow, love will come into your life. Keep the rose
in a vase and when it wilts, dry the petals and keep them
in a special place along with your rose quartz as a keepsake
of your love spell

ADailyTarot

(I like this spell because it evokes the feeling of love & romance. Can you not picture a girl long ago doing this same spell as one doing it today, timeless, just like love & romance.)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Gingerbread Wedges

Gingerbread Wedges

Gingerbread
2 1/2 cups Original Bisquick® mix
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup molasses
1/4 cup whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 egg

Lemon Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon lemon juice


1.Heat oven to 425ºF. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
2.In large bowl, stir gingerbread ingredients until soft dough forms. On surface dusted with Bisquick mix, roll dough in Bisquick mix to coat. Shape into ball; knead 10 times. Pat dough into 8-inch round on cookie sheet. Cut into 8 wedges, but do not separate.
3.Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until set and starting to brown.
4.Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix powdered sugar, butter and lemon peel with spoon. Stir in lemon juice until glaze is smooth enough to drizzle. Drizzle glaze over wedges. Carefully separate wedges. Serve warm.

Variation
If you like, you can omit the glaze. Before baking, brush the dough with 1 to 2 tablespoons milk and sprinkle with granulated sugar.

BettyCrocker.com

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

1 box chocolate fudge brownie mix
1 egg
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons oil
1 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 package vanilla cream icing mix
1/4 cup hot water
3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup chopped peanuts


Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions. Stir in the peanut butter chips and pecans. Pour into a prepared 8 inch square baking pan. Bake at 350°F for 28-33 minutes.


Empty the icing mix into a small bowl. Add the hot water and peanut butter. Beat until smooth. Spread the icing on the cooled cake. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts.


Makes 16 squares.

Cookingnook.com

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Mistletoe Good & Bad




(Mistletoe is a nice little herb to decorate with during the holidays, but there is a mischievious side to the herb. Not just for kissing - did you know Mistletoe are like parasites to trees?)

Mistletoe Herb of Solstice

A most sacred "herb" of the Druids and ruled the Winter Solstice. Considered to be an all-purpose
protective herb. It is Masculine in nature, ruled by the sun and the element Fire.

Traditional Uses:

1) Wear around neck (sewn into or put into a white pouch) as a protective amulet.
2) Wear around neck in small spell bottle w/ red cording as Lucky Winter Charm.
3) Sew into white pouch and hang anywhere (house, car) for protective purposes.
4) Sew into red pouch and kiss your love beneath it to keep your love forever.
5) Use in floor wash to attract patrons to a business.

Other magical uses: Healing,immortality, love, luck, protection, Renewal, Success, Used by Druids to see beyond the cycle of rebirth.

Please NOTE: Mistletoe is Poisonous if the berries are ingested by human or animal.
By Barbara Morris


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Magical Mistletoe Spell

Druids used the magic of mistletoe for festivals throughout the year, including Midsummer and Yule. Evergreens
were considered magical because they didn't wither away each year like other plants, making them seem immune
from death. Mistletoe also seemed to defy nature by growing in the upper branches of trees rather than on the ground.
The Druids called it "all-heal" because of its potent healing properties and its use as a fertility aid. Mistletoe that grew
atop oak trees in sacred groves was considered particularly powerful. Call on the magic of this wonderful plant by
threading a string of small white Christmas lights through the upper branches of a tree at Yule or at any time of year.
By: Sedwin

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Thief of the Tree

The thing that all mistletoes have in common is this: all grow as parasites on the branches of trees and shrubs. In fact, the American mistletoe’s scientific name, Phoradendron, means "thief of the tree" in Greek. The plant is aptly named: it begins its life as a handily sticky seed that often hitchhikes to a new host tree on a bird beak or feather or on mammal fur. In addition to hitchhiking, the dwarf mistletoe also has another dandy way of traveling to a new host tree: the seeds of this mistletoe will, like tiny holiday poppers, explode from ripe berries, shooting a distance as far as 50 feet. One researcher said that if you put ripe berries in a paper bag and shake it, it sounds just like popping popcorn. For the most part, the mistletoe is pretty darn cavalier about what host tree it finds — dwarf mistletoes like most kinds of conifers; American mistletoes are found on an incredible variety of trees. Once on a host tree, the mistletoe sends out roots that penetrate the tree and eventually starts pirating some of the host tree’s nutrients and minerals. In actuality, though, mistletoes are not true parasites; instead they are what scientists call "hemi-parasites" because most of them have the green leaves necessary for photosynthesis. Still, it seems like a pretty lazy life for most mistletoes: a little photosynthesis here and there and a lot of food and water stolen from their unsuspecting benefactor trees. Eventually, mistletoes grow into thick masses of branching, misshapen stems, giving rise to a popular name of witches’ brooms, or the apt Navajo name of "basket on high."

Read more on mistletoe here

Monday, December 06, 2010

The Smell Of Christmas Cookies





The Smell Of Christmas Cookies

I love this time of year because it's magical, but besides the magic, there's all the little things that gives one a sense of home & comfort. Baking cookies, treats and cakes is one of those things that brings back memories of Christmas's past & home.

Here are a few cookie recipes I came across. One of my favorites this time of year is Sugar Cookies, I love the smell of them baking in the oven. I even get candles that are sugar cookie scented.



CHRISTMAS SUGAR COOKIES


1/2 c. butter-flavored Crisco
1 egg
1 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. milk
2 tsp. baking powder

Cream butter and sugar. Add beaten egg and milk. Sift flour and baking powder together, adding half of it at a time to the above mixture. Add vanilla. Roll out 1/4 inch thick on a floured board. Cut into Christmas shapes and sprinkle with sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes.




CHEWY GINGER CHRISTMAS COOKIES

2 c. sugar
1 c. molasses
1 c. Crisco
2 eggs

Mix well by hand and add:

2 tsp. soda
4 c. flour
2 tsp. ginger
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix all together (by hand - not mixer). Roll into balls the size of a small walnut, then roll into red and green colored sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for about 9 minutes. The cookies will look not quite done, but not baking them until hard makes them chewy. The cookies will sink down and have cracks in them.




PEANUT BUTTER CHIP CHOCOLATE COOKIES

1 c. butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 t. vanilla
2 c. flour
2/3 c. cocoa
3/4 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
2 c. peanut butter chips

Cream butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla together. Mix dry ingredients and stir into sugar mixture. Stir in peanut butter chips. Shape into balls and bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes. Makes 3-4 dozen.
Submitted by: Amber McSween




BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup butter
1/4 sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 box instant vanilla pudding or 2 small boxes
2 eggs
1 pkg. of choc. chip
1 cup nuts, chopped (optional)

This is important - mix all wet ingredients together first with an electric mixer.
Then slowly add in the flour mixture consisting of flour, soda, and pudding while you continue to mix. Add chocolate chips and nuts at the end.

Drop on a cookie sheet and bake 8-10 min. at 375°F.

Let cool in pan for 5 minutes then transfer to cooling rack for another 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

Submitted by: Heidi



OATMEAL COOKIES WITH RAISINS & WALNUTS

2/3 c. butter, at room temperature (10 tbsp. plus 2 tsp.)
2/3 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
1 lg. egg
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. flour
1 1/4 c. quick cooking oatmeal
1 c. raisins
1 c. walnuts, coarsely chopped

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheets. In large bowl with electric mixer, beat butter, sugars, egg and vanilla at medium-high speed until fluffy. Reduce speed to low, and add flour and oatmeal; increase mixer speed gradually until just blended. Stir in raisins and nuts. Drop heaping tablespoonfuls dough 2 1/2 inches apart onto prepared sheets.
Bake, one sheet at a time, for 17 minutes, until edges are browned and tops look dry. Cool on wire rack. Makes 22 cookies.

Source: Cooks.com


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More Cookie Recipes:


CREAM CHEESE COOKIES (my personal favorite of all time!!!!!!)

1/4 cup butter, softened
1 pakage (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 package yellow cake mix
1 jar cherries (without stems)

Cream butter and cheese in a bowl. Blend in egg and vanilla. Add the dry cake mix, 1/3 at a time, mixing well in between. Gather dough into a ball, cover and chill for 30 minutes. (If you are a fan of raw cookie dough - you must take a taste of this...it is incredible!) Meanwhile, slice each cherry in half, and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Form dough into 1/2 inch balls. Drop on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes, until dough become tan. Immediately, place cherry in the center. Cool on a wire rack.



PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES with REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP CENTERS

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (plus, 1 tbsp)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup flour
3/4 tsp soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Mini Reese's Peanut Butter cups, unwrapped

Mix shortening, peanut butter, sugars and egg. Blend in flour, soda, powder and salt. Cover and chill for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a mini muffin tray, by spraying cups with non-stick butter spray. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place each ball into the cup of the muffin tray. Bake 10-12 minutes. Immediately press one unwrapped Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in the center of each cookie. Let cool, then carefully remove each cookie to a wire rack to cool completely.



GINGERBREAD

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark molasses
1/4 cup water
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda
3/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice

Cream shortening and sugar. Blend in molasses, water, flour, salt, soda, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. Form dough into a ball, cover and chill for 2-3 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut shapes with desire cookie cutters, and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Decorate for baking (unless you are decorating with icing - then wait!). Bake for 10-12 minutes. Immediately remove from cookie sheet, and cool on a wire rack. Decorate with icing, if desired.

Source: katskitchentalk.blogspot

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Little Cooking Wreaths

(This is a nice little idea & great if you love making stews & soups during the winter. I know I love making homemade soups and stews.)

Little Cooking Wreaths

Little Cooking Wreaths - can go right into soup pot, or hang in the
kitchen to be plucked from and used

Twist chive stalks into a 4-5" circle, forming a wreath base. Twist
in sprigs of thyme, parsley, oregano, marjoram and basil seed heads,
to fill out wreath. Add a short sprig of rosemary or sage. Let dry
thoroughly --wreath will shrink slightly. Thread 3 or 4 dried chiles
on sewing thread and tie around wreath top. If wreath is to hang,
cover thread by embellishing with a bow of kitchen twine or narrow
ribbon. Present your gift in a bow-tied plastic bag to preserve
flavor and minimize shattering.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Protection Spell & Spell Binder

SPELL FOR PROTECTION

Sit or stand before any fire.
Look into the flames (or flame if using a candle).
Visualize the fire bathing you with glowing, protective
light.
The fire creates a flaming, shimmering sphere around
you.
If you wish, say the following words:

"Craft the spell in the fire;
Craft it well; Weave it higher.
Weave it now of shining flame;
None shall come to hurt or maim.
None shall pass this fiery wall;
None shall pass No, none at all."

Repeat this every day if needed.




----- SPELL BINDER -----


This is best used at the end of a spoken or written
spell.

This adds a certain boost to the releasing of energy.

It also works best if you are wearing a Pentagram
you have attuned to yourself.

Speak these word with all the fibers of your body
while releasing the spell's energy:

"By the Pentagram I wear,
Water, Fire, Earth, and Air,
Ruled by Spirit as All should be
As I speak So Mote It Be!"

Monday, November 29, 2010

Honey Spice Oatmeal Cookie Mix

Honey Spice Oatmeal Cookie Mix
(makes 6 dozen)

•2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
•1 Tablespoon ground ginger
•2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
•1 teaspoon baking soda
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
•1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
•1-1/2 cups oats (quick-cooking or old fashioned), uncooked

To make mix In large bowl, combine flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, cloves and nutmeg; mix well. Add oats; mix well. Transfer to resealable plastic bag, an unbreakable decorative jar with lid or other airtight container. Store in cool dry place.

Ingredients Needed to Complete Cookies:

1/2 lb. (2 sticks) butter softened (no substitutions)
3/4 cup honey
1 large egg

To prepare cookies:

In a large bowl, beat butter and honey with electric mixer until creamy. Add egg; beat well. Add half of cookie mix; beat well. Add remaining cookie mix; beat well. Divide dough into thirds; place each on a piece of plastic wrap and flatten to 1/2-inch thickness. Wrap tightly; chill at least 4 hours. Heat oven to 350°F. Remove one portion of dough from refrigerator. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten to 1/8-inch thickness with bottom of glass dipped in granulated sugar. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake 5 to 7 minutes, just until centers are set. (Cookies will feel soft. Do not overbake.) Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

source: http://www.honey.com

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Scented Rocks

(I've seen this done with real rocks and of course you would only then use the essential oils. The rocks absorb the oils and release the aroma, sort of like a clay object would do.)

Scented Rocks

Mix 1/2 cup of flour (wholemeal flour gives great texture.)
1/2 cup of salt
1/4 teaspoon of essential oil (your favorite scent)
2/3 cup of boiling water
And food coloring if wanted

Mix all the dry ingredients together then add the oil and lastly the hot
water. Add the color drop by drop.

Once cool enough to handle roll into small balls around 2-3 inch in size or
be creative and make assorted shapes.

This mixture dries hard after several days in a warm but dry area

Friday, November 26, 2010

OIL CORRESPONDENCES

(My favorite oil happens to be Lavender because not only does it smell great, it can be used for so many different things.)

OIL CORRESPONDENCES


Love - gardenia, jasmine, lavender, rose.

Lust - basil, cinnamon, ginger, neroli, sandalwood,
ylang ylang.

Prosperity - almond, bergamot, honeysuckle, mint,
peony.

Healing - carnation, mimosa, rosemary, sandalwood.

Protection - basil, frankincense, lavender, myrrh.

Luck - all spice, nutmeg, orange, violet.

Business/Money - benzoin, cinnamon, mint, peony.

Success - bergamot, clove, ginger, lemon balm.

Happiness - lavender, Lilly of the valley, marjoram.

Sleep - chamomile, lavender, peppermint, tyme.

Vitality - bay, carnation, pennyroyal, St. John's Wart.

Peace - lavender, gardenia, passion flower, skullcap.

Blessings - benzoin, cumin, rue.

Chamomile may trigger asthma attacks in some people.

St. John's Wort, not in the oil form, but in the
edible form, will negate the effect of birth
control pills.

Source:ADailyTarotYahoo

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

BBC Robert Plant By Myself (Part 1/4)

Robert Plant - By Myself

Excellent interview/bio









(Talks about Jim Morrison of The Doors)

Sagittarius





All About Sagittarius


Sagittarians are known as the "favorites of the gods" for good reason: These folks are famous for their generosity, humor and optimism, as well as their ability to see the best in every situation, no matter how dire the circumstances. A Sagittarius will find a real reason to celebrate each and every day, something due in no small part to Jupiter, this sign's planetary ruler that's best known for benevolence. Of course, the other side of this coin is excess and extravagance, so in addition to knowing how to laugh -- and how to make others laugh -- Sagittarians are also experts at overdoing everything. At the same time, if a Sag has to be restricted to just one of anything, it better be the most impressive of its kind!

Sagittarians are also famous for their love of travel and philosophy -- these people crave knowledge and will spare no effort to satisfy their innate curiosity. Sag's own personal philosophy is that life is nothing more than a series of extended vacations, which is why so many born under the sign of the Archer end up living in a different city, state or even country than where they grew up.

When it comes to relationships, Sagittarians often find that some of their most successful ones are with four-legged creatures -- their connection to anything with fur, feathers and even leaves is legendary. Romantically speaking, if you're a human, you can only have a Sag of your very own if you're willing to hold them with an open palm; restrictions will not be tolerated. However, if you let your Sag sweetie know you care, but allow them to live as they see fit, you'll have gained an intelligent, witty and highly impressive partner whose long-term loyalty will astound you.

One warning about Sagittarians: Don't ever ask them a question if you can't withstand an honest answer. They're bound to tell the truth above all else, regardless of the consequences -- that way, at least they can be sure you know exactly who they are. And while Sagittarians can get along with just about anyone, many of them are drawn to those born under other Fire signs also living by the motto, "What you see is truly what you get."

Enchanted Gift Spell

Enchanted Gift Spell


Anyone can give a gift by going to a store and buying something nice. Enchanting a gift makes the gesture much more meaningful. To do this, think of the person you intend to gift. Select something you know will be appreciated. As you wrap the gift, visualize all the things you'd like to see come true for that person. Tie a ribbon, or a length of yarn, around the gift. Use red for passion, green for healing, or yellow for prosperity. As you tie the ribbon, say: "Ties that bind us will remind us of the love we have to share. May your life be filled with kindness, and all your days be free of care." For a birthday gift, add a small birthstone to the ribbon in the center of your bow.

(Also gifts that you make yourself have more energy & if you can think about the person and what you would like to wish that person while making the gift it makes it that much more powerful & enchanting.)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Full Moon Names





Full Moon Names

Tomorrow we have a full moon and it's known as the Full Beaver Moon – November This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.

Here's a list of the various names for the full moon.


Native American Full Moon Names:

January: Wolf Moon
February: Snow Moon,
Hunger Moon,
Opening Buds Moon
March: Maple Sugar Moon,
Worm Moon
April: Frog Moon,
Pink Moon,
Planter's Moon
May: Flower Moon,
Budding Moon
June: Strawberry Moon
July: Blood Moon,
Buck Moon
August: Moon of the Green Corn,
Sturgeon Moon
September: Harvest Moon (see below for explanation)
October: Hunter's Moon,
Moon of Falling Leaves
November: Beaver Moon
December: Cold Moon


Neo Pagan

January: Ice Moon
February: Snow Moon
March: Death Moon
April: Awakening Moon
May: Grass Moon
June: Planting Moon
July: Rose Moon
August: Lightening Moon
September: Harvest Moon
October: Blood Moon
November: Tree Moon
December: Long Night Moon

To see other full moon names from other cultures go here

SPELL OF THE WITCH'S BOTTLE

(This is one version of how to make a witch bottle, there are many different versions out there. Some use blood (your own instead of the urine that this one requests.) I suppose if you wish to modify this spell it would still work, sort of like a food recipe you alter a bit.)

SPELL OF THE WITCH'S BOTTLE
- 1 jar
- 1 red cloth cut into the shape of a heart
- some of your own hair clippings
- some of your own nail clippings
- 13 iron nails
- 13 black-headed pins
- 1 cup of sea salt

The making of the witch's bottle is very simple
and should be done as early on in your practices
as you possibly can.

Never let another person know that you are making
the bottle, or it's location.

Place all of the items on your altar and take a
few minutes to meditate on magical protection,
for your safety.

Take up your hair and nail clippings and place
them into the jar saying:

"Here do I present myself"

Take up the 13 iron nails and place them into
the jar saying:

"Here are my swords of protection"

Take up the salt and place it into the jar
saying:

"Here is salt to purify me"

Take up the red heart-shaped cloth. Hold it high
and say:

"Here is the heart of any who wish me harm"

Stick all 13 black-headed pins into the cloth
heart and say:

"Let any who wish me harm or any who wish me ill,
feel the pain of their own heart's hate,
rebounded by this witch's will"

Place the pin-studded heart into the jar.

Next fill the jar with your own urine. This sounds
revolting, but urine is a powerful fluid-condenser,
and by doing this is symbolic of saying that you
think any spell which is cast against you is a
useless and worthless gesture, and this is the
frame of mind you should take while performing
this act.

When the jar is filled, or at least halfway so,
cork it up with a red tapered candle.

Light the candle and as it burns, it will drip wax
to seal the bottle.

Take it out and bury it somewhere near your home.
Say the following:

"Blessed Mother of the Darkened Moon,
I pray that you grant me this boon.
A bottle of protection do I bury here:
to protect me from those both far and near.
May any curse or magic spell placed on me,
be dispelled. Rebounded on the sender be,
In accordance with the Law of Three."

Once the bottle is buried, it should never be dug
up again. To do so would be to release all of the
negativity that it has absorbed for you.

If another person digs up the bottle, it will not
affect them, as it is designed to absorb negativity
aimed directly to you.

This energy is tied to you and you alone. It cannot
affect another person.

Do not dig up the witch-bottle for any reason.
If you move to a new location, the witch-bottle
will continue to work for you. The witch's bottle
is buried in the earth so that the earth may
ground the energies of the negativity directed
towards you.

One bottle should be all that is needed.

Source: ADailyTarotYahoo

Friday, November 19, 2010

Native American Jewelry




Native American Jewelry

Browsing around the internet I came across these simple but beautiful earrings at Zuni Fetish Store.Com I always have much respect for all native american artists. Their craftmanship is beautiful. I love the colors they use, that they use beautiful semi precious stones and sterling silver. I believe each piece has a lot of spirit & a story behind it.

I feel when you wear a handmade piece of jewelry art, you get into the vibe that the artist had when creating the piece. Handmade jewelry is much more special in spirit than massed produced jewelry. It radiates body, soul and spirit of the artist, which is to say it has magick within and that makes it a much more valuable piece.

Check their website out.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wisdom Spell


Wisdom Spell

Most people say wisdom comes with age, but it also comes
with experience. Use this spell to help you gain the most
wisdom you can from your daily experiences. Find a long
piece of yellow ribbon. You will tie three knots into this
ribbon and recite the following as you tie each knot:

"Learning, living, loving—life
Contains both happiness and strife.
Help me see, and learn, and know—
So that I may always grow."

Carry the ribbon with you in a purse or wallet for as
long as you like.

Source: ADailyTarotYahoo

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Diana-Artemis A Goddess by Any Other Name



This is one of my favorite Goddess - actually two since Diana & Artemis are very similar but individual Goddesses

Goddess Diana-Artemis _ A Goddess by Any Other Name

Diana and Artemis are often worshiped as one. In essence they are very similar, but are in actuality two individual goddesses.

Artemis, huntress of the moon, make my aim true. Give me goals to seek and the constant determination to achieve them.

Grant me communion with nature, allow me to live surrounded by plants and animals that I can grow, protect and nurture.

Allow me the strength and wisdom to be my own mistress, not defined by the expectations of others.

And sustain my sexuality to be as yours — wild and free as nature itself.


Known as a fierce hunter as well as protector, Artemis is one of the major Greek goddesses. Artemis is known as the goddess of the night, the huntress, the goddess of fruitfulness, the goddess of childbirth, Lady of the Beasts, the woodland goddess, the bull goddess, the personification of the moon, and the eternal virgin. Artemis was one of the few goddesses immune to the enchantments of Aphrodite. In some instances Artemis is linked closely to the Roman and Italian goddess, Diana. There is some controversy as to the goddess that deserves the first rights, but it appears that Artemis was a later goddess. There is no doubt that the similarities are striking. Some people go as far as to call them one, the goddess Artemis Diana. As a huntress, she happily traveled in woods in the company of dogs, wild beasts, and mountain nymphs. She brought about Orion's death, the unfortunate hunter, who either defied the goddess, or else tried to seduce one of her companions, the virgin Opis, or perhaps attempted to personally ravish her. Artemis sent a scorpion to sting his heel, and thus killed him. But when Orion was subsequently changed into a constellation, Artemis made sure the scorpion received the same honor.


Diana is the Roman Goddess of the woodlands, wild animals and of the hunt. In ancient times as Rome's contact grew with Greece, Diana was more and more identified with the Goddess Artemis. In time the two Goddesses became virtually identical, though in modern times she is usually identified as "Diana".

Diana is most often portrayed a hunter, often with a bow and quiver, accompanied by maidens, hunting dogs, or deer. In this aspect she is considered to be a pure and virginal Maiden Goddess of the Moon.

Diana is honored by women because of her association as a Goddess of childbirth, nursing and healing. In this aspect she is considered to be a Mother Goddess.

Because Diana was also identified with darkness and witchcraft and served as a Goddess of the Underworld, she is also considered a Crone Goddess.

As a true Triple Goddess her nature was a varied as her many aspects. She could be pure and virginal, maternal and loving, or arrogant and vengeful. She is as changeable and unpredictable as nature. Sculptors sometimes created statues of her with three heads: those of a horse, a dog, and a boar. Such statues were displayed at places where three roads met.


Sacred to the Goddess Diana

February 12 - Festival of Diana

August 17 - Feast of Diana in Rome

Month: November

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

Days: the 13th, the 15th, the 27th

Day of the Week: Friday

Symbols: Moon, Water, Forest Items, Sun; Bow; Arrows; Hounds; Stag

Incense: Sandalwood; Lemon; Rose

Foods include: Blueberry; Butter; Broccoli; Coconut; Cucumber; Eggs; Grapes; Lemons; Milk; Potatoes; Pumpkins; White Wine

Colors: White; Silver; Indigo; Black

Sources: http://sacredwicca.viviti.com/goddess-diana
http://www.kusadasi.biz/ephesus/goddess-artemis.html
http://astroromp.com/skyla/diana.htm

Friday, November 12, 2010

One of a Kind Gift This Season

One of a Kind Gift This Season

Give a one of a kind gift that nobody else will have!

Help support handmade jewelry - Give this holiday season a Vamp original - Jewelry with Mystique - one of a kind, unique, special.

Jewelry is a gift that lasts longer than flowers, food and is much more meaningful to the receipient. It says I love you or I care about you time and time again.

At my ArtFire studio you can find cool rocker, gothic, steampunk, victorian influenced jewelry. Affordable most gifts will run you under 30 dollars.

Pumpkin Cake/ Bars Recipes




Pumpkin Ring Cake

3 cups Original Bisquick® mix
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup milk
4 eggs
1 can (16 ounces) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


1.Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 12-cup fluted tube cake pan.
2.Beat Bisquick, granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter, pumpkin pie spice, 1/4 cup milk, eggs and pumpkin in large bowl on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 3 minutes. Spread in pan.
3.Bake about 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; turn upside down onto heatproof plate or wire cooling rack. Remove pan; cool cake completely.
4.Stir remaining ingredients until smooth and thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle over cake.

Success
For baking cakes, we recommend using stick butter, margarine or vegetable oil spreads with at least 65% fat. We do not recommend using vegetable oil spreads with less than 65% fat, tub margarines or whipped products.
Simplify
Instead of making the glaze recipe, use Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla ready-to-spread frosting from a 16-ounce tub. Place 1/2 cup frosting in a microwavable bowl. Microwave uncovered on High about 15 seconds or until frosting can be stirred smooth and is thin enough to drizzle.
Nutrition Information:
Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)Calories 405 (Calories from Fat 90 ),Total Fat 10 g(Saturated Fat 3 g,Cholesterol 70 mg;Sodium 500 mg;Total Carbohydrate 76 g(Dietary Fiber 2 g,Protein 5 g;Percent Daily Value*:Calcium ;*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Pumpkin Bars


Bars
2 cups Original Bisquick® mix
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 eggs, beaten
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1/2 cup raisins

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

1.Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and sides of 15x10x1-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray.
2.In large bowl, beat all bar ingredients except raisins with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in raisins. Pour into pan.
3.Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
4.In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar on low speed until smooth. Spread over bars. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 6 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.


Substitution
Two teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice can be used instead of the ground cinnamon in this recipe.
Special Touch
Top each bar with a piece of Halloween candy. Or lightly press small leaf-shaped cookie cutter into center of cut bar. Use cotton swab to dust ground cinnamon inside cutter, creating leaf design.
Time-Saver
Use a 1-pound container of Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy cream cheese frosting.
Nutrition Information:
Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Bar)Calories 130(Calories from Fat 50),Total Fat 5g(Saturated Fat 2g,Trans Fat 0g),Cholesterol 25mg;Sodium 110mg;Total Carbohydrate 19g(Dietary Fiber 0g,Sugars 15g),Protein 1g;Percent Daily Value*:Calcium ;Exchanges:1/2 Starch;0 Fruit;1 Other Carbohydrate;0 Skim Milk;0 Low-Fat Milk;0 Milk;0 Vegetable;0 Very Lean Meat;0 Lean Meat;0 High-Fat Meat;1 Fat;Carbohydrate Choices:1;*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

BettyCrocker.Com

Honey Cornbread Stuffing

(This recipe sounds delicious for the holidays. If you love cornbread, honey and love stuffing this could be a keeper.)

Honey Cornbread Stuffing
Makes 4 servings

•4 cups day-old Honey Cornbread
•1 (4 oz.) Italian sausage
•1 cup chopped green bell pepper
•1/2 cup minced onion
•1/2 cup chopped celery
•1 Tablespoon minced parsley
•1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
•1 teaspoon salt
•1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
•1/3 cup chicken broth
•2 Tablespoons honey
In large bowl, place crumbled cornbread. Remove sausage from casing. In medium skillet, crumble and sauté sausage until brown. Using slotted spoon, remove sausage from skillet and add to cornbread. Drain all but 1 Tablespoon of fat. Return skillet to medium-high heat; stir in bell pepper, onion and celery. Sauté until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in parsley, thyme, salt and pepper. Cool slightly, then add to cornbread. In small bowl, combine broth and honey. Pour over stuffing. Place stuffing in a greased 9x9-inch baking dish. Cover dish with foil and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 10 minutes until stuffing is lightly browned. As an alternative, pack you may pack stuffing into poultry cavity before roasting.



Nutrition: 350 Calories * 12.6 g Fat Total * 11.3 g Protein * 41.3 mg Cholesterol * 48.9 g Carbohydrates * 1338 mg Sodium * 2.82 g Dietary Fiber * 32% Calories from Fat *
http://www.honey.com/nhb/recipes/recipe-details-print?RecipeID=645

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Ghost-Hunting Tips




You can find ghosts, spirits in places that are old, magical, have a certain vibe. I have not ghost hunted per se, but when taking photos saw orbs. You find this happening especially in places that have a feel about them of days gone by. On my last trip into Gloucester in some of my photos these orbs were caught. Was visiting an old castle, also right in the bed & breakfast where we stayed we caught a few!

Ghost-Hunting Tips

As winds turn cold, and darkness grows deep, you may wish to try ghost hunting. For this, get a candle lantern, a camera (preferably digital), a flashlight, and dark clothing.
Go to an old graveyard after dark. Light your lantern, and whisper:

" By the spirit of fire and water,
I call you down.
By earth and wind,
you come to me.
By the authority of the rocks and the trees,
we mingle together.
Spirits, I know you. Spirits, I see you.
Make your presence known to me! "

Once you hear any sort of rustling sounds, start taking pictures like mad. Before leaving, thank the spirits. Do not take anything away from the cemetery unless you plan to replace it.
Download your images at home. If you get circles or balls of light, these are called ghost orbs. You may have captured the image of a real ghost.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

ReVamped Studio

Re-Vamping The Studio

I have re-vamped my artfire studio - check it out... Vamp's ArtFire Studio

I think it reflects more of me. The colors, the banner I think it suits me just fine.

New just listed are my Snowflake Earrings, simple graceful and magical like a snowflake check them out! They make a wonderful gift for a yourself or a friend this holiday & coming up season.

Household Cleaning Tips

I found these tips useful and some I didn't know about! Try some of them and make cleaning a little easier in these busy days ahead :)

Household Cleaning Tips

The holidays are fast approaching...hence my scrambling around to keep up with everything. Here are some cheap and easy household tips-some not so eco-friendly though-to help cut some corners on time!

Use old newspapers to clean mirrors and windows. You'll have a great disposable cleaning rag and be recycling at the same time.

Bathrooms a breeze, make a spray bottle of 1/2 rubbing alcohol & 1/4 soda water. Spray on sink, toilet, tub and flooring everyday before bed and wipe clean with a towel. It's cheap, disinfects, & saves you from scrubbing a ton later!

Cleaning Out the Refrigerator
Briefly clean out trash and bad food each trash day morning. It only takes a few minutes to dump the stuff, and will clear out space to make cleaning easier.
Use baking soda to wipe down the inside of the refrigerator. It scrubs and eliminates odors without damaging surfaces.

Clean the oven while you sleep. Remove tough stains from the bottom of the oven by spreading automatic dishwasher soap or baking soda and covering it with wet towels before you go to bed. Simply wipe clean the next day.

Cleaning Out the Microwave
Bring a cup of water to boil in the microwave, the steam will help loosen dried on particles making them easily wiped away.

I use the product "scrubbing bubbles" on my stovetop if it's dried on mess. It gets greasy gunk gone in no time flat! I spray on, let sit 5 minutes, then use a microfiber cloth to wipe all the gunk away! It's cheap at dollar stores, get the large size generic can for 2 bucks. Finish up with a vinegar rinse to really make it sparkle and to make it food friendly. Works on the outside of fridge, and countertops too!

Speaking of microfiber cloths...Buy a ton of them from the dollar store! Better than flimsy non-biodegradable paper towels, and rewashable! Use them to dust by making a spray of 3/4 lemon juice 1/4 olive oil and briefly spray the cloth. Divide one room into fourths, tackle 1/4, sit and have a cup of coffee. Repeat, and your house will be dusted in less than a couple hours, if it is large like mine. It's easier on the back too! I designate one day to dusting and laundry...and sleeping in if it's a day off!

What can I say about Mr. Clean sponge? It truly works on anything, counters, tubs, tile, Even crummy "supermarket" flooring like I have, supplied by a generous slumlord. As for bad for the environment or non-biodegradable? By the time I am done using it after a few weeks, it's nothing but crumbs...where'd it all go?

I have carpet only in bedrooms. Used to make my life hell, but I went and got one of those 2 foot industrial push brooms, and it takes me longer to move a chair than to sweep 1/4th of a room.

ADailyTarotYahoo

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Sugar 'n Spice Snack

It's that time of the year that you start thinking about FOOD galore, for partys, get togethers, holidays, even snack time, etc. This little snack mix would be great as a gift or for your guests while they wait for the feast to be done.


Sugar 'n Spice Snack

2 cups Corn Chex® cereal
2 cups Rice Chex® cereal
2 cups Apple Cinnamon Cheerios® cereal
3 cups Bugles® original corn snacks
1 1/2 cups dry-roasted peanuts
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons orange juice or water
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1.Heat oven to 300°F. Spray with cooking spray or grease 15x10x1-inch pan.
2.In very large bowl, mix cereals, corn snacks and peanuts. In small bowl, beat egg whites, orange juice, sugar and cinnamon with wire whisk or hand beater until foamy. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated. Spread in pan.
3.Bake 45 to 50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until light brown and crisp. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Store in airtight container.

Substitution
Apple pie spice can be used instead of the cinnamon for a slightly stronger flavor.
Did You Know...
The egg whites help the cinnamon-sugar stick to the cereal and nuts, giving a crunchy texture when baked. The technique is reminiscent of that used for spiced sugared nuts sold by street vendors in Sweden and Germany and in candy shops and at art fairs in the U.S.



Nutrition Information:
1 Serving (1/2 Cup)Calories 160(Calories from Fat 60),Total Fat 7g(Saturated Fat 1 1/2g,Trans Fat 0g),Cholesterol 0mg;Sodium 190mg;Total Carbohydrate 21g(Dietary Fiber 1g,Sugars 12g),Protein 4g;Percent Daily Value*:Calcium ;Exchanges:1/2 Starch;0 Fruit;1 Other Carbohydrate;0 Skim Milk;0 Low-Fat Milk;0 Milk;0 Vegetable;0 Very Lean Meat;0 Lean Meat;0 High-Fat Meat;1 1/2 Fat;Carbohydrate Choices:1 1/2;*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

BettyCrocker.Com

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Depression/Stressed Spirit Spell

Depression/Stressed Spirit Spell


Everyone knows someone who is or has been depressed or
really stressed out so make time in your magical + social
life for them. Give them a helping hand by writing this on
paper and then burning it to release the magic:

"Magic moon burning bright,
Let mine will be done this night.
Answer now my Pagan Spell,
Let all with (name) now be well."

Earth, wind, fire, and sea
As I Say, So Mote It Be!''

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Samhain

Samhain

Samhain is a Gaelic festival held on October 31–November 1. The Irish name Samhain is derived from Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end". A harvest festival with ancient roots in Celtic polytheism, it was linked to festivals held around the same time in other Celtic cultures, and continued to be celebrated in late medieval times. Due to its date it became associated with the Christian festival All Saints' Day, and greatly influenced modern celebration of Halloween.

Samhain marked the end of the harvest, the end of the "lighter half" of the year and beginning of the "darker half". It was traditionally celebrated over the course of several days. Many scholars believe that it was the beginning of the Celtic year. It has some elements of a festival of the dead. The Gaels believed that the border between this world and the otherworld became thin on Samhain; because so many animals and plants were dying, it thus allowed the dead to reach back through the veil that separated them from the living. Bonfires played a large part in the festivities. People and their livestock would often walk between two bonfires as a cleansing ritual, and the bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames.

The Gaelic custom of wearing costumes and masks, was an attempt to copy the spirits or placate them. In Scotland the dead were impersonated by young men with masked, veiled or blackened faces, dressed in white. Samhnag — turnips which were hollowed-out and carved with faces to make lanterns — were also used to ward off harmful spirits.

The Gaelic festival became associated with the Catholic All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, and has hugely influenced the secular customs now connected with Halloween, a name first attested in the 16th century as a Scottish shortening of the fuller All-Hallows-Even. Samhain continues to be celebrated as a religious festival by some neopagans.

Source WIKI

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Happy Samhain Witch's New Year



On this special day, I lite my altar candles, burned incense and meditated in front of my altar and reflected silently and wrote this poem/prose for the occasion...enjoy!

Happy Samhain Witch's New Year

on this day when light gives way to darkness
we enter another year

another year to embrace
another year on my face
another year on my soul
another year to grow old
another year not to fear
another year the witch's new year

honor the Goddess and the God
honor all that has past
honor all the people and animals we have loved
honor and give thanks to our yesterdays
our lessons learned and wisdom earned
our memories we made
treasure each and every day

today we let go of things we no longer need
and make way for the new in our lives
as we plant the new seeds
so mote it be

By Vee - October 31 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Elemental Bottles

(This is such a great idea for your altar & if you love to work with the elements. I can also add to what is listed as for the bottles to also draw/paint the element symbols on the bottles if you wish.) At my boutique we have a 4 elements pentacle necklace that can also be used as a decorative piece for your altar to view & buy click on link: Pentacle 4 Elements Pendant Necklace

Elemental Bottles
~author unknown

This idea is for those that would like to bottle the elements for
their altar. Possibly for those who are not able to have a regular
alter set up. The idea is to take 4 of those small coloured glass
bottles with the cork lids (or the ones that have a rubber seal with
a metal closure, and fill them with things representing the 4
elements, such as:

Red: (fire) Ash from a fire, matches

Green: (Earth) small stones, soil, salt

Yellow: (Air) feathers, little toy birds

Blue: (Water) Water, shells, sand

You can also add some of the essential oils for the elements. I think
you could put some of some small crystals for the elements in there
too, or substitute oils for herbs...Here is a list of some of the
oils/herbs and crystals for the elements...

Water: (oils/herb) Lemonbalm, Gardenia, Jasmine, (stones) Aquamarine,
chalecdony, jade, pearl, Lapis Lazuli, Moonstone, sugilite, Amethyst,
Chrysocolla, Rose Quartz, coral.

Air: (oils/herb) Bergamot, Lavender, Lemongrass, Mint, Pine,

(stones) Imperial Topaz, Citrine, Mica, Pumice, Aventurine, Clear
Quartz, Lepidolite

Fire: (oils/herb) Basil, Carnation, Cedarwood, Juniper, Calendula,
Peppermint, Cinnamon, Ginger,

(stones) Amber, Obsidian (me!), Rhodocrisite, Ruby, Larva
rock,Garnet, Jasper, Pipestone, Citrine, Beryl,

Hematite

Earth: (oils/herb) Cypress, Honeysuckle, Vervain, Sage, Magnolia,
Mugwort, Patchouli

(stones) Moss agate, Emerald, Jet, Salt, Black tourmaline, Agate,
Malachite, Obsidian

I though another use for the bottles would be instead of candles for
the quarters, especially if you are working outside in the wind/rain
or if you are in a forest where you are frightened of setting it
alight! Or inside if you are not allowed to burn candles in the
house.

I guess you could even make Goddess and God bottles, so that you
could have an altar with the 4 elements and the Goddess and God out
of pretty coloured bottles, and no-one would have a clue that they
were really symbols of your religion!

I would make the God/dess bottles larger than the elementals.. . You
may need to paint the bottles to get them the colour you want, a
light coat of a cheap paint should make them translucent enough to
still see through. (spray cans give an even coverage -- spray from far
away though, or you'll get runs)

Goddess Symbols: moons, name of Goddess on paper, small pic. Or
figurine, )O( symbol

Goddess colours: Silver, White, Green, Cream, Pink

Goddess Oils/herb: Camelia, Magnolia, Olive, Lily, Lilac,

Goddess stones: Emerald, Silver, Moonstone, Rose Quartz, Peridot,
Pink Tourmaline, Blue Quartz, Aquamarine, Beryl, Kunzite, Turquoise
(all pink & Blue stones)

(basically anything ruled by Earth, Water, the Moon & Venus)

God Symbols: Suns, Name of God on paper, small pic. Or figurine, the
god symbol

God colours: Red, Yellow, Gold, Orange, Brown

God Oils/herb: Basil, Chrysanthemum, Clover, Lavender, Pine, Juniper,

God Stones: Gold, Brass, Diamond, Carnelian, Ruby, Garnet, Orange
Calcite,Tiger eye, Topaz, Sunstone, Bloodstone, Red Tourmaline, (all
red & Orange stones)

(Basically anything ruled by Air, Fire, Mars & the Sun)

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