Wednesday, April 28, 2010

May Pole Candles

May pole Pictures, Images and Photos

{This sounds like a nice & easy decorative idea to do for Beltane (May Day). I've also done something similar but without a candle. I used a small wooden dowel and tied lots of different colored ribbons and put it on my altar.}

May Pole Candles


You will need:
Lots of pretty ribbons
Tall white or green pillar candle
Gold or brass "Craft Bells"
Candle holder (stand)

Cut lengths of ribbon around 18 inches each, in pretty Springtime colors.(pastels)
Tie a craft bell to each end of ribbon (a tooth pick helps this process) Tie ribbons starting
at 3/4 way down the pillar candle, knot three times, don't tie bows, you need lots of length
on the ribbons. Tie as many as you like snaking your way up the candle, but leave at least
1/4 candle bare. Place in a candle stand that will raise the candle about 6 - 8 inches, so the
ribbons can "drape" Swirl the bundle of ribbons so they face East, ready to greet the dawn on
Beltane morn. Light candle and cheer the Spring time blessings to come. Keep a "safe" eye on
candle & ribbons. ~ Barbara Morris Source: ADailyTarot

Sunday, April 25, 2010

FRIED CHICKEN WITH CREAMY GRAVY

FRIED CHICKEN WITH CREAMY GRAVY


3 pounds frying chicken cut up
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, slightly beaten
3 cups shortening or oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons garlic salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup chicken stock
1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning

DIRECTIONS:
Combine milk and egg in medium bowl. Combine flour,
garlic salt, paprika, pepper and poultry seasoning
in paper or plastic bag. Add a few pieces of
chicken at a time, and shake to coat. Dip chicken
in milk-egg mixture, then shake a second time in
flour mixture. Reserve remainder of the flour. Heat
1/2 to 1 inch of shortening or oil to 365 degrees
in electric skillet or on medium-high in a large
heavy skillet. Brown chicken on all sides. Reduce
heat to medium low or 275 degrees. Continue cooking
until chicken is tender, about 5 to 10 minutes.
Turn chicken several times during cooking, and
drain on paper towels in a single layer.

To make the gravy, pour all but 2 tablespoons of
the fat from the skillet. Stir in 2 tablespoons of
the reserved seasoned flour, and stir constantly
over low heat for 2 minutes. Whisk in the chicken
stock, stirring to scrape up the brown bits on the
bottom of the pan. Then stir in the milk and bring
to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly.
Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes.
Serve immediately, passing the gravy separately.

YIELD: 4 servings
http://www.thedailyrecipe.com

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Spell For Employment

EMPLOYMENT SPELL

Begin on Sunday.

Light a Gold or Yellow colored candle
and speak the following spell:

"A Good Job Awaits me I Know
For Thine Brilliant Light Scans
and searches A Place for Me
A Good Job Awaits Me
For Thine Goodness is Great
My Faith in Thee is Complete
A Good Job waits for Me."

Speak this spell three times.
Perform ritual every day until
employment is found.

*Instead of "good job," maybe it would help
to personalize it and change the words to
"record deal," or something else that appeals
to you.

Source: ADailyTarotYahooGroup

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Etsy Shop - Mystic Star Designs

My Etsy Shop - Mystic Star Designs

Well I did it...I set up an Etsy shop for my designs/creations. I've been wanting to do this for a while but finally today decided okay I'm gonna do it. So I did - just listed one item for now, took me a bit to set it all up (the store) and learning what to do in there.

It will all be a learning experience. I'm hoping to share with the world my hand crafted items. My shop will be featuring jewelry I make along with home decor all with a dark Mystical theme to them. I will try to translate what inspires me thru my designs.

If you'd like to take a peek at my shop... Mystic Star Designs it's still a work in progress as the listings are not up yet, only 1 item for sale but will add more as time permits.

This shop really is for my creative outlet. When not doing the Etsy shop I'm doing my regular job which is running an online boutique Mystic Rock Boutique.

I will be quite busy but it will be something I've wanted to try out :)

Sugar Snap Peas






Sugar Snap Peas

Do you love sugar snap peas? I absolutely love them fresh. I especially love eating them raw, just wash them and pop them in your mouth mmmm sweet and crunchy! They're also great in salads or as a side vegie with dinner. Even if you don't grow some in your garden you can pick some at your local grocery store and still enjoy this vegie. Here are some tips I found useful.


TIPS FOR THOSE SUGAR SNAP PEAS:

Select bright green, flat, tender pods. Avoid pods with decay.
If peas are developed, use as for green peas. How much to buy?
A pound of snap peas equals about 15 pods or 1 cup. Store
sugar snap peas in vegetable crisper up to 1-3 days.

Sugar snap peas have strings that must be removed before eating.
To do this, pinch the very tip of the pea, getting hold of the
string. Pull the string up the straightest side toward the stem
end; pinch off the stem end and continue pulling the string until
there is no more. Eat them whole or eat pods and peas separately.

Uncooked Sugar Snap Peas make scrumptious additions to any dish.
Just snap them like green beans, or slice them lengthwise or in
chunks for salads. Use whole as dippers or fill the crisp pods
as you would fill celery sticks.

Sugar Snap Peas require very little cooking (just 2 minutes at a
simmer is enough) whether in the fresh or frozen state. If
overcooked the pods soften and the flavor is destroyed.

Source: Daily Recipe

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Smoothies





Smoothies

Do you ever crave something creamy sweet and delicious? Well I found a couple of easy recipes that I think will hit that spot and satisfy mmmm!

Strawberry Smoothie

2 c. vanilla ice cream
1- 1/2 c. strawberries
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. lemon juice
2 c. crushed ice

Combine in blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately. 4 cups

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ORANGE SMOOTHIES

1 c. orange juice, other flavor will do
1/2 c. yogurt, plain or vanilla
1 banana

Combine ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve. Be creative, change any or all the ingredients for a variety of flavors.

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PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE

1 c. orange juice
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, undrained
2 med. bananas
2 tsp. sugar
1 (8 oz.) carton plain yogurt
1 c. crushed ice

Combine all ingredients except yogurt in blender; process until smooth. Add yogurt and process until blended. Serves 4. Garnish with a pineapple stirrer.

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CHOCOLATE MILK SHAKE

1 cup milk
2 packets hot cocoa mix
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-4 cups ice cream

In a blender add milk, hot cocoa mix, and vanilla; blend. then add ice cream and blend until smooth.


http://www.nancyskitchen.com

Monday, April 12, 2010

Dreaming In The Garden






DREAMING IN THE GARDEN

Dreams can be merely entertaining
or intense and prophetic.
Many natural aids to dreaming can
be found in the garden!

If you want peaceful dreams that
are relaxing, place a vase of jasmine
by your bed.

If you are having nightmares and wish
them stopped, place morning glories
in the vase instead.

If you need to learn something in a
dream, place a bay leaf under your
pillow and ask for the knowledge.

If you just want nice dreams, use a
sachet of lavender.

If you want to send a psychic dream
to a loved one, blow the seeds off the
top of a dandelion in his or her
direction and project your wish, then
go right to sleep.

If you want your dreams to come true,
you can do one of two spells.

At midnight on a Friday, in silence,
gather nine small non spiny holly
leaves and wrap them in a cloth.
Place them under your pillow, make
your wish, and go to sleep. Your dreams
will come true.

Another ancient spell is to scatter
marigold flowers under your bed, make
your wish, and then say:

"Wish I want and wish I may
Come to me through dream so fair
Come by night and come by day
Come, thou wish, and ride thee here"

Source: ADailyTarotYahooGroup

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Banana Foster Cheesecake Squares/Cream Cheese Clouds/CHIPS AHOY! Cheesecake Sandwiches




Banana Foster Cheesecake Squares

Ingredients

2 cups finely crushed NILLA Wafers
1/2 cup PLANTERS Chopped Pecans
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, melted
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar, divided
3 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
2 tsp. rum extract
3 eggs
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
2 medium bananas, sliced
2 tsp. lemon juice
25 KRAFT Caramels (about 1/2 of 14-oz. bag)
2 Tbsp. milk
1/2 cup PLANTERS Pecan Halves

Instructions

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Separate dough into 12 biscuits; press or roll each to 1/4-inch thickness.

MIX sugar and cinnamon in shallow dish. Dip cream cheese cubes in melted butter, then roll in the cinnamon sugar. Place 1 cheese cube in center of each dough circle; gather up sides of dough to enclose filling. Press edges of dough together to seal. Place, seam sides up, in lightly greased muffin pan. Drizzle with any remaining butter; sprinkle with any remaining cinnamon sugar.

BAKE 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

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Cream Cheese Clouds


Ingredients

1 can (16.3 oz.) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cut into 12 cubes
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

Instructions

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Separate dough into 12 biscuits; press or roll each to 1/4-inch thickness.

MIX sugar and cinnamon in shallow dish. Dip cream cheese cubes in melted butter, then roll in the cinnamon sugar. Place 1 cheese cube in center of each dough circle; gather up sides of dough to enclose filling. Press edges of dough together to seal. Place, seam sides up, in lightly greased muffin pan. Drizzle with any remaining butter; sprinkle with any remaining cinnamon sugar.

BAKE 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

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CHIPS AHOY! Cheesecake Sandwiches


Ingredients

4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
20 CHIPS AHOY! Cookies
1 tub (7 oz.) BAKER’S Milk Chocolate Dipping Chocolate, melted

Instructions

BEAT cream cheese and sugar with mixer until well blended. Stir in COOL WHIP.

COVER bottom (flat) side of each of 10 cookies with about 2 Tbsp. cream cheese mixture; top each with second cookie to form sandwich. Dip half of each sandwich in chocolate; gently shake off excess chocolate. Place in single layer in airtight container.

FREEZE 3 hours or until firm.


More Philly cream cheese recipes

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Spring Fragrance Fever





Spring Fragrance Fever: Fresh Suggestions for Your Tried-and-True Scents


I love fragrances and trying NEW ones is always fun whether it be spray cologne, perfume, bath & body products, or candles :) Take a look at these new ones. Another thing I love is the bottles and packaging on fragrances. The Jean Paul Gaultier 'Classique' bottle is cool - it being a female's body with a corset type lingerie and in blush pink with black looks sexy!! You can only imagine what the scent will be like. Orchid & Vanilla and priced at 100 bucks, OUCH...but it's a designer fragrance.

Beauty & Style Spring Fragrance Fever: Fresh Suggestions for Your Tried-and-True Scents Sexy Swap

Tarot The Simple Spread

The Simple Spread


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|_1_| |_2_| |_3_|

The simplest possible Tarot spread is the drawing and
interpreting of a single card. The simple spread above
goes a little further by employing three cards, and the
meaning of each card is modified according to the
position it occupies in the spread. To prepare the
reading, three cards are selected and dealt in the
order shown. They are then interpreted in turn as
follows:

1. The Past Events or influences from the past that
have affected the present but are now passing away

2. The Present The important events, issues, attitudes
or influences around the question or current situation

3. The Future Future events and fresh influences about
to come into play that will operate in the near future

If a specific question has been asked, then each
position is interpreted in a manner relevant to the
question. Of course, the spread may be varied in any
way the reader sees fit, with greater or fewer cards,
or different attributions to the three positions. The
important thing is that the form and meaning of the
spread are known in advance. For example, the simple
spread could be interpreted as follows if this suited
the reader's purposes and preferences better:

1. The Present The important event, issue, attitude
or influence around the question or current situation

2. Obstacles Current obstacles, problems, conflicts
and opposition that the questioner must deal with

3. The Outcome The eventual outcome of events shown
by the other cards

source: ADailyTarotYahooGroup

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Oriental Fried Rice/Sweet Onion Mac 'n' Cheese

Oriental Fried Rice

3 tablespoons vegetable oil (preferably peanut)
2 eggs
4 cups cold cooked rice
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon dry sherry
3 green onions, chopped
1/2 – 1 cup frozen green peas (thawed)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste



In a large frying pan or wok, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Beat the eggs with a fork and pour them into the pan. Cook 1-2 minutes, turn and cook for 1 minute on the second side. Remove the egg from the pan and cut it into slivers.


Add the remaining oil to the pan. Add the rice and stir over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Add the soy sauce, sherry, onions, peas, salt and pepper to taste. Cook until warmed through and the rice is a bit "toasty".


Makes 4 large or 6 small servings.


For a main course, add 2 cups of diced cooked ham, pork or chicken to the basic fried rice.

http://www.cookingnook.com/

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Sweet Onion Mac 'n' Cheese
By Rachael Ray


6 Servings

Salt and pepper
1 pound whole wheat macaroni or penne pasta
3 tablespoons butter
2 large onions—peeled, quartered and thinly sliced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon ground thyme (about 1/3 palmful)
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup beef stock
2 1/2 cups grated gruyère or swiss cheese
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives

Directions:
1.Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente; drain.

2.While the pasta is working, heat a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the butter to melt, then add the onions, bay leaf and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are light caramel in color, 15 to 20 minutes.

3.Preheat the broiler. Discard the bay leaf. Stir the flour into the onion mixture. Stir in the milk and beef stock and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese until melted, then stir in the mustard.

4.Add the pasta to the sauce and toss. Spoon into a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish, top with the remaining 1 cup cheese and broil until brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Top with the chives and serve immediately.

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/Recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipes/rachael-ray-30-minute-meals/Sweet-Onion-Mac--n--Cheese

Monday, April 05, 2010

Grilled Lemon Herb Shrimp

Grilled Lemon Herb Shrimp

makes 3-4 servings

1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
1/4 cup oil
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup Eucalyptus honey
3 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 lb. (21 to 25 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined, with shells on
tails

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except shrimp. Stir in
shrimp. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Heat grill. Drain shrimp;
thread on 3 skewers. Grill 5 to 7 minutes or until shrimp are opaque;
turning once. Serve warm. Shrimp may also be broiled. After draining,
place on a broiler pan. Broil 4 inches from heat for 6 to 8 minutes or
until shrimp are opaque; turning once. For added tartness, add an
additional Tablespoon of lemon juice and a dash of salt. Makes 3-4 main
dish servings or 12 appetizer servings.

National Honey Board
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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Scented Stones/Dream Pillows Spell

Scented Stones


Collect or purchase, smooth, porous pebbles, then use a cotton swab
to paint them with a combination of 8 drops each Ginger and Jasmine
essential oils. Refresh as needed.
You may also use your favorite essential oils.
Place these fragrant stones in decorative bowls, add them to a
miniature sand garden or arrange them around the edge of a tabletop
water fountain.


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Moon Day Dream Pillows Spell

Prepare for psychic dreams tonight! Make a dream pillow by mixing some or all of the following herbs to make a cupful: (the first two are required) mugwort, lavender, rose petals, catnip, chamomile, jasmine, orange blossoms, and buckwheat hulls. Sew them up in a small rectangle of Moon-and-star printed cloth. Stuff the dream pillow into your pillowcase with your usual pillow. Before sleep, tell yourself that you will remember your dreams. Place a small notebook and pen by the bed so you can record the dreams you remember when you wake up in the morning. Continue using the dream pillow for best results.

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