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

ALL IS BRIGHT Curated by sandeeknits - Collection Published on 12-19-2010

It's always nice to be included in a jewelry collection and one of my celestial necklaces is featured on this curated collection, take a look and see all the beautiful celestial theme jewelry here.

I'd like to thank the curator for this beautiful collection SandeeKnits and for including my Mystic Moon necklace in her collection.

To browse & buy Vamp's jewelry visit Jewelry by Vamp ArtFire Studio.

Jewelry by Vamp - Handcrafted Jewelry with Mystique

Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, with a steampunk, gothic, victorian, rocker influence.

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!"