Thursday, December 29, 2016

In The Winter Time


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice








DIY Spot Makeup Brush Cleaner

DIY Spot Makeup Brush Cleaner


This brush cleaner recipe is used for in-between deep cleaning of brushes. Use this spray method after you are done using your brushes, for a quick cleaning to get them ready for the following day.
 
This spot brush cleaner method is best for eye shadow brushes, blush, powder brush, etc. not for brushes that you would use for foundation or concealer.

1-cup filtered water
1/4-cup witch hazel or rubbing alcohol
1-tablespoon conditioning shampoo or regular shampoo or dish soap
1/2-tablespoon leave in spray conditioner (optional)

Mix ingredients in a spray bottle.  To use, just spray on your brush and wipe back and forth on a face cloth or paper towel, spray again and do the same process until the brush is clean. The brush will dry quickly and will be ready for next use.

Another DIY (deep) brush cleaner to use on all brushes.  Mix two parts antibacterial dish soap (Dawn) to one part of extra virgin olive oil on a clean plate or bowl. This cleans and conditions brushes. Watch video below!


Sunday, December 04, 2016

Misty Fog

Misty Fog

 






Saliva – All Because of You


Saliva – All Because of You - I love this tune :)

Brimstone Sulfur (“Leviathan Cross”)

Brimstone Sulfur “Leviathan Cross”) 



I was looking at symbols and came across this cool symbol. I love that it has both the infinity symbol and double cross on it.
Here is the meaning of this symbol:

Brimstone Sulfur (“Leviathan Cross”) – A symbol for the alchemical element Sulfur
which is spiritually analogous to the human soul. Alchemically, sulfur has the qualities of masculine, hot and dry. Combined with Mercury (feminine, cool and moist), the pair were considered the parents of all metals. Alchemical drawings often portray Sulfur as the sun.
The symbol of sulfur is often used as an identifying symbol by Satanists, due to sulphur’s historical asociation with the devil.
It really has nothing to do with Satan, just people wanting a cool symbol and since it is not your typical cross and many don’t know what the symbol actually stands for, they use it.


Another symbol that I love is the Fire Element symbol (because it’s my element as a Sagittarius) and being a pyramid triangle shape it’s mystical.

Fire (Elemental Fire, “Blade”)
The upward pointing triangle is the alchemical symbol for fire. One of the four classical elements, fire has the properties of heat and dryness, and symbolizes the “fiery” emotions- love, hate, passion, compassion, empathy, anger, etc., as well as spiritual aspiration- those actions of intent which bring us closer to the divine. Fire is represented in numerous cultures as the triangle, symbolizing a rising force. The symbolism of the upward-pointing triangle symbolizes rising energy. The element is sometimes represented by a sword or knife; when paired with the chalice of water, it is referred to as the blade. In Paracelsian alchemical tradition, the elemental spirits of fire are salamanders. The fire symbol is derived from the medieval magical Seal of Solomon. Zodiac signs ruled by the element of fire are: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.

London After Midnight Sacrifice

 

London After Midnight Sacrifice

Here we go again
We’ve taken it to the end,
With every waking moment
We face this silent torment.
I’d sacrifice,
Sacrifice myself to you,
Right here tonight
Because you know that I love you.
Sacrifice,
I’d sacrifice myself to you,
Here tonight,
Because you know that I love you.
Darkness is all I want to see-
I could never put in to words,
What it is you mean to me…
I’d sacrifice,
I’d sacrifice myself to you,
Right here tonight
Because you know that I love you.
Sacrifice,
I’d sacrifice myself to you,
Here tonight,
Because you know that I love you.
Love you,
Love you…
The candle’s burning low-
At the window to my soul…
The reaper’s at my door now-
And he’s come to take me home…
I’d sacrifice,
I’d sacrifice myself to you-
Right here tonight,
‘Cause you know that I love you.
Sacrifice,
I’d sacrifice myself to you,
Here tonight,
Because you know that I love you…
I’d sacrifice,
I’d sacrifice,
I’d sacrifice,
Sacrifice…
Sacrifice-
Myself to you,
Right here tonight,
‘Cause you know that I love you.
I’d sacrifice,
I’d sacrifice,
I’d sacrifice,
I’d sacrifice…
I’d sacrifice,
Sacrifice myself to you,
Right here tonight
Because you know that I love you.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Lovers in the Rain


There is something so utterly romantic as a walk in the rain, with your lover sharing an umbrella.  Something about the sound of rain, the scent in the air, you look at him and he at you…. and something magical happens as you kiss in the rain.

Letting Go


And I began to let him go.
Hour by hour.
Days into months.
It was a physical sensation, like letting out the string of a kite.
Except that the string was coming from my center….

Augusten Burroughs

Wood For Magick Wands

Wood For Magick Wands


Wood to use on magick wands:

Different trees are associated with different magical uses. When choosing the type of wood for your wand, you may wish to take into consideration the following correspondences between magical intent and type of wood:

ALL PURPOSE: oak, hazel, rowan.
BANISHING: birch, elder, juniper.
DIVINATION: cherry, fig, orange, pomegranate, willow.
FERTILITY: hawthorn, olive.
HEALING: apple, blackberry, cedar, eucalyptus, sandalwood, willow.
LOVE: apple, cherry, elm, willow.
PROSPERITY: blackberry, maple, pine.
PROTECTION: poplar, ash, elder, elm.

Gothic Dinner

Gothic Dinner

This lovely Gothic dinner menu can be served during the Summer time or even in the Autumn. Instead of grilling steaks in the Autumn/Winter you can broil them in your oven.

All served on black dinner ware or burgundy red plates. Table set with black lace table cloth or other Goth theme – silverware, lots of candles, and wine glasses. Red rose centerpiece in a skull vase or other Goth theme centerpiece.

Menu:

-Red Wine
-BBQ Steak
-Purple Cole Slaw
-Grilled Mushrooms
-Black Beans
-Vanilla Ice Cream With Berry Sauce

Red Wine (lots to drink through the meal)
BBQ Steak (rare to medium rare)

Serves 2 if you want to serve more people buy more steaks.

2- (1-1/4- to 1-1/2-inch-thick) New York strip or beef rib-eye steak
Vegetable oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
*Other seasoning if you wish like garlic, onion powder*
Remove the steak from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature, about 30 to 45 minutes.
Heat a gas or charcoal grill to high (about 450°F to 550°F) and rub the grates with a towel dipped in vegetable oil.
Meanwhile, season the steak on all sides with salt and pepper (other seasonings).
When the grill is ready, place the steak on the grates and cover the grill. Cook, undisturbed, until grill marks appear on the bottom and the steak’s lightly charred on the edges, about 4 to minutes. Flip, cover the grill, and cook until the steak’s medium rare, about 4 minutes more. To check for doneness, use your finger to press on the meat: It should be firm around the edges but still give in the center. You can also use an instant-read thermometer; it should register between 125°F and 130°F.
Transfer the steak to a cutting board and let it rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.
chowhound.com

Purple Cole Slaw
 
Serves 10 to 12
For the slaw:
1 small head (2 to 2 1/2 pounds) cabbage (green, red, or a mix)
2 to 3 large carrots (3 to 3 1/2 cups shredded)
1 tablespoon salt, optional
1 1/4 cup coleslaw dressing
Mayonnaise dressing:
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup white wine vinegar or cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Shred the cabbage: Cut the cabbage in half and peel off a few of the thin outer layers. Cut each half into quarters, then cut out the tough core in the middle. Slice each quarter crosswise into thin shreds, or run the quarters through a food processor with a shredding blade. Transfer the shredded cabbage to a large mixing bowl.
Shred the carrots: Peel the carrots, then either cut them into very small matchsticks, or shred them using a food processor with a shredding blade or on a box grater. Transfer the shredded cabbage to the mixing bowl with the cabbage.
Toss the shredded cabbage and carrots together.
Whisk the dressing: Whisk together the ingredients for your dressing in a small bowl. Taste and add more salt, sugar, or vinegar to taste.
Toss the slaw with the dressing: Pour the dressing over the shredded cabbage and carrots.
Toss gently to combine.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving
thekitchn.com

Grilled Mushrooms
 
Yield: 4 servings.
1/2 pound medium fresh mushrooms
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
Thread mushrooms on four metal or soaked wooden skewers or use a grill basket. Combine butter, dill and garlic salt; brush over mushrooms.
Grill over medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes or until tender, basting and turning every 5 minutes.
tasteofhome.com

Black Beans
 
Serves 2 to 4 (depending how much you give each person)
1 (16 ounce) can black beans
1 small onion chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt to taste
In a medium saucepan, combine beans, onion, and garlic, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Season with cilantro, cayenne, and salt. Simmer for 5 minutes, and serve.
allrecipes.com

Vanilla Ice Cream With Berry Sauce

Simple Berry Sauce
Yield: 1 1/4 cups
2 cups frozen berries (I used a mixture of cherries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)
1/3 cup sugar
Place the frozen fruit and the sugar in a small saucepan. Set the heat to low, stirring occasionally, until the berries have softened. This should take between 5-10 minutes. Once the berries are mostly thawed, increase the heat to medium. Mash them with a potato masher and stir constantly while the liquid simmers for about 2 minutes. Pour the warm mixture over vanilla ice cream or let cool and then serve with the dessert of your choice. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
barefeetinthekitchen.com

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

5 Tbsp butter
1 pound of top sirloin or tenderloin, cut thin into 1-inch wide by 2 1/2-inch long strips
1/3 cup chopped shallots or substitute onions
1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of dry tarragon or parsley
1 cup of sour cream at room temperature

Brown the beef in butter, Melt 3 Tbsp of butter in a large skillet on medium heat. Increase the heat to high/med-high and add the beef and brown on both sides. You may need to work in batches.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper. When meat is all browned, remove to a bowl and set aside.

Sauté the shallots or onions, In the same pan, reduce heat to medium. Cook the shallots for a minute or two. Remove the shallots to the same bowl as the meat and set aside.

Sauté the mushrooms, In the same pan, melt another 2 Tbsp of butter. Increase heat to medium high and add mushrooms. Cook, for about 4 minutes and sprinkle with nutmeg and tarragon or parsley.

Reduce heat to low and add the sour cream to the mushrooms. Do not simmer or boil, or the sour cream may curdle. You might want to add a tablespoon or two of water or stock to thin the sauce (or not). Stir in the beef and shallots, combine until well mixed. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over noodles, fettuccine, mashed potatoes, or rice.

Source: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/beef_stroganoff/


Saturday, October 15, 2016

White Pumpkins



White Pumpkins - Also Known As: albino pumpkin, ghost pumpkin, Snowball, Casper, Lumina, Baby Boo, Cotton Candy Pumpkin

I'm totally enchanted with these white mini pumpkins this year!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Full Moon Names


Full Moon Names


January
Full Wolf Moon, Snow, Cold, Chaste,


February
Full Ice Moon, Storm,  Hunger, Wild, Red


March
Full Storm Moon, Seed, Moon of Winds, Worm, Lenting, Sap, Crow


April
Full Growing Moon, Hare, Seed, Planting, Budding Trees, Pink, Green Grass


May
Full Hare Moon, Merry, Dryad, Flower,  Thrice-Milk Month, Joy, Planting


June
Full Mead Moon, Horses, Lovers’, Strong Sun, Honey, Strawberry, Rose


July
Full Hay Moon, Wort, Moon of Claiming, Blessing, Buck, Thunder


August
Full Corn  Moon, Barley,  Harvest


September
Full Harvest Moon*, Wine, Singing, Sturgeon


October
Full Blood Moon, Harvest, Shedding, Falling Leaf, Ten Colds, Moon of Changing Season


November
Full Snow  Moon, Dark, Fog, Beaver, Mourning, Mad, Moon of Storms,


December   
Full Cold Moon, Oak, wolf, Moon of Long Nights, Big Winter, Moon of Popping Trees



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Friday, June 03, 2016

Summer Recipes

Menu:

 -BBQ Steak
-Red Cabbage Cole Slaw
-Grilled Mushrooms
-Black Beans
-Vanilla Ice Cream With Berry Sauce

 

BBQ Steak (rare to medium rare)

Serves 2
2-  (1-1/4- to 1-1/2-inch-thick) New York strip or beef rib-eye steak
Vegetable oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
*Other seasoning if you wish like garlic, onion powder*

Remove the steak from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature, about 30 to 45 minutes.

Heat a gas or charcoal grill to high (about 450°F to 550°F) and rub the grates with a towel dipped in vegetable oil.

Meanwhile, season the steak on all sides with salt and pepper (other seasonings).

When the grill is ready, place the steak on the grates and cover the grill. Cook, undisturbed, until grill marks appear on the bottom and the steak’s lightly charred on the edges, about 4 to  minutes. Flip, cover the grill, and cook until the steak’s medium rare, about 4 minutes more. To check for doneness, use your finger to press on the meat: It should be firm around the edges but still give in the center. You can also use an instant-read thermometer; it should register between 125°F and 130°F.

Transfer the steak to a cutting board and let it rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.
chowhound.com



Red Cabbage Cole Slaw

Serves 10 to 12

For the slaw:
1 small head (2 to 2 1/2 pounds) cabbage (green, red, or a mix)
2 to 3 large carrots (3 to 3 1/2 cups shredded)
1 tablespoon salt, optional
1 1/4 cup coleslaw dressing

Mayonnaise dressing:
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup white wine vinegar or cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt


Shred the cabbage: Cut the cabbage in half and peel off a few of the thin outer layers. Cut each half into quarters, then cut out the tough core in the middle. Slice each quarter crosswise into thin shreds, or run the quarters through a food processor with a shredding blade. Transfer the shredded cabbage to a large mixing bowl.

Shred the carrots: Peel the carrots, then either cut them into very small matchsticks, or shred them using a food processor with a shredding blade or on a box grater. Transfer the shredded cabbage to the mixing bowl with the cabbage.

Toss the shredded cabbage and carrots together.
Whisk the dressing: Whisk together the ingredients for your dressing in a small bowl. Taste and add more salt, sugar, or vinegar to taste.

Toss the slaw with the dressing: Pour the dressing over the shredded cabbage and carrots.

Toss gently to combine.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving
thekitchn.com



Grilled Mushrooms
Yield: 4 servings.

1/2 pound medium fresh mushrooms
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
Thread mushrooms on four metal or soaked wooden skewers or use a grill basket. Combine butter, dill and garlic salt; brush over mushrooms.
Grill over medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes or until tender, basting and turning every 5 minutes.
tasteofhome.com



Black Beans
Serves 2 to 4 (depending how much you give each person)

1 (16 ounce) can black beans
1 small onion chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt to taste

In a medium saucepan, combine beans, onion, and garlic, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Season with cilantro, cayenne, and salt. Simmer for 5 minutes, and serve.
allrecipes.com


Vanilla Ice Cream With Berry Sauce

Vanilla Ice Cream

Simple Berry Sauce
Yield: 1 1/4 cups

2 cups frozen berries (I used a mixture of cherries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)
1/3 cup sugar

Place the frozen fruit and the sugar in a small saucepan. Set the heat to low, stirring occasionally, until the berries have softened. This should take between 5-10 minutes. Once the berries are mostly thawed, increase the heat to medium. Mash them with a potato masher and stir constantly while the liquid simmers for about 2 minutes. Pour the warm mixture over vanilla ice cream or let cool and then serve with the dessert of your choice. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
barefeetinthekitchen.com









Cauldron Prophecy 

 






Purpose: For prophecies to be revealed through dreams, strong
impressions or immediate visions.

Fill a cauldron or large, black iron pot half-full of fresh water.
Add a handful of buttercup or marigold petals. Light incense of
wormwood or burn the herb thyme. Stir the cauldron/pot gently three times while chanting:

Into the threads of time I cast my thoughts
To catch a glimpse of what will be
O Gods of Asgard,
bring into my mind
The lovely gift of prophecy


Look deep into the cauldron and you will receive messages as per the
above.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sea Poem

Beyond The Sea - Poem by Thomas Love Peacock


Beyond the sea, beyond the sea,
My heart is gone, far, far from me;
And ever on its track will flee
My thoughts, my dreams, beyond the sea.

Beyond the sea, beyond the sea,
The swallow wanders fast and free:
Oh, happy bird! were I like thee,
I, too, would fly beyond the sea.

Beyond the sea, beyond the sea,
Are kindly hearts and social glee:
But here for me they may not be;
My heart is gone beyond the sea.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Anyone Can Be a Witch

Witchcraft is not a set of criteria

Witchcraft is a state of mind

Anyone can be a witch, 

no matter who they are, 

they just have to accept it.

Gothic Witch Heart Onyx Necklace by Vamps jewelry

Gothic Witch Heart Onyx Necklace  click to buy

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

High Roller Sandwich Roll-Ups

High Roller Sandwich Roll-Ups

1 Bag flour tortillas or sandwich wraps (plain or flavored)
1 lg Bar of softened cream cheese
Roast beef sliced thin
Ham sliced thin
Turkey sliced thin
Colby Jack cheese, sliced thin
Lettuce shredded thin strips
Garlic powder
Sliced tomatoes very thin


Use the back of a spatula and cover each tortilla with a thin
layer of cream cheese. Sprinkle lightly with garlic powder.
Use half of the tortilla: to layer meats, cheese, lettuce,
and tomatoes. Then roll up tortilla with cream cheese side
rolled up last so it will seal as if using glue. Cut in 1
inch pieces and serve, or leave whole.

Yield: 8-10 Servings

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Art - Sea Witch


 I closed my eyes said the
Words of will for the gentle
Breathin' that moves the seas
Make my sails fill




Tuesday, March 29, 2016

New England Clam Chowder

Chatham Pier Fish Market Classic New England Clam Chowder


Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Hands On Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

    3 strips thick-cut bacon
    4 tablespoons unsalted butter
    1 large onion, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
    1 rib celery, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
    1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
    2 bay leaves
    2 medium-size white potatoes, peeled and cut into ¼-inch cubes
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    4 cups bottled clam juice, divided
    1 pound chopped fresh clam meat, with juices (see Note)
    Kosher salt to taste
    3 cups light cream
    1 teaspoon white pepper

Instructions:
Set a 4- to 6-quart pot over medium-low heat. Add the bacon and cook, turning occasionally, until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the bacon, leaving the fat in the pot, and crumble into small pieces; set aside.

Add the butter, onion, celery, thyme, and bay leaves to the pot. Cook, stirring often, until onions are tender and translucent, 6 to 8 minutes.

Return the bacon to the pot and stir. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, while you prepare the potatoes.

In a 2- to 3-quart pot on high heat, boil the diced potatoes in salted water until tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Turning back to the onion/bacon mixture, increase the heat to medium-low.

Add the flour gradually, stirring continuously, until a thick paste forms. Stir and cook 5 minutes.

Increase the heat to medium and slowly add the bottled clam juice, 1 cup at a time, incorporating it into the mixture before adding more.

Increase the heat to medium-high and add the potatoes and clam meat with its juices. Keep stirring 5 minutes, until the clams are tender.

Add the cream slowly; then stir in the white pepper.



Discard the bay leaves before serving. Serve hot.

Additional Notes:
Many supermarkets carry frozen, chopped clam meat in 1-pound containers, which is fresher than canned and just as convenient. Simply defrost before using.


Source: Yankee Magazine



Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Green Popcorn Recipe

Green Popcorn Recipe

What you'll need: popcorn, green food coloring, brown paper bag, and corn syrup.

1. Put 1 tablespoon of corn syrup in a cup, and heat for about 30 seconds.

2. Add 4-5 drops of green food coloring, and stir.

3. Add 1 cup of popcorn to brown paper bag.

4. Pour corn syrup into bag.

5. Fold bag as shown in video.

6. Shake! Shake! Shake!

7. Put in microwave for 2 minutes - This will vary for each microwave, so make sure you watch and listen, and adjust your time.

8. Be careful when opening bag. It will be hot!!

Source: youtube

















Friday, January 29, 2016

Zodiac Signs As Art Movements

The signs as art movements

aries: pop art // self-aware, bold, humorous

taurus: impressionism // creative, focused, sensitive 

gemini: expressionism // open-minded, emotional, idealistic

cancer: art nouveau // delicate, natural, elegant

leo: surrealism // exciting, outgoing, brave

virgo: cubism // complex, practical, perfectionist   

libra: art deco // luxurious, forward thinking, harmonious

scorpio: baroque // passionate, intense, sensual

sagittarius: romanticism // dramatic, idealistic, nature-orientated

capricorn: minimalism // sarcastic, smart, hidden-depth

aquarius: dada // intellectual, innovative, adventurous

pisces: pre-raphaelites // poetic, mysterious, emotional