Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Lughnasadh/Lammas Class

This evening's class was small, but fun. We didn't have as big of a turn out as last class, but we hope to have more next time. However, we still had a blast, and some really yummy food:

All set up for class

The youngest arranging my books

In this class we covered the full moon and Lughnasadh. Before the class, I made up some salsa and homemade chips (recipes found on the Lughnasadh/Lammas page). In stead of regular salt, I used pink Himalayan salt to season both the salsa and chips. It was a great addition to the flavor. In class, I made one of my favorite recipes, Full Moon Cornbread (recipe on the Full Moon page). It has been forever since I've made, but now I wonder why I ever stopped. YUM! Everyone loved it, there were no left overs:

Baking up yummy goodness!

The shop did get in some new stock, and needless to say, I ended up adding to my ever growing collection of pagan books:

New reading material

As I told the youngest, you can never have too many books, especially if they are cookbooks. So, I think I will be starting a page for my vast collection of books, and I will probably write small reviews of them. Yeah. That sounds like a good idea. lol.

So, until next time..... Blessed Be!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Laptops, books and kitties! Oh my!

A few months back, my trusty laptop took a nose dive. The fan died. I ordered a new one, and tried to fix it, but that was all for not, as the new fan didn't work either. So, for the past couple of months I have been borrowing the youngest daughter's laptop to post, and to make the lesson plans for my Kitchen Witchery classes. I decided last week that I just couldn't take it any longer and I had to find something new. So, I started searching, and finally decided that I wanted something small, versatile, and able to function in any manner I needed. So, I decided that I wanted a Microsoft Surface 3.

It arrived yesterday, and so far I am loving it. I made sure to get the keyboard and the pen. The only issue I have had is that the bluetooth portion of the pen isn't syncing with the tablet. However, I did contact Microsoft, and they will be sending me a new one. But, I did place my order on Amazon, and decided that while I was placing a new order that I might as well add to my book collection. So, I ordered the new Lughnasadh book from their new Sabbats series.

Image courtesy of Llewellyn

It never hurts to have another book, right? ;) I can't wait to dive into this one over the next week, before my next class. I really loved their first series, and this one is shaping up to be just as good. This is my third book from the new series, and I definitely plan on collecting all of them.

Speaking of my next class, I have the lesson plan in the bag, and will be adding the recipes to the Lammas/Lughnasadh tab before the class. I have some very yummy things planned, and lots of suggestions for everyone. Keep an eye open for that.

Now, for the third part of my title: Kitties! What would a post be without a photo of my little hellion familiar? Little Miss Onnie is such a little joy. She is still coming out of her shell, but she's made big progress since coming home. She has developed a fondness for attacking my pant legs and biting them while I am trying to prepare her food. Just take a look at this little cutie:

Well, until next time.... Blessed Be!

Friday, July 03, 2015

My Kitchen Witchery

Happy Late Mid-Summer! It's been a couple of busy weeks, so I am very late in writing this post. I have a bit of exciting news. As I mentioned previously, I have been attending fellowship at a pagan/spiritual shop near home called Blessed Be (Facebook link on the sidebar), for over a year now, and when the owner that conducts the fellowships asked for volunteers to help host some, I jumped right in. As I am a solitary kitchen witch, it was only natural that my fellowships/classes be on cooking and kitchen witchery. We have started arranging the classes so that I can focus on the Sabbats. My first class was on my birthday last week, and focused on Litha/Mid-Summer/Summer Solstice. Granted, my birthday is a few days after, but it still worked out great. In the class I made Fried Honey Cakes (aka: Fairy Cakes), and before the class I made Serendipity Cookies and fresh Lavender-Honey Lemonade. It was fun and yummy. I also put together a hand out for everyone that included the recipes, a menu planning suggestion, and some decorating/tablescaping ideas. Here are a few pics from the event:

As I had to use a small deep fryer, the Fairy Cakes came out more like funnel cake (but who doesn't like funnel cake, right?), and we had the honey-nutmeg dipping sauce for them. The Serendipity Cookies were awesome, as usual. I will be posting the recipes for these items on my new pages (listed above, directly below the header).

This Lavender-Honey Lemonade was absolutely delicious! I will definitely be making more of it, that's for sure. If anyone is interested in a copy of my hand out, you can email me here, and I will be more than happy to send you back a copy. I am also available for any questions or needed suggestions. You can either email me, or leave a comment, and I'll get back to you as quickly as I can.

During the class, I placed out part of my pagan cookbook collection, along with my personal cookbook. Also, during the class, we touched on how to incorporate herbs with magical properties into your cooking to help weave magic into your everyday life, and mundane activities. I am really looking forward to the next class, which will be July 28th. For this class, I will be covering Lammas, and the Full Moon. I am still in the process of putting together everything for the class, but after the class I will post an update, the recipes on the companion blog, and have the hand out available for anyone interested.

In other news, my newest familiar has finally come home. However, she has brought a companion with her. Her mommy:

We have welcomed Miss Sophie Anne into our home. My best friend was having problems trying find a home for her, partly because she was a stray, and because she wasn't a kitten. I talked it over with the hubby, and it only made sense that since I had put money and time into making sure she was healthy, along with all of her babies, that we might as well take her in and love her. So, here she is, and here she will stay. She is such a quiet and loving thing, she is hardly any trouble. Well, except when she is chasing the dogs through the house to protect her baby. lol. But, we are working with her to get her to stop, and understand that the dogs really just aren't interested in eating her offspring. lol. But, we are getting there.

Until next time..... Blessed Be!