Showing posts from March, 2009

Beltane -- Original Chocolate Fondue

The one, the only... the classic. With variations to make you drool. I'm going for the Flaming Turtle Fondue this year. Make sure those cake cubes are dense, like pound cake. You don't want them just becoming crumbs in your chocolate.

Beltane Recipe- A Pagan Wedding Cake

Tres Leches Cake

Makes 12 to 15 servings

One package (about 18 oz.) white cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare mix
one can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
one cup milk
one cup (1/2 pint) whipping cream
one container (8 oz.) whipped topping, thawed
fresh fruit

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 13 by 9 by 2 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Bake about 35 to 40 minutes or until cake is firm to the touch. Remove cake from oven; cool five minutes.
3. Meanwhile, combine sweetened condensed milk, milk and whipping cream in a four cup measure. Poke holes all around the warm cake, using a wooden skewer or toothpick. Slowly pour milk mixture evenly over top of holes on cake. Let cake cool 10 to 15 minutes more to absorb all liquid. Cover and refrigerate cake in pan at least one hour.
4. When cake is completely cool, spread whipped topping evenly on top. Cut into pieces and serve with fresh fruit. Keep cake c…

Recipe- Scotch Eggs

Scotch Eggs
Servings: 6
Author Notes:
Scotch Eggs are a great way to use leftover easter Eggs and are one of my favorite foods, although I don't indulge in them too often. Since they are delicious hot or cold, they make a wonderful addition to a picnic.


6 hard boiledeggs
1 pound spicy sausage meat
1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1/2 cup flour, divided
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
2 eggs, beaten
oil for frying

Peel the eggs and set aside. Mix sausage and spices in a small bowl. Divide sausage into 6 equal portions, set aside. Mix breadcrumbs with salt, pepper and paprika, set aside.

Dry each egg with a paper towel, then roll lightly in flour to coat. Take one portion of sausage and using hands, shape a coating around the hard boiled egg, completely enclosing it (see photos). Roll in flour again, then dip in beaten egg then roll in breadcrumb mixture. Repeat with remaining eggs.

Heat about 2-3 inches of oil in a …

Ginger-Lime Chicken Salad


Egg Gift Boxes

This is so clever! I love the idea of using those plastic eggs.

Florentine Chicken Cordon Bleu

This is a great spring recipe! It goes together in a flash, and is low carb to boot!

Eostar Sabbat


She comes, a maiden, barely clad,
In peeking buds and newborn leaves.
Holds up her arms to her young Lord,
To warm the seeds she holds within.

"Spring is the reibrth of the earth, the fulfillment of the
promise made by Candlemas.

It is also the time of planting. And of acknowledging that
those things growing now were planted in the autumn by the

And so it is the time of beginnings, of starting those
things you wish to "grow" during the year, and of continuing to work
on those things the Gods have given you to do.

Oh, and it makes the promise of the fullness of the earth
to come."

Welcome to my writing on Eostar/Ostara/Spring Equinox. The Sabbat goes by a variety of names. Pick one, they all mean the same day and the same celebration.

The approximate date used is March 21. However, this varies from year to year, depending on when the actual equinox happens. Consult a good calendar.

Let me state clearly: I am a kitchen …

Baked Egg Custard

Don't be intimidated by the seeming size of this recipe.

St Patrick's Day-- Corned Beef and Cabbage

I love this recipe. I've used it since my DH gave me my first Better Homes and Gardens cookbook back in the early 80's. Now I collect them.

St. Patrick's Day-- A New Twist for Corned Beef

I'm not one for these salads normally, but this wasn't bad!

St Patrick's Day- Green Chili Stew


Eostar Incense


Bread Machine Kulich


St. Patrick's Day-- Fish and Veggie Chips

I do love a healthy twist on an old favorite. I might just be serving up a new tradition this St. Patrick's Day.

St Patrick's Day Cranberry and White Chocolate Scones


Decoupage Plates for St Pats and Your Altar

Think how fun this would be in many different shades, colors, and designs!

Celtic Diamond Danglers

This would make great ritual jewelry. Who cares what color the beads are?

Shamrock Bread and Spinach Dip

Shamrock Herb Bread with Spinach Dip

Looking for a green treat to bring to the party? Bake your favorite hot roll mix in the Shamrock Pan, hallow out the center and fill with your favorite (green!) spinach dip.

Shamrock Pan

1 package Favorite hot roll mix (16 oz. package)
water , to prepare mix
butter , to prepare mix
egg , to prepare mix
3/4 cup cheddar cheese , finely shredded (optional)
Favorite homemade or purchased Spinach Dip
Non-stick vegetable pan spray
Makes: 1 loaf.

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Spray pan with vegetable pan spray. Prepare hot roll mix following package instructions; if desired, knead in shredded cheese. Press dough into prepared pan. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.
When completely cooled, cut hole in bread, almost completely through; spoon in Spinach Dip.
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The Nine Sacred Woods

This is the time when my coven begins the serious hunt for the nine sacred woods that comprise the bundle of wood decorated and cast into the balefire at Beltane. It's important to gather them now so they may dry properly and burn well in May.

The nine kinds of wood used in the Beltane fire

One of the best-known Celtic traditions for Beltane is the lighting of the Beltane fires. These huge fires were set to welcome back the sun for the light (summer) half of the year. All the hearth fires were extinguished on May Eve, and then they were relit the next day from the Beltane fires.

The fires were started with nine sacred woods, each with various magickal properties. People would gather and dance around the fires through the night, jumping over the flames to ensure a successful and prosperous summer.

a.. Birch - The Goddess, or female energy
b.. Oak - The God, or male energy
c.. Hazel - Knowledge and wisdom
d.. Rowan (Mountain Ash) - Life
e.. Hawthorne - Purity and fairy magick

Bread Machine Challah

This is but one of my egg bread (aka challah) recipes.

Copper and Malachite Celtic Jewelry

Pretty, huh? I was impressed. Note they provide the sources for the beads.

Green Cleaning from your Pantry

This is a partial cut and paste from a wonderful website:

Here's a collection of my favorite natural cleaning formulas, concoctions and witches brews. MOST are safe and nontoxic, with a few exceptions which are clearly noted. Use the ingredients listed below when making your own alternative cleaners, most are inexpensive and you probably already have many of them in your kitchen cupboards. All can be found at your local supermarket, natural food store or drugstore.Used individually or combined, these cleaners are safe, effective and cost-efficient.

BAKING SODA (sodium bicarbonate): An all-purpose, non-toxic cleaner. Cleans, deodorizes, removes stains and softens fabrics.

BORAX (sodium borate): A natural mineral that kills mold and bacteria. An alternative to bleach, it deodorizes, removes stains and boosts the cleaning power of soap. Please note safety precautions at the bottom of this page.


Eostar Candlestick

Today we revisit our old friend, polymer clay. Note the symbology in the design of this candleholder.
First, there's the double spiral. The first spiral in the creation of the rope, then the second spiral to create the base and cylinder where the candle goes.
Again, there are alternates and variations on this theme suitable to make many other candleholders for all the Sabbats and Esbats, or for no reason other than the beauty and romance of candles.
I re-emphasize the cautions. Never let the candle burn down and touch the clay. The clay will burn. You know better than to leave a burning candle unattended, but this requires even more diligence, since some candle magick requires burning the candle all the way down. Use another less flammable candle in these cases.