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Circle of Ivy Plans for meetings

Circle of Ivy Plans for Meetings


1. All members please forward your work/social schedules for the weekend of May 1 -3 to my private email. We are trying to coordinate for a Beltane celebration that weekend. We are planning the usual two balefires as discussed, so please bring all fireproof items requiring cleansing.

2. May 17 foods--

Karen-- deviled eggs
JJ- Twinkies
Lee-- chocolate cake
Dave-- Strawberry soda or other strawberry beverages

We will likely be dipping strawberries in chocolate, so please bring fresh strawberries (if available). If no fresh strawberries are in season, we will substitute another dish or craft. If the weather is nice, we may grill out.


1. This is the time of year for pickling and preserving. Just as we did last year, we may indulge in pickling the cucumbers from the covenstead garden if they are ready. We are also planning to make fruit preserves. Please bring your own fresh or frozen fruit of your choice, and a box of fruit pectin as shown in the last meeti…

From South Beach-- Grilled Chicken Breasts with Grilled Vegetables

Who can resist the thrill of the grill? Not this dedicated grill-gal! Admittedly, fennel bulbs can be difficult for me to find, but I can substitute some fennel seed if I need to do so. I'm also not afraid to substitute fresh baby spinach for the red lettuce, since the greens listed below can be a bit sharp if they're harvested late. Grilled Chicken Breasts With Grilled Vegetables (Phase 1)Description
Looking to fire up the grill? This South Beach Diet-friendly entrée is the perfect addition to any barbecue.Makes 4 servingsIngredients
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half (about 1 pound total)
1 large zucchini
1 large yellow squash
2 Portobello mushrooms
2 red bell peppers
1 fennel bulb
2 heads of endive
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped fine
1/2 cup fresh basil, shredded
1 tablespoon dried oregano or 2 teaspoons fresh and chopped fine
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 head red leaf lettuce, chicory, or escarole
salt and fresh ground black pepper to …

Cajun Pasta


Boston Cream Pie


Beltane Mexican Chocolate Sorbet


Beltane Incense



For those that don't know, I've been learning machine embroidery. The two pictures I loaded here are just a sampling. The rest I'll have to put on my website or something. Way too many pictures for a blog! I've been turning them into clothing and reusable totes to sell. What do you think? Lena

Beltane Hot Fudge Sauce


Beltane Frosty Strawberry Squares

Beltane has another flavor associated with it-- strawberries!

Beltane Chocolaty Velvet Ice Cream

You can't get ice cream taste any easier than this! Go ahead! Stir up a batch.

Beltane Chocolate Pots De Creme


Beltane Chocolate Cherry Bread