So this post is going to be a little scattered. I’m under-caffeinated and freezing my toes off. I’m ready for spring! I’m ready for heat, really. Brrr, it’s been a long cold one, and not in a good way.
For the bulk of the population of North America and possibly Europe, February 2nd is Groundhog Day. If the little bugger sticks his head out of his den and sees his shadow (good weather), it’s another six weeks of winter for us. However, if he comes out and stays out, winter is over and spring is on the way.
Can you imagine being that species, doomed to living down being afraid of their own shadows? The reality is Groundhog Day takes its idea from a much older, more extended tradition; in Ireland, Scotland and Wales folk celebrated this time of year as the return of not only light, but of life. Oh yes, they did look for the hints of animal life as well, and usually around this time the hedgehogs and other small mammals began making their presence known once more…
Samhain has arrived, and the midnight fae have it all ready to go from Smashwords in numerous file formats. Click the image above, and enjoy!
Coming up next, Esbats…
In the meantime, the veil is thin so connect with your ancestors and family. Try a traditional dumb supper, light candles in remembrance, read a spread and divine your future. Most important of all, love and listen!
Try this one for your dumb supper, it’s delicious comfort food everyone can love.
1 c raw, grated potato
1 c cooked leftover (or fresh) mashed potatos
1 onion, minced fine (optional)
1 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 beaten egg
1 c buttermilk
2 tbsp butter
Combine grated potato, onion and buttermilk. In another bowl, sift together flour, salt and baking powder, then add potato mixture, egg and mashed potato. Batter should be somewhat the consistency of pancake mix. Add additional flour or buttermilk if need be.
Melt butter in heavy skillet over medium heat. Drop spoonfuls of batter into skillet, forming 4″ circles. Brown on both sides.
Many blessings of the season, my hope for you all is a bright new year with enough.
<3 MorriTags: Blessings, boxty, Creating New Pagan Family Traditions, dumb supper, recipe, samhain | Categories: Celtic & Pagan Info, Chapbook Series, Main, Pagan Parenting, Recipes, Sprites Pagan Kids | Comments Off | Permalink
The autumnal equinox is the time of pagan thanksgiving, and we celebrate it in a similar manner. We give thanks for the wealth of the harvest, for the summer past, and ask boons for the winter ahead.
Would you like a wee sample?
Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 c unsalted butter, softened
1 c granulated sugar
1 c brown sugar
2 tsps vanilla
2 c all-purpose flour
2 c whole wheat flour
2 tsps baking soda
2 tsps ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp cocoa
1 tsp salt
2 c peeled and grated zucchini
1-1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl beat together the butter, and sugars on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one by one until completely blended, and mix in the the vanilla.
In a medium bowl, sift together the remaining dry ingredients, and add to the blended mixture and beat on low just until blended. Do not overmix. The batter will be stiff.
Add the zucchini and chocolate chips. Spoon the cookies in approximately 2 tbsp-size scoops, about 2 inches apart, onto an ungreased non-stick cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, until the cookies are light golden brown around the edges. Remove from oven, let sit on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
We hope the kiddies like it, and that it helps you have a blessed and thankful Mabon this weekend!
Morrighan (ierne), Artemis & DracoTags: chapbook, Creating New Pagan Family Traditions, ebook, equinox, Mabon, second harvest, thanksgiving | Categories: Celtic & Pagan Info, Chapbook Series, etsy, Pagan Parenting, Sprites Pagan Kids | Comments Off | Permalink