Regarding the Chapbooks

Recently, it came to my attention that most people can not print out the included activities from several hand-held ebook readers. This goes against what I was assured when I was researching the possibilities of electronic publication… and kind of angers me, as even priced at $0.99, folks want what they’re paying for.

In light of this, I’m now offering a downloads page as a place to pick up the activities (which may sometimes include the crafts and/or stories as well) in a printer-friendly format.

If you have purchased any of the Sabbat chapbooks so far (Yule, Imbolc and Ostara) please send your electronic receipt via the contact form, and I’ll send the password to the downloads page to you.

I apologize for any and all inconvenience this bungle has caused, and for future reference, all chapbooks will come with a password for the corresponding pages.

Ostara – Available Now!

I know how behind I am with my challenges and keeping up with regular postings, but I will be getting back to the normality as soon as the bustle slows to a medium-crawl. <|;-) In the meantime, I did finish Ostara, send it off to the editor and get it back... and then didn't announce it when it released. This one is back to the $0.99 size, but it doesn't include the word search. Why? Well...

Ostara Wordsearch

I wanted to post something a little more interactive than a recipe or craft idea. I thought a printable puzzle was a great change of pace!

Hope you enjoy it… at this point, there isn’t an answer key for it, but if/when I get some extra time I’ll get one done. <|:-) As for Ostara, it's available through Kindle and Smashwords, soon across Nook, Kobo and Diesel as well.

Surrendering Ritual & Recipes

One of the main reasons I’ve decided to work through a bunch of recipes in the coming weeks is that I’ll be doing a six week long ‘surrender’ ritual – starting late evening on Ostara, and going through until our ritual gathering at Beltaine. Our Surrender ritual involves giving up something for the six weeks prior to a major event: for me, Beltaine will mark my re-dedication to my personal path.

This is, I suppose, similar to Lent, and not the first time I’ve done it. In 1999, when I initiated a student and dedicated to my current path, I gave up red meat for the six weeks prior to Beltaine. I’m not sure I can do that again, although it may be just what the spiritual doctor ordered. If I could get the girls to go with it, it might be a good idea for all of us to go entirely meat-free for these six weeks.

Coffee was a suggestion, as was cola and black tea. Perhaps Artemis could give up candy, and Draco could give up her x-box…. Hmmm.

Surrendering Ritual

42 white birthday candles

Every morning, light one candle and repeat: My lady, I surrender myself to your light. Please help me through this day as I surrender my desire for (insert what you’re giving up). So mote it be.

Let the candle burn half-way, then repeat the ritual in the evening before bed, using ‘night’ instead of ‘day.’

Thoughts are, as always, appreciated!

Meanwhile, we’re trying these recipes out tomorrow, to have for our private Ostara (just the girls and I) on the 19th. While I’ve made Clapshot before, it was a recipe that didn’t have turnip, and so this will be different.


6 med potatoes (red or white)
1 lrg swede (commonly known as rutabaga or yellow turnip)
1 sm onion
2 finely chopped green onions, or
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives
salt & pepper to taste

Peel and chop potatoes and swede into same-size pieces, peel and chop onion. Put all into a large pot, cover with boiling water and simmer until soft. Drain.

Mash with milk, butter and season to taste. Serve with pan-fried cabbage, and oven-roasted sausage.

Leftovers can be fried all together for breakfast the next day (Bubble & Squeak)!

Pan-fried Cabbage

1 pound bag pre-shred cabbage (Coleslaw Blend)
1 sm onion, cut in half, sliced thin
2 tbsp butter
small amount of oil

Put oil in bottom of heavy, deep frying pan and heat on medium. Add onion and butter, cook to just tender, add cabbage, cover and reduce heat to low. If necessary, add a small amount of water, remember to stir often.

You’ll know it’s cooked when the shreds are soft, and slightly carmelized. Season to taste.

Serve with pretty much any English meal.

Oven-Roasted Sausage

2 lbs farmer, kielbasa, pork or beef sausage
Bullseye barbeque sauce, HP sauce, or hot mustard

Pre-heat oven to 350*. Cut sausages in half length-wise, set in baking dish flat side down. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from oven to turn and cover each piece with your choice of sauces. Kielbasa is excellent with hot mustard, bangers (pork sausage) or beef sausages are wonderful with HP sauce and of course, that leaves barbeque sauce for the farmer sausage (aka smoked pork sausage). Return to oven for 15-20 minutes, check often.