Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Getting Ready for Fall

 Hey Teddy, do you want to do some crafts?

 I am cleaning my garage, what a chore.  I keep getting distracted by things I am finding in there. I found this old pumpkin tea light holder which I had used outside years ago and it was very weathered.  So Teddy and I took it apart and spray painted it.

 I also made a fariy crown for one of my little friends.

 I came across my metal witches and stuck them in my planters.

So shoot me!  I know, I am rushing Summer.  I went to the craft store the other day and they had all of their Fall stuff out so I figured it's okay to start. When my friend Kary was alive, we moved the start date up earlier each year.
Good as new and ready for some candles.
 Here is a tip for working outside.  Light some incense.  Bugs hate incense and will stay far away.

 I've covered my dying tree with these Black Eyed Susan vines.  If you want a a wonderful climber with lots of blooms, try these vines.  I have them in white, orange and yellow.

 My house is going to be painted in the next few weeks.  I removed this Wisteria that was growing on the back corner of the house.  If you look closely you can see the vine grew around and choked the training pole I originally put up for it.

It pulled the brace right out of the wall.  I seriously think I would never plant Wisteria again; at least not against the house.  It's pretty for a short period when it blooms and then it is a pain the rest if the time.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Aloha Rolls

Do you like those sweet Hawaiian rolls which are sold in your local grocery?  Now you can make your own by following this simple recipe.
 Mix 1/2 cup of water, 2 egg, 1/2 cup of pineapple juice, 1/3 cup of sugar,1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract, 1/4 cup of melted butter and 2-1/4 tsp. rapid rise yeast.  Mix in 4 cups of flour and 1/4 tsp. of salt until you have a smooth ball of dough.  Cover and let them rise until doubled.

 Form them into 16 balls and place them in a buttered pan.

 Cover and let rise again until doubled.

 Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes.

 Brush them with melted butter.

 Remove them from the pan and let them cool on a rack.

These are delicious and are great for making ham sliders.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Wizard's Wand

My router is working at the moment so I am putting up a quick post.  I have some little friends that love everything magical.  I am making them wizard's wands.  They are really fun to make and very easy.
I forgot to take picks of the first few steps but basically you start out with a chopstick and glue and wrap it with a piece of art paper.  Just a sheet of colored art paper. Cut one end off and leave the other end with a tapered point.  After it dries, drizzle hot glue all over it.
 I glued a few 'gems' to the flat end.  Paint the entire wand with acrylic paint.

 Glue additional gems or stones to the wand.

 I put hot glue all around the gems so they would not fall off easily.

 Let your imagination run wild.  I painted part of the handle end a redish color and added gold accents and more tiny crystals.

I used my jewelry findings and made a fancy chain to attach to the side. A good wizard should always have a very fancy wand.
 This is a chain I made for another wand which I will show you when it is finished.

Click for a closer look.  It's ready for small hands and big spells.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Broken Router

Computer problems and The Blog tech is out of town <]:o( ..... Back as soon as I can!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Are You a Witch

1. Earth Powers. A witch is a woman of the earth. We inherit her natural powers of birth, transformation, healing, rebirth. These are the powers of woman, one in the same with the powers of the earth.
“Where there is woman, there is magic.” ~ Ntozake Shange
Do you find the answers to life through the patterns of Mother Nature? Is her wisdom your wisdom? Are you, your life and body, aligned with her seasons?
For instance, are you on fire — sexually and creatively in the Summer, letting go and cutting out what does not serve in the Fall, dying to the old in the dark silence of Winter, and reborn in the Spring?
2. Wisdom. Do you find yourself bubbling from an internal cauldron of ancient natural healing wisdom?
Are people drawn to you to sit by your fire and discuss life and all its fury, pain, love and wonder? Do you end up sending them off with hope in their hearts, and perhaps a tincture, a potion, an herbal remedy (you are familiar with the properties of plants), or even a ritual or two?
In other words, when shit hits the fan, is it you they come to?
3. Nature. Do you live by or in the woods, or by a body of water — and if not, do you long to?
Witches, being intricately intertwined with nature, embodying the powers of the Great Mother herself, long to be as close to her natural beauty and power as possible. Many do their rituals by the water or in the woods. You have most likely always felt at home in nature.
4. Storms. Are you not afraid of storms? In fact do you revel in the power of Mother Nature at her most visceral? And do you sometimes wonder if you yourself — your passion and energy — caused the storm?
5. Animal Nature. Are animals naturally attracted to you, and do you love them as well, so much that you cry empathetically with the creatures of this planet? Do you naturally know their totems, and find wisdom and insight in their visits/appearances in your life?
Do lost dogs follow you home, do birds fly into your windows, do horses rush towards you in the fields and place their long necks on your shoulders? Do you find you can speak to them? Heal them?
Witches and animals are so aligned with nature that they speak a similar energetic language and recognize each other.
6. The Moon. Are you drawn, pulled, and moved by the moon’s energy? Have you gazed at her, spoken to her, been flooded by her light since you were a little girl? Are you aligned with her phases?
For instance, do you start new projects and relationships when she waxes (grows full), do things peak and culminate — and tend to go a little crazy — around you while she is full, and are you drawn to let things go, or end relationships and patterns, as she wanes?
On the New Moon, in the darkest of nights, do you sit with the mystery, the emptiness and unknown, the potential and possibility of the dark? Do you dream up new plans in the dark of the new moon?
If you answered No, then the above are just a few ways you can attune with the moon’s phases.
7. Powerful. Do you have more than a sneaking suspicion that your wishes come true — good or bad, and are you perhaps a little cautious and in awe of your own power? Have you been called an old soul on the reg?
Witches are as old as time; your eyes — the windows to your soul — hold ancient stories and secrets, myths and mysteries, answers and possibilities.
You were probably speaking ancient truths and wisdom even — or especially — before you forgot your magic, as a little child.
8. Healing. Are you drawn to the healing arts? Do you tend to seek natural or energetic remedies for yourself, and do you offer them to others? Have you ever laid a hand on someone’s bad back, which was fixed the next day? People might also heal just by being around you.
Witches, being so attuned to the earth, are natural healers.
9. Past Life Memories. Do you have painful past life memories or images of being cast out, burned, or drowned — just for being wild, wise, and free you?
Most importantly, are you scarred from for being different, not conforming, for loving who you wanted to love, for speaking the truth/saying what you were called to say — in an old lifetime? This is karma you are awake to heal. It is time to not be afraid, and to be your you-est you.
This is how you will heal your karma, by being unafraid to live your fullest expression. It is your time.
10. Outsider-ness. Have you always felt a little bit of an outsider — nose pressed against the glass of life on earth, while knowing you were actually an insider of a magical tribe, with insider wisdom?
While you never fit in the norm, you knew there was something sacred, secret, special about you — a magic just a few other magical people could see.
You do not run with big crowds; you are a bit more of a sensitive but powerful lone wolf; you need a lot of time to think, dream, recharge, and commune with Source — Nature/The Universe/The Goddess.
11. Mystical Crystals/Accoutrements. You are drawn to beautiful rocks — pieces of earth energy — and you have kept stones like clear quartz, turquoise, rose quartz around you for as long as you can remember, even if you did not know their properties at the time.
They were either given to you, or you picked them up along the way and collected at least a few.
Witches know the properties of the earth’s stones and charge them with — among other things — healing, love, abundance and protective benefits, and are often wearing their special stones in jewelry.
You also love to keep candles around and lit — because candles are invitations to spirits and angels, and create a more magical, divine vibe. And you probably like a good, energy-clearing sage or incense.
12. Magic. Did you believe in magic as a child, see magic in the air and in life? Were you drawn to magical things, creatures, fables, stories, even as you grew older, despite everyone telling you “There Was No Such Thing?”
And despite the rest of the world not believing, did you save some room in your heart for tales of magic, love, and the mystical and mysterious — anyway?
Were you drawn to movies and books about witches, magic, the spooky, the mystical, the unknowable? Have you always thought there was no such thing as a coincidence, that we were not really alone, and this was not all there was?
Do you believe that no-thing means nothing — in other words, everything means something? Do you believe in signs and symbols?
13. More Magic and Divinations. Speaking of signs and symbols — you get premonitions, as if you have an internal crystal ball.
When you are talking about what you think will happen, people tend to perk up and listen. Sometimes you see or feel outcomes — flash forwards — so far ahead that you find it frustrating when others have not caught up with you! You have dreams and visions, of past lives and the future.
And you can read other people and their energy and intentions fairly well. You have Sixth Sense. It is also a reason why you are drawn to Tarot, Runes, or other mist-parting divinations.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Esquites: Mexican Corn Salad

With corn season looming on the horizon, this is a recipe you might want to bookmark.  It will blow you away.  It's Mexican corn salad and is just amazingly good.
 Place 2 tablespoons of butter in a heavy skillet and add 3 cups of fresh corn.  Cook it without stirring until the corn begins to char.  This will take about 12 minutes.  Toss it around to make sure it all chars.  Add 1 diced jalapeno pepper. Remove from the heat and stir in 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1 clove of diced garlic, 2 sliced green onions, a handful of diced fresh cilantro, the juice of 1 lime, 2 tablespoons of crumbled cotija cheese (or use feta), S&P and 1 tsp. of chili powder. 

Mix it all together and serve it warm or at room temperature.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

I made these for breakfast on Father's day.  They freeze well so you can just pull one out each morning to defrost.
For the topping:

Mix 1/3 cup of sugar, 1/3 cup of packed light brown sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1-1/2 cup of flour and stir in 1/2 cup melted butter until the mixture is crumbly.  Set aside.

For the muffins:

Mix 1-1/2 cup flour, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. baking soda, 1/4 tsp. salt, 3/4 cup milk, 1-1/2 tsp vanilla ext., 1/3 cup oil and 2 eggs.  Beat until combined but do not over beat.

Pour the batter into lined cupcake pans.  This recipe makes a dozen.

Spoon the streusel topping over each muffin.  Use all of the topping.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.  Let them cool in the pan a bit.

Then transfer them to a rack to cool and drizzle with a confectioners sugar glaze.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

An Antique Fair in the Woods

 We took off early on Saturday morning to go to an antique show set up in the woods on a wonderful farm.

 This is one gorgeous piece of property.

 The driveway.  The field to the left is planted with corn.

 You could watch this guy carve tree trunks with his chain saw.

 He has a carved alien on the back of his truck.

 You could take a buggy ride through the fields.

 There were some craft vendors too.

 Glamping!  Glamorous camping.

 Not bad but where is the bathroom?

 A cute way to display saw blades.  Just don't trip.

 Felted peeps.

 The farm house.

Side entrance.  They hold another one in the Fall so we will go back to look for all things pumpkin!