Pagan Humor

As a vegetarian, I subscribe to many veggie and vegan cooking blogs… This popped up in one of my emailed newsletters…

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Its a busy day, I needed a laugh ūüėČ

Love
-D

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Dandelion Health and Magic

As a child, I loved picking the small yellow flower heads and offering them to my mother as a prize. I loved making wishes on the seeds before I blew them away. Spring meant that I could see the dandelions bloom in all of their beautiful glory.

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My grandfather, however, only saw weeds that ruined his perfectly green, lush lawn.
In fact, he swore one day I would hate them too.

But I don’t… I never did. I love the pops of yellow against the green. I am still a child at heart who loves to make wished on the fluffy seed heads.

Even if you aren’t like me, and love seeing them hang around in your front lawn, there are many other health related and metaphysical reasons to keep the little yellow flower around. As long as you don’t use pesticides in your lawn, you can make wonderful use out of this incredible herb.

The dandelion aids in weight loss, kidney cleansing, lowering blood pressure, fighting anemia, aiding digestion, helping to heal skin issues such as scaring and eczema, helping to ease the symptoms of arthritis, and much, much more. Adding this flower to your everyday life it incredibly easy.

  • Add the flower heads and leaves to your salads. They go very well with a light oil and vinegar based dressing. I have also made a dandelion salad dressing my infusing a red wine vinegar with dandelions.
  • Add it to your teas. I put the flower heads in my tea steeper with my favorite blend. I like paring it with chamomile the best.
  • Make a dandelion body butter to help heal scars, acne and stretch marks. A great recipe is linked HERE. Check out the webpage and show the original author some love!
  • Bake the flower heads into breads. You can make them savory or sweet, just tweak a basic recipe to suit your needs. In the past, I made a lovely sandwich bread and the flowers went wonderfully with an egg salad.

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On a metaphysical note, there are two main ways I add the dandelion into my magical life.

The first way, I will take a few heads of the yellow flower and dip them in a simple syrup, then into a fine sugar powder. I leave these sweet treats as an offering to the fae spirits.

484f919087328f341a62ad0412bc77c6The second, I make a wish jar. The seeds are wonderful when working spells that deal with you desires, so pick a bunch and keep them on hand if you ever need them. They are also wonderful if you are just having a bad day… we have all been there, where nothing seems to be going well… Simply taking one of these poofs and blowing away your troubles will make your heart smile.

 

Please don’t ban these little yellow spots of joy from your lawn. They are more useful than you could ever imagine!

If you have any other suggestions on how to use this flower, either practically or metaphysically, please leave a comment! I would love to hear it!

-D

 

Left over Ostara eggs?

Better late than never, right?  I had posted this the day after Ostara, but unfortunately I was having issues with wordpress at the moment, so it never uploaded. If you have any colored eggs left over from your Ostara or Easter celebration, this the perfect dish to use them up. My whole family loved it, even my picky eater father-in-law.

I used a very basic recipe I found online that called for 6 eggs, 1 1/2 cup milk, and lots of shredded cheddar cheese. However, I was feeling adventurous, so we did things a little differently… It was wonderful.

What you will need to recreate this dish:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 2 uncooked 9 inch¬†deep dish pie shells (I just used Kroger brand, still half way frozen)
  • 2 handfuls of an Italian blend cheese
  • one small container of ricotta cheese
  • one small onion, diced
  • one small red bell pepper, diced
  • a bundle of fresh spinach
  • a bundle of asparagus, ends removed, chopped in half
  • salt, pepper and whatever seasonings you love
  • a small splash of olive oil

What you need to do:

  1. Preheat your over to 350 and set out your frozen pie shells to thaw a little.
  2. In a large sauté pan, splash a few table spoons of olive oil and heat. Brown your diced onions lightly, then add your bell peppers. Once both the peppers and onions soften, add your asparagus and sauté until tinder. Once all of your veggies in the pan have began to cook nicely, you can start wilting your spinach a little at a time. Season to taste, then remove from heat.
  3. Take out your semi thawed pie crust and add one heaping handful of your Italian blend cheese to the bottom of your crust.
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  4. Slowly add your cooked veggies directly on top on the cheese, making it as even as you possibly can.
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  5. Open your ricotta container and sprinkle in a small amount of salt and pepper and stir it together. This will season and soften the cheese.
  6. Take a large spoon and add several large dollops of ricotta cheese to the veggies.
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  7. In a large bowl, crack all six of your eggs and beat thoroughly. Then, a little at a time, begin mixing in your half and half into a smooth custard. Once everything is combined, you can season your mixture in any way you would like… I just added a pinch of black pepper and garlic salt.
  8. Slowly, pour an even amount custard into both pie dishes.
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  9. Put in the oven and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, being careful not to overcook your egg mixture.
    I started to check the quiches at about 25 minutes, but it was not ready until about 35 minutes into baking.
  10. Remove from the oven and let it cool and set for a short spell.
  11. Eat that delicious quiche!

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Seriously, I had never made before and was halfway expecting a flop, but I was very happy with how everything turned out. We sat on the patio, drank mimosas, and enjoyed our quiche… it was the perfect way to welcome spring. The fact that we used our Ostara egg and that we made it together made the experience all the more magical for us.

If you try our recipe or¬† have any other suggestions on what to make next, leave a comment!¬† Happy Spring, y’all!

-D

 

 

Witchy Tip- Add Cinnamon

Computer is no longer acting funky! Yay! So now, back to work. I have a lot of writing to do.

One herb I absolutely MUST have in my magical pantry is Cinnamon. I love everything about it- the smell, the taste, the properties, what it does for my mood, and so on.

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Cinnamon is a wonderful herb to add to just about anything. I find myself shying away from it in the summer because I use so much of it all the time in the winter, but I’m trying to break away from that… its so useful that using it JUST in the winter is absurd.

  • Just smelling cinnamon can boost your brain function. During spell work (or school work, bill paying, etc.) burn a cinnamon candle or incense¬†stick. It will help to keep you focused and improve your work.
  • If you need a spell to work quicker than normal, adding a little pinch of cinnamon can help it speed up a touch.
  • Cinnamon corresponds with lust, money, and luck. If you are working a spell that deals with any of those, cinnamon is a must!
  • If you are feeling down or have very little energy, throw a cinnamon stick in hot water with a squeeze of lemon and orange. The citrus will help wake and energize you and the cinnamon will give you a little more passion, making you feel like¬†a real go-getter.
  • Cinnamon appeals to the element of fire and all of its spirits. Sprinkle ground cinnamon over the kindling in your fireplace/fire pit as a simple offering before lighting your fire. OR if you are like me, and have neither a fire place or outdoor fire area, anointing a candle in cinnamon essential oil before lighting works just as well.
  • Cinnamon is a very masculine herb. If you are trying to identify with masculinity, either in an everyday situation or to honor the God, smell a little bit of cinnamon before hand.
  • To help add a little bit of love in your house (be it physical or emotional) add cinnamon to a stove top potpourri. I¬†like to put orange slices, cloves, and cinnamon in a small amount of water and let it simmer¬†on top of the stove. My home smells heavenly and my friends are always happy to be around.

If you have any other tips on using cinnamon, I would love to hear them!

Blessings,
-D

 

 

 

A spell to find a new home

Both of the dogs are outside sunbathing and the cats are snoozing on their tower… Everyone is so relaxed right now. I’m jealous that I am about to go to work.

I am feeling a little homesick today… Actually, I have been feeling VERY homesick for the past few days. I have a hard time getting out of bed most mornings because I feel uncomfortable in this house. When we were on our own, I would get up, drink a cup of coffee, read the paper, workout, then tackle my day… Here, I wake up, bring coffee to my bedroom and try to not disturb anyone. I miss my home. I miss waking up to my coffee pot already brewing the good stuff, being able to paint when I felt like it, laying in the living room floor to read, working out without making too much noise, and watching movies in the living room without worrying that I am in other people’s way. I also miss cleaning… Deep cleaning. Of course I can clean here, but my mother in law takes it offensively, as if I think her house is dirty… Home is where Cody, the cats and dogs, and I can all relax.

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My favorite picture of my fur kids at our old place.. They love each other when no one else is around to see it. 

We are finally in a place where we can start saving up to move. We have begun collecting things we absolutely need in order to move, paid down debts, and are headed in the right direction. We can start looking for a place to live after next month, so to help in our search, I have crafted a spell.

Find me a new home

What you need:

  • pen and paper
  • a candle in a color that you feel corresponds with “home” (for me, it is the color red or brown)
  • an incense stick or cone that reminds you of home¬†(for me, it is either sandalwood, patchouli, or cinnamon)
  • a fire resistant dish/cauldron

What to do:

  • Cast your circle or prepare¬†your magical space in the way you normally would.
  • Light your incense and your candle. I chose a¬†cinnamon cone and a¬†red candle, it reminds me of all the baking I did when we were living on our own. The kitchen is my favorite part of my home.
  • Write down on your paper a list of everything you need, not just the things you want.
    I wrote down: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pet friendly, the location, and our price point we were able to comfortably afford.
  • Fold your paper three times and wave it over¬†the smoke from your incense saying
    “A home for us where we are free, a home for friends and family, a home to be happy and for us to grow, and it is my will, please make it so.” Repeat this poem three times, focusing on the home you need.
  • Place your paper in the fire and drop it in your fire safe dish and let it burn out.
  • When you are done, keep the ashes from the paper on your altar and take the candle and incense with you into whatever room you are in. Either let them burn out on their own, or snuff them¬† when you are ready to leave the house or ready for bed.
Hope you find this useful!
Blessings
-D