Merry Meet my friends! How are you all this fine day? How has your Summer been so far? My Summer has been wonderful really. We have had numerous days that stayed in the 70′s giving us a reprieve from the normal HOT and Humid days of July. We’ve had a good amount of rain, so lawns are still green and growing like crazy. I’ve done two harvest on my herbs already and they are growing strong still…heading to a 3rd harvest. Our garden beds and veggies have loved the rain and the cooler nights too so our flowers are still budding and blooming. The SuperMoon was pretty amazing too…such energy!!
Now…can you believe it…we are just 11 days from Lughnasadh/Lammas! The first Harvest festival! Have you noticed that the wheel is turning to Fall? The nights are getting longer again, the Sunlight has changed, the critters are gathering, even some of my bushes/plants leaves are changing colors already. Corn is high is the fields, sunflowers are blooming, and yes, Halloween and Fall stuff are coming out in the craft shops :) While we have a bit of Summer left…the subtle changes are there.
“The summer air is hot and still, the afternoon hazy; crickets call relentlessly from among the brown grasses, and ears of corn are the same heavy, burnished gold as the late-day sun. Hawks circle in the blue-white sky overhead, and seedpods ripen where flowers bloomed just a month before.
But shadows begin to lengthen along the garden wall, and the nights come, just a bit cooler, perhaps; a settling begins in the Earth, a gathering, a slow, quiet turning toward the coming darkness.”
-Simple Wicca by Michelle Morgan
For Lughnasadh, I love to do a few things. Harvest my herbs (which I’ve just done), make herbed oils and vinegars, and bake bread!! Making breads from good grains to celebrate the harvest is a favorite thing to do for me. And the scents that come from that put me in mind of Autumn immediately! It won’t be long before apples and pumpkins will be everywhere and that just makes me want to bake too!
Magickally, I do a simple outdoor ritual to honor the first harvest, keeping in mind that our ancestors were VERY busy at this time of year to ensure that they had ample food for the Fall and long Winter that was to come. Planting, tending, harvesting, and storing food took a great effort in order for them to eat when they could not just go to a grocery store like we do. I love to do some canning this time of year too….this year I’m thinking apple butter, strawberry jam and I might try my hand at pickles :) Seeing pretty jars of colorful goodness in my pantry just makes me happy..and reminds me how Blessed we are in our time. Kitchen Witchin too makes this Witch very happy!
Having said that, I know that some people aren’t as well off as others. There are people who don’t have enough food. Keeping this in mind, donating to food pantries or your own neighbors who may need a little help, is a kind thing to do. Share your harvest if you can. I often pass tomatoes and fresh homemade bread over the fence to my neighbor, Jane. No, she’s not hungry…but she lives alone and she is always thrilled to get something I pass over to her. It makes me happy to do it too.
I thought I’d share a recipe with you for a muffin that is wonderful this time of year. I made them the other day, when we were cool and I was thinking about Fall all day :) Filled with apples and cinnamon and crunchy topping..they are a huge hit at my house!
Autumn’s Apple Crunch Muffins
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup soft butter
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 cup Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced (or your favorite apple )
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
*Blend these ingredients in a small bowl.
Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Cut in butter until fine crumbs form. Set aside. Combine milk and egg and add to dry mixture. Blend well. Stir in apples; blend well.
Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling about two-thirds full. Sprinkle with brown sugar topping mix.
Bake at 375* for 25 mins or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
**ok…it says it makes 12…I only got 8 nice big muffins. If you want more….I suggest you double the recipe. Then take some to your neighbor :)
These muffins will put you in a Lughnasadh state of mind…I promise :) I want to wish you all a very Blessed Lughnasadh. I hope your Harvest is abundant, your Joys plentiful, and that Goddess Blesses you this day and every day!
Oh…don’t forget that you can find the past 5 years of Lughnsasadh/Lammas postings, recipes, info etc by typing it in the search box on the right side here :)
Blessings and Love, Autumn
*Pictures are my own.