Merry Meet! Hope you all are having a great weekend so far! It has rained here for 2 solid days! I have been able to stay inside and out of the weather. Hanging by the warm fire, crocheting, reading, house puttering. I had the pleasure of watching my little granddaughter Lily last night while her Mommy and Daddy attended a special family event out of town. Lily and I had alot of fun. We read books, built castles and towers out of blocks, watched Care Bears and Cat in the Hat, and I listened to her talk non-stop and marvel at how brilliant she is! 🙂 I’m really not kidding..she is so smart, and adorable and I just love her! Tonight my family all went to dinner at our favorite pizza place and celebrated my husband’s birthday which is tomorrow. That was worth going out in the rain for! Tomorrow I am going to buy my seeds, organic pots and soil so I can start my herbs to growing. I’m also going to the craft and fabric shop to hunt for an Ostara cloth for my altar and maybe I’ll find some items worthy of my altar as well. So fun looking! 🙂
I promised to write more recipes as soon as I got one I was looking for from a facebook friend. I received it this morning so here it is along with a couple of others
Irish Stew …..from Nancy-ann Sorrell (thanks Nancy-ann Hugs!)
4 to 6 servings
1 1/2 lbs Lamb, cut into cubes
3/4 cup sliced onion
2 sliced carrots
2.5 Lbs potatoes … sliced or cubed
Put in bottom of a heavy pan a layer of potatoes , a layer of meat , and a few slices of onion …repeat twice , ending with potatoes on top …season each layer with salt and pepper … add to the pot … 1 bay leaf … pour over the layers : 2 cups boiling stock or water … and two tbs. finely chopped parsley …
Bring to the boil… cover …. simmer gently for 2.5 hours or until meat is tender … Shake pot from time to time to keep potatoes from sticking to the bottom … when done moisture should have been absorbed by the potatoes.
You can also bake in a moderate oven…just watch it closely.
Nice served with fresh green beans / or frozen peas and squash . Sounds delcious Nancy-ann..can’t wait to try it!
Fish is a perfect food to serve for Ostara to go with all those fresh fruits and veggies. This is a favorite!
Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
*Feeds 2-3 double if necessary
3 -4 tilapia fillets, depending on size
1/4 cup breadcrumbs or 1/4 cup crushed Ritz cracker
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon italian seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Working 1 at a time, place a fillet on the plate in the lemon juice, sprinkle with desired amount of kosher salt (be careful about how much salt is in your parmesan, crumbs, and other seasonings), black pepper, and garlic powder. Turn the fillet over in the lemon juice and sprinkle seasoning on the other side.
Dredge fillet in the parmesan mixture patting it all over to coat.
Place in an oiled baking dish, repeat with remaining fillets.
Sprinkle a little lemon juice over fillets and drizzle or spray them lightly with olive oil. Bake at 425ºF for about 20 minutes or until they easily flake with a fork and edges are browning (you can sprinkle some more parmesan on top if desired).
This is so good with crusty bread and a salad. Add a baked potato if you’d like! 🙂
and now for dessert!
Strawberry Refrigerator Cake
1 Strawberry Cake Box Mix
2 (10oz) pkgs sweetened frozen sliced strawberries, thawed
1 pkg vanilla instant pudding and pie mix
1 cup milk
2 cups whipped topping
Fresh strawberries for garnish.
Preheat oven to 350* Grease and flour 13″ x 9″ baking dish. Prepare cake as directed, bake and cool. After it is cool, poke holes in the cake using the handle of a wooden spoon about 1″ apart.
Puree thawed strawberries and their juice in a blender. Pour evenly over top of the cake allowing the mixture to soak into the holes.
Prepare pudding mix following pkg directions using just 1 cup of milk. Fold whipped topping into the pudding. Spread over the cake. Garnish with fresh strawberries. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before eating and keep refrigerated until gone.
This cake is really good! It is very refreshing and light..you will love it!! I’ll tell you a secret too. If you want to really simplify it..after putting the strawberries in the holes, just put whipped topping on the cake! Simple and easy and still delicious!
I have given you enough recipes now to choose something delicious to make for your family for Ostara! All easy, wonderful recipes. Set a pretty table. Use pastel colors with white dishes or pastel dishes with a nice white tablecloth. Make a centerpiece of a basket filled with eggs and bright colored “grass”. Or fill a vase with daffodils or tulips. Something I love to do is to put a thin clear glass vase inside of a larger clear glass vase. Then fill the space between the vases with jelly beans! Put flowers and water in the inside vase. It is so cute and will draw rave reviews!
Next time I write about Ostara, I will be posting a ritual and pics and ideas for Ostara altars! Blessings of Love and Light until then. Oh, I am most grateful to those of you who not only come and read my blog, but who leave me lovely comments and come back again 🙂
Blessed Be, Autumn