Merry Meet my friends and Blessed Samhain! I hope that all of you had a wonderful Sabbat, I know I did. From the beautiful weather, to seeing my grandkids in their adorable costumes, to a beautiful ritual at my altar last night. My daughter Kate and her hubby Matt, had my hubby Jim, brother Chris, daughter Sara and I over for a chili dinner. Chili and cornbread muffins were enjoyed and I took a yummy Peanut Butter Cake. The weather was really perfect…cool and but not too cold and clear skies with a gorgeous crescent Moon! Just a magickal evening in every way.
When I got home, I spent time at my altar, doing the ritual I wrote in my last post. I also scryed for a while with wonderful results and then drew a 3 card tarot layout. I learned alot from the cards and they were very meaningful to what is going on in my life right now. Then I went out and spent some time with the Moon and went to bed very happy and contented.
Tonight, I had my Dumb Supper and though the only participants were my daughter and I (could not get the guys to join in LOL) …we enjoyed the quiet and the candlelight and felt that we had company indeed. I kept my table a simple black and white theme and I was sooo pleased with how it came out.
Ok..I’ll talk a little about what I did…I set my whole table..though Sara and I were the only ones who sat at the table..that left 4 seats for anyone who wanted to come join us 🙂 (Ok I really thought my hubby and brother would join us…but they were wrapped up in a show LOL) ! I brought in lots of candles and white pumpkins and crystal glassware and a touch of silver. The silver julep cups hold fresh cut rosemary from my own garden (still hanging in there despite several frosty mornings! ) It smelled wonderful! Keep in mind that rosemary represents remembrance….perfect for my ancestors. The rosemary will dry great in those cups too, then I’ll put the stalks in my BOS..as a remembrance for myself.
My table dark and candlelit!
There was wine for everyone and I put out my peanut butter cake for dessert. Now this peanut butter cake is a huge hit with my family and friends who have had it and it was requested for Samhain ..so of course, I made it. Thought you all might like the recipe?? so here it is:
Autumn’s Peanut Butter Cake
*Be sure and read all the way thru it…the ingredients are spread thruout the recipe
Mix in a large bowl:
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Set aside. In a med saucepan, bring to a boil:
1 cup water
1 cup peanut butter
1 stick butter
Stir often..when it comes to a boil remove from heat and add to the dry mixture and mix well with a spoon.
Then stir in:
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
Blend well. Pour into a greased jelly roll pan. Bake at 375* for 20 mins or until golden brown.
While cake is baking:
Bring to a boil in the same saucepan:
1 stick butter
1/3 cup milk
Remove from heat and stir in:
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 lb. confectioners sugar
*Hint–add the peanut butter first, when melted well, stir in the sugar 1/2 at a time, to keep frosting from getting lumpy!
Pour over warm cake and spread evenly.
This cake is sort of like the Texas Chocolate cake..dense and almost like a brownie ..and YUMMY!
If you’ve never done a Dumb Supper before..put it on your “Must Do” list for next year..it is really a very special thing and most magickal. Remember as I posted before, you want a dark room, lots of candles and NO talking! Now I’ve heard several say that with kids the silence would be impossible..of course! But have it anyway..your ancestors will love spending time with the kids too! Listen and Feel for them to come to you..give them the respect they deserve. When we felt it was time, we said out-loud our messages for our loved ones who had passed on ..for those we knew and loved and miss to this day.
“In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage – to know who we are
and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning.
No matter what our attainments in life, ther is still a vacuum,
an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.”
By Alex Haley
I believe there is an inherent wisdom and knowledge within that is passed down to us in our DNA. That we literally carry a bit of what they did and what they knew deep in our psyche. We are connected by the threads of love, life, time and the Universe. So, for me, this meaningful ritual is very important!
So I say again, Blessed Samhain to you all!
Blessings and Love, Autumn
Sources: me! 🙂