Merry Meet on this beautiful Spring-like day here in Ohio! Spring has not arrived here yet…as a matter of fact we just had a huge snow storm dumping 4-9 inches, depending on where you live, of a very heavy wet snow! (We got about 4-5 inches here). But today it’s going to hit 50*..the snow is melting fast, the Sun is shining and it’s just beautiful outside. Spring is not far at all from being here..both by date and by Nature 🙂
Ostara is on March 20th this year. The first day of Spring..the Equinox. Ostara for me always means new beginnings..a fresh start…and knowing that in no time I’ll be working away in my yard and gardens! This year I’m even more excited because I have a whole new yard to plan and design flower beds, garden beds, and landscaping for! I’ve already been jotting down what bushes, trees, flowers I want to add to the yard. I’ve been perusing garden catalogs and magazines looking for fresh ideas.
We have a smaller yard here..much smaller then the 2.5 acres we had before. But we have more sun and I can garden to my hearts content in a smaller, maxed out space that I can handle without killing myself LOL. We will be extending our patio, putting up a privacy fence first. Then beds will go in around the inside of the fence..possible a raised bed for veggies and herbs and of course pots everywhere. We already have a cute garden shed and I’m putting in a clothesline that I’m sooo excited about having again. There is nothing better then the scent and feel of bedsheets hung outside to dry! Big plans…can’t wait to have the weather break to start executing the ideas!
I will get a chance to experience a bit of Spring early because I’m leaving for Tennessee Monday for 5 days where it is warmer and Spring is blooming there already! It’ll be nice to shed the winter coats and soak up some warmth there. I love the Smoky Mountains as anyone who knows me knows…and I am in spiritual need of seeing them and being in them!! It’s been 2 years due to my health issues and my daughter’s and our move and long overdue. *Sigh* …it’s my 2nd home…feels so peaceful and calm when I’m there. Pure Bliss!
Now back to Ostara…it’s a great time to think about planting seeds to grow indoors, depending on where you live. Don’t forget to bless those seeds to grow strong and healthy and magickally before you plant them! It’s a great time to do your Spring cleaning if you haven’t already. Clean your windows and window coverings, shake out rugs or have them cleaned, freshen up worn out throw pillows, fluff cushions, clean out your fridge, organize your pantry and on warm days..throw open your doors and windows and air out that stagnant, old air in your home that’s been brewing all Winter! Put away your heavy quilts and throws and lighten up for Spring! Put away your winter woolies and pull out your lighter clothes. Dust out the cobwebs and dust bunnies. You’ll feel so much lighter when everything is clean and fresh!
I came across a couple of recipes I thought would be lovely for Ostara and thought I’d share them with you ….I know you all LOVE recipes 🙂
Lemon-Thyme Curd Cakes
1 cup plus 2 tbs unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
6 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 1/2 tbs minced fresh thyme
1 tsp fresh lemon zest
1/2 tsp coarse salt
*1 recipe of Lemon-Curd Whipped topping
Preheat oven to 350*
Spray 6 (2 x 2inch) round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray with flour. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine butter and sugar. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 3-4 mins. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla, stirring to combine.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, thyme, lemon zest and salt. Add flour mixture to egg mixture in 3 batches, mixing until combined after each addition. Spoon 1/4 cup batter into each prepared cake pan
Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, 16-22 mins. Cool in pan for 5 mins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Wrap cakes tightly with plastic wrap, Freeze until firm approximately 2 hours. Cut each cake into 3rds horizontally.
Place the Lemon-Curd whipped topping in a pastry bad with a medium round tip. Pipe the topping between the 3 layers of cake and stack them.
Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme.
Lemon-Curd Whipped Topping
3 cups frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
1 cup prepared lemon curd
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp coarse salt
In a medium bowl, gently fold together all ingredients. Transfer to an airtight container. Refrigerate for 2 hours before using.
*This sounds like a bit of work but I think it’s so worth it!! Sounds so refreshing and so pretty too!
*Recipe from Tea Time Magazine
Spring Mix Salad with White Balsamic-Apricot Vinaigrette
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tbs white balsamic vinegar
3 tbs apricot nectar
1/2 tsp minced shallot
1/4 tsp salt
1 (5 oz) bag of spring mix lettuces (I say use the fresh stuff 🙂
3 tbs chopped dried apricots
3 tbs almond slices
1/4 cup sliced purple onion
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, apricot nectar, shallot and salt. In a large salad bowl, place lettuces, top with apricots, almonds and onions. Serve with vinaigrette.
*Recipe from A Cottage Journal
Well I’m off to peruse my garden mags and books and catalogs some more 🙂 Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and know that Spring..at least in the Northern Hemisphere..is on it’s way!! Get ready!!!
And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the
dreams of its wintry rest.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant”
Love and Light, Autumn