Greetings my friends! I’m hoping this writing finds you all doing well. How is your weather? Are you experiencing cooler weather? Here in Ohio as I’ve said before, we are having an extremely nice Summer. Hot days have been rare, and we’ve had many days that were Fall-like in temps and feel. This last week has been wonderful with 70’s during the day and as low as 50’s as night. This has brought on many changes already.
Along with the shorter days/longer nights we have leaves already changing on the trees and bushes, some trees like dogwood and crabapple have their berries, the birds, squirrels and chipmunks are preparing for cold weather already, the gardens have lost some of their flowering beauty and my husband is mowing a bit less now. The Sun casts longer shadows in the morning, A/C is turned off and there seems to be a constant soft breeze. We could use more rain here but had some yesterday so that was great! Part of being a Witch, is feeling the changes in the Seasons. Feeling the Wheel turning. Many of us I know, have felt the change happening since before Lughnasadh, and no wonder! as it seems to be coming so much faster this year!
“Whilst August yet wears her golden crown,
Ripening fields lush- bright with promise;
Summer waxes long, then wanes, quietly passing
Her fading green glory on to riotous Autumn.”
– Michelle L. Thieme, August’s Crown
I’ve been really busy with writing for both The Sunday Stew and Samhain’s Sirens. I’m studying a book with a book club, working on my herbalist certification when I have time, keeping up with my herbal shoppe and of course all the things you all do too. Family, friends, house, grocery, cooking, my Circle gatherings, reading, etc etc. A busy Witch am I! I have to admit that I’m feeling about done with working in my gardens etc. I’m ready to just enjoy the coming Autumn season. I’ve been burning my favorite scents of apple, pumpkin, cinnamon and such already! 🙂 I’ve also been in the mood to bake and cook! How about you? There is just something about this time of year I want hot comfort foods, sweet baked goods, homemade breads and good things from the last harvests of the gardens.
Last week I made my amazing Red Hot Chex Mix and can’t remember if I posted the recipe here…so I’m going to share it with you now! Quick and easy, hot and spicy…you’ll love it!! It gets inhaled around here! This is NOT the one on the back of the chex cereal boxes!
Autumn’s Red Hot Snack Mix
*This is one of those recipes that I honestly have no measurements. But it’s easy to make so I’m passing it on!
*Preheat oven to 250*
In a large roasting pan (I buy one of those aluminum throw away ones..so easy and no clean up!) place a stick of butter or margarine and put it in the oven to melt while the oven’s heating up.
When butter is melted, add to pan any of the following to fill the pan full…not so full you can’t stir it up but full!
1 box wheat chex
1 box corn chex
1 box rice chex
1 box cheese crackers
1-2 cans or jars of peanuts
*Now…this is up to each of you to do as you please. You can do different cereals (not sweet ones) like Cheerios or any other corn, wheat or rice cereal. You can use other things besides the crackers or other kinds of cheese crackers like goldfish, or you can use bugles, pretzels, corn chips, sun chips, sesame sticks, melba rounds etc etc….it’s endless. I use cocktail peanuts or dry roasted peanuts…you can again use as you want. But fill up the pan!!
Now give it all a good mix to coat with the butter.
Now add these seasonings…heavy handed!!
Red Hot Sauce
Lowry’s seasoning salt
You can’t really do too much of this LOL. The more the better!
Now don’t stir it….pop it in the oven for 20 mins.
Remove from oven, give it a stir, add seasonings again…yep…again….and put back in oven.
Do this 4 times! The last time I may or may not add anymore of any of the seasonings. If it’s looking well coated it’s done except for oven time. If it still looks like it could use more..go for it!
After 4 x 20 mins of baking…dump the pan out onto a brown paper bag to cool.
This will make 2 gallon sized bags full!!
There is enough to share with someone or a couple someones so DO! I’ll be back soon with info about another herb and soon….Mabon! Hope you all are having a Magickal Sun day!
Blessings and Love, Autumn