The Wheel Turns to Lughnasadh 2018….

 

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Merry Meet my friends!  I hope that this post finds you all well.  It’s been a HOT Summer here in Ohio…many days over 90*.  We had a good amount of rain for a while, but now we’ve been much more dry.  However, the forecast shows both some cooler temps and rain in the next week which is most welcome.  As much as I love gardening, the garden beds are looking poor from the heat and lack of rain and watering from a hose just doesn’t do the trick as much as natural water.  But tomatoes are ripened and sooo good, my herbs will give me a huge harvest and the bees, birds, and butterflies are happy.

I know I’ve been absent again…..losing my daughter has just taken the wind out of my sails. But the writing bug has bitten me a bit so here I am. I’ve focused a lot on my home..doing necessary cleaning as we all do, but also purging every drawer, closet and cupboard, nook and cranny of unwanted, unneeded and unused items.  From books, to clothes, to even knick knacks etc.  It’s very freeing and I’m feeling my life falling into better organization and less stuff…which is a good thing.  I’m also finding comfort in my family and spending time with them as much as possible.  We all miss Sara so it helps us.  My grandkids are so busy and so fun and they bring me great joy as well. My daughter Kate and her husband include my husband and I on so many events in their life and we’re grateful for our time with them.  As they live so close, we see them often and it’s fabulous.

I dream of Autumn…as you all know, my favorite season.  But I will have to admit, losing Sara in October..my most favorite time of year…may temper my feelings on the month this year…..but not on the season.  I will always love Fall.  I’m not a fan of hot weather, and we’ve had a very hot season so far, so of course I’m perusing my Fall recipes, gathering fresh supplies for my pantry like flours and yeast for breads, fresh spices and seasonings, I’m freezing things like tomatoes and peaches, and chopped veggies like peppers. Casseroles will be made as well.  I often send food to my elder in-laws and my own parents and of course try to help any friends out from time to time.  I have a lovely neighbor who I often talk to over the fence, and we pass yummy things back and forth to each other as well. So having things in the pantry and readily available really makes that easier.  And of course, I’ve now discovered ordering groceries for delivery!  Or to pick up which makes me very happy!  And the farmer’s markets are in full swing which is wonderful.

Last week, my daughter and I were gifted with a big bushel of fresh Georgia peaches right off the truck.  We decided to make peach pie filling to freeze so we can make pie or cobbler or ice cream topping to enjoy in the Fall/Winter.  We came across a delicious recipe and got busy.  I decided to share it here as my most commented on posts are often the ones that contain recipes.  I hope you can get your hands on some peaches and give this a try.  You don’t have to “can” these….they can be frozen in freezer containers or even freezer bags.

Quick and Yummy Peach Pie Filling

*recipe is enough for one pie.

1 cup water

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 tsp vanilla

1/8 tsp almond extract

1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

4-5 large fresh peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced thin

In a large deep skillet over medium heat, stir together the water, lemon juice, sugar and cornstarch.  Cook until thickened and bubbly about 5 minutes.  The Cook another 3 minutes as it simmers, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and almond extracts and cinnamon.

Add the peaches and mix until peaches are well coated and combined.

Cool filling to room temperature then use right away, store in refrigerator a few days or freeze in containers or bags.

This recipe is seriously yummy.  You’ll love it! So much better than the canned stuff!

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I love having prepared foods in the freezer to make my life a little easier, and cooking these foods with someone you love, sharing them, sharing recipes to try etc makes it even more great!

Lughnasadh comes very soon…August 1.  I love this Sabbat because it’s heralding the coming of Autumn, the harvest season and cooler weather…eventually.  It’s also all about good food, the harvest, grains and breads, herbs and oils…..it’s a fun time when it’s too hot to be outside, you can be cooking yummy things in the kitchen to share or to save for yourself later.  In my past blogs I’ve posted many recipes for herbed oils, breads, fresh veggie dishes and fruit desserts.  Be sure to check them out.

How has your summer been?  I’d love to hear.  How do you celebrate Lughnasadh?  My coven will be gathering just a couple days ahead.  I always look forward to that.  We’ve had some amazing Moons this Summer huh?  Part of what I DO love about Summer, is basking under the Moon without being cold, or needing shoes and coats etc.  lol.  Barefoot in the grass in my jammies works great this time of year.  New protections and witch jars are always put into place this time of year..between Solstice and Lughnasadh for me and my coven.  Again..it’s so easy and nice to do it in the warmth.  Often I’m accompanied by the sounds of the crickets, lightning bugs, bees buzzing, and soft winds rustling through the trees.  Those are the great things about Summer.

I’ll be back soon, I’ve been giving thought to recipes I can share here along with other ideas of things to talk about.  I want to thank so many of you for your kind words about the loss of my daughter.  It’s appreciated more than you know and touched my heart.  I do know she’s with me, always in my heart, and she’d be proud of how I’m doing my best to take care of me and my loved ones, remembering her in great love and being comforted by our memories of her.  I know I’m not alone in loss and life must move on.  Thank you again for the love and support.

Make your remaining Summer days fantastic!  And for those like me who love Autumn, it won’t be long!!  The old Wheel turns very fast!

“When summer opens, I see how fast it matures,

and fear it will be short; but after the heats of July and August,

I am reconciled, like one who has had his swing, to the cool of autumn.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love and Blessings,

Autumn

 

 

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8 responses to “The Wheel Turns to Lughnasadh 2018….

  1. Debra

    Hello, my sweet friend and sister witch! I was so happy to see this in my inbox this afternoon! As you may know, I live in Peach country. And I know my dad just loves peach pies! I’ll be sure to give this recipe a try.
    Because I’ve chosen not to be on social media much these days, I do miss your cheery posts and articles there. So good to hear from you in this way!
    Blessed Lunasadh! Much love!

  2. Kimberly

    Beautiful as always Autumn and thanks for the recipe 😘

  3. Villa

    So happy to see you writing again but I understand the time needed to be away. I am so sorry for your loss. Lughnasadh is a nice reminder for me that fall is coming. One of my favorite meals is blackberry pie! I am so excited for the coming fall which is my favorite time of the year. I love teaching so fall is a nice time for me.
    Blessed Be

  4. mmmm…peaches…everybody in the south loves them especially in carolina…i remember eating them as a child the sweet sticky juice dripping from my chin 😉 this recipe is surely one to try….looks like you are finding your groove sis…i have always loved your postings..perspectives and like others have missed your voice…this is a roller coaster ride the ups and downs of our life adventure…i truly admire your strength in so many ways…much love to your spaces!!

  5. chefette13

    So happy to see you in my inbox today! So funny that you mentioned cleaning closets and cabinets….that’s what I’ve been doing also for the past week. And you are right…it’s freeing and it’s also such a sense of accomplishment! Love peaches and I have a lot of them in my freezer along with apples and pumpkin butter so I feel I’m ready for fall…actually with the heat this summer I’m ready for winter!! I’ll email you on my next day off. Nice seeing you back Autumn! enjoy your favorite time of year!

  6. mkdwicca

    Blessings to you Autumn…your writing is beautiful and I look forward to your posts. You will see your precious Sara in the Autumn trees and feel her spirit n the winds…take care…. Kathy D. In Ky.

  7. Kitty the witch

    Afternoon Autumn, (its 1.30pm here in Oxfordshire).

    So lovely to see your post today, I was trying to register a tool for my husband when I saw it. Peach pie! lovely! I am trying to cut down on sugar these days, getting rather on the fat side, but cant resist this.

    The sabbat comes close to our 1st Wedding Anniversary on 29th July so as I am a lone witch we will do our own tightening of the knot ritual next Saturday so will put rites in for the sabbat to. Prays for a bit more money for us, I would not normally do this but I have been unemployed for a year and times are hard,

    The cake is ordered, and we will be in a nearby stone circle. Although these days its getting hard for pagans to be allowed any where near their ritual sites.

    Im making dried lavender and herbs, growing tomatoes, sweetcorn, potatoes, salad, and spring onions at the moment, but like you we are have been blessed by lugh and its really hot!

    Anyway, I must go, ive a nightie to finish sewing for my mum. Bright blessings for the 1st August.

    Kitty the witch

  8. Carrie Kelly

    Always so good to hear from you ❤️❤️❤️ Glad u and your family are getting each other thru. Western PA here and yes! Hot summer! And DRY. Also hoping that changes. Our house has been SICK all summer! So I am ready to start anew on September 1st. No summer projects done, nothing accomplished but surviving but I suppose sometimes that’s all you can do.
    I’ve started feeding the neighborhood birds (much to my husbands chagrin for whatever reason) and watching the sunset nightly here over our Great Lake, so some good traditions starting and family time just sick of doing it around fevers, coughs, and sore throats!!!!! I should have stock in the vitamin companies as well as Advil cold and sinus makers. Lol!
    Homeschool preschool is starting up in the beginning of August so that will keep my daughter and I busy and give us something other than a fresh Kleenex box to look forward to! Lol
    Hope August brings some joy your way!

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