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The Wheel turns to Mabon 2019…..

Blessed MabonMerry Meet and good afternoon!  I hope this post finds you all well and enjoying a great weekend.  In my time zone, Mabon or the Autumn Equinox is during the night tonight at 3:50am.  It’s officially Autumn, and the time of equal balance of day and night.  My favorite time of year, as those of you who know me or have followed me any length of time, know! I’m normally squealing with glee, but here in Ohio we have had incredibly hot, dry days for way too long, with no real end in sight.  Upper 80’s and even 90’s are in the forecast clear up into October.  This is not normal and I for one feel really disgruntled by it.  I need Summer to be gone!

The dryness especially will effect our Autumn color.  The leaves are seriously just turning brown and crunchy and falling off the trees like crazy.  Garden beds look dismal or empty as people have given up on watering and just yanked everything out.  Including me.  My last herbal harvest will be pretty pitiful.  It’s just been too hard to keep them watered and growing.  People seem to be grumpy and dragging in energy etc….me too. It’s all very sad and disheartening.

However, despite all this, I’ve decided to pretend it’s Fall.  Candles are lit instead of fires.  I’ve Fall cleaned my house.  I’m decorating the house this week, and will go buy my mums, pumpkins and apples and just try to pretend it’s in the 60’s instead of the 80’s.  The flannel sheets will have to wait but otherwise this house is going to be all Autumnal, damn it!  LOL! I also am doing some baking, some crockpot cooking and of course, preparing to celebrate Mabon.  My sweaters are ready to be worn as well!

Some of my discouragement has been that I’ve injured my left knee pretty badly.  It’s been about 8 weeks now and despite resting, elevating, icing, x-rays and cortisone shots there’s no real improvement.  I can hobble around ok but too much of it puts me down for too long!  So now I’m off for an MRI this week…..some talk it may be a torn meniscus, or seriously torn tendons/ligiments that aren’t healing.  But, being laid up in this heat isn’t the worse thing.  I’ve read, crocheted, caught up on shows, organized, purged, worked on my BOS and also just seriously rested….all of that is a good thing.  See… can always find the positive in most situations ūüôā

So Mabon is here and it’s pretty shocking in my older age how fast that wheel turns.  Though we’re hot and dry, I can still see all the signs of Fall.  Mostly in the cooler nights, and mornings.  The critters are gathering like crazy.  Birds gather and feed at feeders.  Kids are settled back in school and all the after school and weekend sports are in full swing.  The Sun and Moon and have moved their positions in the sky.  The winds have changed. There’s some color on some trees.  This brings me hope that soon temps will drop and I’ll have those lovely crisp, Fall days and cool, inky dark nights. I can’t wait!

My Mabon Altar 2019

My coven isn’t gathering for this Sabbat but we will meet up soon just to visit with each other.  Too many of us couldn’t make it or had other plans.  So my celebration will be solitary.  I’ll greet the Sun which will start slowly spending less time with me each day.  I’ll greet the lovely Moon Goddess who will spend MORE time with me.  I’ll make an apple dessert and plan on a good healthy meal.  Altar work will recognize that it’s the Witch’s Thanksgiving.  I’ll thank Goddess for the blessings in my life, and despite my complaining about life right now, I am very blessed and know it.  As I come up on the 2nd anniversary of my daughter Sara’s passing, I also send my love to her in my altar work as well. Goddess carries those messages to her often. How do you celebrate this lovely Sabbat?

So I promised you all a recipe.  This is a new recipe to me I tried and it’s yum.  Mabon and September just scream apples and this fits the bill! It’s super moist and the streusel topping is to die for!


Apple Pie Streusel Bread

¬Ĺ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
¬ľ cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
¬Ĺ teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded, peeled apple (about 4 medium)
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
¬Ĺ cup raisins
1 Recipe Streusel-Nut Topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of an 9x5x3-inch loaf pan; set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Beat in sugar until combined. Add buttermilk and baking powder; beat until combined. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until combined. Add flour and salt; beat until combined. Stir in apple, nuts, and raisins.

Spoon batter into prepared pan; spread evenly. Sprinkle Streusel-Nut Topping over batter. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing.

*Um…I did not let it cool completely and did not wrap and store overnight before slicing lol.  It just was a bit soft and didn’t do a firm slice….but who cares!

Makes 1 loaf

Streusel-Nut Topping
¬ľ cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
‚Öď cup chopped walnuts or pecan
In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and flour. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in walnuts or pecans.

I wish for each of you a beautiful, magickal Mabon.  May Autumn be in your heart if it hasn’t yet arrived in temperatures.  Fall WILL come.. even if it’s only a few of those glorious, crisp, blue sky, colorful days.  Relish them when they arrive!  Blessings to you all!

Autumn Fires

by Robert Louis Stevenson

In the other gardens
And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail!
Pleasant summer over
And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
The grey smoke towers.
Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall! 


autumn fire


Blessings and Love,

Autumn ‚̧















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The Wheel Turns to Lughnasadh 2018….



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‚Ķ..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 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!



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…’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.¬†’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,





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My heartbreak……

Merry Meet my friends.¬† I hope this post finds all of you and yours well and happy. I have been away from my blog and writing for many months.¬† To write why is very difficult but I felt it was time. I’m writing this as part of my healing process and hope that you all will understand my need to do so.


This is my beautiful daughter Sara.¬† Sara passed away October 20, 2017.¬† She was my heart, my brave, kind, generous, darling oldest daughter.¬† Her death came unexpectedly and shockingly on the day it occurred.¬† Though we knew she’d lived beyond all expectancy, and over the last few years had become more frail….we were not prepared to lose her and it hurts beyond belief.

Let me tell you a little bit about her.  Sara was 35 when she passed away.  At the age of 6, we were in a terrible car accident that left her a quadriplegic, from the neck down and dependent the rest of her life on a ventilator to breathe 24/7.  She could only move her eyes and face.  We had to read her lips when she spoke.  She had multiple surgeries in the beginning to repair all the damage to her body, but her mind was sharp and intact.  We brought her home after several months in the hospital and there she stayed with the help of home nursing care, wonderful nurses (friends) over the years and with me, her constant caretaker.

Now you would think that sounds very sad and it was.¬† But over the 29 years she survived each day in that condition, she went to school graduating with honors.¬† We lived life as normally as possible.¬† She went everywhere with us.¬† Whatever it was, we found a way.¬† She’s been in the mountains and on beaches.¬† She shopped, traveled, saw movies and broadway shows, museums and bookstores.¬† She read with a passion. She was a collector of fairies, nutcrackers, keychains, and souvenirs.¬† She journaled her life every day.¬† She adored our pets, her niece and nephews, her sister, brother-in-law, extended family and myself and her dad.¬† She was kind, considerate, so very patient. She was a worrier about everyone but herself.¬† She was a Nature lover, a healer, a keeper of secrets and had a smile that lit up a room.¬† Everyone said she was an angel on Earth and I too believe that was true.

She was a one- of- a- kind spirit.¬† No one who knew her will every forget her.¬† Or the lessons she taught us.¬† As her mom, I couldn’t be more proud of the person she was.¬† And as her mom and full-time caretaker, my life has been drastically changed with her loss.¬† She is greatly missed, but my Path tells me she is with our Goddess, in Summerland, whole and happy and well again.¬† My other daughter Kate and I picture her with our rainbow pets, in her huge library comfortable and happy, having tea with our ancestors and waiting for us.¬† This comforts us greatly.¬† I wish you could have known her.¬† You would have loved her as we did.

So now, nearly 6 months later, life moves on.¬† I miss her constantly, light candles and incense every day for her.¬† I write notes to her and send them off with fire, smoke and ash.¬† Every holiday, birthday, family event without her is hard.¬† But we remember her and can smile now.¬† Talking about her is good for my family.¬† As Spring arrives (very slowly here in Ohio) I plan a memory garden for her as she loved the outdoors, watching the birds, butterflies, seeing the flowers grow. A dear friend is sending rose bushes in her honor, another a beautiful fairy wind chime, and I’ll plant her favorite flowers as well….sunflowers. Another friend has given us a gift card to plant a tree in her honor.¬† All these things will be done.

Her bedroom was such a place of loss and sadness.¬† But with help of family, we painstakingly went through her things.¬† We’ve kept all that meant so much to her…fairies, wall art, her books, bookmark collection, family pictures etc.¬† We saved her t-shirts to make into a quilt one day.¬† Family members and friends took small things to remind them of her and her journals will be with me until they pass to her sister one day.¬† I then turned her room into a beautiful library filled with the things she loved, and it’s become a place of comfort, serenity, and we know she’d have approved 100%

So now I’m learning my new “normal”.¬† I am doing okay as time marches on.¬† I’m about to turn 60 and because of being her 24/7 caretaker there were many things that I couldn’t do easily.¬† Even taking a walk, or planning an outing etc were difficult at times.¬† I would have kept doing that to my dying day…..but now that she has gone before me, I’m trying to find my way to care for myself for a while.¬† To do things I wasn’t able to do before.¬† To find “me”!¬† What do I enjoy?¬† What makes ME happy.¬† My hubby and I have plans for some travel I think.¬† I’m probably going to get a job at some point.¬† But for now, I heal, rest, do things that make me happy, work in my home, my journals, my planners, my crafts.¬† Dream of my garden beds, walks in the park, books to read and my Path to follow.¬† I do my best to remember Sara is always with me in Spirit and I know she’d want me to be happy and do for myself.¬† And of course, I have my other daughter, her husband and 3 beautiful grandchildren who need me, and my husband and extended family.¬† And I have my sisters in spirit, close friends who surround me with love and concern, and despite losing my darling girl, I know I’m blessed.

So, thank you for letting me talk about my girl.¬† Hold your loved ones close as you never know what a day will bring.¬† I’m hoping to write more here again. Perhaps some writing will help me to continue to heal and put one foot in front of the other.¬† Beltane comes soon… and Spring!

May Goddess bless each of you with great love in your lives.  The love, even when lost, remains forever.


Blessings and Love,




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The Wheel Turns to Ostara 2016……..

IMG_0857Merry Meet my friends! ¬†I have been terribly re-miss on writing here in my blog and I’ll tell you why shortly. ¬†It’s a cloudy day, and warmish, hitting 60* right now. ¬†Earlier the Sun was out and there was a gorgeous crescent Moon last night to enjoy and draw energy from ūüôā ¬†Rain is coming in later..which we DON’T need! ¬†Our backyard is flooded! ¬†But there are signs of Spring everywhere in our yard. ¬†From the animal and bird activities, to the greening of the grass, and the shoots popping up out of the ground from lots of our flowers and herbs! I love it!

First of all, I want to say thank you so much for being a reader and a friend of this blog. ¬†I just celebrated my 6th year writing here. I started out thinking it would be a way for me to keep a journal of sorts. ¬†But it evolved into something more over time. ¬†I have had over 207,000 views and nearly 780 followers. ¬†It’s amazing to me that anything I have to say is of interest to people. ¬†And yet, it seems some are interested and I really appreciate it ūüôā ¬†I keep it mostly because I enjoy writing, and I enjoy sharing, and I enjoy learning too. ¬†So thank you very much! ¬†I hope my readers continue to enjoy what I write.

Secondly, I have had a rough few weeks. ¬†I had surgery on Feb 1 as I believe I talked about a bit in my previous posts. ¬†That surgery was a nightmare. ¬†It did not go well. ¬†Something I won’t go into was done in a way that a nerve was damaged. ¬†I was in extreme pain..I mean truly excruiciating with no relief except when I laid perfectly still. ¬†Long story short, a week later I was in the OR again having that fixed. ¬†The excruciating pain was relieved mostly, but the pain of two surgeries is just now starting to alleviate. ¬†I’m told to expect another month or so to feel normal again. ¬†I am glad that the original health issue is fixed…but it’s been a heck of a recovery. ¬†Funny..I told myself while I was laid up, I’d be reading, writing, and working on a couple projects. But I found it was hard to focus on all of those things. ¬†Thus, the lack of writing here in my blog. ¬†But I’m reading and journaling and yes, now writing here too now. ¬†Thank you for your patience!


There is much going on! Ostara is next Sunday! ¬†I’m blessed that a dear Witch sister is coming to stay with me for a few days. ¬†Deb has been a friend for years now but she lives in SC and we have only met face to face once..and that was way to brief of a time and quite some time ago. ¬†We talk on the phone all the time and I look forward to having her within hugging range for a change. ūüôā ¬†My coven will gather for Ostara Sunday morning and she will be here for that as well. Everyone is looking forward to meeting their long- distance sister! We will do a ritual, have brunch and a fire. It will be magickal and filled with love! ¬†Breakfast casserole, muffins and pastries, fruit salad, coffee and juices are on the menu. ¬†Yum!

For Ostara, we often meet in the morning as I love greeting the Sun with a toast. ¬†After all, Ostara is the return of Spring, the return of longer days, of warmth, and green and flowers and leafed out trees. ¬†Mother Earth awakens! Now, I live in Ohio….and we’ve been pretty warm and Spring-like lately. But snow could come back anytime yet lol. ¬†Yesterday, I took a stroll around the yard and discovered lots of my plants and herbs blooming green shoots! ¬†It’s early for sure, but wonderful! ¬†One thing I did do while laid up, was flip thru garden catalogs and magazines, and I have lots of plans to add to our flower beds. We’ll be adding new plants, thinning some, moving some etc. ¬†We’ll be planting new trees, flowering bushes and new flowers to fill new beds. ¬†I so can’t wait! ¬†Right now, all I can do is look. ¬†I’m not healed up enough yet to clean up the beds etc….but I got my hands dirty a bit yesterday and it made me smile. ¬†There is nothing more grounding than digging in the dirt ūüôā









My Spring cleaning was delayed due to the surgeries, but I had worked very hard on serious purging and organizing beforehand. ¬†I’ve started back up again the last day or two. ¬†I’m down to one cupboard, one closet and a couple kitchen cupboards to go thru yet. ¬†It feels so great to do this. ¬†Purging unwanted, unneeded, and unused items is very freeing ūüôā ¬†It won’t be long and my clothesline will be up again, and clothes, linens and so on will be flapping in the sun and wind! I love that!

I’m going to go ahead and post a couple of recipes for Ostara, since it’s here so fast! ¬†I’m going to be very busy this next week getting ready for our gathering and for my dear company coming, so I’m not sure I’ll be back to write until after. ¬†Foods for Ostara are:¬†Leafy green vegetables, ¬†sunflower and pine nuts, dairy, ¬†fish, hot crossed buns, sweet breads, hard boiled eggs or eggs fixed any way, ¬†honey¬†cakes, and seasonal fruits. ¬†Here’s a couple recipes that should fit right in there!




Rich and Moist Honey Cake


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1‚ĀĄ2 teaspoons baking powder
1‚ĀĄ4 teaspoon salt
1‚ĀĄ2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon orange zest
3‚ĀĄ4 cup butter
3‚ĀĄ4 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1‚ĀĄ4 cup milk
1 cup chopped walnuts

Honey Sauce
1 cup white sugar
1 cup honey
3‚ĀĄ4 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350*  Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and orange zest. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Stir in the walnuts.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool for 15 minutes.  Cut cake then Pour honey syrup over the cake.
For the Honey Syrup: In a saucepan, combine honey, 1 cup sugar and water. Bring to a simmer and cook 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.



Bacon Spinach Quiche

4 eggs
2 cups milk
1-1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, cooked and drained
1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)

Preheat oven to 400*

In a large bowl, beat eggs; whisk in milk, 1 cup cheese, onion, bacon, salt, mustard and paprika. Add spinach.

Pour into pie shell.

Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake at 400¬į for 40 minutes

Yield: 6 servings.


There you go…something sweet and something savory ūüôā ¬†Enjoy!


I want to wish you all a very happy Ostara….happy Spring…..and have a great week! ¬†Oh, Happy Irish Day as well this week! ¬†It’s a fun week for seeing green…whether it be in your garden beds, or your Irish showing! ¬†Slainte!!


Oh, Spring is surely coming,
Her couriers fill the air;
Each morn are new arrivals,
Each night her ways prepare;
I scent her fragrant garments,
Her foot is on the stair.
~John Burroughs, “A March Glee”


Love and Blessings








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Merry Yule/Winter Solstice 2015 and Recipes!…….


Where I’m sitting right now!

Merry Meet my friends…I’m sitting by the fire on this the longest night of the year, in my pj’s with a glass of mulled wine at hand. ¬†My daughter and I are watching “A Christmas Story” and I suddenly remembered that I hadn’t written my post yet for Yule! ¬†I’m so sorry, but better late than never ūüôā ¬†I really did want to share some recipes with you that will come in handy the next 10 days or so.

It’s pouring rain, gloomy and windy here and we are on another week of unseasonable temperatures! Record highs in the mid 60’s are expected! ¬†I so wish it was snow and not rain! ¬†I ran my last couple of errands to do today and I have about 10 packages to wrap and I’m officially all ready for the holidays….. except for a trip to the grocery early tomorrow morning. I’m hoping I can avoid some of the crowds doing that. ¬†I’m looking forward to a more quiet Christmas as my family gatherings will be over the weekend rather than the eve or the day of. ¬†So reading and relaxing is high on my agenda lol. ¬†And yes, those who know me, know that I do gather with my family for Christmas. ¬†It’s not a religious holiday for me at all, but it is for many of my family members that I love, so I celebrate with them, but in my own way. ¬†As a family time together, celebrating with gifts and food and love and joy!

Tonight, I will do some altar work, use my hearth fire to burn that which I wish for, and those things I wish to let go, and I will make time to honor my favored Goddess Hekate. ¬†Tomorrow morning, I’ll be up early, toasting the rising of the Sun (whether I can actually see ¬†him/her or not) and make my offerings to Mother Earth. ¬†The day will be spent partially with family, and then quiet and introspective tomorrow evening. The fire is burning merrily. The house is smudged and candles are lit. I have bayberry, frankincense, pine, orange, clove and cinnamon scents going with the help of incense, candles and a simmering potpourri. ¬†Our feast, which we’ll have tomorrow night, will just be soup, salad and bread. Simple and good.

Foods for Yule are traditionally:¬†¬†Nuts, apples, caraway cakes soaked with cider, pears, ginger tea, roasted turkey, fruitcake,¬† cookies, eggnog, mulled wine, and pork dishes. ¬†But there are other foods as well associated with the season such as gingerbread, ham, cranberries, pomegranates, mince pies, and frankly, whatever else your family tradition is! ¬†What are your foods that your family just MUST have on the table for your Yule/Christmas/New Year’s feast? ¬†Well, I’ll share a couple of recipes here with you that my family loves, as I have in past postings. ¬†I see through my blog stats that MANY of you are checking out all my previous posts for Yule/Solstice and I so appreciate that. ¬†Thank you! ¬†Hope you like these too!



Red and Green Pear Salad

1/3 cup walnut pieces
3 Tbs cider vinegar
1 Tbs honey
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
8 oz mixed baby greens
2 pears, such as Bartlett, cored and sliced
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 oz  blue cheese, crumbled

Toast walnut pieces your favorite way. Pour onto a plate to cool and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, honey, mustard, salt and pepper. Add the olive oil in a thin stream, whisking constantly until the dressing is smooth.
Add the greens, pears, pomegranate seeds and walnuts to the bowl with the dressing and toss gently to coat. Divide the salad among 4 plates, garnish with the cheese and serve immediately. Serves 4.



Merry Yule Fruitcake Bars

*even if you hate fruitcake..try these!

3/4 cup butter, softened
1-3/4 cups packed brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped candied pineapple
1-3/4 cups red and green candied cherries, halved
2 cups pitted dates, halved

In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Stir in vanilla. Add flour and walnuts; mix well. Spread evenly into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with pineapple, cherries and dates; press lightly into dough.
Bake at 325¬į for 45-50 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Yield: 8 dozen.



Solstice Mulled Wine

2 (750 ml) bottles of dry white wine
2 oranges, sliced into rounds
1/2 cup brandy (optional)
1/2 cup honey or sugar
16 whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
4 star anise
optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise

Combine all ingredients in a non-aluminum saucepan, and bring to a simmer (not a will boil the alcohol right out of it!) over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours. Strain, and serve warm with your desired garnishes.

Yum! ¬†Sounds warm and cozy doesn’t it?!

I hope you give these a try over the holidays. ¬†Don’t forget, you can do a search in the box over there ——> under Yule or Winter Solstice to find more from previous years.

Remember that tonight and tomorrow night if you wish, is all about the longest night of the year and knowing that the Sun returns and the days will lengthen once again. ¬†Think about what our ancestors were thinking on this night. ¬†They were hoping they had enough food put away for the long, hard Winter. ¬†Winter was hard, no doubt! ¬†Isolation, hard work, chopping wood for warmth, and making sure that their livestock survived the long, cold, dark season..along with themselves, had to be a scary time for them. ¬†We are so blessed these days. But for tonight, perhaps pretend what it was like to be them. ¬†Light a fire and keep it stoked. ¬†Light candles all over the house. Turn off the tv, get off the electronics (which I will do as soon as I’m done with this writing ūüôā and perhaps just sit quietly and think, ponder, remember, cherish or make new memories. ¬†What do you wish for yourself and your loved ones in the coming months? What do you need to let go of to be happy and content in your life. ¬†Are there relationships to repair or depart from? ¬†Is there a project you want to take on over the Winter? ¬†Do you have a huge stack of books you’ve been dying to read? ¬†(I do! ) ¬†Well, now you will have the time…most likely.

Blessed  Yule/Winter Solstice my dear friends.  May Winter be kind to you, may Goddess bless you with all the good things in Life, and I thank you so much for your friendship and interest in reading my little blog and letting me know you enjoy it.  I so much appreciate it!

I share this poem most every Solstice time because I love it so much.  This year is no different! Enjoy!

The Shortest Day

by Susan Cooper

So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive,
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us – Listen!!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, fest, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome Yule!!


Love and Blessings, Autumn





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The Wheel Turns to the Winter Solstice/Yule 2015…..



To celebrate the Sun, the Land, the Ancient Ones, the great Circle of Nature.
To welcome in the Winter and the New Year.
To bring forth renewal, peace, and joy.

-Selena Fox “Saturnalia”¬†


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMerry Meet my friends! ¬†It’s a Monday evening, quiet in the house at the moment after a busy day. ¬†It rained today and we have been un-seasonably warm here in Ohio. ¬†Too warm for my tastes actually lol, but we will start cooling down in the next few days!

The Solstice is coming fast…just a week away! ¬†Yule, or the Winter Solstice is all about the return of the Sun. ¬†It will be the longest night, and then we celebrate the rotation and the days lengthening as we eventually get to Spring again. ¬†Having said that, here in Ohio and many other places on this wonderful, good Earth, we have a long Winter ahead of us yet! ¬†I have been preparing for it for some time now. ¬†From putting away the garden tools, and getting the garden beds cleaned up and mulched, to pulling out warm blanket throws, making elderberry syrup and of course, shopping for Yule and Christmas gifts and all the things associated with the holidays!



My elderberry syrup brewing


I also have planned for projects to do over the dark time of Winter. And my list gets longer lol. ¬†Books I want to read, house projects to do, projects associated with my Craft such as getting my herbalist class going, working on my BOS, and some witchy crafts too. ¬†I often feel that Autumn is too, too short of a season, it goes by so fast I think because it’s my favorite. ¬†Winter, to me, often is a very long season…which I think is a good thing! ¬†I have already found myself staying indoors more, except on these really warm days we’re experiencing right now! ¬†As I said before, it’s nesting…..loving my home and being in it!

For my Solstice celebrations, I most definitely clean the house well, make sure I have lots of candles and firewood, stock up the pantry for cooking and baking, and do as much ahead of time as I can. ¬†For me, and for many I know, the Solstice is not so much about families and friends gathering, not about gift giving, not about a huge feast and loud, noisy parties. ¬†It’s more about a simple meal, quiet introspection, offerings to our Gods and Mother Earth, ¬†and dwelling in the darknesss, in a content and joyful way. ¬†It’s about quiet meditation, reflecting on the year ahead and what we wish to leave behind. ¬†I often will get up early to toast the Sun as he/she rises. ¬†I say he to cover those who think of the Sun as the Male God rising again, and I say she for those who think of her as Sister Sun. ¬†You can fill it in as you wish ūüôā Whether you toast with a mimosa, ¬†a cup of coffee or a glass of water, the ritual holds meaning. ¬†It’s representative of the days starting to lengthen and we know there is hope that after Winter we will have Spring. ¬†My coven has decided to meet on January 3. To allow everyone time with their families at this busy time of year. ¬†We all look forward to it very much. ¬†It’s a feast of desserts, coffee, hot chocolate and our fun gift exchange..all around a fire. ¬†Perfect!

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My Yule Altar 2015

My Solstice/Yule altar is always one of my favorites I do each year. ¬†I set it up early in December and have enjoyed using it each day. ¬†I have a new Goddess statue..Elen of the Ways which I’m in love with. ¬†I’ll be talking more about her in another blog soon. ¬†Not the statue, but Elen herself. ¬†ūüôā ¬†I love my real deer antler, my YULE log my hubby drilled holes in for me, and of course all the red and green crystals, candles, and my elemental representatives. I’ve had the beautiful deer for years now and it brings me joy every time I see it. ¬†The vase is filled with Rosemary…a gift from the garden of one of my coven sisters. ¬†Her Rosemary was still going strong with all the warm weather we’ve been having and she made sure I had some. ¬†It smells so good! ¬†I’ll be adding more greens on top of my Yule log and some cakes and ale the night of the Solstice.

For crafty things I like to do this time of year.  Feed the birds with peanut butter covered bagles dipped in bird seed.  String cereal like a garland.  Gather bits of yarn, fur, dryer fuzz and put everything out for the birds..they will love it!  Make orange pomanders. Make beautiful oil blends and use them to anoint candles, your altar, yourself.  Gather some dried herbs and make herbed salts, oils and vinegars for gifts.  Bake bread and take a loaf to a neighbor.  Gather the grandkids or kids and make lots of cookies.  Even better, make dog biscuits and share them with all the dogs in your life.

Don’t forget to donate! ¬†Clean out your closets and cupboards and take them to Goodwill or a homeless shelter or a battered woman’s shelter. ¬†Donate dog and cat food to your local shelter..better yet, take home a pet that needs a home! ¬†Give to Toys for Tots, Books for kids, the Red Cross, Salvation Army, adopt a family, send a military shoe box, and/or volunteer at a soup kitchen or food pantry. ¬†You’ll be all the better for it! Give, give, give to be truly grateful with what you have!


My hearth fires burning

I love to burn candles all over the house, and to keep off of all electronics! ¬†I’ll often journal, read, scry in the fire…Oh..there MUST be a fire in the hearth of course! That goes without saying ūüôā ¬†Soup and bread are often my preferred meal (my family loves that too) and we just have a quiet peaceful night. ¬†Stepping outside to make my offerings, absorb the energy from Earth and Grandmother Moon as well. ¬†And to listen…listen to the quiet of Winter…it’s so peaceful. Keep in mind that our Mother Earth is also resting, rejuvenating, and readying for when Spring blooms again. ¬†Then, a good night’s sleep and I’ll be ready to hop back into the much more chaotic holiday of Christmas that comes a few days later!

Ritual for any Sabbat doesn’t have to be organized or methodical. ¬†When I first started blogging, I often shared actual rituals that I had found online or in books. ¬†Now, I just tell you what I do. ¬†What I do at my altar..well, that’s between me and my Goddess as they say. ¬†The words I use, the tools I use, the feelings I emote and the goals I’m trying to manifest are my own. ¬†I have many friends who are new to the Craft, or maybe aren’t so new, but get bogged down in worrying about rhyming words, what color the stones should be, or where the candles should go on the altar. ¬†I say…’s YOUR Path….do what feels right to you. Period. ¬†Your intentions and your inner Magick and your relationship with your God/Goddess is all that matters. ¬†You’ll be heard!

I’ll be back in a day or two with a few recipes I thought I’d share. I’d like to remind you that you can search for Yule or Winter Solstice in the search box on the right ———> for more posts like the correspondences, recipes, poems and quotes etc. ¬†I see many of you are finding them already. ¬†ūüôā ¬†In the meantime, have a wonderful week!

Love and Blessings, Autumn





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Love actually IS all around us……..

christmas-candle-douglas-pulsipherMerry Meet my friends. ¬†I have been very remiss about writing in my blog. ¬†I have been very busy…as we all are this time of year! ¬†I will be here more often now for a couple of reasons I’ll fill you in about in a moment. ¬†First, I wanted to say that I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving, for those who celebrate it. ¬†I know I did. I had 14 here at my house for a wonderful meal that was enjoyed by all. ¬†It was a relaxing day with good food and good company and we all were sure to be grateful for all the good things in our life. ¬†I hope it was the same for you and yours!

Now we are rapidly heading towards the Winter Solstice and holidays. ¬†As I’ve said many times, the Wheel seems to spin faster and faster as I get older! ¬†I’ve been more housebound lately due to various reasons (which I’m enjoying!) so I’m shopping online (so much better than fighting crowds) ¬†have decorated the house, set up my Solstice Altar, and enjoying some quiet time reading by the fire, relaxing and nesting in as Winter comes. ¬† After all, Winter is my 2nd favorite season and I look forward to it!

A bit of news, for those of you who have been reading Samhain’s Sirens in October and The Sunday Stew every Sunday. ¬†I’m sorry to tell you that both are no more. ¬†The Stew will finish up to the end of the year and Samhain’s Sirens finished at Samhain this year. ¬†I will miss being a writer and a reader for both publications. ¬†The founder, Kallan Kennedy, has decided to move on to other projects, which I totally understand! ¬†The good news for me…I will have more time for my own writing. ¬†Both here on my blog, and for a project I’m seriously considering…writing my own cookbook, based on the Sabbats. ¬†What do you think of that idea? ¬†My most popular blog posts have always been the ones about the Sabbats and recipes for the Sabbats…I thought, why not make them into a book? ¬†LOL…that’s the plan anyway.

So, to get serious for a bit. ¬†There has been much to despair about in our world today. ¬†Mass shootings are on the rise. ¬†Politics and religion are causing many arguments and chaos. ¬†Many of us are scared to go out of our homes. Many of us are fleeing social networks to avoid the negativity, squabbling and downright nastiness we see in our newsfeeds these days. ¬†Let me tell you, I have been nesting so have backed off anyway, but I too, ¬†have been protecting my psyche by staying away more. ¬†When I do go to Facebook for instance, I do my best to be cheerful, spread kindness and love, and be a positive place where people can think of something else besides the big, scary world. But even I have posted about the hate I see in this world…much of it in the name of religion. ¬†And I don’t just mean the terrorists..I mean people hating on other races and religions, conservatives vs liberals, christians vs ¬†well…you get the idea. ¬†Of course not everyone is spewing hatred. ¬†This is what I want to talk about.

I like to say in I live in a happy little bubble of a Life. ¬†It’s not that I live with my head stuck in the ground, but that I do my best not to let things come into my Life that I don’t want there. ¬†I’m aware of the news, but don’t stay glued to the tv for hours on end. ¬†I don’t feel the need to go to Facebook or Twitter and spew my opinion to everybody. ¬†I will often as simply for Prayers for whatever city, country, people need it, express my sorrow and then try to find something happy and peaceful to say and do. ¬†I have many social friends who are the same.

The movie “Love Actually” is one of my all-time favorite movies. ¬†There is such a moral lesson to be learned in that movie. ¬†My daughter and I watched it a few days ago again and ever since, I have thought about writing something about it here. ¬†If you’ve never seen! ¬†At the beginning of the movie, the narrator talks about love while scenes at an airport are showing on the screen. airport. ¬†Over and over it shows people being greeted from the plane with open arms, smiles, hugs, tears and love. ¬†It makes me cry every time I watch it. There is something about seeing people with their arms around each other that just melts me. ¬†The song “Love is all around us” plays a part throughout the movie as well. ¬†At the end, of the narration he says (it’s Hugh Grant by the way, who is yummy) ¬†“Love actually is all around us”. ¬† *watch the video for yourself!*




Think about that statement. ¬†We all are very focused on what’s wrong with humans these days. ¬†But I believe that we all want Love. ¬†We seek Love, ¬†We give Love. ¬†We are capable of great Love to others. ¬†It’s easy to love our families (most of the time lol) our friends, our community. ¬†We see it over and over when there’s been a tragedy. There are helping hands readily available, heroes who risk their own lives to save others, people rushing towards instead of running from….to help. ¬†To love.

Even the worse person you can think of, someone you may even find to be evil, ¬†probably still loves someone. Nobody can go through life not loving somebody. ¬†I think on this when I feel myself getting discouraged from the hate, chaos, dissension, and cruelty I see daily. ¬†I believe we all are here, no matter your religious path…to love and be loved.

I do my best to seek those who spread love. ¬†I do my best not to worry about being scared. I do my best to avoid hatred. I do my best not to state my opinion to others in a way that great offense can be taken. ¬†I strive to be loving and kind. None of us are perfect…we all fail at this from time to time. But if we look, if we give what we’d like to receive, we can accomplish so much as a people. ¬†This includes loving those who are in great need, loving Mother Earth and caring for Her…Her animals, Air, Oceans, and all the She gives us. Being accepting of other religions. ¬†Trying to understand those we don’t understand. ¬†and please understand me, I too find it difficult to understand anyone..I mean anyone..who can take the life of another person or an animal in anyway. ¬†I’m not saying we have to love them…but we have to find a way for it to stop happening.

Love Actually IS all around us if we seek it, give it and spread it around. ¬†Only Love towards one another will help to heal the wounds people give to one another. ¬†It starts with each of us. ¬†Be kind…treat others as you want them to treat you. ¬†Avoid the people you are no way able to do this with..because believe me, I know that there are some people who are un-lovable to me. ¬†But keep in mind, they are lovable to someone else. ¬†I just let them go..I don’t harbor hatred towards them..I just let it go. ¬†If you want to see love easily, try going to the airport and watching the departures and arrivals. ¬†That will open your eyes and warm your heart! And really, watch the movie “Love Actually”…you’ll love it!

I hope that the holidays and the upcoming Winter Solstice are a time of Peace and Love for us all. ¬†I pray to the Goddess that you and yours stay safe in your own happy little bubbles! ¬†I’ll be back soon with another post, Yule recipes and to talk about some favorite books I’ve been reading lately. ¬†Blessed Be my friends…May Goddess bless you all! ‚̧


Love and Blessings,






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A Moment to Spare…………

dsc_0773Merry Meet my friends and Blessed Memorial Day. ¬†I am writing this because I actually have some time to do so today ūüôā ¬†We didn’t have any plans per se for today except to mulch the garden beds and relax..perhaps visit the cemetaries. ¬†But it’s pouring rain, windy and actually a little chilly, so we are relaxing and unwinding. ¬†Things have been crazy busy here with getting our home ready for Summer, planting garden beds, making new garden beds, getting patio furniture cleaned and put out etc etc. ¬†I also had a very sad death in my family that has kept me busy with family and the inevitable drama that came with it. ¬†I lost a beloved Uncle in a terrible train/truck collision and a few members of extended family have acted up terribly. ¬†Anyway, I’ve been trying to be there for my mom (he was her brother) and’s been emotional and sad but we have pulled together to support each other and that’s a good thing.

In the process of losing someone I loved, I have contemplated on how short life is, how fleeting it is, and how fast something terrible can happen that takes our life away. ¬†I have always known this but a death brings it home even more. Ever since I was a young mother, I have done my best to appreciate the simple things, the little moments that bring Joy, laughter, comfort, peace, and reflection in my Life. ¬†I tried to teach my girls the same thing and I believe they do too. We are teaching my grandkids the same thing! ¬†Life isn’t about the big’s about the small daily parts of our lives.

I see so many people who are so busy that it seems they fly through life without pause. ¬†I could never do that. ¬†Even on my busiest day, I have to stop and listen, be quiet, feel, reflect, watch, hear, see, smell and taste. ¬†We live in a time where people have their attention on their phones, tv’s, and computers. Kids are super busy involved in everything under the Sun …good parents thinking they are giving their kids every opportunity to excel in something…but they have very little time for just being a kid….using their imagination, connecting with nature, being still. ¬†I’m not judging, just saying I see this so much in this day and time.

I hear people say “when I get a moment to spare, I’m going to……..????? ” ¬† And in my mind, there are so many moments to spare if we are more aware of the time we waste! ¬†I’m guilty of this too, don’t get me wrong…we all are! ¬†Some days I don’t waste a moment, other days I fill my day with wasteful moments of watching too much tv, on my computer too long or just flying from one thing to the next without any thought of the moments that I’m not taking to “notice” something! As I get older, I can look back and feel I did about 60% well in not wasting time, but now I do much better than that. I can’t function if I don’t!


A few things I like to do when I have a moment to spare:

-walk barefoot outside

-light a candle and watch the flame

-read a bit (that is NEVER a waste of time in my opinion)

-literally smell the roses

-write in my gratitude journal

-call a friend

-eat a piece of chocolate..really savor it slowly

-water, weed or deadhead flowers in my garden beds..I find any connection with Mother Gaia soothing

-listen for the birds, watch a butterfly in flight, watch the setting sun or the rising Moon

-have a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, a piece of good bread and just sit and be while you do it

-pet your furbaby..give them total attention

-write a letter or card

-Listen to a favorite song…either quietly or up dancing like crazy!

-soak your feet in good soapy water

-take a 10 minute snooze

-hug your kids, your hubby, your friend, your grandkids

-take a walk…..feel the wind, see the trees, hear the birds

-clean out a drawer…yes, this is a bit of work, but only takes a moment and it’s so satisfying when it’s organized!

-Play..take a moment to really play….one of my new favs…adult coloring books!

-practice your passion..whether it’s art, music, crafting, needlework, taking a course ….find the time to do it….the satisfaction you’ll feel is so worth it

-Do something kind for someone…it just takes a moment. ¬†A call, holding the door for someone, smiling at your waitress or cashier, buying a cup of coffee or lunch for the person in line behind you, saying thank you, complimenting someone….it will make your day and their’s too!

Life is a succession of moments,

to live each one is to succeed.

-Corita Kent

Well…you get the picture. The point is…..Life flies by and you never know when you’ll take your last breath and move onto your next journey. ¬†Appreciate the small moments…take time for them…share them. ¬†Your life will be richer for it. I have to add that as a Witch and Pagan….I find that my fellow sisters and brothers of the Craft are very good at this too. ¬†It is just a natural part of our daily life! ¬† And just another word of advice. ¬†No matter how old you are….have a will. Also, let your family members writing!!….what you would like done for you when you pass. ¬†So there are no arguments amongst your loved ones. Your wishes will be well documented. If you want someone to have something of yours..write it down..and be sure someone has it that will implement things when you’re gone. ¬†It makes things much much easier for your family and keeps drama at bay. ¬†A lesson hard learned my friends. ¬†I know I’m putting everything in writing!!!

So now, I hope that you had a moment to spare to read this….and you take many moments to spare throughout your day…every day! ¬†Many Blessings to you! ¬†With today being Memorial Day….Please remember the Fallen..the Brave ones who made everything possible for us… that we can spare those precious moments to live beautiful lives that they didn’t get to. ¬†Prayers for all who have lost their much loved soldiers. ¬†Blessed Be!

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Blessings and Love, Autumn


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