I’ve been watching jays and crows diving into the treats that we put out for them yesterday. Something got into the tray and dumped it off into the yard in the middle of the night. I heard it go, but didn’t see anything.
First thing after Tempus walked in yesterday morning was to get the turkey in. It didn’t take all that long, but I was sneezy because Robyne uses a perfumed body wash that gloms up my head. I needed coffee…. but I got the turkey set up and in and the giblets cooking by 9am and went back to bed for a bit.
It took awhile to find the comet flyby stuff online and even to get it to load. …and it looks like the comet has broken up. <sigh> There’s something showing, but not an intact bit….maybe a debris stream and another meteor shower. Latest stuff was here: http://spaceweather.com/ …and if you’re reading this after today’s date, you’ll have to look back in the archives by date…..
Yam dish, carrots, green peas in butter sauce, were all wonderful, but the stuffing took longer than it was supposed to and we forgot to make the dough for the rolls. It’s ok. We were all stuffed after dinner, and we also had some cold bits: olives (both black and green) sweet pickles and dill, pickled beets and also jellied cranberry sauce. …We sat around in a turkey coma for a couple of hours, talking, then I set up the carcass broth and put food away, made sweetened vanilla whipped cream, that went too long and tried to “butter”. We each had a piece of pumpkin pie and one of apple mince with the cream.
I made up a “care package” for Sash, who has been pining after something other than Taco Bell….well, he’s working there, so he eats there….. He had his promised whole pumpkin pie, a loaf of Papa bread, most of a breast of the turkey and a whole box of egg salad, along with some other “fixin’s” to take home with him.
…and then I crashed. I slept for most of 4 hours. When I got up, we all talked for a bit, then Robyne headed off to bed and Tempus and I worked on putting things away for a bit. We took a break with another piece of the apple mince pie and then he started making some room so that I could finish the turkey broth. …which finally got done and we went to bed.
His papers ran two hours late today, and then he hit the Black Friday traffic. He hasn’t gotten much sleep, so he probably is going to sleep in the back of the shop for the early part of the day. I ended up getting 11 hours of sleep last night, but I’m *still* tired!
I have to set up for Saturday. Watch this space later in the day for a listing of our specials, the Small Business Saturday drawing and tomorrow’s workshops!
There’s a flicker on the railing of the porch and it’s arguing with a Steller’s Jay about who’s going to get the last of the peanuts. The jays are looking like flying sapphires since the sunlight is stronger for the moment. One is sitting on the plant stand under my window and cocking his head to the side, looking at me. There must be just enough movement to make him wonder.
Today’s Plant is the Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens. This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind the house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
The eve of St Andrew’s Day – Some marriage-related superstitions have become part of Saint Andrew’s feast day, November 30, and some on the eve. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Andrew%27s_day#St._Andrew.27s_Eve
The shop is open regular hours today, although we’ll probably be staying into the evening! Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light or call the shop.
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Hecate’s Brooch . Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down Phase ends at the Tide Change on 11/29 at 4:22pm. Waning Crescent Moon–Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends 11/28 at 4:22am.
Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends on 12/1 at 4:22am.
This is the time of year when the Great Square of Pegasus floats highest overhead at dinnertime. Its western side points far down almost to Fomalhaut shining in the south. Its eastern side points less directly down toward Beta Ceti (Diphda), less far below.
Mercury is well placed in the morning sky for observers in the northern hemisphere.
Venus is now a bright “evening star” setting just after the Sunday It is at greatest eastern elongation on Nov. 1, looking like a miniature first quarter moon.
What will have emerged from the comet’s graze around the Sun? (The blue 10° scale bar is about the width of your fist at arm’s length.) SkyandTelescope.com
Meanwhile, Comet Lovejoy C/2013 R1 remains much higher and easier to see in binoculars before dawn even begins. It’s 5th magnitude and south of the Big Dipper. Use our finder chart: http://media.skyandtelescope.com/documents/Comets_Ison_Lovejoy_LateNov.pdf
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
Runic half-month of Isa/Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Ruis/Elder, Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH) Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds.
Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries.
The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.
The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 29 Low 2:41 AM 2.5 7:31 AM Rise 3:35 AM 21
~ 29 High 8:57 AM 8.1 4:39 PM Set 2:33 PM
~ 29 Low 3:55 PM 0.6
~ 29 High 10:05 PM 6.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
~ “It seemed to me,” said Wonko the Sane, “that any civilization that had so far lost its head as to need to include a set of detailed instructions for use in a packet of toothpicks, was no longer a civilization in which I could live and stay sane.”. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Business today consists in persuading crowds. – Thomas Stearnes Eliot (1888-1965) US writer
~ The Constitution shall never be construed… to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms. – Samuel Adams (1722-1803) US patriot
~ You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. – James Lane Allen
In summer they feasted on wheat and oats and were easily approached as they rested on the trees along the sides of the field after a good full meal, displaying beautiful iridescent colors as they moved their necks backward and forward when we went very near them. Every shotgun was aimed at them and everybody feasted on pigeon pies, and not a few of the settlers feasted also on the beauty of the wonderful birds. The breast of the male is a fine rosy red, the lower part of the neck behind and along the sides changing from the red of the breast to gold, emerald green and rich crimson. The general color of the upper parts is grayish blue, the under parts white. The extreme length of the bird is about seventeen inches; the finely modeled slender tail about eight inches, and extent of wings twentyfour inches. The females are scarcely less beautiful. – John Muir on Passenger pigeons; The Story of My Boyhood and Youth Source
Yule Recipes – However many your turkey leftovers, check this site out for good recipe ideas: http://www.butterball.com
All of these Yule Recipes freeze very well, so make ’em now and put ’em by for when you have company! …or 6 more people than you expected for a holiday dinner…..
King Ranch Chicken Casserole (works with turkey, too)
1 cup of onions, diced
1 cup green bell peppers, diced
½ pound mushrooms
¼ cup butter
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 pound cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups chicken, cooked and diced
1 can tomatoes with green chiles
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon chicken broth
12 chicken tortilla – cut into quarters
- In a large pan, sauté onion, pepper and mushrooms in butter.
- Add soups, tomatoes & chiles, garlic, chili powder and chicken broth.
- Line bottom of a 9 x 13 pan with pieces of tortillas.
- Spread half of the chicken over the tortillas and top with half of the sauce then half of the cheese.
- Cover with another layer of corn tortillas and repeat the chicken, sauce and cheese layers.
- (If freezing, freeze at this point, prior to baking.)
- Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly.
Note – This recipe can be doubled or tripled to make 2 or 3 pans of casserole. I usually make 3 – one for that night, and two for the freezer.
(NOTE FROM RUTHEE: when creating this to freeze, line your pans with aluminum so you can pull the casserole when it is fully frozen and place it in Ziplocs, thus freeing up your casserole pans). [Anja’s note – Or go to Cash n Carry and get foil steam pans with lids!]
Chicken & Broccoli Lasagna (also works with Turkey)
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1 cup chicken broth
½ cup parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon salt
pinch of nutmeg and ground red pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 ½ cup diced chicken
1 bag frozen broccoli cuts
¼ cup parsley
1 pound mozzarella, sliced thin
¼ cup parmesan cheese
- Sauce: Melt butter
- Stir in flour.
- Add milk, whisk until smooth.
- Stir in broth.
- Cook, stirring constantly, until thick.
- Beat eggs in separate bowl, add small amount of sauce; then combine egg mix with all sauce.
- Stir in cheese and seasonings.
- Cook noodles.
- Sauté chicken in butter with onion and garlic.
- Stir in broccoli, cook 5 min. until tender.
- Add seasonings.
- Layer in 9 x 13 pan: sauce, mozzarella, noodles, chicken.
- Finish with cheese.
Bake 350 for 50 min, until bubbly.
Green Chile Pork
1 7-8 pound pork roast
2 onion, chopped
2 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoon oregano
2 cup of chicken broth
2 4-ounce cans of green chiles
32 ounces Mexican style stewed tomatoes
4 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
- Pour undrained tomatoes in bottom of insert.
- Add onions and other remaining ingredients and then add pork roast (cut meat into smaller pieces if necessary).
- Cook on Low for 6-8 hours or high for 5-6 hours.
- When finished, slice or shred for nachos, burritos, tacos, etc.
- Freeze in freezer containers, pour leftover broth over the meat to keep it moist while in the freezer and while defrosting.
(NOTE FROM RUTHEE: I make this stuff every month. I make enchiladas with it or stir it into refried beans and some rice for lunch at work).
French Toast Sticks
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 slices white bread — cut into 4 strips each
3 tablespoons butter – divided
- In a shallow dish, beat together the eggs, sugar, milk, maple syrup and cinnamon with a fork until well blended.
- Dip each bread strip into the egg mixture, coating completely.
- In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat.
- Cook the bread strips a few at a time for 2-3 minutes per side.
- Add more butter as needed.
- Flash freeze on a cookie sheet and then store in a Ziploc bag.
- To reheat: reheat in toaster for 3-5 minutes or microwave for 2 minutes (but toaster makes them more crisp).
- Makes 32 strips
Note – Recipe can be doubled or tripled to stock up.
(NOTE FROM RUTHEE: I make these in huge batches, flash freeze and then put 4 in a bag, making easy-to-grab packs in the AM for the kids.
Sour Cream Chocolate Muffins
5 ounces Semisweet Chocolate
2 Baking Chocolate Squares
1/3 cup Butter or Margarine
3/4 cup Sour Cream
2/3 cup Brown Sugar – packed
1/4 cup Light Corn Syrup
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1 1/2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Chocolate Chips – semi-sweet or milk
- Mix semisweet chocolate, baking chocolate, and butter together, then melt
carefully in microwave or over simmering water in double boiler.
- Allow to cool to lukewarm.
- Mix sour cream, sugar, corn syrup, egg and vanilla.
- Blend with melted chocolates.
- Blend flour, soda and salt, then add to the chocolate mixture and blend very well.
- Add the chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into 12 paper-lined or greased muffin tins.
- Bake in preheated 400 degree F oven for about 20 minutes.
- Remove from muffin tins and allow to cool on wire racks.
Note 1 – When freezing, cool completely, then freeze in individual baggies, removing
as much air as possible from each baggie before sealing.
Note 2 – This can also make a sliceable loaf or 4 mini-loaves which freeze even better than the muffins. Serve slices with strawberry or raspberry jam or orange marmalade.