Oh, we had a good time at the feast! I got it pointed out to me that since it wasn’t an official event of the Society for Creation Anachronism that I couldn’t call it an “SCA feast”. Ok, it was an unofficial SCA-*type* feast! 🙂 That’s as opposed to the potlucks and other feasts that we do during the year for Sabbats and OCPPG. I have to go back in and fix it.
We ran very late. Tempus was just exhausted with the lateness of the papers. The guy who was delivering from Eugene to Florence *broke* his tire chains! Seriously bad weather… but that meant that Tempus didn’t start until 4:30 and when he got home we had to get things packed, yet. We had missed the trip the evening before, since we got things pushed late into Friday, by the Thursday storm…. so we ran really late. It was after 11:30 when we got out of the house.
When we got to the site we all chased Tempus upstairs to nap and he was down for 3 hours or so. Marius and I ran around for a bit, setting up, and then settled in to wait. I ran about 45 minutes behind my schedule, initially, but gradually whittled that down, since I always build in extra time, but we discarded cooking things left and right, since we had so few people. The valley weather mess kept most folks at home.
Food went on all day, starting with candied nuts in the early afternoon, to breads, butters and olives, to darioles, to fruits, and then there was a blank spot (with the nibbles still on the table) to get folks’ appetites for dinner! We all ate until we were stuffed, though, and all the food was good, and tasty, at least to someone, although as usual some stuff didn’t appeal to all. Well, if there’s pepper in it, I’m *not* eating it!
The weather got interesting in the late afternoon. Did we have a front come through? The wind picked up and it *moans* around the studio. I thought for a moment that the tsunami sirens were going off! 🙂 It poured rain and blew, but settled down later. It was foggy driving home with a lot of wood down on the road. I guess we’re going cedar volunteer hunting in the next few days!
We’re going to be cleaning up the Studio today. There are no classes this morning, but we’ll have the shop open on time. Tempus and I are going to trade off sorting out and cleaning up for shop time. I doubt that we’ll actually get much done.
…and I got my head back together about the cookbook from the feast. I can *give* you a copy, but I can’t *sell* it. Not sure what I was thinking, yesterday, oh… thinking “postage”…. Some of the materials are copyright…but it works for fair use…. So, e-mail me for a PDF, or bring in a flash drive. If you need a printed copy, I’ll have to get paid back for paper and ink. When the final version comes out, I’ll be putting it up on Cafe Press. …and I’ll either have gotten permission on the copyright stuff or have replaced it.
Today is the feast of Apollo, the god of the sun and inspiration and the patron of the muses. He’s a rather distant god, brother of Artemis and a killer, rather than a hunter, supposedly for good reasons, but since he was the one that slew the Great Snake at Delphi and took over the shrine and its Pythonesses, I’m not sure I actually like him. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo He was Christianized into St. Vincent, but today’s saint is St. Apollonia of Alexandria who jumped into the fire on her own, after the pulled out all her teeth. Thus she is the patron saint of dentists….. There’s a marvelous little chapel in Prague in the Loreta where she has an altar that has a pair of cherubs on one side, one of whom has a pained expression on his face and hands over his mouth and the other is triumphantly holding up a pair of pliers and a bloody tooth! Roman narcissus, Narcissus romanus, is the plant that belongs both to the god and the saint, a double-ruffled narcissus.
Today’s plant is the double-ruffled Narcissus, also Called: Asphodel, Daffy Down Lily, Goose Leek, and Lent Lily. It is a member of hardy, spring-flowering bulbs. Close relatives (actually part of the family…) are jonquils and daffodils. They are native to Europe but all over in gardens and landscapes. Some of the plants in the family have medicinal uses, but the bulb is quite poisonous. Don’t experiment! – Apollo, Air, Feminine, Ostara – Helps promote polarity and harmony. Calming vibrations bring about tranquility and inner peace. Along with jonquils it is one of the best of the fertility charms. More on the genus, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissus_(plant)
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waxing Gibbous. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 2/14 at 3:53pm.
As the stars come out, look to the waxing gibbous Moon high in the east. It’s inside a big quadrilateral: of Jupiter to its lower left, Betelgeuse to its lower right, Aldebaran to its upper right, and Capella farther to its upper left.
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree month of Luis/Rowan – Jan 21-Feb 17 – Luis (LWEESH)/rowan
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary. Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Luis/Rowan – Jan 21-Feb 17 – Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to serviceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grey and Red
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.
Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Meaning: A choice must be made
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The moment is mine to cherish and to share as I wish. When I share a kindness, I double its value.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In the poem “Happy Thought,” Robert Louis Stevenson says, “The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.” List all of the things that make you happy.
~ I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines. – Henry David Thoreau
~ Pay heed to the tales of old wives. It may well be that they alone keep in memory what it was once needful for the wise to know. –Tolkien
~ …and when you stop stumbling around in circles lost, and stand still, you find yourself and must sit awhile by your own hearth and get reacquainted with this stranger. – Bronwynn Forrest Torgerson
~ The essential ingredient of politics is timing. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, — but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor. – Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) American Writer
Valentines Heart Cookies – Decorating – Cookie – Holiday – Valentines
Icing (fluffy buttercream or commercial work best)
Batch of 3” sugar, shortbread, butter or lebkuchen cookies (see note)
Red shoestring licorice
Optional – Red hots, valentine nonpareils, silver ball decors, conversation hearts or red decorators sugar
Tools – icing spatula, scissors, small spoon, bowl to contain decors when they run away
- Ice face of cookie.
- Cut two pieces of licorice about 3 ½ inches long.
- Place them on the cookie in a heart shape.
- If you’re going to use the other decorations, conversation hearts can be pressed into the center of the heart, (3 make a good display) or you can use the spoon to pour sugar or other candies into one “lobe” of the heart, or even to fill the entire center.
Note – The important part of this is that the cookies be at least 3” across, else the licorice will tend to spring loose.
Valentine Brownies – Serves 16
1 1/4 cup unsifted flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold margarine or butter
14 oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
8 oz milk chocolate bar, broken into chunks
3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 – Line 13 x 9 inch baking pan with foil – set aside.
2. In bowl, combine 1 cup flour and sugar – cut in butter until crumbly. Press on bottom of pan. Bake 15 minutes.
3. In another bowl, beat sweetened condensed milk , cocoa, egg, remaining 1/4 cup flour, vanilla and baking powder. Mix in chocolate pieces and nuts. Spread over prepared crust.
4. Bake 20 min. or until set. Let cool. Use foil to lift out pan. For hearts, cut with heart-shaped cookie cutter or, cut into bars.
5. Decorate with icing. Store covered.
Tomato & Leek Soup wBasil Cream Hearts (11 views)
From: herbalmuse http://profiles.delphiforums.com/n/pfx/profile.aspx?webtag=dfpprofile000&userid=34988793
Tomato & Leek Soup w/Basil Cream Hearts Delicious Living Magazine —
This soup is a perfect way to start your Valentine’s feast. The tomato was once known as “the love apple” and is still referred to as pomme d’amour in fine French restaurants.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
1 medium leek
1 32-ounce can of organic, peeled Roma tomatoes
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, optional
2 ounces heavy cream or evaporated skim milk
1 ounce sweet basil, washed and dried
1. Slice leek in half lengthwise and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. Soak in water to clean.
2. Transfer wet leek to a stainless steel pot. Heat on low until leek “sweats” and becomes tender. Add tomatoes and simmer 10 minutes. Place vegetables in a blender and puree until smooth. Stir in butter. Add sugar and salt to taste. Be careful when blending the hot soup use a kitchen towel to hold the lid down.
3. Heat cream, pour into blender and add basil. Puree until smooth and season to taste with salt.
4. To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Spoon one tablespoon of basil cream onto the center of each bowl of soup. Run a straw or a chopstick through the center of the dollop to create a heart shape. Be creative make hearts in as many sizes as you’d like. Serve immediately.
Note: Using evaporated skim milk and no butter reduces fat grams to 1.3 only 5 percent of calories from fat.
….and part 4…. Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? From the viewpoint of other famous authors…
MOSES: And God came down from the Heavens, and he said unto the Chicken, “Thou shalt cross the road.” And the chicken crossed the road, and there was much rejoicing.
FOX MULDER: You saw it cross the road with your own eyes. How many more chickens have to cross the road before you believe it?
RICHARD NIXON: The chicken did not cross the road. I repeat, the chicken did NOT cross the road.
JERRY SEINFELD: Why does anyone cross a road? I mean, why doesn’t anyone ever think to ask “What the heck was this chicken doing walking around all over the place, anyway?”
SIGMUND FREUD: The fact that you are at all concerned that the chicken crossed the road reveals your underlying sexual insecurity.
BILL GATES: I have just released the Chicken Office 2000, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents and balance your checkbook.
OLIVER STONE: The question is not, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” Rather, it is, “Who was crossing the road at the same time, whom we overlooked in our haste to observe the chicken crossing?”
ZEUS: Release the chickens!
CHARLES DARWIN: Chickens, over a great period of time, have been naturally selected in such a way that they are now genetically dispositioned to cross roads.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: I dream of a world where *all* chickens will be free to cross roads without having their motives called into question.
GRANDPA: In my day, we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Someone told us that the chicken had crossed the road and that was good enough for us.
NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI: The point is that the chicken crossed the road. Who cares why? The end of crossing the road justifies whatever motive there was.
ALBERT EINSTEIN: Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road moved beneath the chicken depends on your frame of reference.
Tempus adds: “It’s all about perspective!”
BUDDHA: Asking this question denies your own chicken nature.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON: The chicken did not cross the road; it transcended it.
COLONEL SANDERS: I missed one?
ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die. In the rain.