Yesterday we took it easy getting going in the morning. Once I had the newsletter out I concentrated on chores while Tempus ran into Newport to pick up some tomatillo plants that I had been promised. Once we had those dealt with, we came in to the shop.
While I was waiting for him to get to the car, I went across to the other side of our street and grazed on the berry bushes. There were lots of salal berries, some huckleberries and I even found one lonely little thimbleberry!
We had several people in, although we really weren’t set up to deal with shoppers…too much stuff in the aisles. Mostly we were trying to get things sorted around and did make some progress. We also got the business license paid. I forgot at the end of June!
We had some of the chowder I made overnight from the whey after Tempus added some corn from the grocery. He made a bread loaf and then we had eggs poached in the chowder broth for supper, after I got the cheeses un-molded and set aside.
He took off for Newport again around 8:30 and was on the route at 10:30. I spent quite awhile working on updates and then tried to get into the Cafe Press site so that I could get the OCPPG promo products up. …and then hit another snag. They sent me to someone else again who hasn’t replied. <sigh> At least I got the Azure Green snafu worked out.
So I started working on the feast cookbook. I do one each year. It’s fun to find all the recipes and to collate them. I ran across some I had forgotten about, so I had lots to talk about with Tempus when he picked me up at about 2:15.
The Moon was bright, swinging from Aldebaran, but we didn’t see Venus until past 3:30 as we were heading out 34. Tempus dropped me back at the shop for a few minutes because we had a discussion on Platonic solids and couldn’t remember which ones were “official”, so I stopped to look them up and he came back for me after he had finished Old Town.
Fog was trying to rise, but there wasn’t a lot. Venus started off very orange, but rose until bright and white by the time we were done the deliveries south of town. By then the eastern sky had purpled and it was paling into day. Orion rose just before Venus and stayed visible right until was got home in the twilight where it was just bright enough to not need flashlights, but the Moon still cast shadows on the path. I actually saw Betelgeuse from the apartment doorway just as I went in. We were home by quarter to 6, most of an hour earlier than we’ve been.
Today I have clean clothes to put away, more fabric to get washed and I need to do my hair again. We have coffee here, so might not get to the shop at all, or rather Tempus might go in without me. He’s still trying to herc those display pieces around. I want to spend some time outside, once the garden isn’t in direct sunlight, too.
The strange case of William Harrison, the Campden Wonder –
On August 16, 1660, a 70-year-old rent collector (manager of Viscountess Campden’s estates at Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, England http://www.chippingcampden.co.uk/ ), William Harrison, disappeared from Chipping Campden, England, and only his hat, comb and ‘collar band’, or scarf, were found. His servant, John Perry, confessed to his murder and implicated his mother Joan (who was thought to be a witch) and his brother Richard. All three were hanged, although a body was never recovered.
Fully two years later, the ‘murdered’ William Harrison returned to Chipping Campden, with a fantastic story, which he laid out in a sworn letter http://www.law.utexas.edu/lpop/etext/newgate/perry.htm to Sir Thomas Overbury, a magistrate of the county of Gloucester. Harrison wrote that he had been kidnapped by two armed horsemen, who stabbed him through the side and thigh with swords. They had taken him on a long journey through England to Deal, where they had put him on a ship. The ship was captured by Turkish pirates who sold the old man into slavery near Smyrna, Turkey … More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campden_Wonder and here: http://www.thecampdenwonder.com/index.html
Today’s Plant is Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium), which grows mostly at low to middle elevations in soil enriched by decaying wood and on rotten logs, all over the coast range. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 13 ft tall with a small, edible red to blue-black berry. The local peoples ate, dried, stewed and made sauces from this berry which was one of their staple foods. The bark is a cold remedy. The leaves make a good tea. I make jam of the berries, which also make a tasty tea. Both berries and leaves are good for sore throats, aching teeth and inflamed gums. It’s sometimes used as an ornamental, but it doesn’t take well to getting the roots disturbed. – Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck, health (especially teeth/throat), to keep away evil and break hexes, Burn to make dreams come true. Dried berries can be used for prosperity magicks. More info and links here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_parvifolium
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 8/21 at 11:30am. 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 on 8/17 at 2:30am.
On the morning of the 16th, Venus shines with Aldebaran high above Orion.
The two brightest stars of summer are <<< Vega, overhead soon after dark, and Arcturus >>>, shining in the west. Vega is a white-hot, type-A star 25 light-years away. Arcturus is a yellow-orange-hot, type-K giant 37 light-years distant. Their color difference is clear to the unaided eye.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are well up in the southeast in the hours before dawn. Finder charts.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.
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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 16 Low 2:20 AM 0.3 6:21 AM Rise 1:07 AM 41
~ 16 High 8:38 AM 5.3 8:19 PM Set 4:05 PM
~ 16 Low 1:57 PM 2.5
~ 16 High 8:14 PM 7.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – We cannot help someone up the the ladder unless he, himself, has a true willingness to try.
~ If we are peaceful we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone will benefit from our peace. – Thich Nhat Hanh
~ If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. – Mother Theresa
~ If we perceived Life with reverence, we would stand in awe…of physical Life and walk the Earth in a very deep sense of gratitude. – Gary Zukav
~ If you have much give of your wealth, if you have little give of your heart. – Arab Proverb
The journey into one’s own soul to discover their true inner strength is a journey so few are willing to take on, some afraid of what they will find, others just don’t want to know the pain and indifference that they can tolerate. But to those that make the journey find true rewards and happiness in knowing they can prevail. – Laura Miller
Olive Cheese Bites
After making these for several years, I’ve discovered that you really can’t use sharp cheddar cheese – it’s gotta be a mild or medium cheddar, which tend to be creamier. A really sharp cheddar won’t melt properly, causing them to be on the dry side.
- ½ c flour
- 1 ¼ cup grated cheddar (mild or medium)
- 1/8 t dry mustard (optional)
- 3 tsp milk
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 35-40 pitted green olives such as manzanilla
Mix all of the ingredients together (except the olives). Mold a rounded teaspoon of the dough around each olive. Bake on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 12-13 min. Serve warm. Patrice Berry http://circle-b-kitchen.squarespace.com/food-and-recipes/2010/10/14/olive-cheese-bites.html
Monte Cristo Tarte Soleil – Turn a classic sandwich combo into pull-apart puffed pastry perfection with this easy-to-make, easy-to eat sun tart!
Prep Time20 min
Total Time60 min
- 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed according to package directions
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons mustard
- 8 very thin slices ham
- 1-1/4 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
- 1 egg, beaten
- ½ teaspoon poppy seeds
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- Fresh parsley, for garnish
- 1 (10 oz.) jar Cascadian Farm™ jam strawberry
- Heat oven to 375ºF. Line a 12-inch pizza pan with parchment paper.
- Roll each piece of puffed pastry to 1/4-inch thick. Use kitchen shears to cut off outer edges of squares, creating two large rounds. Place one on parchment-lined pizza pan.
- In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, honey and mustard. Spread on top, covering all but the last 1/2 inch of the pastry.
- Lay slices of ham across the mayo mixture, top with cheese.
- Cover with second round of puffed pastry.
- Place a 2-inch bowl upside down in the middle of the puffed pastry. Starting on the outside edge of tart, cut a straight line through all layers until line reaches edges of bowl. Repeat, cutting the tart into 24 strips or “rays”.
- Remove bowl. Gently place your finger at the top of one ray, press it down to hold it in place, then gently twist several times. Repeat until all rays have been twisted.
- Brush top of pastry with beaten egg, sprinkle with poppy seeds.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Dust with powdered sugar before serving. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
- Warm strawberry jam in microwave until liquid. Serve with warm tart for dipping.
Peach Cobbler – May 1, 2013 ·
- 2 cups fresh sliced peaches (or one 29 ounce can of sliced peaches, drained)
- 1 cup Bisquick mix
- 1 cup of milk
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup of sugar
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
- In an 8 x 8 baking dish, stir Bisquick mix, milk, nutmeg and cinnamon together until thoroughly mixed. Stir in melted butter until crust is fully moistened. In a medium mixing bowl, stir sugar and peaches. Spoon peaches over the cobbler crust.
- Bake for one hour or until crust is a golden brown. Serve warm and enjoy!