Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Finally the wedding page is done. You can find it here: http://wp.me/P2xgQ8-68H
It’s supposed to get pretty warm today. It’s already 69F with little wind. The humidity is down from earlier, though, to 67%. The light is odd because of the smoke to the east, but it’s not too bad. The Moon was actually red last night from the smoke. We’re supposed to get quite warm over Labor Day weekend. Might even be warm enough to sunbathe on the beach! 🙂 Or even swim! 🙂
Yesterday was busy. I had a marvelous time, cooking steadily from the time we got to the shop until late in the afternoon. We have leftovers, too! I changed my mind on a lot of what I was cooking as I went, doing “fried cakes”, what we would call, “fritters”, in modern parlance in and herb and ricotta and then a cheddar cheese variety instead of bread
and then “papyns”, which is an ancestor of eggs benedict, as more of a main course. I had planned on potted ham and fried cheese, but didn’t get that far and we didn’t manage to make the pickled cabbage last week, either, so I didn’t have that. Oh, well!
We had a lot of folks in to shop, especially once the taco place opened up. The smells from there make me wish I could handle capsicum… Several people were just passing through from other places and I warned folks about the smoke and the fires south of us.
Today we have to finish the unpacking process, clean up the table, and then do a little more cookery!
Today is the anniversary of the event in Washington DC where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream” speech. More info on Wikipedia
“I still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream – one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream . . .”
“”I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!”.
This speech stands among the greatest in our nation’s history. It shaped the conscience of my generation. It still makes me weep with the beauty of it. You can listen here: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. Harvested the day before, even after washing it’s still detectable on my hands! It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to small a sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 9/6 at 12:03am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/29 at 1:13am.
Waxing further, the Moon passes over Scorpius and Saturn. The Moon this evening, barely short of first quarter, forms a wide triangle with Saturn to its right and Antares twinkling below the midpoint between them.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) shines in the east before and during dawn. Look for Pollux and Castor, much fainter, above it. Look for Procyon to its right. The triangle that Venus makes with Pollux and Procyon changes each morning.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine, Sep 2 – 29
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. Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
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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
M 28 High 6:03 AM 5.4 6:35 AM Rise 1:48 PM 35
~ 28 Low 11:47 AM 2.3 7:59 PM Set 11:58 PM
~ 28 High 6:02 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I accept peace, love, and mastery in all aspects of life.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In the book Superfudge by Judy Blume, the principal tells Fudge, “But we do have rules here. …and you will have to obey them” What are some rules at school or at home that you have to obey?
~ Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for. – Bob Marley
~ War does not make one great. – Yoda
~ We are stronger together than we are alone. – Walter Payton
~ We don’t know who we are until we see what we can do. – Martha Grimes
Who is that Self? The Self, pure awareness, shines as the light within the heart, surrounded by the senses. Only seeming to think, seeming to move, the Self neither sleeps nor wakes nor dreams. When the Self takes on a body, he seems to Assume the body’s frailties and limitations; But when he sheds the body at the time of Death, the Self leaves all these behind. – Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, From The Upanishads, translated by Eknath Easwaran, copyright 1987. Reprinted with permission from Nilgiri Press, http://www.nilgiri.org. To order the book, please call 1-800-475-2369.
Crone’s Corner -Good Fortune Spell
Michaelmas Eve celebrates Michael the Archangel’s defeat of the dragon. Michael symbolizes the Sun, and the dragon, in this context, symbolizes darkness and winter. This tradition is similar to the mummer plays performed at the winter solstice, wherein Saint George defeats the dragon of winter. One custom now is to make a special dragon bread for the family. Eating this bread symbolizes overcoming the dragon.
1 cup white flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup fine ground oatmeal
1/3 cup corn meal
1 cup milk
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup finely chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Mix the ingredients together and bake in a 375-degree oven for twenty-five minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool for five minutes before serving warm.
By: Lily Gardner-Butts
)0( From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Mushroom and Barley soup
- 1/4 lb. coarse barley
- 1/8 lb. dried mushrooms
- 1 1/2 qts. beef or vegetable broth
- 1/2 pt. sour cream
- Wash mushrooms thoroughly. Let soak 1 hour in cold water to cover.
- Add rinsed barley.
- Pour on 1 1/2 quarts water. Salt to taste.
- Bring to boil, then simmer briskly until barley is soft. (Takes up to an hour, sometimes!)
- Remove soup from heat
- Remove mushrooms, cut in fine pieces, replace in soup.
- Allow mixture to cool to well below boiling (if you have a thermometer it needs to be down to below 150o
- Stir in sour cream gradually and serve hot.
Cream of Carrot Soup
4 Tbs (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 large onion, preferably Spanish or Vidalia chopped
12 carrots, sliced
1 potato, peeled and diced
4 cups chicken stock
2 Tbs minced fresh ginger
2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt & pepper to taste
additional rosemary sprigs, for garnish
- Melt the butter in a heavy pot over low heat.
- Add the onion and let it cook slowly, covered, until it is soft but not browned, about 30
- Add the carrots and potato, chicken stock, ginger, and rosemary. Cook until the carrots and potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes longer.
- Mash with potato masher, or if you prefer a smoother texture, puree in a food processor.
- Stir in the cream.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Garnish with rosemary if desired.
From Cooking With Herbs, GrannyMoon’s Herbal Course – http://goddessschool.com/courses/Herbs/herbology.html
- 3 Large Potatoes (peeled and Cubed)
- 1 lb frozen Corn
- 2 Large Onion (Cubed)
- 1 lb Bacon
- 2 Cup Milk
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 1 tsp caraway seed
- Place potatoes and onions in a medium soup pot.
- Boil in enough water to cover the tops of the cubed vegetables by an inch or two.
- Drain off excess water.
- In another pan, fry the bacon strips until curled and then drain off excess oil/fat.
- Add bacon to the potatoes and onions along with additional ingredients.
- Simmer over medium heat stirring frequently. Avoid boiling
- Continue to heat until chowder is thoroughly heated.