Daily Stuff 2-6-18 Aphrodisia

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Geri Hoekzema

 It’s partly cloudy, but I haven’t seen much sun, yet. 50F with the wind at 5mph and not much more than that even on the beaches. We’re in that stretch of calm, relatively dry weather that they’ve been predicting, right through next week.

After the flap-doodle with the tire yesterday morning, the early part of the day was very, very quiet. I worked on newsletter set-up and Tempus was doing something on his computer, too. We got some work done on the monthly bills, having to resolve a couple where payments got screwed up.

We got the babovki bagged and put into the freezer. After that Nina and then Lisa (the new optometrist) came in and we talked feast for awhile. …and then I got some bad news, the other main cook for the feast may not be able to come down that weekend after all, which means more-pre-prep even yet. Oi…

Tempus made some bread loaves for the feast, but they didn’t work right, so those are going to go into the bread dumplings that I have to get made this week. More bread has to happen today.

Class went sideways because one of the student dozed off on her sofa watching the news and didn’t wake until 1/2-way through the time! You don’t get more human than that. The rest of us sat and chatted and talked food and history for awhile, then we all headed home.

Tempus and I did a few chores, then turned in, waking to the launch of the Falcon Heavy today. I don’t know whether that could have been more perfect or not. The two reusable boosters, coming down to landing pads at Canaveral looked like they were straight out of the SciFi movies Tempus and I watched as kids. This is a *big* step on humans getting out into the larger universe. The main parts of the rocket are self-landing and recoverable and the payload this time was kinda silly, (test-flight, after all) but I love it. It’s a Tesla roadster with a space-suited figure in the driver seat and a dashboard sticker that says, “Don’t panic!” Of course, I wanted to know where his towel is, then. 🙂 Both of us were in tears from overwhelming joy. We probably can’t make it out there, ourselves, but maybe our kids and grandkids….

Today, once we come down from that, we have chores to do, but we need to get to the shop a bit earlier than usual on Tuesday. Tempus has some more baking to do and I need to finish the shopping list. He’s going into Newport late this afternoon to pick up some things at Cash and Carry and then pick up a crockpot from a lady in Newport, then get the rest at Freddie’s, and finally get going on the paper route. He’s supposed to pick me back up around 3am. Going to be a long, busy day.

Pic by Geri Hoekzema, Vancouver, WA 2/4/17


Aphrodisia feast 0206 0BotticelliToday is the Aphrodisia, the festival sacred to Aphrodite in ancient Greece. She wasn’t a nice goddess, being fickle and unfaithful and a trouble-maker. She seems to have mellowed a bit with age, though. :-) <<<< This Botticelli painting is probably the most famous image of her and is often called “Venus on the Half-Shell”. 🙂 She’s often called “foam-born” since she arose from the ocean andfeast 02026 Aphrodites_Rock Cyprus “Cyprian Aphrodite” because she apparently came ashore on the island of <<<<<<<<< Cyprus on this rock. There are a lot of middle-eastern goddesses who are related in forms of worship, Ishtar being the most obvious. Her symbols are: the sea, dolphins, doves, swans, pomegranates, sceptres, apples, myrtle, rose trees, lime trees, clams, scallop shells, and pearls. I’ll be putting some more in, soon, before Valentine’s/Lupercalia and there’s more here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphrodisia

plant flower Hyacinth blueToday’s plant, sacred to both St. Dorothea (patron saint of florists http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_of_Caesare  ,which is the attribution that you usually see) and to Aphrodite, is the Jacinth
or Blue Hyacinth, Hyacinthus orientalis. It is highly poisonous, but has a use or two in the herbalist’s pharmacopeia. It is a lovely plant with a sweet scent that is a garden favorite. It hybridizes easily and will propogate itself in the right environment. – Male, Venus, Water – Promotes happiness, peace of mind and peaceful sleep. Attracts love, luck, and good fortune. Named for Hiakinthos, Greek God of homosexual love, this is the patron herb for gay men. Guards against nightmares when used as an oil, burned as incense, or included in dream pillows. Carry in amulet or sachet to ease grief or the pain of childbirth. More on this plant here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinthus_orientalis or here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinth_%28plant%29

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon MagickFrom 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 2/15 at 6:42pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/7 at 7:54am. 

Look south as dawn begins to brighten to catch the waning Moon stepping past Jupiter and Mars over Scorpius — a constellation usually associated with summer evenings. (The blue 10° scale is about the width of your fist arm’s length.)
The last-quarter Moon rises around midnight tonight. Jupiter rises below the Moon about 50 minutes later. By dawn on Wednesday the 7th they’re high in the south — now with Jupiter lower left of the Moon, Mars farther to the lower left of Jupiter, and Antares below Mars.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in Sagittarius) glows with a steady light low in the southeast in early dawn, about 30° lower left of Mars.

Goddess Month of  Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary. 

Sun in Aquarius
Moon in Scorpio
Ceres (3/18) Retrograde
Color – Grey

Planting 2/6-7

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. 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
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made


Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu   6     High   4:46 AM     7.8   7:28 AM     Set 11:00 AM      68
~     6      Low  11:19 AM     1.7   5:33 PM
~     6     High   5:09 PM     6.1
~     6      Low  11:06 PM     2.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You don’t have to be religious to be spiritual, Spirituality is how you connect to yourself and the world, mentally, emotionally and physically. We do not get spirituality through religion or philosophy. It is simply the essence of being human.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – There is a great distance between said and done. — Puerto Rican proverb



~  Never look back and grieve. Look forward and smile. – AMMA
~  Observe what is with undivided attention. – Bruce Lee
~  One often makes a remark and only later sees how true it is. – Wittgenstein
~  Perhaps this is the best we can do: to help when we can; to witness each other with kindness; to offer our presence; to show the trust we have in life. – Jack Kornfield

On the wind in February
Snowflakes float still,
Half inclined to turn to rain,
Nipping, dripping, chill. – Christina Rossetti (1830–94)


Magick – Recipes for Maslenitsa

These recipes are from a Russian language site, so the measurements are a little odd in format! If someone makes one of these and works the amounts out, let me know. I think “glasses” are cups, 8oz, iow. “Dough” is used interchangeably for both “dough” and “flour”. “Shred” means the same as “grate”. “Ceder” is “zest” or “peel”. The translation is a little rough, yet. I think “curd” in the nut cakes is ricotta-style cheese, and how the Turkish cakes are made is beyond me. It is typical to serve some of these, the various stuffed pancakes, on what we would call a “cake plate” and cut them into slices like a layer cakes.

Recipes for Blini and Pancakes

Blini are indispensable attribute of Maslenitsa. Also Blini are traditional Russian delicacy which takes a worthy place in cuisines of many nations of the world. From the pagan times blini were a symbol of the sun. People believed, that blini are eaten in honor of Spring, fertility of the ground.

Simple Pancakes

  • Dough – 2-5 glasses
  • Eggs – 4 to 5
  • Sugar – 100 g
  • Dairy Butter – 200 g
  • Milk – 3 to 4 glasses

For the simple thin pancakes the dough is prepared of dough, milk, eggs and salt. First thing you should do is separate the yolks from whites. Then stir the yolks with sugar slowly adding milk whilst stirring. Then add the salt and the melted hot butter. Then start adding the dough (very slowly), stirring the mixture and smoothing the dough nubbles. As the last step, add the stirred whites. Now everything is ready for baking pancakes on the hot frying pans.

Stuffed Pancakes

These are the burrito-like pancakes with stuffing like chopped eggs, mushrooms, chopped vegetables and the like. Thus, such pancakes are some sort of equivalent of doughnuts, or the ancestors of a closed pizza.

They are baked in the following way. Take a frying pan, butter it down with a dairy butter and pour on it the ready dough, but a bit less than usual. When half ready, put the stuffing onto the pancake and pour the new portion of dough above it so that the stuffing be completely covered with it. Then turn the pancake and bake until ready.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

  • Dough – 2-5 glasses
  • Eggs – 5
  • Sugar – 100 g
  • Dairy Butter – 200 g
  • Milk – 3 glasses
  • Salt – 3/4 spoons per person
  • Cheese – 300 g

Shred the cheese on the shredder. Separate the yolks from whites. Stir the yolks with milk. Add to this mixture the shredded cheese, dough and salt. Stir the whites and add the whites froth to the dough. Bake on dairy butter until formation of crust. The ready pancakes should not be too big.

Potato Pancakes

  • Flour – 1-5 glasses
  • Eggs – 2
  • Sugar – 100 g
  • Dairy Butter – 200 g
  • Milk – 3 glasses
  • Potato – 400 g
  • Bulb Onion – 1 bulb
  • Salt and Red Pepper

Mix milk, eggs, dough and spices. Stir the dough and leave in a warm place for five minutes. Meanwhile, slice the onion, shred the potatoes on the shredder and then add them to the dough. These pancakes should not be too big. Bake them on a low flame on both sides until the formation of crust.

Nut Cakes

  • Curd – 250 g
  • Milk – 220 ml
  • Lemon – 1
  • Sugar Powder – 1-2 spoonfuls
  • Freshly Frozen Raspberry – 200 g
  • Whites – 2
  • Yolks – 2
  • Starch – 50 g
  • Ground Nuts – 3 teaspoonfuls
  • Sugar – 3 spoonfuls
  • Salt, vegetable oil

Mix the curd and two glasses of milk. Wash the lemon, shred the ceder on the shredder and add it to the curd. Squeeze the lemon juice into the mixture. Pour the sugar powder onto it. Unfreeze the raspberry. Stir the whites. Stir the dough from the starch, flour, ground nuts, yolks, salt and 200 g of milk. Carefully stir the mixture with the froth of whites. Bake the small pancakes on the dairy butter. Make the sandwiches of the pancakes putting the curd between the halves, put the raspberry on the top on the sandwiches and cover with the remaining pancakes.

Turkish Pancakes

  • Dough – 60 g [In this case, this does mean prepared dough, like pizza or pie dough]
  • White Sauce – 50 ml (this is milk flour gravy, very thick)
  • Eggs – 1
  • Vegetable oil – 10 g
  • Breadcrumbs – 10 g
  • Tomato Sauce – 50 g
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoonful

Warm the very viscous white sauce, mix it with the dairy curd and add some salt, pepper and make them into cigar shapes. Then roll the dough into a layer no more than 0,5 mm thick and slice it into checkers 5 to 7 сm long and moisten them. Place one doughnut on each checker and wrap. Dip these pancakes in the mixture of whites and yolks and bake them in a big quantity of vegetable oil. Serve with tomato sauce spiced with lemon juice and sugar.

Hungarian Pancakes

  • Flour – 1/2 glass
  • Eggs – 1
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoonful (for the dough) and 100 g (for the stuffing)
  • Milk – 1 glass (for the dough) and 1/4 glass for the stuffing)
  • Walnuts – 100 g
  • Raisins – 1 spoonful
  • Rum – 1 teaspoonful
  • Orange Cedar – 1 teaspoonful
  • Dairy Butter – 50 g

The chocolate gravy( sauce)

  • Chocolate – 50 g
  • Coco Powder – 25 g
  • Yolks – 2
  • Sugar – 75 g
  • Milk – 1/2 glass
  • Dairy Cream – 1/4 glass
  • Flour – 1 teaspoonful
  • Rum – 1 spoonful

Make the dough, eggs milk and sugar and bake the pancakes from this mixture. Make the puree from the ground walnuts with the milk, sugar and rum. Add the raisins and the orange ceder to the puree. Put the stuffing onto the pancakes, wrap and bake the pancakes on all sides on the dairy butter. Serve the pancakes with the chocolate gravy. For the gravy: mix the yolks with sugar and flour, add the milk and the dairy cream, warm close to the boiling point add chocolate, cocoa powder and rum.

Jewish Pancakes

  • Carrot – 2-3
  • Vegetable Oil – 2-3 spoonfuls
  • Eggs – 3
  • Salt, Pepper
  • Vegetable Oil for Baking
  • Sour Cream – 1 glass

Mix the eggs, salt and sugar. Add the flour and stir carefully. Continue pouring the milk very carefully and do not stop stirring. Add the vegetable oil and stir again. Throw some salt onto the frying pan before warming.

The Stuffing: shred the washed and peeled carrots on the shredder, fry on the vegetable oil add the chopped eggs, put some salt, pepper stir carefully and let the mixture cool. Stuff the pancakes with the cooled mixture and bake on both sides on the frying pan. Serve with the dairy butter or the sour cream.

Red and Black Pancakes

  • Dough – 2 glasses
  • Milk – 3 glasses
  • Eggs – 1
  • Salt, sugar – ad gustum (to taste)
  • Soda – 1/4 spoon per person
  • Vinegar

These pancakes are baked thick and big. Each pancake is buttered with dairy butter and black and red caviar is put on top of it. Above it one more pancake is put and also black and red caviar is put on top of the second one. The whole “cake” should not be too thick, or multi-layered as it will not be convenient to slice it into pieces.


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