Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 8:08 AM of -1.6 feet.
It’s gorgeously sunny! The solarium is so bright that it woke me up. 65F with no wind, although most of the locals say between 4 and 10mph. I’m laughing. Just like last night’s forecast was for dry, it now says that it’s overcast! There’s no accumulation in the forecast and none from last night.
We dropped off the ballots on the way in to the shop. The air was deliciously cool, just enough for wind to make you want a jacket. The sun was out, but some of the clouds were ominously dark, while others were pretty, white and fluffy.
I started setting up today’s newsletter, then got the broth de-greased, re-heated and bottled and started the 2nd batch, which was very cooked, on that process. Tempus did some dishes then started making some supper. I pecked around the edges, getting ready for the stuff I wanted to do. He chased me away. 🙂
He handed me my supper within minutes. After I was done eating, I got a few things pulled out and he chased me away again. 🙂 …and we were around and around for awhile. I was finally all set up.
He headed for Newport. I started on cookery. I kinda did things all at once, at first. Eggs where going while I was separating the cooled bits, then eggs were cooling while I found some of the other pieces. Then eggs were peeled while butter was warming… By 11pm, not only were 3 pints of potted ham in the fridge, so were a dozen pickled eggs.
There was a nasty shooting thing going on in Newport, so I called Tempus to make sure they knew. They did. One of the Wicca students is in that area…. He was on the road by 11:10.
By 12:30 I had done some magic in that direction and then finished putting the cabbage together to simmer. …and added an onion, because I forgot, initially. By 1:30 it was done and in jars. …and Tempus stopped to drop off the groceries at 2:05.
I cleaned up a bit in back, tried a piece of the first batch of utopenci (they’re good!) and then started working on some pictures that I hadn’t gotten finished awhile back, so those are in here, today.
Tempus picked me up at 3:10. The road was wet and we had to use the windshield wipers a lot, but it wasn’t enough to hurt the papers.
We had a good run, but had to avoid suicidal cats and one rabbit, and Tempus had nearly hit a black kitten, earlier. It started getting light as we were heading out 34, but the sun wasn’t up when we were done at 5:30, nor had the clouds peeled back the way they did in Yachats (below). We came home and dropped and I’m going to crawl back in for awhile.
We still have part of our chores to do today and Jeanne’s fridge is supposed to get fixed, so sorting out the mess is going to take awhile. We brought home a jar of the potted ham for her, though. Maybe that will be consolation enough? 🙂
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Today’s plant is the Leek, Allium ampeloprasum, one of the longed-for foods of spring, cultivated for at least 4 millennia. Since leeks over-winter in many/most places and begin to come up before snowmelt in even the most frozen climes, they were one of the “rescue foods” of late winter and pack a lot of nutrition in a tasty package. Leeks are the national symbol of Wales. –Masculine, Mars, Fire – Symbolized in the Runic alphabet as “Laguz”, it brings prosperity and health in the spring. Potato Leek Health soup is a magickal blend often prepared by witches in the very early spring (and I put the recipe in this blog earlier in the year, pre-Imbolc). Eating leeks together brings love. Carry a leek as a protective amulet and bite it if you’re feeling surrounded by evil. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leek
Today’s Feast is that of St. Brendan the Navigator. St. Brendan is a 5th-6th century saint from Ireland. He went on a legendary voyage to the Isles of the Blest, looking for Eden. Well, so the story goes. It’s a legend, but it’s been an inspiration for many folks down through the centuries. He may actually have gotten to North America. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_the_Navigator and Tim Severin’s re-creation of the voyage http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Severin#The_Brendan_Voyage_.281976.E2.80.931977.29
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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 5/29 at 7:20am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 4:48pm on 5/16.
At just 9 percent lit on Thursday, the thin crescent Moon will faintly resemble the mischievous grin of the Cheshire cat from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. – moritz320/pixabay
Vega is the brightest star in the east-northeast after dark. Look 14° (about a fist and a half at arm’s length) to Vega’s upper left for Eltanin, the nose of Draco the Dragon. >> Closer above and upper left of Eltanin are the three fainter stars of Draco’s stick-figure head, also called the Lozenge. Draco always points his nose to Vega. He seems curious about it.
Jupiter reached opposition and peak visibility just one week ago, and it remains a stunning sight all night. It appears low in the southeast during evening twilight and climbs highest in the south shortly after midnight local daylight time. Shining at magnitude –2.5, the giant planet is the night’s brightest celestial object once Venus sets around 10:30 p.m. Jupiter resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales, 2° east of Zubenelgenubi (Alpha [α] Librae). When viewed through a telescope, the gas giant’s disk spans 45″ and shows incredible detail in its cloud tops.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, just above the Sagittarius Teapot) rises an hour or two after dark. It stands highest in the south just before dawn begins, about 20° to the right of brighter Mars.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for May 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-may-2018
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.
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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 16 High 1:13 AM 8.6 5:48 AM Rise 7:05 AM 0
~ 16 Low 8:08 AM -1.6 8:38 PM Set 10:13 PM
~ 16 High 2:33 PM 7.0
~ 16 Low 8:01 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I listen to my “Self”.
~ The author of nearly every great book that became beloved by millions was first told by a publisher that there was NO market for it. – Nina L. Diamond
~ The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. – Linus Pauling
~ The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn. – Gloria Steinem
~ The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. – Zig Ziglar
I shall never forget the delight I felt on first seeing a May-pole … My fancy adorned it with wreaths of flowers and peopled the green bank with all the dancing revelry of May-day. – Washington Irving (1783 – 1859), American author, after a visit to England in the early C19, Sketch Book
So-Easy Peach Cobbler – This easy-to-serve dessert is perfect for company. Make sure each guests gets her own cobbler to prevent the “just one bite!” tasting from your portion. When it comes to this peach cobbler, it’s all for you.
- Yield: Makes 6 servings
- Prep Time: 30 Minutes
- 1/4 cup butter
- 7 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced (about 7 cups, 3 lb.) $
- 1 cup sugar $
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 (15-oz.) package refrigerated piecrusts
- Parchment paper
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon sugar $
- 1. Preheat oven to 450°. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add peaches, 1 cup sugar, and next 3 ingredients; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 7 to 8 minutes or until tender.
- 2. Meanwhile, unroll piecrust on a flat surface. Cut into 12 circles, using a 3 1/2-inch round cutter with fluted edges. Make 4 small holes in center of each circle, using a plastic straw. Place circles on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Whisk together egg white and 1 Tbsp. water. Brush circles with egg mixture; sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. sugar.
- 3. Bake at 450° for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
- 4. Place 1 pastry circle in each of 6 (7-oz.) ramekins. Spoon peach mixture over pastry circles; top with remaining pastry circles.
Southern Living – JUNE 2010
Slow- Cooker Bourbon Cocktail Wieners – a quick and tasty appetizer with slow-simmered mini hot dogs in a slightly sweet and tangy bourbon sauce. Recipe by Macheesmo – https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/slow-cooker-bourbon-cocktail-wieners/539365e5-d867-45c4-a353-23f81dfea65f
- Prep Time10 min
- Total Time30 min
- 2 pounds mini hot dogs
- 1 large jalapeño, sliced
- 1 tablespoon neutral oil
- ½ cup ketchup
- ½ cup bourbon
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- Toothpicks, for serving
- In a large skillet over medium heat, add sliced jalapeno and neutral oil. Cook for 1 minute until peppers start to soften.
- Add ketchup, bourbon, brown sugar and water to the skillet and stir to combine. Add in mini hot dogs and bring to a simmer. Turn heat down to Low and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring regularly to let some of the alcohol cook off.
- Transfer hot dogs and sauce to a small slow-cooker and keep warm over low heat. Serve with toothpicks!
Soft Pretzel Bites, Three Ways – Yield: 12-16 servings – INGREDIENTS – http://www.annies-eats.com/2013/01/28/soft-pretzel-bites-three-ways/
Basic pretzel dough:
- 1½ cups warm water (110-115° F)
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 2 tsp. kosher salt
- 2¼ tsp. instant yeast
- 22 oz. all-purpose flour (about 4½ cups)
- 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
- Vegetable oil, for greasing the bowl
- 10 cups water
- 2/3 cup baking soda
- 1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tbsp. water
- Pretzel (or kosher) salt
- To make the basic pretzel dough, combine the water, sugar, salt and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed to dissolve the yeast. Add in the flour and melted butter and mix just until the dough comes together. Switch to the dough hook and knead on medium speed until the dough is smooth and clears the sides of the bowl, about 5 minutes. Transfer the dough to a bowl lightly greased with vegetable oil, turning once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place, about 50-55 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
- Preheat the oven to 450° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray. Bring the water and baking soda to a boil in a large saucepan or stockpot. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and gently deflate it. Divide it up into approximately 6 equal portions. Working with one piece at a time, roll the dough out into a long rope about 1-inch in diameter. Use a pizza cutter to cut the row into small segments, no longer than 1-inch each. Repeat with the remaining dough. Place the pretzel bites into the boiling water in batches so that they aren’t overcrowded. Boil each batch for about 30 seconds, stirring once or twice to submerge all surfaces in the water. Remove from the water with a slotted skimmer and spread out on the prepared baking sheets. Once all the pretzels have been boiled, brush the tops with the egg wash and sprinkle lightly with salt. Bake in the preheated oven until dark golden brown, about 9-11 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving. Serve with mustard.
Garlic herb variation: To the basic dough recipe, add in 3 cloves minced garlic, 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley, 2 teaspoons minced thyme, and freshly ground black pepper to taste while mixing/kneading the dough. Continue with the rest of the recipe as instructed, using a lighter sprinkle of salt on top before baking.
To make a cheese sauce, combine ¾ cup 2% or whole milk with 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk frequently. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Lower the heat to medium-low and continue to simmer about 1 minute until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat, whisk in ¾ cup freshly shredded medium cheddar cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Reheat as needed.
Cinnamon sugar variation: Make the basic dough recipe as instructed, omitting the sprinkling of salt before baking. While the pretzel bites are baking, combine ¾ cup sugar and 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon in a small bowl. Mix to blend. In another small bowl, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. When the pretzel bites are done baking and have cooled enough to handle, dip the top side briefly in the melted butter, then dip in the cinnamon-sugar mixture to adhere to the surface. Gently shake off any excess. Repeat with the remaining pretzel bites. Let stand 5-10 minutes to allow the mixture to set on the surface of the pretzel.
To make a chocolate sauce, place 5 ounces finely chopped bittersweet chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Bring 2/3 cup heavy cream to a simmer, pour over the chocolate, and let stand 2 minutes. Whisk together until a smooth ganache forms. Reheat as necessary to keep liquid for dipping.
Silliness – Good Advice – Military Style – Flashlights are tubular metal containers kept in a flight bag for the purpose of storing dead batteries.