Daily Stuff 5-20-18 Grudie Rosnoe

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 11:29 AM of -1.1 feet. House Capuchin Project Day Noon to 5pm. Potluck 5pm.

It’s cloudy, but every so often the sun comes through. I was worried about getting sunburned when I was weeding at home, but here in town there are no shadows. 56F and wind at 7mph with some gusts up into the teens. It really feels chilly.

Yesterday started as a frazzle. The Window massive update ate the home computer. I’ve put off doing it for the shop one until we figure out what it did to the other. We just didn’t get enough time before heading for the shop to suss it out.

Once we were at the shop I got the newsletter out and worked on trying to get the weird formatting kink gone…. I won’t know for certain until I actually publish it, I’m afraid. Next up was some more books. The new Herb ones are checked in and on the shelf. After that was another batch of used books.

We had a number of shoppers in and Karen Campbell stopped by for a visit. She and I talked Pan-Pagan and her granddaughter did origami with Tempus and Taylor and Nick, who were here early for D&D. In between various things I was following the An Tir virtual feed for the Crown Tournament. 🙂

By 4:30 the dumpling dough was almost done. …and by 6:30 the dumplings were out. They were kindof a disappointment. Unlike the Wondra flour batches they fell and were chewy, not breadlike. 😦 I was hungry enough to chow, anyway.

Those ended up becoming part of our supper, with some ham and veg and Tempus took me home, after, as the D&D’ers were still going, then went back and did more of the dishes and such. I slept for several hours and when I woke, curled up with some embroidery, after fiddling with the computer and getting nowhere. He got in after midnight and we went right to sleep.

I was out working in the garden this morning. I harvested some herbs to make the bread soup and then spent some time with the weeder. I need to get the hawkweed under control before it flowers.

Today is House Capuchin’s monthly potluck, so I’m going to be doing some cooking. I’m hoping to set up the crockpots and get everything ready during the early afternoon… especially the pork roast and carrots, and then I can leave them on the heat while the rest of it is readied.

We’ve already had some shoppers in and we’ll be open right up through that time.

Another Ken Gagne pic of an eagle in Yachats this one from 5/12/15

051215 Ken Gagne Yachats Eagle2

osmundarega_fertFlowering fern [Royal fern], Osmunda regalis, is today’s plant, dedicated to Saint Osmund. Osmunda regalis belongs to the oxymoronically named flowering fern family, so called because the densely-clustered sporangia resemble flowers. It is said by some to be one of the most handsome European ferns, hence the name. It is widely distributed in Europe, Asia and North America. The ‘Royal Fern’ is also known as the ‘Queen Flower’.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmunda_regalis (pictures are the American variety of this fern)
osmundaregaAccording to Slavic mythology, the sporangia – called ‘Perun’s flowers’ – have assorted magical powers, such as giving their holders the ability to defeat demons, fulfil wishes, unlock secrets, and understand the language of trees. However, collecting the sporangia is a difficult and frightening process. In earlier traditions, they had to be be collected on Kupala night; later, after the arrival of Christianity, the date is changed to Easter eve. Either way, the person wanting to collect Perun’s flowers must stand within a circle drawn around the plant and withstand the taunting or threats of demons.

Today’s feast is for Mjölnir, the god Thor’s marvelous hammer. The Prose Edda says that with it Thor:

Mjollnir… would be able to strike as firmly as he wanted, whatever his aim, and the hammer would never fail, and if he threw it at something, it would never miss and never fly so far from his hand that it would not find its way back, and when he wanted, it would be so small that it could be carried inside his tunic.

That’s awesome as a tool, let alone a weapon! Today was the day when ritual contests were held in the old Norse traditions, trial by combat, or bardic competitions. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mj%C3%B6lnir There’s a marvelous article about the Viking Raids into Europe and what caused them, here:  http://freya.theladyofthelabyrinth.com/?page_id=483

magick motif slav Kolovrat RodnoverGrudie Rosnoe – Traven (May) 20-30 – During these ten days, Volhvs (Magicians, Soothsayers, Sorcerors) bring sacrifices to Rod for rain and for good, productive harvests. (Volhv: a priest of Slavic Paganism; analogous to the scandinavian “Godhi” )

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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 5/29 at 7:20am. Waxing Crescent phaseKeywords 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 5/21 at 8:49pm. 

Ceres, Mars, Venus, and more shine overhead in the sky this week. Pixabay
Jupiter‘s Great Red Spot should cross the planet’s central meridian around 9:17 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Farther west, Jupiter is too low and the sky too bright. But then Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede, crosses the planet’s face from 9:07 to 10:26 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, followed by its tiny black shadow from 10:05 to 11:50 p.m. PDT. Convert these to other time zones, but check whether Jupiter will be in good view for you then. For all Great Red Spot transits and all phenomena of Jupiter’s satellites this month, complete for observers worldwide, see the May Sky & Telescope, page 50.
Venus crossed the border from Taurus the Bull into Gemini the Twins yesterday, and tonight it slides less than 1° north of the 5th-magnitude open star cluster M35. Binoculars or a telescope at low power will provide the best view of this pretty conjunction, especially once the sky grows dark around 10 p.m. local daylight time. The brightness disparity between the two objects is quite impressive: Venus appears some 4,000 times brighter than the combined glow from all the cluster’s distant suns. A telescope also reveals Venus’ disk, which spans 12″ and appears 83 percent lit.
Mars (magnitude –0.9, in Capricornus) rises around midnight or 1 a.m. daylight-saving time, about 24° lower left of Saturn. By early dawn in glares balefully orange in the south. Mars is brightening on its way to an unusually close opposition in late July. Already it’s 13 or 14 arcseconds wide — its apparent diameter at its poorest oppositions! What detail can you see on Mars in your scope? You’ll want a Mars map that identifies what features are facing Earth at your time and date, such as the free Mars Profiler.

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.

Sun in Taurus enters Gemini at 7:15pm.
Moon in Leo
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30) Retrograde
Color – Amber

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
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
Su  20     High   4:23 AM     7.6   5:44 AM     Set  1:11 AM      24
~    20      Low  11:29 AM    -1.1   8:42 PM    Rise 11:06 AM
~    20     High   6:16 PM     6.6
~    20      Low  11:49 PM     2.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be your true self, it’s your destiny


Journal Prompt – What is? – What’s the worst part about being sick? Explain your answer.



~  Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.  – Thomas Paine (1737-1809) British-American Writer
~  To marry a second time represents the triumph of hope over experience. Samuel Johnson
~  There are few more certain tokens of ill than not to know how to accept the good. – Grettir’s Saga, c.78
~  Today I must be very careful, today I have left my armor at home. – Jean Rhys

And forth goeth al the court, both moste and leste,
To feche the floures freshe. – Chaucer, referring to the practice of gathering flowers on May Day


Magick – Miscellaneous Crafts – http://www.magicspells.in/magical_herbal_enclyclopedia_a.htm

Balefire (a magical fire)

  • Cypress
  • Laurel
  • Oak

Make a fire of the above woods and branches while visualizing its flames purifying and empowering all those near it. Use for any occasion when meeting with others for magical or ritual rites. It is purificatory and power-enhancing in its effects.

Frankincense Protective Necklet

Several ounces of Frankincense “tears” (small, rounded lumps)

Empower the frankincense tears with protective energies. Thread a short, thin needle with yellow cotton thread. Heat the needle in a gas flame, in hot water or in a candle flame. (If using a candle flame, quickly wipe off the lampblack-if any- that forms on the needle). Push the hot needle through the center of a frankincense tear and move it down onto the thread. Repeat the heating and threading process until you’ve created a necklet of frankincense “beads” that you can slip over your head. Knot the ends well and wear for protection or during magical rituals.

Mexican Healing Rub

  • 1 handful Yellow Daisies
  • 1 handful Violets
  • 1 handful Poppies
  • 1 handful Rosemary

Mix together these fresh plant materials. Empower. Place in a large ceramic bowl. Wet the herbs thoroughly with vodka or some other nonodorous alcohol. If you don’t wish to use alcohol, substitute apple cider vinegar. Rub the ill person’s body with the wetted herbs, visualizing them absorbing the disease. When finished, bury the herbs and wash your hands.

Money Pentacles

  • 4 tbsp. ground Cloves
  • 4 tbsp. ground Cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp. ground Nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp. ground Ginger
  • a few drops Cinnamon oil
  • a few drops Clove oil
  • a few drops Nutmeg oil
  • 2 tbsp. ground Gum Tragacanth (or Gum Arabic)
  • 4 tbsp. Water

Combine the spices. Add the oils to them and mix well. Empower. Add the gum tragacanth to the water and mix thoroughly. Let it sit until it has absorbed the water. Add the ground, empowered spices to the gum/water mix and blend well with your fingers. This should produce a stiff, dough like mix. If the mix is too mushy, add a bit more of the ground spices. With your hands, form into flat, one inch circular shapes. Using a sharp knife, trace a pentagram (five pointed star) onto each flat circle. Let sit in a warm place out of the Sun to dry. When dried to a rock hard consistency, carry in the pocket or purse to attract money. Or, place on the altar between two green, flaming candles that have been anointed with patchouly or cinnamon oil. If you wish, make a larger pentacle of the spices and ring with green candles to speed money your way. After four weeks bury the pentacle in the Earth with thanks and use a new one.

Astral Travel Pillow

  • 3 parts Mugwort
  • 2 parts Vetivert
  • 1 part Sandalwood
  • 1 part Rose petals
  • 1 Vanilla bean, crushed
  • 1 pinch ground Orris root

Make into a small pillow. Sleep on it to promote astral travel during sleep.

Dream Pillow

  • 2 parts Rose petals
  • 2 parts Lemon Balm
  • 1 part Costmary
  • 1 part Mint
  • 1 part Clove

Sew up into a small pillow and sleep on it to have vivid dreams.

Magic Pillows – Use each herb individually, or mix for several purposes. Make these pillows small, about five inches square. Set them on top of your regular pillows.

  • Anise: halts nightmares
  • Bay: pleasant dreams
  • Chamomile: restful sleep
  • Eucalyptus: healing
  • Hops: sleep, healing
  • Mugwort: dreams, psychic dreams
  • Peppermint: if used fresh, it induces sleep; replace daily
  • Thyme: happiness (eases depression)
  • Verbena: aphrodisiac
  • Yarrow: dreams of loved ones

Purification Blend

  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 handful fresh Eucalyptus leaves
  • 1 handful fresh Rue leaves
  • 3 pinches Salt
  • 1 quart Water

Add the herbs to the vinegar and let sit overnight. Strain through cheesecloth and add to the water with the salt. Use the mix to wash objects to be purified, such as jewelry, amulets or magical tools. Or add a half cup amount to your bath. This is actually a very weak, diluted tincture.

Arthritis Salve


  • 1 1/2 oz fresh Mint Leaf
  • 1 1/2 oz crushed fresh Eucalyptus Leaf
  • 1/4 oz crushed dried Bay Leaf
  • 1/2 oz crushed or powdered dried Golden Seal Root
  • 1/2 lb. Vegetable Shortening (in the “old days” lard was used) (if the fresh herbs cannot be found, substitution with dried herbs is OK)

Mixing Directions:

Mix all herbs together. Melt the Vegetable Shortening in a pot on low flame, adding a little at a time to speed the melting process. When all the Shortening has been melted, turn off the fire, and slowly stir in the mixed herbs. When all is mixed well, pour the liquid salve into a jar. DO NOT USE PLASTIC!!! USE GLASS ONLY!!! (plastic will draw out the essence of the herbs…) Cap the jar and refrigerate until the shortening has become a solid again, and is cold. Will keep for about a week.

Directions of Use – Gather a small amount onto hand and massage onto skin of afflicted joint. Let set for at least one hour. Repeat as necessary.

Odds and Ends

There are a number of herbal preparations that do not fall into any of the other categories, or for which I have only a few recipes, not enough to make a whole category. This is the place for all of these odds and ends.

Herbal Sleep Pillows – These are small pillows filled with herbal mixtures to help you fall asleep, or to help you to have pleasant or prophetic dreams.

Basic Sleep Pillow – Make a small pillow following the directions given in the sachet section. Stuff the pillow with two parts dried hops flowers, one part chamomile flowers, and one part lavender flowers. Place atop your regular pillow when going to bed.

Aspergers – These are used for sprinkling consecrated water to purify an area of negative vibrations and energies.

Herbal Asperger – For this you will need fresh herbs. These should be available in the produce section of your supermarket if you don’t have them in your garden. You will need one or two sprigs about six inches long each of the following herbs: Rosemary, Sage, Mint. Bind their stems together at the top with white thread to make a bundle. Dip into the consecrated water and sprinkle it throughout the area to be purified.

Ointments – These are recipes for several ointments, a flying ointment that won’t kill you, a great ointment for skin problems for your familar or yourself, a couple of herbal ointments for healing and several other miscellaneous ones. None of these ointments are meant to substitute for seeking the care of a Doctor or Vet for serious injury or illness. Also, it is possible to be allergic to some of the ingredients so test the ointment on a small patch of skin before you use it for the first time.

Yellow Dock Ointment – This ointment is great for annoying skin problems your pet may pick up such as ringworm on cats or mange type diseases in dogs. It will work on you too, for any sort of itchy or rashy things. To make this recipe, you need flowers of sulfur, available at the pharmacy, a small jar of vaseline, a bottle of apple cider vinegar and the roots. You will need to gather about 6 or 8 yellow dock roots. They are long yellow tap roots, and difficult to dig up. Look for plants growing in moist ground, it’s a bit easier to dig them there. Dice up your roots and place them into a small saucepan. Pour in enough apple cider vinegar to just cover them and simmer over low to medium heat until the roots are soft. Put the roots through the blender or a sieve to mash them thoroughly. Scrape the vaseline out of the jar into a bowl and add the mashed roots. Add 1 teaspoon of the flowers of sulfur. Stir to mix completely. You can put the blend back into the vaseline jar. To use just apply to the affected area twice a day for about a week, or less if it goes away sooner.

Violet Ointment – For this you will need two bars of cocoa butter, violet leaves and a bit of lanolin. Melt the cocoa butter in the top of a double boiler. Add as many violet leaves as you can mash down into the cocoa butter and cook till the leaves wilt. Add as many more leaves as you can mash into the cocoa butter and wilt again. Do not boil, but simmer over the hot water for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add two teaspoons of lanolin. Stir, then pour through a sieve into a glass jar. If the ointment is too hard, remelt in a water bath and stir in a bit more lanolin. This ointment is good for any minor scrapes and cuts you might get. It helps them heal faster and keeps them from getting infected.

Flying Ointment – This ointment will not make you fly. Witches never could fly. I hope that doesn’t disillusion you too much, but they were getting high, not flying. The old Flying Ointments had all sorts of poisonous plant alkaloids in them and if they didn’t kill you, they certainly got you loaded. The goal was not to fly, it was to astral project. The flying thing came in because ignorant peasants couldn’t understand the concept of astral projection. This ointment contains herbs that are known for aiding astral projection. It is made exactly like the violet ointment above except the following herbs are substituted for the violet leaves. Dittany of Crete, Cinquefoil, Mugwort, and Parsley in equal parts. Chop up the fresh herbs and simmer in the cocoa butter as above. Add the lanolin and strain into a jar. As above, if the ointment hardens too much remelt in a water bath and add more lanolin to give it a creamy texture. Rub the ointment on to help you to astrally project.

Calendula Ointment – For this ointment you will need about a cup of calendula flowers, also called pot marigold. You will also need a jar of vaseline, a double boiler and a strainer. Scoop the vaseline out of the jar into the top of the double boiler. Put water in the bottom and place on a medium heat to melt the vaseline. When the vaseline is liquid, add the flowers and simmer for about 30 minutes, but don’t boil. Allow to cool a bit then strain the mixture to remove the spent flowers and pour the vaseline back into the jar. This ointment is good for skin irritations, small cuts and scrapes and the like.

Basic Herbal Ointment – This is a basic ointment that you can make with any herb you want to use for a magical purpose. Just choose the herb you want by consulting the correspondences and add it as directed. You’ll need 1 ounce of lanolin or cocoa butter and 1/2 oz of beeswax, 3-4 ounces of apricot kernal oil, 1 ounce of strong herb infusion of your choice, and 5 drops of essential oil of your choice. You can match the infusion and essential oil or use different herbs. Melt the lanolin or cocoa butter and the beeswax in the top of a double boiler. When completely melted begin adding the oil, pouring a very stream into the pan while stirring constantly until all the oil is added. Turn off the heat and slowly add the herb infusion stiring constantly until the cream has cooled. Add the essential oil and stir in completely. Spoon or pour the cream into an opaque white jar or clear jar covered with paper. You may add 6-8 drops of tincture of benzoin to the mixture when you add the essential oil as a preservative if desired.

Magical Soaps – A couple of simple recipes for soap to use for ritual cleansing and purification. These are based upon purchased castile soap which you can get at health food stores. I learned this method from one of Scott Cunningham’s books, “The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews”. You will need one bar for each recipe. Either put the soap through the food processor on grate or grate it by hand. Put the grated soap in a bowl. To the grated soap you will add a bit, between 1/4 and 1/2 cup of hot water to soften the soap. Allow the soap and water to sit for a few minutes and then try working it like dough with your hands. If it is still too hard add a bit more water and let it sit a bit longer. Now add the essential oils to give it scent and the powers of the herbs. You will need to add a fair lot of oil to overcome the existing smell of the soap. Try about 1/2 teaspoon and add more if need be. Mix throughly and then mold with your hands into rough rounds. Wrap each round with cheesecloth and tie up tightly. Suspend in a warm dry room for several days to dry.

Purification Soaps – 1. Use a 50/50 blend of Lemon and Lemon Verbena oils. 2. Use Lavender oil straight. 3. Use Peppermint oil straight. 4. Use Tincture of Benzoin, about 1 T.

Psychic Power Soap – Use Honeysuckle, Rose, and Lemongrass. Aids development of psychic powers.

Bath Salts and Herbal Bath Mixtures

Blends of herbs in cheesecloth bags you can use like giant tea bags to produce beautifying and purifying baths, and bath salts for purification and a number of other magical purposes.

Purification Bath

Use dried herbs for this herbal blend. Place the herbs in a square of cheese cloth 3-4 layers thick and about 7 inches square. Place into center of square 1 T Rosemary, 1 T Sage, 1 T Mint. Bring the edges of the cheesecloth together into a bundle and tie with a piece of string. (see diagram below) To use, place under faucet as bath fills and allow to steep a bit to release the herbs essences into the water before you get in. Immerse yourself completely in the water at least once.

Citrus Purification Bath

Use the same method as above with 1 T Orange Peel, 1 T Lemon Peel, 4 drops Orange Oil, and 1 T Lemon Verbena.

Exorcism Bath – Use the same method as above with 2 T Basil, 1 t Rue, and 1 t Yarrow.

Protection Bath – Use the same method as above with 2 T Rosemary, 2 Bay leaves, 1 T Angelica.

Psychic Power Bath – Use the same method as above with 2 T Lemongrass, 1 T Marigold Flowers, and 1 T Mugwort.

Exorcism Bath Salts – Blend 1 C Epsom Salts, and 1/2 C Rock Salt. To this base add the following essential oils in the proportion indicated Frankincense 2 parts, Rosemary 3 parts, Rose 3 parts. The amount of oil will depend upon your nose, keep adding until you like the scent.

Healing Bath Salts – Use the same method as the previous recipe to make the base. Add Eucalyptus 3 parts, Pine 1 part, and Wintergreen 1 part. Use food color to dye the bath salts blue or purple.

Love and Romance Bath Salts – Use the same method as the previous recipes to make the base. Add Rose 3 parts, Basil 1 part, Lavender 1 part. Use food color to dye the bath salts pink.

Purification Bath Oil – Combine 1/2 cup avocado oil, 1 cup apricot kernal oil, 1/2 ounce each Orange and Lemon oils in a bottle. Shake to blend before each use. Use 1-2 tablespoons per bath. Smells clean and citrusy.

Magical Inks – Inks you can blend yourself to use with a dip pen to write out amulets or your Book of Shadows. Actually, it’s hardly worth doing when there are such wonderful prepared inks available at the art supply store, but for those who insist…. For the herbal ones you use the herb indicated steeped in 1 oz of hot water to disolve the pigment. You will need to add about 1/4 to 1/2 t of Gum Arabic or Gum Tragacanth in order to make the liquid thick enough to write with.

Red Inks – Use Dragon’s Blood resin prepared as described above, or beet juice straight or with the gum added, but with no water.

Purple Inks – Use fresh juice from blackberries, poke berries or grape juice concentrate.

Dark Brown Ink – Use black walnut hulls, the green outer casing of the nut, boiled in a small amount of water.

Yellow Inks – Use saffron or tumeric boiled in a small amount of water.

Black Ink – This can be produced using lampblack, the black powder you get from holding a spoon over a burning candle, mixed with water. This is easier said than done however, the lampblack is very lightweight and floats on water. You must add a drop of water at a time to the lampblack and mix it thoroughly. Why not just buy some ink? You can put a quartz crystal into the bottle and consecrate it for magical use.

Sweet Smelling Sachets – These are several recipes for nice smelling pomanders and small sachets you can use to scent your dainties or ritual robes.

Citrus Pomander Ball – I’m sure you’ve seen these before, oranges studded with cloves. All you need is an orange, tangerine, or a lemon; about two cups of whole cloves, and a skewer. Remove the little hard button on the stem end of the fruit and any stickers that the store put on. Using the skewer, poke rows of holes through the skin of the fruit and insert the stem end of a clove into each one. They can be done in patterns or in rows. Place the cloves about 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch apart and cover the entire surface of the fruit. Then you dry them for about two weeks in a warm, dry place. Check them every few days to watch for signs of molding, if they start you will need to find a dryer place to put them. I dry mine a bit faster in my oven, turned to about 100o. Those who have gas ovens won’t even have to turn them on, the pilot light is enough. When the fruit is completely browned and dry they are ready to use.

Apple Cinnamon Sachets – For this recipe you will need a small jar of prepared applesauce and about 3 cups of powdered cinnamon. Buy the cinnamon in bulk or this is too expensive to do. Put the cinnamon into a bowl and add the applesauce in stages, mixing as you go until you have enough applesauce to moisten all the cinnamon and produce a dough. This dough can be rolled and cut out with cookie cutters if you are careful not to make it too thin, about 1/4 inch thick is right. If it is too thin, the ‘cookies’ will be too brittle. You can also roll balls of it and if you like, flatten them into patties. Once dried, these cinnamon ‘cookies’ keep for years and smell great.


Silliness – Good Advice – Military StyleFlying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it.


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