I’m sitting here laughing at the computer weather. It says, “mostly cloudy”, when outside is sunshine and blue sky! Granted, the sky is rather pale and there are spots with clumps of cloud, but “mostly”? Wow…. 56F, wind at 4mph and gusting, AQI15, UV8, pollen still high. The chance of rain today is only 20%, and other than the spike of rain tomorrow evening, is looking drier in the newer forecasts…. clouds, rather than rain.
Yesterday’s “best-laid plans” went very far astray. We were pretty busy after I got the newsletter out and I did a reading and then we were busy some more. Everything slowed down after 4pm. I managed to do a fair amount of embroidery during the day, but I spent at least as much time picking out as I did putting in!
I got a nap and Tempus snoozed behind his computer and then we did some more cooking. Marzipan and fig rennet cheese were the two things we worked on last night, but I also blanched some fig leaves to keep in rum for wrapping the cheeses in. The cheese is in the re-heat stage this morning.
I have a lot of cookery to accomplish today. Tempus is going to run into Newport to pick up the cherries early on, after we open and I have the chicken going. Other than that I just have to keep pecking at the various tasks and set out the things that need to be served at room temp.
There’s a motorcycle club going past at the moment: big rumbles. That’s the 3rd since I sat down here and that’s not counting bicycle groups going past. One had at least 30 people in it! Summer’s coming!
We’re just getting the doors open!
Today’s plant is the snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdrop It was called that in Gerard’s Great Herbal in 1633. The derivation of the name is uncertain, although it may have come from the German word Schneetropfen, which was a type of earring popular around that time. Other British traditional common names include “February fairmaids”, “dingle-dangle”, “Candlemas bells”, “Mary’s tapers” and, in parts of Yorkshire,” snow piercers” (like the French name perce-neige). It is used in spells for making you think and for sorting out problems, also to chase the negative effects of sorrow and grief. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdrop
Today’s feast is the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day in Turkey. It’s the anniversary of the beginning of their war of independence. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commemoration_of_Atat%C3%BCrk,_Youth_and_Sports Day
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 5/20 at 2:11am. 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 6/3 at 3:02am.
The Moon, a day past full, forms a wide triangle with Jupiter to its lower left and Antares to its right in late evening, as shown here.
Mars continues its eastward trek against the backdrop of western Gemini this week. Shining at magnitude 1.7, the Red Planet appears slightly fainter than the constellation’s brightest stars, Castor and Pollux. The ruddy world lies nearly 20° high in the west-northwest an hour after sundown and doesn’t set until nearly 11 p.m. local daylight time. And this evening, Mars skims less than 0.5° north of the 5th-magnitude star cluster M35. (It appeared slightly farther from this fine open cluster yesterday evening.) 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 impressive: Mars appears nearly 25 times brighter than the combined glow from all the cluster’s distant suns. If you turn a telescope on the planet, you’ll see a featureless disk that spans only 4″.Jupiter (magnitude –2.5, in the eastern leg of Ophiuchus) rises in the southeast in late twilight. It shines highest in the south around 2 or 3 a.m., with orange Antares twinkling 13° to its lower right. In a telescope Jupiter has grown to 45 arcseconds wide as it approaches its June 10th opposition. See Richard Jakiel’s Jupiter observing guide in the May Sky & Telescope, page 52. Page 50 lists all the transit times of the Great Red Spot in May, and all the interactions of Jupiter’s four big moons with the planet and its shadow.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for May https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-may-2019
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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 19 High 12:58 AM 8.6 5:45 AM Set 6:35 AM 99
~ 19 Low 7:52 AM -1.5 8:41 PM Rise 9:48 PM
~ 19 High 2:16 PM 6.8
~ 19 Low 7:44 PM 2.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be your true self, it’s your destiny.
~ Were the happiness of the next world as closely apprehended as the felicities of this, it were a martyrdom to live. – Thomas Browne; from Hydriotaphia, Urn Burial (1658), Ch. IV
~ Force is not a remedy. – John Bright, British politician, born on November 16, 1811, in a speech, November 16, 1880
~ If my serenade of song and story should serve as a pillow for some composer’s head, as yet perhaps unborn, to dream and build on our fond melodies in his tomorrow, I have not labored in vain. – William Christopher Handy, born on November 16, 1873, African-American blues composer, often known as ‘The Father of the Blues’; attributed
~ The paramount question of the day is not political, is not religious, but is economic. The crying-out demand of today is for a circle of principles that shall forever make it impossible for one man to control another by controlling the means of his existence. – Voltairine de Cleyre; The Economic Tendency of Freethought (1890)
Would that thou could’st last for aye,
Merry, ever-merry May!
Made of sun-gleams, shade and showers,
Bursting buds, and breathing flowers. – –William D. Gallagher (1808–94)
Simple Mustard Recipe
At it’s most basic, the condiment we call mustard, also called “prepared mustard,” is just the seeds of the mustard plant plus water. Adding vinegar or another acid preserves the spiciness – without it the mustard becomes bland with time.
In this basic recipe I’ve also added a little salt for flavor, and included a mix of powdered and whole mustard seeds for texture.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Waiting time: 2,880 minutes
- Total Time: 2,885 minutes
- Yield: 1/2 cup – recipe can be doubled
- 2 tablespoons whole brown or black mustard seeds
- 1/4 cup ground mustard seeds (powder)
- 1/4 cup water
- 4 teaspoons apple cider or white wine vinegar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- When mustard seeds are broken (lightly crushed or ground to a fine powder) and exposed to liquid, a reaction takes place that results in the spicy hot taste of the condiment. In the recipe that follows, and it’s variations, keep in mind that black mustard seeds are the hottest variety and that starting out with cold liquid results in a hotter taste than if you use warm liquid. So if you like your mustard hot, use black mustard seeds and cold liquid.
- For a milder flavor, stick to yellow (sometimes called white) mustard seeds and use warm liquid.
- Grind the seeds in a spice grinder for 15 seconds. You don’t want to completely reduce the seeds to a powder – they should still be mostly whole, but just a little bit crushed. Alternatively, have at with a mortar and pestle.
- Combine the slightly crushed seeds, mustard powder and salt in a small bowl. Stir to mix the dry ingredients. Mix in the wet ingredients. The mustard may seem soupy at this stage. Don’t worry – it will thicken up as the mustard seeds and powder absorb the liquids.
- Cover and store at room temperature for 2 days before using. This wait time is important, and not just because it allows time for the mustard to thicken up. Freshly made mustard has a harsh, bitter taste. That bitterness mellows as the mustard ages.
- After the 2 day wait, transfer the mustard to a clean glass jar(s). Cover tightly.
- Mustard will keep in the refrigerator for at least 4 months. For longer storage at room temperature, using 1/4 or 1/2-pint canning jars and lids and process them in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
Spicy Beer Mustard – Use cold beer instead of the water and add 1 teaspoon of honey.
White Wine and Tarragon Mustard – Use white wine instead of the water. Use tarragon vinegar or anotherherbal vinegar instead of the plain kind. Or use plain cider or wine vinegar but add 1 – 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon or other herb.
Honey Mustard – Add 2 tablespoons honey to the basic recipe.
Sausage Cheese Balls
These little appetizers make a big hit with any crowd. They continue to be one of our most-requested recipes!
They are easy to make, they can be made ahead and frozen .. you can cook and freeze for up to 1 month. You can substitute the sausage for turkey or chicken and make them healthier … This recipe is so versatile that you loved .. in meetings, when the family come to visit, in times of games … for camping! for almost anything.
Here is the recipe was adapted from bettycrocker!
Prep Time 20 min
Total Time 45 min
- 3 cups Original Bisquick mix
- 1 pound uncooked bulk pork sausage*
- 4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (16 ounces)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crushed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley or 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
- Barbecue sauce or chili sauce, if desired
- Heat oven to 350 º F. Grease a baking dish or mold
- In large bowl, stir together all ingredients, using hands or spoon. Shape mixture into 2-inch balls. Place in pan.
- Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until brown. Immediately remove from pan. Serve warm with sauce for dipping.
Want to make these savory cheese balls ahead? Your options are many! You can:
- Cover and refrigerate unbaked balls up to 24 hours. Bake as directed.
- Cover and freeze unbaked balls up to 1 month. Heat oven to 350ºF. Place frozen balls on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until brown.
- Bake as directed; cover and freeze up to 1 month. Heat oven to 350ºF. Place frozen balls on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until heated through.
- Bake as directed; cover and freeze up to 1 month. Place 6 frozen balls on microwavable plate. Loosely cover with waxed paper. Microwave on High 45 seconds to 1 minute or until heated through.
The recipe is correct as written, the mixture is made with uncooked sausage.
Savory Mini Cheese Balls – Recipe by Kraft
- Prep Time –20min.
- Total Time – 20min.
- Servings – 12 servings, 2 Tbsp. each
Use PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese to make 3 delicious cheese balls – perfect for entertaining.
What You Need
- 1-1/2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese (12 oz.)
- 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seed
- 1 tsp. poppy seed
- 2 cloves garlic, minced, divided
- 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 1/4 cup finely chopped dried cranberries
- 2 Tbsp. finely chopped PLANTERS Pecans
- Cut cream cheese into 6 pieces; roll each into a ball.
- Combine sesame seed, poppy seed and half the garlic in small bowl. Mix herbs and remaining garlic in separate small bowl. Combine cranberries and nuts in third bowl.
- Roll 2 cheese balls in sesame seed mixture, 2 cheese balls in herb mixture and remaining cheese balls in nut mixture
Silliness – Smart Joke # 16. Helium walks into a bar and orders a beer. The bartender says, “Sorry, we don’t serve noble gases here.” Helium doesn’t react. – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2