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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Samhain Crafts - Acorn Jack O' Lanterns

Thursday, September 29, 2011
In my trolling around the internets I found this unique craft that I wanted to share with you today.

Items Needed

*acorns
*black permanent marker
*orange acrylic paint
*brown acrylic paint

Now that you have gathered all the supplies, start off my removing the caps from the acorns. I recommend baking the acorns at this point to kill any weevils that may be in them. Do this on the lowest heat possible, just be sure not to burn them. If this seems like to much work, or you live in an area that doesn't have acorns, you can always buy them on Amazon.

Next paint the acorns orange and the pointy tip at the bottom brown, for the stem. Then use the marker to draw on a scary face, like those on Jack O' Lanterns. You may want to finish them with a clear matte to avoid fading and allow you to use them next year as well.

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pumpkins and Zucchini - Samhain Recipes

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
While I have yet to buy the first of many pumpkins this season, I am eagerly looking forward to finding the right ones for baking.

To get the pumpkin ready to use in baking, you need to first chop it in half. Then you scrape out the seeds and stringy material from the inside. After that you bake each half at 350 degrees for about an hour. When it cools remove the skin and mash or puree the pumpkin into a mushy goo. You can then use it just like you use the canned pumpkin, that has all the preservatives.

To get you started on using this I have included below a recipe for a fantastic pie that my kids absolutely love. I hope you enjoy. Also if you have any recipes of your own, feel free to share it.

Pie Crust

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup oil
2 Tbsp milk

Directions 
This is the easiest part of these recipes. You basically mix the dry ingredients in the pie pan and then add wet and mold together to form a pie crust right in the pan. Before adding your pie, use a fork to poke holes in the bottom.

Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients
1 Cup white sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups pureed pumpkin
1 2/3 cup evaporated milk
2 eggs

Directions

Mix these ingredients in the order listed and whip together. Pour batter into the pie crust and bake for fifteen minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Then lower the temperature to 350  degrees Fahrenheit and bake for about 40 minutes.

Let cool and enjoy.

I also want to include a recipe for zucchini bread, since that green squash has come into season as well. My two loaves are cooling as I type these words. And I promise that it tastes infinitely better than what it sounds like.

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups shredded zucchini

In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients.
In another bowl, beat eggs, applesauce, oil and vanilla.
Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened.
Fold in the zucchini.
Divide batter between two greased 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pans.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

Blessed Be!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Children's Story for Samhain

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The little children ran up to the old man in the chair and yelled in unison and great excitement, "Grandfather, Grandfather! Can you tell us another story?"

With a smile and twinkle in his eye, the old man asked, "What story do you want to hear? I have told you the stories about the first seven Sabbats, why don't I tell you the last one? The one about Samhain."

With eager nods the children yelled out, "Yes. Please."

So the Grandfather settled himself comfortably into his chair and began to speak. "If you will think back and remember. The story for Mabon found the God dead and living away in Summerland. And found the Goddess returning pregnant, from a spirit quest, after she found the God and got his promise to return at Yule as her unborn child.

"But the Goddess aged from the elements, remember Winter is coming quick as we approach the end of October, was found dead in the wilderness. Or so the faeries that found her thought. They brought her to the Holly King, Lord of Winter.

"When he saw her body he turned in bitterness and fled to his drinking horn in his mighty hall. But the faeries prepared Her body and laid in rest. Then they gathered all they could from far and wide and held a wake in Her honor.

"And they were gathered and mourned Her and most of all the death of their hope for the future. For how could they carry on without a Goddess to watch over them? But then the crowd fell silent as the oldest and ugliest lady any had ever seen hobbled into the hall.

"They all, to the last person, shunned her for they were disgusted at her hideous looks. But the old lady hobbled up slowly and in great pain, to the very foot of the throne of the Holly King. And looked up at Him as he turned his head away.

"After a long moment the old lady spoke, 'Do you not recognize me, my Son? I am your mother that you had given up hope on. Near death I was but I have returned with a promise of new life and light. That will come from my womb at the end of hope. When light is at its shortest. And on that day you shall pay for your arrogance.'

"The Holly King was struck to his heart with fright at these words and he ordered her to be locked away in the tallest tower. So that he may have hope of avoiding this doom that was laid upon him by his ancient Mother.

"But as we know, since the Sun is reborn every Yule, this did little to help the Holly King avoid the punishment for his arrogance. We also should know that it is on Samhain night, since the Goddess came back to us from death, that the veil is thin and torn in some places and that we may see other friends and family that have passed on. This is why we carve a pumpkin so that those familiar spirits can find their way to our homes. And when they are there we lay out the Mute Supper for them to gather strength for their journey back to Summerland.

"What was that little one, why do we dress up? Well we dress up so that those ghosts that are not our family do not take us back with them. They can't find out who we are, if we are covered up.

"Now run along children, have your parents help you carve the Jack O' Lantern and make your costumes. And let this old man rest from all this storytelling."

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Monday, September 26, 2011

New Moon in Leo - New Beginning

Monday, September 26, 2011

courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net
Last New Moon I talked about beginnings and this moon as it moves into Libra, the time has come to balance the scales. With the Harvest and it's chance to end some projects past us, what new things are you looking to bring into your life? And what things are you looking to still cut out of it? Take time to think of this tomorrow when the New Moon rises.

Circle Casting

Have all join hands and still their thoughts. Let the first to speak say;

From Me to You; followed by the next person saying
From You to Me
and repeat until all have said both lines.
For the purpose of tonight's ritual have the chant move widdershins (counter-clockwise) around the circle of people.

Then when it gets back to the first let them say;

The Circle is Cast and the Temple is raised.
So Mote It Be! (All can repeat)

Quarter Calling

Start tonight in the West the direction of sunsets and endings. Have a cup of water there and have all take a small drink. Have all think about the water and how much we need it.

In the West we call Water.
May we have the vision tonight
To see inside its murky depths.

Now move to South where you have a candle ready to be lit. Light it now. And have all focus on its flame. Carefully let them feel its heat.

In the South we call Fire.
May it light our way
To find wisdom tonight.

Next we come to the East. Have a fan here and wave it at all present so that they can feel the presence of air.

In the East we call Air.
May it clear all obstacles that seek
To block us in our search.

Finally we come to the North. In my practice I like to have a bowl of patchouli here so that we can smell it and be reminded about the Earth.

In the North we call Earth.
May it grant us the strength
To face the wisdom granted us.

Closing

Cakes and Juice

Touch the plate of cookies or cakes and sayFlesh of my Flesh
Then touch the juice in the goblet and sayBlood of my Blood

We are of Them as They are of us.
Joined in Love and Light
Married in Strength and Truth
Showered in Power and Blessings
We Drink from Her womb
We Eat from His hand

Drink from the chalice and then eat from the plate of food feeling Their Love and Strength.
So that we always remember our Love for Them and Their Love for Us
Pour out a libation and leave some food for the Earth and for the Gods.

Bidding Farewell

Return to the North;

Element of Earth we thank you for your presence
Hail and Farewell! (All can repeat)

East

Element of Air we thank you for your presence
Hail and Farewell! (All can repeat)

South

Element of Fire we thank you for your presence
Hail and Farewell! (All can repeat)

West

Element of Water we thank you for your presence
Hail and Farewell! (All can repeat)

To close circle have all join hands. And the first to speak at the casting releases his grip on his left hand and says; We open the Circle.
Moving deosil (clockwise) have each member repeat until the chant moves back to the first person. Who says; But we remain a Circle. Family united in spirit. Circle open but unbroken.

Then have all have a group hug. Remembering that we are all one family.



Sunday, September 25, 2011

Samhain is Coming!

Sunday, September 25, 2011
Pumpkin flower
Pumpkin Flower
Another Sabbat past and we are closer to the end of the year, celebrated at Samhain. In my family this Sabbat marks the end of one year and the beginning of the between time, before the new year starts with the rebirth of the Sun at Yule.

In older times this was the time of the third harvest, this one of the meat. Here our ancestors culled the herd and began the process of storing it to last the long Winter ahead. In Celtic lands the surviving herds were driven between two fires for blessing, in hopes that they would survive that same Winter.

So what does this mean for us, here in oAnother Sabbat past and we are closer to the end of the year, celebrated at Samhain. In my family this Sabbat marks the end of one year and the beginning of the between time, before the new year starts with the rebirth of the Sun at Yule.<br />
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In older times this was the time of the third harvest, this one of the mur world of modern comforts? In a world where food is hardly scarce, except for our ability to pay for it. Well it is a time to get to the 'meat' of the issue (yes, pun intended) and resolve things for the end of the year. Allowing us time to reflect before the start of the new year and to plan for things to fill the void left by the things that we have either cut free or brought to resolution.

So with this in mind I hope that you continue with me for the rest of this month as I talk about how to celebrate Samhain with your family and maybe explore some other things that are on my mind of late.

And oh yeah, we are slowly creeping towards the goal of 500 people on My Facebook Page. So I hope that you head over and click like and be sure to refer your friends. I really want to giveaway this book to someone and the posters to two other lucky readers, as well.

Blessed Be!


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hope You All Have A Blessed Mabon!

Thursday, September 22, 2011
This would typical be my after Mabon post but since Friday is Mabon and I am writing for then. I'll make it a Mabon post instead. OK that was a lot of M words, sorry.

As I have mentioned before Mabon is the Pagan thanksgiving so I hope that you all enjoy the festivities and be sure to raise a glass in thanks to the Gods.

Happy Mabon!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mabon is the 23rd?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
OK so I failed to look closely at the calendar for this month and didn't realize that Mabon wasn't on the 21st and instead is on the 23rd. With this being said I have nothing planned for tonight.

In its place I think I am going to talk about some upcoming changes, part of my earlier mentioned evolution of this blog and all my projects.

Starting soon I am planning on expanding the mission of the Pagan Village, currently for Pagan parents, and trying to bring families of all kinds. I would appreciate your help in this, all the people you can refer would be greatly appreciated.

Also I am still running my giveaway for a signed copy of Rupert's Tales by Kyrja. Bascially to get an entry you have only to go my Facebook page and click Like. If you are already there then you are entered but I would appreciate any referrals that you could send my way.

So as we move forward towards Mabon I hope you all have a great week and a blessed Sabbat.

Blessed Be!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Didn't Forget the South

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Here are some links for Ostara. Hope you all have a great one!




Mabon is Here!

Circle Casting

Have all join hands and still their thoughts. Let the first to speak say;

From Me to You; followed by the next person saying
From You to Me
and repeat until all have said both lines.
For the purpose of tonight's ritual have the chant move deosil (clockwise) around the circle of people.

Then when it gets back to the first let them say;

The Circle is Cast and the Temple is raised.
So Mote It Be! (All can repeat)

Quarter Callings

If you would like you can give the children bells and have them ring them after the invocations are spoken.

Start today in the East, the direction for new beginnings. Have a fan here and wave it at all present so that they can feel the presence of air.

In the East we call Air.
May it clear all obstacles that seek
To block us in our search.

Now move to South where you have a candle ready to be lit. Light it now. And have all focus on its flame. Carefully let them feel its heat.

In the South we call Fire.
May it light our way
To find wisdom tonight.

Come to the West. Have a cup of water there and have all take a small drink. Have all think about the water and how much we need it.

In the West we call Water.
May we have the vision tonight
To see inside its murky depths.

Finally we come to the North. In my practice I like to have a bowl of patchouli here so that we can smell it and be reminded about the Earth.

In the North we call Earth.
May it grant us the strength
To face the wisdom granted us.

Take this time to talk to the children about what this Sabbat means. Read to them the Children's Story for Mabon. This Sabbat is also know as the Pagan Thanksgiving, so make sure to take some time to feast together as a family (In fact you could cast this circle around the whole house and feast during ritual) and offer up a toast to the Gods and to each other for all the things you are grateful for.

If you choose to wait until afterwards to feast, here is a Cakes and Juice that you can do.

Cakes and Juice

Touch the plate of cookies or cakes and say; Flesh of my Flesh
Then touch the juice in the goblet and say; Blood of my Blood

We are of Them as They are of us
Joined in Love and Light
Married in Strength and Truth
Showered in Power and Blessings
We Drink from Her womb
We Eat from His hand

Drink from the chalice and then eat from the plate of food feeling Their Love and Strength.
So that we always remember our Love for Them and Their Love for Us
Pour out a libation and leave some food for the Earth and for the Gods.

Closing

Return to the North;

Element of Earth we thank you for your presence
Hail and Farewell! (All can repeat)

West

Element of Water we thank you for your presence
Hail and Farewell! (All can repeat)

South

Element of Fire we thank you for your presence
Hail and Farewell! (All can repeat)

East

Element of Air we thank you for your presence
Hail and Farewell! (All can repeat)

To close circle have all join hands. And the first to speak at the casting releases his grip on his left hand and says; We open the Circle.

Moving widdershins (counter-clockwise) have each member repeat until the chant moves back to the first person. Who says; But we remain a Circle. Family united in spirit. Circle open but unbroken.

Then have all have a group hug. Remembering that we are all one family. Not just those present but all those on the Earth.


Monday, September 19, 2011

Raising a Child in the Old Ways

Monday, September 19, 2011
I'm running another repost tonight, as we are getting ready for Mabon here at our household. Hope you enjoy!

We as pagan parents, who are striving to teach our children pagan tenets, beliefs and stories face an uphill battle against our Christian society. The influence of this society is prevalent; evident in our media (news, tv shows), our stores (Christmas vs Yule - the prevalence of Easter etc) and even our schools. Not that our schools specifically support a specific religion, but the students within those walls that espouse Christianity and seek to browbeat their religion into our children.

Personally to battle this I have chosen to home-school my youngest daughter. Yet this is not the only reason that I have chosen to do this. It is my personal belief that our current school system has failed our children miserably. Take for example the following; Nearly 1 in 3 high school students in the Class of 2006 will not graduate this year, as reported by the Editorial Projects in Education (EDE) Research Center. All of this has me convinced that the best way to give my child a better education without all the brainwashing is for me to do it myself.

Between evolution, global warming and how evil the Great America is; there is little left in the current American school system that I agree with. I refuse to put my children in a second rate education system that teaches the children things that I believe are based on shaky scientifical evidence at best.
Now homeschooling is not the easiest or best choice for everyone. Most parents are not prepared to make the huge sacrifice that is necessary to home-school a child. I know that eventually some things such as a new TV or a better car will take second or even third place to the education of my daughter. But I am prepared to make such decisions and sacrifices.

But this is not just a struggle against the overly Christian culture it is also a struggle against the lack of spirituality in our culture. I know this sounds like a very large dichotomy but look around you at the culture in the western world at large. Our children are not taught consequences, they are not taught how to lose with good sport. They are raised in a society with a very large entitlement mentality.

Are these really the things that you want your children to be taught? This is the school system that has succeeded in raising generations of children without spines. Generations of children that often cannot find their home state on a map.

Whether you decide to home-school or not, there still arises the question of how to instill pagan tenets and beliefs in our children. What exactly are these things, when are they old enough to understand them? Some of these tenets I have referenced in earlier posts, but a semi-complete list would be as follows:
Self-responsibility
A loving and kind-hearted nature
Love and recognition of the Goddess and God
Respect for nature
Balance and compassion
The Circle of Life
The Holidays and the Wheel of the Year
Blessed Be!

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Finding Balance

Sunday, September 18, 2011
Mabon lies across the Wheel of the Year from Ostara, and like it's counterpart this Sabbat is about balance. The Sabbat coming, marks the end of the light and the start of the dark. But at either Sabbat finding balance in our own lives, going forward, is important.

But how is one to do that? How can one turn off the craziness of their life and the world around them and find peace?

There are many things that one can do, here a list of a few:
  • Breathing Exercises
  • Meditation
  • Prayer
  • Prioritization
To me setting priorities is the best way to start. Although it can be the toughest to accomplish. You need to decide for yourself, whether work and money or family and free time is more important. Unless you happen to be one of those lucky few that get paid big figures for only working a few hours. For most of us we work fifty to sixty hours a week just to pay the bills and buy the kids everything that they want, but our work keeps us from enjoying the fruits of our labor. This is probably the biggest problem facing families today. We can not be a complete family if certain members aren't there to help build it.

I know that making sacrifices are tough to do, but think about it as a trade for benefits. You may lose some money but you are gaining a family in exchange. I also know that this may take months or years to accomplish; It may involve a move to a smaller house or a cut back on expenses. But that is for you as the parents to decide.

If you decide to make some sacrifices, then you will undoubtedly face some nagging guilt and doubt. This is where meditation, prayer and breathing exercises come into play. Faith is one of the most important attributes to possess as a person. So use that faith, turn towards the God(desses) of your choice and pray. Ask for guidance and help to banish the fears that you are facing, They will help.
Also take the time to meditate. Focusing on your breath will help to center you and the meditation will allow you to rebuild your reservoirs of mental strength.

I would like to see some comments below on what all of you do to find balance in this mixed up world. For Goddess knows we could all use the help.

Blessed Be!


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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Big Tease Revealed - First Contest at PaganDad

Thursday, September 15, 2011
If you remember a little while back, I had done a review of a fantastic book for Pagan Children. This book was called Rupert's Tales, The Wheel of the Year by Kyrja, published by Schiffer Publishing. I was so touched by this book that I have decided to run my first contest here on PaganDad.

Right now on Facebook I have just over 260 likes on my page. I would like to see that get closer to 500, so start referring your friends. When I reach that number I will randomly choose (OK probably let my daughter draw names or numbers) someone to win a copy of Rupert's Tales signed by Kyrja herself. To sweeten the deal, I have been told that I can have a couple of posters as well from this first book, so two more people will win a poster.

So good luck and hope you all have a great weekend. Blessed Be!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mabon Recipes -- Desserts

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Since Mabon is the second harvest, the harvest of fruit I figured I would share some dessert recipes that revolve around fruit. I hope that you enjoy!

Apple Pie courtesy of allrecipes.com

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cold milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 Fuji apples, cored and sliced
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. To Make Crust: In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, oil, milk, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar and salt until evenly blended. Pat mixture into a 9 inch pie pan, spreading the dough evenly over the bottom and up sides. Crimp edges of the dough around the perimeter.
  3. To Make Filling: Mix together 3/4 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle over apples and toss to coat. Spread evenly in unbaked pie shell.
  4. To Make Topping: Using a pastry cutter, mix together 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar and butter until evenly distributed and crumbly in texture. Sprinkle over apples.
  5. Put pie in the oven on a cookie sheet to catch the juices that may spill over. Bake 45 minutes.
Sweet Potato Pie courtesy of allrecipes.com

Ingredients
  • 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the sweet potatoes, eggs, evaporated milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Pour into the pie crust.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Top with whipped topping or serve warm with vanilla ice cream.



Monday, September 12, 2011

Taking Count of Blessings

Monday, September 12, 2011
Mabon is the time to give thanks for what we have received in the year up to now. But I feel that many of us do not actually take the time to count our blessings. It's not their fault though. What with the commitments for the kids and our busy job, not to mention the other tasks of parents, who has the time to sit still and spend time to think?
And this is something that I have always been against, we should never do so much that we don't have time for ourselves. If we are not in top shape, mentally and physically, how can we adequately raise our children?
So take the time to do that. Think back over the year and make an exhaustive list, if you can, over what you have to say 'Thank You' for.
There is one big reason why this is important. According to Zen Habits a life of gratitude will ultimately make you happy.
Here are just a few reasons why that is:
  • Because it reminds you of the positive things in your life. It makes you happy about the people in your life, whether they’re loved ones or just a stranger you met who was kind to you in some ways.
  • Because it turns bad things into good things. Having problems at work? Be grateful you have work. Be grateful you have challenges, and that life isn’t boring. Be grateful that you can learn from these challenges. Be thankful they make you a stronger person.
  • Because it reminds you of what’s important. It’s hard to complain about the little things when you give thanks that your children are alive and healthy. It’s hard to get stressed out over paying bills when you are grateful there is a roof over your head.
  • Because it reminds you to thank others. I’ll talk about this more below, but the simple act of saying “thank you” to someone can make a big difference in that person’s life. Calling them, emailing them, stopping by to say thank you … just taking that minute out of your life to tell them why you are grateful toward them is important to them. People like being appreciated for who they are and what they do. It costs you little, but makes someone else happy. And making someone else happy will make you happy.



Thursday, September 8, 2011

Book of Shadows for Children

Thursday, September 8, 2011
We all should know what a Book of Shadows is but just in case; a Book of Shadows is a compilation of a witches rituals, beliefs, poetry, recipes etc. It doesn't have to be hand-written, although it often is, for it can be kept on a computer or even printed out.

Yet in the case of children, small children especially, the written or printed word means little if they can't read it. How many small children do you know that can sit still for long time to read long passages. So what other options are there for the very young in building a Book of Shadows?

You can include pagan coloring pages or drawings of their own. If you have the luxury of woods nearby then you can take a nature walk and press leaves for the children to keep in their Book of Shadows, especially at this time of the year. Or you can include pictures of the rituals that they have been in or drum circles that they have visited.

Now onto the older children. They oftentimes are able to sit for longer periods and have longer attention spans. So for them you can include small poems or prayers or daily devotions If they are old enough then you can include the text for the family rituals and even small personal rituals.

It may also be a good idea to build several Book of Shadows. One for each of the kids that grows with them and then one for the family as a whole that all the members of the family get to have input on.
If you go the path of a family Book of Shadows then you should include family rituals and traditions. Include instructions on various craft projects and correspondences for both magick and decoration. Maybe even include simple home remedies also.

Let your imagination be your guide. Listen and take to heart ideas and suggestions from your children. Make a weekly or monthly event out of it. Have all the family sit around and talk about it. This will also aid in building and strengthening the family bonds.

Blessed Be!


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Checking In

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tonight is going to be a short post. My wife has left for her vacation and I haven't had time to put together something longer.

And with Mabon coming closer and closer, I wanted to take a moment to say thanks for another great year here at Pagandad. Subscribers are up and things are looking good. Got some things coming up that I think you will like. Just a one word hint, giveaway.

Not sure on all the details so far. So stay tuned as we go forward from here. And to give the customary linkage, here is a few of my other projects.

http://village.pagandad.com This site is for Pagan families to connect with each other.
http://thepaganhousehold.com This blog is all about Pagan Households. And is driven by guest posters and columnists. Interested send me an email through the contact link.
http://facebook.com/patrick.pagandad

Hope you all have a great day and Blessed Be!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Mabon Recipes -- Vegetarian

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Time for the weekly posting of recipes. This time I am aiming to satisfy the vegetarians that are out there. I hope that you all enjoy. Happy Cooking!

Stuffed Acorn Squash
  • 2 acorn squash, washed and cut in halves
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup of crushed Ritz crackers
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  1. Wash and cut acorn squash in half from stem to bottom
  2. Scoup out the seeds and rub the inside and cut parts with butter
  3. Put the acorn squash on a cookie sheet
  4. Melt the butter, and mix in the walnuts, brown sugar, and crackers
  5. Place in the holes of the squash and bake at 350 degrees for 30 - 40 minutes or until done.
Wild Rice with Apples and Walnuts
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
Cook rice and oil in water for 50 minutes.
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 rib of celery, chopped
  • 4 chopped scallions
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 red apple, peeled and chopped, set aside in lemon water
  • 2 tsp grated lemon rind
Combine nuts, celery, onions, raisins, drained apple and lemon rind and set aside.
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • pepper, to taste
Whisk together juice, salt and pepper, garlic and oil and add to cooked rice.

Add fruit mixture to the rice (to which has been added oil, spices and juice) and mix well. May be served cold or heated.

Sweet Potato Casserole
  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and steamed until completely soft
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
Mix juice, eggs, sugar and spices and blend thoroughly with potatoes using an electric mixer. Spread into a greased 9"x13" pan.
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Mix together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and nuts until crumbly, spread on top of sweet potatoes and bake at 350 degrees for 30 min.

all recipes courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/7039/AshlinCJ.html


Monday, September 5, 2011

Mabon Recipes -- Fruit

Monday, September 5, 2011
Mabon is the second of the three harvests and as such it is the Harvest of the Fruits. So here are some recipes to use just that.

Pumpkin Bread with Cranberries courtesy of about.com

Ingredients:
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups pumpkin pureĆ© (15 oz can)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup fresh or dried cranberries
Preparation:
  1. Combine flour, spice, baking powder, and salt in bowl; stir to blend the dry ingredients well.
  2. Combine eggs, sugar, pumpkin, and oil in a mixing bowl, beating until smooth.
  3. Stir in flour mixture, then stir in cranberries.
  4. Spoon into a greased and floured 9x5x2-inch loaf pan.
  5. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.
Freezer Jam courtesy of allrecipes.com

Another great thing that you can do with fruit at this time is to make jams. Here is some simple instructions on making freezer jam.

Ingredients
  • Fruit
  • Pectin
  • Sugar
  • Water
The basic ratio for each packet of pectin is:

3 cups mashed fruit
5 cups sugar
1 cup water

It is also best to not choose containers for the jam larger than a pint.

Making Jam

The process itself is simple:
  • Wash and stem the fruit (and peel it, if applicable).
  • Place it in a wide-bottomed pan and crush with a potato masher to a smooth consistency, leaving some chunks of fruit if you like.
  • Stir in the sugar and let the mixture sit for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • In the meantime, mix together the pectin and water in a small saucepan until the powder is dissolved; bring it to a boil over high heat, and let it boil for a full minute.
  • Pour it into the fruit and stir for a couple of minutes.
  • Pour the jam into your containers, leaving a half-inch of "headspace" at the top.
  • Cover the containers and let them sit at room temperature for 24 hours.
  • The jam should have thickened significantly overnight, but it can take up to two weeks for it to completely finish its jelling process. If it's too thick, stirring it will soften it up. If it's still too runny after two weeks, you can pour it into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. It will get thicker as it cools, and you can re-bottle as you did before.
As the name implies freezer jam is meant to be stored in the freezer and can be kept there for up to an year. Or in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. Also remember that once opened you should use the jam within three weeks.


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Mabon Scents

Sunday, September 4, 2011
Just a quick post for tonight. Hope you enjoy.

Autumn Equinox Potpourri
  • 45 drops Honeysuckle Oil 
  • 1 cup Oak Moss 
  • 6 small Acorns 
  • 2 cups dried Oak Leaves 
  • 2 cups dried Honeysuckle
  • 1 cup dried Passionflower 
  • 1 cup dried Rosebuds and Petals 
  • 1/2 cup dried Pine Needles 
  • 1 tablespoon Sage 
Mix the honeysuckle oil with the oak moss and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.

Mabon Incense

  • 2 parts Frankincense 
  • 1 part Sandalwood 
  • 1 part Cypress 
  • 1 part Juniper 
  • 1 part Pine
  • 1/2 part Oakmoss 
  • 1 pinch pulverized Oak leaf 

Burn during your ritual on Mabon.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

God's Eye - Mabon Crafts

Thursday, September 1, 2011
Been busy with different projects. So I went and found these instructions over on about.com for making a God's eye for Mabon.

To begin, hold your two sticks together in a cross. If you're doing this with children, it's a good idea to put a small dab of glue on here to prevent slipping.

Wrap a length of yarn one or two times around the top arm of the cross, right where the two sticks meet, going counterclockwise (be sure to hold the loose tail in place and wrap the yarn over it to keep it from unraveling later).

As you come around on the left side of the upper arm, cross down and over to the bottom side of the right arm.

Bring the yarn out behind the top of the right arm, and cross over to the left side of the bottom arm.

Finally, bring the yarn from the right side of the bottom arm across to the top side of the left arm. This is actually easier than it sounds.

Continue wrapping the sticks in the same order until you have a good amount of the color you're working in.

Then switch to a new color, and continue the process until you want to change again.

Finish it off with a length of yarn tied in a loop, so you can hang your god's eye. What you'll end up with will look like the photo in the picture.
 
Finally, you can decorate the ends of the sticks with feathers, ribbons, beads, or crystals, whatever you prefer.