Monday, August 15, 2016

Rain, Relief, Recover,

Finally, some much needed rain and cooler
temperatures here in Michigan, 


Beautiful cool night sky, 


I could even wear my jeans because it was 
finally cool enough!!!!


The grass is turning green again!!!



Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Lughnasad

Lughnasad:

Celebrated on August Eve, August 1st, the first day of the Celtic Autumn.
The last four of the great fire festivals of the Celtic year.
Named for the Celtic deity , Lugh, this sabbat is a tribute to the first harvest and the beginning of the end of summer.
Lengthening of nights, now halfway to autumn, the fruits of summer are abundant and the first sheaves and  grains are cut in the fields. The sabbat of Lughnasad is the traditional time for harvest, hope and belief of the coming bounty.

Lughnasad is known by many names.  Such as: 
Lammas, meaning "loaf mass" . Derives form half , the Saxson word for loaf.
Lammastide, Laa Lhuanys, Calan Awst, August Eve, and Garland Sunday.


I am making a Harvest wreath this year to hang on a wall or door.
Harvest herbs, flowers, garden produce that will dry well on a wreath,
Make a wire form or purchase a metal form at any craft store,
(probably a styrofoam or grapevine form would work well too)



Lay out your items around the wreath, take some thin florist wire and wrap around
all of the stems or tie on each individual branch to the wreath,
Go in between the little sprigs from the stems to hide your wire,
Use a burlap, twine, or raffia ribbon to decorate,


After I had the base secured around the wreath I started tucking in all of the 
other herbs and flowers I wanted to use, 


The herbs and flowers easily tucked into the long Artemisea stems and the wire that I 
used to secure the Artemisea to the wire wreath,


I picked a stem from a  purple string bean and put the whole stem with the bean
and leaves in the wreath,  



Here is a yellow string bean stem, I would have put little red peppers in also however
they are not on yet, our summer here has been quite cool, vegetables have been later then usual,



The herbs and flowers will dry on the frame as it hangs, you can even use the herbs
as they dry or just leave as a pretty decoration for your celebration!


I  also put this on my Lammas Alter with a candle in the middle of the wreath!

Here is one of my favorite foods to make at Lammas,

Lammas Harvest Pesto:

Large handful of fresh Thyme
1/2 cup of Walnuts
2 gloves of Garlic
1/4 to 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
Put these ingredients in a food processor,
as you are chopping drizzle Olive Oil to form
a paste like consistency, salt to taste,

Spread on your harvest baguette,



Enjoy your celebration and wishing you the best of Lughnasad Blessings!


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Scottish Faerie Mad Tea Party !

Hello everyone!
I am so glad you could come to my 
Mad Scottish Faerie Tea!
Thank You Vanessa
from
A Fanciful Twist 
For Hosting such a delightful event!




Ere Long ago in the land of the Fae
A Scottish Faerie Gairdin lay, 


And There in the Faerie Gairdin he did rome,



The Scottish Piper on his journey all alone,  



When he came upon, 
the Gypsy Camp, and here he Pipped,
his lonesome song, 



The Gypsy Queen....
                         Fortunes told.......
                                        Spells written......
                                             Charms given.......

        Potions for inner sight !!!
       To send our Piper on his flight.......
Home!


And, on his journey......
he did stray to places and people of the day.....
I say......do you Lads know the way?







To find my Clan of long ago,
I must go........
Over monadh, and cliffs, 
to see again 
 my ancient hearth and teach, 
Land of my Athair 


And here I Be........, 
                         Alas I See........,
my fellow peasants greeting Me, 
Join us 
To share a pint of mead, 
then the cake to feed, 

"Merry Meet and Merry Part, and Merry Meet Again" !!!


I have found from whence I came !!!


Faeries Here and There, 
  



And Everywhere, 

With  the lovely Lassies
of the Eve, 
My journey tis end........

"For Aye  come to play the Bagpipes tonight , 
to celebrate with you Mad Tea Delights!!!!!"



Go bring to me a pint o wine,
And fill it in a silver tassie
That I may drink, before I go,
A service to my bonnie lassie,
The boat rocks at the pier o Leith,
Fu loud the wind blaws, frae the Ferry,
The ship rides by the Berwick-Law,
And I maun leave my bony Mary
                                      Robert Burns


Won't you join us in a glass?, 

Sassenach Sangria:

1 Gallon Strong Tea
2 cups Blackberries
2 Apples
2 cups Strawberry's
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup of Blackberry Brandy
750 ml Cabernet
1 Liter Sierra Mist
               

Tea and Cakes to Celebrate


1 cup black tea
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg beaten
1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 tsp allspice, 
1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp salt

Melt butter, add tea, applesauce and raisins. Simmer for 1 minute, let cool,
Sift dry ingredients together, add butter mixture,
Bake in 350 degree oven, 25 to 35 minutes or till knife test clean,


I Hope you Enjoyed your Treats!
The end of my party is bittersweet,
I have had a wonderful time,
Now I am off to visit 
everyone else on the party list!!!

Thank you so much for coming,
I leave you with a Scottish Toast!

Blessings to All,
Celeste

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