Sunday, September 9, 2018

Taking Time for Thyme



This is the name of my Gardens,
I painted this and it hangs above the shed door 
on the side of my carriage barn, 


One of my garden patches of Thyme,
Also called "walking thyme", because when you 
walk on it you can smell the aroma,
It has a sweet tiny pink blossom in mid 
summer, 


Thyme Pesto:
2 cups of fresh Thyme leaves
1/2 cup of walnuts or pine nuts
2 cloves of minced garlic
Grated Parmesan cheese to taste
Salt to taste
Olive oil

Blend all in food processor, 
Freeze in ice cube trays for later use,
or use now in sauces, or spread on baguette

(I'm sure others have made Pesto from many other herbs,
however I did put this together myself, ) 



This is my scrapbook I made especially for my gardens 
from brown paper grocery bags, 
I will give instructions in another post,


My daughter,  Elizabeth made up this recipe,
I used it for one of my Summer Solstice party's, 

1 sprig of fresh thyme
1 sprig of Oregano
1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
salt/pepper to taste
1 T of sugar
Shake all together in jar, can store at room temperature!


I hope you can take Time for Thyme in your busy schedule,



Blessings to All!







Monday, July 30, 2018

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 beanand 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!


"Goddess Ceres and Demeter
of the Full Moon Lamas Night,
Bless our First Harvest,
We offer Barley, Fruits, and Nuts
to Nourish You , 
That we may Prosper for All !!!"



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 21, 2018

Could you be a Lighthouse Keeper?


My friend Wendy is on her way now to 
do just this, aboard the Ugly Anne, 
out Beyond the Straights of Mackinac,

Through, Under the Mighty Mac............




Approaching St Helena Island 
Lighthouse........


Arriving at the Wanning Blessing Moon..........


Cozy Alcove Room................


Winding Iron Staircase...............


St. Helena Island Nature Preserve
St. Ignace, MI 49781




266 acres, 3 miles frontage, 
The largest island visible to the west 
from the Mackinac Bridge.
A trail connects the lighthouse 
to the old village site on the north 
side of the island. 
Access only by boat with the 
nearest boat ran[s in St. Ignace,
Point La Barbe and Mackinaw City.

Next year yours truly hopes to be 
a Keep at one of the many 
Michigan Lighthouse's,
I look forward to being a part of the 
organization and experience!!

more here:

https://www.michigan.org/property/st-helena-island-nature-preserve




https://www.mlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2010/05/michigan_lighthouses_become_a.html