Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mabon Celebration


The autumn equinox, or Mabon, is actually the time of the second harvest. The gardens are nearly empty. Mabon is the mid-harvest festival, changing seasons, time to celebrate the second harvest. the time of rich traditions, customs and folklore. Such as the

story of Demeter and Persephone. Demeter was a Goddess of Grain and of the harvest in ancient Greece. Her daughter, Persephone, caught the eye of Hades, god of the underworld, who then abducted Persephone and took her back to the underworld.






My Favorite Corn Bread

                                                WET



DRY

  • 1 cup All purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 cup Cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup White sugar                         Mix dry, blend together wet ingredients, sprinkle dry into wet until smooth, 
  • Pour into greased iron skillet, 
  • Bake 30 to 45 minutes at 350'

2 eggs

  • 3 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Butter,  melted
  • 1 cup Buttermilk



I am making a Mabon 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)

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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, 


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!


Finally, I put a votive candle in the 
middle of the wreath for my altar,
Just be careful of the herbs 
touching the flame,
( keep a bowl of water handy)

Enjoy !!!



Wednesday, September 7, 2016

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,


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!







Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Autumn Trail


Looking forward to cool days and nights,
We have had a terrible 90 degree plus summer
here, with a drought to go with it !!!




Only these last couple weeks have we 
had rain to regenerate plants and flowers again,
however, many have died and won't be back, 











Maybe I will get my little white pumpkins
blossoms are just starting to come on, 


Sedum is starting to turn color only now,


Even the Goldenrod was not hardy enough for this drought 
this year, some is now recovering, 
Farmers Almanac predicts a 
long cool/warm Fall, 
Hoping to finish those garden and
outdoor projects I didn't get to do 
because of the heat ! 
What are you doing this Fall?
Have Fun,
Celeste