Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Scottish Faerie Mad Tea Party !

Hello everyone!
I am so glad you could come to my 
Mad Scottish Faerie Tea!


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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Monday, July 2, 2018

Garden Fireworks !


Welcome to my front door,
The Garden Fireworks have started !






Lily's in full bloom 
to celebrate the 4th of July !















The sweet Hummingbirds 
go crazy over the Menarda,
especially late in the day at twilight, 
just have not been able 
to capture these sweet Faeries yet,  


When I first came out the back 
door on this 4th of July morning,


Cup of coffee and my camera, 


A flitter and a flutter caught my eye, 


Behold this beauty! A "Mourning Cloak" ! I believe fresh out of the pupa, 
still wet on the wings, resting on the ground for quite a while in the warm sun on 
the garden soil ! My little granddaughter and I have a favorite 1950's Butterfly Book,
And sure enough, I knew I had seen this butterfly in the book, and there it is,


What a wonderful 4th of July gift !


Have a blessed 4th of July !




Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Welcome Litha


Anticipating the culmination of Litha with the onset of Midsummer's Eve.
The month goes so fast, planning for summer parties, working on your vegetable garden,
and before you know it the Summer Solstice is here, June 21st !
Being the longest day of the year, unfortunately also means from this point on 
the days will become shorter as the wheel of life comes closer to  
preparing for the events of Mabon. 
Meanwhile we try to enjoy the season with parties, vacations, and the bounty from 
our early spring and summer gardens! 



The Sabbat of Litha, triumph of the sun and the presence of the Green Man or the Oak King. 
The spirit of nature and the sacred male principle, 
The presence of Goddess Flora or the Celtic Goddess Danu, to honor the female, 
Similar to Beltane, Litha is a sabbat strongly associated with the element of fire. 
Bonfires are lit to assist the sun in changing its course, 


Litha also brings the presence of the Faerie Realm.
Contact with these delightful entities is possible at this time, 
Midsummer's Eve is a time of intense magick and suitable for casting love spells and charms.
Gather your herbs at midnight on the Midsummer Eve to have greater potency!

Some of the herbs I like to gather and use are:

Sage/brew for sore throats/burn for cleansing your space of negative energy and spells to attract money


Thyme/another bug repellent/ energy spells

Mint/refreshing brew for tea/ prosperity and money spells


Lavender/a great moth repellent for your wool sweaters/ love spells




I use these mainly because they are the most practical and prolific in my gardens, and also they have many uses in cleaning, cooking and spell craft,

Lavender Lemonade Syrup:
4 oz  Lavender (flowers with short stem)
4 oz  sugar
3 1/3 cup of lemon juice

Put lavender, sugar, in a pan with 10 ounces of water,
bring to a boil, remove from heat immediately and cool in the fridge overnight,
(this mixture turns to a delightful pink color)
Just before serving add the lemon juice and dilute with more water until desired strength and taste
You can also put a sprig of your mint in the glass for garnish!

Roasted Vegetables with Herbs:

Use your favorite vegetables such as zucchini, potatoes, onions and cut up into lengths or cubes, spread on 
a baking sheet, sprinkle with olive oil, tuck in thyme springs and sage leaves, salt, pepper, 
mix together on the baking sheet, bake for 30 to 45 minutes at 275 to 325 degrees depending on your oven. 

Prosperity Spell:

Combine Sage and Mint in a pretty glass or china bowl, 
holding the bowl, repeat this verse:

Goddess Danu on this Litha night,
Bring to me the Magick of  Prosperity 
to take Flight !





Just a few of the many ways to celebrate Litha,
Enjoy!
Celeste