Mabon, Harvest, and a recipe for Miniature Pumpkin Bundt Cakes

The ancient holidays and festivals emphasized hope, renewal, and gratitude.  Mabon is the second of the harvest festivals.  Today the day and night are equal and we prepare for the darkness and the introspection that comes with winter.  But now we light a bonfire and have a feast and celebrate with our village and our families the bountiful gardens that … Continue reading Mabon, Harvest, and a recipe for Miniature Pumpkin Bundt Cakes

Harvest, Beer, and the Original Witch’s Brew

It's 1842 and the settlers are walking around the plaza visiting and gathering goods .  Imagine an old farmer's market.  Woman in long skirts, babies on the hips, hold large baskets and chat with the other woman as children dash to and fro playing games.  Makeshift booths are set up offering eggs, chickens, furs, vegetables, spirits, and any other … Continue reading Harvest, Beer, and the Original Witch’s Brew

Lughnasadh- The First Harvest Festival

  Y'all know I love a good celebration.  Especially when it comes to celebrating this beautiful Earth's bounty.  Lughnasadh was the original county fair.  In the old agricultural calendar it was a celebration for the community to share bread, beer, life, and the first harvests.  Today is a great time to bake a loaf of bread for your loved … Continue reading Lughnasadh- The First Harvest Festival

Beltane (aka May Day, what is it? is it evil? and how to celebrate)

  Beltane is the lovely celebration between the spring equinox and the summer equinox.  All of the original Celtic ceremonies were agricultural holidays.  Traditions always made things sweeter and the intentions and prayers uttered and the community gatherings were looked forward to.  Anyone can celebrate the original holidays regardless of their chosen religion because they came … Continue reading Beltane (aka May Day, what is it? is it evil? and how to celebrate)

Sweet Spring

The cold crops have all come up and stretch their tiny limbs and savor the daily sun.  This valley stays fairly warm and doesn't receive the heavy feet of snow of north.  Yet a storm cometh from yonder hills, riding in on thunderous carriage tonight promising thick spring inches.  It will prune trees.  And powerlines.  Some old logs and pinecones … Continue reading Sweet Spring