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First Harvest Reflections

The feast of the First Harvest is a feast of little bits. The garden is full of promise, but not full of ripe produce. We have some zucchini, an eggplant, maybe even a tomato, but hardly enough of anything to make a meal, but together, with a handful of herbs, couple eggs from the hens and some cheese from the farmer's market, they make a passable vegetable lasagna. A few other odds and ends, six green beans and a carrot, with some scraps from the lasagna noodles and we've got a hearty soup....

A Simple Kitchen Witches Herb Garden

Gardening can be intimidating and, for those of us who do not have our own patch of dirt to tend, it can seem nearly impossible. But growing and using your own herbs is quite satisfying and can only improve our magical relationship with them. And if you don't have your own patch of dirt, many herbs grow quite satisfactorily in pots on a windowsill or a porch step. Here, I hope to list some of the easiest and most useful herbs for a start toward your magical herb garden. Obviously, this is not an...

Gardening By The Moon

Gardening according to the phases of the moon is an ancient practice. Those of us who garden as an expression of our spirituality and our connection with both the Earth and our ancestors may wish to incorporate the moon phases and the lunar calendar into our gardening. There are generally two things that are considered when gardening by the moon. The first is the moon phase and the second is the astrological house the moon is in. Read on to find out how they each affect your plants differently....

Crafting Magical Meals

There are many approaches to using magick and creating a meal with magickal intent is a method embraced the Kitchen Witch. Everything in Nature has energy that can be harnessed and directed toward the manifestation of your Will, food included. Whether you prepare and consume your magical meal as a compliment to other magical work, ceremony or spellwork or as a stand-alone spell in and of itself, a little planning will go a long way toward your success. Here are some tips for preparing a magical...

In Season

Cabbage Stew With Dumplings (Bat Wing Stew)

description: 'When I use purple cabbage to make this, my kids call it bat wing stew.' preptime: 'About 45 minutes to an hour' ingredients: 1 small head cabbage, cored and cut in triangular chunks\n1 potato, chopped\n1 sweet potato, chopped\n2 parsnips, sliced\n2 carrots, sliced\n1 onion, sliced\n2 cloves garlic, chopped\ncoriander\n2 cardamom pods\n2 bay leaves\nbutter or oil\n4 cups vegetable broth\n\nDumplings\n1 1/2 cups flour\n1 tsp baking soda\n1 tsp baking powder\ndash of salt\n1/2 tsp...

Vegetarian Lasagna

description: 'A meatless twist on the classic Italian comfort food.' preptime: '' ingredients: 2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce\n1 small zucchini or yellow summer squash, sliced\n2 medium sized colored bell-peppers, preferably red or yellow, chopped small\n8 ounces mini portobello mushrooms sliced (I have used sliced eggplant here instead. Also tasty.)\n1 10-ounce package chopped frozen spinach, thawed, drained (I have also used chopped basil here. Tasty.)\n15 ounces ricotta cheese\n1...

Tis The Season To Go Shopping

Ah Christmas, the holiday that takes over shopping for three months straight every year. Everywhere I turn there's music, sparkly things, red and green. Baby clothes, underwear, suddenly there are toys in the produce section. And lo what is that I where Halloween City used to be? Is it a Christmas store? What's in it for me? So much. This is the time of year when things are offered for sale that you won't see again for a year. Now is the time to stock up on witchy supplies! And as for that...

Tips For A Green Yuletide

I don't know about you, but personally, it pains me to see the giant garbage bag full of wrapping paper, tissue paper and boxes that gets hauled out of the room at the end of most Yuletide parties. Here are some ideas for reducing the garbage and making your Yuletide even more meaningful in the process. Books Instead of Greeting Cards Greeting cards tend to get thrown away or stuck in a box and hoarded for years. Unless your recipient loves greeting cards, consider tucking a small, attractive...

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