Recipes

White Beans with Garlic and Sage

I love beans. I know not everyone does, but they are a staple in my world. This is one of my favorite bean dishes. I like to make a big batch and keep it around for a quick and satisfying lunch during the week. It is lovely with a green salad but I eat it […]

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Homestead and Hearthcraft
Morningbird's Garden

Harvesting and Using Wild Grape Leaves

There are many species of wild grape in my area and the grapes they produce are small, few, and not very tasty. Their leaves, however, are large, abundant, and delicious. I like to gather them in late spring and early summer over the course of a few weeks and then ferment them in brine to […]

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Kitchen Witch Corner
Recipes

Watermelon Chill

This magic potion is soothing, sweet, hydrating, cleansing and relaxing. It is the best thing after working hard in the heat, especially if the work was stressful and you were surrounded by unpleasant people. Refreshing watermelon counteracts the damaging effects of the sun and cools the body while lemon balm sooths the nerves. Ingredients Watermelon […]

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Library
Poems and Prose

Tir Na Nog

Tir na n-Og, Land of the young Far away across the sea Part the waves, oh Mannanan Show Tir na n-Og to me Was a maid in Tir na n-Og Ever young and fair to see Queen of the young, in Tir na n-Og Far away across the sea You shall not wed, her father […]

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Family

Checking My Privilege

I was raised not to see color. I know people say this all the time but it’s true, and my mom will back me up on this. My step-dad is a black man and my sisters are all beautiful black women. My beautiful mother is white and so am I. We were all raised together; […]

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Library
Poems and Prose
Rites of Passage

Wedding Chants

The following chants can be chanted around the circle before or after the wedding or handfasting rite begins or during a procession. In our time of joy and plenty We will celebrate together In our time of pain and fear We will comfort one another. The road you travel Has brought you to this place […]

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Food
Homestead and Hearthcraft
Kitchen Witch Corner
Morningbird's Garden

Garlic Mustard – Wildcrafting

Garlic mustard is an invasive species that can be found throughout the US. It enjoys moist, shady areas but can grow just about anywhere, displacing native species. It is one of the first plants to appear after winter and it may release chemicals that inhibit the growth of other plants. Finding and Identifying Garlic Mustard […]

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Homestead and Hearthcraft
Morningbird's Garden

Get Your Plants Ready for the Garden- Hardening off

If you’ve started some plants from seed or purchased some from your garden center, you’re probably eager to get them in the ground. If you want to get them off to the best start possible, however, it pays to take a few days to get them ready. What is Hardening Off Hardening off is the […]

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Library
Poems and Prose

Spiral Dance

As the sky is the grasses And the river the sea Each part of the other So you are to me When the spring flowers blossom And the trees spread their leaves They dance to the rhythm You’ve found within me When the skies send soft showers And the earth is made new The rain […]

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Food
Kitchen Witch Corner

Fresh Produce For Two-Weeks

In response to suggestions that people help reduce the workload on essential workers while reducing the possibility of exposure to the virus of the hour by only shopping every two weeks instead of weekly or several times a week, I have heard many people claim that this is impossible because fresh food does not last […]

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