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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

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...

The Nutcracker

This unit study is designed to lead up to a viewing of a live performance of the Nutcracker with a dance company and an orchestra. (My husband the musician insists there is no point in going if there is not a live orchestra.) As the Nutcracker should be an annual tradition, we can begin with a basic introduction and add more complex concepts later. Shopping List - Tickets to the Nutcracker - Cardstock - Printer Ink if needed - Printer Paper - Construction Paper - Craft Sticks/Popsicle sticks -...

Yule Log Ritual

This rite is to be performed at Yuletide using either a Yule Log candle holder or a Yule Log cake with three candles in it. It is best done on Midwinter night or it can be done on The Long Night's Moon. The first candle represents the people of the past - Our Ancestors The second candle represents the people of the present - Our Friends and Family The third candle represents the people of the future - Our children and our children's children. I like to do this as part of the Special Dinner...

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...

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