Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Witch's Kitchen: Mid Summer Harvesting

garden pickings from August 24th, 2009

One of the features I mentioned early on in my blog was the 'Witch's Kitchen'. These posts consist of actual recipes I use and/or created. To read previous posts like this, simply search "Witch's Kitchen" in the search box at the top left of my blog page.

A Kitchen Witch can never have too many spices, herbs and recipes for all sorts of dishes! No matter what I am cooking I am aware of the properties from the herbs, oils and others items I use. Every dish I cook is blessed and thanked and of course has a little magical quality to it, not to mention an overall quality for health as well.

All ingredients are non GMO'd (genetically modified or engineered) and/or certified organic to maintain my current state of health becasue of severe sensitivities. All ingredients were either purchased locally, at the Whole Foods Market or grown fresh from our organic garden.

The following recipes are geared around the harvest of midsummer or summers end.

Tomato Herb Salad
10-15 Large heirloom tomatoes ('ugly' ones with multi colors work best)
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tbsp dried Basil
2 tsp Sea Salt
2 tsp Rosemary
1 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp Cilantro
1/4 tsp minced Garlic
1 medium onion

At each end of tomato cut the core or stem out approx. 1/4 inch deep. Slice tomatoes like an apple with at least 8 or more slices per tomato. Half the slices or quarter them for smaller bites. Slice onion in rings then into quarters. In large bowl place tomatoes, onions and pour over the oil and vinegar. Stir items well and until completely covered. In a small dish combine herbs and salt until well blended. Toss over tomato and onion mixture and still well. Let sit a minimal of 8 or more hours in the fridge before serving. This allows the flavors to really seep in. Still well before serving. **Note: Follow this same recipe, dice all ingredients and serve over warm toasted bread, top with grated parmigiana cheese.

Pumpkin Curry Soup
6 cups of fresh pumpkin (or canned pumpkin puree)
2 cups organic milk
2 tsp Curry powder
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp cinnamon

In a saucepan add pumpkin and milk and place over medium heat. Stir the two till completely mixed. Begin to add the remaining ingredients. Continue to heat till on the verge of boiling, but do not boil. Turn burner on simmer, cover and allow to cook for approx. 20 minutes. Tastes great with bread & butter. Try serving it chilled on a hot sumer day.

Tasty Cukes
3 to 4 large cucumbers sliced
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup milk
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black cracked peppercorns
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 small onion sliced

In a container place all ingredients, cover with lid and shake/mix well. Best served after they have sat overnight. Serve chilled. Add tomato slices for different flavor.

Fresh Corn Salsa
1 dozen sweet corn (cooked)
1 small onion (minced)
1 Tbsp Cilantro
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1/4 tsp chili powder

With a knife, slice the corn off the cob. Place cobs in your compost bin or set aside of farm animals, etc. Take the corn and add it a bowl, add remaining ingredients and stir well. Let sit 4 to 8 hours before serving for best results. Eat with tortilla chips or add to tacos or other dishes as a side.

Stuffed Apples
4 to 6 Ripe Red Apples (Organic Red Delicious work well)
16 to 20 slices of organic multi-grain bread (1 large loaf)
2 cups organic milk
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp celery seed
1/4 tsp sage
1/8 tsp thyme
1/8 tsp rosemary

With a sharp knife or apple corer, core the apples. Scoop a small amount of the apples insides out (about 4 Tbsp per apple). Place these aside in large bowl. Place the apples in a baking dish with the bottoms down. In your large bowl add the bread. I suggest tearing the bread into pieces before doing this. Add the milk slowly while you squeeze the milk into the bread with clean hands. Add herbs in the same manner to ensure they mix properly in the bread. When all ingredients are completely mixed, evenly stuff each apple. Push the mixture firmly into the core area of the apples. Place foil over apples and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake for another 15 to 30 minutes.

These recipes and my other blessings & rituals would be a great addition to your Book of Shadows!

Oracle Message from the Fairy Realm "Celebrating Bodily Movement"

Original Drawing ~ Image copyright © Rainbow Tree (aka Kandice Thompson)

From time to time the Fairy folk feel a need to relay a message for those that are open to listening. When needed or as requested from the fairy realm, an oracle reading with the Fairies is done to receive their guidance and thoughts. I do this for myself and anyone else who wants to listen or read. Their messages always resonates with many around the globe.

The message received this reading is:
"Celebrating Bodily Movement"

There is a part of you that craves to do more. Your physical self, your body are craving to be released! When you were a child most likely you twirled about, spun around or made yourself dizzy. You did this all becasue your body suddenly craved the movement and you instantly reacted upon it. So why is it now that you are suppressing your body movement? Maybe your inner ballerina or tap dancer is screaming to break out and bust a move. Maybe your legs are restless and they crave to go jogging or to peddle a bike. Could it be your arms want to dig holes to plant, or maybe just dig simply for the digging enjoyment or to seek a buried treasure.

Your physical self has a mind of its own. The fairies connect their realm with our body movements and consider them part of the same kingdom. What happens when we honor the cravings of our physical self is that we open another of our senses. Ask your physical self what it desires, then release it with your body movements. If your childhood inner ballerina needs to come out, let her twirl through the living room and continue it to outside or even while you are cooking. Tip toe, twirl, spin your arms about. Feel the emotional release when you give your body the physical cravings. Don't limit yourself or say you 'can't' do it. The possibility to heal ones self exist, but it is within you. Answer the calls and cravings, know you can perform the movements your body desires.

Pay attention to your body. It may want a simple walk in nature, a dance to a song, perhaps yoga lessons are in order. Your physical self might even be desiring movements of a sexual nature. These are considered the most sacred, yet we as humans forget the energy that can be raised by the most euphoric experience possible.

The fairies feel you should write or verbally aloud repeat the following affirmation daily:
I graciously acknowledge the needs of my physical body and know the importance of paying attention to my body's desires.

This message was received on August 25th, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

August News & Updates ~ Life, Love and Home

I know it's been a while since I posted my last blog. The Weekly Lunar Readings have been behind along with some of the other usual posts. I do promise to resume most of everything shortly. I apologize for the delay in any explanations of the lack of postings.

My daughter Destiny started her first day of school in the 7th & 8th grade today. This is one of the main reasons for little to no postings here at the blog. Time seems to run short most days. I find myself wanting to be here but searching for the time or proper moment to take a break and start writing. Now that school has resumed and we've completely moved in and settled down at our new location, things will begin to be brighter.

Though we are only renters here at the old farm house I grew up in, I find myself wanting to plant and tend to it as if it were my for-ever home. Tom & I know we will have to relocate sometime, but for now this old place keeps the memory of childhood days. Some days
here are harder than others. It's never been the same since Dad passed away this February so very unexpectedly. I have many fond memories of Mushroom 'hunting', walking through the woods with dad, being out in the garden and above all else, sitting with him on the front porch watching the storms roll in across the field. I was never afraid of the lighting or the big rumbles. I had my big strong daddy there to protect me and that's all I felt I needed. There are two men in my life that I love more than anything, one of them is my husband, the other my beloved father. Now it is just Tom and he does what he can to fill dads shoes around the property. He's strong like dad, comforting when needed but oh so gentle. Tom and my dad shared many qualities. Tom looked to my dad as his very own father. They were closer than most son/dad relationships. I don't think there will ever be a day that I don't miss my dad. It gets easier yes, but I will always miss him. That is where the sadness comes from now, simply missing him.

The organic garden is rather blah this year. No one, including myself had the heart to keep up with it as much as we should have. There is always next year though. My mother, whom I love dearly will be moving away in the upcoming months. She has met a new love and has chosen to relocate the two or more hours away from all of us. I've accepted it, don't like, most likely never will like it. Speaking of her moving so far away of course. I'll admit that it will always be hard to see her with her new guy, he's not Dad after all. Her guy is nice and I'm sure he'll be a wonderful addition to the family. I only hate the rawness of missing my dad and at times must remind myself he is dead when I see her and the new guy smooching. I'll take seeing her happy though any day over her depression of losing dad. Still, I don't like the 2+ hour difference there will be. I've also realized I am not my moms best friend any longer. After dad died, so did a part of mom. That was the main part I knew of her and it is no longer there. Our relationship has changed dramatically. I only hope the phone calls actually happen that are promised. I know how it is now with most of the family and lack of communication on all behalf's. I guess thats my biggest fear with her move. Fear is not something I am going to feed so I shall give it as little thought as possible.

Things are looking up for Tom and his business. I'm trilled he is only 3 miles from home, working for himself and feeling happy. He has a new sense of pride about him and I love that. Word has already gotten out that he is back in town with a small custom auto body shop of his own. I keep his www.CustomOhio.com website up and running and do all his emails from time to time. I don't mind helping him out, especially when I see how much he appreciates it!

Tom and I will officially be married for 10 years this Friday, August 21st. The time has just flown by! I really can't believe we were wed ten years ago. We are more in love with each than we could ever imagine. If anything we love each other more now than we ever thought possible 10 years ago. We are both blessed to have each other and the gifts we give emotionally. Tom is my husband, my lover, companion, bet friend and of course my man slave. Yes, he knows I call him my man slave. It's all good though becasue I'm his goddess. ;-)

Tonight Tom & I go to get new glasses, or at least order them. We both haven't had a new prescription in over 8 years. To say we are over due for an eye exam and glasses doesn't even begin to cover it. We are both crossing our fingers that we can use our same frames and save some major money doing so. Frames are so expensive and I'd prefer to not spend the money and keep the ones I have already.

On a new note, I did get a new tattoo for our 10th anniversary. Check out my Facebook pictures on my profile: www.Facebook.com/RainbowTree Self designed shooting star on my forearm. It represents the Leonid meteor showers that Destiny was born under in November. Below it I already had konji symbols that said "Daughter Destiny Twilight". This was a wonderful addition to that and my arm! I've always been attracted to the tribal like qualities of most tattoos. I find them addictive and plan to have more on my canvas of a body.

Tomorrow is a New Moon! Be sure to check out my archives for New Moon spells, magic, chants and rituals! A new moon is the perfect time to plant rooted items in the ground. Trees especially do best when planted under or right before a New Moon. For the last new moon I planted a Maple Tree sapling that we brought with us from our old home. It is doing quite well... despite the nibble from deer.

I would like to get a new Message from the Fairies out to all of you this week. There are some important things they would like to share in the upcoming days. I love interacting with the fairy folk that were here when I was a child. I still remember then as they remember me. The spring fed creek and deep woods here offer them many comforts that they don't have else where. All and all the sprites are quite happy here. I was told these woods were once large enough to house a family or two of unicorns, I doubt they remain with some of the building that has gone on. They are such sensitive creatures and I do hope to one day see one scurrying through the woods or lapping up a drink of fresh water from the creek.

I'm still in the works for getting a new camera. A photographer without a camera.... there is something wrong with that picture. It does bother me not being able to snap a shot here and there. Soon enough I hope. :-) In the mean time I have posted my gallery of internationally & nationally nominated photography on my self created website: www.GivingEarth.com I recently added a small collection of my original poetry. Help yourself to reading any of my poems at my website.

My love goes out to you and all of yours. I miss my blog and those of you that read it and often leave comments. I look forward to being on here more in the upcoming weeks. Till then stay in the light, be life and love as if tomorrow never existed.

~ Rainbow Tree ~

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Weekly Lunar Reading with Magical Attributes: August 5th - 12th

Moon Phase:
Full Moon

Moon's Place
(moon enters Pisces on Friday, August 7th)

Lunar Reading:

Your personal freedom is quite important to yourself as it should be. Maybe you're feeling held down by others or even your own past choices. If there is need for change in your life, now is the time to cut the ropes holding you down. Your individuality is essential in creating who you are, don't let anyone including yourself suppress that.

There is a good chance you have been feeling rebellious in your normal activities or duties. Most likely this is do to you wanting some form of change in your current lifestyle and situations. This could be something small from giving up a bad habit, to kicking out the inconsiderate roommate. It could be even bigger like selling your home or moving from your current geographical location. What ever the change is, its obvious that you are in need of some!

Listen to your gut instincts this week and always. The more you begin to really listen and flow those inner feelings, the more you will notice a balance in your life. Focus on your dreams as they may hold a psychic impression. Be nostalgic for the next week or two. Place yourself in a time of teenage or childhood memories that made you happy. Bring back your imagination and let it soar into stories to share with younger generations.

For the Magic Doers & Light Workers:

The moon is currently full. Now is the best time to charge any of your magical and light working devices, including yourself! One night this week created a sacred salt circle. This is done with sea salt, a bowl and yourself. Outside where you can see the moon, take your bowl filled with sea salt and sprinkle it in a circle that surrounds you. Make sure the circle of salt is heavy enough that you can physically see the circle. Stand in this protected circle. Call out each direction (North, East, South & West). Thank the directions and the elements they provide. Visualize yourself glowing with the same intensity as the full moon. Connect your aura to hers as she is part of you and all universal creations. Please search or view my Full Moon Blessings/Rituals for more chants, blessings and of course activities for a full moon.

Your Mission for this week:

Connect with your own blood. Sometimes friends, boyfriends, lovers, coworkers and other people need to be placed on hold for a while. It's nothing personal, and maybe you need to let them know that. Your family always comes first, they are there with you, they are bound to you throughout eternity. As humans we tend to find ourselves only giving one person, entity or situation all of our focus and attention. Even though you may be happy, you may also be hurting the ones who truly love you without judgment. Find a balance with your family and your new friend, lover or coworker. Give each their own time, separate from the other. This will create a feeling of 'no one is less special' than the other. It simply hurts many when the ones they love the most move on and seemingly forget or no longer feel it necessary to take time to make an effort is showing them they still care. Find the balance that works for everyone, not just you and your new friend or situation. Don't let the others fade off into the background, for they might not be there when you want then to come back.

This week could make or break some major relationships and situations in your life. Be careful and consider all facts, actions and feelings on everyones behalf.

Feel free to come back to the blog and post how you spent your day. Share your happenings with fellow readers. :-)