[identity profile] gypsydove.livejournal.com
I concocted a tea with rosemary, slippery elm, yarrow, sage, echinachea, a bit of licorice and thyme.


a big pinch (2 tsp) echinachea
a smidgen (1/2 tsp) of slippery elm
a smidgen (1/2 tsp) licorice root
a pinch (1 tsp) of yarrow
a pinch (1 tsp) thyme
a 1/2 handful (2 TBS) of rosemary

put in a tea cozy or tea straining cup like this one

fill with herbs

put boiling water into cup

let steep for 10 min or until most of the herbs sink to the bottom

mix with a bit of honey for taste...

drink 2 times per day, for three days.

Your sore throat/swollen glads should be gone.

If they are not, then go see a Doctor.
[identity profile] nacho-cheese.livejournal.com
Pumpkin bread made from a sugar pie pumpkin.
pumpkin bread holiday autumn spice
Yieldsabout 2 loaves
45 min - 1 hour
1 hour per loaf
vThis recipe is suitable for vegetarians
* 2 cups of fresh cooked pumpkin
* 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (not self-rising flour)
* 2 tsp. baking soda
* 2 cups sugar
* 1 cup brown sugar
* 4 eggs, beaten
* 1 cup vegetable oil
* 1 1/2 tsp. salt
* 2 tsp. cinnamon
* 2 tsp. nutmeg
* 1/2 cup water (if you are using fresh cooked pumpkin)
Prior instructions: If you're using a fresh pumpkin, cut it in half and gut the insides. Take the pumpkin, quarter it, and put the pieces into a bow filled with a couple inches of water. Microwave for 15 minutes (tops!). Scrape the pumpkin from the shell, and if you have a food processor, blend until smooth. Now you have pumpkin goop!

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar (both).

3. Add the eggs, water, oil and pumpkin goop.

4. Stir with a whisk until blended. (Takes a while... gotta make it really smooth.)

5. Pour into two lightly greased and floured loaf pans (mine were about 3x5", and rather deep).

6. Bake for 1 hour at 350 F (175 C). Test at the 45-minute mark. Do the knife test: stick a clean knife in. It's done if it removes cleanly.

7. Remove from the oven and cool slightly (10 minutes).

8. Take out of pans to let cool on a rack.
[identity profile] myfanwy-65.livejournal.com

By Amanda Formaro

The wonderful smell of autumn is here. From simmering cinnamon to the
addictive aroma of fresh baked apple pie, nothing could be finer than Fall. To help
you celebrate the tastes of this marvelous time of year, try some of these
seasonal breads, muffins and loaves. Don't forget the flavored butters to add
that final touch.

Read more... )
[identity profile] myfanwy-65.livejournal.com
Ingredients:

3 oz unsweetened chocolate (love and protection)
1 stick butter
2 cups sugar (love)
3 eggs (fertility)
1 teaspoon vanilla (love and mental prowess)
1 teaspoon green food coloring (healing and abundance)
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (fertility and money)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup sour cream (protection)
1 cup boiling water (cleansing)
Frosting Decorative candies

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Melt chocolate in small saucepan over low heat. Allow to cool. Mix butter, sugar, and eggs in bowl. Beat until fluffy. Add vanilla and chocolate. Add coloring and beat. Sift flour and baking soda into another bowl. Add to batter alternately with sour cream. Add boiling water to batter and mix. Grease and flour pans. Pour batter in and bake for 35 minutes. Cool for 15-20 minutes, then frost and decorate. Note: You can make your own icing for the cake with Butter Frosting, or buy it at the store, and dye it for something Halloween-ish. Decorating with candy corns is very cute, and you can even put a fake spider on top or something. Incidentally the cake is very moist and good, but even with the whole teaspoon of green food coloring, it is not particularly GREEN. However, it is best to mention to any group eating it that it supposed to be that odd brown-green hue.

Yield: 1 cake

Source: Silver Ravenwolf, "Halloween -- Customs, Spells & Recipes"
[identity profile] myfanwy-65.livejournal.com
Recipe by Gerina Dunwich
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup finely chopped citron
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons anise seeds
2-1/3 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Add honey, citron, sugar, and anise
seeds. Stir until the sugar completely dissolves and then remove from heat.
Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices, and fold into the hot
honey mixture. Turn the batter into a well-greased 9 X 5 X 3-inch loaf pan
and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for one hour. Turn out on a wire
rack to cool. (This recipe yields one loaf of bread.)
Covenstead Bread improves if allowed to stand for a day, and it is an ideal
bread to serve during Lammas and Autumn Equinox Sabbats as well as at all
coven meetings.
(This "Covenstead Bread" recipe is from "The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch's Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes" by Gerina Dunwich, p. 169, a Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994)
[identity profile] myfanwy-65.livejournal.com

Makes 1 gallon
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Ready in: 1 Hour

Ingredients

1 (.13 ounce) envelope unsweetened grape soft drink mix
1 (.13 ounce) envelope unsweetened orange soft drink mix
2 cups white sugar
3 quarts cold water
1 liter ginger ale

Directions

1 To make a frozen hand, wash a disposable glove, fill with water,
seal with a rubber band and freeze until hard.
2 Stir together grape soft drink mix, orange soft drink mix, sugar
and water until solids are dissolved. Combine with chilled ginger ale
just before serving. Dip the frozen hand briefly in warm water, then
peel off the glove. Float the prepared hand in the punch bowl for a
ghastly effect.

Makes 32 servings

[identity profile] myfanwy-65.livejournal.com

Make these cute cookies for Halloween or any kids' party. As
a variation for a Harry Potter party, decorate these cookies with some
white icing then add the chocolate chip or candy eyes afterwards for
"Hedwig" cookies!

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter ( 1 1/2 sticks), room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled chocolate chips,
about 3 to 4 dozen (or use other candies for eyes)
cashews, about 3 to 4 dozen

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a
mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar; beat in egg and vanilla, beating
until smooth and creamy. Gradually blend in dry ingredients. Remove
about 2/3 of the cookie dough to a floured surface. To the remaining
dough, add the cooled melted chocolate, blending well. Roll out half of
the vanilla dough to a 10- x 4 1/2-inch rectangle. Shape half of the
chocolate dough into a roll 10 inches long; place on the vanilla dough
portion. Wrap the vanilla dough around chocolate dough; wrap in foil.
Repeat with remaining vanilla and chocolate dough; chill rolls for about
2 to 3 hours. Cut rolls of dough into slices about 1/4-inch thick. Place
two slices together on a greased cookie sheet; pinch upper edge of each
cookie to make ear tufts and place a chocolate chip in the center of
each chocolate dough eye section. Place a cashew at the bottom
connection of the two cookies to
make the beak. Repeat with remaining cookies. Bake owl cookies at 350° 8
to 12 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from baking sheet and let
cool on racks. Store between layers of waxed paper or foil in tightly
covered containers.

[identity profile] myfanwy-65.livejournal.com
As you all have probably noticed, I haven't been posting anything lately. Mostly, it's because I'm lazy. :D But, it's also because we have been moving. Still are, actually. But, I also am working from home, now. Doing some writing. I'm looking for a full time job, but at the moment, I'm at home. Also, I enjoyed the theme thing and I think it is a good idea. It's just too much like work. LOL So, I'm going back to posting what I get. I have almost 7,000 recipes, spells, and other info saved and I want to get rid of some of it.

Flu Relief

Sep. 18th, 2007 10:28 am
[identity profile] mysticmirth.livejournal.com
Flu Relief
(for Dysentery)

Ingredients:
1 egg, beaten
1-cup skim milk
1-capful vinegar
Dash cinnamon

Method:
Warm the milk slowly over a low flame while stirring in the beaten egg. When fully incorporated, add vinegar and cinnamon. Drink small sips until 1 cup is consumed. Procedure may be repeated in six hours.

Magickal Associations:
Success, power, love, protection

History/Lore:
In China, vinegar was sometimes vaporized in hot kettles to disburse negative influences or evil magick. Similarly, cinnamon was often used to purify Eastern temples.

Alternative
If you also have a lot of gas pain, add 1/2-tsp. ground cloves to this mixture.

from Kitchen Witch's Guide to Brews and Potions, Patricia Telasco

Fever Brew

Sep. 18th, 2007 09:57 am
[identity profile] mysticmirth.livejournal.com
Fever Brew

Ingredients:
1-tsp. flax seed
1-cup hot water
2-3 slices of lemon, juiced
Dash cinnamon
1/2-tsp. honey
1/2-tsp. lemon jam

Method:
Steep the flaxseed in hot water for 15 minutes. Strain and add lemon, jam, cinnamon and honey. Drink as hot as possible. This also soothes the throat.

Magickal Associations:
Vitality, comeliness, prosperity, protection

History/Lore:
Bohemian tradition says if children dance in a flax field once every seven years until maturity they will grow to be strong and beautiful. Flaxseed can generally be found in many health food stores.

Alternative
If your stomach can tolerate it, some black pepper or other purgative herb can help cleanse out your system.

from Kitchen Witch's Guide to Brews and Potions, Patricia Telasco
[identity profile] mysticmirth.livejournal.com
Sweet Health

Ingredients
1-cup orange juice
1-Tbsp. rosemary
1-tsp. vanilla
2-Tbsp. whipped cream
1 slice of orange (garnish)

Method:
Make a warm tea of the orange juice, rosemary and vanilla, then strain. Serve slightly warm with 1-Tbsp. whipped cream blended in, and one on top for garnish with a slice of fresh orange.

History/Lore:
While many people think of rosemary in terms of remembrance, in the Middle Ages it was lauded as having many restorative qualities for health. The high content of Vitamin C in oranges aids this feature.

Alternative:
This is also good cold, served over chipped ice with a mint leaf for extra energy.

from Kitchen Witch's Guide to Brews and Potions, by Patricia Telasco
[identity profile] amberpixie.livejournal.com
Cold season is approaching, and I always catch it in my chest.  It either turns to bronchitis or pneumonia.  Anyway, this really works.

My friend told me that there is a natural antibiotic in the skin of a grapefruit, but it must be cooked to release the benefits of the enzyme.  So the recipe goes like this.

Four cups of water
1/2 of a whole grapefruit.  Do not remove the peel.

Quarter the fruit, and boil in the water for at least ten minutes.
Then squeeze all of the water possible out of the fruit.  I use tongs for this because the fruit is insanely hot.  Do not eat the rind, but get as much  of the fruit as possible, as it obviously has the vitamins. 
Sweeten as you wish, because it's bitter as hell.  Drink as a warm tea.  You get used to it.

Repeat three times a day. 

This has been known to cut my colds/illnesses in half.  I have shared this recipe with every friend who is ill.  All have had wonderful results.  Some have even gone back to their doctors for "needed" follow-ups with a clean bill of health that wasn't expected.  My friend was then questioned what she did to get rid of the illness, as no other patients were getting well with regular medication.

However, if you are on cholesterol medication, like Lipator, grapefruit is off limits.  Something to keep in mind.

BB

 
[identity profile] wild-stars.livejournal.com
a couple of days ago, I was sick with a cold/fever.
I made the spiced tea that my mom always makes when anyone in my house is sick. It actually helps you feel better. I called her to get her recipe, and she said it would make me feel better the next day, it always helps her feel better. I thought you all would enjoy the recipe. This is actually half a recipe, I make this one because I can usually finish drinking the batch in a couple of hours...while watching a movie or reading before going to bed. This tea stays for a few days so you can reheat it, but I prefer to drink it all fresh.
Ingredients:
4 cups of water
a little less than a tablespoon of whole cloves (less if you find cloves to be very strong)
1 cinnamon stick
sugar or honey (or Splenda) to taste
one fresh lemon (or lemon juice if you don't have lemons)
a fresh orange

*bring the water to a boil and add cloves and cinnamon (you can put them in a cheesecloth bag if you want to)
*add honey or sugar to taste (just estimate on the smaller side)
*reduce to a simmer and let simmer for an hour.
*remove the cloves and cinnamon
*drop in 3-5 normal sized tea bags, of normal tea (like Lipton)
*let tea brew for about 5 minutes
*pull out tea bags
*squeeze a little bit of lemon juice into the tea
*squeeze a larger amount of orange juice into it
*if it isn't sweet enough, it is still hot enough to add more sweetner
drink hot. its really yummy!
[identity profile] mysticmirth.livejournal.com
Four Quarter Harmony

Ingredients:
1-cup diced quince (Earth)
1-cup mulberries (Air)
1 orange, peeled and sectioned (Fire)
1 large apple, diced (Water)
1-qt. vodka
2/3-cup honey
1/8-tsp. cinnamon and ginger

Method:
Place the fruits in a large oven-proof crock with vodka and allow to soak for 4-5 hours. Mix in the honey and spices next, covering the crock securely. A flour and water paste over the edges helps to keep flavor, aroma and alcohol content at a good level. Place the entire mixture in the oven at 200 degrees F for 10 hours. Cool and strain, serving either hot or cold.

Alternatives: If you can not readily find quince, feel free to substitute fresh or canned pears (in juice, not syrup).

from 'Kitchen Witch's Guide to Brews and Potions' by Patricia Telasco
[identity profile] theninefold.livejournal.com


3/4 cup softened butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
2 cups flour
1 cup finely chopped pecans

Cream the butter in a large cast-iron cauldron (or mixing bowl). Gradually add the brown sugar, beating well. Add the eggs, lemon juice, and rind, and then beat by hand or with an electric mixer until the mixture is well blended. The next step is to stir in the flour and pecans.

Cover the cauldron with a lid, aluminum foil, or plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. When ready, shape the dough into one-inch balls and place them about three inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake in a 375-degree preheated oven for approximately eight minutes. Remove from the oven and place on wire racks until completely cool. This recipe yields about 36 cookies which can be served at any of the eight Sabbats, as well as at Esbats and all other Witchy get-togethers.

From The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch's Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes, by Gerina Dunwich


- - - - - - - - - - - -

I decided to make these on a whim yesterday. I had to cut the recipe in half because I had exactly one cup of flour left and I also left out the lemon rind. They're really good and the only problem I had was that I set my (new) oven to 8 hours instead of 8 minutes! Luckily, I noticed it about ten minutes later, so they only ended up a little crispy instead of like blocks of charcoal.
[identity profile] chimerawinds.livejournal.com
So I get this grand idea to make some homemade trail mix. A bit of a healthier snack for a gaming tourament my husband, myself, and a few of our friends are participating in. They'll have junk food, but I'm pregnant and don't want to eat chips, french fries, etc. I won't have a cooler so what we bring with us is limited. Here's what I bought:

granola
raisins
dried cranberries
dried dates
m'n'm candies
maple syrup

I think I can use the granola and stir in some maple syrup, bake it to make clusters. I'll let it cool and then I'll stir in the other ingredients and portion it out into baggies. My question is this: How long to I bake it for and at what temp? I'm thinking 350 or 375 for 30 minutes?
[identity profile] mysticmirth.livejournal.com
Perpetual Happiness Drink

Ingredients:
1/2-cup apple juice
1/2-cup cherry juice
1/2-cup apricot juice (or nectar)
4 or 5 fresh raspberries

Method:
1. Blend together all ingredients for a few seconds. Pour into a glass, place your hands on either side of the glass and visualize, arousing the peaceful energies that reside within the fruits.

2. Drink half a cup whenever you desire. Store the remainder in the refrigerator. Alternately, drink a cup of apple juice.

Rose Honey

Jun. 8th, 2007 08:42 am
[identity profile] mysticmirth.livejournal.com
Rose Honey

Ingredients:
1-cup fresh rose petals
2-cups honey

Method:
1. Use roses that have not been sprayed with insecticides. Choose petals that are free of dirt and insect nibblings. Wash thouroughly in cold water. Drain on paper towels or bamboo racks.

2. Using a small pair of scissors, snip off the white base of each petal. Place prepared rose petals into a measuring cup; stop when you have one cup.

3. Place the honey into a glass saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and add the petals. Simmer for about 9 minutes; remove from the fire. Cover with a cloth and let sit for 24 hours.

4. Bring to a boil again over medium heat. Strain through a coffee filter into a glass jar with a close-fitting lid. Tighten lid well. Let sit for three days.
[identity profile] mysticmirth.livejournal.com
Beet-Stained Potato Chips

Ingredients:
1-large red beet, grated
6 Idaho potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced, rinse with cold water
Deep-fryer set at 350 degrees F

Method:
1. Pack the grated beet in a small pot and just cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool and strain. Reserve the beet juice.

2. Toss the sliced potato in some of the beet juice and let stand 5 minutes or so. Fry in the oil until bright red and crisp. Drain well and season with salt while still warm.
[identity profile] mysticmirth.livejournal.com
Pentagram Cookies

Ingredients
1-cup almonds, finely ground
1-1/4 cups flour
3-tsp. almond extract
1/4-tsp. cloves, ground
1/2-cup confectioner's sugar
1/2-cup butter, softened

Method
1. If necessary, grind the almonds in a blender or food processor until finely reduced. Combine almonds, flour, sugar, almond extract and ground cloves. Work in butter and egg yolks* with the hands until well blended. As you work, visualize glowing golden pentagrams entering the dough.

2. Chill the dough for 20-30 minutes or until cold, yet pliable. While the dough is cooling, grease 2 cookie sheets and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (163 degrees C).

3. Pinch off a piece of dough, the size of a walnut. Using your fingers, flatten onto the greased cookie sheet. With a toothpick or a small knife, lightly carve a pentagram on the cookie. Strongly visualize as you draw.

4. Repeat the entire process until the dough is used up. For even cooking, ensure that all cookies are approximately the same thickness.

5. Bake at 325 degrees F (163 degrees F) for about 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on racks. Eat with power.

*Unfortunately this recipe does not list egg yolks with the ingredients. This is from Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen, by Scott Cunningham. You could use the same process with your favorite sugar cookie recipe, I'm sure. Or someone better at baking than I can figure out how many egg yolks this would need. Sorry!

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