Start your fall morning with a fragrant batch of pumpkin waffles! To save time mix the dry ingredients the night before. Top the waffles with fresh fruits or rich maple syrup. Enjoy!
Ingredients: 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 2 eggs, room temperature 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature 4 Tablespoons butter, melted 1/2 cup canned pumpkin 1/4 cup finely chopped apple, peeled and cored 1/3 cup ground toasted walnuts
In a large bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg; set aside. In a separate large bowl, beat together the eggs and brown sugar. Add the buttermilk, butter, and pumpkin; beat well. Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just blended. Fold in the apples and nuts.
Ladle the batter into a hot, well-oiled waffle iron (or non-oiled no-stick waffle maker) and cook until done.
Before you head out to shop, here's what you'll find on sale for the month of October. If candy is your passion, stock up now, but don't forget to get extra for the kids coming to your door this Halloween. Typically October is also the month dealers slash prices to make room for the new stock, so, if a car is in your future you may find a good deal this month.
Candy, for the neighborhood ghosts and goblins Cars Outdoor sports equipment
It's hard to believe but another month is upon us and it's time to post what's in season for October. Take time to enjoy the fresh fall vegetables and fruits. You'll be healthier for it.
(n = newly in season; p = peak of season; w = winding down)
VEGETABLES: artichokes p avocado: Fuerte n Zutano n basil w beans, fresh shelling w beans, green w beets n broccoli n Brussels sprouts n cabbages n cardoon p celeriac/celery root chard n daikon n eggplant w garlic w greens: turnip, beet, parsley, lettuces, escarole, arugula, komatsuna... n kale kohlrabi parsnip peppers, sweet w peppers, hot w potatoes potatoes, sweet n pumpkin p radish n rutabaga n spinach n squash, winter p tomato w turnips n yams n
FRUITS/NUTS: walnut n almonds p chestnuts p pistachios p pomegranate p quince p apples p berries: cranberries n raspberries w kumquat n lemons n orange, Valencia w pears, Bosc n pears, Comice n persimmons p
The trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight the water Mirrors a still sky; Upon the brimming water among the stones Are nine-and-fifty Swans.
The nineteenth autumn has come upon me Since I first made my count; I saw, before I had well finished, All suddenly mount And scatter wheeling in great broken rings Upon their clamorous wings.
I have looked upon those brilliant creatures, And now my heart is sore. All's changed since I, hearing at twilight, The first time on this shore, The bell-beat of their wings above my head, Trod with a lighter tread.
Unwearied still, lover by lover, They paddle in the cold Companionable streams or climb the air; Their hearts have not grown old; Passion or conquest, wander where they will, Attend upon them still.
But now they drift on the still water, Mysterious, beautiful; Among what rushes will they build, By what lake's edge or pool Delight men's eyes when I awake some day To find they have flown away?
Do you tend towards wearing stones with meaning? Do you love onyx? If so, you may want to consider the jet stone as one of your future purchases.
How do you tell the difference between jet and onyx? True onyx is black with white (or tan) bands. Pure black onyx has been dyed. When mined, black onyx is actually a deep gray colored chalcedony (a type of quartz). The stone is then heat treated to achieve the desired jet color.
Jet is the crystalline form of coal. It's black, relatively soft, and takes a high polish. It's not as cool to the touch as black onyx.
Jet has historically been used as a protection stone and is said to have very powerful protection energies to ward off evil and negativity, as well as psychic attacks. It is considered one of the most powerful absorbers of "negative energy, i.e., depression. Because it absorbs so much negative energy, it is very beneficial if you are prone to depression or it's ailments.
Jet helps the wearer to be alert to all things and quickly come up with constructive solutions to any problems. It is said to control all demons and thus prevent demonic possession. It draws out negative energy from the aura, and can initiate psychic experiences. It uncovers past negative energies a person still carried in their subconscious mind, and will help in understanding and working with life and karmic cycles.
The women of the 19th century wore jet jewelry during their mourning periods. During the reign of Queen Victoria, protocol dictated that only jet jewelry could be worn at court during periods of official mourning. This royal endorsement confirmed the status of jet as the material of choice for mourning jewelry and fueled the expansion of the jet industry in the late 1800's. Never was this more so than in the period following the death of Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, from typhoid fever in December 1861.
This cake may quickly become your favorite! No fuss, no mess and very moist, and best of all, no eggs and no milk!
Ingredients: 1 1/2 Cups Sugar 1/2 Cup Cocoa 1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda 2 Cups Flour 3/4 tsp Salt 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla 3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil 1 1/2 Cups Water 1 1/2 tsp Vinegar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In an ungreased 9 x 13 pan- yes ungreased, sift all dry ingredients. Add the liquids and stir just until blended. Bake for 25 minutes. Frost with your favorite frosting. This cake is extremely moist so care must be taken that you don't tear up the top of the cake.
With the arrival of fall it's nice to have a bright, seasonal wreath for either inside or outside your cottage. In the case you did not read my blog last year, I will repost so you have the chance to make a lovely wreath of your own! Things You’ll Need:
Grapevine wreath scaffold Mums in various colors (real or artificial) Scissors Sprays of berries (real or artificial) Ribbon Hot glue gun
Step 1 Decide whether you are going to use real or artificial materials. If you want to use the wreath as a centerpiece, then you can use real flowers for a truly impressive, fresh effect. However, if you wish to hang the decoration on your door or use it over and over, you should use artificial materials instead as cutting, gluing and hanging up live plants does not promote their longevity and your decoration likely will not even last a week.
Step 2 Fall colored mums are some of the most beautiful and vibrant plants around. Select at least three colors of mums. You can use any colors that you like, but it is probably best for a fall wreath to select red, gold, burnt gold, yellow, deep brown or orange.
Step 3 Cut off sprays or stems of the mums. Depending on how full you want your wreath, you can cut off individual flowers, which will require you to place them very close together and make a fuller, bigger wreath, or sprays of flowers which can be woven through the scaffold and will require fewer stems to fill up the wreath. Leave enough stems to enable you to secure the flowers within the scaffold.
Step 4 Grapevine wreath: Weave the stems of flowers into the scaffold. Work the stems of the mums into the grapevine foundation. The vine will hold the flowers in place without glue, although you will use glue to make sure they are secure.
Step 5 Secure the stems with glue to the wreath. You should also glue the backs of the flowers to the place on the wreath where you want them to stay. Use plenty of glue since the petals will hide it.
Step 6 Artificial berries: Once you have created a full, flowery wreath, add berry accents and fill in any gaps by weaving them in and gluing sprays of berries. Red, gold or even green berries will look nice on your wreath.
Step 7 Finish off your wreath with a beautiful ribbon. Tie a loop of ribbon around the top of the wreath to allow for easy hanging. If you wish, you can also add a large bow.
The days are shortening and the nights are growing cooler. Autumn is soon arrived in all her natural splendor, and with the crispness of fall the foliage explodes with color. This is a time to warm the inside of your home with all the brilliant golds, amber oranges and deep reds nature has to offer.
Switch out some of your home accent pieces, add a couple of new accessories and put out a couple of nice fall flower arrangements to give any room in your home the look of the season. One inexpensive way to change out accessories is cloth napkins in wonderful earthy tones of fall, or placemats for the table, inexpensive throw rugs, etc.
For fall decorating, choose flowers with yellows, reds, and oranges. Roses and Chrysanthemums are always popular. Or, pick lilies in yellow or orange and long-stemmed Gladiolas. Find dried grasses and leaves to give your arrangement the finishing touch.
Mix things up, try one idea or theme for a fall wreath on your front door, another in the garden and yet others for tablescapes and fall accents inside the home. The variety of plants, flowers, fall foliage and other autumn decorations gives you endless possibilities. Use Pumpkins as a vase (you can line the inside with a jar or plastic container that holds water), small pumpkins and apples make wonderful votive candle holders if you hollow them out. Make the scented pomanders that I have listed in my archives with fresh oranges and enjoy the fall color of orange and wonderful aroma.
To make your tablescape or floral arrangement last, it’s worth taking time to prepare your materials properly. Fresh flowers should be hardened by re-cutting the stems and placing them in fresh water for at least an hour before placing into your vase or floral foam base. A sideboard, display shelves, end table or coffee table can be transformed with colors and hints of autumn.
If you use flowers or foliage with thick stems, split them so that needles and wire used to hold things in place can easily penetrate the woody stems. Thin stems can be re-enforced by binding thicker stems to them with floral tape or wire.
And of course, once you have your fresh fall floral arrangement completed, be sure to add water to the container every day and mist with water to keep them fresh; if you plan wisely, you can simply replace flowers in your arrangement to extend the lifespan of your fall arrangements.
Include pink and aqua. Some suggestions for Friday enchantments include carrying a rose quartz. It will send out some gentle and loving vibes to those crabby co-workers or people you have to mingle with that have a less than jovial quality about them today.
Work a little flower magic and enchant a single pink rose for friendship and inner beauty, set it on your desk or somewhere you can see and enjoy it today.
Empower a red rose for passion and place it in your bedroom. Burning rose scented candles encourage the same effect.
Share a romantic snack with your partner. Lovely strawberries are love inducing food, and are sacred to many love goddesses, including today's patroness, Freya.
Did you realize there is tree symbolism for Friday? The Apple Tree is the custodian of wisdom and sign of the soul. Freya, the goddess of wisdon walks through heaven dispensing golden apples to the gods which will give them the gift of wisdom and understanding. To grow an apple tree in the garden is a happy omen!
The Druids believed that apple trees grow in the Celtic paradise. The apple tree's star is Venus. King Arthur was taken to the Vale of Avalon, the Apple Vale to heal his wounds. The apple tree man ;) dwells in the middle of the apple trees. He is the guardian of their fertility and the fairy protector of the spirit of the goddess.
Drink to the health of the apple tree with a good glass of cider in hopes of encouraging your tree to produce a good crop next year.
Wishes for a wonderful First Day Of Autumn from Freya the Friday Fairy!
It's apple season! If you find yourself with some left over apples you have to give this recipe a try. It's a dessert pizza that I'm sure you will enjoy! If you have "pizza night" surprise everyone with this for dessert and you will no doubt be a hit!
Ingredients: 2 cups Flour 1 teaspoon Salt 3/4 cup Shortening 1/3 cup Water
3 peeled, cored Apples 1/4 cup Sugar 1 tablespoon Cinnamon 1/2 cup Flour 1/4 cup Margarine 1/4 cup Sugar
Mix first 4 ingredients as for pastry. Roll into Pizza pan. Roll thinly. Use a large 15" Pizza pan.
Slice and arrange apples on the crust. Mix cinnamon and sugar. Pour over apples. Cut flour with margarine. Mixture will be crumbly. Add sugar. Put topping over coated apple slices.
Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 425. Continue to bake for another 25 to 35 minutes.
I have posted about this fairy in the past and decided to repost for those of you who haven't "met" her. I need a visit from her about now, as I've fallen behind in a few of my household chores of late.
If you can attract the Irish Fairy called the Bean-Tighe, pronounced Ban-tee or Ban-Teeg, you may just have someone to help you accomplish your unfinished tasks around your cottage.
This fairy originated in Ireland and is also called Our Housekeeper. Their element is earth and they are found at hearth sides. She is usually a small elderly woman and always has a smile on her face with full dimpled cheeks. This fairy is always looking for a warm, friendly home to guard over and she is a wonderful housekeeper.
The Bean-Tighe loves children and will make sure to watch over them. They sing lullabys, adjust their blankets and close drafty windows.
To invite this lovely fairy to your home, leave her a bowl of fresh strawberries and cream. Make sure your home isn't spotless because she will only come if it looks as though she is needed.
To have this fairy take up residence in your cottage is indeed a blessing.
I will be taking a bit of time away from my blog over the next couple weeks to regroup and decide if I have anything more to offer it (and you), so don't be alarmed if I'm away more often than not. I've also had a trying past 2 weeks with my family loss and am feeling a bit out of sorts over it all. I will be back soon, hopefully feeling more revitalized and positive. In the meantime, do feel free to enjoy my archived posts, where you'll find some wonderful fall recipes.
"A Hazelnut I throw in the flame, to this nut I give my sweetheart's name, If blazes the nut, so may thy passion grow, For twas my nut that did so brightly glow."
Almost all kinds of trees found in the Celtic countries have been thought to have special powers or to serve as the abode of the fairies, especially the magical trio of oak, ash, and thorn. Next in rank are the fruit-bearing trees apple and hazel, followed by the alder, elder, holly, and willow. The esteem given different trees varies in different parts of the Celtic world.
If you are born between September 24 and October 3, your Celtic tree is the Hazelnut. You are charming, undemanding, very understanding, know how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause and popular. You can also be a moody and capricious lover, honest and tolerant partner and have a precise sense of judgment.
Your Celtic birth animal is the Goose (Geadh or Giagh in Gaelic) . You are a thrifty saver and investor about your future security. You are known to have stamina, you're vigilent, know your direction and are a wonderful provider for those you love.
Geese were common sights in the lush green lands of Ireland, and their migration was duly noted by the ever observant Celts. The sign of the goose urges us to consider our changes of mood and heart. The goose is a strong symbol of hearth and home, always returning to the same spot each spring. Did you know that the goose was a common symbol in the home, displayed to encourage the safe return of Celtic warriors?
Considered by many to be the most desirable of the zodiac signs, because it represents the zenith of the year when the harvest of spring’s hard work is reaped, the Libra – with its symbol of the scales, personifies perfect balance and harmony. Romantic and charming, those born under this air sign are naturally kind and gentle.
Your birth sign flower is the Hydrangea. With strong wooden stems and lacey, star-shaped pom-poms, hydrangeas personify the balance of opposites – a fitting choice for Libras.
Sore throats are an acute inflammation of the mucous membrane of the lower pharynx, and your tonsils and soft palate may also be inflamed. The main indication of a sore throat (as I'm sure you know) is pain when swallowing and sometimes a burning sensation and a tightness in the throat.
Catching a cold is the most prevalent cause for sore throats, but they may also be the manifestation of other diseases.
Breathing through the mouth, allergies and/or pollen in the air are other possibilities for a raw, dry throat. Here are a few remedies that you may find helpful as your battle your way through one. Please note...if you have allergies to weeds etc please be cautioned when considering the use of the herbs I have listed.
Remedies: Folk Aloe Vera Juice... Gargle with aloe vera juice two times daily. You can purchase this juice in the pharmacy area of most grocery stores these days as well as health food shops.
Apple Cider Vinegar...According to Dr. Jarvis in his classic Folk Medicine, the remedy to get rid of a sore throat is to gargle with apple cider vinegar. The acidity should kill the bacteria on contact. Mix one teaspoon to 2 tablespoons of the vinegar in to a glass of water. You can mix it as strong as you can stand it. Gargle one mouthful every hour, swallowing afterward. (I know this sounds repulsive but vinegar is actually very good for you) Repeat twice each time. It has been said that this treatment can cure a streptococcic sore throat in 24 hours. The acid in the vinegar is very helpful in soothing and minimizing the sore throat, and, if you swallow it, the extra potassium is also beneficial. Note: After using this remedy be sure to rinse your mouth with water to prevent the acid from eroding the enamel on your teeth.
Cayenne Pepper... Add 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to 1 cup of boiling water; stir well and gargle while mixture is very warm. This brings more circulation to the area and helps draw away the infection. To this formula you can add 4 parts echinacea, 1 part garlic bulb, and 2 parts peppermint leaves to 1 part cayenne.
Another remedy is to add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to 1 cup of boiling water; stir well and sip slowly.
Chamomile Tea...Make a tea adding 1 or 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile blossoms to a pint of boiling water; steep and drink a cup every few hours. Make sure to purchase the blossoms especially for consumption if you purchase in bulk. Otherwise purchase the teabags.
Chlorophyll...Use 1/2teaspoon to 1/2 cup of water and gargle three times a day.
Echinacea/Goldenseal...Add 30 drops of echinacea/goldenseal combination to one cup of warm water; drink every two hours.
Ginger...Peel the skin from a small ginger root. Slice the root into thin coins and place the pieces into a small pot of water. Boil the pieces to make tea. The tea should turn a yellowish (straw) or tan color. Add three tablespoons of your favorite honey to sweeten the tea. Sip the hot tea slowly.
Goldenseal...Boil a pint of water and add 1/2 teaspoon of powdered goldenseal root. Drink hot. Goldenseal is well known for its antibiotic properties.
Grapefruit Seed Extract...This extract is a powerful all-around antimicrobial product and is an excellent disinfectant and antiseptic. Add five drops to a glass of water for a soothing gargle.
Honey/apple cider vinegar...Mix 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1/4 cup of honey. Take one tablespoon every four hours or as needed for pain relief.
Honey/lemon juice... Take several tablespoons of this mixture several times a day. Let it sit in your throat a little while. This remedy will also help alleviate that irritating throat "tickle."
Hyssop Steep...Put two teaspoons of dried hyssop in one cup of boiling water, cover for ten minutes; strain and drink cool for an expectorant or to relieve coughs, congestion, and sore throat. The oils in hyssop are good for mild respiratory problems. Hyssop contains marrubiin, the same compound that makes horehound an excellent expectorant.
Lemon...Add the juice of one lemon and one teaspoon of salt to one cup of warm water. Gargle three times a day for one minute. This happens to be my favorite.
Licorice...Either suck licorice candy or drink licorice tea made by steeping one teaspoon of licorice root in a cup of hot water for three minutes. Drinking the tea will help clear mucus.
Marshmallow Root Bark...Make a tea by putting one or two teaspoons in a cup of hot water. Drink several cups a day or as needed. This tea will coat the throat and relieve soreness and coughs.
Mustard...Grind one tablespoon of mustard seed and combine with the juice of half a lemon, one tablespoon of salt, one tablespoon of clear honey, and 1 1/4 cups of boiling water. Leave this mixture, covered, for 15 minutes and use as a gargle.
Pomegranate...Boil some pomegranate rinds and drink as a tea. The pomegranate contains astringents.
Slippery Elm Bark...Make a tea by putting one or two teaspoons in a cup of hot water. Drink several cups a day or as needed. This tea will coat the throat and relieve soreness and coughs. Slippery elm lozenges may also be used and are much more convenient if you are going to be away from home.
Thyme...Make a tea by lightly crushing five fresh or dried leaves; place in a cup and fill with water cooled to just below boiling; cover and leave to infuse for five minutes; remove leaves and drink. May also be used as a gargle. Thyme has antiseptic properties.
Water Salt...Mix a teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of quite warm water. Gargle the whole mixture several times a day. This will increase the blood supply to the area by washing away mucus and dilating capillaries, thereby enabling better circulation of infection-fighting antibodies. This is also one of my favorites.
As the summer ends, another season - the cold and flu season - begins. Most people suffer 1 to 3 colds a year, usually during early September and late April. Doctors call them "viral upper respiratory infections" or "acute viral nasopharyngitis" because big words always sound impressive to patients.
Colds may be caused by any one of over 200 viruses that cause inflammation in the mucus linings of the nose and throat. They are more common in winter, possibly because the indoor heating dries out our nasal passages, which makes them more susceptible to cold and flu viruses. The familiar symptoms - nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, runny nose, watery eyes and a sore throat - usually develop a day or two after exposure to the virus. The infection normally lasts about a week to 10 days. The symptoms are not caused by the virus itself, but by your body's attempts to get rid of the virus.
In addition to the hundreds of cold viruses, there are dozens of the viruses that cause flu or influenza. Flu symptoms are similar to those produced by the cold virus - coughing, sneezing, muscle aches, fatigue, fever and gastrointestinal distress. One or more virus will certainly make an appearance in your home this season.
Natural Protection against the Viruses
Fortunately, there are a number of natural substances that help the immune system fight the viruses causing colds and flu. They have been used in folk medicine long before the first antibiotic was even discovered.
Before ingesting herbs please consider any pharmaceuticals you may be taking for other ailments. Herbs are natural drugs and as such, can interact with medications. If you have questions please consult your doctor.
Wild Oregano possesses superior antimicrobial powers, capable of bringing fast relief from cold and flu symptoms (runny nose, congestion, chills, sore throat, ear aches, cough, fever, fatigue, stuffiness and muscle aches) because it is able to kill the virus which is their cause. Oregano oil has incredible antiviral, antibacterial and anti fungal effects. Studies show it also has unrivaled antiseptic (pain-killing) qualities. Many studies have shown that oregano oil can improve the symptoms and shorten the duration of the common cold and flu. Oregano oil has been proven effective against a variety of microorganisms. The best part is that oregano oil is completely non-toxic and does not cause any side effects.
Olive Leaf extract is a potent antimicrobial that has inhibited the growth of every human pathogen it has been tested against, including viruses, bacteria, protozoa, fungi and yeast.
Echinacea has a rich tradition of use by North American Indians who used it medicinally more than any other plant. Echinacea stimulates the overall activity of the cells responsible for fighting all kinds of infection. In other words, it makes our own immune cells more efficient in attacking bacteria, viruses and abnormal cells; including cancer cells.
Golden Seal has been used for centuries in herbal medicine. Golden Seal has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It soothes irritated mucus membranes, aiding the eyes, ears, nose and throat. Taken at the first signs of respiratory problems, Golden Seal may help prevent further symptoms from developing. It may be used to help reduce fevers and relive congestion and excess mucus.
Garlic has been used since the days of the Egyptians to treat wounds, infections, tumors, and intestinal parasites. Modern scientific research confirms the benefits of these and other ancient uses for garlic. The Allicin in Garlic is responsible for many of its healing properties. It stimulates the immune system, increasing the activity of white blood cells that fight foreign organisms, such as viruses, bacteria, and yeast. Garlic is particularly effective in treating upper respiratory viral infections due to its immune enhancing properties and its ability to clear mucus from the lungs.
Astragalus is a Chinese herb that has traditionally been used to strengthen the immune system. It's regarded as a potent tonic for increasing energy levels and stimulating the immune function. It has been proven effective in cases of colds, flu and even cancer. It improves the white cell function and general resistance to infection.
The effect of the mineral Zinc on the immune system is well known. According to medical studies, it can reduce the average duration of colds by 7 days and decrease the severity of all cold symptoms to virtually nonexistent after the third day.
Vitamin C is also well known for it's ability to fight viruses and bacteria by stimulating the white cells, which are the "soldiers" of the immune system. Vitamin C may be the most important antioxidant when it comes to immune system function. It works well with other immune activators and does not cause any side effects.
I posted this recipe last fall and it is so good I don't want you to miss out on it. It's worth the repost!
Enjoy sweet bites of soft and creamy pumpkin fudge that is lightly spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. This recipe makes quite a bit so share the sweets! Place the fudge in small plastic bags and wrap with orange and black ribbon. For an extra touch, gently press a pecan half or candy corn on each square of fudge.
3 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cups (1 ½ sticks) butter
1 -5 1/3 oz. can (2/3 cup) evaporated milk
1/2 cup solid pack pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 -12 oz. package butterscotch morsels
1 7 oz. jar marshmallow creme
1 cup toasted pecans, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Butter a 13 x 9-inch pan. 2. In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, butter, milk, pumpkin and spice. 3. Cook over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until mixture reaches 234°, about 15 - 20 minutes. (The mixture MUST reach 234°. It is the Soft Ball stage of candy, and needs to reach that heat for the candy to set up.) 4. Remove from heat; quickly stir in butterscotch morsels, marshmallow crème, nuts and vanilla. Mix until well blended. 5. Quickly pour into greased pan and spread evenly. 6. Cool and cut into little squares. 7. Seal the candy in an airtight container and keep it at room temperature for up to two weeks.
A candy thermometer is a must with this recipe! It's a cheap baking tool that you can find in most grocery stores (trust me, you'll end up using the thermometer for more than candy recipes. I use it even to make my homemade yogurt).
September, the ninth month of the current Gregorian calendar and the first month of Autumn, my favorite season. September derives it's name from septem, the Latin word meaning "seven", as September was the seventh month of the old Roman calendar.
The traditional birthstone of September is the blue sapphire; and the aster and the morning glory are the month's traditional flowers.
September is shared by the astrological signs of Virgo the Virgin and Libra the Scales (or Balance). During the month of September, the Great Solar Wheel of the Year is turned to the Autumnal Equinox.
In Celtic Tree Lore, September is the month of the Vine, and has the: 10th Moon of the Celtic Year - (Sept 2 - Sept 29) Latin name: Grape - vitis Celtic name: Muin (pronounced: muhn). Folk or Common names: Grape (when dried: Raisin).
Grapes are an herb of Jupiter and the Moon, and are associated with positive ego strength. Birds associated with the month of the Vine are the Tit-mouse and the white swan; the animal is the snake; the color is variegated; and the gemstone is amethyst. The wood of Vines is one of the nine traditional firewoods to be added to the Belfire that is burned at Beltane as the Vine is a symbol of joy (it's juice is capable of altering consciousness).
If you are a Vine sign, you are born within the autumnal equinox, which makes your personality changeable and unpredictable. You can be full of contradictions, and are often indecisive. This is because you can see both sides of the story, and empathize with each equally. It is hard for you to pick sides because you can see the good points on each end. You have very distinctive taste, and are a connoisseur of refinement. Luxury agrees with you, and under good conditions you have a way of turning drab into beauty. You are charming, elegant, and maintain a level of class that wins you esteem from a large fan base. Vine signs pair well with Willow and Hazel signs.
The signs and symptoms of inner peace? The hearts and minds of many have already been exposed, and I hope you have too! It is my hope that it becomes an epidemic. Here are some of the signs to look for...
A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
A loss of interest in judging other people.
A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
A loss of interest in conflict.
A loss of the ability to worry (this is a very serious symptom and one I've yet to aquire).
Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others, as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
Warning: If you have some or all of the above symptoms - please be advised that your condition of Inner Peace may be so far advanced as to not be curable.
Lesson for today: Learn the power of a smile. It helps stop stress and negativity from entering your psyche. A smile can work magic, it can heal emotional pain, and it can remove physical pain. When you smile at another person you not only let them feel that they are wanted, accepted and appreciated, but that smile can also offer encouragement. One smile has the power within it to change the world because it can be shared. You will find even the smallest smile contagious, so when you smile at another person, don't be surprised if you get one back!
These apple fritters are easy to make and great for snacks and tea time. I had 2 apples just waiting to be eaten, and what better way to enjoy them than this? :)The only drawback is they must be eaten same day, as fritters seem to get a bit soggy after awhile and don't freeze well. You will also find these aren't to sweet, so if you enjoy a real sweet treat, you may need to dress them up with a bit more glaze.
Ingredient List: 1 Cup milk (I used Fat Free milk) 2 eggs, separated 1 teaspoon sugar pinch of salt 2 Cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1-1/2 cups finely diced apples (about 2 medium..I think Granny Smith is best) Vegetable oil for frying (I used Canola Oil)
Instructions: In a small saucepan on low heat, or a microwave, heat milk just until hot. Do not scald the milk.
Separate the eggs. With an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks and very slowly pour in the hot milk, a little at a time, until fully incorporated. Be careful not to add the milk too fast as the hot milk could cook the eggs.
Stir in the sugar, salt, flour and baking powder. Gently stir the beaten egg whites into the batter. Batter will be slightly elastic. Mix in the chopped apples and set aside.
Pour vegetable or Canola oil halfway up the height of your pan. Heat the vegetable oil just until water bounces, but be careful for it not to become too hot.
Drop spoonfuls of batter into the oil and fry until lightly golden brown. Repeat until the batter is used. Drain all on a plate or cookie sheet lined with paper towels.
Transfer while still very warm to another plate and drizzle with glaze. Sprinkle with a bit of powdered sugar and cinnamon if you would like. Serve warm and fresh.
Glaze for Apple Fritters 1 cup powdered sugar (confectioner's sugar) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Water or milk (I use milk)
Mix the powdered sugar, vanilla and enough water or milk to make a thin glaze. Pour or spoon over fritters.
What is Death?
Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
that we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without affect,
without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolutely unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you,
for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just around the corner.
I first posted this recipe a couple years ago and I am reposting for my new readers. You can make many recipes with it, including Parmesan Biscuits, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and muffins, saving you time and money. Use it any time you see a recipe calling for Bisquick or a baking mix. I store mine in a large glass jar. Cut the recipe in half for smaller families since you mix the shortening into it and you don't want to keep it for extended periods of time.
Ingredients: 8 cups flour
1-1/4 cups nonfat dry milk powder
1/4 cup baking powder
1 Tbsp. salt
2 cups solid vegetable shortening
Preparation: In a large bowl, combine flour, milk, baking powder, and salt. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut in shortening until the mixture looks like coarse cornmeal and the shortening is evenly distributed. Store in tightly closed covered container in a dark, cool place.
Pancakes Using Mix Ingredients: 2 cups Homemade Baking Mix
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup buttermilk
Preparation: In medium bowl, blend together the baking mix, egg, water, and buttermilk just until combined. Let stand for 10 minutes.
Pour by 1/4 cup measures onto lightly greased hot griddle. Cook until bubbles appear on surface and edges look dry. Flip pancakes and cook 1-2 minutes on second side. Makes 12-15 pancakes.
Parmesan Biscuits Using Mix Ingredients: 2-1/2 cups Homemade Baking Mix
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried chives
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
Preparation: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine baking mix, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, chives and thyme in large bowl. Cut 1/4 cup butter into 1/4" pieces. Add butter pieces to mixture and blend with fork until small, fine particles form. Add milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
Turn dough out onto flour coated work surface. Shape into a ball; knead gently five or six times. Roll dough 1/2" thick and cut with 2" biscuit cutter dipped in flour or baking mix. (I use a glass in the size I want the biscuit) Brush tops of biscuits with melted butter and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.
Place biscuits on lightly greased baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes at 450 degrees F or until light brown. Remove to wire rack to cool for 3-4 minutes, then serve hot. Makes 10-12 biscuits
Chocolate Chip Cookies Using Mix Ingredients: 3/4 cup butter, softened
2-1/2 cups brown sugar
4 cups Homemade Baking Mix
1/2 cup ground oatmeal
1/2 cup white chocolate chips, ground
1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
Preparation: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar and eggs until well mixed; stir in baking mix, oatmeal, white chocolate chips, and semisweet chocolate chips.
Drop by teaspoon 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake about 12-15 minutes until light brown. Remove to wire rack to cool. Makes 4 dozen.
Are you looking for a new home in which to hang your hat? September is a great time to get a good price, especially in the recent market, as sellers who had hoped to make a sale in spring or summer may now be extremely eager to deal before the worst winter weather arrives.
September can mean some good deals and deep discounts if you shop smart and know where the deals are. Here are just some of the items you'll find bargains on as we journey in to the month.
Shrubs and trees
Scooters and bikes
Deeper school-supply sales
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