Apricot Oatmeal Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was asked the other day if I ever baked “guy” cookies. I wasn’t quite sure what was meant as in my experience guys generally eat anything tasty. (At least they did in my 20 odd years with home stay students). What was meant was less “pretty” and more substance, so here is something I […]

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

“And don’t think the garden looses its ecstasy in winter. It’s quiet but the roots down there are riotous” is a Rumi quote I often think about this time of the year. Usually from the perspective that while one half of the planet seems to rest, the other is just beginning first harvests at the […]

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Lebkuchen

Trading with other countries brings exciting new things from distant places and the spice trade is one example. Once Marco Polo and others went off traveling, the world of anise, cardamon and other delights opened up. European cities that had strong trading economies were first to see these spices and explore the possibilities. The first […]

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Rosemary Ginger Shortbread Stars

Well lucky me! I have discovered that I didn’t take very many pictures for these but I am sure we will be able to muddle through. (Update 10/14/2018, pictures found! What’s three years in the scheme of things?) I used my Scottish grandmother’s brown sugar shortbread with some tweaks. I will give you the original […]

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Dark and Light Meringues

As equinox approaches, eggs always seem to me a good yardstick ingredient. In days past this would be the start and finish times for egg laying as most chickens need twelve hours of sunlight to produce eggs in rhythm with nature. Additionally I think, the light at this time of the year has a special feel to […]

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Whipped Shortbread Sandwiches

Yesterday, I posted a picture of cookies made for a Mother’s Day get together. The plan was to collect up several of my friend’s mothers, who all knew each other, serve coffee and goodies and let them catch up on their “organ recitals”. All of them are in their mid eighties and livers, kidneys and […]

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Anise and Hazelnut Biscotti Bit(e)s

Following up on the theme of smaller portions from yesterday, Biscotti is one of those items usually served in fairly large pieces, usually with the intention of dipping it in coffee and wine. Originally a close cousin in purpose to hardtack, biscotti fueled the Roman soldiers in their quest to dominate the known world. Twice […]

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Sunrise on Winter Solstice Morning Cookies

There are lots of cookies out there, decorated for Christmas that we know come from older traditions. This is a cookie design suggestion just for winter solstice. In the Celtic calendar there are eight festivals that celebrate the turning of the seasons (wheel). They are the equinoxes, solstices and the days half way between, so […]

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Graham Cracker Decorated Houses (no gingerbread here)

If you are well and truly in the middle of the rush of the season, then things are probably beginning to drop by the wayside. As time gets squeezed, that four day plan to build an architectural marvel doesn’t bring the same happy thoughts. I am going to suggest that building memories is far more […]

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The Mabon Crone Goddess

For those that follow a Goddess related path, Mabon is a time for welcoming the Crone aspect of The Triple Goddess. She is the waning moon, the dark Goddess; black with the coming of death and full with the wisdom of life experience. Hag is another name for this aspect of the Goddess and while […]

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