Braided Pear and Halva Bread

Customs and traditions usually come from something that occurred hundreds or years ago, oft times thousands. Origin stories can get lost or buried under other stories and when someone asks why we blow out candles on a birthday cake or count the days to Christmas or exchange rings at weddings, we have to think and […]

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Spring Cleaning

Fire has played such an important role in the progressive development of our homes that I always find it interesting when new building codes in many places do not allow for actual fireplaces anymore. Over time, people moved from congregating around an open fire pit to gathering around a kitchen hearth for food and heat. […]

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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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Ice Cube Candles

The solar calendar is a fairly modern construct, more associated with neopaganism than one single ancient tradition. Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasa and Samhain were called “Fire Festivals” before being blended into the solstices and equinoxes to create the Wheel of the Year. Taking a moment though, it is easy to understand how each celebration is an […]

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Cranberry Walnut Orange Braid

Try this tasty addition to my favourites list . By using quick rising yeast it only needs to rest once. I used the oranges from last weeks post of oranges in cardamon, cinnamon and rosewater syrup but you can also use fresh sections. Baking with fresh oranges was a new thing for me and I […]

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Poppy Seed Pinwheels

This is a good year round recipe but as Imbolc is near, I thought I would contribute a last “seed” recipe. Seeds are one of the traditional foods of this celebration, along with grains and dairy, all parts of this pinwheel recipe. Many North American recipes for poppy seeds are combined with lemon. This is […]

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Imbolc and Candles

For over 15 years of my life I was a chandler, I produced my own line of candles, did private labeling and taught classes. I still teach although I no longer have a workshop and at this time of the year I miss being able to melt wax, wick molds and play with scent and […]

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Thyme & Lemon Buttermilk Cheese & Spiced Pumpkin Seed Crackers

One of the “special” gifts I received this year was a selection of herbs; grown in my friends garden and dried in her “doll house”. Since dairy is such a part of Imbolc traditions, sharing a recipe or more accurately a process, I learned years ago from family for turning buttermilk into a fresh cheese, […]

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Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

Can you believe we are half way through January already!?!? The time is flying for me and it is a good reminder that reaching my goals means staying on track. Imbolc will be here before you know it. Imbolc happens at the same time as Candlemas and they have many connections as traditions from one […]

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