Chocolate Mint Ice Cream

Chocolate Mint Day is February 19th and if those flavours get your juices going, here are two options. One is Chocolate Mint Cake found here. The other is a variation of a decadent homemade Chocolate Ice Cream, posted earlier this month and located here. The things I wanted to focus on here are qualities associated […]

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Grapefruit Peel Powder

While getting at the juicy sections of grapefruit I needed for a recent Imbolc grapefruit sorbet post, I was making sure not to do too much damage to the peel. Exfoliant in a future batch of soap seemed like a good idea. Did you know that although this is citrus season, grapefruits have not yet […]

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Decadent Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream, for many reasons

Decadent chocolate things seem like a perfectly appropriate Valentine’s treat. Eight days before Valentine’s Day is the not so well known Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Saturday. As much as that would not be my first choice for a number of reasons, it does fit into two additional seasonal themes. The first is spring cleaning. […]

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Imbolc Cheese

I chose lemon verbena, stinging nettle and rosemary for this Imbolc cheese. If you can’t find all on any one list of Imbolc herbs, it is because I picked and chose, based on what I had readily available and my intentions. The word Imbolc/Imbolg is from the Gaelic for “in the belly” and speaks to […]

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Chicken Soup with Imbolc Herbs

Sometimes you choose based on flavour, sometimes it is the time of the year or what is on hand. This is one of those recipes. Imbolc is a couple of weeks away. Honey Lune Hivery posted a list of five Imbolc herbs that are “in your pantry”. Basil, Bay, Heather, Rosemary and Chamomile were on […]

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Grapefruit Sorbet with Basil and Rosemary

Grapefruit may seem like an unusual choice for an Imbolc post. Many of our cherished traditions are based on local European weather patterns and the symbolism that has grown through the centuries. Exploration and population expansion has brought new foods into the Wheel of the Year as the intention has always been to use what […]

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Tomato Soup with Bell Pepper

Traditionally this was a time of tightening belts and for many, after the festive season, it might still be today. Needing to be careful as there is little to eat beyond what has been preserved through the year can feel familiar if Covid-19 had an effect on income and/or expenses last year. I am lucky […]

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Five Spice, Maple Syrup, White Pepper & Parsley

2021 started with the loss of about 10 pictures from several posts I was preparing for January (several for this recipe). May that be the only hiccup as we get back on track. There was a need to use up two small butternut squash last weekend. They had been all alone and forgotten in the […]

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Simple Swedish Paper Stars

Folding paper shapes is an ancient craft. In Japan it is called Origami and there are hundreds of figures that can be made from a single piece of Kami paper. A popular shape is the crane and the accompanying legend is that if someone folds 1,000 orizuru (cranes) they will be granted a wish. In […]

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Mocha Latte/Hot Chocolate Candles

I was pleased to find a creative outlet for container soy wax while making the Butterbeer candles last month and thought I might take it a step further for some fun fall and winter candles that would make cute gifts for the appropriate person. The glass cups were happened upon in a dollar store last […]

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