Yule Container Candle Ideas with Soy/Coconut/Beeswax

Candles are very often a lovely, cozy making gift for Christmas. Scented or not, it is always a good idea to know what your friends and family prefer and create accordingly. These candles were all made with a combination soy/coconut/bees wax and it has some specific requirements in order to be successful. Please read the […]

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Cold Process Soap

Soap can be made any time of the year but one of the basic rules of cold process soap making is that if it is being made for Christmas presents, it should be made by Remembrance Day so it will be fully cured by Christmas. Hot process soap does not have the same timing issues […]

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“Rice” Bags

I have a number of people around me right now who are feeling their aches and pains. So as Yule gifts, I am making rice bags, those lovely cushions that can go into the freezer or the microwave and help heal the bumps and bruises of life. These can be made in any size of […]

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Creamy Mushrooms

I posted previously a recipe for mushrooms in filo and realized that I didn’t do the mushrooms justice as I use this delicious mix in many different ways. The technique is sourced from a dish one of my students had asked if she could make. Feeling homesick, she was hoping her grandmother’s recipe might help. […]

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Fall Bundt Cake with Pumpkin, Apple & Ginger

There is something about fall and bundt cakes that just seem to go together. So when I was offered a baby pie pumpkin from a friend’s pumpkin patch, the wheels started turning. The one thing I will say is if you are making your own pumpkin puree, please make sure it drips as much as […]

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Plum & Avocado Salad

This is a fall favourite of mine and I rarely have the four main ingredients all together at the same time but last week it happened. The hazelnuts were ground because there are people in my home who wear dentures so if your preference is roasted chopped hazelnuts, feel free to change things up. With […]

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Overnight Greek Yoghurt Oats

Most of my recipe choices when posting are intended for special occasions. Please don’t think fresh baking is on every day’s menu in this house. For that reason, this would not be a typical choice for My Kitchen Wand. However, keeping healthy is much of the “job” of a kitchen witch and I am notoriously […]

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Fall Fruit Crumble with Oat & Hazelnut Streusel

Fruit Crumbles are a tasty addition to a Mabon celebration. It is also nice that everything goes into one dish and there are no fiddly bits that need extra care and attention like the red pepper spiral on this black bean and coconut rice dish. This crumble contains apples, oats, and hazelnuts, all traditional Mabon […]

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Mabon Cheese

Mabon is a recent addition to the wheel of the year. Although the name comes from a Welsh God, there is evidence that this celebration was not originally Celtic. Mabon ap Modron and Modron were possibly deities from earlier legends. Mabon means “Great Son” and together this mother-son pair reflect similar aspects of the Demeter-Persephone […]

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Peaches and Basil

Yesterday there were still fresh peaches at the local farmers market! Reason enough to share this quick combination, great for ice cream, cheesecake, vanilla pudding, panna cotta, waffles, pancakes and salads just to name a few. Basil and citrus fruits go well together. Here is a basil and lemon glaze on a nectarine pie from […]

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