Between Midsummer and Autumn – Or The Ripening

It’s July. Things are heating up all over. Nights are sultry and steamy. The full (Hay, Blessing, Buck and Thunder) moon is around the corner. The earth is ripening with her fruit, as are we in ourselves. This is a special time of year that is often overlooked as it sits squarely between Litha and…

Cooking from World of Warcraft: Dragonbreath Chili

Okay WoW friends, who remembers this little gem of a recipe from Dustwallow Marsh?  It gave you the coolest buff in the game, “occasionally belch flame at enemies struck in melee for the next 10 min.” Packed full of meaty goodness with deep complex flavors and beer. Yes, beer! It hadn’t occurred to me to use…

Cooking with World of Warcraft: Firecracker Salmon w/ Wild Rice Cakes

“The warmth of the spices battles for dominance with the cool bite of the juniper, like the meeting of the cold glacial salmon and the fiery oven. Northrend food has never tasted so good.” – World of Warcraft official cookbook Hey ya’ll, back again with the WoW recipes continued! This time we’re cooking up glacial…

Cooking from World of Warcraft: Skewered Peanut Chicken

“Family, friends, food. These are what matter most.” Pandaren saying Yes, Yes! Week three of cooking from the World of Warcraft Official Cookbook is upon us as we work our way, slowly and steadily, through the pages and treats of Azeroth. For the intro and why, see the first post here. Otherwise, let’s move on…

Cooking from World of Warcraft: Chocolate Celebration Cake

Yes! You read that right. I am cooking recipes out of the World of Warcraft Official Cookbook. For a nice introduction to the when, where and why of it all, see my first post here.   This month (March) in our house means a couple of birthdays, mine included. So working this recipe into our…

Happy Litha: Full Strawberry/Honey Moon Conjuncts with Summer Solstice

Today (at 11:34 pm) is Litha, or Midsummer, or the Summer solstice. Something cool is happening as we have the full Strawberry (or Honey) moon occurring on the same day as the solstice, which is the celebration of the full power of the sun. This conjunction hasn’t happened since June 1967 (my birth year!), and…

Beltane/Bealtuinn – Welcome May!

May Day originates from the Celtic festival of Beltane/Bealtuinn/Bealtaine, which was related to the waxing power of the sun as we move closer to summer. Beltane is an ancient spring festival that celebrates joy, optimism, union and fertility. It’s an astronomical holiday, one of the year’s four cross-quarter days, or day that falls more or less midway…

The Magic of Washing Dishes

Doing dishes in itself is nothing – a blinding, busy chore that can even hold negativity or resentment at times (read: have you ever tried getting your teenagers to wash dishes?)  When performed with mindfulness and intention, however, it can become a small act of worship;  of consecration, a prayer of gratitude and praise toward…

On Practical Magic(k)*

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe Let’s be realistic, none of us has as much time or energy as we would like to devote to our spiritual practice. Okay MOST of us don’t. We live our lives racing from one busy task to the next, tending to…