I first made this champagne for my sister’s wedding reception and it was such a big hit that I now include it in most functions I host now including birthdays and the Springtime Sabbats. My 7 year old daughter absolutely loves it. So here is a drink recipe for the little ones to have while the big witches enjoy some May wine. Blessed Be!
1 (32 ounce) bottle of white cranberry juice
2 (2 liter) bottles ginger ale
You can make an ice ring to go in the champagne to add a nice touch.
To make the ice ring fill a ring shaped cake pan half full with water or ginger ale.
Allow to freeze in the freezer until partially frozen ( kind of slushy).
At this point you can add some colorful edible flower heads such as marigolds, daisies, dandelions, roses or whatever you like.
Position the flowers around the ring the way you want them and add more water or ginger ale to the ring to finish filling up the cake ring.
Place the ring back in the freezer and freeze until solid.
Once frozen solid remove and place in a large punch bowl just before serving.
Place all or half of the ingredients in the punch bowl and serve.
As the punch gets low, and it will :) just add the second half of your mixture.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
“Oh, do not tell the priest our plight, or he would think it a sin; but we have been in the woods all night a-conjuring summer in” –Rudyard Kipling’s A Tree Song
Beltane which means “fire of Bel or Bel’s fire” is celebrated when the sun is 15 degrees into Taurus. It is the perfect time to make a Bel-fire. This fire which consists of the woods from the nine sacred trees is lit to welcome back the light and fertility to the land which is now fully waking up from its long dark slumber. It is a celebration of the union between the Goddess and the God. The Goddess is symbolized at this time as the May Queen Maia and the God is the Greenman. This celebration includes dancing around the May Pole (phallic symbol), “frolicking” in the woods, going “a-maying”, and leaping the Bel-fires. All of this is to generate that loving frisky energy that Gaia loves and send it back to the land to ensure a blessed planting and a bountiful harvest.
Have a blessed Beltane everyone!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
We are compelled to clean our living spaces during the Spring for the same reason that a soon to be mother will “nest” and prepare for the arrival of her newborn baby. She decorates the nursery, buys clothes, diapers etc. all in anticipation of a new life being born.
The Earth, also known as "Mother" Nature or Gaia is a living breathing entity and she does the same thing. As a part of Gaia we "nest" when she does. She becomes pregnant in Midsummer and gives birth every Spring Equinox. She gives birth to the flowers, trees, grass etc. It all is born anew each Spring. As a part of her, we children of Earth prepare and “nest” each year at the Spring Equinox in anticipation of her giving birth to nature once again. We want everything to be just right for this new arrival called Spring.
So we are called or compelled to prepare for Spring by the natural turning of the Wheel of the Year. "That's kinda cool, huh?" my daughter said, when I explained this to her. I say, I'd have to agree with her.