Hi darling dears. Well I have been absent from this space for a while but I wanted to pop back in to share exciting news.
Next year Poppy’s Seeds Academy will open for its first year. We will be working on connecting to our Divine self and developing our spiritual self. We will also great your very own Book of Days. I am so excited! I hope you will check it out and let me know what you think. For the whole scoop click here.
here is a very short video
Poppy’s Seeds Academy 2015 from Helen Peterson on Vimeo.
Yesterday was jam day at Case de Cielo (which is what I have named my house) and I decided to make an experimental raw jam. It turned out amazing!
I am beyond pleased with it. It’s not overly sweet and the taste of the fruit really came out.
ingredients are fresh fruit
chia seeds (1 tablespoon per one cup of fruit)
How I made it.
I filled up my 6 cup cuisinart with strawberries and one Plout. Little hit the pulse button a few times until we had the right constancy.
We put the processed fruit in a large bowl and added 6 tablespoons of chia seeds in. We also added in what I will guess was maybe half a cup of local honey, and the juice of one lemon from our tree.
we mixed it up with a spoon and put it into jars, and put the jars in the fridge. This morning we had it on toast and it was so yummy!
I am now 34. I had a lovely birthday filled with lovely people. I got to play in my garden and made a significant dent in the garage.e Which is slowing becoming our play room/ craft room/ laundry room. I also made myself a cake. I scored Pinterest for a recipe and then tried and tried to make it. Of course I had to modify a cake so it would be gluten-free. I also enlisted the help of a friend, fellow mommy and all around amazing woman to teach me how to make frosting and frost a cake.
This is the second batch of caramel I made. It ended up crystallizing but hey it still tasted ok.
This is my first and second batch of caramel you can see the first one was way to light.
Here is me with my cake in my friends kitchen. She is an amazing teacher and has more tools than I had any clue you would need to frost a cake. We started with a measuring tape to get the layers even and all kinds of knives and spatulas.
and finally right before we ate it I put a rose on it from my neighbors rose-bush. It took a lot of time and a lot of trial and error and a lot of effort, and what better gift can I give myself.
you can find
The cake recipe here
The caramel sauce recipe here
and a swiss buttercream frosting here.
and that my friends is this weeks master piece.
Look at me I am actual sort of organized talking about a holiday before we get there! Welcome to a series I am going to call Poppy’s Pagan Planning 🙂 For me in my practice the stuff that happens out of circle is just as important to me as what happens in circle. I treat my pagan holidays just like I treat other holidays. There is a theme, a menu and activities. So below are some ideas to get you thinking about what you would like to do.
Seed packets (I bless mine at Imbolc)
seeds that have been started.
I think this is beautiful!
Source: Uploaded by user via Helen “Poppy” on Pinterest
or what about this
and of course candles, candles everywhere!
For a meal I like a nice salad and Quiche I am praying the Asparagus will be at the farmers market so I can make this one.
Categories: back to basics, daily life, Kids, pagan, Rhythm of the Seasons
Tags: cooking, food, holiday, Home, Imbolc, kitchen witch, pagan, Poppy's Pagan Planning
Hot Chocolate is for breakfast right? That is what I thought too. So I made this for breakfast this morning. You can find the recipe here.
At this point I would like to say that I did not make these in my house and so some of the equipment is not the best, but hey you use what you have when you have promised your family chocolate.
See isn’t my double boiler awesome 🙂
Marshmallows or whipped cream would have been good here too. You will want something as it is VERY chocolaty.
As you can see they liked it.
I have heard here and there about Roast chickpeas or garbanzo beans. I thought it sounded good. Of course to be perfectly honest most homemade food sounds good to me. I was visiting one of my favorite blogs and saw this post. Ah all the instructions and all the different options of flavors. With the cool crisp weather it was time to try a nice warm toasty snack. Out of all the options Emily Talks about I opted for salt and pepper and garlic powder
in the oven they went (I also was making some roasted tomatoes, I figure if the oven is on use. it. After this picture was taken I put in a butternut squash as well)
out of the oven the came. all golden and brown
in the bowl and then into hands and mouths. They were delicious and didn’t last long. A perfect afternoon snack for a fall day.