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Poppy’s Seeds Academy

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.

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Delicious Experimental Raw Jam

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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)
lemon
honey.

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!

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Masterpiece Monday Cake

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.

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This is the second batch of caramel I made. It ended up crystallizing but hey it still tasted ok.

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This is my first and second batch of caramel you can see the first one was way to light.

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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.

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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.

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C is for Chocolate Chip Cookie of Compassion (spell)

I have always been a witch, in a religious and spiritual way as well as a practical daily way. That said there are still great religious leaders of other faiths that I have enjoyed learning from. The Dalai Lama is one. I find him brilliant though I do not practice Buddhism, And though I do not practice Christianity I do enjoy some of their leaders. One such person is Joyce Meyer. I like her spunk and I like that she talks about doing the right thing and taking personal responsibility for yourself. You may be wondering what on earth that has to do with cookies. Years ago I listened to a CD of hers and she had a line that stuck me. Basically if it was something like if your feeling bad for yourself  go make cookies and bring them to someone else. This gets you doing something and thinking about something else.  So this spell is based on that line

Sometimes we get very caught up in our own world of needs, and wants, and responsibilities. Sometimes this makes us short with the ones we care about. Sometimes we get in to the silly argument of my life is harder than yours. This is as I said, just silly. We all have our mountains to climb. We all have our obstacles.  So have a little love for others that are going through it too. Have some compassion and show it with this cookie.

This recipe is based on my college roommates recipe but you can use any chocolate chip cookie recipe you like. For that matter if they don’t like chocolate chip then you can make them another type of cookie.

Preheat the oven to 350
mix in a bowl
1 cup almond butter or peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg and as many chocolate chips as you like
put on a cookie sheet with parchment paper rows of tablespoon amount cookies. Then bake for 10 min.

Now being a kitchen witch I am always “playing” with my food. I visualize and pour in energy. So while your mixing maybe you can add in the spice of love or better health or overcoming obstacles. I am assuming you know a little something about what this person is going through and so you can add that appropriate intention.

When the cookies are all done. Pack them up and bring them to your friend. Maybe even sit down to some cookies and tea and make a point to just listen to their needs. Or invite them to your house and do the same. Since you know me and how I feel about spells for or on other people. I suggest you say something like “by the way these are extra special cookies I made just for you and I put the intention in that…….” You can reword it depending on how much that person believes in magic or if prayer is better to say or what have you.

Again I can’t take full credit for this spell because it all happened one night on The Pagan Mama when we were brain storming C words.  Also one night when Little was 2 ish I posted on my facebook page that I wanted to run away (if you’re a mom you get this) Hubby was home, baby was asleep. A dear friend wrote back and said her baby was asleep why don’t I come over for some fresh-baked cookies.  It was just what I needed and made me feel worlds better.

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Poppy’s Pagan Planning Imbolc

Source: acbalsmoon.blogspot.ch via Poppy on Pinterest

ah Sunday. Time for another session of Poppy’s Pagan Planning.

Menu:
I had mentioned in my last Poppy’s Pagan Planning post that I thought I would make Quiche and salad. I like Quiche not just because of the egg and dairy seem very in tune with Imbolc, but also the roundness of it reminds me of the wheel of the year. So other than salad other round things like rolls or a round Irish Soda bread

Source: simplyrecipes.com via Poppy on Pinterest

And of course I did say salad. how about I a nice spinach salad with poppy seed dressing?

Source: ahintofhoney.com via Poppy on Pinterest

Activities
of course it is traditional to make a Brigid’s Cross as it is Her day.

Source: earthwitchery.com via Poppy on Pinterest

You may also want to work on some poetry to be read at your circle or Altar. Perhaps even a chant to say over you cross as yo make it. This is also a good time to have a bardic circle (or party) Invite folks over to sing a song or recite a poem or story. You can do this with kids too and have them make up little songs. Even do this around the dinner table. lots of fun and if you don’t want to make up a new song or poem you can learn and recite a traditional story.
Another activity to do with kids or the young at heart.

Source: spoonful.com via Poppy on Pinterest

and you can find the full instructions and list of what you need here.

Decorations
For those of you with out a fireplace but wanting a hearth I love this

Source: blueroofcabin.com via Poppy on Pinterest

and these are beautiful to me. If I lived where there was snow (which clearly I don’t) I would put the twigs in the vases and then put the snow in around and on top of them and then a floating candle on the top. Watch the snow melt as the candle burns.

Source: thefamilyceoblog.com via Poppy on Pinterest

of course I don’t live where it snows so I will be making something like this

Source: annabooshouse.blogspot.com via Mackenzie on Pinterest

From Annaboo’s house because the lace gives me the feeling of snow.

I hope this gave you some good ideas to print out and keep in your Book of Days.

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Imbolc

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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.

Decorations
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!

Menu
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.

Source: marthastewart.com via Katie on Pinterest

And if not there is always this one 🙂

 

Activities
my two main activities are making candles and doing seed blessings

Source: abeautifulmess.com via Helen “Poppy” on Pinterest

Here is a nice tutorial for making candles or if you prefer the dipping kind check out this link.

Here is a fun Seed activity for the kiddos

Source: teachpreschool.org via Helen “Poppy” on Pinterest

Ok that is it for this Sunday I will have more ideas (and links) to share next Sunday and every Sunday till Imbolc Happy Planning!
photo credit: rachel a. k. via photopin cc

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Baked hot chocolate

 

 

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.

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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.

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See isn’t my double boiler awesome 🙂

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Marshmallows or whipped cream would have been good here too. You will want something as it is VERY chocolaty.

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As you can see they liked it.

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For the yams

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Roast chickpeas

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

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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)

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out of the oven the came. all golden and brown

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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.

 

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Friday 5 (7/27)

Its time for the Friday 5 don da da daaaa (this is how the trumpet sound sounds in my head just go with it).  I feel like talking about food and so I will. Todays five are tips and tricks that make me happy in the kitchen and a gluten-free pizza recipe 🙂

  1. First Know what you’re doing. Have a plan so you don’t have to think about it. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me! Need help with a plan? Here is my menu plan/ shopping list.
  2. make your self some thing nice to drink before you start making your meal for you family. I prefer tea though a glass of wine or beer or even water are all nice things.
  3. next fill sink with hot and soapy water. I didn’t learn this trick till I was an adult but it was a light bulb moment. As I dirty things I toss them in the sink of water. At the end of cooking when I am usually waiting 15 min for whatever it is to cook, I take that time put the now rinsed items in the dishwasher and clean the kitchen. by the time we sit down to eat dinner most of the clean up work is done!
  4. I am not what you call a good multi-tasker.  There for I sometimes get distracted in the middle of adding my ingredients and I can’t remember what went in already. For that reason (and I got this from a Nora Roberts Novel of all places!) I march my ingredients across the counter with my bowl in the middle. things on the left still need to go in. Things on the right already went in.
  5. Last but not least I love this pizza Of course I found it on Pinterest. You can get the recipe here. Even if you don’t do the Gluten free thing maybe your on a low carb diet this would work for you too or if you just like yummy food. The crust is made from cauliflower I know sounds crazy but it was good. Really good and it really made me happy. 
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