In Mostly Pictures
A visitor early in the morning enjoying some unripe plums.
Early morning chores.
Family Dinner grilled pizza.
Mine on Gfree bread. Fig, bacon , fire roasted jalapeños, with mozzarella. Delicious!
To see what the Swedish Midsummers Cake should look like and how to make check out here. This is what it looks like when set on the table of the family and it is eaten with hands.
a bon fire on the beach
For our family the biggest celebration of Ostara we do is Egg Day. We don’t know how many years we have done this event but we do it ever year. This type of egg decoration is called pysanky and is done with drawing on the egg with wax and then dipping in many colors light to dark. If you follow the above link you can see some up close pictures of the process. I find it very fun and it is something our friends and family look forward to each year. So that is where I am starting Ostara planning this year.
of course for decorations we have our years and years of eggs we have made.
here is a small sample.
I like this idea for displaying
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So we have our decorations and we have our activity so this will be a very food centered post.
Sunshine eggs are always good as most people tend to bring very sugary foods
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Someone (often at least two someones) bring one of these
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but back to “real food” I am thinking of making this
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because I simply always love soup and soup with new spring vegetables sounds like heaven.
This looks very good too as we start early I think it might be a nice breakfast. goat cheese quiche with hash brown crust.
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and some other very pretty quiche ideas
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They are so nice as they use up all that egg that we have blown out of the egg shells that we will decorate.
of course I will make scones because well mom will want them. some other finger food.
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!
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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
The storm is back. I can tell I by the way I am thinking of this storm that I have been reading too much about Disc world. sigh.
So good and fun news I get to go shopping today! It is my favorite type of shopping too! I am mostly done with the gifts for my family Little is getting this
Hubs is getting some shoes and a kitchen gadget thing, and a game. He gets extra as it is also his birthday.
But on to the good shopping. Yesterday as I was waiting for my computer to load its 62 updates I called our local women’s shelter. I had seen the night before on Facebook, that they still had families that needed adopting. You adopt a family and they give you a wish list. They said there were two families left that needed adopting so I took them both.
Oh my it broke my little heart reading the wish list. The moms asked for gas cards and food gift cards and shoes for their kids. See my family really has all it could need. We never go hungry, we never worry where our next meal will come from. We have warm coats and a roof over our head. One of the families doesn’t even have a place to call home.
OK enough with the tears. I can’t fix that. I can’t give them a home but I can help make a holiday better. I love this type of shopping. I love being able to get something for someone who will never know me. I get to be Santa!
When I was 4 or 5 our family friend was Santa for the local department store. They did promotion posters and I was in them as the kid that went to see Santa. My dear wonderful friend told me that while he was in the suit he was Santa. He was infused with the spirit of the season, Of Giving and generosity and love and magic. Not only did it make me still believe in Santa a child but I still believe as an adult! I watch people open their hearts and homes and give what they can and help out others and I know they are carrying out the spirit of Santa.
So if you could play Santa for anyone one what would you get them?