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In the midst of our lives, we must find the magic that makes our souls soar.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Elegant Sugar Thins





Here is a delicate and tasty little cookie just right to nibble as you browse the latest items in my shop or the latest posts on my blog. Enjoy!


Ingredients:
8oz butter
1/2 tsp salt
8 oz Super fine sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp double (heavy) cream
10 oz plain flour, sifted
Flavoring:
Vanilla essence, lemon juice or ground ginger
Extra sugar

Cream the butter and sugar, then add the egg, cream, flour, baking powder, and salt. Divide the dough into three and flavor each piece differently with the vanilla, lemon or ginger (if desired). Form the dough into long rolls about 2 inches in diameter and wrap each one in foil. Put in the refrigerator overnight.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Take dough from refrigerator and cut off very thin slices. Place on baking tray (I line mine with parchment) and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for about 5 minutes, they should be a pale golden color. Cool on a wire rack.

This dough keeps well so any that is not used can be rewrapped and replaced in the refrigerator or frozen.

The Lucky Number Five



Numbers have been thought to hold mystic significance from the beginning of time. If a certain number keeps coming up in your life it would be wise to pay attention to that number's meaning. Some believe that a person's number could even represent the development of the soul.

If five is your lucky number, you make friends easily, you are versatile and multi-talented, upbeat and inspirational and a good communicator and motivator. You have great verbal skills and you are very dynamic, persuasive, adaptable, versatile and curious, courageous, bright and quick-witted.

You are an explorer and adventurer who wants to experience all of life, and you also like to perform in front of audiences as well as doing several things at the same time.

The spiritual meaning of number five deals with travel, adventure, and motion. With the highs that come with these attributes, fives also carry instability and unpredictability, and radical changes. Five beckons us to appreciate the perception of chaos all around us. It has wild vibrations: primitive and erratic. When five continues to pop up in your life be prepared for some action, like a trip. Remember, trips aren't all necessarily taken physically. Some of the best journey's are taken in the mind and spirit.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Primrose...Flower Of The Fairies...


Did you know that primroses have long been considered fairy flowers in Ireland and Wales, where they are believed to grant fairies the power of invisibility? In some circles it is said that eating primroses is supposed to enable you to see the fairies. Hanging a spray of primroses on your door is an invitation for the fae to enter your home and to draw fairy blessings; but scattering primroses outside your door is said to keep fairies away by making a barrier that they cannot cross.

If you touch a fairy rock with a primrose posy that contains the right number of blossoms (five) it is said to open the way to Fairyland and fairy gifts. Be cautious though, for using a bouquet with the wrong number of flowers is said to bring certain doom. Plant primroses in your garden to attract fairies and be sure to take good care of them, for allowing them to languish or die is said to earn you the wrath of fairies.

Did You Know...

The four leaf clover has the power to break fairy spells? If you find one wear it in your hat, as it is said that it allows one to see the invisible fairies.

"I'll seek a four-leaved clover
In all the fairy dells,
And if I find the charmed leaf,
Oh, how I'll weave my spells!"


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thursday's Child Has Far To Go...



The Day of Strength
The Day of Jupiter


An Déardaoin or Déardaoin — Old Irish, "day between fastings"
thursdaeg (Anglo-Saxon)
donnerstag (Germanic)
dies jovis (Latin)
vrihaspat-var or guru-var (Hindu)
jumerat (Islamic)
jeudi (French)
moku youbi (Japanese)

Thursday is traditionally seen as the fifth day of the week. Originally associated with two gods, 'Jove' and 'Thor', Thor was the God of Thunder hence the day also being known a 'Thunderday'. Jove was also known to be associated with thunder, with the French renaming the day 'Jeudi' which means 'Jove's Day'.

In Germany, Thursday was believed traditionally to be the most unluckiest of the week. As a result the practice grew of ensuring that no important business should be carried out, no marriages, and even that no child should be sent to school for their first time on this day.

Thursday is associated with Jupiter and the colors Blue and Metallics.

Planet - Jupiter

Elements - Fire, Water

Signs - Sagittarius, Pisces

Colors - Purple, Royal Blue, Metallic Colors

Stones - Sugilite, Amethyst, Torquoise, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire

Trees - Oak, Pine

Flowers/Herbs - Cinquefoil, Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak

Oils - Clove, Melissa, Oakmoss, Lilac, Storax, Aloes

Incense - Nutmeg, Henbane

Thursday is the best day to deal with:
Business, Logic, Gambling, Social Matters, Political Powers, Material wealth, Happiness, Luck, Victory, Health, Leadership, Public Activity, Power, Success, Honor, Riches, Clothing, Money, Legal Matters, Desires, Male Fertility, Friendship, Ambition, Publishing, College education, Travel, Foreign Interests, Religion, Philosophy, Forecasting, Broadcasting, Publicity, Expansion, Growth, Sports, Horses, the Law, Doctors, Guardians, Merchants, Psychologists, Charity, Correspondence Courses, Self-Improvement, Researching, Reading, Studying

Beware...


While at the table! Did you realize that crossing two knives is bad luck? If you are gifted a present of a knife, make sure to give a coin in return to avoid "cutting" the friendship.

I'm not sure I'd do as this poem suggests and lay a knife near my child, but here is a superstition from the past.

Let the superstitious wife
Near the child's heart lay a knife.
Point be up, and haft be down,
While she gossips in the town.
This amongst other mystic charms
Keeps the sleeping child from harms.
-Robert Herrick

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ladders...


Walking under a ladder has long been considered back luck, but have you ever wondered why? Ladders were believed to be spiritual ascents to heaven by the ancient people. The rule was "Do not disturb the spirits who were using them."

If a ladder is leaning against a wall it forms a triangle. In ancient times a triangle symbolized life. If you walked under a ladder that was leaning against a wall you were breaking the symbol of life.

If you find yourself having to walk under one, first cross your fingers and spit over your left shoulder, or keep silent until you see your first four legged animal. This offsets any evil or danger.

On the symbolical level, the ladder often represents an individual's spiritual quest as it moves from a lower to a higher level. Seen in dreams, the ladder may symbolize that the person is about to achieve a transition to a higher state of awareness.

The Magical Dragonfly



As you know if you've been a reader of my blog, I love superstitions, myth and lore, and I love learning how they came about. I have always believed in the luck of the dragonfly and not only do I have one flying around me on almost any given day during the summer months, a dragonfly pendant adorns my neck on occasion. I have always been comforted by the sight of them, and in fact, the dragonfly is my animal totem.

The dragonfly encourages us to live by the motto, Let There Be Light. Learn to use the light force and the life force will inspire your imagination and creativity. The beautiful jewel like colors of the dragonfly are a reminder that we too are beings of light and need to allow our own true colors to shine through. Dragonflies inhabit two worlds; as nymphs they begin their lives in the water, then go through a metamorphosis and adapt into life in the air. If the dragonfly is your totem, you experience the depth of your emotions through your relationship with water, and achieve the highest mental clarity as you shift to the realm of air.

They are often represented in Japanese paintings, representing new light and joy. In ancient Japanese culture the dragonfly represented protection and good luck to warriors on the battle field. To some Native Americans they are the souls of the dead. Faerie stories say that they used to be real dragons.

In some parts of the world it is considered lucky to have a dragonfly land on you, even to the point of yielding seven years of good luck.

Dragonflies carry messages that deal with deeper thought - and they ask that we pay attention to our deeper thoughts and desires. It flies only for a fraction of its life and usually not for more than a few months. The adult dragonfly does it all in these few months and leaves nothing to be desired. This style of life symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living IN the moment and living life to the fullest. By living in the moment you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don’t and make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis.

Symbolism of the dragonfly is prosperity, good luck, strength, peace, harmony and purity.

Are you also fascinated by them? What do you feel brings you luck? I'd love to hear from you!

Scent Your Cottage With Homemade Air Fresheners






I know there are a lot of air fresheners and deodorizers you can purchase these days, but I'm an old fashioned, do it yourself, kind of girl and I like to know exactly what I'm using when I add scent to our cottage. I always wonder about the chemicals used in store bought air fresheners and if you do too, I hope you find this post useful to either absorb odors or scent your home.

1) Place cloves, cinnamon sticks, allspice or other favorite scented spice in a pot of water , simmer for 1-2 hours
2) Put a few slices of leftover orange or lemon rinds in a pot of water, simmer for 1-2 hours
3) Place baking soda in an open container of your choice. Good for closets, refrigerators and other small enclosed spaces
4) 2-3 slices of white bread absorbs refrigerator odors
5) Place lemon slices in an open bowl in the kitchen
6) Lemon and baking soda spray:
Dissolve baking soda in 2 cups hot water, add lemon juice, pour into spray bottle, spray into air as air freshener
7) Place unscented kitty litter in bowls to absorb room odors
8) Vinegar in a cup or bowl rids rooms of odors
9) Charcoal placed in a bowl rids rooms of odors
10) Simply light a match for a few moments or burn a candle (scented or unscented). The flame from either will "eat-up" bad smelling gases in the air. (I'm big on candles)
11) Pour vanilla extract into a shallow dish and set in an out of the way place
12) Spin-Fresh Bathroom Deodorizer (one of my favorite ideas)
Add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil to the inside of the cardboard toilet tissue roll. With each turn, fragrance is released into the room.
13)Make pomanders with cloves and fruit and place in a bowl in your kitchen or dining room. My favorite is oranges, but you can use lemons, limes, or apples as well. Place cinnamon sticks among them for more scent. This is more of a fall scent but I like it year round.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Scenting The Cottage Today?



Pumpkin Spice Granola! This is so easy and so tasty that if you like granola you must try it. I prepared mine with only oats but feel free to add nuts, sunflower seeds, raisins etc.

(Try to ignore the issue with my photo spacing. Blogger is messing with my head and won't allow me to put them where I want them!)









Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup oil (can use either canola, olive, safflower or coconut)
1/2 cup honey, agave nectar or maple syrup (I used agave)
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla
8 cups of old fashioned rolled oats







Place oats in a bowl. Set aside.



















In a medium saucepan gently melt butter over medium heat. Stir in oil and your sweetener of choice. Add spices, salt and vanilla. Stir and pour over oats. Gently stir to combine.



















Spread on a cookie sheet (I covered mine with parchment for nonstick) and bake in 325 oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Stir it every 15-20 minutes or so to evenly brown.







Stir again when done baking, cool, and store in an airtight container.

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