Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Song Stuck in My Head: The Badger

For some reason this song has been stuck in my head for days now. I LOVE this song, but it is probably been playing repeatedly in the ol' noggin because it reminds me of Autumn.



Raw Foodies Arrested for 'Smuggling' Chocolate

How daft can customs agents be? Nadine and Ron of Living Libations were arrested for drug trafficking when customs agents could not tell the difference between hash and chocolate, and after bunk drug testing.

Now Nadine and Ron have to foot a legal bill of $22,000. I hope these two sue the pants off of either the government, Pearson Airport, or both.

Find out more here

Thanks to Joan at Faery Log for the notification.



Monday, September 29, 2008

Luverly of the Week: Rowan Tree {Sixth Edition}

Photo by Martin Olsson

Rowan Tree or Mountain Ash

Good Night, Booties

On Saturday we sadly lost one of our 5 kitties. It was hard to see her go, but I am glad that she is not suffering anymore, and she sure did have a long and good life.

Boots was an ancient crone of a kitty, and this coming Valentines day she would have been 21 years old, and I was lucky to have a childhood pet live through some of my adolescence, all of my teens and twenties, and see me into my thirties.

Just like the rest of our darling crew she was full of personality, and quite the diva at times. She also seemed very happy to strut her six-toed paws about.

We'll miss you Booties.


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Places I Have Loved: My Aunt Linda's

This past summer I had the joy of spending a weekend at my Aunt Linda's, which is tucked away just outside of Restoule on about 30 acres of woodland.

I have a very special connection to this land, and it is probably because my ancestors settled in this area about 130 years ago. It is absolutely beautiful and wild, plenty of deer, bears, birds and other wild pretties.

My other Aunt, Irene was coming up to watch my Aunt Linda's dog for the weekend, as she was going down south for a few days. So Aunt 'Rene invited me to hang out with her. She is always good company, almost like an older sister in a lot of ways.

I can't begin to describe how much pleasure I get from waking up at 5 am, drinking a cup of coffee on a porch in the middle of the woods and listen to the Wild Ones. I giggled at the little ruby-throated hummingbirds who were chasing each other around, fighting over the 4 or 5 hummingbird feeders.

After coffee I walked barefoot in the grass, in the company of Jessie (my Aunt Linda's dog), picking wild raspberries, and doing the rounds in the garden. Here are a few pics I had taken:

I need to get my arse to the country!



Sunday, September 21, 2008

Luverly of the Week {Fifth Edition}

This weeks Luverly is Belle

{photo taken by Reidl Romeo}

This bronze statue, Belle,

was installed March 2007 in Amsterdam, Oudekerksplein,

in front of the Oude Kerk,

in Amsterdam's red-light district De Wallen.

Inscription reads: "Respect sex workers all over the world."

This statue is in honor of sex workers all around the world.


p.s. Although this beautiful statue is in the red light district of Amsterdam, neither Laurel nor I are in favour of the legalization of sex work. Rather, we are for the decriminalization of all forms of sex work.

You can find out more about decriminalization here

Yum Yums for Fall

Although we did really have much of a Summer in my neck of the woods, I am excited for the arrival of Autumn. Tomorrow is the Autumnal Equinox, and is a holiday for some Pagans called Mabon

This is one of the best times of the year to buy local, so head on down to your farmer's market, and try these recipes:

From Eat Local Sudbury

Potato-Crusted Swiss Chard and Cheddar Quiche
· 5 large potatoes, grated and squeezed dry
· 2 tbsp butter, melted
· 1 onion, diced
· 1 bunch Swiss chard, chopped
· 3 eggs, beaten
· 1 cup old cheddar cheese, grated
· 3/4 cup heavy cream
· Herbs
Combine grated potatoes with melted butter and stir well. Press potato mixture into greased pie plate. Bake potato crust at 450F until golden brown (about 30 minutes). In the meantime, saute onion until softened. Add Swiss chard and saute until wilted. Remove from heat. In bowl, whisk together eggs and cream. Add Swiss chard and onion mixture and cheese and stir to combine. Pour egg mixture into potato crust and bake at 350F until filling is set (about 30-40 minutes).

Apple Cranberry Crisp

1 ½ cups flour
1 ½ cups rolled oats
¾ cup maple syrup
¾ cup butter
½ salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon

Fruit Center:
4 cups apples, peeled and chopped
2 cups whole cranberries, fresh or frozen
¼ cup maple syrup
Combine in a large bowl and mix.

Place approximately half of the crisp topping in the bottom of the pan and spread until pan is covered. Pour fruit mixture on top of crisp. Use remaining crisp to cover the fruit mixture.

Bake at 350 until fruit is tender. Approximately 45-50 minutes.

From the the Foodshed Project

Lanttu Laatikka - a great Finnish turnip casserole
Precook 1 large turnips by boiling until soft, add a bit of salt to the water. Keep the juice for later. Mash turnip and add about 1 tablespoon of bread crumbs. Add 1.5 cups of milk with one egg and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. Keeping mashing, along with remaining juice, until turnips are soft. Pour into a casserole dish so that it is about a 2 inch thick layer. Pour some breadcrumbs over the top, along with 2 tablespoons of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup. The finished product will have a crust on it. Bake at 325 for 1.5 hours. Great treat and freezes well! Adjust the recipe based on the size of the turnip. From the kitchen of Anja Ojala.

Links to other recipes:

Hearty Early Fall Stew

Maple Glazed Root Veggies

Butternut Squash and Hazelnut Lasagna

Delicata Squash Soup with Apple and Blue Cheese



Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Guilty Pleasures: Faeries Afoot!

I think I am in love. Check out the pretties at Fairysteps



Monday, September 15, 2008

Harvest Moon Blessings and an Etsy Update

For some of us, today is the Harvest Moon. I hope you all get to go out and enjoy her! To get you in the mood, here is a video of Neil Young's Harvest Moon.

And a small Etsy shop update, I am now offering readings, and to date I have posted a Haindl Rune Oracle Reading with more to come!



Sunday, September 14, 2008

Luverly of the Week {Fourth Edition}

By Elenor Hull, 1904


Root Cellars

Photo take by Abu

As the end of the growing season begins to creep on me, I am lamenting the fact that I won't be able to just pluck something I need from the balcony garden, or pick it up at our local Farmer's Market.

I've got canning, drying, and vegetables good for storage on the mind. The only problem is that I live in a relatively small apartment, and have a lack of proper storage space.

Living in an apartment can put a really damper on the attempt to be self sufficient. For those who are in my situation, you might want to check out Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits and Vegetables by Nancy and Mike Bubel They have some tips that I am going to try and put to use this year. If anyone has their own tips that they want to share, please do so in the comments. :)

In the meantime, here are a few sites about root cellars.

The Root Cellar Capital of the World, Elliston Newfoundland

A Whole wack of articles from Earth-House

How to build a small root cellar

Root cellaring from SuperNaturale

An e-book The War Gardens Victorious

Home Storage of Fruits and Vegetables in Root Cellars



Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Few Etsy Favourites

Moonlit Herbals

What They Say About Themselves:

"Moonlit Herbals was created out of our love for nature and the wonderful gifts it has to offer all of us. We take great pride in doing business in an ethical and ecological way toward preserving and protecting the earth, of which we are all a part of and believe that this energy flows through all that we do. Every ritual item that we create is ritually cleansed and charged to help create a truly magickal experience when working with our products."

Their Goods:

Under the Root

What They Say About Themselves:

"Made from the Hands of Elves..Hand-Structuring Undergarments / Findlings For Men and Women.A Burlesque State of Mind.Your Sensuality is One of Kind."

Their Goods:


What They Say About Themselves:

"TIMBER! designs are hand-screened on high quality, sweatshop-free American Apparel clothing."

Their Goods:


What They Say About Themselves:

"Beautiful gifts inspired by Mother Earth. I make ceramic leaf pendants and brooches, greetings cards featuring original nature photography, gemstone jewellery and knitted accessories."

Their Goods:

Whitehart Forge

What They Say About Themselves:

"We make hand forged iron work for re-enactors and enthusiasts from fur trade era Mountain Men to SCA Viking and Medieval and to Renaissance fairs. We also make ritual items and ceremonial goods. Our ironwork includes Celtic, Scottish, Germanic, Heathen, Asatru, Viking Era, Saxon and Norman. Tribal, ethnic, culture based."

Their Goods:

Beloved & Co.

What They Say About Themselves:

"Alchemists and Purveyors of Arcane Delights."

Their Goods:

Lolley Land

What They Say About Themselves:

"Storytelling plays a prominent role in her work. Critters try to break the spell of day to day heartbreak. Rabbits flee from hunters, girls are lost in the woods. Giant elk stumble over towns clasping bottles, is it a remedy they hold or just a beer?"

Their Goods:

Bright Color Art

What They Say About Themselves:

"Original Artwork. Wearble and Decor."

Their Goods:

Danielle Barlow Illustrations

What They Say About Themselves:

"I am an artist and illustrator based in the South West of England. Here on Etsy, I concentrate on selling ACEOs, which are fabulous miniature art cards, fun and addictive to collect! I specialise in fantasy and horses, though I occasionally break out and paint other subjects."

Their Goods:

Trixie Delicious

What They Say About Themselves:

"I love to create art for people with a sense of humour. I have had many years experience as an exhibiting artist and designer and have a BFA in sculpture.All plates are hand painted using brushes and a mapping pen. I do not use stencils or transfers so you may see brush-strokes and hand-painted variations in the details. This is intentional and a part of the unique quality of each plate."

Their Goods:

Bacon Square Farm

What They Say About Themselves:

"Various styles and works of art handmade by us~ one at a time, in our metal and wood shop located at the farm. "

Their Goods:

Sarah Clemens Clothing

What They Say About Themselves:

"Linen is mainly what fabric I use, the way it drapes and rumples and wrinkles and all it's little nubs and the way the dye is always just a bit muted... there is no comparison!"

Their Goods:

Sarah Ogren Mixed Media

What They Say About Themselves:

"I am a mixed media artist with a love of vintage images and vintage things. The inspiration for my work comes from my life experiences, dreams, and the images and materials.I have a lot of ideas running in my head and you will often see a mix of items in my shop. My work can sometimes be dark and moody and will often reflect my quirky sense of humor."

Their Goods:

Tinker's Witch Crafts

What They Say About Themselves:

"I am an independent artist working in my Woodland Studio creating a Magical Mystical blend of one of a kind creations including art dolls, assemblage art, art shrines, collage, neck adornments and anything else that may arise from a creative frenzy."

Their Goods: