Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Household Faeries

I believe in faeries; they around us often, guiding us, teaching us and playing with us.  To some people, this belief is weird and childish, but for me and my family, we are used to living with their presence. Our faeries are helpers and friends.

I've never been a neat or regimented person.  Housework is a necessary evil and stacking my papers is more efficient to me than filing. I know where things are, as long nobody messes with my system.  Being a bit messy is part of who I am, but it has given the faeries ample opportunity to mess me with me.  I lose stuff all the time and find it later in places that I searched repeatedly (typically in plain view).  If I don't need the object right then, I acknowledge the faeries are trying to teach me to be less disorderly and ask for it back.  When I'm in a hurry, I beg.

In spite of having fun while annoying me (yes, I will admit that they are trying to teach me a lesson I do need to learn), these household faeries are frequently helpful.  They watch over us.  I have been awoken many times, just before a sick or scared child begins to cry in the night.  I never feel alone, because they are here.  They hear me when I speak and dance with me when I'm feeling silly.

The faeries in my life are teachers and protectors and friends. Without them, my life would be less rich and magic and inspiration would come to me less strongly.  I am grateful and often amused by their presence. Invite them into your life, but remember, they'll teach you whatever lessons they think you need. You can't control them and you MUST respect them.  Offer them bread, milk, honey, fruit or flowers from time to time. Keep growing things in and around your home.  Talk to them.  If you ask them into your home, with sincerity and openness, they will come.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Liquid Sunshine- Spring and Summer Celebration Libations

The season of outdoor celebrations is nearly upon us!  The air is warming and the plants have bloomed.  Sunshine, food, drink sand friends are waiting.  I thought I would share a few drink recipes that I love during the spring and summer months, for their flavor and their magical possibilities.  


Sangria

Sangria is a great way to enjoy wine during the summer; it's fruity, slightly sweet and involves wine.  It's also deceptively easy to make and can be easily doubled for parties.  Eating the fruit, however, may lead to quicker intoxication.  You can also give these recipes a kick by adding a couple shots of rum, brandy or fruit liqueur. Begin by selecting your wine.  White or red?

Red Sangria

1 bottle red wine (encourages boldness)
2 cups sparkling water (unflavored or fruit flavored)
1 lemon, sliced (banishes envy, cleanses negativity)
1 orange sliced (brings happiness)
sliced seasonal fruit (optional)

Mix together and allow to steep for several hours. Serve over ice.

White Sangria


1 bottle white wine (sunshine in a bottle)
2 cups ginger ale (brings love, money and success)
1 orange sliced
1 peach, peeled and sliced (wishes)
1/2 pineapple sliced (luck, money and hospitality)

Mix together and allow to steep for several hours. Serve over ice.

Flower Petal Soda

This drink is like drinking in your garden.  Petals and ginger ale or lemon soda make a magical and unique combination, however, you MUST use unsprayed flowers. Add snapdragons, rose petals (remove the slightly bitter white heel), basil flowers, lavender, borage, marigolds, violets, mints and/or honeysuckle to a glass of iced ginger ale.  Allow to steep for a couple of minutes and enjoy!  Add slices of season fruit if desired.  Pick your herbs based on your needs, roses bring love; lavender, calmness; and borage fights the blues.

Lavender Mint Lemonade


24 Lemons, juiced
12 flowered stems of lavender (rinsed)
6 sprigs of mint (rinsed)
2 cups of sugar (a little more or a little less, depending on your taste)
4 1/2 cups of water

Begin by boiling the water. Add the sugar and continue to boil for five minutes, add lemon juice and herbs.  Boil 5 more minutes.  Remove from heat and allow to stand for 2-3 hours.  Strain and chill.  Serve over ice.  This is a great party drink, because lemons wash away jealousy and lavender brings peace.  Mint is a protective herb and sugar sweetens our words.


Simple Syrup for Iced Teas

1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Combine in a sauce pan and bring to a boil, while stirring.  Allow to cool.  Can be stored in the fridge for several days.  This is the key ingredient to many summer drinks from lemonade to sweet tea.  For variety, try adding lavender flowers, mint leaves, or lemon balm during the boiling.  Strain out the herbs.

Enjoy the light half of the year and all of the celebrations and joys it brings.  I encourage you to add your own recipes in the comment section.