Saturday, November 29, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
And this, for my beautiful daughter who counts the days until she meets her destiny with a visa to Australia..... fly, my Love, fly
"Yellow" by Coldplay Live in Sydney, Australia
Saturday, November 8, 2008
They are here to provide us with eggs (sometimes), to dig in the garden beds and to provide a reason to continually clean off the porch and patio. sigh...maybe I need to rethink this idea.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
The Kit contains one ounce packages of each of the following:
~Red Sandalwood Powder-use this neutral wood powder as your base and add more fragrant herbs and /or resins to this
~Frankincense Powder-centering oneself for meditation, and for purification of self or space
~Orris Root Powder (This will 'fix' the scent and keep it from escaping from the finished incense)
~Patchouli Powder- good 'earthiness' and grounding energy
~Dragon's Blood Resin-calming, dispersing negative energy,strongly antiseptic (good for sick rooms)
~Copal Resin- purification
~Sweet Myrrh (Opopanax) Resin-good for centering and meditation
~Saltpetre (This is the spark necessary to keep it burning well)
~Tragacanth Gum (This is the 'glue' that holds it all together)
I neglected to mention that Tina and Maryanne put together a great little book that describes how to make your own...It's pricey though.
You can get it here
By the way, I am cooking up a starter kit for everything else you need. Stay tuned!!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
All creatures great and small were diggin' the vibe in the kitchen...lemon verbena loving lap cat and shaggy chickens snooping by the back door.
Grinding the Dragon's Blood resin (Sanguis draconis)
My patchouli cone 'soldiers' are drying very nicely!!
Rose petal beads above- lemon verbena beads and virginia creeper berries below
Roe: "pssst, might I interest you in some of my special vintage patchouli oil stash, Tina?"
Tina: "Smile for the blog, Roe"
*Note: the brownie in this photo disappeared immediately after the photo was taken....
Mary’s Gluten Free Cake Brownies
¼ c. pure cocoa powder
1 c. natural sugar
½ c. tapioca flour
½ c. potato starch
1 t. xanthan gum
1 t. baking soda
½ c. plain walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup or less almond milk, milk, or similar beverage
1 t. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom of 9” cast iron skillet, leaving sides ungreased which allows batter to climb. Mix butter and cocoa in bowl over hot water, as in a double boiler. Mix dry ingredients. Add to chocolate. Blend wet ingredients and add to batter. Add nuts. Bake for 25 minutes or test with toothpick for desired doneness. Cool before cutting.
Heat one Endangered Species chocolate bar (about 3 1/2 oz.) with a few tablespoons of hot water over low heat. Blend until smooth. Add a few drops vanilla or almond extract. Pour over cooked brownies.