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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Summertime


Kayaking at the Marina

This summer has been filled to the brim. With laughter, with fun, with baseball,with parties and candlelight, good food my wonderful family and lots of friends. I have been busy with work and home life and have been feeling pretty bad about neglecting my blog.

Then I realized that my blog will be here when the summer is over, as the  hectic pace lessens and the days begin to noticeably shorten. I'm looking forward to blogging again.

I've got recipes and projects to share, more magical green cleaning products, herbal goodies and other fun things that I'll be posting soon.

Thanks for sticking around.

I'll be back soon!

Autumnwind

Friday, June 26, 2015

Marriage Equality


There is a lot of chatter on social media today about the United States Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage for everyone. As the mother of a lesbian daughter I am thrilled that my child is now able to have the kind of formal commitment to her partner that her father and I had with each other. Once they are married they will be afforded all of the rights that the straight community has taken for granted for years!

Today we can say that all people in the United States can get married, we no longer have to use the phrase gay marriage, its just marriage. That is a reason to celebrate! This is not a crime against Christianity, it is a movement towards equality in marriage, equality in how our country treats its citizens and equality is basic human rights.

Marriage is not a Christian construct, it predates Christianity. Marriage is a commitment to another. It is a vow, a bond, a promise. To acknowledge the love two people have for each other, their commitment to each other is not a threat, it is just the right thing to do. If you are not part of the community that this landmark ruling affects you really don't understand the enormity of this decision.

Imagine back 50 or so years ago, men and women of different races, (seriously, if their skin color was different) could not legally marry each other. Asinine? I say yes. It's like saying you can't marry the person you love because their eyes are blue and yours are brown. It sounds silly when you put it that way but skin and eye color are just some of the wonderful things that make us unique, and yet skin color was used as a legal way to prevent two people from marrying.

We are all humans, all part of the same species. We all deserve to love, be loved and commit to that love. Hopefully in a few years we will wonder what the big deal was all about and why it took us so long to make marriage available to all citizens!

One of my favorite movie scenes of all time is from the movie Robin Hood Prince of Thieves between Azeem played by Morgan Freeman and a small girl:

Azeem: Salaam, little one.
Small Girl: Did God paint you?
Azeem: Did God paint me? [laughs]
Azeem: For certain.
Small Girl: Why?
Azeem: Because Allah loves wondrous varieties.

Truly puts it in perspective doesn't it! Variety is wonderful. Some people are attracted to blondes, some to brunettes, thankfully for me some are attracted to redheads! Some people like tall and lanky, others like more meat on their partner's bones. Some people are totally into their partner's intelligence, others love their mate for their humor. Others have no clue why they love their partner but they know they do! We can not control who we are attracted to, if we could there would be no divorce and arranged marriages would still be all the rage!

Marriage equality means nothing to the straight community, they already had the ability to marry the person they love. However, marriage equality means a lot to the the rest of the citizens of our country because now they can live their lives with the same commitments, the same protections, and they same rights as their straight counterparts, regardless of which state they live in or move to.

Before you rally with the haters and cry that our society is doomed, take a few minutes for some self-reflection, dig deep to see why you are filled with so much hate for something that doesn't concern you, will not affect your life, will not change your relationship with your spouse and will not change how you live - at all. Let's face it, not all straight marriages are perfect, people cheat on their spouse, they abuse their relationship and sometimes they abuse their partner, they divorce, they remarry, they generally abuse the gift that is marriage - but for some reason that is all OK because the couple is made up of a man and a woman, yet that two men who have a loving committed relationship can now get married people think it will destroy the sanctity of marriage or destroy our society? -Sorry folks, I am not buying that. Love wins in my book - every time.

If you feel that marriage equality is an affront to your faith, rest assured that God (or in my case the Goddess) has everything in control. Live your life the best way you can and don't be a hater. Know that in the end God is in charge - you don't have to be.

I'm off to toast my daughter and her partner. While I already consider the amazing young woman that my beautiful child loves my daughter, being able to have her recognized as my daughter-in-law across the country once they tie the knot is a gift I am truly thankful for.

Cheers!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Blessed Beltane to You all

Public Domain Image from Google :0)

I hope you all had a beautiful Beltane! It was such a lovely day here in Northern Nevada. I was thankful to be able to sit outside and enjoy our bonfire without needing a jacket!

I've been quiet lately due to quite a few things. I'll be back soon though!

Friday, March 20, 2015

A Blessed Ostara to You!

Image from RosalindScarlett.blogspot.com

I love this time of year! So many wonderful new things are sprouting and there are calves in the fields and buds on the trees. This year we'll be enjoying our Ostara dinner outside on the deck since the weather has been so beautiful! What a perfect way to celebrate the beginning of Spring!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day


My mother's family is originally from Ireland, I'm not, but my great grandparents came over from Ireland and I have quite a few relatives still living in that lush land today (and they own a pub!!). We have always been a rowdy bunch and enjoy celebrating this day, mostly by participating in the secular festivities :0) I want to wish those of you who celebrate either through the secular traditions or in a more religious fashion a Happy St. Patrick's day!

I found the following recipe for Guinness Cupcakes on Food.com and they are the perfect way to celebrate this fine day (or any day for that matter). These are the best Guinness cupcakes I have ever had, I think the frosting just makes them awesome!!


Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey's Frosting - YUM!

PREP:  40 mins
COOK:  25 mins
YIELDS 24-30 cupcakes

Cupcakes
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup Guinness stout
  • 2cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1teaspoons baking soda
  • eggs
  • 1cup sour cream
Frosting
  • 1cup unsalted butter
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 pinch table salt
  • 3 tablespoons irish cream(Bailey's or Carolan's)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • green sprinkles

DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F Grease 24-30 cupcake cups, or fill with paper liners.
  2. In a saucepan, heat the butter, Guinness, cocoa and brown sugar, whisking often, until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. Into the work bowl of a stand mixer (or into a large mixing bowl), sift together salt, flour, white sugar and baking soda. Add the cooled Guinness mixture and beat on medium for 1 minute. Add eggs and sour cream and beat on medium for 2 minutes or until smooth.
  4. Divide the batter evenly amongst the cupcake cups. Bake in preheated oven 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cake comes out clean. Cool in pan 20 minutes, then remove and transfer to a cooling rack until completely cooled.
  5. Meanwhile, in (cleaned) work bowl of stand mixer, cream butter until very light and fluffy. Add salt, and slowly add confectioner’s sugar. Do not run the mixer above low, or the sugar will spray all over your kitchen. Add a couple of spoonfuls at a time until it has all been absorbed into the butter. Add Bailey's and milk until spreadable consistency is achieved.
  6. Frost cupcakes with Bailey's frosting. Sprinkle with green jimmies.
I hope you have a wonderful and SAFE day!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Blog Hop Prizes - Part 2

Here are the prizes I won during my hop through the Every Witch Way Lane's 72 hour Halloween Artists blog hop. I am always thrilled by the quality of Halloween art that the artists who participate showcase and create. 


This amazing guy was made by Debb over at Halloween Jinglesbells BOO I LOVE her work and have followed her blog for a while. I was so excited to find out I won this amazing guy! 

By Shabby Hag Decor


This adorable wooden box is from Shabby Hag Decor. It is so pretty. I love the detail in the painting. So much fun!

I found out that I had won these beautiful items a couple of days after I got home from the hospital where I had been for an unexpected emergency surgery. Such a nice gift after a really long and painful week! 

In a couple of weeks I'll be hosting a give-away just for fun, because I want to give back something. Hopefully I can make someone's day the way the fun things I won during a very stressful time made mine. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Blog Hop Prizes

I have had a great week blog wise! I received 2 prizes for participating in a blog hop and they are both amazing! I feel terrible that I haven't thanked both of the artists publicly but my work schedule changed and I am discombobulated in a serious way!! Check back in the next day or two to see the cool prizes I received and hear about the talented artists who made them :0)