Monday, October 8, 2012

Kombucha


Kombucha is an effervescent fermentation of sweetened tea that is used as a functional food.
Sometimes referred to as a "mushroom", the kombucha culture is actually a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY).



Ok so tonight I decided was a good night to switch my kombucha from my regular sun tea jar over to the super sized 3 gallon beverage jar I got at Ross for 10 dollars. so I set out to do the what should have been a simple thing. 
sun tea jar next to 3 gallon beverage jar from Ross
so first I made a large pot of sweet tea i used regular old tap water and 8 lipton tea bags.
I brewed it and added 2-3 cups of sugar not really sure how much I measured the first two cups then eye balled the rest.


this is the only sugar I use for Kombucha its a little more expensive but not much its something like brown sugar
 
I mixed it all together an then poured the whole thing in to the big jar.
then I noticed that the spigot was leaking ok so now what  I have hot tea in a huge jar and its leaking so I pour it all in to the smaller jar after taking out the SCOBYs and pouring off a large juice glass of kombucha to use as starter then dumping the rest (that had been sitting in the jar for around 4 weeks and was tooo sour for me) in the sink
here are all my scobys
 after taking the whole spigot apart and managing to get it put back together and make sure it wasnt leaking this is what it looked like.
yes I could not get the spigot on straight so i have a crooked spigot for all time but it doesnt leak so i then poured out the water and realised that the tea bags had busted and I now had tea drags all in itso i got out the colander nd put a kitchen towel in it and a large mixing bowel under it and poured it in the colander and this is the mess i ended up with

ok so I have fixed the spigot and strained the tea now I got it in the big jar and added more new unsweetened tea and then added ice cubes to make the whole thing room temp I added the scobys and the kombucha starter tea

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Starting Fresh

We have finally moved out of my parents house. We got a puppy and I am going to start living better in
general. Ok so I have decided to make some resolutions for our new house some of them have to do with my personal health like quitting smoking and no more hormonal birth control and some are for the health of my whole family such as no more soda in this house eating more fermented food and drinks  and not using commercial cleaning products I am going to tell you guys all about my voyage into a more natural life. We are going to start doing bountiful baskets to get more cheaper fruits and veggies in to our diets and for me to can. I plan on making milk kefir water kefir kombucha and jun as drinks for the family home made syrups can be added to these so that they are more appetizing to the kids and hubby.

herb oils cheaper then essentials lovely


Ok so it has been brought to my attention that some people think that making your own oils needs to be expensive well that is just not true. I love to make herb oils and all you have to do is get a glass bottle, enough herbs of your choose to fill that bottle, and your favorite carrier oil I like light oils. I like to use coconut oil but that is slightly trickier to use so if you’re just starting things you can use any oil you happen to have in the house canola, corn, olive it’s all fine just remember that lighter is better. I’m not a big fan of olive oil for this reason but it will work. If you have an herb garden then this will be super cheap if not see if a friend, relative or neighbor that does will donate the herbs to you. If not then a trip to the grocery store is in order.  Any herbs will work use your own ideas put together things like rosemary and mint or any combination you like you can use vanilla bean ginger cinnamon nutmeg any you want.



Items you need:

Large glass jar I like spaghetti sauce jars for this as they are large glass and have lids

Enough herbs and spices to fill the jar up.

Carrier oils any will work corn and canola are cheap and light so they will take scents and favors very well.



Take your clean glass jar and fill with your herbs and fill with oil put in a warm dark place for a month take out after it has steeped for desired time strain it and put in fancy jar or right back in the original jar use for spells rituals and cooking it is ok to do any combo u like just be careful with herbs and spices that are skin irritators or not food safe.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Athame


Athame

An Athame or Athamé is a ceremonial dagger, with a double-edged blade and usually a black handle. It is the main ritual implement or magical tool among several used in the religion of Wicca, and is also used in various other neopagan witchcraft traditions. A black-handled knife called an arthame appears in certain versions of the Key of Solomon, a grimoire originating in the Middle Ages.

The athame is mentioned in the writings of Gerald Gardner in the 1950s, who claimed to have been initiated into a surviving tradition of Witchcraft, the New Forest Coven. The athame was their most important ritual tool, with many uses, but was not to be used for actual physical cutting.

There has been speculation that Gardner's interest and expertise in antique swords and knives, and in particular the magical Kris knives of Malaysia and Indonesia, may have contributed to the tool's central importance in modern Wicca

On the other hand, the athame stands as one of the four elemental tools in Wicca; traditionally standing for fire, as does the ritual sword. (From the known origins of Wicca, with Gardner's own Book of Shadows, the athame represents fire; where the wand corresponds to air. Other varieties of Wiccan practice may switch those two around.) The other three elemental tools are the wand, the pentacle, and the cup or chalice. These four magical tools correspond to four 'weapons' of significance in Celtic myth - the sword, the spear, the shield, and the cauldron (and/or grail). The same four ritual tools also appear in the magical practices of the western hermetic tradition, derived from The Golden Dawn; and they appear in tarot decks as the four card suits: swords, cups, wands, and pentacles. The athame is an individual ritual tool, while the sword is more appropriate as a coven tool, or the personal tool of the high priest or high priestess. There are obvious risks associated with an entire group of people all wielding swords, while confined within a small ritual circle space nine feet in diameter; this safety factor, as well as ease of use, may explain why the emphasis within Wicca is more on each witch's personal athame, rather than the ritual sword.



And here is how I made mine:


Supplies

Sculpty modeling clay

Dowels for inner structure

Pallet knifes to help with sculpting the shape

Bead glass pieces or other bobbles to decorate it

Paint

Paint brush

Sealant


Cut your dowel about the length you would like your athame to be when done. Start to build uo the clay on the dowel making a rough knife shape use the pallet knives to smooth out your clay and decorate as u see fit. Once you have a shape u like u will need to bake it to set it. You may them glue one any beads or decorations u like and  sand it to make all the edges smooth paint and seal your brand new athame.  Bless it and ur all set to use it in ur next ritual.

Monday, January 9, 2012


WOW thanks every one for all the support. This is awesome and I know that some of you have asked for pics of what I have done so far. The goddess Statue is made of scuplty modeling clay it took me a couple hours to do and then you bake it in the oven follow the directions. I still have to paint her and mount her on a stand then she will be ready for the altar.
And here it is the runes are those little glass blobs you can get at WalMart and I painted the runes on with glass paint. I am going to keep one set on my altar and the other will be going in my purse for me to play with when I feel like it. I still have to make draw string bags for these. these are a super easy and cheap make it your self gift for the pagan in your life or for favors for a gathering quick to make and cheap too!!!
I am also thinking of making a blanket out of these crochet motifs i really like them but i think that they are too bulky fo ran altar clothe so maybe a bed set out of these. I am using a 5.00 hook and caron simplysoft yarn for these it would be a great way to use old yarn too

heres the link for the pattern for those of you that are interested I did NOT make this pattern it is the sole property of the person that made it please do not take credit for it or sell items made using the pattern

Sunday, January 8, 2012

the pagan blog project week 1

Oks so this is week one and yes I do know that I am 2 days late but I just found it today so I think it will be ok to do it today instead.

Ok so the letter A well I shall do altar. I am making all new altar items this week. completely setting up a new altar. I went to ace hardware and bought some corner shelves to try to use my limited space to the best advantage i spray painted them a pewter silver color and am waiting for the hubby to put them up for me. I sculpted a new goddess statue. on Friday i still have to paint and seal her but am pretty thrilled with how she came out I hand painted a new rune set. and still have a wand, a chalice and a altar tile to make. I went to good will and found some great bottles for either home made extracts or oils I'm not sure which yet.I also bought a bottle of strawberry cream liqueur and saved the bottle cause it was so cool. I will be putting it all together later this week. I will post pics once I have had the time to put it all together.

Blessed Be Sisters and Brothers

2012 pagan reading challenge

ok all I am going to do the pagan reading challenge hosted by http://www.thedomesticpagan.net  I am going to be doing Intermediate Read 16 - 20 books as I do not have that many book on wicca or pagan religion. so this is the page that I will be updating regularly to tell you what I have been reading and what I think of them.




1. Witchcraft of a Shoestring: Practicing the Craft without Breaking Your Budget
                         Debrorah Blake
2. Magical Housekeeping: Simple Charms and Practical Tips for Creating a Harmonious Home
                         Tess Whitehurst
3.Maiden Magic: A Teens Guide to Goddess Wisdom and Ritual
                          C.C. Brondwin
4.Yule creating New Pagan Family Taditions
                         Jodi Lee
5.The Witches CookBook A collection of recipes spells and potions
                         Gregory Branson-trent
6.The witches Kitchen incense oils and candles
                         Gregory Branson-trent
7.Wicca 101 traditions Customs, Spell Casting and More
                          Gregory Branson-trent
8.The Kitchen Witch Yuletide Book
                          Mimi and Rob Riser
9.The Kitchen Witch Halloween Book
                           Mimi and Rob Riser
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