Candlemas Poem

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness visible.” C.G. Jung

Yes, well, it customary for some Witches and Celtic Pagans to use the term “Imbolc” when referring to the mid-winter Sabbat between Yule and Spring Equinox. The term, which most people really don’t know how to pronounce, is believed to be loosely translated to mean “ewe’s milk”, something not too common in northern Idaho. (Cow-elk milk, on the other hand, is not too far off.) I say, bring on the feta!
But “Candlemas” I can relate to, even if the custom was usurped by “The Church”… what the heck, it usurped all the other holidays, and Pagans still celebrate Yule at Christmas…
Yes, Candlemas, the blessing of light, the holy-day of St. Brigit, mid-wife to Mother Mary… the centuries-long flame burning at the holy site of Kildare… the recognition and celebration of the Goddess Brid/Brigid in all her glory… Goddess of smithcraft (fire), healing (water) and poetry (air)…
Let me share with you the following poem (earth) inspired by this time of year.
With mortar and pestle we grind resin
with lavender
     and the peel of oranges
a thoughtful steady motion
channels open as aroma sifts through fingers
We burn candles dipped by hand
witness clarity in the dancing flame
and close our eyes to see stars on our belt
Incense smoke to purify
we meditate and meet
we are the circle that surrounds us
She greets us with open hands
     scented loaves
     and  runes
She teaches us with what we seek
and touches us with knowing

Doreen Shababy 

Goddess Bless!

Homemade Dog Biscuits

So, here’s my first experience using this cute recipe book for dog biscuits. It’s called SNOOPY’S ORGANIC DOG BISCUIT COOKBOOK KIT — yes it was a kit that included 3 biscuit cutters, a bone, a silhouette of Snoopy’s head, and I can’t find the third cutter! The book is published by Cider Mill Press in cooperation with the folks at the Bubba Rose Biscuit Company, which is a cool fancy bakery for dogs. I told them I’d review their book and try out a recipe, so this is the first recipe I tried, and the first recipe in the book, Berry Crunch. I’m feeding my dog more cranberries for a healthy urinary tract. As is my usual, I substituted a couple things because I didn’t have the form called for in the recipe; those changes are shown in brackets. Otherwise the procedure is the same. As is my usual, I made it easy for myself and used the food processor, which made the work a snap. As is my usual, I didn’t think to photograph the ingredients and the mixing, I didn’t think to photograph at all until the bikkies were in the oven! The little gem biscuits are decorated with a piece of dried cranberry (apple juice-sweetened).
Berry Crunch
“Plenty of Cranberry Goodness in these Cookies
1-1/2 c. oat flour
1-1/2 c. brown rice flour
1/2 c. dried cranberries [1/2 c. dried cranberry powder]
1/2 c. unsweetened carob chips [1/2 c. carob powder]
1 egg
1/2 c. water
[1/4 c. honey]
Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
 Combine all the ingredients (except the water) together. Add water slowly and mix until a dough forms (if too dry, add more water, too wet, add a bit more flour). Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4″ thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut into shapes. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (for easy clean up), and place the cookies on the sheet (they can be rather close together as they don’t grow much while cooking).
 Bake 22-27 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer and let cool completely on a wire rack. Store the cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

As for the book itself, I have looked at several homemade dog food cooking books in the last year or two, and they seem to come in a couple versions. One is either very over the top in terms of number of ingredients, reading more like a complicated curry than a recipe for dog food (maybe I was missing the point), and then, rarely, as in the case of this book, you find recipes that make sense. The creators of SNOOPY’S stress whole organic food for dogs, and so do I. There’s even a biscuit recipe using venison! With one recipe to a page, each page also includes a comic from the one and only Charles M. Shultz, starring Snoopy of course. A survey of pantry and refrigerator staples for making biscuits, equipment needed to make the recipes, and helpful ideas throughout make this book very useable and one I will reach for over the others with styled and propped photographs. This book, oh do I dare say it, will easily become … DOG-EARED … with favorite recipes …
Heeeerre Misha! Good Girl!