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This is hands down, no doubt about it my favorite time of year. It is the time of year of new beginnings, so I use this time to clean out all the old and make room for the new. I will clean out my herb cabinet and return the old herb to the earth via compost. If I feel the need for a new besom, I will either make one or purchase it. And instead of waiting for January to make new resolutions I will state mine at the end of my Samhain ritual. (And of course some of them will be long gone by Thanksgiving)
October is the last month many of us have to harvest what we have grown thru the year. By this time I have long since gotten all my herbs and flowers harvested, dried, and put up. But what about the barks, bulbs, and roots? They are ready now. Generally you should gather your barks in the fall when the sap is running. This reduces the damage to the tree. Remove small vertical pieces of the bark; never remove all the bark and never a complete band around the tree. You will kill it. Allow the bark to dry completely before using it.
Gather your bulbs and roots after the top of the plant has died back for the year. Some roots will reabsorb the moisture from the air; if this happens it will get soft and will need to be thrown away. Chop your roots into smaller pieces as some will be too hard to chop after they are dry.
Bulbs can be dug up and stored in the fridge until the next growing season by placing them in a paper bag and storing in the bottom of your fridge. Keep an eye on the bulbs to make sure they are not getting moisture as they will rot.
I will start making my herbal blends and tincture at this time. For the rest of the year it is pretty slow as everything goes to sleep for the season. I can experiment to see what works and what doesn’t without feeling like I am being rushed. As the earth is sleeping I am busy being creative making my own incense and potpourri.
This is something to try if you have them in your area. Years ago a neighbor of mine tried to keep Praying Mantises in her yard, as they eat the bugs that would eat her flowers and plants. This time of year is when you might start seeing their eggs. Each October (mid to end of month) she would go and gather some of the eggs and keep them in her fridge to keep them from freezing as it will kill the eggs if they do. The eggs are small, foamy looking and will be attached to leaves, stems, and branches.
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Doggy Peanut Butter Cookies
½ c honey ½ c molasses
1 ¼ c rice flour 11/2 c all natural unsweetened peanut butter
½ c buck wheat flour ¾ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder ¼ tsp salt
1tbsp beef or chicken soup base dissolved in ¼ c hot water.
¼ c olive oil
In large bowl beat the wet ingredients and egg together until smooth. I another bowl combine dry ingredients and slowly mix into wet mixture until combined. If mixture is too dry add ¼ cup
Take a small amount of dough and roll into a ball about the size of an acorn. Place on a cookie sheet about ½ inch apart. Once cookie sheet is full take a fork and make the criss cross marks in the top mashing the ball down like you would if you were making cookies for yourself.
Bake at 375 for 10 – 12 min. cool and store in an air tight container.
Catnip Treats for Kitty
1 ½ c rice flour 3 tbsp wheat germ
¼ c soy flour 1/3 c evaporated milk
1tsp malt powder ½ tsp bone meal
1 ½ tbsp crushed catnip leaves 1 tsp chicken flavored soup base in ¼ c hot water
1 egg 1tbsp olive oil
1/3 c milk
Mix dry ingredients together and add all remaining ingredients. Knead dough to mix well. Roll flat to ¼ inch thickness and cut into ¼ in strips and then cut into squares. Place on oiled cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 20 min. Cool and store in an air tight container.
Cooler nights are coming. Make sure your pet is where it can get out of the elements
I love to be in the kitchen and this time of year usually finds me making lists of things I want to make for all the holidays coming up. I make cookies, and candy for Samhain, Thanksgiving, Yule, and Christmas. (I was raised a Christian and still celebrate those holidays with my family) Every year I try to come up with at least one new recipe for each holiday.
In a large punch bowl combine 2- 2 liter bottles of 7-up with 1 gallon of apple cider. Add 2-3 peeled, cored, chopped apples, white grapes, and a package of gummy worms. Add ice to bring the level to just under the rim of the bowl. To liven up the punch you can add some regular or Malibu Rum. Please be responsible when adding alcohol.
I am serving this punch at my wedding on Samhain.
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are a great snack and you will have plenty after carving your pumpkins this year.
Rinse your seeds well. Preheat oven to 375 and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a small bowl combine 1/3 c canola oil with ½ tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp onion powder, 2 tsp crushed rosemary, ½ tsp thyme, and ¼ tsp sage. Pour this over your seeds and toss to coat. Spread seeds in a single layer on cookie sheet and bake till they are an off white color. You do not want them brown!! When done slide them off into your party bowl.
Something to add to your Samhain celebration
I try to always remember those that have past during this time of year and one way I do it is to set a table for my loved ones who have moved on. I will set up a small table with my favorite dinnerware and stemware and decorate it as I do the regular dinner table. Instead of serving food I will put a tiny pumpkin with my loved one’s name painted on it in the center of the plate. This way I feel them when I sit down to dinner.
Clay masks remove toxins from the skin. Just simply mix powdered clay with enough water to make a paste. I add sea kelp to my clay because of oil problems on my face. Leave your mask on until dry and gently remove with warm water and a cloth. Rinse the cloth out good.
Recently a friend of mine mentioned how her feet were swelling and painful. I told her to rub peppermint oil into her feet. It may not remove all the swelling but will help some with the pain.
Try mixing 10-12 drops of peppermint oil with rubbing alcohol (at least 70%) and place in a spray bottle. When needed spray onto legs and feel and rub in. Be sure to wash hands before touching your face or eyes.
Next month I will be adding a new element to my column. I know that Pagans are all over and in every profession in this world. I was a truck driver for 17 years, and I will be adding some tips and info I have learned on the road for those Pagan Trucker readers we have here at Pagan Pages. Stay tuned.
That is it for this month. Til next month: Keep your brooms under the radar.
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