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    Hearthbeats: Recipes from a Kitchen Witch

    Homemade Hand Cream It’s planting season, and your hands are chapped and sore from exposure to soil and sun. Contact with the soil is inevitable, no matter how careful you are , but washing your hands soaps away the skin’s natural protective oils, making it to dry out. The following recipes contain ingredients that soften and smooth, such as beeswax and lanolin. The first recipe uses fresh herbs while the second uses essential oils. You may wait till you have grown them or purchase the oils from the store and make more before Fall harvest time. To test for possible allergic reactions, place a small amount of the ingredient in…

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    HearthBeats: Recipes from a Kitchen Witch

    In my Notes article this month I wrote about spring cleaning, both physical and spiritual.. so in this article I will give you some recipes for eco friendly cleaning supplies… Scouring Powder 1c baking soda 1c sea salt 1/2 c lemongrass 1/2 c lavender flowers 10 drops lemon, lime, or grapefruit essential oil Combine all ingredients in the blender or food processor and pulse until they become a powder. You can choose other herbs that go well together..as well as those that purify. Carpet Freshener 1/2 c cornstarch 1/2 c baking soda 1/4 c lemongrass 1/4 c lemon peel 6 drops grapefruit essential oil Combine all ingredients into the blender…

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    HearthBeats: Notes from a Kitchen Witch

    Mother Nature preening, Doing her spring cleaning by washing with pounding rains, scrubbing the earth; preparing the plains. Snow melts and the colors bloom underneath the silvery moon. Lifting of the winter gloom, as the birds sing a cheerful tune. She bustles in on windy feet, and sweeps my yard and down my street. Goddess walks through the new green grass, winters over….Spring is here at last. By The Hearthkeeper Spring cleaning… everyone is talking about getting ready for it… but what are we planning on cleaning?? Our homes, garages, altars, selves, spirits?  Well we should be thinking of all of them… but we rarely think of spring cleaning our…

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    HearthBeats: Notes from a Kitchen Witch

    Kitchen Wicca I recently received an e-mail from a group I belong to that stated that a Kitchen Wicca was a Witch who practices his/her art mainly thru cooking and common household skills. Or one who uses common everyday items in his/her art, like in times of old, when it was necessary to hide your working tools from those who would persecute you for their possession. While these images are certainly true ones, Kitchen Witchery goes far beyond magical cooking or using ordinary items as magical tools, it is a way of life, one that incorporates every aspect of your life. And because it is utilized mostly at home it…

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    HearthBeats: Recipes from a Kitchen Witch

    Valentines Day is what I have decided to write about this month, as I know so many others will be focused on Imbolg. But Valentines Day plays a very large part in our lives and the lives of others, no matter the religion. Everyone loves and most everyone likes to celebrate that love.. Hopefully everyday but almost always on this very special day. There are different ideas as to where or how the celebration of Valentine’s Day began. The Roman’s celebrated a festival called Lupercalia on February 15, where young men held a lottery to decide which girl would be theirs and honored their God Lupercalia. This is one idea.…

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    Hearthbeats: Recipes from a kitchen witch

    Merry Yule and a wonderful winter season to you all. This time of year in the Northern Hemi we are preparing for the snow and the cold and the season of sleep for Mother Earth. This is the shortest day and longest night of the year. We welcome the rebirth of the Sun with feasting, dancing, music and festivities. Decorations include wreaths, boughs of holly, mistletoe, evergreens, and lots of lights. In the Southern Hemi you are settling into summer, on the longest day of the year, with the Sun at its highest point in the sky, Pagans rejoice in the Sun’s life-giving warmth and ability to make things grow.…

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    Hearthbeats: Notes from a Kitchen Witch

    Well this month I will be giving you some interesting and helpful uses for some stuff you have at home. Common ingredients you have in your cabinets and pantries…  Things like salt, baking soda, lemon juice. We use many of these things every day in our cooking and in our rituals… some are even used in medicinal, like baking soda as an anti-acid… There are large lists for each… but I will narrow them down to tried and trues… things I myself have used them for and am willing to pass along to you. SALT Not just for ritual any more… here are 10 uses you may not have thought…

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    Hearthbeats: Recipes from a kitchen witch

    Well ladies and gentleman… I had a much different article planned… but we had some major happenings in our home… They say the October is the time of change… well woohoo!!! Change it did… My daughter had influenza A and then 3 weeks later the N1H1 virus… and my computer crashed and burned and not only took all my hard drive… but my external hard drive as well… so when put into a spot to write another article I decided to research herbal remedies for cold and flu.. And I found loads of stuff… I will include links at the end for you to look for remedies yourself… Many people…

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    HearthBeats: Recipes from a Kitchen Witch

    Merry Meet all… this time of year has so many possibilities. With the harvest just finished.. we have so much to choose from.. it is amazing. This month not only will I have Samhain recipes.. but some good old fashion tummy filling recipes as well. Magic Baked Apples When you polish an apple on your shirt before taking a bite, you are continuing an ancient tradition. The Celts rubbed apples to drive out evil fairies hiding inside the fruit. Medieval Christians thought the practice kept away the devil. These customs reflect the belief that apples contain Earth energies. Magic Apples Recipe: 4 medium-sized apples 8 tbsp brown sugar 4 tsp…

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    HearthBeats: Crafts from a Kitchen Witch

    Here is a craft for you to welcome your family both alive a dead.. From Better Homes and Gardens 2006 Luminarias Every guest will feel welcome when sparkling lanterns surround your door. What You Need: Metal cans in assorted sizes, cleaned and with paper labels removed and saved Plain paper cut to fit the can (optional) 16-penny square nail Awl Hammer Punch-style can opener 16-gauge galvanized wire Pliers Votive Candle Instructions: 1. Fill the cans with water and freeze them overnight. (Freezing makes it easier to hammer a design into the can without damaging the shape of the can.) Don’t worry if the bottoms bulge slightly from the pressure of…