Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The Four Agreements

Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.

Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret.

" The Four Agreements"
By don Miguel Ruiz

Friday, December 7, 2007

Dogs Yule Gifts

Doggie bark:

Oh yea my dogs love this holiday present. We however stored this is the refrigerator. It got to the point that every time one of us open the refrigerator door they would be sitting up to get their reward!!! LOL Got to go to the store now to get the ingredients..

4 cups carob chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup dry-roasted peanuts or chopped walnuts
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1. In a bowl, melt the carob chips in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir them with a wooden spoon, then microwave for 30 seconds more.

2. Stir in the peanut butter and microwave for another 15 seconds. Stir the ingredients again to combine.

3. Add the nuts and the cinnamon, then stir the mixture to coat the nuts.

4. Line an edged cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the mixture onto the foil and chill it for 15 minutes in the freezer or 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

5. Remove the bark and break it into roughly 1- by 2-inch pieces. Store it in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Makes about 70 pieces.

Milk Bone Dog Biscuits

Oh they loved these too!

* 3/4 cup hot water
* 1/3 cup margarine
* 1/2 cup powdered milk
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 egg, beaten
* 3 cups whole wheat flour
* Variation: increase margarine to 1/2 cup and add 2 teaspoons sugar

In large bowl pour hot water over the margarine. Stir in powdered milk, salt, and egg. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time. Knead for a few minutes to form stiff dough. Pat or roll to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into bone shapes. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes. Cool. They will dry out quite hard.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Ok these where strange they where way to soft to roll out. I added more flour; I added wheat flour and still made them into "cookies" because it was to soft to roll out. They smelled just like peanut butter cookies while baking, they are softer treats but the dogs loved them any way!

* 1 ½ cups water
* ½ cup oil
* 2 eggs
* 3 tablespoons peanut butter
* 2 tsp. vanilla
* 2 cups flour
* ½ cup cornmeal
* ½ cup oats

Blend wet ingredients together. Whisk dry ingredients together and mix into wet mixture to form a ball of dough. Roll out and shape. Put onto a non-stick cookie tray or lightly greased one. Cook 20 minutes at 400 F. Turn off oven and allow the biscuits to cool in oven until crisp and hard. Store in airtight container.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Beneficial Stones for Pregnancy

Beneficial Stones for Pregnancy

Throughout pregnancy there are many stages that a woman’s body travels through. From water retention to Braxton-Hicks, some can be amazing to downright painful. We’ve composed a list of some stones that can help during pregnancy, labor, and post-partum.

Chalcedony – Assists in fostering maternal instincts and promotes increased lactation.

Chrysocolla – This is an excellent woman stone. Used in the treatment of PMS and menstrual cramps.

Jade – Brings comfort and relief during the process of childbirth.

Malachite – Resonates with the female sexual organs. It facilitates easy childbirth, helps with contractions, and relieves menstrual cramps.

Moonstone – A good all around woman’s stone. Helps with PMS, conception, all stages of pregnancy, aids in childbirth, and stimulates milk production for nursing. Moonstone is commonly placed on the Solar Plexus during pregnancy.

Moss Agate – Helps lessen the pain during labor, and helps ensure a smooth delivery. It assists with eliminating post-partum depression.

Opal - Used to ease the pains of childbirth. Helps alleviate the stresses and pains of PMS. Dark Opals are used to relieve menstrual cramps.

Peridot – When placed the abdomen, peridot will strengthen contractions while lessening the pain.

Unakite – Used to aid in promoting a healthy pregnancy, and is placed on the Solar Plexus.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Mind your manners Please

Wiccan Objects To Arrest After Neighbors Complain Of Chants, Bonfire

Here is the full story


Ok... So yeas this is hitting the pagan list like look at this......... Wait... if you read the story this wiccan is saying that police are infringing on her religious beliefs. But her neighbors complained because she was disturbing them. They find her with headphones on singing around the fire...... Wearing just a t-shirt and underwear. What every well dressed wiccan will be wearing this summer ......

Guess what if you play your music to loud your neighbors can call the police and report you. Yea it may mean the neighbors are kinda freaked : Oh my Gawd there is a witch in the neighborhood... What? We all come from the goddess?? but then it could mean that your chants where too loud. Or maybe your singing was freaking them out even more........ We all know people like that...

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Super Easy Salsa

Salsa is a healthy, delicious and versatile condiment.
Some salsa recipes or over complicated. This salsa recipe is simple, fresh and tasty.

1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of oregano

1 tsp red pepper or to taste



1 onion finely chopped

Take first 5 ingredients and put in a blender or food processor. Blend being careful not to let the mixture get frothy. Add the finely chopped onion.

Sunday, July 1, 2007


Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bars
with Graham Cracker Crust
2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup butter melted
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
2 3/4 cups sugar

In a medium bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs, confectioners' sugar, peanut butter and melted butter.
Press firmly into the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan.
Melt chocolate chips over a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring ccasionally.
Spread melted chocolate over the crumb crust.
Chill for about 5 minutes, then cut into bars before the chocolate is completely set, then chill until ready to serve.

Family BOS

Family BOS

make your own febreeze

The ingredients:
2 cups Downy fabric softener (or your favorite liquid softner),
2 cups baking soda
4 cups hot water.

Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water;
allow to cool completely.
Add fabric softener and mix well.
Pour into a spray bottle.
Spray fabric evenly until slightly damp. Odors will fade as item dries.
Use more generously for difficult odors.
On fabrics that may water spot (such as silk),
test a small area of the fabric that cannot be seen


February 15 Th. is the celebration known as Lupercalia. It celebrates the love for partners (like husband and wife), parents, and friends! It is a Roman holiday for fertility and love. Many other cultures celebrate this holiday as Valentines
Day ( a day early). We see the cupid, which is the son of the goddess Venus. Cupid is said to have arrows of love, once you are hit by these arrows you are to fall in love. The heart shape is a Norse love rune! How pagan!!
But for Lupercalia why not make some wonderful things for the special people you love.

Ideas for Mom: (hey you always can do this for Mother's Day also)
(ideas for older sisters too.)

Scented cream or lotion

Unscented cream, lotion or baby oil
6-10 Drops of her favorite Essential Oil

Just add Mom or sister's essential oil to the cream, lotion or baby oil. Can add to a pretty bottle if wanted. Or leave in bottle it came in. Ad some pretty ribbon and or ribbon flowers to make the bottle special.
I know someone who loved a gift like this just cause it was sandalwood....

Balt salts
1/3 cup Epsom salts
1/3 cup sea salt
1/3 baking soda
6 to 10 drops of her favorite Essential Oil

Mix together.. add to pretty bottle or jar. The longer you let it sit the stronger the smell.




Dad's Ideas:


First get mom to help cause this craft uses alcohol and we don't want you to get in trouble......

½ cups of vodka (alcohol)
2 teaspoons of rum (more alcohol)
2 bay leaves
couple of whole allspice
1 cinnamon stick
zest of a orange (that's the orange part no white stuff)

To zest a orange you can use a zester or a sharp knife (Mom helps again..) or use a peeler and lightly scrape with the peeler zest off the orange. Mix together in a bottle or jar. Jars are easier cause they have bring opening for the solid stuff to be added. Let sit for 2 to 3 weeks. Strain with cheese cloth or a coffee filter. Throw away the solid stuff and pour liquid in a bottle.

crafts at pagan pride day....

As promised to many parents ...the awaited recipes from the crafts at
pagan pride day....

The pinch bowls:

Coffee dough
1 cup flour
1 cup dried used coffee grounds
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup cold coffee

Mix all together. knead on floured surface until smooth. The kneading releases gluten; that is a protein in flour. That a fancy way of saying "glue" of the dough so go ahead and knead away... Dry on waxed paper.
Let dry for a full 24 hours before turning over.. Keep turning until dry

(this is from _kids Crazy Concoctions_ by Jill Frankel Hauser)

White flour dough
(Hey you kids help name it...)
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sand
1/2 salt
2/3 water

Mix all together. Knead on floured surface. I came up with this dough when wanting to find a dough that didn't melt with the sticky days we had in the summer. Just wanted something like the coffee dough but with a lighter color. Dry on waxed paper. Let dry for a full 24 hours before turning over.. Keep turning until dry (about 5 days)

My favorite dough
Cinnamon dough
1 1/2 cups ground Cinnamon
1 cup Applesauce
1/3 cup white School glue (like Elmer's)

Mix together. knead on cinnamon cover surface. Let sit 30 minutes works the best at room temperature. cut out shapes with a cookie cutter or shape it. Dry on waxed paper. Let dry for a full 24 hours before turning over.. Keep turning until dry

Wish boxes
Coffee cans (like the international coffees cans)
fake gems
foam shapes

Paint the cans. let dry. Decorate with ribbons, gems, shapes and etc.

You can get a wooden box and make a candle box as a gift for Yule!

Candle box

Wooden box
foam shapes etc.
little presents

Decorate your box any way you want. Or you could get a metal box from the dollar stores or Big lots already decorated with yule type pictures. Add candles and a great gift for that witch on your yule list...
Hey some of the little extra can be charms, a pinch bowl you made... bath salts, perfume, incense or whatever. You can have all the candles the same color or all different colors. You can make special candle boxes for special people.

Relax candle box
blue candles
incense in lavender
bath salts

Good for that person on your list that is working overtime for yule or works at a store where it gets very busy.

Feel better candle box
Green or white (both?)
Eucalyptus candle

I love you candle box
Pink candles
Rose incense
Heart charms or foam shapes

Philosophy of Charles Schultz

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America Contest.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with


The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today.
It's already tomorrow in Australia "
(Charles Schultz)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Scented Rocks

Scented Rocks

1/2 cup Salt
1/2 cup Plain Flour
2/3 cup Boiling Water
1/4 teaspoon Essential Oil

Food Coloring, if desired Bowl and Spoon
Mix dry ingredients in bowl.
Add oil and water.
Scent will be strong, but will fade slightly when dry.
Add food coloring, one drop at a time until you have the color you want - or make more than one color by separating the mix into different bowls.
Blend all together.
Shape to look like rocks, then let stones dry.
Place them in a pretty dish or bowl, or make sachets by adding them to a small bag. Sachets can be placed in closets or drawers to keep things smelling good.

Childrens Book of shadows

A Book of Shadows for Children
Blank Book or Notebook
A small child can have a BOS also... their special book can
contain pressed leaves or flowers, coloring pages, recipes,
handprints, pictures, programs from events they‘ve attended,
and well – whatever else they or their parents want
to add. Older children might also include dreams, wishes,
songs, pictures, and anything else they like. They can even
make their own book with pages and a colored paper cover.
Punch holes and tie together…& let the book begin

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

List to help me Quit

There are more than 4,000 ingredients in
a cigarette other than tobacco.
Common additives include yeast, wine, caffeine, beeswax
and chocolate. Here are some other ingredients:

Ammonia: Household cleaner
Angelica root extract: Known to cause cancer in animals
Arsenic: Used in rat poisons
Benzene: Used in making dyes, synthetic rubber
Butane: Gas; used in lighter fluid
Carbon monoxide: Poisonous gas
Cadmium: Used in batteries
Cyanide: Deadly poison
DDT: A banned insecticide
Ethyl Furoate: Causes liver damage in animals
Lead: Poisonous in high doses
Formaldehiyde: Used to preserve dead specimens
Methoprene: Insecticide
Megastigmatrienone: Chemical naturally found in grapefruit juice
Maltitol: Sweetener for diabetics
Napthalene: Ingredient in mothballs
Methyl isocyanate: Its accidental release killed 2000 people in Bhopal, India in 1984
Polonium: Cancer-causing radioactive element

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Happy Mother's Day

A Baby Asked the Goddess

A Baby asked, Goddess?, "They tell me you are
sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to
live there being so small and helpless?"
"Your angel will be waiting for you and will take
care of you."

The child further inquired, "But tell me, here in
the summerlands I don't have to do anything but sing
and smile to be happy."
The Goddess said, "Your angel will sing for you and
will also smile for you. And you will feel your
angel's love and be very happy."

Again the child asked, "And how am I going to be
able to understand when people talk to me if I don't
know the language?"

The Goddess said, "Your angel will tell you the most
beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and
with much patience and care, your angel will teach
you how to speak."

"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to
The Goddess said, "Your angel will take you hand in
hand along the many places, of my sister, the Earth
Mother, and place you upon the many sands, and
waters,of these places, and you will learn to listen
for me, and to speak to me in meditation and

"Who will protect me?"
The Goddess said, "Your angel will defend you even
if it means risking its life."

"But I will always be sad because I will not see you
The Goddess, said, "Your angel will always talk to
you about Me and will teach you the way to come back
to Me, even though I will always be next to you."

At that moment there was much peace in The
Summerlands, but voices from Earth could be heard
and the child hurriedly asked, "GODDESS, if I am to
leave now, please tell me my angel's name."

"You will simply call her, "Mom."

Lift a Mother's spirit, send this to every Mother
you know.


letter home from school

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Thomas,

I write this letter in concern of your daughter, Aradia Moon. Please don't take this the wrong way, however, although she is a straight A student and a very bright child, she has some strange habits that I feel we should address.

Every morning before class, she insists on walking around the room with her pencil in the air. She says she is "drawing down the moon." I told her art class is in an hour & to please refrain until then to do any drawing.

And speaking of art class, whenever she draws a night sky, she insists on drawing little circles around all the stars and people dancing on the ground. And that brings up dancing, I had to stop her twice for taking off her clothes during a game of Ring Around the Rosey! By the way, what does "skyclad" mean?

Aradia has no problem with making friends. I always find her sitting outside during recess with her friends sitting around her in a circle. She likes to share her juice & cookies. It is nice how she wants no one to ever thirst or hunger. However, when I walked over to see what they were doing, she jumped up & told me to stop, pulled out a little plastic knife & started waiving it in front of me. I thought this a bit dangerous, so I took her to the Principal's Office. She explained to the Principal that she was "opening the circle" to let me in. She also said that her Mommy & Daddy always told her not to play or run with an "athame" in her hand, that she could put someone's eye out. I don't know what an "athame" is, but I'm glad she keeps it at home.

As for stories, your daughter tends to make up some whoppers. Just yesterday while I was talking sternly to Tommy Johson & shaking my finger at him, he started screaming & ran from the room. When I finally caught him, he told me Aradia told him & the rest of the class that the last time I shook my finger at someone, they caught the chicken pox. I explained to him that the Sally Jones incident was just a coincidence, & that things like that don't really happen.

One of the strangest things that happened was when I asked the children to bring in Halloween decorations for the classroom. Aradia brought in salt, incense, & her family album. I see she has quite a sense of humour.

One of Aradia's worst habits is that she is very argumentative. We were discussing what the Golden Rule was (Do Unto Others as you would have them Do Unto You), she firmly disagreed with me & stated that it was "Do As you Will, but Harm None" & she will not stop saying "So Mote It Be" after she reads aloud in class. I try to correct her on these matters & she got very angry. She pointed her finger at me & mumbled something under her breath.

In closing, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas, I would like to set up a parent/teacher conference with you sometime next week to discuss these matters. I would like to see you sooner, but I have developed an irritating rash that I am quite worried about.

With Deep Concerns,
Mrs. Livingston

P.S. Blessed Be. I understand this is a greeting or closing from your country that your daughter informs me is polite & correct.

For Malina

"All I Ever Really Needed to Know*
*I Learned in Kindergarten"*
*/Robert Fulgham/*

Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in Kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school.

These are the things I learned..

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life.

Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
Be aware of wonder . Remember the little seed in the plastic cup? The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the plastic cup - they all die. So do we.

And then remember the book about Dick and Jane and the first word you learned, the biggest word of all: LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere.
The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation.
Ecology and politics and sane living.

Think of what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world had cookies and milk about 3 o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankets for a nap. Or if we had a basic policy in our nation and other nations to always put things back where we found them and cleaned up our own messes. And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.