Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
(I used a simple Almond Roca recipe found here )
1 cup butter (not margarine, butter, no substitutes, just butter people!)
1/3 cup water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
dash of salt
about 1/2 cup of almonds (diced/chopped/slivered whatever takes your fancy) (You can also change out the almonds for your favorite kind of nut or not have any at all.)about 8-12 oz of chocolate
In a pot combine the butter, sugar, and water and stir. Heat over medium heat. Stir the mixture until the butter melts all the way and is incorporated well into the mixture. After that leave it alone. Heat until the mixture boils and reaches a yellow brown color (this is known as the hard crack stage. If you have a candy thermometer you should be using that, however mine broke and I know the color changes pretty well now for hard candy so I just winged it ;) )
It should only take about 10 minutes or so. While your mixture is still cooking take out a pan and line it with aluminum foil, I would also butter it or use a cooking spray (it will make your life so much easier!). Now place just about all of your almonds into the pan and spread them out pretty well. Save a bit to sprinkle on top for the garnish if you please. It's not necessary though. Now when everything is the proper color carefully pour it into your lined, sprayed, and almond equipped pan. Be careful, making hard candy is a very HOT task. You don't want to have burns on your hands and arms from it. It's not a pleasant experience.
Once you've poured your toffee in the pan you can either sprinkle your chocolate chips on top of the toffee and as they melt spread them out over the toffee. Or you could be nifty like me, create a double boiler and melt you chocolate and then pour and spread it on top of everything. This is a recipe that you can do just about anything with and it's almost fool proof. Let your toffee sit for a few hours to harden up and then you can crack it with a knife and enjoy!
(I used a gum drop recipe found here, but I altered it a bit)
They don't photograph well, sorry.
1 cup sugar
1 cup corn syrup
3/4 cup water
1 3oz package of flavored gelatin/jello (I used orange you can use any flavor you want)
2 packages of Knox unflavored gelatin (they equal about .25 oz a piece)
1/2 tsp baking soda
optional: Flavored extract (such as orange/lemon/raspberry or whatever compliments your gelatin/jello. I used orange of course)
Powdered sugar (you will be using it to coat the outside to keep it not so sticky you could also use regular sugar if you like the crunchy taste)
Line a cake pan with foil and spray it with cooking spray (you will regret skipping the spray part trust me) and set aside.
Combine sugar and corn syrup into a pan. Heat over medium heat. You should be using a candy thermometer however mine is broken (remember?) so I basically cooked it for almost 10 minutes took out a spoon dipped it into the mixture and stirred it into a glass of cold water to test its consistency. I did this until the mixture seemed like it was more gummy like than jelly like. With your thermometer it should read about 280 degrees Fahrenheit this is the soft crack stage. As this is happening you should place the water, flavored gelatin, unflavored gelatin's, and baking soda into a separate pan on medium heat until it comes to a boil (don't forget to sir to help everything dissolve). Once it boils remove it from the heat.
Now once the sugar/corn syrup mixture reaches the proper stage return the gelatin mixture to the heat and bring it to a simmer. As it simmers SLOWLY pour in the sugar/corn syrup mixture and stir constantly as your do (that means one hand pours and one hand stirs. If you aren't that coordinated then I suggest asking for some help from a partner or someone lol). Let this mixture simmer for about a minute more. Remove from heat and stir in you extra flavorings if you have any. Then pour into your previously line and sprayed pan. Let sit for a few hours until firm.
Once firm, take the powdered sugar and pour some on top and spread it around. You will have noticed that it is still sticky. Putting the powdered sugar on top takes care of that. Now powder the top of your work surface. and lift out the foil. Flip it foil side up and sit it on top of your surface. Now, have fun pulling off that foil from the stickiness. If you skipped spraying I laugh at you HA! If you sprayed it's still a bit of a work out but it is NOWHERE NEAR as bad as it could have been. I find putting powdered sugar on as I pull off the foil helps it come off quicker. Once it is all peeled and powdered take a cookie cutter or in my case I used a small Tupperware container for salad dressings (it's a tiny cup with about a 2 inch diameter) stir it in some powdered sugar (this helps with the sticking) and cut the suckers out. When your finished you can do as I did and rub the cut outs between your hands and remove some excess sugar or you can leave them alone. Enjoy!
So this is by far the easiest recipe of the day.
Seriously. You could make it in your sleep. Are you ready?
1 can sweetened condensed milk
12 oz chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Take a cake pan and line it with foil and spray. In a double boiler combine milk and chocolate. Stir until all is melted and combined. Remove from heat stir in vanilla, cinnamon, and cayenne (you can add more or less to taste the amounts here are very mild). Pour into pan and let sit a few hours until firm. Once firm lift foil and remove. Cut into squares/shapes and serve. See I told you it was easy.
I hope you enjoy these wonderful recipes. Fred and George would approve! I'll see you later tonight for Madam Rosemerta's Famous Pumpkin Juice recipe and I may even throw in a favorite from Dumbledore! See you tonight loves!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Mine is a Pirate!! ARGH!! Hers is just scary. lol. Well I hope your night was a pumpkin filled as mine!!! Pumpkins always make me happier. I'm working both jobs tomorrow so wish me luck. I now leave you with the action shot.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Today I finished up a dreamcatcher for my cousin. He's been having some troubles at his new apartment and he asked if I could make him a dream catcher to help provide some ease. So I made him a manly version of my Goddess Dreamcatcher I made for a healing swap a few months ago. Here's the Goddess one:
It's has rose quartz, amethyst, and clear quartz in the web acting as the spider/bead. Combined together they help promote love, protection, and healing. Not too shabby for the first ones I've ever made. Now, my cousin is Christian and I didn't feel comfortable putting stones in his dreamcatcher because I know that they don't hold any meaning to him. So I stuck with the traditional bead types. Which works well since I took him to his first Powwow over the summer.
His is made with hawk or quail feathers (I never know the difference), a glass bead for the spider, and then I made clay beads to hold the feathers on. The picture is crap since it's night here (silly sun thinking it can take a vacation in the fall). But I think you get the idea. I was hoping to make it a bit more manly looking. I don't think it came out half bad. It was made with things completely from my stash. If I were to go out of the way and make a real legit dreamcatcher I would have used sinew for the web and made the circle out of leather lace. Instead I just used the leather lace to connect the feathers. I like the wrapped/twisted vine look for the circle. Makes it more earthy to me. Not to mention I'm not a fan of leather lace. And I used a really thin yarn/string mostly used for making lace and doilies for the web. And now we get to the magickal part of this. The story. I'm no Native American story teller, but from my research and what I have grown up knowing about dreamcatchers this is what I can tell you about them.
A dreamcatcher is given to a child upon birth in order to protect them. It is hung above the child's bed to allow the dreams and energies of life to flow through it like a filter. The good dreams and energies are allowed to pass through the web while the bad dreams and energies become tangled on the web and flow down to the feathers. The bad dream and energies are then taken away with the wind, casting them away. Any bad dream and energies that remain are then purified when sunlight hits them. Dreamcatchers can be used by adults for the same reasons. They help keep the good energies with in the room and help to rid the person of negative/bad energies. I think every person should have one! :) If you are giving the dreamcatcher to a child there are some nice stories about why they are shaped the way they are and how they came into existence. I've done some searching around and I think my favorite story is the one found here. I like it because it talks about how the four elements come into play as well. But you can find tons of stories through children's books and google. I ♥ dream catchers!
Well, that's all I have for now. See you tomorrow!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
On another note, the kidney stone has subsided greatly. Hopefully it stays away. I'm aiming to set up a permanent healing altar, much like the ancestor altar. I'll work on that soon. I want to do a little more research on the art of healing first. I wish there were people around where I live that could give me a helping hand with teaching and learning these things. There might be I just need to socialize more and look harder.
I also started some candy for my friends for Halloween. We are all donning witch attire and taking my niece trick or treating. I've decided to sit out on the local Samhain ritual this year. While I loved it last year and it even made me a bit emotional (by a bit I mean I cried like a baby), I feel like I have ignored my friends long enough during my isolation and it would be nice to spend the end of the witches year in good, loving company while enjoying the wide eyed innocence of a child. I love that little one! Well, I have to head to job 2 and 1 tomorrow. I shall leave you with some pictures I've taken over the last week that I love!
These are the partial full moon. I think maybe a day or two before the actual full moon. I'm just impressed my camera could manage to get this close. My usual moon pictures consist of a random white dot.
These are some pictures from the park I go to and picnic at with the kiddo I watch. Nice right? I love it there. Hope you had a great Sunday too. See you tomorrow!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
That's all I have for now. There were a few other things I included but these are the things I'm more so proud of. The others are ok, but not brag worthy. Well, I'm going to give work a call and wait for me mum. She's going to take me to the doctor. Somebody hope they don't treat me like last time. You would be surprised at how much of a second rate citizen you are considered without insurance. Blah. See yall later!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I absolutely love it. I don't know if you can see the little black slots on the first picture of it. Those are for bobby pins to fasten it to your head. I'm not very good with those. But they aren't too bad for the moment. Here it is next to Dreams of Eire for size comparison. It's so tiny and cute.
Amazing right? This is the first award I've gotten and it's all thanks to Dragonfly over at Witchery Grove. Thanks so much Dragonfly!!!
So here are the rules:
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Pass this on to 15 other great bloggers you recently discovered.
4. Contact the selected bloggers and tell them about their awards.
Ok, so here we go. Seven things about me.
1. I love to write poetry. No not that crap I used to put before all my magickal posts, but actual full on poetry. I've been writing since I was a child.
2. My favorite shape has always been a star. Long before I discovered Wicca. Coincidence? I think not.
3. I collect four leaf clovers. I don't really look for them, they just pop up in my life. I have managed to save 7 so far.
4. There is nothing more exciting and relaxing then laying back under a pine tree.
5. The smell of fresh picked basil is exquisite! I just love to carry a piece around and sniff it all day ;)
6. Halloween/Samhain is the absolute best holiday/sabbat in the entire world. Next to my birthday which falls on Ostara this year ;)
7. I love the sound of Christmas bells, I keep some up all year.
For the next part. 15 blogs: Gosh that's a crazy amount! lol. Would it be disrespectful if I stuck to maybe a top 5? I hope not. A lot of blogs I read already have these awards. I wanted to stick to the ones that didn't.
1. Dancing with a Spatula Wand
Love this blog, it's so tasty!
2. Witchy Godmother
She has the best stories. I look forward to all her posts.
3. Aux Demilunes
She's very talented and has the cutest kids! She is always making something new.
4. Sew Misunderstood
She's a rocking chick who plays in a band, rocks old school fashions, and loves horror.
5. All Things Crafty
Amazingly wicked craft blog.
As for contacting. I'm lazy. lol. And shy. So I think I will just leave that up to them to figure out. Thanks again Dragonfly!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
OMFGs!!!!!!! So on the 10th day of Halloween, I spent tonight watching Paranormal State. I hope you Ugh and *sigh* as much as I do when people say they watch this show. Some of the shows just go overboard and leave me questioning the integrity of the show. Also, the extreme Christian view is a bit much for me. The current show that is on just made me yell at the TV. I know you're saying, "Jess, don't you do that anyways?" Yes. Yes, I do. However, this one made me angry. So this couple is having trouble with a shadow person in their house. Like all other shows, the paranormal team has deemed it to be some sort of demon. But this one, wait for it.... are you ready?.... This shadow person was conjured up by the couple's brother who at the time was practicing witchcraft. The dude had a pentacle tattooed on his arm and this caused the main host, Ryan, to ask about it what it meant. The guy was like "this was from when I used to practice witch craft." He admitted to casting a circle in the home with the the couple because they expressed curiosity in spirits. The brother decided... out of all the damn spirits to conjure or try and contact he decides, Oh, Let me conjure a shadow demon...... *FACEPALM* WTF?! And this, this is why witches have gotten terrible reps. So he conjures this demon, it appears, it scares the couple and they run out of the house breaking the circle. The brother, who knows why, apparently just left things as they were and never returned the demon and never closed the circle. So many moons later (a couple of years) they are still being tormented by this demon.
I'm pretty sure I don't need to say much at this point. If you're reading this your probably already saying inside your head (or out loud at your computer screen like me) "DUDE, WTF?!" I'm not sure where to start. One, why is it that every portrayal of Wicca, Witchcraft, or Paganism on TV always brought on by people who dabble in things that they are obviously never fully informed about. I would think that it is pretty much Witchcraft 101 for you not to mess with demons and spirits unless you are emotionally and mentally prepared for it. It's not something to ever take lightly. And a demon,dude? Really? Why a demon? Why not a spirit guide, an ancestor, or something else that on the lower side of the spectrum. No, you want to be a bad ass, you want to call up a demonic spirit. And on top of that you want to leave the damn circle open! I think I want to write this man a strongly worded letter of disappointment and outrage. If you have the knowledge to open a circle and call a demon then you had to at least do some research on what you were doing. I'm sure he crossed a few warnings. it's not like you were 12 playing with a Ouija Board. He was a grown ass man. And grow assness means when deciding to practice a religion or even to practice sorcery or magick that you owe it to yourself and the people who's well being you are infringing upon to be fully aware of your actions and the effects that are even remotely worst case possible. GAH! Pourquoi?!
Ok, I'm done. I've released as much energy on this as I'm willing to. As a quick side note, I didn't craft any today. I spent the whole day out and about with mom getting my car right and picking up decorations for the yard.... OH! and I cut and dyed my hair! Big changes to close this year!! WOOT! Happy Sunday yall!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Ok, so in an up mood, kitty is eating again! YAY! I went to the vet and got his pain meds this morn and when I came home from work he was in such a good mood! Either that or he could sense my distress. Whatever it be, he was extremely lovey and has been eating on and off all night. I'm so happy!! I was getting worried again about him not eating. It's amazing the difference I've seen in him tonight. :D
OH! And I came across these a week ago or so and decided I HAVE to have them!
Yep. That's right. THOSE ARE PUMPKIN BLOOMERS!!!!!! WHAT?!?!?!?! You can find them here. Unfortunately, as you have been reading, money is not in the pocket right now, so like all good crafters, I plan on making my own pair. That is my task for tomorrow. I have some scrap blue jersey fabric that I will use as a practice run since I fail at making pants (God I hate making pants!). If I succeed at the mark up pair then I will search the high seas for orange jersey, which of course will be followed by black for a skeleton pair (mais oui!). It's only natural in my opinion. I also think a nice green franky pair would be awesome. Who knows, I have to get past the original mark up. I'm having trouble about what face to put on the blue ones. It's a nice light blue. Maybe I'll do a winter theme. I found a few tutorials online that are kind of helpful for making your own bloomers. I just hate making patterns for myself. I can draw up a pattern for someone else in no time flat. For me, it's a terrible process that requires me measuring and I hate measuring. I mean, who doesn't. Blah. In case your wondering I'm a rather attractive figure... in my head. On the outside I tend to be quite square or rectangle like.... So goal tomorrow, make bloomers and maybe even another witch hat. Sewing always eases my whaos.
So my loves, I will leave you with this. Damh the Bard's Samhain Eve. He's one of my favorite Pagan artists and he's coming the Michigan for Beltaine!! I've already decided my new second job is going to fund my trip up there to see him perform. I know it's a good 17 hour drive from Virginia but he's from the UK and I don't know the next I will be flying over there to see the grands. Plus, who doesn't love a good road trip to a 4 day pagan festival? Enjoy Loves! See you tomorrow!