Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Days of Rest & Apple Pie




Well.. the huge 17 people dinner is over... whew!


I've been in bed for the last two days--resting, trying to recharge. It's a slow process. The picture I took (posted above) is from these really cute salt and pepper shakers I picked up a few days before the party. Too cute, huh?
I haven't had that many people in my house for a long time. Ever since I've been sick (I have Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain), I've really tried to stay away from doing huge events like that. But, I miss my family and so it was worth it to me to give it a try. I always love seeing everyone, but really I love how much having guests over can motivate me into change! I love how clean my house is. My husband moved all the furniture around and hung pictures. I feel like we made a huge amount of progress last week and now the little bit I can do each day, on a normal basis, will mean that much more. We still have all the stuff that was causing the clutter, it's just all in one area (the garage) instead of scattered all over the house. So, (little) bit by bit, (small) box by box we will go through the clutter and toss it, give it away or sell it on eBay!

Since there were so many people on Sunday, and since my condition tends to get worse with too much activity, each guest decided to bring a main dish to the party. We had so much food, I felt really blessed! Plus, I haven't had to cook all week which is really helping my stay-in-bed-cause! My husband did BBQ all the meat and I did make a pot of Minestrone soup and an Apple Pie. Everyone loved the Apple Pie, so I thought I'd share the recipe here...

Sage's Deep Dish Apple Pie
6 organic Apples (peeled and thinly sliced)
3/4 cups of Sugar
2 tablespoons of un-bleached Flour
3/4 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of Salt
1 tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice
1 box refrigerated Pie Crust

You'll need to take the pie crust out of the fridge and let it soften (I took it out about an hour before). Wash, peel and thinly slice all the apples. Add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Follow the directions for placing the pie crust in the pan and bake in a pre-heated oven at 425 degrees for about 45 minutes. Let it cool for about 2 hours and enjoy!

Have a Wonderful Day!



Saturday, April 11, 2009

Rosemary and... Procrastination

I’m supposed to be cleaning my house getting ready for a family dinner tomorrow night.. so instead I’m blogging. Wonder what’s wrong with me.. I just can’t get motivated, guess I really don’t want to be doing this dinner. Ahh well…. Everything will get done.. eventually!

I thought I’d post on some of the finer uses of Rosemary for you this morning.. I’m considering using some myself to get into action before I’m up all night preparing for tomorrow! Rosemary is associated with improving and stimulating the mind. It’s an excellent tonic if you’re feeling physically, mentally and/or emotionally worn out. Rosemary is also useful as an antiseptic and antibacterial-it can be burned in rooms where people are, or have been, ill. Rosemary stimulates the adrenal glands and makes a good remedy for long-term depression and chronic illness by helping increase your energy levels.

Some of the best ways to use Essential Oils are to open the bottle and inhale the scent, you can also place a drop or two on a tissue or cotton pad and keep it with you to inhale throughout the day. You may want to add a few drops to your favorite oil burner, add to your massage or bath oil.

Enjoy!


Thursday, April 09, 2009

Rock of Love Bus...

I know, I know.. it's sad. But, my guilty indulgence is watching Rock of Love Bus with Bret Michael's... the finale is this Sunday Night! Ya!!

I'm seriously considering buying
Rock of Love: Season 1 and Rock of Love Season 2. Amazon makes it really easy since you can buy them on demand.. either the whole season or each episode one by one!

I just read on Yahoo TV that they are considering cancelling Bret's show... so I hope he finds love this time!!!





Sunday, April 05, 2009

Enchanted Revelry ~ Contest


I know, I know.. I haven't posted a new contest in a while!


But, I've found a pretty cool contest to enter... if you get a few moments why not stop by Enchanted Revelry and enter for a chance to win some free goodies!! All you need to do is post a comment or post about the contest on your blog for THREE additional chances to win!


Have an Enchanted Evening...


Friday, April 03, 2009

Pagan Blog Prompts - What Makes Me a Pagan?

Pagan Blog Prompts (http://paganprompts.blogspot.com) is a new blog that is, hopefully, going to give our magickal writings a boost with insightful weekly questions!

My friend Sunfire decided to start the Pagan Prompts blog just this week.. so if you have a few minutes swing on by and add your two cents -- suggest a topic, answer a question or just say HI and leave a comment!

Now, to answer this weeks question.. What makes me a Pagan?

I think of myself as a Pagan mainly because of the deep respect and reverence I have for our Mother Earth. I honor and celebrate the Cycles of Nature. I find Wisdom in the Trees that surround my home and Spirit in the small Animal Creatures that live in my yard. I believe in Magick to the smallest degree… Spirit surrounds us and shows us strength in its Beauty.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Charts & Readings from Astrology.com

Astrology.com is having an awesome Blowout Sale! Enjoy 10 of their most popular readings for $29.95. The readings include the following:

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