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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Silver Spring Sale

To celebrate spring being here I'm having a Silver Spring Sale in my Etsy shop, boiiing over there and have a look 👀😊Oh Yes Yes Etsy Shop




Friday, 7 April 2017

Shepherdess' Pie / Mushroom & Lentil Shepherd's Pie

Another of the recipes I'm trying to get off scraps of paper so that I can find them easier.

This is also nice with a spoon full of Marmite in as well to give it a richer flavour.  Carrots added give a nice splash of colour as well, but then I suppose it would be more of a Cottage Pie?  It is handier if you already have left over mashed potatoes from the day before as it saves a pan ;0)

Shepherdess' Pie


Ingredients

  • 6oz Green Lentils
  • Onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • can Chopped Tomatoes
  • 8oz Button Mushrooms, halved
  • 1 tbsp Henderson's Relish
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 1/4 lbs Potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 2oz Cheese, grated

Method



Boil Lentils in water then simmer until done.

Oven on Gas 6/200 C

Fry Onions and Garlic until golden.

Stir in Mushrooms, Henderson's Relish, Paprika, Black Pepper.  Add Tomatoes.  Cook for 5 mins.

Mix with Lentils.  Transfer to an oven dish.  

Spoon Mashed Potatoes on the top, sprinkle with Cheese.

Bake for approx 30 mins until lightly golden.

Before cooking

Done, ready to nosh



















Gratuitous photo of my kitchen helper keeping the radiator warm for me 
and watching the cheese in case I drop any ;0)

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Spicy Lentil Lasagna

Need to put some of my recipes somewhere as the scrappy bits of paper I have them written on aren't looking so great and hopefully they should be easier for me to find on here rather than rummaging round in cupboards and I actually remembered to take photos while cooking this time.  
This isn't a food blog and I'm not an exceptional cook, it's more for my benefit, so if you do decide to try it and want to alter anything or whatever to suit your own tastes please do.  This lasagna is only slightly spicy more warming really.  I used a medium sized dish for us and then a separate smaller one for my eldest to take back with him, he's moved out but still appreciates any food going his way and his washing doing ;0)


Spicy Lentil Lasagna


Ingredients


  • Onion
  • 2 sticks Celery
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 3 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tbsp Mustard powder
  • 12 oz Red Lentils
  • 1 3/4 pt Stock
  • can chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • Coriander
  • Lasagna sheets
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 pt natural Yogurt
  • 4 oz Cheddar Cheese



Method


Chop onion, celery and garlic, fry in olive oil for 5 mins until softened.

Add mustard and spices, cook 1 min.

Stir in lentils.

Add stock, tomatoes, tomato puree and seasonings, black pepper.  
Bring to slow boil, cover and simmer for 1/4 hour.

Oven gas 6 or 200 C

Layer lentils and lasagna, ending with lentils.

Beat eggs with yogurt and grated cheese.

Spread yogurt mixture on top of lasagna, sprinkle with more grated cheese.

Cook for approx 35 mins, until golden brown on top.






Wednesday, 1 March 2017

White Rabbits


Hare and Crow by Amanda Clark

While spinning round this morning whilst saying white rabbits three times, because it's the first of March, I wondered where does this come from, why white rabbits.  The best reasons seems to come from the story of Ostara the Spring Goddess and Goddess of the Dawn.

It is said she was late arriving one year to bring the spring warmth and sunlight in, when she did arrive the ground was still frozen and covered in snow.  She felt even worse about being late when she discovered a small bird with his wings frozen dying from the cold.  Ostara picked the bird up and cradled him to warm him through, but his wings still remained damaged and he couldn't fly.  Feeling remorseful about the bird not being able to fly she turned him into a white rabbit or rather a Snow Hare and named him Lepus. She gave him the gift of great speed and turning ability and to remember his time as a bird she gave him the ability to lay eggs, eggs of many colours, but only for one day a year.

So it could be that that is why saying white rabbits on the first of March, or some say on the first new moon of this month, brings you good luck.  Why the spinning, I don't know, maybe that's just me.  Does anyone else spin?

Looking forward to eggs of many colours at the Spring Equinox :0)

Monday, 6 February 2017

Spring Sale 2017

To celebrate Imbolc and the beginings of spring I am offering 18% off items in my Etsy shop, enter code SPRING17 at checkout, share the love.  Talking of which Valentines Day is coming up as well, an excellent way to get an individually made with love gift that doesn't make your wallet hurt. 

Please click this link to take you to my shop Morning Star Craft Oh Yes Yes Etsy Shop  More items on sale there :0)

Bridget Goddess Necklace
Triple Moon Stacker Ring

Triskele and Acorn Pendants

Wooden Hanging Decorative Love Heart Valentine Hare 


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Chesterfield Pagans Lammas Camp 2017


It's Imbolc the midway between Yule/Winter Solctice and Spring Equinox/Ostara so that means it's time for Lammas Camp tickets to go on sale ;0) 

 
Lammas Camp is a Fantastic Friendly Gathering for anyone who enjoys nature and is spiritually open minded.
Held at New House Organic Farm Kniverton, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1JL 
in the top field, ​which gives wonderful view over the beautiful countryside around there.
Please note, if you use the postcode in your sat nav/mapping, it is 400 yards due north of the flag.
 
Share and swap ideas and tales, join in with workshops, listen to talks and meditations, beat your drum, dance yourself silly, join us in ritual, stalls, entertainment... or just take time to relax and breathe.​





You can purchase your place at this great camp multiple ways, either in person at our
Monthy Moot (every 2nd Tuesday of the month, The Lodge at Hasland, Chesterfield) or at our
Drum Circle, (Eyre Chapel, Newbold)
(more info on these events here - Chesterfield Pagans facebook page),
or download the ticket info from here and email it in, 
or print off the ticket application and post it to us at the address on the ticket info form.
​Individual prices are on the ticket form, 
but the whole weekend is only £20 per adult with the Early Bird option,
 workshop and talks are included in the ticket price. 
We are a not for profits organisation and all crew donate time and energy freely for the pagan community,
We operate a no refunds policy.
 No gate sales 
We hope you enjoy your time at camp and find time to relax and recharge your batteries as well as learning something new.

Chesterfield Pagans Lammas Camp facebook event page can be found here - www.facebook.com/events/207781432959614/

Workshop and Ritual timetables etc and catering menu will be available on here and 
Morning Star Craft nearer the time so remember to keep checking back for updates.
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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Chesterfield Derbyshire Pagans Lammas Camp Workshop Timetable 2016

CHESTERFIELD PAGANS LAMMAS CAMP SCHEDULE 2016



THURSDAY 4/8/16
CAMP OPENS 2PM

7.30
Beating of the Bounds
8
Welcome, Introductions, Rules & Regs

OPENING FIRE RITUAL

Drum Curfew 10.30pm


FRIDAY
Time
Marquee
Dome 1
Dome 2
Craft Dome
Other
10.30
Power Animals
Part 1
Cherill
Your Body as a Magical Tool
Gail McHugh
Blot
Suzanne
Lost Wax Casting
Paula
Kites
Richard & Gill’s van
11
11.30
12
Plant Spirit Shamanism
Pat
Belly Dance
Tyler
Past Life Regression
Simon
Feather Smudging
Marie
Quantum Physics Frequence Medicine
Rachel’s tent
12.30
1
Sacred Geometry
Paula
1.30

Tarot
Laura
Stick Weaving
Liz

2
Mindfulness
Dave
2.30
Crystals
John
3
MEWS
Mind Expanding Weird Shit
Cat
Crafts All Day
3.30
Incense
Tan
4
Dowsing
Cherill & Simon
4.30
5


5.30

6
6.30
7
Entertainment
7.30
8
8.30
9
Hasfest Revival (Shamanism, Paganism, Rock & Roll)
9.30
10
10.30
Drum Curfew


SATURDAY
Time
Marquee
Dome 1
Dome 2
Craft Dome
Other
10.30
Power Animals
Part 2
Cherill
Rites of Passage
Darrell &
Gail
Aromatology
John
Lost Wax Casting
Paula
Bio Resonance
Racheal
11
11.30
12
Drum Journey
Pat

Spell Casting
Laura
Chanting
Karl
12.30
Mandala Weaving
Gill
1
1.30
2
Rewilding the Soul
Tan
Trees
Dave
2.30
Drumming
Bill
Elder Futhark Runes
Nacht Engle
Kids Crafts
Paula
3
3.30
4
Handfasting
(If raining)

Handfasting
(If dry)
By the Oak
4.30
5

Invite a Tree to Tea
By the Oak
5.30
6
7
Lammas Ritual
7.30
8
8.30
9

StarGazing Astronomy
Mark
9.30
10
10.30
11
Drum Curfew

SUNDAY
Time
Marquee
Dome 1
Dome 2
Craft Dome
Other
10
Goblin
Market

Story Time
Suzanne


10.30
11
11.30
12
Closing
12.30

1
1.30
2
CAMP CLOSES 2PM
Bye Bye for another year, safe journeys all x
2.30
Crew huddle together, have a cuppa and start taking down
Please see here for full details of Chesterfield Derbyshire Pagans Lammas Camp

Check the board by the Welcome Tent at camp in cases changes have to be made on any of the days.

Workshops

Workshops are free, but there may be a small charge for materials.

Drumming - Bill

Re-wilding the Soul - Tan Harvey
Manifesto for Re-wilding the Soul – Talk/Workshop
We are an intrinsic part of nature; therefore if we say that we have lost our connection with nature then we have lost the connection with ourselves.
The Oran More – Frank Mills 1998:
“Quiet – Eternal Quiet: – Not even the sound of the restless, stirring, dark waters could be heard.
Then, a great spiralling strain of Melody moved across the endless waters.
Subdued at first, then quickly gathering momentum until it reached a great crescendo.
And, then, there was Life!
But the Melody did not stop. It continued its song, filling all of Creation with its divine harmony.
And so it continues today, for all those who listen.”
The ‘Melody’ – the ‘Song’ this is the life-force energy flowing throughout all of creation, continuously, including US – listen, hear it, re-connect - the raw, wild energy of nature and our souls.

Incense - Tan Harvey
Our olfactory system (our sense of smell) is the quickest way to our brains; a smell is the one of the most powerful things for triggering memories or feelings, altering mood, healing and much more.
Incense-sticks provide us with a natural way to achieve this – or do they? Mass production & unscrupulous manufacturers mean that in many the incense is glued to the stick (did you want to glue sniff?) or at worst are only coloured sawdust with chemical scents added.
Learn how to work with raw natural resins, herbs and woods to blend your own unique totally natural incenses, purpose made and lots of fun to do.

Yarn Mandalas - Gill

Power Animal 1  - Cherill
Journey to meet and greet your current animal spirit guide.
A talk and guided meditation to drumming.

Power Animal 2 - Cherill
You need to know your animal spirit guide for this one!
We connect with your animal guide them ask them to take you to the four directions to meet and seek guidance from the animal spirit guides that dwell on each of your four directions.
A longer guided meditation to the drum.
 
Past Life - Simon
Simon will demonstrate the Kristos method while Cherill will demonstrate the Own Space, Own Time method. Both methods do not use hypnosis! We will ask for volunteers

Spell Casting - Lara

Runes - Nacht Engel
An informal introduction to the Elder Futhark Runes-the magical alphabet of the ancient Germanic tribes of Northern Europe and Scandinavia. The runes have been used for many centuries both for divination and as powerful magical symbols.

This workshop will provide a little of the history and mythology surrounding them, as well as teach you ways to recognise and remember each rune and it's meaning. It will show you in a fun and interactive way a few techniques for using them to reveal hidden wisdom and unveil the possible future. You will also learn how to create a bind rune talisman for protection,  wealth, love, success or health. Free rune interpretation sheet for everyone attending.

Tribal - Tyler
Tribal style belly dance

Dowsing - Cherill
Cherill and Simon will show you how to Dowse for everyday living using rods and pendulums.
You will have a chance to use both methods during the workshop.

Mindfulness - Dave

Trees - Dave
Dave is an arborist and has a great love and knowledge of trees which he is keen to share.

Drum Journey - Pat
Waking the Spirit of the Drum
A ceremony and Journey to awaken the Spirit of your Drum. Connecting you with the spirit of your Drum will enhance the work you do together. Awaking the spirit of the Drum allows the instrument to become a helper spirit which will guide , intensify and increase the quality of your work.

Plant Spirit Shamanism - Pat

Kite Making - Richard

Stick Weaving - Liz
Make a bracelet.  Everything supplied, 1 -1.5 hours. Suitable for children as well.

Spinning - Liz
Liz will be bringing her wheel etc and setting up near her van, just ask her for a go when you see it there.


Your Body as a Magickal Tool - Gail
The only tool that a witch needs is her/his own body. Your body is not mundane! It is more powerful than other witches tools because it is animated with the actual power of life. Through discussions and practice, we will explore the power inherent in our own body, and how to utilize it as a tool in your personal witchcraft practice to enhance your magickal abilities.
Gail McHugh is the founder and High Priestess of Horn and Cauldron, Church of the Earth, a Rhode Island based eclectic Wiccan teaching coven. Gail was ordained in the Spiral Tree Grove Tradition, and serves as an elder in that tradition. Gail has had extensive prior experience with Pagan spirituality in both solitary and group settings.



Rites of Passage - Gail & Darrell
Our Journey through life is a succession of stages or passages from beginning to end. As Pagans and Witches, we incorporate many of these stages into our lives to recognise as personal Rites of Passage. This workshop will be an open discussion on the various rites of passages we celebrate as Pagans, as well as living each day as a rite of passage.



Jamaican-born Darrell Moore is a legally ordained clergy, and a High Priest of Horn and Cauldron, Church of the Earth.


Craft Dome

Spiral Cat Crafts - Paula

Lost Wax Casting - Not suitable for children
Two Part workshop.  Part one, create a wax model which you will encase in a ceramic shell.  Part two, the wax is removed from the shell by heating the mould and molten metal can be poured into it.
This workshop is material intensive so there will be a charge of £5 to cover costs.

Sacred Geometry
A look at sacred symbols from different cultures and how they are constructed.  There will be resources available to have a go at drawing some of these and incorporating them into mandalas.

Cuttlefish Casting
Carve a design into a piece of cuttlefish, bind it to a backing board and cast using pewter.
Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied for safety reasons.
Suggested donation of £3-£5 to cover material costs.

Dream Catchers
Suggested donation of £2 to cover material costs.

Air-drying Clay Modelling
Either stone or terracotta coloured air-drying clay will be available at 50p per packet.
There will also be a variety of modelling tools and moulds to shape your creations.

Shrink Plastic Key Rings
Draw a picture on a piece of plastic sheet, punch a hole in it and heat it up.  The sheet shrinks to 1/7" of it's original size and gets seven times thicker.  Add a key ring blank and you're good to go.
Suggested donation £1 to cover material costs.

Angel/Dragon Candles
This an activity using a a technique involving water to create unique and beautiful candles.
Suggested donation of £1.50-£2 to cover material costs.

Funky Foam Fun
Using funky foam to create flowers, headresses and facinators.
Suggested donation of £1-£3 to over material cost, dependant on how much you use.

Colouring/Art Materials
There will also be a selection of art materials, paper and colouring sheets if you just want to chill out and get arty.