Owl Cookies – our Halloween family favourite cookie

Originally posted on Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess:

Ali makes these now and mom made them when we were small. If I can con Ali into making them I’ll take pictures.

Owl Cookies 
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter ( 1 1/2 sticks), room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
chocolate chips, about 3 to 4 dozen (or use other candies for eyes)
cashews, about 3 to 4 dozen
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar; beat in egg and vanilla, beating until smooth and creamy.

Gradually blend in dry ingredients. Remove about 2/3 of the cookie dough to a floured surface. To the remaining dough, add the cooled melted chocolate, blending well.
Roll out half of the…

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I honour

This Samhain night I honour those who came before me

I honour the ancestors whose features I bear

I tread in your footsteps

I gain wisdom from listening to you

I honour my teachers

You give me hope

You give me direction

You give me purpose

I honour Hecate

Guardian of the Crossroads

Shower of the way

I honour Ceridwen

I pass through her cauldron

Having gained knowledge

I honour the Green Man

Who gracefully gives way to winter

And in whose arms will I rest.

I honour the Raven

Wise one, laughing one

Dark one

I honour Vulture

Who cleans away the dead

To make way for the new

I honour Death

Whose passage we all feel

And will someday meet.

I honour you

I honour you

I honour you

A Samhain Prayer

A Samhain prayer

I give thanks for the abundance of the last harvest

For root vegetables, for nuts, for the gift of animal lives to nourish us

I give thanks to my ancestors. You are the reason I exist

You gave me knowledge and intelligence

You gave me the face I wear and the talents to do the things I can do

I give thanks for the coming of winter

Time for contemplation and learning

I give thanks on this new year begun tonight

I thank you in advance for the adventures I will have in the next year

Hecate, guide me through the dark times

Brighid, light my way to see my path.

I give thanks for candle flames that burn and cheer

I give thanks for the fires that cook my food

I give thanks for the early setting sun and the late rising on the day’s return

I give thanks for Samhain’s spooky winds and breezes

Sweep us clean

I give thanks for the closing of the year at Samhain

And ask your protection and guidance in the new

The Samhain Dances

elfkat:

A Samhain playlist from a few years ago

Originally posted on Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess:

For some unknown reason the holiday of Samhain is a dancing holiday to me. But not just dancing to dance, dancing to express in movement what I can’t in words. So I give you the Samhain Dances playlist.

1. 25 Years – Blackmore’s Night
2. The Mummer’s Dance – Loreena McKennitt
3. Just Call My Name – Blackmore’s Night
4. The Rede ( An It Harm None) – Gaia Consort
5. Samhain – Heather Alexander
6. Morrigan’s Quest Laura Powers
7. Village Lantern – Blackmore’e Night
8. Samhain Madrigal – Laura Powers
9. The Masts of Morrigan – Maddie Prior
10. Faerie Queen – Blackmore’s Night
11. Samhain Chant – Moonstruck
12. I Guess It Doesn’t Matter Anymore – Blackmore’s Night
13. All Soul’s Night – Loreena McKennitt
14. World of Stone – Blackmore’s Night
15. The Circle is Cast – On The Wing’s of Song
16. Samhain – Steeleye…

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