Archive | January 2006

Great Grandpa Cumming’s Scones

2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
2 1/2 tablespoons shortening
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup of milk
1/2 – 1 cup raisins (optional)
1 egg (optional)

1. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Cut shortening into dry ingredients, Add liquid. (Egg should be added here if used.) Mix well.

2. Divide dough in half. Roll into balls Flatten each ball leaving center 3/4 inch high and sloping to 1/2 inch at outside edge. Cut into triangles. Place on ungreased or foil lined cookie sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 5 minutes. Flip over and bake until brown.
Hint if you add the egg either reduce the milk or add a wee bit more flour because it gets really gooey otherwise.

Makes 8 -12.

My mom said good with raspberry jam. I like lemon curd.

Tea Today

January 29, Sunday 3pm-5pm: Tea and Conversation with COMMA- Pasadena
An informal informational over warm beverages and baked goods is a wonderful opportunity to get to know us. Wear your best witch hat, bring some tea or crumpets, and join us for a delightful afternoon of conversation and cackling.

Click on the link for the Coven for more info, We’re 20 next week! Wheee! Where did the time go?

Aggravated at a newbee

Ohhh! I need to chill out since this is a baking day. Comma’s tea is this afternoon and I do not want to have an argument because I put that energy in the food. Some person asked what a kitchen witch was? So I answered from the “cough” great depths of my experience. So some newbee lectured me that I was wrong!!!! Bet she learned from a book. My grandmother and Scott Cunningham must be laughing their butt off somewhere. Especially Scott. Doesn’t she know who I am? LOL… So much for my ego.

So far I’ve made a batch of brownies and I think great grandpa’s Scones are next and then cream scones. OBTW it’s pronounced s gone not scones to rhyme with cone from the Gaelic s’gon. Remember you can eat scones (sgone) at Scone Palace (pronounced Scoon). And see the throne of Scone which is pronounced scone (scone)

BunniHoTep in the Moon

Once upon a time long, long ago in Egypt there lived a small rabbit goddess. She loved Isis and she knew Isis was very sad because a very mean god, Set had hurt the one Isis loved most, Osiris.

Legend says that Osiris was cut up by Set and scattered in 14 pieces around the ancient world but there were really a few extra bits and bobs left over. BunniHoTep decided she would find all the extra pieces left around. She knew those pieces were very important to Isis.

So BunniHoTep went out to search for the missing pieces. She searched the shores of the Nile. She searched in the corners of the big temples. She searched the Valley of the Kings. She searched in the lotus ponds and under the papyri. She searched in all low out of the way places the other gods had missed. She found many dust bunnies but no pieces of Osiris.

BUT she found the last 2 special pieces in a hawk’s nest. She was very brave and made sure Missus Hawk was not at home when she went to look. She was brave but not THAT brave.

She put the pieces in her basket and hopped back to Isis. Isis was SO happy she rewarded BunniHoTep was a very big honor. She said that when BunniHoTep was tired of being on Earth, she would place her in the full moon where everyone would see and remember her forever and this is why there is a rabbit in the moon.

Because BunniHoTep carried the pieces back in her favorite basket all easter bunnies have baskets to carry their eggs in.

The End.

In honour of Down the Rabbit hole day – A BunniHoTep Tale

How Thoth Invented Writing – a BunniHoTep tale

Once upon a time there was no way to write things down. There was no way to send a friend a note. No way to write a story down. No way to remember the words to a song. No way to say I am and have anyone remember who you were. The gods and goddesses were concerned about this. How could they let people know how to behave and who to pray to? How could anyone know what each god did? Isis and Osiris got together with the other gods and decided since Thoth always marked on the nice clean Temple walls with charcoal from the fires, he could put those scribbles to good use. So Thoth was elected by the group to find a way to do this. There was only one problem Thoth wasn’t there when they decided this. That’s what happens when you miss a meeting.

The gods also figured if he was god of wisdom and he found a way to do it he would have some way to record it and it would be a good thing all around. They thought Thoth might get annoyed so They sent BunniHoTep to find Thoth to tell him of his new job. Always send the smallest, fastest god when delivering interesting news. BunniHoTep hopped down Temple Row and found Thoth on his back porch staring at a big, blank, white wall with a piece of charcoal in his hand. BunniHotep told Thoth that Isis and the other gods had given him a new and important job; He was to invent writing and then She ducked and waited for the storm. The storm didn’t come and She raised her head. “Aren’t you mad?” She asked. “No”, said Thoth, “I think its what I’ve been waiting for all along.” And He started to mark on the wall. He drew an ibis and said to BunniHoTep, “Here is my name”. “ I think because the Great Cackler created the sun from an egg I will make an egg around all kings and gods names to show they came from the sun and the egg.”

He stood thinking to himself. “The gods are easy to show, a hawk for Horus, a cow for Hathor. This is way too easy.” He continued marking down the walls. He had completely forgotten BunniHoTep in his excitement. He went faster and faster down the wall naming everything he could think of to name. He only stopped when he started to run out of room. Then he got another idea and ran to borrow some ground stone paints some men were using to make enamel jewelry. He mixed them with water and quickly began to fill in the drawings He had made on the wall. The wall began to come alive with the symbols and the colour. Beautiful reds and blues and greens glowed from the wall.

Soon a crowd began to gather. Isis, Nepthys and Hathor brought their folding chairs and sat quietly watching at the birth of this wondrous thing. They wanted badly to ask what everything meant but they didn’t want to disturb his concentration. They sat and watched and waited as the white walls came to life with the colour.

BunniHotep sat in Isis’s lap totally entranced with the rest of the goddesses. But finally she couldn’t keep quiet any longer. “ How do you say we are here?” She asked, breaking the silence. Thoth stopped for the first time in hours and took a deep breath. “Hmmm,” He mused. “ I don’t know.” I have drawn the story of the soul’s journey and I have named us all. I’ve told how to make and offering and what sort to use but I haven’t found a way to say that we exist. But I think I know now.” He lifted an eyebrow at Isis and she nodded back.

Thoth faced the wall again and drew a new character, a small rabbit running. “ In honour of having the courage to speak up and because you had the courage to come tell me about my new job when the others wouldn’t I shall make you the sign that we exist. That we have come into being.”

BunniHoTep smiled shyly from Isis’s lap. “ Thank you” She said very quietly. Thoth went on drawing and painting and they all passed the afternoon in peace watching Thoth and offering suggestions when He asked.

And that was how writing was invented and why we say “Be hare now” when we cast a circle.