Archive | December 19, 2013

Dehydrated Orange Sun Wheels – A Tutorial

Author M. A. Phillips

One of Northern Rivers Protogrove’s group offering at our recent Winter Solstice event were dehydrated orange sun wheel ornaments.  I made them ahead of time and carried the basket around the circle for everyone to put their gratitude into.  We then hung them from trees and bushes outside the Yoga Center and our homes.  They are very easy to make and are sure to be a Solstice tradition that even little ones can enjoy.  Perhaps next year I’ll have guests string them on their own prior to the rite.  Choosing your own colored string could add even more to it!


  • one or more oranges
  • a knife
  • an embroidery needle – metal or plastic will do
  • yarn or twine made of natural fibers (cotton, wool, hemp)
  • scissors
  • a dehydrator (optional)

Slice the orange into circles.  Oranges are very, very moist so, the thicker the circle, the longer it will take…

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Throwback Thursday


This is the morning of the second day of river rafting. If you look closely at my left leg you can see it’s sunburned by night fall it was on its way to blooming into a 3rd degree burn. This was way before waterproof sunblock in the 70’s. Two glorious days on the American River at Class IV and a red head with no waterproof sunblock. I went with my parent’s friends from church and my Dad. One of the few times I got to do something as an adult with just my Dad.

I miss him.

Yuletide treat – English Matrimonials

Another family favourite

English Matrimonials

1 ½ cups sifted flour
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 ¼ cup rolled oats
½ teaspoon of salt
¾ cup of butter
3/4 cup of raspberry jam (Mom used Mary Ellen but use the good stuff)

Measure flour, sugar, oats, salt and butter into bowl.
Mix with hands to a crumb-like consistency
Place half of mixture in an ungreased 6×10 Pyrex pan and press firmly
Cover with jam and top with remaining half of mixture
Press firmly
Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 40-45 minutes

Should be slightly candied around the edges and not too moist in center
Cut when cool
Makes 3-5 dozen

The recipe can be used as a dessert by substituting 1 can of whole berry cranberry sauce or cherry or apple pie filling for the jam. Serve warm with ice cream.