Friday, December 31, 2010

Champagne Recipes

Here are a few champagne recipes I thought you all might like.  They are a wonderful way to have some Champagne if you don't like to drink champagne alone (I don't care for the bubbly myself).

Cranberries and Champagne
Prep: 5 min.
Yield: Makes 1 serving
  • 6  dried cranberries
  • 3/4  cup  Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
Place cranberries in Champagne flute. Pour Champagne over berries. Serve immediately.

Champagne Sangria
1 bottle Prosecco or French Champagne, chilled
Mint Simple Syrup
½ cup orange juice
2 cups sugar
2 cups Mint Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
2 cups water
1 cup packed fresh mint leaves
1 lemon, zested and thinly sliced
1 lime, zested and thinly sliced
½ cup sliced strawberries
5 fresh mint sprigs
Crushed ice

Preparation: In a large pitcher, combine the Prosecco, orange juice, mint simply syrup, lemon zest and lime zest.  Add the sliced strawberries, lemon slices and mint sprigs.  Fill glasses with crushed ice and pour the sangria over the top.   Serve immediately.

Fill glasses with crushed ice and pour the sangria over the top. Serve immediately.

Mint Simple Syrup


1 ½ c packed fresh mint leaves

1 cup sugar

1 cup water


Chop mint. In a saucepan bring sugar, water and mint to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Simmer syrup, undisturbed, 2 minutes. Pour syrup through a fine sieve, pressing hard on solids, and cool. Syrup keeps, covered and chilled, 2 weeks

Raspberries in Pink Champagne Gelée

2 tbsp unflavored powdered gelatin
1 ½ cups sugar
Canola oil, for greasing
40 fresh raspberries (about 8 oz)
2 small bananas, cut into coins

Pour ½ cup champagne into a bowl; sprinkle in gelatin; let sit 5 minutes.  Heat remaining champagne and sugar in a 1 quart saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat; stir in gelatin mixture.  Let cool for 10 minutes.

Grease eight 4 ounce ramekins. Pour 1 ½ tbsp champagne mixture into each mold; chill 30 minutes.  Put 5 raspberries into each mold; add enough champagne mixture to half-cover the berries.  Chill until set, about 30 minutes.  Arrange 4 banana slices, overlapping them slightly, in each mold.  Add remaining champagne mixture; chill until completely set, at least 4 hours.

To sever, slide a knife along edge of each mold; set molds in a bowl of hot water for 5 seconds.  Invert molds onto plates.

Champagne Punch

Peel, core, and slice 3 small ripe pineapples. Put the slices in a bowl, sprinkle them with 1 pound very fine sugar, and cover the fruit. Let it stand for at least 1 hour. Add 1 pint Cognac, 1 cup lemon juice, 3/4 cup eau de vie de framboise, 1/2 cup peach brandy, and 1/4 cup maraschino liqueur. Blend the mixture gently, cover it, and allow it to ripen overnight. At serving time, pour the mixture over a large block of ice in a punch bowl and slowly add 5 bottles chilled Champagne. Garnish the bowl with raspberries, sprigs of mint, lemons and oranges, thinly sliced, and any other fruits desired. Add a little fruit to each punch cup. Makes approximately 8 1/2 quarts.

Pomegranate-Champagne Punch
Serves 12
Recipe from Bon Appetit

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 750-ml bottles chilled brut Champagne
1-1/2 cups white rum
1-1/4 cups pomegranate juice
1 large lemon, thinly sliced
Pomegranate seeds
Fresh mint leaves

1 ice block

Bring 1/2 cup water and sugar to boil in small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves.  Simmer 5 minutes.  Cool completely.

Combine Champagne, rum, and pomegranate juice in punch bowl.  Add enough syrup to sweeten to taste.  Mix in lemon slices, pomegranate seeds, and mint leaves.  Add ice block to bowl.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Winners of the Yule Giveaway

A big congratulations go out to Star Seed - Ana for winning the witchy basket of goodies and Ponderosa Pagan for winning a surprise gift handcrafted by me.  Ladies, please email me your addresses to so that I can mail your prizes out to you next week.  I truly hope you enjoy them.

I'd also like to announce that I plan on having a small quarterly giveaway beginning in 2011.  Items will be very diverse and always shown on the giveaway.  I had so much fun doing this and was surprised by the wonderful response I received.  I enjoy sharing my path and experiences with you and I always enjoy you sharing with me. Through love and light we can grow together and have a magickal time on this journey of life!

Blessed Be!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Matricaria recutita, Chamaemelum nobile, Matricaria chamomilla, and Matricaria suaveolens

There are many different plants that have been called chamomile such as German chamomile (Matricaria recutita), roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), Hungarian chamomile, wild chamomile, pineapple weed (referring to the shape of the inflorescenses), and scented mayweed.  Chamomile has also been spelled “camomile”.  Chamomile is a flowering plant in the daisy family.  It is native to Europe and Asia.

Anthemis nobilis:

The true chamomile, named by Linnaeus but to differentiate from the German plant, he named the German plant Chamomilla.
From a short root, this creeping chamomile, a nearly prostrate perennial, puts forth a stem 3-12 inches tall, from which lacy leaves grow. The small flower heads, which grow singly at the ends of the shoot tips, consist of daisy-like flowers and many (up to 400) yellow tubular disk flowers at the center. It Blooms in late spring through late summer. The fruits (seeds) are extremely tiny. There are other species called chamomile. Cases of mistaken identity may result in allergic reactions to the application of chamomile. Consequently, buy chamomile in a pharmacy, health food store or other reputable source.

Growing chamomile in the garden or in bowls or pots on the balcony or patio is very rewarding. Once the chamomile is established, no tending is necessary. The seeds cast by this annual will produce plenty of new plants each year. However, chamomile does need humus, nutritious soil that is not too heavy and plenty of sun. If there is no rainfall for a prolonged period, the plants will need watering.
Chamomile seeds are sold in every seed store. Sow them in spring in well-prepared (loosened) soil, which has to be kept damp at first. Because chamomile germinates in the light, spread the seeds and press them down very lightly.

Harvest the flower heads as soon as they have opened, taking as little of the stalk as possible. The entire herb is strongly apple scented.

Chamomilla recutita or Matricaria recutita or Matricaria chamomilla:

Smooth, apple-scented, erect annual; 6-36 inches. Linear leaves are finely divided; somewhat more coarse and less scented than A. nobilis. Flowers daisy-like, 3/4 inch across; receptacle hollow within. Flowers May to October.

Other varieties: Mayweed and others of the genus Anthemis, are commonly classified as weeds and are not cultivated as a rule; Yellow or Ox-eye camomile (A. tinctoria) which is a wild plant; Corn camomile (A. arvensis)a wild plant; A. cotula and M. inodora are wild camomiles, both of which are known as Mayweeds;A. treneagne does not bloom; A. plena has double white blooms. 


Chamomile is commonly used in teas and potpourri. It has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, sedative, aromatic and soothing qualities that make it ideal for use on the skin. Chamomile is generally considered to be a very safe herb to use, even for children, although some people do experience allergic reactions from chamomile.

Because it is both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, it is useful in treating skin inflammations including eczema, psoriasis and even diaper rash. Extracts of chamomile can also speed the healing of wounds on the skin. Chamomile is mild and gentle enough to use routinely on the skin to prevent infection and inflammation. Chamomile is found in many over-the-counter skin ointments, or you can make your own chamomile balm. 
 Chamomile comes in capsule, liquid, and tea form.

Why Do People Use Chamomile?

Chamomile has a long history of use in Europe for digestive ailments.  The active constituents of chamomile have anti-inflammatory properties, and ease spasm and discomfort in the digestive tract.

·         Indigestion
·         Anxiety
·         Insomnia
·         Canker sores
·         Colic
·         Conjunctivitis, eye irritations
·         Crohn’s disease
·         Diarrhea
·         Eczema
·         Gingivitis
·         Hemorrhoids
·         Menstrual disorders
·         Migraine
·         Irritable bowel syndrome
·         Peptic ulcer
·         Skin irritations
·         Ulcerative colitis
·         Minor wounds


Chamomile is part of the Asteraceae plant family, which includes ragweed and chrysanthemum, so people with allergies to these plants may react when they use chamomile either internally or topically.  Call your doctor if you experience vomiting, skin irritation, allergic reactions (chest tightness, wheezing, hives, rash, itching) after chamomile use.

Chamomile should not be taken during pregnancy or breast feeding.
Chamomile contains coumarin, a naturally-occurring compound with anticoagulant or blood-thinning effects.  It should not be combined with warfarin or other medications or supplements that have the same effect or be used by people with bleeding disorders.  It shouldn’t be used two weeks before or after surgery.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Herbal Journal

For many years now I have been studying herbs and their many wonderful uses.  They’re not just for cooking!! It is sad that in our day and age of technology we have lost sight of the healing benefits of herbal and herbal remedies.  In the past, people who needed healing would go to their local cunning woman, wise woman, medicine man; they were known by many names. They would seek the guidance of these people for many things such as healing, dentistry, midwifery, and personal guidance.  They were revered and respected by their community.  Now we have doctors and not to put down or minimize the use of doctors, but in the experiences I have had over the last 10 years our medical field is driven by the pharmaceutical companies and they look at illness from a pathology standpoint and not a healing standpoint.  Now this is just my personal opinion based on my experiences.  You see, in the last 10 years I have faced many serious, life threatening medical issues and have sought the help of many doctors and specialists.  I’ve done everything they have asked of me, including going through chemo therapy.  All of these things I have put my poor body through and I still am not in remission so to speak.  I went from a fairly healthy person to an extremely unhealthy person due to all the toxins I put into my body trying to “cure” the disease.  You see I found out right after 9/11 that I have Hepatitis C which I contracted from bad blood that I received for a blood transfusion when I was all of 12 years old.  This was prior to the medical industry testing blood.  I am lucky though, as I do not have cirrhosis of the liver yet.  All of this has led me back to the time of old of herbal medicine.  I am currently taking an herbal course through Sacred Mists (check them out, the class is currently 50% off), which I am enjoying and I now see a doctor that practices acupuncture and natural/holistic remedies.  In the short time I have seen him, I feel 75% better.  He focuses on healing and nutrition.

One of the items I use all the time is the Herbal Journal I have been making for several years.  It is a great resource to me and I would be lost without it.  Another wonderful resource I use is the Herbal Almanac that  Llewellyn publishes every year.  It is an awesome resource!!  I am planning on sharing the design of my Herbal Journal with you. I am having so much fun putting the information in and making it a wonderful reference for me.  I plan to do a little class here so you can learn how to make one for yourself.  This will be coming after the holidays.  This will be a free little course for you and I hope you will enjoy it.  In my journal I sometimes dry the leaves and attach them to the page for a reference or I will draw it.  There are just so many fun things you can do to make it special for you.  I hope you will enjoy this journey with me on the road of natural healing through herbs and magick!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Yule Give Away

I’m very excited to announce that in observance of Yule I am having my very first giveaway.  Yule is my second favorite Sabbat (Samhain being my favorite) and this is also my favorite time of year.  I’ve been very blessed by meeting so many wonderful people through my blog and blog activities that I wanted to give back.  I hope that you like the package I have made up for you.

This is what you will win:        

Old England Egg Nog size = 2x3 Holiday Pillar Candle
Pewter Goddess Wisdom Pocket Blessing
Fluorite Mini Healing + GF-WAND-FLOURSM Ritual Wand
Itsy Bitsy Witchy Cauldron
White Mountain Sage Organic Mini Smudge
  All above items purchased at the Sacred Mists Shoppe.  Please visit this wonderful store at Sacred Mists Shoppe


Strawberry Paraiso White Tea This combination of white and green teas offers you the best of both! It is extremely high in antioxidants and EGCG, which helps to reduce the risk of certain cancers and inhibit their growth. It also helps strengthen your immune system, increase your metabolism, regulate your blood sugar and detoxify your body. This tea can also reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the skin by hydrating your body properly. Contains approximately 5% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee.
  Purchased from my favorite tea store Teavana.  Please visit them at Teavana


A surprise handcrafted item made by none other than Me, Seshat Moon Willow


To win...
1.                    Enter a comment on this post (or another one here on the blog). Anyone can do that!
2.                    Follow me and leave a comment. (I follow back).
3.                    Like In the Kitchen A Witchin’ Facebook Group (leave a comment) for an additional chance to win
4.                    Blog about it or post the Yule giveaway button on your blog. Leave a comment.
4. Share on facebook. (Tool on blog). Leave a comment.
5.                    Share on twitter. Leave a comment.

  LEAVE a comment for each thing that you do to be counted for another entry. 
Winner will be announced on the day after Yule, December 22, 2010.
You don't need a blog to participate. Just leave your Email.
Good luck!

If the response to this giveaway is good, I will be making this a monthly thing.  

Prayer to Hestia

I light this candle to you.  The flame flickers with life. I call upon you, sweet virgin, for you are the Guardian.  I ask for your protection and your warmth.  I welcome your companionship with open arms.  I light this candle to you, in this place where fire dwells.  I burn this incense and focus on your energy and feel joy.  If I cry in your presence, you do not judge.  If I stumble, you catch me. Oh sweet silent Goddess, observer of life, who guards the dwellings we hold dear; You who are the first; You who are the last, I pledge my soul, my respect and my honor to you, my patron.

Hestia, Goddess of the Hearth and Home, Goddess of Kitchen Witches, don’t let the flame of her hearth go out!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Path I've Chosen

It has recently come to my attention that my family is extremely concerned about me because of my involvement in Wicca.  First, I would like to make it known that I do not consider myself “Wiccan” nor do I follow any formal tradition of Wicca.  I have not been initiated into a coven or tradition.  I consider myself a Witch and a more specific title, should it really be necessary to give myself one, is an Italian (Stregheria) Kitchen Witch.  The path I travel is one I have been on and off of for many years.  I first felt my call or knew I was a witch was in my early teens.  I have always felt very much a part of nature and more aptly put at one with the forests.  I grew up in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in a little town called Sultan, Washington.  I first became aware of a coven in another town closer to the mountain top in Index, Washington of which the founder is Pete Pathfinder; or better known as the Arch Priest of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church.  Some of you may know him.  When I first heard of this group I so wanted to go and meet them all.  I immediately felt a pulling from the inner of my very essence.  When I asked my mother about it, I was immediately reprimanded and told they were Satan worshipers and I would burn in eternal hell.  Being so young, I could only believe that my mother was correct and having been raised Catholic knew all too well about the burning hell and brimstone.  I fault no one and I place no judgment.  We are all entitled to our beliefs and faiths.  However, during my many studies, travels and meetings of all kinds of people who follow all kinds of paths, I know within every bit of my soul I am a Witch and very proud of it.  I do not worship Satan, nor do I believe in him.  I do however, know that fear is a big culprit in the prejudices that I and my fellow pagans, witches and wiccans alike face each and every day. 

I believe in the power and life essence of Mother Earth.  I believe in the many Gods and Goddesses of our history and mythology.  I believe that every living thing on this planet has an energy and essence.  I believe in respect.  I believe in tolerance.  I believe in love.  I believe in caring and nurturing my fellow man, woman and child.  I believe there is no “right way” or “right religion”.  I believe in karma.  I believe in reincarnation.  I believe in the healing powers of herbs, plants, spices, and essential oils.  I believe in the power of the mind.  And I could go on with many more things I believe in and have faith in.  For once in my life I feel complete and balanced with my spiritual path and growth.  I do not believe in harming others which is one of the main rules as stated in the Wiccan Rede.

And, some day I will tell my mother that I have had the wonderful pleasure of corresponding with Arch Priest Pete Pathfinder and he is an amazing, generous, kind, compassionate person.