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The Witch's New Year- Oct. 31st.

September 13, 2014

What's Cooking in the Cauldron-Fresh Green Beans *Touched by Elsa


Hello Blogland! Hope your weekend is starting out magickal.

Today, in the Cauldron, I have cooked up some wickedly delicious fresh green beans given to me by one of the employees at my store. As luck would have it, the Hubs put them in the fridge in the exact spot that for some unknown reason, things freeze.

I say they are touched by Elsa.




In the photo below the dark green beans are the frozen ones. We have turned the fridge down but things still continue to freeze in that spot on the second shelf. I could see maybe the top shelf, but the second shelf?  
Creepy.





But this did not foil my creative efforts for a yummy pot of beans for the Hubs to consume.


First I cut up some bacon. Now I prefer to cut the bacon when it is frozen. This bacon was in the freezer & not the second shelf of the fridge!



I cut off an end of the bacon while frozen & then make slices.





The bacon is so much easier to deal with this way  in my opinion.  No extra cutting is required. I toss these in the pan & the bite size pieces separate as they thaw & start to cook.








Add half of a medium sized onion chopped.


Cook them together in the pan.





While that magick is happening, I snap the beans & wash them.






Once the bacon & onion have cooked enough for the onion to become transparent & the bacon a bit crisp, add the beans.




I like to have them cook with the bacon & onion for just a bit before adding liquid.




My secret ingredient is chicken flavoring. I use a teaspoon for every cup of water. You don't want the flavoring to over power the beans, just add that special something to make the eater think, "Hmmmm....what is this I taste"?



Next I add a couple of shakes of crushed red pepper for that extra added kick!







Once they start to simmer, put the lid on but leave a bit open for the steam to escape. 






Cook on low heat for about 20 minutes & if your family is like my Hubs, the will be gone in a flash. Way before you get the chance to take a picture of them on a plate!


One day maybe we will get rid of that "Elsa" spot in the fridge.





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September 9, 2014

My Broom Over Blogland & Killer Allergies



Morning Blogland! Well, I haven't taken the Broom out too much lately. He was starting to lose some bristles & that makes navigation a bit tricky. 
(He is not the young thing he used to be)

So, we have been working on getting his bristles thicker (kinda like a hair weave for brooms) We took a small test run this morning to see how well the process is going. He was eager to fly around & see the sites. Here is where we went:







By Stephanie Lynn








Thanks for having us over to visit. We had a wickedly good time, as always!







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September 8, 2014

My Glass Easel


Hey Blogland!

I was brushing up on some of my painting techniques yesterday & I wanted to share with you my Glass Easel.

I have a glass topped coffee table in my living room that I use to practice on.

Okay, I know that sounds odd at first but it's kinda cool actually.





 In these photos, you can see the reflections of the paint bottles & the fact that I was really getting rusty since I haven't painted for a while.










What is so nifty about this is that just a little water on a paper towel cleans the glass after I have practiced. So once again it becomes just a glass topped table.



I am trying to get the chance to redo a table I purchased mega cheap at a yard sale a month or so ago & want to add single stroke petal flowers to it once the table is stripped & redone.



I need to spend a bit more time with my practice as it's been well over a year since I last did any painting.











If you have a glass topped table of any kind, give this a whirl! If I wanted to I could have left the design on &flipped the glass over. I might start doing this for the holidays! I am sure the grandchildren will get a kick out of it.



Let me know if you try this yourself!






Oh look!  A funky pumpkin. lol



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September 7, 2014

Whats Cooking in the Cauldron-Pork Chop Penne


Hey Blogland! I've been in the kitchen cooking up some magical yummies again. 

I want to share this wickedly delightful recipe with you.

Pork Chop Penne



The picture doesn't show it too well but this is a creamy tomato sauce recipe.  I love to mix it up every so often from the traditional sauce.

I was in search of something to make for dinner & found three odd pork chops in the freezer.



The Hubs has been shopping lately & trying his hand at cooking too.

In all honesty he is doing rather well even though I now have NO ingredients to make a homemade sauce. So I had to settle for these & kick it up a notch or two.



I called my mortar & pestle into action to bruise the dry herbs to help boost the flavor level.



Basil & Thyme was what this recipe needed to take it from canned sauce to awesome sauce!

Don't be afraid of the spices. I used roughly a teaspoon of each for those two cans of ready made sauce.
(oh I shudder typing those words, ready made sauce)


The pork chops I cut into bite sized pieces & tossed into a pot with hot bacon grease to cook along with the Thyme & Basil.





When the pork was just about done I added about 1/4 cup chopped banana peppers & half a medium sized onion.




I suggest eating a few of these while chopping them up! We had mild in the fridge but you can always turn up the spice level to hard core by using the hot ones.








Also to give it some extra oomph, I added roughly a half cup of the banana pepper juice.





Next, I added the (shuddering again) canned sauce.





Bring this to a slow boil & now the magick begins!

I always add baking soda to my tomato recipes to kill the acidity & reduce the chance of heartburn.



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Works wonders. Believe me!



Also this week, the Hubs is lactose intolerant so I used the lactose free milk he bought.





I used about a 1 1/2 cups.







I didn't have any tomato paste so I let this cook on a slow boil for about 45 minutes.


The Hubs loved this so much that he not only had it for dinner but for lunch & dinner the next day!














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Wicked & Delicious Haunting Reads for Fall



Happy Morning to all my pretties in Blogland!  


Today I  received some wickedly awesome news. My good friend, the multi-talented Ceane O'Hanlon -Lincoln informed me that her fourth Sleuth Sister Mystery has gone into the proofing stage & should be out next Spring! I am stoked. I love these books & can't wait to hook up with my old friends the Sleuth Sisters!



(Here is the beautiful & talented Ceane O'Hanlon-Lincoln)


Truly, once you read the adventures & mysteries these wickedly awesome ladies get into, they will become your friends too. 

The way Ceane writes, you feel like you are pulled into the books & are sharing every exciting moment with Raine, Maggie & Aisling. 

These books are captivating reads anytime of the year & if you haven't read them yet, now is the time. The Sleuth Sisters will take you along on their fantastical journey in & around their hometown of Haleigh's Hamlet. 

I am so stoked about the fourth book coming out soon!

So read these three books so you too can be ready when the fourth Sleuth Sisters Mystery comes into print on Amazon.






Another must read by this amazing woman is her book Autumn Song.






Autumn Song is a book of wonderful short stories set in historical settings that are just as captivating as their author! 

A definite must read before or after finishing the Sleuth Sister's books. So get ready my pretties to curl up & be mesmerized by these wickedly awesome books. I promise you will be so taken with these writings that you will feel empowered by magic yourself!

Okay, so reading these books won't make the housework do itself. But they will sure make you forget about it. It worked for me!


What better time of the year to start your friendship with Raine, Maggie & Aisling. Samhain or Halloween as it is better known is not that far away. These are just the thing the "Witch Doctor" ordered to get you into the mood & make you feel just as magical as the season.


So poof on over to Amazon & get your copies. All four are available in Kindle Edition & Paperback. 

Click on the link below, grab a cup of hot tea & enjoy the adventure!



Warning: You will want to read these cover to cover before doing anything else. I know. I did that. And i promise you that when the fourth book is published, I will do the same thing.




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August 17, 2014

My Most Viewed Blog Post of All Time



Morning Blogland! 

I am not sure why I haven't posted on this sooner. Maybe I was waiting for the hype to fade, not really sure. But my all time viewed blog post is the post I did
 about the Faux Wood Boards I made for Halloween back on October 15, 2011.



I am amazed that this link get hits on it daily. Every day since I posted this, there is a number of people checking out this post! I am blown away by this. 




A little while ago, this post had 47 hits for the day.





Bringing the all time total views to 18,142! 
All those views & only six comments on the post for it's entire time out in cyber space!

Most of the views come from Pinterest. The funny thing about that to me is I am not even on Pinterest.
If by chance you are one of the rare few that have not viewed this post ever, I am including the link right here:



For those of you who have viewed this, my thanks to you many times over! It's nice to know that my blog gets visited on a daily basis even if it is my those who don't want to admit they poofed on into a blog post done by a Wiccan! 
Not a problem. We can keep it our little secret!
My Broom says "hi" to all of you by the way.


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