While the weather is still cold, and the wind bitter, the days are noticeably longer and the first stirrings of spring whisper through air and tickle the earth: The buds which will blossom beautifully come springtime are just beginning to swell, and here and there a brave snowdrop peeks out of the snow to remind us that spring really is on its way.
Mother Earth is like a newly pregnant mama; She knows that life is stirring within her — but only the most observant of outsiders will notice it too.
Imbolc might generally be considered to be a Pagan holiday, but anyone can celebrate the slow changing of the seasons.
It is a time for cleaning out old closets and old ideas… to make room for the new.
It is a time for washing windows… to let the sunshine sparkle in.
And it is a time for planning… new gardens, new dreams, new plans that will grow and thrive.
It is also a time for bundling up, going out, and enjoying the longer days… a walk through the woods, the fields, or the park to enjoy the first whispers of spring.
And enjoying a nice, warming cup of Spiced Wine when you come back inside.
1 cup water
2 cups pineapple juice; organic if possible, freshly made is best
1 cup orange juice; organic if possible, freshly squeezed is best
1/4 cup (or to taste) raw, local honey
9 whole cloves (buy here)
3 cinnamon sticks (buy here)
Pinch of sea salt (like this)
Add all ingredients to a crock pot and heat on high for 2 hours, stirring once or twice.
Turn crock pot to low, remove lid, and wait for juice mixture to come to below 180 degrees.
Add a bottle of red wine, and allow to warm up.
Enjoy while planning a spring project.
Imbolc is celebrated on February 1st or on February 2nd, otherwise known as Groundhog Day!
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Note: This is a Real Food update of a previous Spiced Wine post.
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