Spiced Wine for Imbolc

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Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the season for dreaming about spring is upon us. 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 … Continue reading

Brussels Sprout Stew (or How to Tackle March like an Irishwoman)

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A friend of mine always said that you should tackle March like an Irishwoman—and by that she meant, sitting in front of the fire with a pot of tea (and maybe some scones), a couple of balls of yarn, and a crochet hook, with an Irish stew bubbling away on the stove. I … Continue reading

Wine, Warm and Spicy

          I am not one to pass up the opportunity to drink wine. And, though this recipe is for a spiced wine meant to be drunk at Imbolc, which is the holiday when Witches celebrate the first whispers of spring, I was certainly not going to … Continue reading

Whispers of Spring

digital painting by Marybeth Bradbury -- visit her here: www.embeestudios.com/

        I remember, many years ago, one cold February evening, standing in a darkening parking lot with the man who would be my husband. The day had been gray; the dusk was colorless. Old snow lay flat on the ground and the pavement was crusted with salt. … Continue reading