Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lavender Shortbread is Divine!

The culinary lavender I got online @ :-)

Lavender Shortbread

Preheat oven to 325

3/4 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Confectioner's Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 1/2 Cup Flour
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
2 1/2 Teaspoon Culinary Lavender (It must be finely ground. I use a, well cleaned, coffee grinder.)

Cream butter and confectioners sugar until light. Add vanilla and
cream some more. Mix flour, salt and lavender in a separate bowl and
then mix flour mixture into butter mixture.

Pat dough into a well greased 8" pan or pat into a square
and cut before baking. Bake until shortbread is just
barely starting to brown, about twenty minutes.

Lavender Icing (enough for two batches of shortbread so I half it)

1/3 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon dried lavender
3 cups confectioners' sugar

Bring milk and lavender just to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, and let steep 10 minutes. Strain, and discard lavender. Whisk in sugar until smooth.(I actually add sugar slowly until I get the consistency that is somewhat liquidy enough to spread and set overnight...) You will have to use all of the icing immediately. I personally think the shortbread is better the second day. Enjoy!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Magical Centipedes

I found the photo here and the article here :-)

The Centipede is a fast moving creature with many legs, its bite is poisonous and it is because of this that the Centipede is the symbol of Chiefs. They come in various colors and sizes, but usually do not grow larger than twelve inches. These larger types are known as Giant Centipede’s. The average Centipede is usually only several inches long. They do not like to be handled and will often bite if irritated. They are often kept as pets by many for their interesting coloring and reputation for bringing good luck.

The Centipede is the totem of Chiefs because of its poisonous bite and rapid movements. There is a legend about the Centipede that tells that its painful bite and quick movements frightens even the grand and magnificent Dragon. Indeed Centipede’s frighten many because of their rapid movement and many legged body. It is a wonder that something so small can humble even the largest and most threatening of creatures and people.

The Centipede possesses several virtues that are powerful and valuable and which any person would be wise to emulate or divine. One who has the power of the Centipede will see enhanced fortune and an improved social life. They are said to bring increased winnings to gamblers and ward off bad luck or black magic.

The Lucky Centipede Totem possesses the following virtues: Gamblers Luck, general good luck, speed, energy, quiet ferocity, healing, improved social life, reduction in negative energy, Wards of negative energies which results in money problems, improved blood circulation.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Music for Deep Meditation produces fantastic and powerful meditation and relaxation music. They are also friends of mine, I am happy to say :-) Watch this in full screen, it is magnificent!