Wednesday, October 20, 2021

13 Days of Samhain- Day 2


Photo courtesy of Haley Owens

Welcome back! It's Day 2 of our Samhain Celebration!

Before we go further, let's announce yesterday's winner!

The winner of the Silvia's Samhain Spirit Doll is...

Jonquil Alexia!


Today's Music: Crystal by Stevie Nicks (submitted by Rowan Sliger)

Today's Article: Witch Dorn Dolly Craft with Jaye Todd

The corn dolly is traditionally made during the harvest season starting at Lughnasadh and ending at Samhain when they are laid to rest for the winter before being brought out again at Imbolc.

They are thought to represent gratitude for mother earth’s abundant blessings and are often seen as a symbol of fertility and good luck. 

For this Samhain festival why not change it up a little and craft yourself a simple Witch corn dolly? If you’re thinking… yes that sounds cool then you have come to the right place.
For this craft, you will need:
  • A bunch of wheat/rye (raffia also works)
  • Twine
  • Ribbon (your choice of colour)
  • A square of cardboard (colour of choice)
  • Hot glue and glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Fishing wire/clear thread for hanging

Step 1

Select 3 stems of your wheat/rye and remove the heads with the scissors.
Completely submerge the stems in hot water for approximately 1 hour until they are pliable.

Step 2
Take a handful of the wheat/ rye and cut three lengths of the twine.
(Approximately 6 inches)

Step 3
Tie it all together using the twine in 3 places ensuring they are secured -Tie at the base, the tip and in the centre to create the broom.

Step 4
Bundle the remaining wheat/rye and secure at the base using the twine.
When bundling the stems together arrange it in a layered style to give a fuller skirt.

Step 5
Remove the 3 headless stems from the water and tie the together at the top.

Step 6
Braid the 3 stems together and secure the other end with some twine

Step 7
Feed the braided piece through the unsecured section of the large bundle trying to get it as central as possible.

Step 8
Secure the braided section using twine and tie the loose ends all together at the top.

Step 9
Cut a length of ribbon and add just above the heads of the wheat/rye. Secure using hot glue (or PVA – Longer drying time).

Step 10 
Fold the square piece of card into a cone shape to make her hat.

Step 11
Secure the hat to the top of the doll using plenty of hot glue

Step 12
Thread the broom handle through the centre of the skirt and secure with some glue and then glue the hands to the handle of the broom and add the fishing wire to finish.

Samhain Beannaithe ~ Blessed Samhain

Today's Cocktail: Poison Apple Cocktail with Kourtney Leaf

Add the following ingredients into a shaker, shake and then pour!


1 oz Sour Apple Pucker Schnapps

2 oz Crown Royal Apple

¾ cup Cranberry Juice

1 oz Grenadine

Edible Glitter


Today's Recipe: Butternut Squash and Potato Gratin with Dawn Leith Dougherty

1 large butternut squash, about 3–3 1/2 pounds
A few red potatoes with peel
2 tablespoons ghee or olive oil
2 large leeks, whites and light green parts only, sliced into 1/4-inch half moons AND/OR 1 large thinly sliced onion
2 or 3 large cloves fresh garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
8 ounces whole milk Greek yogurt
1 cup heavy whipping cream
4 to 5 ounces freshly grated (not pre-shredded) flavorful cheese such as sharp cheddar or gruyere
A generous 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated (grate your own on a microplane, sooo much better than store bought powdered nutmeg!)
Hot Indian chili pepper or cayenne to taste
Grated parmesan
Smoked Paprika
(optional) 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh marjoram, rosemary, or any herb that pairs well with squash and potatoes.

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Heat your oil in a 12-inch cast iron skillet or high-sided ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks/onion, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, stirring to coat the leeks in the melted butter. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until they soften and start to turn translucent and lightly browned, about 5–7 minutes.

While the leeks are cooking, prepare the butternut squash. Peel the squash and cut a small slice off the top and bottom of the squash. Half the squash lengthwise and remove the seeds with a spoon. Thinly slice the squash into 1/8-inch thick half moons. (You should have about 2 1/4–2 1/2 pounds of peeled, sliced squash in total.) Slice red potatoes lengthwise to the same thickness, do not peel.

In a large bowl combine the yogurt, heavy whipping cream, the grated cheese, remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (or more to taste, don’t forget the salt and don’t skimp on the pepper!), marjoram, hot chili pepper and nutmeg. Whisk to combine and then add the sliced butternut squash and potatoes, tossing so every piece is coated in the creamy cheese mixture. Set aside until ready to assemble.

To assemble, turn off the heat under the sautéed onions and garlic and spread them into an even layer across the bottom of the skillet. Pick up a handful of squash and potato slices, arranging them into a stack, and lay them in the baking dish vertically with the cut side down, gently fanning them out slightly. Continue placing in a spiral fashion in the baking dish, working around the perimeter and moving inward, making sure the sliced veggies are tightly packed into the pan. Pour the remaining cheese and cream mixture over the squash. Cover tightly with foil, and bake for 40 minutes.

Remove from the oven, uncover and sprinkle the remaining third of the grated cheese over the top if there is any left. Return to the oven, increasing the heat to 425°F and continue to bake until the squash is tender and the top is deep golden, about 40–45 minutes. After about 20 minutes, take out, sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and smoked paprika and place back in oven to finish browning and crisping up on the top (do not cover). Let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving

*NOTES* Adapted to suit my own tastes from a recipe found somewhere on in the internet. This would work well with other root vegetables added, but the basic recipe is for the butternut squash by itself, I preferred it with potatoes and found it to be much better. This has become a favorite dish in my household! This also pairs so well with a side dish of roasted Brussels sprouts and would make a great holiday addition to your festive fall and winter feasts. Use your imagination with the spices and herbs. Do not skimp on salt, pepper and garlic. This is not a low-calorie or low-fat recipe for good reason. If you choose to use low-fat dairy or oil other than butter ghee or olive oil, I cannot guarantee the results. Experiment!

Dawn Leith Dougherty

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The reading is valued at $35.00 and you will receive a crystal bundle with a minimum $30.00 value.

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