Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Happy Mabon!

Ok, technically Mabon is not until September 23 this year, but since it usually falls (pun intended) between the 20th-22nd, I figured I would post this today.  Here is one of the very first articles I ever had published.  It is called "Mabon Musings," and it's about... you guessed it... the holiday of Mabon!  I wrote this article because I was trying to understand more about this holiday and what it represents.  Since most people are typically starting to get ready for Samhain/Halloween right now, Mabon can sometimes be overlooked except for the fact that it marks the autumn equinox and the first day of fall.  Us Pagans/Wiccans/Witches know it as the second harvest festival (the way it was celebrated in times past) but we don't always give this holiday its proper due, either.  So read my article, and see if it gives you any ideas how to better appreciate this important time of year:
*Note: This article was originally published online at http://www.mysticwitch.com/

Monday, September 19, 2011

Yummy Pumpkin Dip

Note to self... DON'T bring unidentifiable "mystery" food to group gatherings.  If they don't know what it is, chances are they won't eat it.

Case in point:  I went to 3 different potlucks over the weekend, and took what I thought was a kick-ass dish.  Unfortunately, not too many people were willing to try it because it was unfamiliar.  And I had it clearly labeled, too.  Sigh. 

My love for this seasonal favorite has not been diminished by this lack of response, however.  So here is the recipe, in the hopes that if you make it yourself, you will actually EAT it as a "healthier" dessert, sweet appetizer, or fall snack!

Pumpkin Dip
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon (or so) pumpkin pie spice mix (cheap at Trader Joe's!)

Cream together the pumpkin, cream cheese, and brown sugar in a mixer or food processor, or using a hand-held blender or mixer.  (Don't try to do it by hand, or you'll never get all the cream cheese lumps out.)  Add in the spices and blend until all four ingredients are combined together in a smooth consistency.  (The dip will be a little runny, so make sure to refridgerate it for at least a few hours before serving.  This will also give the spices and other flavors time to incorporate themselves together.)  Serve with ginger snaps, green grapes, apple slices, marshmallows, graham crackers, sliced pears, etc. 

This recipe has definitely become a new Mabon and Samhain tradition in my house!  Try it!