Yay! Some Autumn Teas!

In case you missed it, September’s newsletter went out last week (which you can find here and sign up if you like!). And in it, I revealed three new teas for the cooler weather that is (hopefully) coming!

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Inspired by cool evenings at the fair and the sweetest treats, a blend of black tea, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, pecans, and peanuts. But that’s not all, they’re covered in a light and decadent dusting of sweetest maple sugar.

You can find Maple Roasted Nuts here.

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Beware the Evil Queen’s apples, lest you fall prey to their ill effects, such as wanting more tea!

A fantastic tea that tastes just like apple crisp. Honeybush tea provides a warm, fruity base for a simple blend of apples, cinnamon, and oats, mixed with a goodly amount of brown sugar, of course!

Poison Apple Crisp tea is to be found here.

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You must hurry before the carriage turns back into a tiny pumpkin, so come on and sip awhile until the bell tolls the midnight hour!

A delicious pumpkin spiced chai, you’ll start with a base of a deep and dark black tea, then nutmeg, ginger, clove, and cinnamon will warm you inside and out. Finishes with a delightfully familiar creamy dollop bringing out that pumpkin flavour, whilst apples and pumpkin seeds remind you of the harvest season.

This delightful Pumpkin Carriage tea can be found here.

 

I hope you enjoy having a gander at the new delicious teas! I know I’m enjoying drinking them (the best part about being a tea-maker!).

 

Mia

It’s Bread Season!

We’ve been having quite a warm autumn, here in southwestern Ontario! This week’s daytime temperatures are 15°C + when most years, it had already snowed on Halloween. I wouldn’t mind the warmth so much if it wasn’t for the fact that climate change isn’t actually good.

But enough of spoiling the joy of this post!

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Buns…. Oh, glorious buns! I don’t know how it happened, but last year, after years of bread making, I found a recipe that totally works for me and my sourdough starter! Fluffy, delicious bread to be had without fail it seems! To be noted, while I do enjoy a good sourdough, I haven’t armed to find the right flour mix to create the best sourdough flavour, so I use the started to make actually target bread since I hate homemade bread that’s made without it, much too bland!

It’s also nice having a bread maker too to handle the initial knead and first rise! Especially since my right wrist and forearm seems to likely have some sort of repetitive motion issues happening.

So although today the windows were open for the warm breeze, I just had to have this deliciousness! It reminds me of my memère’s bread, and my childhood. Also, life yeast culture! Who doesn’t love the frothy goodness of yeast?! OK, I realise I’m biased… Mead maker and all…

I hope you all are treating yourself to good food as the days grow colder (maybe?).

It’s the Equinox!

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And a very happy and blessed one to you and yours! ❤

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Don’t Fret! I’m Still Here!

Hello, my pretties!
I haven’t fallen off the face of the universe… yet… 😛
I know I have the “Blogging Without Obligation” up, but I thought it would be nice to let you know what’s been going on for me in the past few weeks.
I was sick… an awful, at first, head cold/stomach issue thing, then it turned into horrible headaches I couldn’t get rid of no matter how much ibu prophen I took and lavender I smelled. The headaches are still around… definitely not as bad, and manageable with some drugs. Also, this week and last week happens to be midterms for me! Eep! Had a big music history test on Friday, have a Theory test on Wednsday this week, then a quartet thing to sing in sight singing on Thursday, and a sight singing test this Friday… and finally, my piano midterm next Monday! Phew!

I will say though, that this year has definitely been a Hel of a lot nicer to me as far as stressful situations go! No crazy room mates, and a theory class which has a pace I can relax in! Also… somehow, my pieces for my solo vocal work are pretty easy, and all in English except one (how did that happen?), which just has a repeated “Alleluia”, lol.

Arighty, I will be posting soon, have a wonderful Autumn (or Spring) day! 🙂

 

When The Frost is on the Punkin

When The Frost is on the Punkin
by James Whitcomb Riley (1853-1916)

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock,
And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock,
And the clackin’ of the guineys and the cluckin’ of the hens,
And the rooster’s hallylooyer as her tiptoes on the fence;
O, it’s then the time a feller is a-feelin’ at his best,
With the risin’ sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,
As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock,
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.

They’s something kindo’ harty-like about the atmusfere
When the heat of summer’s over and the coolin’ fall is here–
Of course we miss the flowers, and the blossoms on the trees,
And the mumble of the hummin’-birds and buzzin’ of the bees;
But the air’s so appetizin’; and the landscape through the haze
Of a crisp and sunny morning of the airly autumn days
Is a pictur’ that no painter has the colorin’ to mock–
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.

The husky, rusty russel of the tossels of the corn,
And the raspin’ of the tangled leaves as golden as the morn;
The stubble in the furries–kindo’ lonesome-like, but still
A preachin’ sermuns to us of the barns they growed to fill;
The strawstack in the medder and the reaper in the shed;
The hosses in theyr stalls below–the clover overhead!–
O, it sets my hart a-clickin’ like the tickin’ of a clock,
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.

Then your apples all is gethered, and teh ones a feller keeps
Is poured around teh cellar-floor in red and yaller heaps;
And your cider-makin’s over, and your wimmern-folks is through
With theyr mince and apple-butter, and theyr souse and sausage too!…
I don’t know how to tell it–but ef such a thing could be
As the angels wantin’ boardin’, and they’d call around on me
I’d want to ‘commodate ’em–all the whole-indurin’ flock–
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.

 

Change on the Winds


I’ve been feeling kinda strange lately. A little restless, and feeling like things aren’t going to be as they are for much longer. I also feel a little hesitant to usher this change in without making a fuss about it, as I am often likely to do. I do know that I get in my own way when it comes to progress in my life. I’m a Taurus, I’m stubborn. Just my way. I even remembered the tarot spread I pulled at the Gregorian New Year when 2011 came in, and the cards told me of a big change that I was not so willing to accept. Le sigh. I also have a strange suspicion it will be good for me, alas, I will still fight it. It’s too much work, I’ll whine. I know it.

My plans for my music career are always changing, one minute I’m getting the degree, next I don’t want to. As for now, it’s a money issue, however, I want to at least take some of the courses next fall. On a good school note, however, I feel much more relaxed this year. I’m not allowing myself to worry about things I don’t need to (which is basically everything but theory).
Then the plans for what I want to do with music are finally more solid… opera chorus in the winter, wedding ceremony singing in the summer (as here there are only 4 operas a year in the fall and winter seasons). Even have a few of my friends at school who will accompany me or join me in duet work.

As far as spiritually, I feel I’m growing right now. Slowly, still in a cocoon, still not out and really into it, but close. Still fighting against the idea that I “need” certain things to practice and have a fulfilling practice. It’s falling away though. Am on a mostly daily practice lately, and it feels right.

And how are you, my lovely reader? What is this autumn blowing your way?

Libra

Libra by Josephine Wall

Dates: September 23-October 23

Symbol: The Scales

Element: Air

Ruling Planet: Venus

Gods of Justice:
Themis (Greek), Astraea (Greek), Dike (Greek), Zeus (Greek), Jupiter (Roman), Nemesis (Greek), Honos (Roman), The Furies (Greek Justitia (Roman), Maat (Egyptian), Isis (Egyptian), Shezmu (Egyptian), Forseti (Norse), Utu (Sumerian), Shamash (Babylonian).

Characteristics of a Libra:
Librans tend to be charming, elegant, gentle, kind and lovers of beauty and harmony. They are able to stand back and view the big picture in a critical fashion, however, do not handle others questioning their opinions as once they’ve concluded on said opinions, they believe that their found truths are self-evident. Coupled with this is low tolerance for criticism and greediness for approval.
However, these darker aspects are usually not too prominent as Librans tend to have very balanced personalities. They are quite sensitive to others’ needs, and seem to have a sixth sense about emotions, being able to bring their optimism to any situation. They do not like viciousness, violence, cruelty, and despise arguments and conflicts between people. They always try to compromise and cooperate, achieving what they perceive is the best outcome for all.