Krampuss Confections In Austria
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Krampuss Confections In Austria

“Krampus” is the untamed, shaggy spirit that accompanies St. Nicholas and can be seen throughout the Bavarian and Austrian alpine region during the Advent season. Searching out the children that haven’t been good! They look and act frightening and scary! Krampusses usually roam in larger groups. Their traditional costumes and masks are elaborately handcrafted and … Continue reading

Wolf At The Window With Long Johns And Cinnamon Balls
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Wolf At The Window With Long Johns And Cinnamon Balls

This week a wolf appeared in my dreams with a bag of dough. According to the American Indian Medicine Cards: the discovery of power through the ways of animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson­­— the wolf appears to empower the teacher within us to share our knowledge with others. Mama Mic’s Magic Dough included … Continue reading

Mandala of Summer Fruit Tart
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Mandala of Summer Fruit Tart

Raspberry picking.  Careful not to damage the vines, avoiding the stickers that surround the berries, they stick like velcro. Somehow still managing your share of scratches from the prickly vines, reaching over and under the leaves for the juiciest ones, swatting mosquitoes after the rain, and shooing the eager bees seeking their sweetness. Is it … Continue reading

Vanishing Lime-Vodka Watermelon Fruit Basket
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Vanishing Lime-Vodka Watermelon Fruit Basket

To celebrate Summer, her beautiful garden and her Leo birthday, Flora gives a Garden Party for her friends, varied as the flowers in her garden. A gargantuan effort of a party bursting with sunshine, guests, flowers, umbrella-tables, wine and food. “What can I bring?” “A fruit salad would be wonderful and would give us a … Continue reading

Graduation ‘Sweet ‘n Sassy’ Cupcakes
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Graduation ‘Sweet ‘n Sassy’ Cupcakes

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”  Les Brown. Olivia graduated Sunday from Columbia College in Chicago, with her BA in Marketing. Her mom said, “Great honey, for your first event, produce your graduation party!” Following a family tradition of deep delegation—Olivia assigned the menu. I was to bring … Continue reading

Blueberries All Star Brain Food
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Blueberries All Star Brain Food

Berries are good for the brain. And you’re going to need your brain for this post! Animal studies have shown that consumption of a diet rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents like those found in blueberries and blackberries, cranberries, Concord grape juice, pomegranates, cherries, purple grapes, and strawberries may lower the risk of developing age … Continue reading