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Thursday, November 25, 2010

On the Fourth Day of Christmas

Welcome back!! Would you like to meet two more of our fabulous team members? Well, you're in luck as today we meet, bnazar and mythicalmatters.

Brigitte, of bnazar, is one of the team's newest members. Located in Startford, Ontario, Brigitte uses buttons as her chosen medium for creating wonderful jewellery, magnets and wine charms.

And with a big turkey feast in many of our sights, Brigitte offers up her Grandma Davidson's Sage Dressing. She assures us: whether it's used as stuffing or cooked in a foil packet beside the bird the smell and taste are irresistible. Even to the vegetarians in my family. It even won in a Thanksgiving dressing cook off with one of my close friends. Grandma Davidson's Sage Dressing For 4 cup. My Mum makes approximately 1 cup for each pound of turkey. 4 cups soft crumbs 1/4 cup butter (or less) 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/4 cup chopped onion 1 tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper 1 tsp sage Melt the butter. Add the celery, onion and seasonings. Cook until onions are soft. Add to crumbs 2 or 2 tbsp at a time. Use as stuffing or bake at 325F for an hour in foil. Variations: My Mum uses white crumbs and finely chops the veggies. I prefer whole wheat or rye and a more coarsely chopped mix. Both are delicious!

Thanks for sharing, Brigitte.
Next we meet Storm and Shadow of MythicalMatters. Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, MythicalMatters is home to bath and body products, as well as room sprays.

Storm and Shadow have provided us today with a brief lesson on where some of our favorite traditions originated:

While we were developing our Smells Like A Christmas Tree Spray we sought out as much as we could about the ancient history of the Christmas tree. This involved collecting as many books as we could and now we're quite thrilled to share with you a custom from Ancient Europe that sure sounds like a Christmas tree to us! During winter solstice the ancient Druids would do a wonderful thing. They would head out into the forest and find some wonderfully majestic oaks and firs. With what we imagine was a night full of magic and ritual, they would proceed to tie apples upon apples to the branches of oaks and firs as a thank you to the god Odin for his blessings to them throughout the year. Good for them for showing some gratitude! They would also make cakes shaped like fish, birds and other animals, and leave them as offering around the trees. This would probably really help out the local fauna in the dead of winter when food is so scarce - so it's win win! And finally, in the midst of the frozen night, they would fill the boughs of the trees with lighted candles for the god Balder. What a wonderful way to spend the solstice - on December 21, we're going to find a tree in the forest, and decorate it with food for our local animals. Can't think of a better tree trimming night! (The Solstice Evergreen, by Sheryl Ann Karas)

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Join us again tomorrow as the 12 days of Christmas continues.

1 comment:

Penelope said...

Hmmmm....I think stuffing is my favourite part. This sounds a lot like my Moms!