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I am sixth generation Native Blackfoot and Scottish Celt. My Grandmother was one of my mentors her being a shaman, and my other mentor was my Druid Celtic Aunt. I was raised pagan and my education started at the age
of seven and formally after my first moon lodge ritual at 12. I am also trained as a voodoo priestess.
I am a retired MSW, Psychotherapist/Hypnotherapist, and a Dr of Ministries. I provide individual and family counseling.

Red Pepper Hummus Wraps with Avocado and Cheddar Cheese

Red Pepper Hummus Wraps with Avocado and Cheddar Cheese

Homemade red pepper hummus is worth the effort in these tasty wraps. Each serving -- complete with sweet pepper, avocado, and microgreens -- fuels you with fiber, protein, and lots of healthful vitamins.

Makes:
 
6 servings

Start to Finish:
 
35 mins

IngredientsHummus
1
15 ounce can no-salt-added garbanzo beans (chickpeas) or black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1/2
cup coarsely chopped red sweet pepper (1 small)
1/3
cup tahini (sesame seed paste) or creamy peanut butter
1/4
cup lemon juice
1
tablespoon snipped fresh cilantro or parsley
4
cloves garlic
1
teaspoon chopped canned chipotle chile pepper in adobo sauce*
1 1/2
teaspoons ground cumin
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon paprika
1/8
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Wraps
6
10 inches whole grain tortillas
1
cup torn lettuce leaves
1
medium red sweet pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into bite-size strips
1
medium avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and sliced
1/4
cup light sour cream
1/2
cup shredded cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
1/2
cup microgreens or sprouts**

Directions

In a food processor combine garbanzo beans, chopped red sweet pepper, tahini, lemon juice, cilantro, garlic, chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, cumin, salt, paprika, and black pepper. Cover and process or blend until smooth.
Spread hummus onto the centers of the tortillas. Top with lettuce, sweet pepper strips, and avocado. Spoon sour cream over top; top with cheese and microgreens or sprouts. Roll up each tortilla.

From the Test Kitchen

Prepare hummus as directed; cover and chill for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving. (Or place hummus in a freezer container; freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving.)

*

Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

**

If you grow your own lettuce, use young leaves as microgreens in this wrap.

Nutrition Facts

 (Red Pepper Hummus Wraps with Avocado and Cheddar Cheese)

Per serving: 
417 kcal cal., 
18 g fat
 
(4 g sat. fat, 
4 g polyunsaturated fat,
6 g monounsatured fat), 
13 mg chol., 
490 mg sodium, 
56 g carb., 
8 g fiber, 
3 g sugar, 
15 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Aquarius on the Rise!

 

Mars in Aquarius
Dec 4, 2014 to Jan 12, 2015

The fiery warrior planet Mars cools off a bit in Aquarius. The rational tendencies of this highly intelligent air sign put the focus on ideas and high ideals, rather than Mars' usual primal passions.

The mind is the great battlefield; ideas are the weapons of choice. This is a time when we may be more comfortable fighting for a cause than for ourselves. There's a bit of detachment with Aquarius, which means that Mars' anger may not be easy to trace to its source now. When feelings are strong, look behind them to find the personal reasons for such intensity.

Mars has to do with methodology, or the way we get things done. Mars in Aquarius does not like to follow the rules or anyone else's plan. Invention and originality are favored now, so sticking to tradition and custom may be difficult.

This transit will bring us across the threshold of the new millennium. Innovation enables us to step outside the old framework to find solutions to our problems. Explore, experiment, try a different approach now. Each small act of liberation contributes to our collective evolution into the future.

Famous people born with Mars in Aquarius include Isadora Duncan, Kurt Vonnegut, Winona Ryder, Andy Kaufman, Eric Idle, Farrah Fawcett, Lee Harvey Oswald, Mae West, Pete Rose, Joanne Woodward and Howard Hughes.

Born on the Capricorn-Aquarius Cusp
The Cusp of Mystery and Imagination is never a dull thing
What happens when you combine the energies of capable Capricorn and quirky Aquarius? You get highly unique individuals, that’s what. If you were born between about January 17 and January 23, you were born on The Cusp of Mystery and Imagination, and there's never a dull moment.

Whether outwardly flamboyant or shy and quiet, Capricorn-Aquarius cuspers always have much excitement going on internally. They have vivid dreams and rich fantasies that need to be expressed creatively if they’re to be happy.

Prone to leading unusual lives, "Capriquarians" often struggle to balance the two very different sides of their personalities -- they are reserved yet social, security-craving but independent, and traditional yet offbeat.

Capricorn-Aquarius cuspers love to talk and entertain, and they especially enjoy intellectually stimulating conversations about any manner of strange topics. This is why no matter how hard they work or how dedicated they are to achieving their goals, things are never dull.

While hard-work and high standards bring these cuspers much success in most career endeavors, they can have more difficulty maintaining personal relationships. This is perhaps due to a need for independence, and a tendency to seem aloof and critical -- sometimes even selfish. However, if they can put forth the loyal, funny and friendly sides of themselves they’ll make fast friends.

Born on the Aquarius-Pisces Cusp
The Cusp of Sensitivity: A dreamy, compassionate place
Wondering what happens when your birth chart combines the energy of quirky Aquarius with dreamy Pisces? If you were born on the cusp of these two horoscopes signs, between about February 15-21, you were born on The Cusp of Sensitivity -- a compassionate and imaginative place.
Spiritual, artistic, peace-loving and friendly, Aquarius-Pisces cuspers are highly original people. This is the cusp most likely to be labeled "offbeat" or "eccentric," and its citizens are stimulated by visionary ideas and new experiences. They are highly intellectual, however not so good with practical details and follow-through.

These cuspers may be social or shy, or they may be a peculiar mix of both. This is because pending time with others is a great stress relief, but at the same time they are so sensitive they often choose to hide out alone and escape into their imaginations instead.

Aquarius-Pisces is also arguably the most intuitive cusp placement, lending a naturally psychic and compassionate view of the world. Delving into spiritual matters and philosophical ideals is much more important to these folks than simply managing the details of day-to-day life. For this reason they may lose things, forget appointments, show up late or stand you up. But don't be mad -- it's only because they were too preoccupied thinking about how make the world a better place on a much deeper level.

This is my sign

~Elder Airwolf~

THE MAGICAL LEGEND OF THE WITCHES

Now, G. (the Witch Goddess) had never loved, but she would solve all the Mysteries, even the Mystery of Death; and so she journeyed to the Nether Lands.

The Guardians of the Portals challenged her, “Strip off thy garments, lay aside thy jewels; for naught may ye bring with ye into this our land.”

So she laid down her garments and her jewels, and was bound, as are all who enter the Realms of Death the Mighty One.  (Note:  There was a Celtic custom of binding corps-es.  The cord which had bound a corpse was useful in learning the “second sight.”)

Such was her beauty that Death himself knelt and kissed her feet, saying, “Blessed be thy feet that have brought thee in these ways. Abide with me, let me place my cold hands on thy heart.”

She replied, “I love thee not.  Why dost thou cause all things that I love and take delight in to fade and die?”

“Lady”, replied Death, “tis Age and Fate, against which I am helpless.  Age causes all things to wither; but when men die at the end of time I give them rest and peace, and strength so that they may return.  But thou, thou art lovely.  Return not; abide with me.”

But she answered, “I love thee not.”

Then said Death, “An thou received not my had on thy heart, thou must receive Death’s scourge.”

“It is Fate; better so”, she said, and she knelt; and Death Scourged her, and she cried, “I feel the pangs of love.”

And Death said, “Blessed be”, and gave her the fivefold kiss, saying, Thus only may ye attain to joy and knowledge.

And he taught her all the Mysteries.  And they loved and were one, and he taught her all the Magics.

For there are three great events in the life of man; Love, Death, and
Resurrection in a new body; and Magic controls them all.  For to fulfill love you must return again at the same time and place as the loved one, and you must remember and love them again.  But to be reborn you must die, and be ready for new body; and to die you must be born; and without love you may not be born.  And these be all the Magicks.

The Meaning of Witchcraft Gerald B. Gardner P.265 Appendix I

Your Daily Fortunes for Woden's Day December 17th, 2014

Tarot~Wheel of Fortune

The central theme of what is traditionally called the Wheel of Fortune card is cyclical change. The Wheel keeps on rolling, churning events in a ceaseless progression of ups and downs, either way freeing us from the past. No one can escape its cyclical action, which can feel somewhat terrifying — no matter whether we are rising or falling. When one is balanced on top there is a moment of crystal clarity, but the only part of the Wheel not going up and down is the hub, which is your eternal Self, the Source of Freedom.
Every one of us will occupy all the points on the wheel at some time or another. The cycle of the wheel is its lesson — and we can learn to take comfort in it (as we do when we celebrate our birthday). If you don’t like the look of things right now, just wait — things will change. Of course, if you do like the look of things right now, enjoy it while it lasts, because that will change too!

 Witches Rune~The Wave

Meaning: This rune is deeply connected to the element of Water. Its most basic meanings are intuition, imagination, mystery and spirituality. It can also represent any journey on water. But those are just the surface meanings of this very complex symbol.

This rune represents a moment in which nothing is solid under your feet. Everything moves, changes and transforms swiftly as the water does, and it may be hard for you have are surety about anything. The Waves show things that happens in the deep waters of our life… Repressed emotions and thoughts are represented by this symbol.

This rune can also symbolize solitude, renounce and sacrifice. When it appears, it’s difficult to make choices due to lack of information and uncertainty. But it’s not a good time to act anyways. It’s time to save energy, and free yourself from certain ideas and habits that are no longer useful. When the Waves appear, you may be more prone to self-delusion, self-sabotage and deception. Do not believe in everything you hear and see during these times. It’s hard to be calm and rational when under the influence of the Waves.

But this rune has also positive implications. It can represent a deep connection to all that is deep… to the spiritual world, and to your most deep resources. When you think you have nothing else to give, nothing to hold on to, the Waves reveal a wealth of inner power that can be used to survive the complicated times. These can be the water of your rebirth, or the water that will drown you – all depends on how you react to this situation.

In relationship readings, this rune can represent powerful emotions and passions, very difficult to control. One can easily feel carried away by this “flood” . There’s a strong spiritual connection behind this relationship, that can be good or bad. The Waves can also show that a relationship is being sabotaged by unclear communication and misunderstandings. Finally, it can represent a relationship in which the partners are separated for some reason, causing tears and feeding certain illusions.

Norse Viking Rune~Ansuz

Ansuz represents mankind’s spiritual connection to God and the universe. It is often referred to as the “God Rune.” This Rune embodies reason, truth and justice. It denotes the coming of knowledge and true counsel from a higher authority.
ansuz: Odin
ansuz.wav
Phonetic equivalent: a (as in ‘fall’)
DIVINATORY MEANINGS: authority figure, leader, mind & body
balance, justice, shaman, clairvoyant
MAGICAL USES: for wise decisions, success, leadership; to help in divination and magic
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES: Odin
ANALYSIS: This rune represents the instinctive, primal energy of
uruz tempered with the discipline and experience of þurisaz. These elements are combined in the personage of Odin, who exhibits the characteristics of both chieftain and shaman – a god of wisdom as well as war. Odin is also a shaman, traveling between the worlds on his eight-legged horse, SleipnirAnsuz is a balanced rune. As with fehu, many people choose to remain at this point in their journey. It represents power, both secular and magical, and this power can be quite seductive. Odin has learned the lessons of the first three runes, thus gaining the wisdom to rule wisely, but this is really only another beginning. He has only gained temporal power, and has only a few of the tools he will need to perfect himself spiritually. There is a certain lack of compassion and perspective in this rune. Odin sits high above his world, looking down and making decisions, but he doesn’t yet have the capacity to really care about or understand his people or himself. He still needs that emotional connection to become a truly great leader

Horoscopes~

We can’t decide whether we should surrender to our intense desires today or suppress them once the Moon shifts into all-or-nothing Scorpio at 9:51 am EST. Although energetic Mars in emotionally detached Aquarius cools our romantic engines, our hearts cannot be denied as amorous Venus closes in on relentless Pluto. The stressful conflict between cold logic and hot passion is soothed by our fantasies as the Moon harmonizes with dreamy Neptune.

Aries Horoscope
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Keeping your feet on the ground isn’t an easy matter today, for you’re tempted to set aside the basic facts to chase an unreachable fantasy. Although ignoring the truth may seem like a clever idea, you can’t escape your obligations by just slipping off into another dimension. Fortunately, you can still make good use of your imagination without having to fool anyone if you have the courage to take responsibility for your actions. Walk your talk and you will come out on top.

Taurus Horoscope
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You are pulled in opposite directions today because you truly want to take care of serious issues as they arise. Paradoxically, you simultaneously wish you could put them off for a while longer. Your innate no-nonsense approach prompts you to deal with unfinished business right away, but you may be at the mercy of your ruling planet Venus as she entices you with more pleasurable pursuits. Keeping up appearances at work provides you with enough cover to get away with a bit of mischief without rocking the boat.

Gemini Horoscope
(May 21 – Jun 20)
Life seems a little less intense today and you may relax your concerns about how to make everything work. You feel a lighter energy blowing in like a tropical breeze, inspiring you to see the upside of almost any situation. Although your positive attitude usually works in your favor, you might overstep your limits now by ignoring your feelings just because they’re inconvenient. Focus on the truth instead of the easy way out. The right mix of positivity and practicality is the secret to your success.

Cancer Horoscope
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Your intuition is operating at a high level of efficiency now that the reflective Moon is traveling through perceptive Scorpio. However, you still might attempt to bury your feelings if you see the possibility of pursuing pleasure, rather than truth. Having solid data on which to build your plans is ideal, but objectivity is elusive today as your daydreams leak into the real world. Remember, facts can only take you so far while your imagination carries you wherever you want to go.

Leo Horoscope
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You’re suddenly intrigued by the hidden mysteries of the cosmos and you want to know what’s going on beneath the surface. However, this metaphysical fascination is at odds with a more primal desire that arises from the pleasure center of your brain. Although detaching from your feelings sounds like a workable strategy, dreams of real intimacy lure you back into your heart. More isn’t always better; you can enjoy a rainbow for its inherent beauty without having to dig for a pot of gold, too.

Virgo Horoscope
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
Opportunities abound to cultivate new friendships or even become romantically attracted to someone you meet through your job. However, others might become more emotional than you prefer, motivating you to withdraw into your shell. But the only way to develop enduring relationships built on strong foundations is to stick around even when you feel uncomfortable. Surprisingly, letting go of your resistance to emotional expression can also be the key to unleashing your creativity

Libra Horoscope
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
A shift of cosmic energy drives you to seek extra emotional intensity in all interactions now. You might even want to re-energize a current relationship or create sparks in a new one. However, you’re not sure if shiny lights and romantic fantasies are distracting you from the real work at hand. The good news is you don’t have to choose; walking in both worlds today enables you to enjoy the fun and games while also making connections on a deeper and more meaningful level.

Scorpio Horoscope
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
You may have your heart set on an impossible partnership, yet compassion is overtaking passion now as your top priority. The Moon’s shift into your sign reminds you to establish new relationship priorities and her trine to spiritual Neptune raises the bar of excellence. Unfortunately, finding satisfaction in the real world is challenging when your dreams are so idealistic. Ironically, reconnecting with your inner self strengthens your bonds with others. Just remember, happiness is more likely to be found if you don’t expect perfection from anyone, including yourself.

Sagittarius Horoscope
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
You’re a proponent of professional camaraderie, but are not so interested in pursuing anything beyond a bit of entertaining conversation today if it interferes with accomplishing your goals. However, don’t be too self-critical if you can’t seem to make much headway on your work. Give yourself permission to kick off your shoes and dance. Luckily, you’ll have a chance later in the week to make up for any lack of productivity now.

Capricorn Horoscope
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You might be so deeply entrenched in the status quo that you struggle with an ongoing shift of power in your business world. Even if you think that stirring up the energy at work is necessary now, the uncertainty in the air still makes you nervous. Remove the pressure by taking a few more days to decide your next move. However, you can’t stop the wheels of progress for long. Once you make up your mind, you can assume an important leadership role in the transformation. But in the meantime, fly beneath the radar for the best results.

Aquarius Horoscope
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
It seems as if you are being granted an unexpected reprieve today because you suddenly have more time to reach your goals. Thankfully, you’re quite optimistic about your chances for success, so you can play it cool without worrying about making too many changes. Although there’s no need to panic or finish everything right away, there is also no reason to restrain your creativity. Now that assertive Mars is back in your sign, just follow your instincts and let your convictions work their magic. Nature will take its course and pull you along for the ride.

Pisces Horoscope
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Indulging in your favorite daydreams is addictive, so it’s essential to balance your fantasies with reality. However, the Moon’s sweet trine to imaginative Neptune in your sign makes it tricky to find the dividing line between fact and fiction now. Instead of struggling to gain clarity today, relax and go with the flow. There is much wisdom to be discovered from your current exploration of the metaphysical realms. Trust the process; you’ll be back in the real world before you know it.

Be Blessed )O(

In the Stars for Wednesday December 17th, 2014

Blyssful Woden's Day Stargazers~

Current Moon Phase for December 17th – Last Quarter
(waning/30% of illumination)
The time of reaping is at hand. There is a feeling of completion infused into the atmosphere during the Last Quarter Moon. The opportunity opens to recognize how far you’ve come in various parts of your life. This is not a good time for new beginnings, but rather a reflective period suited to evaluating how you have been using your time and what has been accomplished. Issues of authority may arise. This Moon phase supports taking responsibility for actively tying up the loose ends of projects that are already underway.
 
Wednesday 17th December 2014
Moon 22° Libra sextiles Jupiter [in retrograde] 22° Leo
Moon 25° Libra sextiles Sun 25° Sagittarius
Moon 29° Libra sextiles Mercury 29° Sagittarius

Moon enters Scorpio
Will feel mysterious - like an inexplicable karmic 12th House
Moon in Scorpio - will be an interesting transit - because it will create a lot of activity - things you never expected to happen might happen - and things that you could never have expected to happen will happen. During which - you will see the "life" from a different perspective. As you see and experience real-life coincidences - all you will be able to do - is LAUGH at "life" - because some of the things that will happen will be quite unbelievable.
Then you'll see the LAUGHTER - whether it be genuine laughter or nervous giggles - depending on how you react to events - will have the effect of ensuring you release a lot of negativity as you LAUGH a lot. Now, as it is UNUSUAL Moon transit - creating a deep inner peace whilst ensuring REAL life events happen - I'm not going to predict WHAT will happen - other than say - that I see in the astrological charts that UNUSUAL things will be happening.
 
The fundamental reason WHY is - that Saturn in Scorpio is ending it's transit in Scorpio - and hence the Moon in Scorpio - will be the last few days - to unlock and unblock anything that needs to "END". If something in your life has been blocked because someone negative and bad has been holding onto it and preventing your life from moving forward with FREEDOM you want and need - then mysteriously - "they" will vanish and their influence will end - either they will change their minds or destined events will happen to ensure they let-go of holding your life back.
 
Usually Scorpio energies work behind the scenes of life - in a secretive manner - hidden until the time is right for action - then it happens quickly. In fact the secret of Scorpio is in nature of a Scorpion in that it always moves in a seemingly haphazard manner - in gets in focus of what it wants and where it wants to go - then goes in the opposite direction - so that it deceives others of what it wants - and then finally makes a sprint to get it - when the time is right.
Scorpio never truly reveals itself at the beginning of it's journey - but you always know what it wanted by the end of it's journey. Hence, Saturn in Scorpio - has an end-destination - which should have become clear - but if it hasn't - then during Moon in Scorpio - especially on Friday defined by Moon 29° Scorpio conjunct Saturn 29° Scorpio - you will see clearly - what the WHOLE PURPOSE of Saturn in Scorpio has been about - and with a gift of hindsight and reflection - you will then realize the destined purpose of the past few years.

Everything you need to know: Quadrantid meteor shower
Quadrans Muralis via Atlas Coelestis.

The 2015 Quadrantid meteor shower is likely to produce the most meteors before dawn January 4, although in the glare of the almost-full moon.
The Quadrantid meteor shower is always the first meteor shower of every new year, and 2015 is no exception. Unfortunately, in 2015, the almost-full waxing gibbous moon will obscure this year’s presentation. The shower comes each year in early January and favors the Northern Hemisphere because its radiant point is so far north on the sky’s dome. In fact, the Quadrantids might be the strongest and most famous major meteor shower that you’ve never seen. That’s because, although it can match the meteor numbers (50 to 100 meteors or more an hour) of the better-known August Perseid and December Geminid showers, the Quadrantids’ peak is very narrow. The peaks of the Perseid shower or Geminid shower persist more or less for a day or more, allowing all time zones around the world to enjoy a good display of Perseids and Geminids. Meanwhile, the peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower lasts only a few hours. So you have to be on the right part of Earth, the part that’s in nighttime – preferably with the radiant high in your sky – during those few hours of the shower’s peak, in order to see the most Quadrantid meteors.
What are the peak dates for the Quadrantid shower in 2015? Different sources give different dates and precise times for meteor shower peaks. We are relying on the Observer’s Handbook 2015 and the International Meteor Organization (IMO) to help us out. Both of these sources give the date of peak on January 4, and the time at 2:00 Universal Time.

If that prediction holds true, the peak will be 8 p.m. for the central United States on January 3; in other words, the radiant point for this shower will still be beneath the horizon for us in the U.S. But the predictions aren’t always accurate. This is nature, after all. If the peak comes a quarter to one-third day later than predicted, we in the U.S could be in luck.

If you’re willing to take the chance, we recommend watching before dawn on January 3 and 4, with the nod going to January 4. Shortly before dawn, the moon will be low in the west, or will have already set. Click here to find out your moonset time. Sit in a moon shadow with an otherwise open view of the predawn sky, and if you’re real lucky, you might see as many as 40 meteors in one hour.

What time should I watch the Quadrantid meteor shower in 2015? All other things being equal, for any meteor showers, you are likely to see the most meteors when the radiant is high in the sky. In the case of the Quadrantid shower, the radiant point is seen highest in the sky in the dark hour before dawn.

Unlike most meteor showers, however, you have to hope that the narrow peak of Quadrantid shower happens at or near the same hour that the radiant point resides highest in your sky. Here’s that peak time again, according to the International Meteor Organization: January 4 at 2:00 Universal Time. Click here to translate Universal Time to your time zone.
Who will see the Quadrantid meteor shower best in 2015? The world map above shows the day and night sides of Earth at the instant of the predicted peak of the 2015 Quadrantids, which should be before dawn on January 4 for northwestern Asia and East Europe. On the worldwide map, the shadow line running across Asia represents sunrise.

Keep in mind that this forecast represents a best guess, not an ironclad guarantee as to when the peak will actually happen. If the peak comes a few to several hours earlier than predicted, the eastern part of Asia might see the shower peak before dawn on January 4.

Now here’s the unfortunate news for all of us, no matter where we are in the Northern Hemisphere. In 2015, the almost-full waxing gibbous moon will stay out nearly all night long, setting in the west in the wee hours before sunrise.

The radiant point for the Quadrantid shower is highest up in the sky during the dark hour before dawn. If the peak of the shower comes as predicted – and that’s a big if – then northwestern Asia and East Europe should be in a good place to watch this year’s Quadrantid meteor shower. But die-hard meteor watchers in other parts of the Northern Hemisphere will brave the cold anyway, hoping to glimpse a meteor or two! Remember, the peak could come earlier or later than predicted.

Where is the radiant point for the Quadrantid shower? The radiant point of the Quadrantid shower makes an approximate right angle with the Big Dipper and the bright star Arcturus. If you trace the paths of the Quadrantid meteors backward, they appear to radiate from this point on the starry sky.

But you don’t need to find the meteor shower radiant to see the Quadrantid meteors. You have to be at mid-northern or far-northern latitudes, up in the wee hours of the morning and hope the peak comes at just the right time to your part of the world.

The Quadrantids are named for a constellation that no longer exists. Most meteor showers are named for the constellations from which they appear to radiate. So it is with the Quadrantids. But the Quadrantids’ constellation no longer exists. The name Quadrantids comes from the constellation Quadrans Muralis (Mural Quadrant), created by the French astronomer Jerome Lalande in 1795. This now-obsolete constellation was located between the constellations of Bootes the Herdsman and Draco the Dragon. Where did it go?

To understand the history of the Quadrantids’ name, we have to go back to the earliest observations of this shower. In early January 1825, Antonio Brucalassi in Italy reported that “the atmosphere was traversed by a multitude of the luminous bodies known by the name of falling stars.” They appeared to radiate from Quadrans Muralis. In 1839, Adolphe Quetelet of Brussels Observatory in Belgium and Edward C. Herrick in Connecticut independently made the suggestion that the Quadrantids are an annual shower.

But, in 1922, the International Astronomical Union devised a list 88 modern constellations. The list was agreed upon by the International Astronomical Union at its inaugural General Assembly held in Rome in May 1922. It did not include a constellation Quadrans Muralis. Today, this meteor shower retains the name Quadrantids, for the original and now obsolete constellation Quadrans Muralis.

The radiant point for the Quadrantids is now considered to be at the northern tip of Bootes, near the Big Dipper asterism in our sky, not far from Bootes’ brightest star Arcturus. It is very far north on the sky’s dome, which is why Southern Hemisphere observers probably won’t see many (if any) Quadrantid meteors. The meteors simply won’t make it above the horizon for Southern Hemisphere skywatchers.

Quadrantid meteors have a mysterious parent object. In 2003, astronomer Peter Jenniskens tentatively identified the parent body of the Quadrantids as the asteroid 2003 EH1. If indeed this body is the Quadrantids parent, then the Quadrantids, like the Geminid meteors, come from a rocky body – not an icy comet. Strange.

In turn, though, 2003 EH1 might be the same object as the comet C/1490 Y1, which was observed by Chinese, Japanese and Korean astronomers 500 years ago.

So the exact story behind the Quadrantids’ parent object remains somewhat mysterious.

Bottom line: The first meteor shower of 2015, the Quadrantid meteor shower, will probably be at its best before dawn January 4. This shower is best for the Northern Hemisphere because its radiant point is far to the north on the sky’s dome. In 2015, this shower must content with the bright light of the almost-full moon.

So look to the stars and make a wish for you will be blessed!
~Elder Airwolf~

BLYSSFUL WODEN'S DAY LEGIONNAIRES & PAGANS

 

Yule a Winter Solstice Rite for Group or Solitary
* Outside Ritual
Those who would like to use or change this ritual for fit their personal working have my permission.
Lady Abigail

Tools needed; Alter set accordingly (Yule Candle lithe cakes, wine, herbs in cauldron, Pine wand, Besom) * Wine and Cakes Cauldron filled with herbs. 

Yule herbs; Pine, Mistletoe, Menthol, Rosemary, and Peppermint ( Herbs should be kept burning during ritual.) 

Candles; Yule Candle

Pine Branch 
2 Goddess-Gold candle - Torches (Green Goddess-Red God) 
1 Torch - North /Winter. 
2 Red Candles - Fire and Water (in Hurricanes) 
2 Green Candles - Earth and East (in Hurricanes) 
Fire Burning 
Yule Log 

Cast the Circle; with Pine Branch 

Besom Rite; sweeps circle and feet of each person their for cleansing. 

Once Ritual begins Herbs need to be cast into the fire after each person or persons speaks. (Except during Blessing or Past and New) 

Lights White Torch. 

Winter's enchantment, shall soon loosen her icy spell. In this time of cold and bewitching beauty, Yule celebrates the birth of the Sun-child and the promise of returning warmth. Also; at this time we give thanks unto our Lady of Life. For She has watched over us with loving eyes, now after giving birth unto the Lord of days, we bid she rest knowing she shall return at the raising of the moon. 

Invocation of Goddess and God; Calling of Elements. 

Goddess -

Light Green Torch and says; 

We invoke Thee, 
Luminous Lady of White, 
She who walks within the night. 

God - Light Red Torch and says; 

We invoke Thee, 
Solstice Stag, Ancient One, 
Lord of light now reborn. 

Air -Light Red Candle and says; 

We invoke Thee, 
In quite labor new life now heard. 
Mother of Light rest in thy peaceful slumber. 

Fire -Light Green Candle and says; 

We invoke Thee, 
King of day, He born of the Lady mild, 
Born of love the Celestial Sun-Child. 

Water -Light Red Candle and says; 

We invoke Thee, 
God of Light and life renew, 
Darkness passes as you ensue. 

Earth- Light Green Candle and says; 

We invoke thee, 
Ice Goddess of Northern lights, 
In honor of thy gift we unite. 

Group 

From the ancient spirits now past, 
Unto the new life we now cast. 
The wheel shall turn 
As the Yule fire burns. 

Place Yule Log on Fire

Everyone says; 

The Yule Log burns in fire bright, 
The old year passes within this night. 
By fires of old on this longest night, 
We turn the wheel and birth new light.

Each person takes a hand full of Herbs and cast them into the fire, as they share some special joy or gift the received during the last year and one joy or gift they look forward during the coming year. 

When everyone has finished, say; 

Let the glow from this fire light our way 
unto spring in this our turning of the wheel. 
By light of Sun and light of Moon 
We give Blessing, 
For in all things we are truly thankful. 

Elemental release 

Unto thy spirits of Air and Fire, 
In honor thy blessings we admire. 
And by the powers of Water and Earth, 
Respect for all that comes by rebirth. 

Farewell Lady and Lord 

We give honor unto the ancients here, 
For by their knowledge we have no fear. 
Goddess Queen & King reborn 
In your blessings we are adorned. 

Wine and Cakes

Opens circle by saying; 

May our spirits go forward as they mingle 
with the ancients ones. We give thanks and honor 
to all who have joined us here. 
May you go or may you stay 
for you are forever welcome. 
So mote it be. 

Yule Ritual by; Lady Abigail 
Copyright 20052112

 

Basil, Rosemary & Tomato Bread or Red and Green Yule Bread
You are going to love this... perfect for the holiday and amazing to each. I always make extra to use for the Cakes ending Yule rituals.

 

Ingredients:

1 cup warm water
2 tbsp olive oil
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh basil

1 ½ tblsp chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 cup chopped sundried tomatoes
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast

Directions
1) In the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 2 cups of the flour and all other ingredients to the batter and mix with dough hook until just combined. 

2) Add remaining flour 1 tbsp at a time until dough no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl.
3) Remove dough from bowl and place in a clean, lightly-greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
4) Punch down risen dough and shape into an oval, stretching from the top of the loaf to underneath the bottom. Place shaped loaf in a lightly-greased 8 x 4-inch loaf pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
5) Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Once dough is ready, bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

 

Serve with whipped cream cheese & fresh chopped chive spread.

Blessed Yule!

Herbed Spinach Torte

 

This springform torte's cheesy spinach, mushroom, and artichoke filling is just as delicious as its fancy exterior. The tall edges of your springform pan keep the crust's potatoes standing at attention.

Start to Finish:
 
2 hrs 15 mins

Makes:
 
12 servings

Prep:
 
1 hr

Bake:
 
1 hr 375°

Stand:
 
15 mins

 

Ingredients
3
large russet potatoes, peeled
5
tablespoons olive oil
8
ounces fresh cremini mushrooms, sliced
1/2
cup chopped red onion (1 medium)
1
tablespoon snipped fresh dill
10
ounces fresh spinach, chopped
1
9 ounce package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed, drained, and chopped
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground black pepper
5
eggs, lightly beaten
1/2
of a 15-ounce carton ricotta cheese (3/4 cup)
6
ounces light garlic and herb individually foil-wrapped spreadable cheese, such as The Laughing Cow brand
1
teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
 
Nonstick cooking spray
 
Halved grape tomatoes (optional)

Directions

Cut the potatoes crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices. In a large nonstick skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add one-fourth of the potato slices; cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until potatoes are tender, turning once halfway through cooking time. Transfer potatoes to paper towels to drain; set aside. Repeat cooking in batches, using another 3 tablespoons of the oil and the remaining potatoes.
For spinach filling, in a large skillet heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onion; cook and stir for 6 to 8 minutes or until tender. Stir in dill. Add spinach, artichokes, salt, and pepper; cook and stir over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes or until spinach wilts. Using a fine-mesh strainer, drain spinach mixture, pressing down with the back of a wooden spoon to release any liquid. In a large bowl combine eggs, ricotta cheese, spreadable cheese, and lemon peel. Stir in spinach mixture. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Generously coat a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Place springform pan in a foil-lined 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Cover the bottom of the springform pan with potato rounds, overlapping as necessary and making sure that there are no empty spaces. Arrange some of the potato rounds around the sides of the pan. Pour spinach filling into the pan.
Bake about 1 hour or until filling is set. Remove pan from oven; transfer to a wire rack. Let stand for 15 minutes. Working quickly, gently run a sharp knife between the edges of the springform pan and the potatoes. Release the sides of the springform pan and carefully lift to remove sides of pan.
Cut torte into wedges. If desired, garnish with halved grape tomatoes.

Nutrition Facts

 (Herbed Spinach Torte in a Potato Crust)

Per serving: 
195 kcal cal., 
11 g fat
 
(3 g sat. fat, 
1 g polyunsaturated fat,
5 g monounsatured fat), 
93 mg chol., 
318 mg sodium, 
15 g carb., 
3 g fiber, 
2 g sugar, 
9 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

You Daily Fortunes for Monday December 15th, 2014

Your Daily Tarot Card~Strength

What has traditionally been known as the Strength card represents Nature which, however wild in its primal form, is tamed by our subtler, finer (feminine, interior) self. The will and passion of our instinctive nature does not need to be broken, but refined and brought to consciousness — so that all levels of Creation, inner and outer, may come into harmony.
The feminine soul-force contains a persuasive power that can nurture and induce cooperation from others, stilling disruptive energies by harmonizing differences in the spirit of collective good will.

Witches Rune~The Sun

The Sun is well-known symbol of good omen and protection. It is the life giver, the light that chases away the darkness and brings the new day. It’s masculine and dynamic. In the Witches Runes, it represents the beginning of something new, or a significant change in a situation that was bleak. As a source of light, the Sun can symbolize the disclosure of secrets and the clarification of hazy situations.

Just like the Earth and the other planets revolve around the Sun, this rune indicates that you’ll soon be a source of attention for some reason, or that something (or someone) will grab your attention irremediably. It often symbolizes the bestowing of an honor or award, or the acknowledgement of a good work. This rune can literally put you under the spotlight and expose you to public scrutiny. Be prepared to deal with a crowd.

Traditionally, the Sun’s metal is the gold, and this also reflects in this rune – it’s a rune of material wealth and can represent very rich people.

In relationship readings, this rune can indicate that one of the partners has a very strong presence, and may sometimes dominate the relationship. There’s a strong Ego whenever the Sun appears, and this can be good or bad depending the nature of the relationship. In negative readings this rune can show that one of the partners is not allowing the the other to grow and shine on their own. But this is not very common – usually the Sun represents a vital and healthy relationship, even if it’s not necessarily a peaceful one.

Viking Norse Rune~Tiwaz

Tiwaz is the Warrior Rune. It represents pure, masculine power and the ability to successfully fight to meet your goals. However, you must be careful that costs of attaining your goals overshadow their values.
teiwaz : Tyr
Phonetic equivalent: t

DIVINATORY MEANINGS:
duty, discipline, responsibility, self-sacrifice, conflict, strength, a wound, physicality, the warrior path
MAGICAL USES:
protection, victory, strength, strengthening the will, healing a wound
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:
Tyr and the Fenris Wolf, Odin’s ordeals
ANALYSIS:
Just as the second aett began with the cleansing destruction of hagalaz, so too does the third aett begin with a loss. However, hail is imposed by the Gods to force the sacrifice of those things which aren’t really vital to our development. Teiwaz, on the other hand, represents a voluntary sacrifice, made by someone who understands exactly what they are giving up and why.Tyr’s sacrifice of his hand to allow the binding of the Fenris Wolf was a noble one, and notable in a pantheon of deities not known for their sense of duty and ethical responsibility. He is believed to be one of the oldest of the Norse Gods – a Bronze-age rock carving was found in Scandinavia depicting a one-handed warrior – and his position may well have originally superseded that of Odin. Tyr’s rune is also one of the oldest in the fuþark, having survived virtually unchanged from the earliest Bronze-age carvings. It represents all those qualities associated with the God: strength, heroism, duty and responsibility. But it also represents a deeper mystery – that of the wounded God. Like þurisaz, the pain of teiwaz focuses the attention and forces discipline. However, in this case the effect is more conscious and the wound carries a greater significance. Uruz has been confronted and bound, and the lessons of teiwaz and hagalaz have been learned. This is the path of the warrior.

Horoscopes~
Grappling with big issues is tricky these days because there are no easy answers to the difficult questions we’re asking. The powerful square between revolutionary Uranus and transformational Pluto is exact today, pushing us into unknown territory. Although this game-changing alignment is active from 2012 through 2015, we now catch fleeting glimpses of the future. Thankfully, the peace-seeking Libra Moon helps us keep a healthy perspective.

Aries Horoscope
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You may be quick to disagree with someone today because you secretly hope to stir up a lively debate, even if you don’t want to create lasting conflict. Nevertheless, you could attack the wrong person if you don’t watch what you say. Being aware of the intensity of your reactions now can help to minimize drama and alleviate the volatile tension before it erupts. Channel your anger into creating positive change.

Taurus Horoscope
(Apr 20 – May 20)
Although you prefer taking a down-to-earth approach to conflict at work, it feels as if you’re heading out into a sea of complexity now. Powerful emotions rise to the surface today if someone confronts you about your recent behavior. Attempting to defend yourself by justifying your actions could be a waste of time and energy, whether or not the accusation is true. An apology is in order if you are guilty, but just let it go if you’re not. Anything you can do to keep the energy calm is helpful. Think long-term solutions rather than quick fixes for the best results.

Gemini Horoscope
(May 21 – Jun 20)
Even if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed today, life grows brighter and brighter as the day wears on. You may need to deal with an obstacle that has been placed in your path by your boss or some other authority figure. However, you don’t have to confront the problem head-on today when you can simply acknowledge it by dancing around its edges. Although everything seems so urgent, even the most intense feelings will require time to transform into actions. But denial is not a viable option; accepting the challenge to change is the first step to improving your life.

Cancer Horoscope
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Today you could find yourself in the midst of a fierce emotional confrontation that pulls you into deeper waters. However, you inadvertently make matters worse if you try to avoid any unresolved issues. Listen to your intuition, for the shadows won’t hide the truth from you now. You might even discover a treasure in the most unlikely places if you have the courage to stick with the process when it gets messy.

Leo Horoscope
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You might sense that an unavoidable power struggle is brewing. Intense interactions with a family member or close friend may even open the floodgates of unexpressed emotions today. You could agitate things even further now by revealing a surprise of your own. However, it’s wise to think before you speak or you will only complicate the situation even more. Demonstrate your strength of character by smiling and leaving all the drama behind.

Virgo Horoscope
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You may obsessively seek a simplistic fix to a complex problem today, spinning your all-too-analytical mind into overdrive. Your frustration stems from not being able to separate one situation from another; everything seems to be interrelated now. It’s pointless to keep going over the same details again and again. Things will begin to make more sense when you accept that logic won’t bring you the solutions you’re hoping to find. In the meantime, fire up your right brain and practice a little creative problem solving instead.

Libra Horoscope
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You might wish that the current relationship stress would quietly dissipate on its own now, but it won’t vanish until you face the issues that are bothering you. You may have to stand up to someone’s emotional intensity; fortunately, you can hold your ground today as long as your actions are consistent with your feelings. Push through your anxiety and self-judgments as quickly as possible. You have the power to reestablish harmony if you simply just show up and be true to yourself.

Scorpio Horoscope
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Your psychic radar is picking up a subterranean current of feelings running deeper than any you have recently experienced. On one hand, this is quite a thrill, since you’re fascinated by the mystery and believe that you’re getting close to discovering something very significant. On the other hand, you are fearful of losing yourself in this powerful energy. Nevertheless, it’s safe to let go once you know where you stand in your heart.

Sagittarius Horoscope
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Your adrenaline drives you to take care of unfinished business early in the day, but your expectations may be unrealistically high now. Although you wish that you could cross everything off your list, at some point you must accept that you need to leave some tasks incomplete. Ironically, once you relinquish control you might even find enough time to relax for a bit. Skillfully managing the flow between work and play today helps pave the most reliable road to success.

Capricorn Horoscope
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You don’t like it one bit if someone pressures you to participate in a group activity when you prefer to be alone. But don’t turn your current penchant for privacy into a an emotional showdown or you might just end up exhausting yourself in the process. Save your energy for a more important fight; instead, change your attitude and resign yourself to fulfilling your social obligations without a fuss. Your willingness to be a team player could turn time with others into a treat rather than a chore.

Aquarius Horoscope
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
You find yourself at odds with nearly anyone who is wielding authority today, even if he or she has done little to rattle your cage. Someone might attempt to manipulate you, but you could provoke an entirely different set of problems if you fight back. Unfortunately, it’s hard to avoid a conflict once a debate is in progress. Stand up for yourself, but keep the focus on the main points so things don’t go awry. Listen as much as you speak to maintain the peace.

Pisces Horoscope
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
You might not feel confident about finishing your chores now because it’s challenging to keep your thoughts focused on repetitive tasks. However, you could still be very productive if you stretch your mind beyond the present moment. Give yourself permission to dream while you work; visualizing the future creates a more meaningful path for you to follow. Plant seeds in your fertile imagination today and harvest the fruits of your labor tomorrow.

~Elder Airwolf~

In the Stars for December 15th, 2014

Blyssful Moon's Day Stargazers~

Moon and Spica before dawn December 16 and 17

Tonight – that is, in the hours before dawn on Monday, December 16 and Tuesday, December 17 – as seen from around the world, the waning crescent moon will pair up with the bright star Spica in constellation Virgo the Maiden. The moon rises first, well after midnight, and Spica follows the moon into the southeast sky roughly an hour afterwards.

If you are up a few to several hours past midnight, look for the moon and Spica low in the southeast, where they’ll be just beginning their ascent. Otherwise, wake up before dawn to view the moon and Spica much higher up in the sky.

Shortly before dawn’s first light, you may also see the planet Saturn close to the horizon, below the moon and Spica. At present, Saturn rises about 2 hours before the sun at mid-northern latitudes.

Last Quarter Moon
(waning/42% of illumination)
The time of reaping is at hand. There is a feeling of completion infused into the atmosphere during the Last Quarter Moon. The opportunity opens to recognize how far you've come in various parts of your life. This is not a good time for new beginnings, but rather a reflective period suited to evaluating how you have been using your time and what has been accomplished. Issues of authority may arise. This Moon phase supports taking responsibility for actively tying up the loose ends of projects that are already underway.
Before dawn for the next several days, watch for the moon to descend eastward toward the planet Saturn. You'll see a very thin waning crescent moon pairing up with Saturn before dawn on December 19.

By the way, once the moon moves away from Virgo in several more days, you can star-hop to the star Spica via the Big Dipper. Use the handle of the Big Dipper to arc to Arcturus and to spike Spica on these frosty December mornings.

Monday 15th December 2014
Moon enters Libra 4am UK - 5am Europe - 9:30am India
[Sunday 11pm USA EST] - 3pm Sydney, Australia
Moon 8° Libra trines Mars 8° Aquarius
 
Tuesday 16th December 2014
Moon 12° Libra opposes Uranus [in retrograde] 12° Aries
Moon 12° Libra squares Pluto 12° Capricorn
 
Wednesday 17th December 2014
Moon 22° Libra sextiles Jupiter [in retrograde] 22° Leo
Moon 25° Libra sextiles Sun 25° Sagittarius
Moon 29° Libra sextiles Mercury 29° Sagittarius


Monday 15th December 2014 - Moon enters Libra
Communicative - sorting lots of things-out through straight-talking
Whilst you might think the end of lunar phase should be quieter - as I've explained and as the Sun in Sagittarius is getting closer to it's annual conjunction with Galactic Center of 28° / 29° Sagittarius - Moon in Libra is going to positively enhance and create even more POSITIVE energy than you can imagine.
I've said it many times - that I know EVERYONE has "it" WITHIN them - it just needs the right astrological moment to UNLOCK it - and between 7th December => 22nd December 2014 - there will be lunar phase that it puts EVERYONE of you in an exceptionally optimistic mode. Suddenly, you'll get the "Light" that opens your aura, your mind and thoughts - to realize that there's a BRIGHT future. This is one of the reasons I've explained NEXT MONTHS astrology in advance - and as you read that page - you'll tune-in to the future - and realize it resonates with the TRUTH inside you.
 
The transit of Moon in Libra in the next few days - is going to unlock the power of justice [of what's RIGHT and of what's WRONG in your life] - through communication - putting right all wrongs - as it will ensure things are said - things that need to be said - which instead of creating more problems and blockages - the things said and revealed will solve problems and ensure all blockages vanish - especially the stupid blockages created by jealousy, envy and unnecessary anger - watch is astonishment as they completely vanish. That's because the Sagittarian LIGHT will be full of strength to eliminate all DARKNESS & Moon in Libra will ensure it gets done.
 
Anyone who knows a Libra - knows they've got a ruthless side to them - especially when they've been annoyed, upset, angered or when they decide that's enough of being unfairly treated - when they get to that limit - that they can't take it anymore.
But they've a charmingly loving side to them too - when they're on best form - they've got a inherent nature of solving all problems - because they've a way to create compromises, peace and solutions - through their "magical" way to say the right words to the right people at the right time - that's because they've a focused vision - to make PEACE and create BALANCE in the world.
 
Each of the following 3 days - of Moon in Libra - will be DIFFERENT from the other - and therefore my normal way of explaining the collective energies of Moon in a specific star sign - won't apply. Libra is versatile and will change in order to both get the job done and to arrive at the end destination. Therefore everything that unfolds during Moon in Libra - "know" - that it's just Libra - doing what it does best - and coupled with the HUGE energies transcending from Sun & Mercury at 25° / 28° Sagittarius - approaching the Galactic Center of 28° / 29° Sagittarius - this means BIG activity.
 
Therefore in ensuring the whole world oscillates away from darkness - the Moon in Libra will be creating a lot of LIGHT in the world - through good news and real results - ending stagnation and blockages. But due to Monday's Pluto 12° Capricorn square Uranus [in retrograde] 12° Aries - some people might become cold and ruthless because they've arrived at a limit of abuse OR they might become totally detached from anything negative OR it might bring out the best in YOU [which I hope it does] - as you enjoy the soft side of Libra to ensure problems are solved.
 
You'll see Libra-balancing energies will do what it does best - creating something positively good in the world - by balancing the BAD energies - because BADNESS that was created in the PAST will be balanced by LIGHT and HAPPY energies created in the PRESENT - through the power of communication and therefore define the bright NEW FUTURE which is now in the process of beginning.
 
~Elder Airwolf~

BLYSSFUL MOON'S DAY PAGANS!

KRAMPUSNACHT (NIGHT OF KRAMPUS)

 

Krampus is the dark companion of St. Nicholas, the traditional European winter gift-bringer who rewards good children each year on December 6. The kindly old Saint leaves the task of punishing bad children to a hell-bound counterpart known by many names across the continent — Knecht Ruprecht, Certa, Perchten, Black Peter, Schmutzli, Pelznickel, Klaubauf, and Krampus. Usually seen as a classic devil with horns, cloven hooves and monstrous tongue, but can also be spotted as a sinister gentleman dressed in black or a hairy man-beast. Krampus punishes the naughty children, swatting them with switches and rusty chains before dragging them in baskets to a fiery place below.

Krampus is celebrated on Krampusnacht, which takes place on the eve of St. Nicholas’ Day. In Austria, Northern Italy and other parts of Europe, party-goers masquerade as devils, wild-men, and witches to participate in Krampuslauf (Krampus Run). Intoxicated and bearing torches, costumed devils caper and carouse through the streets terrifying child and adult alike. Krampusnacht is increasingly being celebrated in other parts of Europe such as Finland and France, as well as in many American cities.

In the Alpine regions of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, the December date for gift giving is not Christmas Day, but “St. Nicholas’ Eve,” December 5th. According to folklore, that’s the day the beloved patron saint of broadcasters, merchants, and (of course) children, goes from house to house in his long, fur-lined robe giving sweets and presents to obedient, well-behaved kids. This version of St. Nicholas isn’t accompanied by eight reindeer, however, but rather by a dreadful, demonic character known as the Krampus.
Krampus (in some regions called Bartl or Klaubauf) is a fearsome devil right out of a child’s worst nightmare: a shaggy Satyr with a forked tongue, ram’s horns, cloven hooves, and a long tail. His job is to terrorize every boy or girl who hasn’t been good enough to warrant St. Nicholas’s generosity. To take care of the “bad” children, Krampus brings along a set of manacles, a sturdy birch switch, and a tub or basket that he carries on his back. His task is to whip disobedient kids with his switch, lock them in chains, plunk them in his container, and drag them off to throw into the nearest body of water. (Which, on an early December evening in an Alpine village, would be a particularly chilly and unpleasant fate indeed.)
The origins of the Krampus legend stretch back to pre-Christian folklore — a cautionary avatar of the hazards of going abroad on a dark, snowy night. But unlike other folk traditions that have been incorporated into Christmas lore, the Krampus has lost none of its ferocity and pagan beastliness. The name itself, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is derived from the Bavarian word “krampn,” which means, “lifeless, or dried out.” (The origin of the name is debatable; other sources say it comes from an old word for “claw.”)
In many regions of Germany and Austria, festivals called Krampuslauf (or “the running of the Krampus”) are held in which revelers don elaborate (and downright ghastly) costumes and parade through the crowded streets twirling blazing sparklers, dragging clattering chains, and swinging whips and staves at anyone not quick enough to get out of their way. Once the parade passes through, there’s nothing but cheering spectators — and quite a few weeping children — left in its wake.
Krampusnacht (Krampus’ night) was marked throughout the 19th century with Krampuskarten: holiday postcards depicting the devilish Krampus tormenting repentant German youngsters with the greeting,Gruss vom Krampus (or, “Cheers, from the Krampus”). Ironically, the Krampusnacht traditions were carried on right through the 1930s until the Nazi government launched a concerted campaign to wipe out the old “rustic” traditions, which they felt were inappropriate for a respectable, modern nation like Germany. (Ironically, it was the Third Reich, and not the Krampus, that proved to be the real embodiment of terror and barbarism.)
More recently, images of the Krampus have begun to reappear around Christmastime. In the 1960s, several European ad campaigns created “vintage” images of the Krampus not as a tormentor, but as an impish seducer, wooing scantily clad maidens and frisky housewives. In 1998 an arcade video game called CarnEvil included the Krampus as one of its rampaging “boss” characters. Krampus lore was even featured on an episode of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report in a segment “Blitzkrieg on Grinchitude” satirizing conservative complaints about disrespect for “old-fashioned” Christmas celebrations.

Though Krampus has long been part of European folklore, the German Christmas-devil is becoming more recognized – and even popularized – as part of American holiday celebrations with each passing year. Perhaps the dark-hearted Krampus provides a needed counterpoint to the relentless blitz of sugarplums-and-candy canes imagery of the Christmas season – a “yin” to the “yang” of Hallmark holiday TV specials and cheery department store Santa’s workshop dioramas.
Or perhaps, in a time when political corruption and corporate greed seem to be running unchecked, the notion of a terrifying figure who holds wrongdoers accountable in a pitiless and cruel manner strikes us as an especially satisfying and necessary aspect of the Christmas spirit in the 21st century.
Whatever the case, there’s no arguing that the traditional German holiday monster is rampaging his way into the American Christmas scene.

Be Blessed!

~Elder Airwolf~

Yummy Yule Vegies

Now Were Talking!

Artichokes with Tarragon Drizzle

Makes: 8 servings 
Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 20 mins 
Grill: 12 mins

Ingredients
4 large whole artichokes or 12 to 15 baby artichokes
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
2 tablespoons snipped fresh tarragon or 2 teaspoons dried tarragon, crushed
2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
  Sea salt or salt
  Ground black pepper
  Extra-virgin olive oil
2 lemons, each cut into 8 to 10 wedges
  Snipped fresh tarragon (optional)

Directions

Wash large artichokes; trim stems, if desired, and remove loose outer leaves. Snip off the sharp leaf tips. If using baby artichokes, remove outer leaves to reach pale green or yellow leaves on bottom half. Cut darker green portion of leaves off top half of artichoke; discard. Cut off stem and trim any remaining green from base of baby artichokes.
In a large pot bring a large amount of lightly salted water to boiling; add artichokes. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 to 30 minutes for large artichokes or 10 minutes for baby artichokes or until a leaf pulls out easily.
Place artichokes in a large bowl of ice water to cool completely. Drain artichokes upside down on paper towels. Cut artichokes in half from top through stem; use a spoon to scoop out the fibrous cores, leaving the hearts and leaves intact.
For tarragon drizzle, in a screw-top jar combine the 2/3 cup oil, vinegar, green onions, 2 tablespoons snipped tarragon, and the mustard. Cover and shake well. Season with salt and pepper.
Brush artichoke halves with additional olive oil. For a charcoal grill, place artichokes, cut sides down, on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Grill for 7 minutes; turn artichokes and grill for 5 to 7 minutes. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place artichokes on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.)
On a serving platter place grilled artichokes cut sides up. Shake tarragon drizzle; pour some over artichokes. If desired, sprinkle with snipped tarragon. Serve with lemon wedges. Pass the remaining tarragon drizzle.
Nutrition Facts (Artichokes with Tarragon Drizzle)
Per serving: 131 kcal cal., 11 g fat (1 g sat. fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 8 g monounsatured fat), 0 mg chol., 153 mg sodium, 8 g carb., 4 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 3 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Yule Appetizers

Butternut-Sage Crostini with Ricotta and Hazelnuts~

Makes: 8 servings 
Serving Size: 1 
appetizer Yields: 30 appetizers 
Prep: 40 mins 
Bake: 35 mins to 40 mins 375°F 
Bake: 9 mins to 11 mins 400°F

Butternut-Sage Crostini with Ricotta and Hazelnuts

Ingredients
1 2 pound butternut squash
3/4 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
  Dash cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon slivered fresh sage leaves
2/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1 pound loaf baguette-style French bread
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  Fresh sage leaves (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut squash in half lengthwise; scoop out seeds. Place halves, cut sides down, on prepared baking sheet. Roast squash for 35 to 40 minutes or until tender. Set aside to cool slightly. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees F.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine ricotta cheese, lemon peel, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper; set aside.
Scoop flesh from squash halves and transfer to the bowl of a food processor. Add the 1 tablespoon slivered sage, 1/3 cup of the hazelnuts, and the lemon juice. Cover and process until smooth; set aside.
Slice baguette diagonally into 1/2-inch slices. On a very large baking sheet arrange baguette slices in a single layer. Brush slices lightly with half of the olive oil. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes or until slices begin to brown. Turn baguette slices over; brush lightly with the remaining olive oil. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes more or until second sides begin to brown.
Thickly spread the butternut squash mixture over baguette slices. Top with ricotta mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts. Serve warm or at room temperature. If desired, garnish with whole sage leaves.
Nutrition Facts (Butternut-Sage Crostini with Ricotta and Hazelnuts)
Per serving: 108 kcal cal., 4 g fat (1 g sat. fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 3 g monounsatured fat), 3 mg chol., 139 mg sodium, 15 g carb., 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 4 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Yule Brunch with a Conscious Waistline!

Now some of us witches, we are watching our waistlines this Yule like me, so here is some delicious low cal recipes for that amazing Yule Brunch and it won't blow your waistline either.
Enjoy the Yule Tiding without guilty temptations!

Prevention
Best Breakfasts And Brunch: 10 Amazing Breakfast Casseroles
10 Amazing Breakfast Casseroles
Enjoy tasty quiches, frittatas, and other hearty morning meals
Let's do brunch
Let's do brunch
There's nothing like the promise of a hot, hearty breakfast to get you out of bed, and these breakfast casseroles (both savory and sweet) fit the bill. Even better: We added protein and fiber and cut down on the fat, sodium, and sugar (so you won't overdo it on the calories before noon). Assemble them the night before, pop them in the oven when you wake up, and enjoy coffee while your casserole bakes to breakfast perfection. Good morning to you!

Zucchini And Dill Frittata
This quick-cooking dish is ready in less than 25 minutes. Though zucchini holds the honor of being one of the lowest-calorie foods (just 14 calories per ½-cup serving), a sensible helping of butter and cheese makes this dish taste like an indulgent weekend brunch.
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 14 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 24 minutes
SERVINGS: 4
2 tsp butter
2 c finely chopped zucchini (one 8-oz zucchini)
2 lg scallions, thinly sliced
4 eggs
6 egg whites
1 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1. PREHEAT the broiler. Heat a 10" nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and zucchini. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the scallions and cook for 3 minutes more, or until the zucchini is just tender.
2. MEANWHILE, in a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites, water, dill, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of the cheese. Add to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes, occasionally lifting the edges of the egg mixture with a spatula and tilting the pan, allowing the uncooked mixture to flow underneath. (The eggs will be set on the bottom but will still be moist on the top.) Remove from the heat and sprinkle on the remaining 1 tablespoon cheese.
3. WRAP the skillet handle with a double thickness of foil. Broil 4" from the heat for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the eggs are set on the top. Cut into quarters and serve immediately.
NUTRITION (per serving) 143 cals, 8 g fat, 3.5 g sat fat, 234 mg sodium, 3.4 g carbs, 2 g total sugars, 1 g dietary fiber, 14 g protein
More from Prevention: 10 Tasty Zucchini Recipes

Breakfast Strata
Get a head start on your veggies for the day; this delicious egg dish is loaded with broccoli and onions, both abundant in disease-fighting antioxidants. Add in multigrain bread, eggs, and two types of cheese, and you've got a satisfying breakfast for less than 300 calories.
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 3 hours 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 3 hours 30 minutes
SERVINGS: 8
2 tsp unsalted butter
2 c chopped onion
1 Tbsp sugar
4 c broccoli florets
½ tsp dried basil
½ tsp dried oregano
⅓ c water
12 slices multigrain bread, halved diagonally
2 oz reduced-fat Swiss cheese, shredded
½ c grated Parmesan cheese
5 eggs, lightly beaten
3 egg whites, lightly beaten
2 c fat-free milk
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1. MELT the butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sugar; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion browns, 6 to 7 minutes. Add the broccoli, basil, and oregano. Cook, stirring occasionally, until bright green, about 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the water and cook until evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
2. COAT an 11" x 7" baking dish with cooking spray and arrange one-half of the bread in the bottom with all the triangles facing the same direction. Spread the broccoli mixture over the bread in a single layer, then top with the Swiss and Parmesan cheeses. Arrange the remaining bread in the dish with the triangles facing in the opposite direction. In a bowl, combine the eggs, egg whites, milk, mustard, and pepper. Pour the mixture over the bread; press on the bread to help absorb the milk mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
3. PREHEAT the oven to 350ºF. Bake the strata uncovered for 55 to 60 minutes, or until puffed, golden, and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
NUTRITION (per serving) 273 cals, 8.5 g fat, 3 g sat fat, 480 mg sodium, 32 g carbs, 18 g total sugars, 7.5 g dietary fiber, 19 g protein

Quiche Florentine
Normally quiche wouldn't make the diet-friendly list, but we've reduced the fat in this recipe by swapping the pastry crust for bread crumbs and using skim milk. Though this dish calls for spinach and mushrooms, you can add broccoli, asparagus, and any other veggies you love.
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 44 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 59 minutes
SERVINGS: 4
3 Tbsp unseasoned dry bread crumbs
1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1 c sliced cremini or button mushrooms
2 Tbsp chopped onions
¼ tsp dried thyme
5 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
⅓ c reduced-fat cottage cheese
¼ c shredded reduced-fat swiss cheese
1 can (12 oz) evaporated skim milk
3 eggs
⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp salt
1. PREHEAT the oven to 350°. Coat a 9" no-stick pie pan with no-stick spray. In a small bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, parsley and ⅛ teaspoon of the pepper. Sprinkle evenly over the bottom and sides of the pan; set aside.
2. COAT a large no-stick skillet with no-stick spray. Warm over medium heat until hot. Add the mushrooms, onions and thyme. Cover and cook for 3 minutes, or until the mushrooms are soft.
3. ADD the spinach to the skillet and cook, uncovered, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the mixture is quite dry. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the cottage cheese and Swiss.
4. BEAT together the milk, eggs, nutmeg, salt and remaining ⅛ teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Stir in the spinach mixture. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie pan. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the quiche is lightly browned and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve.
NUTRITION (per serving) 190 cals, 5 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 457 mg sodium, 19 g carbs, 11.5 g total sugars, 1.5 g dietary fiber, 18 g protein
Alternates
To serve this quiche with a more traditional crust, replace the bread-crumb mixture with a pre-baked Basic Pie Crust.
Wild Mushroom Quiche: Replace the spinach and mushrooms with 3 cups sliced wild mushrooms, such as shiitake, portobello, oyster or cremini. Sauté until soft, adding 2 tablespoons dry white wine or nonalcoholic dry white wine. Replace the Swiss cheese with reduced-fat mozzarella cheese.
Wild Rice and Cheddar Quiche: Use only ½ cup mushrooms and 2½ ounces spinach. Stir ¾ cup cooked wild and/or white rice intot he milk mixture. Replace the Swiss cheese with reduced-fat Cheddar cheese.
Broccoli-Cheese Quiche: Replace the spinach with ¾ cup broccoli florets and finely chopped stalks. Place the broccoli in a steamer basket and blanch in a pot of boiling water for 45 seconds, or until crisp-tender. Drain and stir the broccoli into the egg mixture along with the mushrooms. Replace the Swiss cheese with reduced-fat Cheddar cheese. Omit the nutmeg.
Mushroom-Asparagus Quiche: Replace the spinach with 1 cup 1" asparagus pieces. Blanch the asparagus in a pot of boiling water for 45 seconds, or until crisp-tender. Drain and stir the asparagus into the egg mixture along with the mushrooms. Omit the nutmeg.

Sausage, Egg, And Cheese Casserole
Is a sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich your idea of the ultimate breakfast? While the drive-thru version has well over 500 calories, our casserole cuts the calorie count in half. Turkey sausage, low-fat cheddar, and veggies create a casserole that is healthy comfort-food heaven.
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 40 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 55 minutes
SERVINGS: 6
1 lg onion, chopped
1 green or red bell pepper, chopped
6 oz low-fat turkey sausage, cut into bite-size pieces
¼ tsp ground sage
2½ c 1% milk
¾ c liquid egg substitute
½ c (2 oz) cubed low-fat Cheddar cheese
¼ tsp salt
4 c bread cubes, crusts removed
1. PREHEAT the oven to 350°F. Coat an 8" x 8" baking dish with nonstick spray.
2. COAT a large nonstick skillet with nonstick spray. Set over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until almost soft. Add the sausage and sage. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes, or until the sausage is no longer pink.
3. MEANWHILE, in a large bowl, combine the milk, egg substitute, Cheddar, and salt.Add the bread cubes and the sausage mixture. Stir to mix, making sure that the bread cubes are moistened. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Press with the back of a spoon to pack the mixture.
4. BAKE for 35 to 40 minutes, or until browned and slightly puffed.
NUTRITION (per serving) 218 cals, 6 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 590 mg sodium, 23.5 g carbs, 8 g total sugars, 1.5 g dietary fiber, 16.5 g protein

Baked French Toast
Cinnamon, light brown sugar, and vanilla extract add sweetness to this French toast so you can skip all the sugary syrup. It's fantastic on its own, but top it off with fresh berries for extra fiber and a sweet/tart punch.
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes
SERVINGS: 4
2 slices whole wheat bread, toasted crisp and cut into ½" -wide strips
2 omega-3-enriched eggs
2 egg whites
½ c fat-free evaporated milk
2 Tbsp light brown sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Confectioners' sugar
1. PREHEAT the oven to 350°F. Coat an 8" x 8" ovenproof pan with cooking spray.
2. PLACE the toast strips in the pan. Beat the eggs and egg whites in a bowl with a fork. Add the evaporated milk, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir to mix. Pour over the bread. Press the bread down with a fork until it is soaked.
3. BAKE for about 15 minutes, or until puffed and set. Serve lightly dusted with confectioners' sugar.
NUTRITION (per serving) 134.5 cals, 3 g fat, 1 g sat fat, 165 mg sodium, 18 g carbs, 12 g total sugars, 1 g dietary fiber, 9 g protein

Greek-Style Frittata
Like the diner favorite, this healthy, satisfying frittata is loaded with potatoes, tangy feta, and plenty of spinach and tomatoes for a healthy dose of vitamins A and C.
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
SERVINGS: 4
2 c baby spinach leaves
1½ c frozen diced potatoes, onions, and peppers (found bagged together in the freezer section)
4 lg eggs
½ c crumbled feta cheese
½ c sliced grape tomatoes
1 Tbsp olive oil
¼ c nonfat milk
1 tsp oregano
1. PREHEAT broiler on low. Meanwhile, heat a medium-size skillet over low. Add spinach and cover until leaves have barely wilted (about 1 minute). Place in a small bowl and set aside. Wipe out pan.
2. ADD olive oil to cleaned skillet and heat over medium. Add potato-vegetable mixture, cover, and cook, turning occasionally, until potatoes are tender but firm (5 to 7 minutes). Set aside.
3. SCRAMBLE eggs and milk in a medium bowl. Add spinach, cheese, tomatoes, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste.
4. SPRAY an 8-to 10-inch ovenproof skillet (not nonstick) with cooking spray and place over low heat. Cover bottom evenly with potatoes and pour egg mixture over top. Cook until eggs set (about 10 minutes). Place skillet under broiler for 1 to 2 minutes to finish cooking top of frittata.
NUTRITION (per serving) 206 cals, 12 g fat, 4 g sat fat, 343 mg sodium, 13 g carbs, 2 g total sugars, 2.5 g dietary fiber, 12 g protein

Sausage, Egg, And Veggie Casserole
You won’t be disappointed with this versatile, veggie-filled casserole. While eggs and sausage add plenty of savory protein, zucchini, bell pepper, and leafy greens give this dish flavor and depth. You can also substitute any of your favorite veggies and grate some Parmesan on top.
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 1 hour 3 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 18 minutes
SERVINGS: 6
1 lb sweet italian sausage, casing removed and meat cut into 1" pieces
1 Tbsp olive oil
1½ tsp olive oil
½ sm head (4 oz total) escarole, chopped
2 zucchini (8 oz), thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 sm red onion, thinly sliced
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
7 lg eggs, at room temperature
½ c 2% milk, at room temperature
¼ c (1 oz) grated Parmesan cheese
Alternate
Substitute kale, broccoli rabe, or broccoli for the escarole. Replace the pork sausage with chicken or turkey sausage.
1. PREHEAT the oven to 350°F. Coat an 8" x 8" baking dish with cooking spray.
2. COOK the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat until half-cooked, 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spread over the bottom of the prepared dish. Discard the fat in the skillet. Pour the oil into the same skillet and stir in the escarole, zucchini, bell pepper, onion, salt, and ⅛ teaspoon of the black pepper. Reduce the heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender and the liquid evaporates, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and arrange over the sausage.
3. MEANWHILE, in a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, cheese, and remaining ⅛ teaspoon black pepper. Pour over the vegetables. Bake until the eggs are set, 40 to 45 minutes. Cut into squares to serve.
NUTRITION (per serving) 281 cals, 18 g fat, 6 g sat fat, 694.5 mg sodium, 7 g carbs, 2.5 g total sugars, 1.5 g dietary fiber, 23 g protein

Cheese Grits Casserole
A Southern standby, cheese grits are often laden with butter, cheese, and salt. We scaled back on the fat and sodium and spiced up this dish with a few chiles. The result is a slightly spicy, cheesy breakfast casserole that's sure to make you come back for seconds.
PREP TIME: 12 minutes
COOK TIME: 1 hour 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 22 minutes
SERVINGS: 8
3 c water
2 c 2% milk
½ tsp salt
1 c hominy grits
¼ c butter
1 c shredded sharp Cheddar or monterey jack cheese (4 oz)
2 lg eggs, lightly beaten
4 Tbsp canned, roasted, chopped mexican chiles
⅛ tsp ground black pepper
1. PREHEAT the oven to 350°F. Grease a shallow 1½-quart baking dish.
2. COMBINE the water, 1 cup of the milk, and the salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium- low, and gradually stir in the grits. Cook, stirring, until very thick, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter, cheese, and the remaining 1 cup milk. Gradually stir in the eggs.
3. STIR in the chiles and pepper. Spoon into the prepared baking dish and bake until the top is browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour.
Recipe Notes
This recipe can be halved if you'd like to make less. But extras make wonderful light suppers or lunches. Store the extras in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. To reheat, let sit at room temperature for an hour, place in a baking dish, cover, and bake at 325°F until heated through, 30 to 35 minutes.
NUTRITION (per serving) 231 cals, 13 g fat, 8 g sat fat, 226 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 3.5 g total sugars, 1.4 g dietary fiber, 9 g protein

Baked Eggs With Cheese And Zucchini
These individual mini breakfast casseroles are a cinch to make and are filled with satiating protein! Zucchini and onions create a low-cal base, while the eggs and provolone add richness.
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
SERVINGS: 4
2 Tbsp butter
2 tsp olive oil
½ sm onion, chopped
2 zucchini or yellow squash (12 oz), thinly sliced
½ tsp dried basil
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
⅓ c (1 oz) shredded sharp Provolone or Swiss cheese
8 lg eggs
1 Tbsp heavy cream or chicken broth
1. PREHEAT the oven to 350°F.
2. HEAT the butter and oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until the butter has melted. Add the onion, zucchini or squash, basil, ¼ teaspoon of the salt, and ⅛ teaspoon of the pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, 5 to 8 minutes.
3. SPREAD the zucchini mixture over the bottom of 4 individual, shallow baking dishes (or use 1 large baking dish). Sprinkle with 2½ tablespoons of the cheese and add the eggs (without breaking the yolks or stirring). Sprinkle with the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, the remaining ⅛ teaspoon pepper, and the remaining 2½ tablespoons cheese. Drizzle with the cream or broth. Cover with foil and bake until the whites are set and the yolks begin to thicken, about 15 minutes for individual dishes or 20 minutes for 1 large dish.
Recipe Tips
Make extra servings of this dish and refrigerate them in a covered container for up to 2 days. Reheat, covered, at 350°F for 10 to 15 minutes. For an on-the-go breakfast sandwich, tuck the eggs into a roll or between slices of bread.
NUTRITION (per serving) 242.5 cals, 17.5 g fat, 7 g sat fat, 518.5 mg sodium, 6 g carbs, 3 g total sugars, 1.5 g dietary fiber, 16 g protein

Southwestern Frittata
If you like Southwestern flavors but can't stand too much spice, this dish is perfect for you. Instead of loading up on chiles and cilantro, our recipe uses sweet onions and Roma tomatoes to give you a slightly sweet flavor to balance out the eggs. Because a serving is just 127 calories, grate a little Monterey Jack on top for a kick.
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
SERVINGS: 4
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 sweet onion, diced
4 Roma tomatoes, diced
4 eggs, lightly beaten
Salt
Ground black pepper
1. PREHEAT the oven to 350°F.
2. HEAT the oil over medium heat in a medium, oven-safe, nonstick skillet. Add the pepper and onion, and cook for 5 minutes, or until the onion is translucent. Add the tomatoes and eggs. Stir constantly until the egg is distributed all over the bottom of the pan. Cook for 1 or 2 minutes, or until the eggs begin to set.
3. SEASON with salt and pepper to taste.
4. BAKE in the oven for 10 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked and the mixture has puffed slightly. Let the frittata cool slightly and cut it into wedges for serving.
NUTRITION (per serving) 127.5 cals, 8.5 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 149 mg sodium, 6 g carbs, 4 g total sugars, 1.5 g dietary fiber, 7 g protein

More from Prevention: 18 Healthy Breakfasts Hearty Enough For Dinner
Published February 2014, Prevention | Updated February, 2014
http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-recipes/best-breakfasts-and-brunch-10-amazing-breakfast-casseroles.

Out of respectful consideration, mu hubby is making me this delicious Quiche Florentine~yum!

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~Elder Airwolf~

Make ahead Yule Brunch


Baked Blueberry-Pecan French Toast

Makes: 6 servings Prep: 30 mins Chill: 8 hrs Bake: 35 mins 350°F

Ingredients
  Butter
12 ounces Italian bread, cut into 6 to 8 slices (each about 1 inch thick)
5 eggs, beaten
2 1/2 cups milk, half-and-half, or light cream
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
  Powdered sugar
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions

Butter a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Arrange bread slices in dish, overlapping if necessary.
In a large bowl combine eggs, milk, the 2/3 cup brown sugar, the vanilla, and nutmeg. Slowly pour egg mixture evenly over bread. Press lightly with a rubber spatula or the back of a large spoon to moisten bread. Cover; chill for 8 to 24 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Evenly sprinkle the 2 cups blueberries and the pecans over bread mixture. In a small bowl stir together the 1/4 cup brown sugar and the 1/4 cup melted butter. Drizzle butter mixture over pecans.
Bake, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Meanwhile, for blueberry syrup, in a small saucepan combine the 1 cup blueberries and the maple syrup; cook and stir over medium heat about 3 minutes or until blueberries have burst. Pour syrup through a sieve into a heatproof pitcher, pressing juice out of blueberries. Stir in lemon juice.
From the Test Kitchen

Test Kitchen Tip:
The blueberry syrup may be made up to 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate; reheat before serving.
Nutrition Facts (Baked Blueberry-Pecan French Toast)
Per serving: 716 kcal cal., 31 g fat (10 g sat. fat, 210 mg chol., 516 mg sodium, 97 g carb., 5 g fiber, 15 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet