Saturday, 24 September 2011

Practical Magic Blog Party 2011

 

I'm so happy that Anna of Frosted Petunias invited me again to her Practical Magic
blog party. Such a magical time was had by all last year and the magic is 
in the air again, swirling and wrapping around us as we all gather
to celebrate once more.

Click on the invite above to find all the
other fantastic party guests.


I love watching the film of Practical Magic and have seen it so many times, but I do 
have a confession to make, I actually prefer the book for the story because there
is space for the characters to have more depth, but then I guess that is true of most
books and films. The film though is a complete visual delight and I can never get tired
of watching it. I so love that house and I have dreams of recreating it in miniature one 
day but lack of space for another miniature house is stopping me for now. 


The garden is one I just dream over, I love it, such a delightful setting and in an understated 
way I think it actually runs through the whole story. The plants and gardening play a big part 
in the magic of the aunts and later Sally opens her shop of natural products.


 ....and that is where I think the whole practical magic comes in, for me magic is natural, 
it's all around us in what mother nature provides. The modern world has become far too 
reliant on chemicals, the product of science and laboratories. Some of these advancements 
have been a great help to mankind but sadly we have also lost something along the way. 
Just because we can invent something it doesn't mean it's always better then what nature 
can provide, in truth many of our great advancements in things like medicine, have their 
origins in the natural world. 


Mother nature has provided us with her marvels of nature for us to grow and use, 
that I think is Magic.


I think plants have a unique magic of their own and just like magic, some are light 
and some are of the dark kind. I love to grow herbs both for cooking and use in the
house. Flowers can say so much when gifted to another and have magical properties 
all of their own. 


Lavender can be use in so many ways, in food, in skincare and for household 
products. It is said to promote a feeling of peace and protection, long life, help ease restless 
sleep. Attract love and as a general healing plant. In the household it's delightful 
scent is suppose to protect your clothes from moths.

Lavender Shortbread
200g plain flour
50g ground rice
150g lavender sugar
2 heaped teaspoons fresh lavender flowers
two buttered 18cm cake tins

Preheat the oven to 160c / 325f / gas mark 3 
Use your fingertips to rub together the flour, ground rice and lavender sugar. 
When the mixture has the appearance of breadcrumbs toss in the fresh lavender
flowers. Divide the mixture equally between the buttered cake tins. Pat the dough 
firmly down and prick the top with a fork. Bake for 45 minutes. When cooked allow 
to stand for minute or two then slice, set aside to cool before removing from the tins.

Lavender Sugar
Place 500g caster sugar in a large glass jar. Add 4 tablespoons of freshly picked lavender
flowers and mix in. Sprinkle in 6 drops of lavender essential oil onto a cotton wool ball 
and place in the jar. Seal the jar and give it a good shake. Set aside for 2 weeks. Open, 
remove, the cotton wool ball and sift out the lavender flowers and you will have
500g of lavender sugar.


Roses, who can resist the gift of roses, said to promote love, protections and luck. 
The rose has been used for generations in magical spells, often to attract love, 
the idea of magic may have left many but the sales of perfume are still strong, and what is
perfume but a way to attract?
Rose petals sprinkled around the house are said to promote calm and ease stress.

Rose Milk Bath
Mix
1 cup of oatmeal
1 cup of rolled oates
1 cup of dried fragrant rose petals
8 drops attar of roses

handful of fresh rose petals

Make simple bags of muslin, fill each bag with 4 tablespoons of the mix, tie
with long ribbons and place in a large glass jar. 
To use, suspend two bags from one of the bath taps. Run a bath to a comfortable 
temperature, sprinkle with fresh rose petals and your oat - milk bath is
ready to enjoy.


Rosemary is a powerful plant of protection, placed under the bed it will ward of nightmares, place near the door it protects the household and place in the bath it purifies. It is also helpful as an aid to concentration 
and memory, have a fresh sprig or plant on your work desk.
Of course what party could be with out a punch drink.

Rosemary Punch
2 handfuls of dried rosemary
2 cups of water
1 litre of Ginger Ale
12 oz pineapple juice

Heat water and rosemary until boiling, then simmer for 5 minutes. Let cool then
strain out the rosemary. Combine with the ginger ale and pineapple juice, 
add ice cubes and enjoy.



"There are somethings, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: 
Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your your
garden gate. Add pepper to your mash potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. 
Fall in love whenever you can."

~ Alice Hoffman Practical Magic


Thanks so much for visiting me, it's been such a lovely party.
Many thanks to Anna for hosting such a magical
gathering once again.

xx




sources
Encyclopedia of magical herbs ~ Scott Cunningham
from Mother to Daughter ~ Vivienne Bolton
Wicca in the kitchen ~ Scott Cunnigham






66 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post and wonderful recipes! I agree with you about the magic of nature. Stop by my enchanted oven for a PM cookie or two.
    Magical hugs,
    Lisa

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  2. What a beautiful post and wonderful recipes! I agree with you about the magic of nature. Stop by my enchanted oven for a PM cookie or two.
    Magical hugs,
    Lisa

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  3. Thank you for sharing your recipes and photos. It is very well done. I've copied your yummy recipes and will try them soon. Please visit me :
    momentsinaneye.blogspot.com

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  4. Thank you for sharing your recipes and photos. It is very well done. I've copied your yummy recipes and will try them soon. Please visit me :
    momentsinaneye.blogspot.com

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  5. I love your PM post and your blog. Thank you for all the wonderful spells!!! I have had a wonderful time and have joined your coven so that I can keep up with your blog. Have a magical day

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  6. beautiful posting! I'm a new follower, why not stop by my blog and follow.
    http://georgie-hornpuddinnpie.blogspot.com/2011/09/tag-tuesday-and-giveaway.html

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  7. beautiful posting! I'm a new follower, why not stop by my blog and follow.
    http://georgie-hornpuddinnpie.blogspot.com/2011/09/tag-tuesday-and-giveaway.html

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  8. What a gorgeous and creative post! I prefer the novel too, I do like the movie but the novel grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I dream of the gardens in both! (But the movie version of the house, le sigh!) Happy 2nd Annual Practical Magic Blog Party! Hope you’ll drop by: http://digginaround.blogspot.com/2011/09/practical-magic-blog-party-post.html

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  9. Thank you for sharing. This is a marvelous post and a beautiful tribute to the Practical Magic story.

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  10. Thank you so much for the wonderful recipes !!! I love shortbread. I have to try this !!
    Have a magical weekend.

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  11. Thank you so much for the wonderful recipes !!! I love shortbread. I have to try this !!
    Have a magical weekend.

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  12. Yes, fall in love whenever you can!

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  13. I can't wait to try your Lavender Shortbread! Thank you so much for sharing your post with us for the Practical Magic Blog Party! Lovely to visit with you!

    Cheers!
    LuLu Kellogg

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  14. Beautiful post, I can't wait to try the lavender shortbread! I really enjoyed the emphasis on herbs, there are so many magical uses for them in everyday life! I'm a new follower and look forward to seeing more of your magical blog!

    Angela @ Shimmerlings

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  15. Beautiful post, I can't wait to try the lavender shortbread! I really enjoyed the emphasis on herbs, there are so many magical uses for them in everyday life! I'm a new follower and look forward to seeing more of your magical blog!

    Angela @ Shimmerlings

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  16. love your post!!! lavender shortbread and lavender sugar!! LOVE it!

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  17. That was a really lovely post and I so appreciate your love of herbs and the recipes! Thanks so much for sharing and hope you will stop by and take a peek at my post and enter my giveaway for a spiced lantern! bertie
    www.awildberrywitch.blogspot.com

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  18. That was a really lovely post and I so appreciate your love of herbs and the recipes! Thanks so much for sharing and hope you will stop by and take a peek at my post and enter my giveaway for a spiced lantern! bertie
    www.awildberrywitch.blogspot.com

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  19. Wow..gorgeous post..beautiful and enchanting and love the recipes..yay..thankyou kindred!
    Victoria

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  20. Wow..gorgeous post..beautiful and enchanting and love the recipes..yay..thankyou kindred!
    Victoria

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  21. Lovely post, thank you for the recipes! Yes magic is nature, and comes from the heart...Love & light Trace )O(

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  22. I LOVE the flowers. Mm, lavender shortbread. My rosemary has never flowered, so I hope you don't mind me staring at yours.

    Thanks for the lovely post.

    P.S. I FINALLY finished my Paying It Forward thing. I'll publish it soon, I'm happy I didn't give up out frustration *sigh*

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  23. I LOVE the flowers. Mm, lavender shortbread. My rosemary has never flowered, so I hope you don't mind me staring at yours.

    Thanks for the lovely post.

    P.S. I FINALLY finished my Paying It Forward thing. I'll publish it soon, I'm happy I didn't give up out frustration *sigh*

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  24. I am definitely going to have to try the lavender shortbread, it sounds tasty. Thank you for sharing.

    Blessings.

    Betsy

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  25. I am definitely going to have to try the lavender shortbread, it sounds tasty. Thank you for sharing.

    Blessings.

    Betsy

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  26. Wonderful PARTY!!!
    Rose bath sounds so good right now :)

    cassandra
    http://monkeycstars.blogspot.com/

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  27. Wonderful PARTY!!!
    Rose bath sounds so good right now :)

    cassandra
    http://monkeycstars.blogspot.com/

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  28. Such a beautiful post filled with some wonderful natural recipes. Thankyou so much for sharing, I really did enjoy my visit.

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  29. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post for the PM party, and such wonderful recipes!
    hugs and blessings from Australia,
    Pauline

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  30. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post for the PM party, and such wonderful recipes!
    hugs and blessings from Australia,
    Pauline

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  31. Great post ! I adore your photos..come vist me wont you??

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  32. What fantastic recipes! thanks for sharing...and I also like the book because you get to know more of the characters better...i'm always glad the Gillian finds love,although you can't beat the aunts in the movie! LOL

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  33. Hi! I am linking from the Practical Magic blog party. Your post is so lovely, and I think that lavender shortbread sounds divine! Thanks so much for posting all of the wonderful recipes. Fantastic post :D

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  34. What a lovely post. I can't wait to try the rose bath recipe. Thank you for stopping by my PM blog post...

    Blessings,

    Victoria from Brushstrokes

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  35. What a beautiful party post! Thank you for sharing the recipes!

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  36. Simply lovely! I can almost smell fragrant lavender and rose as I type. Thank you for sharing these wonderful recipes and for reminding us of the gifts nature has to offer. The way this idea is honored through the film and book is another reason I find them irresistible. Thank you for being part of another magical year :)

    Anna

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  37. Simply lovely! I can almost smell fragrant lavender and rose as I type. Thank you for sharing these wonderful recipes and for reminding us of the gifts nature has to offer. The way this idea is honored through the film and book is another reason I find them irresistible. Thank you for being part of another magical year :)

    Anna

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  38. Beautiful Practical Magic Party, great recipes, great company. Stop by sometime there are still plenty of midnight margaritas left.

    Blessings,
    Sue

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  39. Beautiful Practical Magic Party, great recipes, great company. Stop by sometime there are still plenty of midnight margaritas left.

    Blessings,
    Sue

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  40. So many things you have shared this evening.. I must come back again and copy your wonderful recipes !!
    Thank You !!
    Bless,
    Karen

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  41. WONDERFUL post! thanks so much for your magical recipes and information :) Happy Mabon!
    BB,
    Susan

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  42. Mmmmm Mmm Mmm, I think I'll have to try the punch first. All the recipes look just delicious, thank you for sharing! Have a Happy Blog Party Weekend!

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  43. Those recipes look fun and readily make-able. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. Beautiful post and wonderful recipes!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Meanderings

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  45. Beautiful post and wonderful recipes!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Meanderings

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  46. I'm a book fan, too! Come win some lavender oil from me at http://gooutbeneaththenakednight.blogspot.com

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  47. Thank you everyone for all the wonderful comments, I'm so happy you liked my post and so many thanks for Anna for hosting this magical party again. I'm still working my way through the list of party goers but I'll visit everyone this week, so many lovely posts to see.

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  48. Great post! Thank you for all the wonderful recipes. What a treat!
    Have a gerat day and a magical autumn,
    Queenie

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  49. Great post! Thank you for all the wonderful recipes. What a treat!
    Have a gerat day and a magical autumn,
    Queenie

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  50. What a delightful post -- thanks for sharing!

    Magical Times,
    Birgit

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  51. What a great post. I love the recipes. I'm going to have to try the rose bath! Blessings, Lisa

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  52. What a lovely post! I'm going to make some lavender sugar, thank you for the recipe.

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  53. Simply wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing so many recipes, I can't wait to try them, especially the lavender shortbread.

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  54. Such a great post. I shall try making some lavender sugar. Yum, hugs Sara

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  55. What a lovely post! I dream about that garden, too. Thanks for sharing those recipses, Michelle

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  56. I love your recipes!! They sound delicious :) I am trying to still get around to everyone still too! Blessings!
    Misty

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  57. I love your recipes!! They sound delicious :) I am trying to still get around to everyone still too! Blessings!
    Misty

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  58. What a great post! The lavender shortbread sounds divine and I can't wait to try it. Thank you so much for swinging by my PM party post and your kind words.

    Blessings,
    K. Michele

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  59. What a great post! The lavender shortbread sounds divine and I can't wait to try it. Thank you so much for swinging by my PM party post and your kind words.

    Blessings,
    K. Michele

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  60. Thank you for sharing those wonderful recipes. I can't wait to try the rosemary punch!

    I'm a new follower from the PM blog party. Feel free to visit me at candlesbynature.blogspot.com

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  61. Thank you for sharing those wonderful recipes. I can't wait to try the rosemary punch!

    I'm a new follower from the PM blog party. Feel free to visit me at candlesbynature.blogspot.com

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  62. I absolutely adore all of your blogs! I'm looking forward to browsing through your blog(s) archives.
    This is such a marvelous PM post! I can not wait to try the rosemary punch & the lavender shortbread.
    xo
    Annalee

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  63. A beautiful post--I love the recipes especially the lavender recipes--I love lavender especially after I visited a lavender farm in New Mexico several years ago

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  64. Fantastic post! love all the things to make cant wait to try them out.

    Zoe x
    http://blessedbeeapothecary.blogspot.com/2011/09/he-really-loved-my-mint-oatmeal-shaving.html

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  65. Fantastic post! love all the things to make cant wait to try them out.

    Zoe x
    http://blessedbeeapothecary.blogspot.com/2011/09/he-really-loved-my-mint-oatmeal-shaving.html

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  66. Hello Dragonfly! I wanted to let you know that you've won the Practical Magic Giveaway over at my blog Ivory Pumpkin! Congrats! Your blog is beautiful and I shall become a follower. My computer has been a bit touchy lately and I wasn't able to blog hop much for the Practical Magic party, so I'm sorry I didn't stop by earlier. Can you please send me your address where I can send your necklace? You may contact me at joaneduranatgmaildotcom.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog! I'm going to announce that you are the winner now on my blog. Talk to you soon.
    Joane

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