Friday, March 30, 2012

Ostara 2012

Yeap folks! It's spring again and that means it's time for the spring celebrations. Wiccans refer to it as "Ostara" and it has been going since before the birth of Christ. It's symbols are eggs, chicks, and bunnies. Hmmm... sound familiar? Yeah, so that's why we have our spring celebration on Ostara. We celebrate Easter with a whole week of Christ. This way the kids aren't all focused on eggs and candy and focus more on (in my opinion) the most important event in history... the atonement and resurrection of Christ. So.... here are pics from our spring celebration! :)

I am aware they don't have baskets. We got to checkout and the cashier realized one of the baskets was broken. Wal-mart was overly crowded and I was in line forever. I decided no baskets this year. LOL!

The kids each got a super hero cape and mask, a Frisbee, chocolate, chalk, a puzzle (one Tangled and one Spiderman), and a new bath thingy.

The Atomizer and The Ladybug -- they came up with their own superhero names. ;)

The eggs for Spring egg hunts of course. ;)

Applewood Julep... our Spring drink. yum!

Applewood Julep
1 quart unsweetened apple juice
1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1 cup orange juice
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
Garden salad w/ Raspberry vinaigrette.... yumm!

Honey Cake for dessert!
Honey Cake
1 cup honey
1 cup applesauce
3 eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon clove
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup strong brewed decaffeinated coffee (I actually used Roastaroma herbal tea b/c we don't drink coffee)
  In a large bowl, mix together the first 3 ingredients.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, spices and baking soda.  Add the flour mixture to the wet stuff, alternating with the coffee; beat well.
Pour into a greased 9″x13″ pan (or, alternatively, three 8″ square pans).
 Bake at 325*F for 60-90 minutes* for the large pan, 60 minutes for the three smaller pans
*Just watch for it to be spongy and golden brown.

And that was our celebration! Happy Ostara!!! :)
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