Holiday Recipe #3

Bunny's Easy Pie Crust

My mother-in-law shared her pie crust recipe with me in 1979.  I loved it then, adapted it a bit and still love it today.

2 C.      Unbleached Flour
½ C.     Mix of butter, lard, coconut oil and/or sweet almond oil
¼ C.     Whole milk
1 tsp.    Baking Powder
PinchSalt
Little   Sugar

Cut all ingredients together with two knives.  Knead very little and form dough into a ball.  It will seem oily and “solid”.   Roll out the dough between two pieces of waxed paper.

Makes one 9-10” crust.

Holiday Recipe #2

Missionary Cake

This was always a favorite in our house when I was a kid.  Filling the whole house with the smell of "you are loved here", it's sure to be a favorite for your family, too.  Enjoy!

From Mom 1974

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour  2 loaf pans or one 9 x 13 baking dish.

1 lb. Raisins                        3 ½ C. water
2 C.  Sugar                          ½ C.     shortening, lard or coconut oil
1 tsp. Cinnamon 1 tsp.  ground cloves
2 tsp. Baking Soda            4 C.     unsifted flour

*Add soda and water last.

Cook raisins in 2 C. water for 30 minutes.
Take from stove and add 1 C. water, 2 C. sugar, Shortening and spices. 
Let cool and mix with flour.  Add baking soda dissolved in water.
Mix well.

Bake at 350o 45-55 minutes.
Test for doneness by gently sliding a table knife into the top of the
cake(s).  When done, knife comes out clean.

Serve warm or cool.  Top with freshly whipped cream.

Holiday Recipe #1- Black Magic Chocolate Cake

Growing up, I loved when my mother would bake this amazing chocolate cake.  She found the recipe on the back of the Hershey Cocoa box way back then.  I've added my own special touch in the frosting, and it's become a favorite at Misty Meadows gatherings.  I'm happy to share it with you.  It's easy and delicious -- enjoy!!

Black Magic Chocolate Cake
 

1 3/4 C. Flour                          1 tsp. Baking Powder
2 C.        Sugar                         1 tsp. Salt
3/4 C.    Cocoa                        2        Eggs
2 tsp.      Bkng. Soda              1 C.    Strong black coffee
1 C.          Sour Milk                            (3 tsp. instant coffee/8 oz. boiling water)
                (1 TBS. white vinegar to 1 C. whole milk)
1/2 C.      OIl (coconut, light olive, vegetable)
1 tsp.       Vanilla Extract

Grease/flour two 8-9: round baking pans"
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.  Beat on medium speed for TWO minutes, scraping sides as you mix.  Batter will be on the thin side.  Don't worry!
Pour equally into the two greased/floured cake pans.
Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Don't open the oven door during baking!
Cake will rise in the middle and show some cracking.  Sides will begin to separate from the pan.  Test doneness by gently sliding a butter knife into the middle.  It should come out clean.
If not, bake another five minutes and test again.
Remove from oven and cool on racks for 15 minutes.
Using a table knife, gently go around the cake between it and the pan, loosening the sides.
Place cake racks over the cakes and gently flip.
Tap the cake pans with the knife several times, loosening the cakes from the pan bottoms.
You'll hear the sound become "hollow".  Gently try to remove the pan.  If it's still caught, keep tapping!  It will let go.
Cool cakes completely before frosting (recipe below)

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a homemade from scratch cake.  Slamming doors, thuds and thumps in the kitchen can cause your cake to FALL. Remind your family that you're baking a cake!

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FABULOUS BUTTER CREAM FROSTING WITH A SPECIAL INGREDIENT!

2 lbs.     Powdered Sugar
1 Stick   Butter, softened
3/4 C.    Whole Milk (approx)
1 TBS.  . Vanilla Extract
4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (food grade only!!)

(For chocolate frosting, decrease powedered sugar by 1/2 cup and replace with cocoa powder)

Add softened butter and vanilla to powdered sugar.  Mix gently on low setting.  It will look mealy.  Slowly add milk and beat on medium setting until frosting gets to a smooth,  creamy consistency - not too loose or it will drip off your cake!  Not too stiff or you won't be able to spread it!  Now add the peppermint essential and mix a bit more.

Frosting your cake:
(Some of you won't need these detailed instructions, but some will, so here they are!)

Be sure your cakes are completely cool before frosting.  Otherwise, the frosting will melt and your top cake will slide off!

 Use a rubber spatula and a table knife to frost your cake.  

Place the first layer of your cake upside down on a FLAT plate or cake plate.  Using your spatula, spread an even layer of frosting, not more than 1/4" thick over the top only.  Next, place the second layer on top of the first, top side up.  Now, using your spatula, frost the top of your cake.  Do the sides last.  Load your spatula with frosting and place in against the side of your cake with the handle pointing up.  Now, with one hand holding the plate and the other holding the spatula, turn the plate and apply the frosting to the side as you go.  Reload your spatula as needed.  Be sure to fill in the space between the layers.  Touch up around the bottom and top of the sides with your table knife.  Last, you can use your table knife to make pretty ribbon designs on the top, if you want.  You can also add more top frosting now, if you want.

Depending on the occasion, you might want to sprinkle your cake with various kinds of candy crumbles or sprinkles.

This is an all occasion cake - you can adapt it to fit any celebration!

Enjoy!
Wendy Snow Fogg

 

Burnout And The Clinical Herbalist

Burnout and the Clinical Herbalist

One day during the winter of 2010 I went to my beloved Misty Meadows to prepare to see the day’s clients.  As I sat quietly in my treatment room going over the files of the follow up clients, I realized something critical.  I had lost the joy that for so many years had filled me each time I prepared for an appointment, that deep sense that I could truly help people find their health. 

I sat thinking to myself, “If I have to hear one more person tell me they weren’t able to follow their treatment protocol for some stupid reason, or that preparing wholesome meals is just too much work, I swear I’m just going to walk out and leave them sitting there!  Why won’t people realize they are responsible for their healing, not me!”  In that instant I knew that I was suffering from burnout! 

But how could this happen to a person who loves her work, who has been passionate about it,  loved every minute of it for more than twenty one years?  I don’t know, but I was definitely in no condition to be seeing clients – so I stopped.  On March 1, I informed my staff that I would not be taking on any new clients and that as of April 1 I would no longer see any clients;  I’d be taking a client sabbatical for at least six months.  They were all shocked, but did their best to understand as I shared with them my awareness. That six month sabbatical turned out to be two years.

It occurred to me that I had been teaching herbal apprentices for almost seventeen years with the intention that many of them would become practitioners and teachers; and now, here I was, faced with the challenge of allowing that vision to become reality at Misty Meadows.  So, on April 1, Sara Kender took over my herbal practice, with the excitement, joy, gratitude and eagerness that I recognized from so many years before.

As spring became warmer and the gardens beckoned, I realized that I was becoming joyful again; and that the longer I didn’t practice the more joyful, peaceful and happy I was growing.  Over the next two years I mentored Sarah and she grew as a practitioner.  I studied Karuna Reiki in Glastonbury, England, played in my own garden, walked in the woods, spent more time with my husband, taking delicious picnics up and down the Lamprey River, went to the International Herb Symposium, enjoyed my grandchildren more…….yes, I was definitely regrouping, rebalancing, “gathering my red stones” – a story for another time.

I share this part of my story with you in hopes that other practitioners might learn from my experience.  Take more time off, rest more, play more, sing, dance, drum, meditate and pray more, get out in nature and put your full body down on Mother Earth - regularly!    



Snow for Samhain!

Snow for Samhain!……some kind of trick?
Whoever conjured it should get a swift kick!

The lights are out – dark and scary for the season;
Snow on my jack o lantern- completely beyond reason!

And when the neighborhood goblins, princesses and witches
Come door to door beggin’ …… they’ll be needin’ snow britches!

Halloween is in Autumn, time for costumes and candy
But the Snow Queen’s come early, better get the shovel handy;

Here I sit in the dark, no TV or Facebook.
Time for writing poetry……and maybe working on my new book!

…….or maybe I’ll just climb into my cozy cabin bed
And say goodnight to the Snow Queen……..lie down and rest my head.

Yeaaaaaa.  That’s the TREAT!  Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Autumn Dance

Autumn Dance
by Wendy Snow Fogg

Summer breathes her last deep sigh
Garden flowers wane.
Time to clip and ready now
My lovely partners for winter’s sleep.

Acorns falling, squirrels scurry
The knowing forest sends a call
That winter’s coming - best get ready
Mother’s creatures great and small!

Moving toward the Equinox
Evening dew becomes a frost
Soon the smell of hickory smoke
Will fill the morning air.

Pumpkins round and brilliant mums
Stalks of corn adorning doorsteps
Time to gather in the squashes,
Taters, carrots, onions, garlic.

Now the veil begins to thin
We feel the breath of ancients near.
Candles burn and hearthsides crackle
Mulling cider scents the air.

Soon the trees release their colors
To coat the brown and chilling earth.
The waning light peeks through the branches
Delicious rays the Sun God’s late day gift!

As winter saw it’s end in sight
I swore my allegiance to summer’s light,
Reveling barefoot in the sweet Spring soil
Soon turned to broiling, sweating - toil!

So now I look to a slower time
When the days are shorter and the quiet is dear.
But I know, when Spring comes round again
I’ll once again begin
The impatient dance of the gardener
Awaiting the peepers and daffodils

Beckoning me to.....”come out here”!  

Lyme Disease: A Practitioner's Experience & Discovery

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Thank you for your interest in my work with people suffering from this challenging, master of disguises.  I'm happy to share what I've learned.

In the spirit of healing,

Wendy Snow Fogg, Director/Sr. Herbalist
Misty Meadows Herbal Center
Lee, NH