Thursday, September 19, 2019

Three on Thursday

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.


House Cleansing and Purifying for Mabon.  Mabon is the next witch holiday (sabbat) up on the wheel of the year, and it's the autumnal equinox, a.k.a the first day of fall.  Which, I know, we all claim is September 1 but nope, it is in fact Monday.  Like all the pagan holidays, it completely revolves around and celebrates the season.  Apple picking in your hoodie with your pumpkin spice latte is halfway to celebrating already.  But I think one of the best things to do is a purifying house cleanse and this video is the best description of how to do and the tools you could use.  Steph does it with white sage.  I've used sage before, but if I don't get any before next week, I'll use the besom.  It's a good idea to do this fairly regularly anyway, but it's particularly nice to do in the fall and spring, to get the old and negative energy out.  Halloween (Samhain) marks the witch new year, so this is the last holiday to get the old year out to prep to bring the new year in next month!  You'll be so amazed how different your house will feel.


Apple Pie Monkey Bread.  Apples are the most traditional food associated with Mabon and fall and harvesting.  Apple picking is so popular this time of year, and always one of the things I looked forward to in Iowa when the school year started up again because they have the best orchard right outside of Iowa City.  If you're also an apple fan, I recommend trying this apple pie monkey bread.  It's got butter and sugar so I'm not pretending it's healthy, but it's such a nice treat and incredibly easy to make since it's just 5 ingredients.  John loves when I make this, so he's going to be very excited this weekend!


Garlic Butter Steak Bites.  Feasting in general is a big part of the Mabon celebration, so another recipe recommendation seemed fitting.  And I sometimes defer to John on these since I'd eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and nachos til the day I die if that didn't mean that day would likely be in 3 months.  His recommendation is for these garlic butter steak bites I found this recipe for a couple of months ago.  And I'm sure glad he loves them enough to recommend them because it takes me like 5 minutes to make them, no lie.  They're easy to serve with a variety of sides, like potatoes, rice, and grilled veggies, so it's a good way to make sure we use up what produce we have in the fridge.

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