The moment I met you,
was the moment that the flowers inside of my heart began to bloom.
The moment I met you,
was the moment that I knew I wanted to be your bridegroom.
For thousands of years I have stayed down here,
falling for you as you roamed the hills that you take care of,
oblivious to the love I have for you.
You are the bones to my spine,
You are the blood to my heart,
Everything hurts knowing that we are currently apart.
All that I can hope is that one day you will look in my eyes,
and know that you and I were always meant to be.
I will stay here and wait for you,
wait for you to love me just as I do you.
**Artwork by Rebekah Holguin
Just last Thursday was the beginning of the new season, Mabon (Autumn). And during last Thursday, I had posted about this season being the time for reflection. Mabon, or Autumn to many, is the time of the season for reflection upon yourself and of your life. During this time, it is best to slow things down a little bit and just heal yourself and find yourself. This is highly important to do.
One of the ways to heal yourself is through food. Now, most of you who are reading this don’t realize that food actually can heal you and help you in many ways. Cooking and baking at home is not only a good way to save money, but it is also very therapeutic and you get to be in control of what ingredients will enter your recipe. When I bake or cook I use herbs, spices, and all natural ingredients in my recipes. This is due to the fact that I see each herb, spice, or any produce in my kitchen as being filled with magic. The terms “kitchen-witch” in Scandinavia and “hedge-witch” in Germany use their ingredients just the same way I do.
In this post, I wanted to give you all a recipe for the Mabon season and wanted you to have a little bit of fun this season with some sweet yet healthy Mabon Maple Brown Cookies.
- 10 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 3/4 cups King Arthur Flour (gluten free)
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup dark amber maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 2 Tbsp dark amber maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 2 Tbsp milk
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a deep brown, about 6 minutes. Pour browned butter into a glass measuring cup and chill in the freezer until solidified, about 45 minutes to an hour.
- Whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat solidified brown butter and sugars in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until creamy; beat in egg and egg yolk. Add vanilla and maple syrup, beating until well combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; beat just until incorporated. Cover dough and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (If cookie dough has chilled overnight, let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before baking). Line two baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper. Form 1 1/2-inch balls of dough and place two inches apart on prepared baking sheets; flatten mounds slightly. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, for 11 to 12 minutes, until lightly golden and edges are set. Cool for 3 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- For the glaze, whisk together melted butter, maple syrup, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk in powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle glaze over cookies; let set before serving.
These cookies are fantastic and using the gluten free flour will definitely help those who are gluten intolerant (like myself), and it is fun to make these with little children.
It is now officially Mabon (Autumn Equinox), and during this time of year when the hot summer weather begins to get cooler and the rain starts falling more often, it is known as the reflection time. During the time of reflection, one must take time for themselves and start focusing on their inner selves and heal. This is also the time of year to go through all of your possessions and see what will be kept and what will be donated or thrown away.
The time of reflection of ones inner self can be an unusual journey. This is due to the fact that the person will finally see what it is that they are wanting and what they are needing to heal themselves, to heal their environment, and to push forward into Yule. There are different ways to do this. One of the ways is to journal. Journaling is highly effective and helps all of those who wish to see what it is that lies in the mind, in the soul and in the heart. Not only that, journaling also helps the person cope with what is rushing throughout their life. Journaling daily is the most effective, you can write in the morning when you wake up or before you head off to bed for the night. When you do this, it becomes like a daily routine. No it’s not a chore, it is a therapeutic way of healing yourself and finding yourself once more.
Another way to reflect on ones self is do things that gives you alone time from others and just be alone with your thoughts. Reading is one of the many ways, but for the most part that would more likely distract you and take you into a world where you forget about yourself and become enveloped into one of the characters. Instead, go outdoors and go do something fun and relaxing. Apple picking or pumpkin picking are two of the things that you can do. You can spend time in an apple orchard picking the apples and reflecting in your mind as you do so. No one will be around you, so you can talk out loud to yourself and sort things out. I do this constantly. If I am anywhere near an apple orchard, I will take a basket with me and go to the orchard and pick for hours, all the while reflecting on my thoughts and emotions. Wandering in the forest or mountains will give you all the alone time that you need in the world to reflect and just let you be you.
When we are around others we tend to be engrossed into the conversations and numb ourselves from healing ourselves and focusing on the needs of our mind, body, and soul. This is the time of the year where we need to focus on what needs to be healed and to find ourselves once more, for we lose ourselves throughout the course of the year leading up to this season. For this year, take time to reflect on yourself both on the inside and out. Not only that, take the time to finally heal those wounds that have been trying to open up again.