These fires were fed with the nine sacred woods to honor the coming of summer, such as the branches of rowan, apple, dogwood, poplar, juniper, cedar, pine, holly and oak. Some use alder, ash, birch, hazel, and willow.
Animals were then herded between the two blazing bonfires in order to purify and protect them in the upcoming year. It is also said that these fires celebrated the return of life and fruitfulness to the earth after the long winter months, especially in the Highlands of old Scotland.
Besides leading their cows and sheep between huge bonfires to bless them with fertility, the annual celebration included joyous dancing, beverage-downing, traipsing across the countryside, a sensuous ballet around the Maypole by young maidens, and leaping over fires by young warriors. It was customary for young lovers to spend the night in the forest.
Hmmm…how many new bairns were born each winter following this annual May Day celebration? Have a lovely Beltane, and check out my latest release.
Smolder is the 3rd Book in the Clan of Dragons series.
A joke is a joke but today is my turn to post and I thought I would pull a joke on you….
Feast your eyes on these fellas and think about what it is about them that stirs me to write books filled with kilted hunks! (And one of them is my son! No fooling!)
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National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day salutes America’s favorite sandwich spread. What kid didn’t grow up loving a PB&J sandwich?
Personally, I always ate my peanut butter sandwiches NAKED.
On this sticky holiday, I will share with you a simple, yummy recipe.
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
1-8 oz. bag of @Kiss chocolate candies, unwrapped
1/2 cup shortening ( I use Crisco)
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Directions: Preheat oven to 375* F. Beat shortening and peanut butter in a large (mixer) bowl until well blended. Add sugars and beat until light & fluffy. Add egg, milk, vanilla and beat well. In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to the peanut butter mixture. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place on un-greased cookie sheet (I place on parchment paper for easy removal.) Bake 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate kiss candy into the center of each cookie. Remove from pan and cool completely. Makes about thirty-six cookies.
Enjoy with a big glass of milk and a book…
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Smolder Bk#3 Clan of Dragons
What would happen if a Scottish dragon met an
They’d probably be the best of friends.
Groundhogs hibernate in underground burrows. The most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil is brought out into the sunlight on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on the 2nd of February to see his shadow. If he does see it, it would mean six more weeks of winter.
Dragons loves dark, moist caves, and the ones in my series, Clan of Dragons, prefer caves found at the base of the Black Cuillin Hills, on the Scottish island of Skye.