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Yule - Winter Solstice

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Yule is the first minor sabbat of the year, celebrated at Winter Solstice (which is on December 22nd in 2015), the longest night of the year. This day marks the return of the sun, as the days will start to get longer again from here on, and the rebirth of the Horned God, as well as the beginning reign of the Oak King, taking the Holly King’s place and bringing the light half of the year.

This is a day for introspection, peace, planning for the future and new beginnings and spending time with your family and friends. Parallels can be seen in Christmas, Hannukah and other festivals around this time of the year, all with the same motifs: light and joy. Giving gifts and decorating a Yule tree (I decorate mine with candied oranges and other handmade decor!) are popular activities, as is creating a Yule log and burning it in honour of the sun returning.

Other activities include caroling, wassailing, kissing under the mistletoe, making wreaths, storytelling, sending greetings, lighting a fire, as well as charity, donating food and clothing, volunteering or putting up bird feeders.

Edit: It’s that time of year again! I’ll be reposting this for the upcoming Sabbat but will probably be updating it as I go along. Not everything at the bottom is a link yet but the ones that are there should work. If you guys find any problems just let me know! 

Symbols: yule log, evergreen boughs or wreaths, holly, mistletoe hung in doorways, gold pillar candles, clove studded fruit, wassail, poinsettias, christmas cactus

Altar decoration: mistletoe, holly, small Yule log, fairy lights, Yule/Christmas cards, a homemade wreath, presents wrapped in colorful paper

Incense: pine, cedar, bayberry, cinnamon

Herbs: ash, bay, bayberry, blessed thistle, chamomile, evergreen, frankincense, holly, ivy, juniper, mistletoe, moss, oak, pine, pine cones, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, yew, laurel, yellow cedar

Food: roasted turkey, mulled wine, dried fruit, cranberries, eggnog, pork, beans, gingerbread, cookies, caraway cakes, roasted apples, nuts, hibiscus or ginger tea, spiced cider, wassail

Colours: red, green, gold, white, silver, yellow, orange

Stones: rubies, bloodstone, garnet, emeralds, cat’s eye, diamonds

Animals: stag, wolf, hawk, squirrel, wren, robin, phoenix, troll

Deities: Brighid, Pandora, Tiamat, Isis, Demeter, Diana, Apollo, Balder, Ra, Saturn, Helios, Odin

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🍹 sorority sugar recruitment & sisterhood non-alcoholic drink guide! 🍹

Impress your PNMs with some easy, yet refreshing beverages for recruitment and your bid day celebration! Serve tasty and super simple mocktails at your next sisterhood social or alumnae luncheon. Non-alcoholic doesn’t need to be boring sodas, plain ice tea, or water. Mix it up with these sorority sugar FAVE beverages! 

🍹 12 Easy Non-Alcoholic Sorority Rush/Social Mocktails: 🍹

  • Arnold Palmer: Combine lemonade and ice tea. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of lemon.

  • Shirley Temple: Bring back childhood memories with this classy virgin drink. Mix ginger ale, a splash of orange juice and a drizzle of grenadine. Garnish with a lime, maraschino cherry and a cute straw.

  • Sparkling Raspberry Tea: Mix equal parts brewed ice tea, raspberry (or cran-raspberry) juice and sparkling water together. Garnish with raspberries, lemon slices, lime slices and/or fresh mint leaves. 

  • Bubbly Lemonade: Give your basic sorority lemonade a little pizzaz by mixing lemonade concentrate with sparkling water instead of still water. Variation: add a bit of 7-up to your regular lemonade. Garnish with fresh lemon slices and a sprig on mint. 

  • Sparkling Cranberry Punch: Combine 1 thawed can (6 ounces) frozen pink lemonade concentrate, 1 chilled bottle (32 ounces) cranberry juice cocktail and 2 chilled cans (12 ounces each) ginger ale. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Multiply quantities for a large group. 

  • Pink Grapefruit Splash: Mix 6 teaspoons of grenadine with 1 ½ cups pink grapefruit juice for one drink (multiply for serving many guests.) Pour over ice or blend for a frozen drink. Garnish with lime slices. 

  • Green Tea Lemonade: Combine brewed green tea, fresh squeezed lemons & water, (or pre-made lemonade.) Add sugar to taste. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

  • Cucumber Lime Spritzer: In a pitcher mix 2 12-ounce cans of club soda, 1/4 cup of fresh lime juice and one cucumber thinly sliced. Multiply the recipe for serving a large group. This is a refreshing alternative to plain water for your ice water teas. 

  • Mock Appletini: Combine ½ apple juice, ¼ lemon juice and ¼ simple syrup. Add an apple slice for garnish.  

  • White Grape Sparkler: Combine ¾ white grape juice with ¼ cold sparkling water. Pour over ice and garnish with some fresh grapes and mint.  

  • Sunny Swirl: Combine ¾ orange juice with ¼ lemonade and pour over crushed ice. Variation: add club soda for fizz. Garnish with an orange slice. 

  • Peach Fizz: Mix one part orange juice, one part ginger ale and peace juice to taste (approx. ¼ ratio to other liquids.) Garnish with a fresh peach slice. 

TIPS: Rim cups with sugar for drinks that could use a sweet touch. When making drinks for a large group, adjust your ingredient ratios to taste! Bottoms up! xoxo ;) 

Also check out the sorority sugar Super Cute & Simple Bid Day Snack Guide

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DIY Red, White & Blue Layered Drink

I asked my friend Hannah to make a festive layered red, white & blue 4th of July drink video for truebluemeandyou readers. What could go wrong?

It turns out that it’s not as easy as all the bloggers make it seem to create beautifully layered drinks! Save time and money by watching Hannah’s video to see what works in making layered drinks, and stay tuned at the end for the blooper reel of fails.

Info and Suggestions from Hannah

You can use any colors and kinds of juice that you would like, just make sure that they have very different sugar contents. The juices I used were:
Cranberry Juice - 30g of sugar per 8oz serving
Gatorade Glacier Cherry - 21g of sugar per 12oz serving
Gatorade G2 - 10g of sugar per 17oz serving

Other suggested juices:
Very sugary:
Straight fruit juices (cranberry, orange mango, fruit punch). You want a drink with over 30g of sugar per 8oz serving.
Middle:
Gatorade and other sports drinks. You want a drink with 15 to 25g of sugar per 8oz serving.
Not very sugary:
Gatorade G2, or any juice that markets itself as low sugar and low calorie. You want a juice with 10g of sugar or less for an 8oz serving.

anonymous asked:

Okay so lame warrior is lame, but I can't have coffee and tea for religious reasons and I absolutely HATE chocolate. Do you know of any other warm drinks I could try this fall? I want that warm drink fall experience too. :(

GREETINGS FELLOW WARRIOR!

THE WARM DRINK EXPERIENCE IS GLORIOUS, AND SHOULD NOT BE MISSED OUT ON!

APPLE CIDER IS POPULAR, OR ADD SOME SPICES AND MAKE IT MULLED! 

THERE’S ALSO MULLED CRANBERRY PUNCH, OR YOU CAN ALTER THAT RECIPE TO MAKE ALL SORTS OF MULLED DRINKS! MULLED PEACH, GRAPE, OR PINEAPPLE JUICE IF YOU WANT SUPER SWEET EXPLOSIONS. 

EGGNOG IS ALSO GOOD HOT - YOU DON’T HAVE TO ADD ALCOHOL FOR A PARTY IN YOUR MOUTH!

YOU CAN ADD A BIT OF BROWN SUGAR AND A TINY DASH OF VANILLA EXTRACT OR ALMOND EXTRACT TO A GLASS OF HOT MILK. TOP THAT SUCKER WITH WHIPPED CREAM BECAUSE FUCKING HELL WHY NOT?

ARROS ATOLE IS GOD’S GIFT TO EARTH. ANGELS WEPT JEALOUS TEARS WHEN THEY REALIZED HUMANS COULD NOW ENJOY THIS PERFECTION. MADE WITH RICE, WATER, MILK/CREAM AND CINNAMON. 

THERE IS SUCH THING AS A NO-COFFEE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE

Regular Atole is also good but the rice version makes my tastebuds sing Journey albums. 

TO HAVE THE ULTIMATE HOT DRINK EXPERIENCE, THERE ARE A FEW KEY POINTS. 

  • OBTAIN HOT DRINK
  • WRAP FINGERS FIRMLY AROUND HOT CUP TO SOAK IN THE WARMTH
  • OBSERVE CHANGING SEASONS
  • BREATHE DEEPLY FROM THE HOT BEVERAGE STEAM
  • GO TO POUND TOWN ON THAT MOTHERFUCKER!
  • SAVOR THE FEELING OF HOT LIQUIDS POOLING IN YOUR BELLY AND HEATING YOU FROM THE INSIDE LIKE THE EMBERS OF A DRAGON’S BREATH. 
Cranberry punch

2 cups cranberry juice
2 cups pineapple juice
1 cup orange juice
¾ cup triple sec (optional)
1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced (freeze these and use instead of ice cubes)
1 lime, thinly sliced
4 cups ginger ale, or champagne, chilled
Lime sherbet - added at the very end to float 

Makes about 1 ½ quarts.
Total time: 20 minutes, plus chilling time.

In a large glass container, combine ingredients and chill thoroughly.
Just before serving, slowly stir in the ginger ale or the substitutions. Pour into a punch bowl and add the frozen strawberries or the ice cubes.
If you decided to add the lime sherbet - add this now - and as it melts the punch will take on even more of a rich flavor.

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