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    May Day: Beltane almost here, what are your plans?

    Years ago I had acreage and a 22 foot Maypole. We had a big party, picnic and May Pole dance as well as fertility related games..

    Such as "cream the fertility goddess" where I drew a fertility goddess on a big cardboard posted to a tree and the men threw water balloons filled with a cooked cornstarch and water "slurry" that was alarmingly similar to semen. The goal was to aim at the appropriate spot. Good fun for all!

    For the gals we had throw the loop around the balloon.

    A long balloon was attached by it's tail to a weight on the ground where it danced around a bit and the gals threw hoops over it.

    Then there was the eat the donut or twinkie suspended by a twine from the clothesline.

    And the popular pie eating contest (yes, real pie, pun intended)

    And just for fun...because I had small livestock at the time. Bunny or chicken bingo! A canvas was painted with squares with a number in each. A small pen was put around it. People paid $2 for a number, when all the squares were sold an bunny or chicken was put in, and whichever square it pooped on first..won the pot!

    And another goodie was "sticky face" each person gets a roll of lifesavers, and a timer is set for three minutes (or a song is put on the stereo) and the contestants have to unwrap the roll, lick the candies and stick them to their face. Whoever has the most stuck to them when the song ends (or timer beeps) is the winner!

    Ah, those were good times.

    Also, washing the face in the dew on May 1 for a year of beauty (no longer feasible as I live in the desert and there is rarely dew on May 1)

    And doing the fertility wiggle with a willing partner on the ground (what a lovely eco friendly use of the forest or field!)

    Alas, this year no acreage, party, May dew or partner, what's a girl to do?

    Plant seeds. Decorate the alter. Do a gratitude ritual for the fertility of body and mind and land that I am grateful for.

    Pick flowers (not actually legal where I live but good for other folks) and share them with friends.

    Have a bonfire (actually fire restrictions were called early this year so that's not happening either)

    so, since my resources are limited this year I NEED you all to help me out by sharing what you do on May Day.

    Thanks!

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    Re: May Day: Beltane almost here, what are your plans?

    The kiddos usually make May Baskets (with paper flowers) and deliver them, and we bake sun cake (we pretty much do this for every sabbat--its basically an orange bunt cake with lemon icing). And we often go to the local festival...though we are not camping this year.
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    Re: May Day: Beltane almost here, what are your plans?

    I typically go out of my way to make honey cakes both for myself, and to set out as an offering. One of these days I'm gunna have the stuff to make the Marigold Custard recipe I found for Beltane too. I'm thinking Imma see if I'm off work that day and spend it with a fire at the beach though.

    But if you're interested-here's the recipes for both of those:

    Fried Honeycakes

    These cakes were left in the garden to please Faery visitors. If you plan to leave an offering to the Faery, double the recipe to keep some for your family. They're scrumptious.

    1/2 cup sweet white wine (Woodbridge puts out a very nice Reisling for only $7 that I found works fantastic for them)
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1 egg
    1 cup honey
    2/3 cup flour
    1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
    1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
    Oil for frying
    1/8 teaspoon salt

    Beat the wine & egg in a medium bowl. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt & sugar in a small bowl. Stir into the egg mixture. Let stand 30 minutes. Combine the honey & nutmeg in a small bowl.

    Heat 1/2-inch of the oil in a frying pan until hot, but not smoking. Drop the batter into the oil 1 tablespoon at a time; fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Dip into the honey.

    Yield: 1 1/2 Dozen.



    Marigold Custard

    2 cups milk
    1 cup organic marigold petals
    pinch salt
    3 tablespoons sugar
    1 vanilla pod
    3 egg yolks slightly beaten
    cinnamon & nutmeg according to taste
    1/2 teaspoon rose water
    whipped cream

    Using a clean pestle and mortar (or a spoon will suffice) crush the marigold petals. Mix the salt, sugar and spices together. gently heat (do not boil!) the milk with the marigolds and the vanilla pod to let the flavours infuse.

    Remove the vanilla pod and add the slightly beaten yolks and dry ingredients. Cook on low heat until it thickens. When the mixture coats the spoon, add rose water and cool.
    Top with whipped cream, garnish with fresh marigold petals.
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    Re: May Day: Beltane almost here, what are your plans?

    I will probably be working, but I am tucking that honey cake recipe of Yorin's away, see if I've got time for that.
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    Re: May Day: Beltane almost here, what are your plans?

    Yorin, where did you find those recipes? Also, do you mind if I share them on my blog?
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    Re: May Day: Beltane almost here, what are your plans?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maria de Luna View Post
    I will probably be working, but I am tucking that honey cake recipe of Yorin's away, see if I've got time for that.
    They seriously take like maaaaybe 10 minutes to make, if that once you've let the batter sit a while. Just be careful not to splash yourself with the hot oil-that shit hurts from personal experience.

    Quote Originally Posted by thalassa View Post
    Yorin, where did you find those recipes? Also, do you mind if I share them on my blog?
    Honestly, I don't remember for the life of me. Random searching back when I first joined PF online for Beltane recipes cause I was doing something with a friend of mine and happened to come across them. So I totally don't mind, and hopefully the creator wont throw a hissy fit either lol
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    Re: May Day: Beltane almost here, what are your plans?

    Beltane is usually a time for me where I bless my seedlings, clean my altar, and start my outside altar. This year, Beltane is going to still see snow on the ground (though, the ground is actually poking through in places, so...spring is coming) and it's nowhere near time for seedlings, though I might be able to start planting seeds in little pots in the house soon. And my outside altar, well...I'm still going to try for one, but with so much wildlife and high winds, it may not work.

    This year however, I can have a bonfire (though I guess I did last year too) and for years I have been making oatcakes on Beltane. I've got a really good recipe that's flourless (aka gluten free unless you can't have oats) with oats and applesauce and egg. (I'll dig it out later, I'm getting ready for work).
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    Re: May Day: Beltane almost here, what are your plans?

    Wow, that marigold custard sounds divine! Definately putting that on my list...gotta see about marigold petals, if I can't find them I think I will use saffron, that often finds it's way into holiday baking here.

    The wine in the honey cake recipe also reminded me we used to make "May Wine" . We didn't have sweet woodruff so I used wild mint that grew in our yard. Wonderful stuff!

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    Re: May Day: Beltane almost here, what are your plans?

    I'd like to have gone up to the Beltane Fire Festival nearby but am out of luck with childcare this year. So instead my son and I will be having a special meal together on Wednesday evening, then when he's in bed I get some peace and quiet to myself after dark. On May Day itself I'll be going out with my camera (I feel more connected when out taking pictures than with any ritual).

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    Re: May Day: Beltane almost here, what are your plans?

    Awwwwwwww -____- I just realized I'll be working. Phooey
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