Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Kitchen Witchery For The Holidays

by Kelly Yeakle

Congratulations to Leni! She won Kelly's holiday giveaways!

I get so excited when the holidays approach each year, mainly because I get to cook A LOT! I consider cooking, the art of mixing things together to create something, magical! What better time of year to share that magic than the holidays, no matter what holiday you celebrate. Did you ever realize that most holidays are centered around good food shared with family, and friends? Coincidence? I think not!

I’m always in the market to try new recipes for celebrations and family gatherings, and thought I would share a new one I found with you!

Mulled Wine

(Courtesy of

1 Bottle Red Wine

2 Cinnamon Sticks

1 tsp Cloves

Pinch Nutmeg

1 Orange, sliced

1 Lemon, sliced

75g (3/8 cup) brown sugar

Warm the wine in a large pan on the stove, medium heat. You don’t want it to boil. Add the fruit, cloves, nutmeg, and sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the cinnamon sticks, turn off the heat and let the sticks soak in while the liquid cools. Reheat when you’re ready to serve. Remove the cinnamon sticks and fruit, drain off the spices, and pour into glasses to enjoy!

According to there are a few easy ways to celebrate a Wiccan Christmas, if you live in a mixed household like I do. Here is my interpretation of what they’ve shared on their website…

Make wreaths. The circular design can be viewed as a symbol of the life cycle, of birth and renewal which is one of Yule’s meanings. It can also make a very beautiful decoration for non-wiccans. It is also something really fun to do together with children, let them decorate their own wreath, exposing their creativity!

Burn a Yule log. Having a fire together on a cold winter night is a great way to spend the evening, and burning a designated Yule log is part of Wiccan tradition.

Create a Yule tree, preferably using a living tree in your yard or one bought at a greenhouse that can be planted in the yard when you’re finished using it as a decoration. Use quartz crystals and garland strands made of dried fruits such as apple or orange slices.

Hang evergreen boughs in doorways to celebrate the life cycle. Mistletoe anyone? Woohoo!

Prepare traditional foods, such as the great mulled wine recipe I’ve supplied above to bring a little of the past into the present!

Christmas and Yule are both holidays that share in the element of togetherness. This might be a great time to share your beliefs with those around you!!

I’m always looking for new ways to blend my Wiccan practices into my everyday life.

Merry Meet, Merry Part, and Merry Meet Again!!

Blessed Be.

I will be giving away a copy of my book, as well as an autographed post card and a little something else I haven't decided what yet! (leaning towards the Irish Charm Willow Tree figurine).

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  1. I've always enjoyed lit candles as a way to celebrate the winter solstice. And remembering the light at the end of a winter day.

  2. Yummy! Red wine and all that magic? Irresistible!

  3. I love the smell of wreaths at holiday time. I'll have to try your Mulled Wine, it sounds yummy. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  4. My husband loves mulled wine- even the crap out of the packets. I may have to try this.
    Happy Holidays! Love the wiccan examples. Very interesting!

  5. what agreat post ive never drank Mulled wine but im going to have to try this sounds awesome

    ur a new to me author deff have to pick up ur book great post ty for posting and i never knew that about Mistle Toe

    The wiccan examples are great

  6. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar, sounds yummy! It' fun to learn about Wicca traditions. Very intriguing, Kelly. Thank you. Happy Holidays.

  7. I have never had Mulled Wine. I will have to give this recipe a try. Mistletoe is perfect to hang in a doorway!!


  8. I really enjoyed your post. The Wiccan traditions are very interesting. Unless you learn about something you cannot understand it:)

    Happy Holidays!!

  9. i love mulled wine but i never knew how to make it (granny always did it ) thanks for share the recipe :)

  10. Ah, thank you, Kelly. As a new Wiccan convert (also retaining my Christian traditions)I'm working on combining the two traditions. So far its been so easy. Last Sunday I went to church. This coming Saturday I will be meeting with friends and neighbours at the live communal Christmas tree. We'll be sipping mulled wine and eggnog as we form a circle around the bonafire.
    Blessed be.

  11. Mmmm, Kelly, I can just smell the mulled wine through the screen!!! Yum! :)

  12. I've never tried mulled wine. With the weather so cold it is going to be a lovely addition to the evening. Thanks

  13. Mulled wine sounds very good!

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  14. The mulled wine recipe is jsut what I should try this weekend. Perfect for company.
    debby236 at att dot net

  15. I've never had Mulled Wine but it sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe :-)

    smaccall @

  16. Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments! This time of year just makes my heart sing, even when the wind is whipping me around like a rag doll! Merry Holidays To All No Matter What Holiday You Celebrate! XOXO

  17. I've never tried mulled wine, but just may have too, it looks tasty.

  18. I'm not much of a drinker but the mix sounds like one that I could try for a drinking party. I'd probably be chuckling to myself!

    Happy Holidays!

    Jessangil at gmail dot com

  19. I am going to try this for New Years eve! Perfect! Thank you!