Ostara Correspondences, Decor, and Recipes

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Ostara Correspondences, Decor, and Recipes


Ostara is a time to celebrate life, rebirth, fertility, and more.  To get yourself in to the spirit of spring, you may decorate your home in a variety of ways.  For more information about Ostara, please see the general information blog post located here: https://the-whimsical-witch.myshopify.com/blogs/ostara-2020/ostara-information-poem-and-spellwork-2020

 

Decorate for Imbolc in a variety of ways that can include:

  • Baskets
  • Butterflies
  • Eggs
  • Flowers
  • Seeds
  • Cocoons
  • Budding twigs
  • Spring water
  • Colored ribbons
  • Clovers

Animals:

  • Bees
  • Boars
  • Butterflies
  • Chicks
  • Dragon
  • Hedgehogs
  • Horse
  • Lambs
  • Phoenix
  • Rabbit
  • Ram
  • Robin
  • Snake
  • Unicorn

Crystals and stones:

  • Agate
  • Amethyst
  • Apatite
  • Aquamarine
  • Aventurine
  • Bloodstone
  • Carnelian
  • Chrysocolla
  • Citrine
  • Jade
  • Jasper
  • Moonstone
  • Moss Agate
  • Rhodochrosite
  • Rose Quartz
  • Ruby
  • Serpentine
  • Tiger’s Eye

Colors:

  • Pastels
  • Green 
  • Light blue
  • Pink
  • Robin’s egg blue
  • Silver
  • Violet
  • White
  • Yellow

Herbs and Flowers and Trees:

  • Alder
  • Apple
  • Broom
  • Celandine
  • Columbine
  • Crocus
  • Daffodil
  • Daisy
  • Elder
  • Hawthorn
  • High John’s Root
  • Honeysuckle
  • Iris
  • Irish Moss
  • Jasmine
  • Lemongrass 
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lilac
  • Narcissus
  • Orange
  • Peonies
  • Primrose
  • Rose
  • Tansy
  • Tulip
  • Violet
  • Willow

Food and Drinks:

  • Blooming teas
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs (deviled, scrambled, hard boiled, fried, etc.)
  • Eggnog
  • Fish
  • Fresh Fruits
  • Honey
  • Honeycakes
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Sprouts
  • Sweet Bread
  • Sweet wine

Imbolc Activities:

  • Collect stone, feathers, and flowers
  • Create a bird feeder
  • Decorate with fresh flowers
  • Dye Eggs (see picture at end)
  • Go for a walk
  • Fertilize your plants
  • Plan your garden
  • Plant Bulbs and seeds
  • Put out bird feeders
  • Seed Bombs
  • Spring cleaning


Ostara Recipes

Hot Cross Buns
(Recipe from allrecipes)

3/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon instant powdered milk
1/4 cup white sugar
3/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 egg white
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
3/4 cup dried currants
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons milk

Put warm water, butter, skim milk powder, 1/4 cup sugar, salt, egg, egg white, flour, and yeast in bread maker and start on dough program.
When 5 minutes of kneading are left, add currants and cinnamon. Leave in machine till double.
Punch down on floured surface, cover, and let rest 10 minutes.
Shape into 12 balls and place in a greased 9 x 12 inch pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place till double, about 35-40 minutes.
Mix egg yolk and 2 tablespoons water. Brush on balls.
Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and cool on wire rack.
To make crosses: mix together confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and milk. Place glaze in a piping bag or a sandwich bag with the corner snipped off; pipe a cross onto each roll.

Deviled Eggs

1 dozen eggs
1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
¼ cup mayo
1 tsp. Curry powder
½ tsp. White vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Paprika

Hard-boil the eggs and allow them to cool before peeling. Peel the eggs and slice each one in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks and place them in a bowl.

Mash the yolks up with a fork, and add the Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, curry powder, vinegar and salt and pepper. Blend it all together until well mixed. Gently spoon the yolk mixture into the white halves, and sprinkle with paprika. Garnish with parsley sprigs for serving.

Semi-homemade Surprise Lemon Bread

  • 1 package of Lemon Poppy Seed Bread mix 
  • Ingredients to prepare bread as directed
  • 1/2 C golden raisins
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 C dried cranberries
  • Non-meltable goodies to add into the bread, such as:
    • A shiny coin
    • A piece of gold or silver jewelry
    • A ringA polished crystal
  • Vanilla ice cream

Prepare the bread mix as directed. Once it's all mixed together, add in the golden raisins, the orange zest, and the cranberries. Finally, fold in a few small treasures, such as a ring, a cleaned coin, or a polished crystal. Be sure you select items that won't melt when you bake it in the oven!

Bake as directed on the package, and then remove from oven. Allow to cool. If you like, top with powdered sugar or your favorite glaze. 

To serve, slice off pieces, keeping an eye out for the hidden treasures (be sure to warn your guests to prevent choking hazards!). Top each slice off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.