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Hump Day Herbal Magic – VALERIAN

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

VALERIAN (Valeriana officinalis) G

Folk Names: Ail-Heal, Amantilla, Bloody Butcher, Capon’s Trailer, Cat’s Valerian, English Valerian, Fragrant Valerian, Garden Heliotrope, Phu, Red Valerian, St. George’s Herb, Sete Wale, Set Well, Vandal Root

Powers: Love, Purification, Protection, Sleep


Photo by
pfly

Valerian is a tall perennial with heads of sweet scented pink, blue or white flowers which bloom in the summer. Its one unpleasant quality is the the smell of the plant’s leaves, stems, and roots. However, cats and rats relish in it. Some herbalists suggest that Valerian was the secret of the legendary Pied Piper of Hamlin’s irresistible power over rats!

Deities: Aphrodite, Venus
Gender: Feminine
Element: Water (Dreams, Fidelity, Friendships, Healing, Love, Meditation, Prophetic Dreams, Purification, Sleep)
Planet: Venus (Beauty, Fidelity, Friendships, Good Fortune, Love, Money, youth)

Magical & Ritual Uses:
If you’re lucky enough to grow Valerian in your garden, Great Magic can be worked with the blooms.

  • Powdered, it is sometimes used as “graveyard dust.”
  • Use to purify your ritual space.
  • To ward off evil: Hang a sprig of Valerian under a window.
  • Guard against lightning: Hang sachets with powdered Valerian in the home.
  • As a sleep aid: Place a sachet with powdered Valerian in pillows.
  • A sprig of the plant pinned to a woman’s clothing will cause men to “follow her like children.”
  • For marital troubles: Wrap Valerian Root and a picture of you and your spouse in brown paper. Carry this for three days, then take out the root and throw it into running water. Replace it with Lovage root and keep that with the picture from there on.
  • As an uncrossing incense: Burn it alongside a reversing candle, and send the curse back to the person who crossed you.
  • To stop an unwanted visitor: Sprinkle Valerian root across your front steps, calling the person’s name, and commanding that he/she be unable to cross over. To make it more potent, add black pepper and salt.
  • For self purification: Make an elixir of Valerian to take daily (in very small doses).
  • To curse an enemy: Burn Valerian root with Black Arts Incense and a black candle, carve your enemy’s name in it with a coffin nail. Place his or her picture or name on paper face-down under the candle. Hide Valerian root in his/her car, so that they will have bad luck. (Personally, I would NEVER do this)

Medical Uses:

  • A powerful nerve stimulant and antispasmodic.
  • Sedative and pain-killer.
  • The purified extract is also used for epilepsy.

Warning: Large doses can cause headaches, vertigo, nervous agitation, muscular spasms, and hallucinations.

References:

  • Catherine Yronwode: Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic
  • Paul Beyerl: A Compendium of Herbal Magick
  • Paul Huson: Mastering Herbalism: A Practical Gude
  • Scott Cunningham: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs

Note: Consult with a Physician or certified herbologist if you are seeking medical remedies. The information is not intended as medical advice. PagansWorld.org is not liable for the misuse of the herb listed above.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa

Medicinal Monday – Herbs & Spices

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Dill


Photo by Fire Engine Red

Dill is a member of the Umbelliferae family, related to carrots and parsley. It is easily spotted in the garden due to the thread-like, feathery leaves. In ancient civilizations,  Dill was so valued that it was accepted as a means of payment. Today, the leaves and the seeds are highly regarded for both medicinal and culinary appeal. Dill’s essential oils found in the seeds make it a versatile naturopathic remedy, it’s great for stomach and intestinal problems, mild insomnia, nervous ailments, flatulence and heartburn. It is also widely prescribed for many diseases of the liver and gallbladder and may be recommended to treat gastric problems in children. In the kitchen, it is a flavorful addition to many dishes and excellent for accenting fish, poultry, potatoes, cucumbers and cheese.

Components

  • Dill leaves have vitamin C, folic acid, beta-carotene and potassium.
  • The seeds have iron and calcium which provides a mild dietary fiber.
  • The curative effect of the seeds is greater then that of the leaves, due to the fact the seeds contain more essential oils.
  • The flavor comes from the oils, with a similar taste to that of fennel, spicy and a little sweet.

Therapeutic effect

  • Dill’s essential oils help calm a nervous stomach, alleviate bloating, flatulence and some liver and gall bladder ailments.
  • A great cure for intestinal bacteria that can cause diarrhea.
  • A tea mad from dill seeds helps stimulate the milk in nursing mothers and can soothe colic in babies.
  • Be sure to eat dill in moderation, excess amounts can impede kidney functioning.

For hiccups
Dill has been used as a hiccup remedy. Hiccups are caused by involuntary contractions of the diaphragm muscle. A tea made from the seeds can relax the diaphragm.

  • Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tsp. of dried dill leaves.
  • Cover the cup, let the tea steep about 10-15 min.
  • Sip slowly once the infusion is cool.

For insomnia

  • Pour boiling water over 1 teaspoon of crushed dill seed and 1 teaspoon of mixture herbs, steep and strain.
  • Drink right before bedtime.

Dill butter

  • 1 tsp. finely chopped dill leaves, 4 tsp. butter, lemon juice, salt, white pepper
  • In a small bowl, cream the dill and butter.
  • Add lemon juice to taste, season with salt and white pepper.
  • It’s excellent on bread or melt over vegetables.

To promote lactation

  • 2 oz. dried dill leaves, 2 oz. anise seeds, 2 oz. alfalfa, Honey
  • Mix all the herbs is a container. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tsp. of the mixture, steep for 15 min.
  • Use honey to sweeten.
  • Drink 2-3 cups of per day.

To ease bloating
An infusion made from dill seeds is an effective remedy for bloating and stomach discomfort. It also helps promote bowel function and has a diuretic effect.

  • Combine 1 cup of water, 1 cup of wine and 2 tsp. of crushed dill seeds.
  • Boil the mixture, and then let sit for 3 hours.
  • Drink up to 2 cups per day.
  • Store no longer than 2 days.

Kitchen hints

  • Store Freshly cut dill in perforated foil pouches in the freezer for up to 4 weeks. Dill completely retains its flavor and aroma when frozen.
  • Dried dill is often used to pickle cucumbers, cabbage and other vegetables. Use to flavor steamed vegetables.
  • Dill loses much of it’s flavor in drying, it must be used in greater quantities than when fresh.
  • Excellent for making vinegar. Pour 1 qt. of white wine over 2 oz. of fresh dill, let stand for 3-4 weeks.
  • Dill is great in mayonnaise Blend some mayonnaise with dill seeds or fresh dill, add a few drop of lemon juice, black pepper and a bit of mustard.
  • The leaves and seeds can prevent bloating. They are a great addition to a cabbage dish, the dill can prevent the bloating that cabbage causes.
Tip: Dill seeds are excellent breath fresher. The essential oils disinfect the mouth, which kills the bacteria. Chew on a small amount of seeds between meals.

References:

  • The Complete Guide to Naural Healing

Note: Consult with a Physician or certified herbologist if you are seeking medical remedies. The information is not intended as medical advice. PagansWorld.org is not liable for the misuse of the herb listed above.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa

“Paranormal Thrill Seekers” By Krystal Porras

Monday, November 5th, 2012
A big thank you to Krystal Porras of 3:33 Paranormal Research group for this article!

Paranormal Thrill Seekers

Over the past several years the paranormal field has been flooded with new groups springing up every day at an astonishing rate. With new shows popping up every season, it seems to have encouraged many people to explore the unknown. Although these shows have really opened some doors it has also created a nightmarish reality for clients looking for real help and for the people who are dabbling in the paranormal as a hobby.

First off let’s examine the shows themselves. All of these shows that are currently on television have been produced by people who have never ever been a paranormal investigator or actually researched the paranormal. These producers are out there to entertain and have no idea what it actually is like to be a paranormal investigator. All of the paranormal teams receive emails from producers looking for locations. They are very quick to fly out to a location and interview clients without following any protocols or concerns for their actions. I have personally received complaints of location producers interviewing clients with negative hauntings in their home and making false promises to help them. Of course they leave and all hell breaks loose in the client’s home and they never hear back from the producer. These shows are out there for ratings, nothing more than that. They are happy to exploit the teams for personal information on case files. No team should ever give up client information without contacting the client first. Even then it makes me question the teams themselves and wonder if they are media hogs wanting their 15 minutes of fame. These producers have no morals and are happy to exaggerate, exploit and stage evidence in order to gain more ratings.

Now let’s take a look at the type of investigators these shows are inspiring. Remember when watching these shows they are for pure entertainment purposes only. Too bad this has been the only education that new investigators receive. So many young investigators follow their lead without seeking any training or education. The biggest pet-peeve that I personally have with this is the fact so many feel that provocation is the best method of investigating hauntings. They never stop to consider the fact that most hauntings are people, human and deserve respect not belittling vulgar comments. So many of them are thrill seekers and nothing more. Very few of them analyze audio or do evidence review. They live in the moment and have no care for actually being a productive part of the paranormal research.

The other nightmare that has stemmed from these new teams is the chaos of them working on private cases. Most of these teams are not out there to help but thrill seekers wanting to push the limits. They have no understanding of types of entities and have no care what their actions will result in. I have personally been horrified with the stories my clients and even other investigators divulge to me. The most recent one was from an investigator who openly told me that they brought an Ouija board into a client’s home just to see if it worked.  The thing that made this even more horrifying is that I personally told this investigator the ground rules months ago, which they broke every one of them without ever thinking what it would cause for the clients or themselves.  This just sickens me and boils my blood to no end.

These shows also hardly ever talk about dangers within the paranormal field. Most new investigators don’t ever stop to consider there are dangers in this field. Of course there are the obvious dangers of hazardous conditions of the locations but there are also other dangers. When going out to investigate there is protective measure that should be followed. The biggest danger is taking a hitchhiker home. Every investigator has the possibilities of developing an attachment, even when you follow the rules. Attachments happen often within the field but mostly with hot headed newbies who tend to challenge entities then find themselves up a creek without a paddle. Over the past year I have received five new clients that are actually investigators themselves. It just makes me cringe! It is all fun and games until they find themselves in a situation that they have no clue on how to resolve.

Another danger is the lack of education and narrow minded individuals who have no clue about the types of entities. So many of these people only classify entities into either human or demonic. Mainly this occurs due to television. So many shows throw out the word demonic for ratings and the scare factor.  These teams have only used television as role models and  never consider elementals, thought-forms, psychic vampires, and parasitic entities to name a few. There are many different types of spirits but so many jump to the big D word, Demonic. Personally I do believe in demonic spirits but over the many years of investigating there is not one case I would ever label as demonic. Let’s face it; on the food chain we are pretty low on the totem pole, only ants to such ancient entities as these things Television has flooded the minds of many people that their homes are demonically possessed. This has created a nightmare in itself. There are certain methods in identifying what type of entity you are dealing with but, most of these newbies have no clue on how to do so. The cold hard fact, if you can’t identify the type of spirit, you can’t resolve the problem.

Now let’s look at how to identify the type of team you are searching for. This is especially vital if you are suffering from a hostile haunting:

  1. What is the mission statement?
  1. How much experience do they have and what are they considering as experience? Watching television and reading books is not considered experience.
  1. Look at the team itself and each investigator. What is their paying professions, educational backgrounds and read their bios if available. Make sure they are not letting just anyone into their team. Also it very important to see if the team does a background checks on each of their investigators.
  1. Does the group have a formal set of investigation guidelines and rules? Are they requiring each investigator to attend seminars and other forms of training? Do they have liability disclosures and client contracts? This can indicate how serious and professional the team is.
  1. Are they going to public investigations or holding meet-up groups? Note: Any group that is willing to take anyone on any person wanting to explore the paranormal is not a real team. They are only meet-ups, a group of people out for the thrill of it.
  1. One major problem in this field is self-titling. Anyone can earn the title Reverend or Minister by purchasing it through the Internet. Authentic means they have theological training through either a college or a church. Also note the newest addition to these self-titles is the term demonologist. True demonologists have spent many years in a formal educational system studying theology and the occult. Most people who hold these titles on Facebook are self-titled and not authentic. This can actually make the problem worse than better, so be careful.
  1. Do they charge for their services? Never ever pay any team to come out to investigate or preform a cleansing. This is a major red flag… No one can ever guarantee to rid your home of spirits.
  1. Guaranteed services: Again no one can ever promise to rid your home of spirits. Also remember not all spirits need to be removed. Only small percentages are considered hostile and most are misunderstood due to television programs creating fear and terror.
  1. Get references if they are available. If not you can also Google the team to see what others are saying about them and to perform a background check.
  1. Examine their website with a fine tooth comb. Especially pay attention to their evidence if they have it available. If they have clips or videos of them investigating are they using provocation? Are the disclosing private information? There are many teams out there that are happy to post a picture of your home all over the internet without ever thinking of privacy.
  1. What methods do they follow? Are they 100% science based or spiritual? If it involves a private case that needs help it is best to have a mixture of science and spiritual aspects. Also make sure the group is not 100% male or 100% female. There should be an equal balance.

Lastly, it is up to the client looking for help or the person wanting to join a paranormal team to make sure the team is reputable. There are no governing authorities over the paranormal field. This makes it even more important to do your research beforehand. With so many new shows coming out has only created a side show carnival of thrill seekers. Be careful and educate yourself before ever becoming involved with any team. Always remember the television shows are only entertainment and there is a lot of exaggeration and staging involved with them.  They are only out for ratings and not out to educate the public.  Eventually I do believe there will be some sort of governing body over the paranormal field but until then it is essential to do your research and don’t buy into the television hype!

BY Krystal Porras

Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa

Happy Samhain

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Samhain Blessings, Happy Halloween and a Blessed Beltane to my friends in the Southern Hemisphere!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa

Historic Jordan Springs Investigation

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Historic Jordan Springs has been documented as far back as 1549, when the Catawba Native Americans discovered the sulfur springs. They believed it had healing powers, for almost two centuries the Native Americans visited annually for ceremonial rituals.

Since then; three hotels have stood on the property, as well as a hospital during the civil war, a brothel, a school, a rehab for children, a monastery and a resort for the Washington Elite.

Since 2008, Jordan Spring’s chief investigator and Director of Paranormal investigations, John Rossi, has done extensive research of the building and the Devil’s Backbone (where the cold water sulfur springs are located). He leads overnight investigations, as well as paranormal tours of the property.

One ghost that can be found in the building is a little girl who likes to play games. She can be seen in the main attic, where she loves to play hide and seek. There is an EVP recording where John asks her if she wants to play hide and seek. You can clearly hear her saying, “Seeeeek!” In the grotto, which is part of the Devil’s Backbone, EVPs have been captured in Native American language. John feels this area is very unsettled due to the fact that it was a spiritual site used by both Native Americans and later Catholics when it was a monastery, there may be a bit of spiritual disharmony.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa

Friday’s Food For Thought – Apple Harvest Bread

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Apple Harvest Bread


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 cup Packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Butter softened
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 pound Pumpkin, cooked and mashed or 15 oz can
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3-4 apples, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 350, grease 1 small loaf pan.
  • Combine flour, brown sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder and spices in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, sugar and butter. Beat in eggs, pumpkin and vanilla. Add the flour mixture, stirring until just moistened. Stir in apples, raisins and walnuts. Spoon the batter into pans.
  • Bake the loaves for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Place all the topping ingredients in a small bowl and stir to blend.
  • When the bread comes out of the oven, sprinkle with the topping.
  • Let sit for 15 minutes, remove from the pans and let cool on a wire rack.

Can also do in muffin tins. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa

Hump Day Herbal Magic – Thyme

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Folk Names: Common Thyme, Garden

Powers: Health, Healing, Sleep, Psychic Powers, Love, Purification, Courage

Thyme is a perennial shrub, and a member of the mint family. With over a hundred varieties, the most common being garden and lemon thyme.

The Greeks used Thyme “to make a burnt offering.”  In the Middle Ages, Europeans placed it under pillows to promote sleep and ward off nightmares. Women would also give the leaves to knights to bring courage. Thyme was also placed on coffins and burned as incense during funerals to send one into the next life.

Deities: Ares, Fairies, Mars

Gender: Feminine

Element: Water (Dreams, Fidelity, Friendships, Healing, Love, Meditation, Prophetic Dreams, Purification, Sleep)

Planet: Venus (Beauty, Fidelity, Friendships, Good Fortune, Love, Money, youth)

Magical and Ritual Uses:

  • To stop nightmares or have prophetic dreams: Place beneath your pillow, or burn on charcoal and take in the aroma. (it is also great for meditation)
  • For Money: Plant THYME in the garden. Fold a dollar bill around THYME leaves, then fold again to make a packet, tie it up, and bury it on a full moon at the middle of a crossroads.
  • Growing various types of THYME: Encourages the devas to be lively.
  • To see Fairies: Carry in a amulet or sachet.
  • Money-Protection: Combine THYME, MINT, and BAYBERRY.
  • For purification: Burn prior to a ritual to cleanse the area. In spring, make a cleansing bath composed of MARJORAM and THYME to ensure all the sorrows and ills of the past are removed.
  • THYME is also carried and smelled to give courage and energy.
  • For good health: Thyme is burned or worn in an amulet. It is excellent in healing spells.
  • It is also used to communicate with friends and relatives who have passed.  THYME can be a most useful on SAMHAIN.
References:

  • Catherine Yronwode: Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic
  • Paul Beyerl: A Compendium of Herbal Magick
  • Paul Huson: Mastering Herbalism: A Practical Guide
  • Scott Cunningham: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of magical herbs
Note: Consult with a Physician or certified herbologist if you are seeking medical remedies. The information is not intended as medical advice. PagansWorld.org is not liable for the misuse of the herb listed above.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa

In Remembrance – September 11, 2001

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
It’s pretty hard to forget 9-11, probably one of the scariest days of my life. I was getting ready to leave for work when I saw on the news the trade center had been hit. Five minutes later, I HEARD the Pentagon get hit. Next, all lines were down and I couldn’t get through to anyone. My mom was working at the Navy Yard and Husband on Ft. Belvoir. I didn’t know if I would talk to them again. Not a great memory. Honestly, I DON’T like to think about it.

Thank you today and everyday for all that responded; fire, EMS, police, military, and the many helpful hands.

Today, my heart goes out to all the families and victims of 9-11.

Not everyday is guaranteed. Blessings to you all. x Lisa

Medicinal Monday – Tea Tree Oil

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Tea Tree Oil


Photo by Arthur Chapman

Australian aborigines relied on the leaves of the tea tree to fight infections, it has been used for centuries as an antiseptic and anti-fungal agent. Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant native to Australia. Today, it is used throughout the world at an antiseptic. Scientist have confirmed that it combats harmful bacteria and fungal infections.

What it does:

  • Used topically to treat a variety of infections.
  • Once applied, the oil makes it impossible for many disease-causing fungi to survive.
  • Studies show that it fights various bacteria, including some that are resistant to antibiotics.
  • Tea tree oil mixes readily with skin oils, allowing it to attack the infective agent quickly and actively.

Benefits:

  • Tea tree oil’s antiseptic properties are excellent for treating cuts and scrapes, as well as insect bites and stings.
  • The oil promotes healing of minor wounds, helps to prevent infection and minimizes scarring.
  • Tea tree oil fights the fungus Trichophyton, which is the main cause of athlete’s foot, jock itch and certain nail infections.
  • It can also be effective against Candida albicans and Trichomonas vaginalis, two of the organisms that cause vaginal infections.  These infections can be hard to treat, in this case, your doctor will have to prescribe a more potent antifungal medication.
  • Tea tree oil may be beneficial in the treatment of acne.
  • It is sometimes suggested as a treatment for warts. Although, studies have not confirmed this use.

Forms:

  • Oil
  • Gel
  • Cream
  • Vaginal suppository

Common Uses:

  • Disinfects cuts and scrapes
  • Minimizes scarring
  • Insect, spider bites and stings
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Fungal nail infections
  • Yeast infections
  • Dandruff
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis

How to take it?

Athlete’s foot, skin wounds/irritations or nail infections:

  • Apply a drop or two of pure, undiluted tea tree oil to affected areas of the skin or nails two or three times a day.  Tea tree oil creams and lotions can also be used.

Yeast infections:

  • Insert a commercially available tea tree oil vaginal suppository every 12 hours, for up to five days.

Acne:

  • Mix 5 parts tea tree oil to 95 parts water and apply to area.

Dandruff:

  • Mix 10 drops of Tea Tree oil for every 8 oz. of shampoo.
  • Apply a few drops of Tea Tree oil directly to your scalp before you shampoo your hair. Shampoo as normal and then rinse thoroughly.

Shopping Hints:

  • There are a number of commercial shampoos, soaps and other skin-care products that contain tea tree oil, but they generally have such a small amount that that there is little or no bacteria-fighting effect.
  • When buying commercial products be sure it’s derived from Melaleuca alternifolia, as there are several types of tea tree. Oil from other species can be high in cineole content.

Warning:

  • Tea tree oil is for topical use only.  Never take tea tree oil orally.
  • Before using the oil for the first time, dab a small amount onto your inner arm with a cotton swab.
  • In undiluted form, it can irritate the eyes and mucous membranes.

References:

  • The Complete Guide to Natural Healing

Note: Consult with a Physician or certified herbologist if you are seeking medical remedies. The information is not intended as medical advice. PagansWorld.org is not liable for the misuse of the oil listed above.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa

Friday’s Food For Thought – Strawberry Shortcake

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Strawberry Shortcake

Ingredients:

  • Non-stick vegetable spray
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries
  • 1 recipe whipped cream frosting
  • Whipped Cream Frosting:
  • 1 teaspoon gelatin
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350, place rack in the middle of the oven. Lightly coat 2 (9-inch) cake pans with nonstick vegetable spray. Line the bottoms with a circle of baking parchment.
  • In a large bowl,  sift the flour,  baking powder and salt together, 3 times. Bring the milk and butter to a boil (in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat and add vanilla and lemon extracts.
  • In separate mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until pale yellow, fluffy and doubled in volume. While still beating, drizzle in the hot milk mixture.
  • Fold in the flour mixture. Spread the batter in the pans and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden, make sure cake tester comes out clean.
  • Set the pans out to cool. Run the tip of a knife around the edges of the cakes to loosen them, then turn out of the pans.

Whipped Cream Frosting:

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the gelatin and 1/4 cup of the cream. Let stand for 5 minutes to soften, then place the bowl over barely simmering water until the gelatin has completely dissolved.
  • Remove the bowl from the heat and let cool to lukewarm.
  • In a mixing bowl, whip the cream until slightly thickened. Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and whip to the consistency of shaving cream.
  • Fold 1/2 cup of the whipped cream into the gelatin mixture, then fold in the rest.

Strawberries:

  • Wash and dry the strawberries, pick out 12.
  • Stem and slice the rest. Mix with 3 tablespoons sugar and refrigerate while juices develop, at least 30 minutes.
  • Spoon some of the strawberries with their juice onto each shortcake bottom.
  • Spread a 1/2-inch layer of whipped cream on top.
  • Place the second cake over the first. Frost the entire cake with the remaining whipped cream.
  • Top with the 12 whole berries.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa