Spirituality

A Witch's Beginning: Part 2

Last week, I talked about my childhood background in Christianity and how I ended up drifting away from that, because there wasn’t much of an anchor there to begin with. Something I’ve learned through my years of searching is that spiritual connection, regardless of your religious belief, needs to be cultivated. I was never taught how to cultivate a relationship with Christianity, so it never truly developed.

So, when I began my search for religions, I wrote off all the majors as not for me. This left me not a lot of options. In fact, the only option left that I knew existed (but, by far, not the true only option left), was Wicca. Continue reading “A Witch's Beginning: Part 2”

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Food, Recipe

Cheesy Lasagna with Pork and Beef

Lasagna is one of my favorite dinners, because it’s actually relatively easy to make and I almost always have everything on hand. It can be assembled ahead of time and then popped in the oven when you get home from work/school/dancing naked in the woods in heathen ritual… whatever. It’s also cheesy and gooey and delicious.

lasagna

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Spirituality

A Witch's Beginnings, part 1

In the past, I’ve spoken vaguely about how I came to Wicca, which shifted to Paganism, which has turned into agnostic witchcraft, which continues to shift as I continue to search. But, I haven’t spoken about where I was prior to that, or really delved into the meat of the journey which brought me to where I am now.

Let’s talk about it. Admittedly, part of my hope in writing this out is to gain some clarity for myself. My spirituality is in a constant state of flux. Looking back at where I’ve been has often helped me figure out where I’m going. Continue reading “A Witch's Beginnings, part 1”

Food, Recipe

Simple Marinara Sauce

Because trying to write reviews/raves about something every week is time-consuming and difficult (and I’m kind of sick of giving things publicity without getting paid), I’ve decided to nix the Friday Faves. Maybe I’ll do a “monthly faves” kind of thing where I pick two or three things I’m just really into and do that at the end of the month? I’m tossing ideas around.

Anyway! To fill the void going into the weekend, I’ve decided to go on about something near and dear to my heart:

Food!

I effing love food, witches. Love it. I love cooking it, I love eating it, I love studying it (I’m a nutrition major).

And what better way to start this off than with a recipe. But not just any recipe. This is the recipe for my famous spaghetti/pizza/marinara sauce. Every time I’ve prepared a meal using this sauce, everyone has raved about it. So, either it’s good, or my friends are liars.

Marinara sauce
This is what it looks like spread over lasagna noodles.

This is a super simple sauce. It’s smooth and doesn’t contain any vegetables (except, you know, tomatoes), so it makes a good base to modify and build your own sauce. It’s great if you have kids who are picky about eating chunky sauces (in fact, this is the spaghetti sauce of my childhood; I was a tremendously picky eater and would not eat anything that I could tell was a vegetable at some point, except broccoli and carrots). It’s also vegetarian and can be vegan if you use vegan sugar and wine!

So, without further ado: The Cupcake Witch’s Simple Marinara Sauce Continue reading “Simple Marinara Sauce”

Mental Health, Spirituality

Short and Sweet Mental Health Update

Last week was pretty good to me, in terms of my depression and anxiety not being total a-holes.

Part of that, I think, is that school has kept me busy. I haven’t really had time to dwell on the negative stuff.

So, that’s good! Yay!

Except for one notable exception on Friday and Saturday. My brain was just garbage on Friday and Saturday. Continue reading “Short and Sweet Mental Health Update”