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~ Bread Pudding ~ Get Well Spell ~
Okay, it sounds awful if you've never tried it, but it is the ultimate comfort food and My Consort adores it. It is usually served with a special sauce but we like it with plain, heavy whipping cream. Very easy, economical and traditional. And your house will smell great while its baking.
3 C torn, soft, bread; lightly packed
(slightly stale raisin bread and cinnamon rolls are fantastic but any non-crusty loaf will do)
2 C milk
3 large eggs
1 t vanilla extract
1/4 C margarine or butter
1 C raisins
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t ground cloves
1/2 t ground nutmeg
1/2 t salt
1/2 to 1 C sugar
(depends on how sweet you like it, start with 3/4 and adjust the next time)
Heavily butter a cassarole dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat eggs, salt, spices and sugar in a large bowl.
Heat (scald) milk, butter, and raisins until milk wants to boil and raisins are plumped. Add vanilla.
Add bread and hot mixture to egg mixture. Mix well. Turn into cassarole dish.
Bake for approx. 1 hour. Use the toothpick test to check for doneness.
Get Well Gift Basket
This basket is intended for use in treating illnesses of the transient type
~ colds, flu, and the -itis varieties (like tonsilitis, sinusitis, etc.) ~
It is intended to be fast and easy, and, thus, more likely to actually be used.
1 quart homemade chicken soup (or vegetable, or split pea or what have you) in a mason jar
1 column or square of crackers (either specialty crackers or saltines)
1 bundle of lemon drops
4-5 teabags of assorted herbal tea (chamomile, lemon, mint or the like)
travel sized or small package of tissues
a sturdy mug or delicate teacup (or both for a couple laid low)
a basket to hold all
packing material (fabric, paper shreds, or something similar)
a chip of bloodstone or carnelian
a blue votive candle
Now, while you are thinking of it, gather up and store away the above supplies (except for the homemade soup of course). Unopened crackers, lemon drops and tea bags will keep nicely for at least 3-4 months. Use these perishables for yourself and restock if you don't have need of them within a reasonable time frame. Keep the supplies together in a protected place that can be viewed without too much trouble. (This enables you to send a little psychic boost to the bundle occasionally.)
Upon hearing that a friend has taken ill, cook up a vat of soup. Include at least token amounts of: rosemary, bay, garlic, nutmeg, fennel and / or other healing herbs. Ladle cooled soup into mason jar. (This is an asthetic touch only, preserving soup actually requires a pressure canner, keep soup refrigerated until its time for delivery.) Assemble gift package. Deliver.
THE MAGICK ~ During the process of gathering supplies, cooking the soup and assembling the basket, concentrate on investing each ingrediant with healing properties. If a visualization is required, create a blue, white or yellow glow surrounding each bit. Wash (disinfect) each non-edible item. The goal is to leave a lingering good health 'feel' to anything that makes up the gift.
Work with this kind of magick when you feel healthy and energetic. If you are dealing with a more difficult illness, or are under the weather (emotionally or physically), strengthen your power with a private ritual before transfering energy into the objects.
Why do this?
Storing magickal energy in items (as outlined above) is an excellant way to use bits of extra energy created by the flow of daily life. In essence, you will be capturing the little spikes of energy you experience due to simple events like waking up well-rested, enjoying the scenery while you drive, or having a great work out.
A bonus for this kind of spell ~ the recipient can be Pagan or not; aware of your spirituality or not. You could do this for your mother-in-law and she would assume only that you are a nice person. It is a spell in the guise of a perfectly acceptable present.