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Merry Meet! At last, Spring is to awakening the land. Ostara, the Vernal
Equinox is a wonderful time of celebration. For my coven's ritual, I like to prepare two special things. One, a wreath of flowers, and the other Black $ White cookies. Why the cookies? It's simple; this is a Sabbat of equal
parts. The night and the day are exactly even on the equinox. I therefore prepare Black & Whites because they are half dark and half light. The recipe
is actually a borrowed one, but I hope you'll try it.

Mary Jane's New York B&W Deli Cookie Recipe

1 3/4 cups white sugar
1 cup margarine, unsalted
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp lemon extract
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups confectioners sugar
1/3 cup boiling water (may need up to 1/2 cup)
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter 2 baking sheets.
Combine sugar and butter. Mix eggs till fluffy. Add eggs, milk, and
extracts. Mix until smooth. Combine cake flour, baking powder and salt.
to butter mixture, about 1 cup at a time. Combine well.
Using soup spoon, drop spoonsful of the dough 2 inches apart onto
sheets. Bake until edges are brown-20-30 minutes. Cool completely.
To make frosting, place the confectioner's sugar in large bowl. Add
boiling water until mixture is thick and spreadable.
Remove half the frosting to the top of a double boiler set over simmering water. Add chocolate. Warm until chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from heat. With brush, coat half the cookie with the chocolate mixture and the other half with the white. (Get creative, a yin-yang simple is frequently used this time of year!)

Next, there's the flower circlet. You'll need florist's wire,
green and an assortment of white and yellow flowers and leaves.
If you use real flowers, they will surely brown by the time you're
ready for
your ritual, so I recommend using artificial flowers or better yet,
flowers. make a three prong 21/2 foot wire piece as though you intended
braid the wire. Now take individual flowers and leaves and begin
them into the wire. when you have sufficient length to close it around
head, wrap the two ends together by twisting them tightly. You can add
and yellow ribbons if you like. This makes a terrific project for a
coven to
do together. Enjoy the Sabbat.
Happy Ostara!-Lady Zephyr