Food, Recipes

Now It’s Really Mabon

Sweep your porches and light a fire, if it’s cool enough where you live. Us – we’re in the middle of heat wave. No fires.

I mentioned in my jump-start Mabon post that we’d be having pumpkin martinis. Here’s the recipe:

3 oz Pumpkin Smash Liqueur (I recommend Bols, but it’s really hard to find. Hiram Walker makes one that I suspect never saw a real pumpkin, but you’re stuck with what you have.)
1 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
1 dash half-and-half
Ground cinnamon

Shake the ingredients over ice and pour into a martini glass (or whatever) that’s been rimmed with cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top or garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Mabon is the autumn equinox and it’s also a harvest festival. So I’ve been harvesting. More precisely, someone else has been harvesting and I’ve been processing it. This is what I bought from a local farm on Wednesday:

Organic, just-harvested tomatoes, 20 pounds


I washed them:


Set them out to dry:

Then I put them in bags and froze them. When I’m ready to use them, I just thaw the number I want. The skin slips right off, and they’re ready to use in soups, or any place you’d use canned tomatoes.

This should be enough tomatoes to get us through most of the winter. Unless I make spaghetti sauce.

It’s always my goal to not buy a single can of tomatoes. I don’t beat myself up about this, but it’s something I strive for.  This cost $20 and took about 30 minutes. I think that’s a bargain.

4 thoughts on “Now It’s Really Mabon”

  1. Our garden went to crap. The tomato plants went nuts and grew way too big. Celery never got big, and neither did the onions. I think it had something to do with the ground. Pumpkins were too small and we lost both melons. Have a nice pile of butternut squash though, and green peppers. Both produced like mad. Maybe next year will be better.

    Thanks for the recipe too. Going to save it and try it sometime. Would be nice to have for Samhain. 😀

    1. Yeah, they’re perfect for Samhain. I usually have two on that night!

      I’m sorry about the garden. I just don’t know how to make things grow and I don’t know why they don’t. It’s good you got some things.

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