GREETINGS

It’s December already.  The years certainly rush by as I get older.  I think having a child makes a big difference too.  Watching Alyria learn is a fascinating process.  It delights me that she is enjoying learning to read, and will read to us or to other kids almost at the drop of a hat.  I’m a voracious reader, and I’d be delighted to be the mom of one as well.

Yule is coming up soon.  I’m looking forward to the light returning; it gets dark very early right now.

In keeping with gypsy’s theme, this is a short and quickly assembled newsletter.  I’d love more columns; anyone interested?

—Alia

THANKS AND A TIP OF THE HAT

Damos gracias to Spirit Temple and friends who led us in our November Open Full Moon celebration. In this ritual honoring our ancestors, and giving thanks, Yogi and Chicomecoatl demonstrated both by having their children and grandchildren sit in the inner circle. Energized by a drummer at each quarter and at Center, we danced and chanted "Damos gracias" (we give thanks) for a long time, the chant rising and falling like the waves of the sea. A soulful, thankful spirit filled and sustained the Circle. Damos gracias.

—Arynne

DECEMBER OPEN FULL MOON

The December Open Full Moon will be on Friday, December 8, 2000, at 7:30 PM, at the First Unitarian Church, 1400 Lafayette, Denver, CO.  The doors of the church open at 7:00.  We like to begin at 7:30.

Dragonstide and Friends invite you to a night of merriment to bring in the Yule Spirit. There will be Caroling with song sheets so please bring drums, flutes, pipes, chimes, etc. to add to the music. This is the time of year to bring in the new and prepare for the coming of the sun, Lets celebrate and have some fun and games.

—Alia

SUGGESTED DONATION

We have determined that our break-even point is about $3 per person.

We aren’t going to start collecting at the door, and no one will be turned away for not having a donation.  However, we would like to suggest a donation of 3 to 5 dollars per person.  (The extra is to cover the pagans that can’t swing $3.)  If you can’t afford it, you are still welcome – if you can afford more, we’d be delighted to accept it.

NOTE:  Hearthstone is a church and your donations to Hearthstone are tax deductible.  If you would like to write a check so you can keep track of your donations, we can certainly handle that as well.  And if it simpler to write a check occasionally rather than come up with a few bucks every month, believe me, we understand!

KITCHEN WITCH AND THE LAST MINUTE

It’s a last minute kind of season, isn’t it? Everything happens with insufficient time to prepare. In that spirit, I’m going to spare you the chatter and just send along one of my favorite last-possible-minute recipes. This involves having a pound of ground beef lying around. It can be frozen, because even if you can’t defrost it in the microwave, you can wrap it really well in a ziploc bag or a well-sealed plastic container and submerge it in cool water just long enough for it to get a little soft on top and take it from there.

GYPSY’S ITALIAN NACHOS

Serves 2 at my house, 4 at most others

Preheat oven to 325. Brown ground beef, scraping it off the frozen solid mass if necessary. When it is all thawed, drain and set aside. In same pan, sauté onion until translucent, then add the garlic and continue to sauté until soft. Drain and add to browned beef. Season with herbs and spices.

Spray pizza pan or baking sheet (not the great big kind, however) with non-stick spray and put about a third of the chips in to cover the bottom. Add half the beef, half the tomatoes, and one-third of the cheese, covering the chips evenly. Put another third of the chips in to cover that layer, then add the remaining beef, the remaining tomatoes, and one-third of the cheese, spreading all evenly. Cover with remaining chips, and top the chips with the remaining cheese, spread evenly.

Bake 20-25 minutes, until cheese is melted and starting to bubble. Serve immediately, sprinkling the olives over the top if using. If you like, you can heat up a cup of prepared pasta sauce and serve it on the side as a dip.

There, wasn’t that quick? Most of the time was spent browning frozen ground beef, and if you managed to get it thawed either in the refrigerator or in the microwave, this is even faster. Now you can turn your attention to more important issues, like what the heck am I supposed to get for my mother-in-law the fundy for Christmas, or when did I schedule that ritual rehearsal again?

GUEST COLUMNS?

If you have something to say, and are willing to let Alia edit it slightly, (generally for grammar – I have the soul of an English teacher) please feel free to submit your writing.   Content will not be edited.   We can usually make room for more voices.

STANDARD DISCLAIMER

Please note that information and opinions contained in the articles in this newsletter are the responsibility of the authors only.  No endorsement by Hearthstone Community Church, Inc.  is expressed or implied.

OPEN FULL MOON DATES

2001

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