Allfather in the Moonlight

Allfather in moonlight

This was on my wall at Facebook and I just had to share it.  I really feel the Power and Majesty.  The Lord of lords, the King of kings, the God Maker, the Most High, the Allfather, walking among us on Midgard (our world, the Earth). Here depicted with His two wolves, Geri and Freki (Old Norse, both meaning “the ravenous” or “greedy one”) and His two ravens, Huginn (from Old Norse “thought”) and Muninn (Old Norse “memory” or “mind”).

This really touched my heart!

Hail to Thee my Father!  Hail to Thee Óðinn!

Wardruna – Runaljod Yggdrasil – Helvegen

My Journey Through Miðgarðr

Helvegen means The Way To Hel.

People who die in battle can hope to go either to Odin in Valhalla, or  Freyja in Fólkvangr.

Most folk will end up with Hel in some part of Helheim (Home of Hel). Live an honorable life and keep your oaths or you may be sent to the nasty part of Hel called Náströnd (Corpse Shore).  

Enjoy this haunting song by Wardruna …

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Virtual Reality Theme Park Brings Norse Legends to Life

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Norse Theme Parks is blending traditional attractions with virtual reality and augmented reality experiences at its new Copenhagen park.

Theme parks around the world are beginning to incorporate virtual reality into their attractions, in addition to using it to design rides. There’s a VR theme park being built in China. And now a startup is building a Norse mythology virtual and augmented reality theme park in Copenhagen, Denmark.

According to Peter Franklin Wurtz, co-founder of startup Norse Theme Parks, The Legendary World of Norse Mythology: Yggdrasil will blend traditional rides and attractions with virtual reality and augmented reality experiences when it opens in 2019.

Read more here.

Are you ready for Haustblót?

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Haustblót is the second harvest festival of the year where the emphasis is on rebirth.  Think keeping seeds from this harvest to plant in the spring.

I observe Haustblót on September 23rd, the autumnal equinox.

The days and nights are now of equal length, but day will soon give way to night and darkness. Sunna‘s (she pulls the sun through the sky) time is over and now it’s time for her brother Mani (he pulls the moon after her).

My Nordic ancestors celebrated Haustblót and they also observed the autumnal equinox as Winter Finding – the beginning of winter!

Mini Bourbon Caramelized Peach Baked Alaska with Butter Pecan Ice Cream

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Ingredients

  • No Churn Butter Pecan Ice Cream
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup raw pecans, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or brown sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Meringue + Peaches

  • 6 large scoops butter pecan ice cream
  • 4 eggs whites
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ripe, but firm peaches, halved + pits removed
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon (optional)

Crumble

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup raw pecans, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

Ice Cream (OR USE STORE BOUGHT)

Melt the butter in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the pecans and maple, cook until toasted + caramelized, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and and let cool.

Add the heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or use a hand held electric mixer). Whip until stiff peaks form. Fold in the cooled pecans and any butter left in the pan. Spoon the ice cream into a freezer safe container and freeze 6 hours or overnight.

Go here for the rest of this recipe.