Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | December 21, 2012

Ushering in the Light

The Winter Solstice in New Mexico…

Taking a short walk to the city park to gather mistletoe, to decorate our Yule Log, hang in our home for peace and love, share with friends, and to sprinkle about in honor of this holiday…

Producing a basket brimming with treats from the kitchen  for friends and co-workers…

Our 2012 Yule Log, and holiday theme cello bags filled with Spicy Hot Crackers to pair with our homemade Elderberry Wine.

Our 2012 Yule Log, and basket of gift bags filled with Spicy Hot Crackers to pair with our homemade Elderberry Wine.

Waking early to greet the sun and soaking in a hot springs pool on the Rio Grande River…

Spending the day reflecting on the ancient meaning of this day ~ letting go and saying farewell to the darkness, and ushering in the light.

For me, this means not only a time of saying farewell to earthly darkness, but also of releasing resentments and regrets into the Yule Fire, and as the fire burns, filling the evening darkness with light…contemplating how I might bring more light, love and goodness into the world.

To that end, I will share the recipe for the simple but tasty Spicy Hot Crackers we whipped up in the kitchen for holiday snacking and gifts. You won’t believe something this simple could be so good, and if you are short on time and need a snack to take to a gathering, take these crackers and a block of cream cheese and you will be a star!


1 box of Saltines ~ Regular or Wheat (Premium brands survive the tumbling process better than value brand crackers)

1 cup canola or light olive oil

1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix

2 TBSP red pepper flakes (I used 1 ½ tsp)

1 TBSP garlic powder (I used 2 tsp)

Place saltines in a large Tupperware container or 2 gallon zipper storage bag.

Mix the oil, ranch dressing mix, garlic, and red pepper flakes.

Pour over the crackers and seal your container.

Continuously rotate the container for 15 minutes to make sure all crackers are evenly coated.



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