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Jocasta’s Got the Munchies & The Winner!

Jocasta’s Got the Munchies & The Winner!

A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Beyond the Books

“Will ye have keek in my saddlebags, lass?” she asked, stretching a little to ease herself on the bed.  “There’s a bittie parcel in there of an herb ye might find of interest.”

I found it immediately — by smell.

“Where on earth did you get that?” I asked, halfway amused.

“Farquard Campbell,” she replied matter-of-factly.  “When ye told me what the difficulty was with my eyes, I asked Fentiman if he kent anything that might be of help, and he told me that he’d heard somewhere that hemp might be of use.  Farquard Campbell has a field of it under cultivation, so I thought I might as well try it.  It does seem to help.  Would ye put it in my hand, please, niece?”

Fascinated, I put the parcel of hemp and the little stack of papers down on the table beside her, and guided her hand to it.  Rolling carefully onto her side to prevent the poultice falling off, she took a good pinch of aromatic herb, sprinkled it down the center of the paper, and rolled as tidy a joint as I had ever seen in Boston.

Without comment, I held the candle flame for her to light it, and she eased herself back on the pillow, nostrils flaring as she took a deep lungful of smoke.

Diana Gabaldon, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Chapter 110 – The Smell of Light)

Haggis & Cracked Black Pepper Chips by Mackies of Scotland.  Old-Fashioned Liquorice All-Sorts by Harlans of Salt Spring, BC, Canada.

*No cannabis was smoked during the taking of this photo.  That’s italian seasoning you see there.  Which, when lit, led to can lead to some pretty powerful pizza cravings…but not much else.

It’s time to announce the big winner of last week’s giveaway of a bar of each of Jamie & Claire Soap from On a Branch Soaps!  (cue the bagpipes…)

And the handmade, Outlander-themed soap goes to:  BlueMoonMagnolia  Congratulations, you are the winner of the random draw!  Please email me outlanderkitchen(at)shaw(dot)ca with your mailing address, and we’ll get it to you stat.

For those of you who didn’t win, On A Branch is currently sold out of both soaps, but Tara promises there is another batch curing as I type.

OK will be having another giveaway very soon, to celebrate a certain someone’s birthday that will be upon us in less than 2 short weeks…and this time we’re partnering with Renee over at Celtic Cowgirl on Facebook, featuring handcrafted fashion jewelry inspired by the Celtic influence of her Scot/Irish Heritage and a wee bit by her favorite book series “Outlander.”

In the meantime, Renee has a little giveaway of her own going on!  Head over to Celtic Cowgirl and click “Like” to be entered in a draw for 1 Pewter Celtic Knot Tribal Cuff Bracelet.  When the CC Facebook page reaches 500 “Likes” a winner will be picked with the help of a random number generator.  And don’t forget to tell your friends!


  1. JustHeather
    April 19, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Congrats BlueMoonMagnolia!

    I loved this part of the book, it gave me a good giggle.

  2. OutlanderFan
    April 19, 2012 at 6:55 am

    SURE it’s just “italian seasoning” LOL! I love the title- Jocasta’s got the munchies” – I’d forgotten that about her!

  3. tara
    April 19, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Congratulations, BlueMoonMagnolia! Loved this post, by the way. Perfect for a Friday morning. Now i’m off to check out Celtic Cowgirl.

  4. The Mom Chef
    April 19, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Congrats to Blue Moon Magnolia! I have a soap maker friend her in town and I love, love, love the stuff. Italian seasoning, huh? Yeah, sure. 😉

    Some day I’ll have to tell you about my mom. She’s 75 and for medical purposes she drinks a tea seeped with the stuff (which she’s grown herself). It’s the old folks you have to watch out for.

  5. ruaTimeTraveler2
    April 19, 2012 at 10:04 am

    My favorite day to be sure…I do love this part in the book…8)

  6. lionartcreation
    April 19, 2012 at 10:30 am

    LOL…oh that Jocasta…

  7. Mana
    April 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Congrats BlueMoonMagnolia ^.^

    Jocasta always manages to make me giggle lol

  8. Bri
    April 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Thank you so much, Theresa and Tara!! I am SO excited, and trust me, I am going to luxuriate in these soaps 🙂 Yaaaaaayyyyy!! So happy!!!!

    I love Jocasta, she reminds me of Vivian from “Celia Garth” (by Gwen Bristow, a really great read set in 1770’s Charleston), except Jocasta is much more chill, as illustrated in this post 😉

  9. bullrem
    April 23, 2012 at 8:37 am

    You are just so creative with your blog. Love it…. Helen in Ark.

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