How to celebrate Ostara during an outbreak

There are many of you who are used to celebrating in groups and are at a loss for what to do while using social distancing tactics or even while being in isolation if you believe yourself to be sick. Just because there's a viral outbreak out there and we're all supposed to stay home as much as possible doesn't mean the holiday is cancelled. Here are some of the practices already used by solitary witches...

Naturally Flavoured Syrups

That recipe is natural flavoured syrups. We're going to cover two types here: infused syrups and juice-based syrups. These are also going to be simple syrups - equal amounts of water and sugar by volume. (Though this measurement is skewed to more sugar-heavy when using juice.) I prefer this ratio because it's easy to measure, keeps well in the fridge, and has almost always worked well in mixed drinks, flavoured lemonades, sodas, and as tea sweetener.

Famous vanilla box cake

I first started exploring domestic skills by making my college boyfriend snacks and birthday cakes. I was a firm believer in using the best ingredients and making the whole thing from scratch, but being the homemaker for our family has grown a new appreciation in me for accessible, shelf-stable ingredients and box mixes. Like my mother before me, I've found the best quick-made food comes from box or frozen altered with add-ins. For example, boxed mashed potatoes with herbs added, or, in this case, boxed cake mix with real butter and buttermilk.