The May Pole Dance

The glorious blossoming of Spring eroticism...

Could there be a better holiday?

Beltane.

The ancient festival held on May 1st, honoring sensual pleasure and the incredible creative energies of the Earth and all her creatures, is all about pleasing and praising the body.

Isn't that just the best?

With or without a lover, now is the time for honoring our gorgeous selves, and connecting with nature in the most pleasing ways...

Adorning yourself with sweet blossoms is a purrfect way to begin. 

Image by VK-Red

Image by VK-Red

What makes you feel really sexy and alive?

How about a saucy twist on the traditional Maypole...

A pole dance class may seem intimidating, but let me tell you it is incredibly empowering...when you can flip your legs over your head, the upper body strength alone will make you feel like Catwoman.

Wanna really peel away the old selves? Try a burlesque class. Trust me. I had the time of my life with Michelle L'Amour in San Francisco a few moons ago...everyone in the class did. If you're near a major city, look up performers who teach. You will be SO glad you did. (If you happen to be in NYC this month, check out Veronica Varlow's Spellbinding Burlesque class. It's going to be sublime. I'll be there, so get some friends together and dance with us! )  If you live in a far-off magical land, browse the web for videos and online classes. And definitely  delve into Kitty Cavalier's jewel box of a website...she knows just what you need to get your goddess mojo in gear...

And don't forget your lair. This would be just the time to lust up the den. Again, it's for YOU. With whom you share it, or not, is nobody's business. Candles, flowers, incense, new sheets, a gorgeous picture book to flip through while you daydream...

And, of course, La Cucina.

Your kitchen altar would wildly appreciate some fragrant fresh herbs and flowers...she just wanted you to know...

Which reminds me.

Food is sexy.

How about a voluptuous little cake, in the traditional festival style, but without all the pointless ingredients that sap you? I want you to be glowing and impossibly beautiful, blooming with great energy, when you cast your spell...

Strawberry Oat Cakes 

  • 2 C gluten-free organic oat flour 
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Celtic or Himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Madagascar or Tahitian vanilla powder
  • 20 drops liquid stevia (vanilla or almond)
  • 1/4 C organic raw coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 C almond or coconut milk
  • 1 jar sugar free, organic, fruit-only strawberry preserves

Preheat your oven to 350F. Use a little olive oil on a paper towel to lubricate (ahem) two muffin tins.

The real flavor secret here is in the vanilla powder. I use this one:

The warm, earthy-sweet vanilla spell it casts is world's apart from a traditional extract, and so much easier than dissecting a vanilla bean. I use it everything now...shakes, power balls, coffee...mmmmm!

If you can't find the oat flour, you can buy gluten-free oats in bulk, and blast them in your food processor or blender. Just combine all the ingredients except the preserves in a large bowl, and whisk until everything is well acquainted. The mixture will be a little sticky and oaty. 

Get in with your hands, and press spoonfuls of the mixture into the bottoms of the muffin tins. Keep them even. Now top each with a dollop of the preserves. You can give it as much as you like, but try to spread the preserves in the center, as when they bake it will spread to the sides and down, depending on how much you use. I like them gooey, so I use a little extra.

Bake for about 20 minutes. I overdid mine a little, so they were a bit crumbly, but sooo good...

The vanilla cake is heavenly, and the sticky topping just begs to be licked off fingers.

Revel in your beautiful selves, My Pretties. 

Bask in the joy and sensuality of the season...

I adore you.

xxx Alise

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