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Herb Tricks

I’ve been looking at lot of stuff about herbs and their uses and I’ve come across some neat little things you can do with them! These aren’t really ‘spells’ per-say, but I think they’re pretty neat.  

  • Hang Aloe in the home to attract luck and prosperity 
  • Grow Aloe in your home to prevent household accidents. 
  • Burn Aloe on a full moon to gain a new lover by the new moon.
  • Carve a wish into Bamboo and  bury it in a secluded area to make your wish come true.
  • Sprinkle a Basil Infusion around a place you hope to be employed at for luck in an interview. 
  • Place a leaf of Beech in your Book of Shadows to increase inspiration for spellwork. 
  • Carry a sachet of Bergamot while gambling to increase luck. 
  • Wash hands in Chamomile Infusion before gambling for luck. 
  • Cloves are said to protect babies in their cribs if strung together and hung above. 
  • Comfrey placed in luggage helps prevents loss or theft. 
  • Coriander tied together and hung in a room promotes peace and protection.
  • Write a wish on a Sage Leaf and place it under your pillow for three nights. If you dream of the wish it will come true - if not, bury the leaf so no harm will come to you. 
  • Tie a knotted yellow thread around Slippery Elm and throw it into a fire to cease gossip about you. 
  • Sprinkle Nettle on yourself to remove petty jealousies, gossip, envy, and uncomfortable situations. 
  • Carry a few grains of Mustard Seed in a bag to ward off injury. 
  • Put Irish Moss under rugs to increase luck and ensure a steady flow of money. 
  • Place Flax Seed in shoes, pockets, wallets or purses with a few coins to ward off poverty
  • Mix Catnip and Dragon’s Blood to rid yourself of a bad habit. 

Feel free to add other tricks you know of to this list! 

I started using a brush and cup to shave when I went to Africa and I never went back to that foam in a can.  First of all, a bar will last you about ten times as long and save you money.  Secondly, if you travel, there’s no chance of it spraying out in your bag.  The bar soap uses no propellants.  My skin is super sensitive to fragrances and I searched my whole life for a shave soap that wouldn’t burn but finally my wife just started making one for me.  She sells them for $4!

The light green color of this shave cake comes from olive oil infused with home grown basil and hemp oil. the subtle scent comes from tea tree and eucalyptus essential oils which have disinfectant and skin healing properties in case of any slip ups. I also used bentonite clay for and extra smooth lather for a great shave.

weighs ~ 2 oz

Ingredient List:

Water, basil infused olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, castor oil, hemp oil, bentonite clay, tea tree essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil                    

Men’s Shave Soap at Galloping Gertie’s

Stirring Counterclockwise: Two-Ingredient Breadsticks

((Bread is intimidating. And the more you learn about it, the more intimidating it becomes. Different kinds of yeast, hours and hours of rising, who has time? 

It’s not as hard as it seems, but for those of us who want to bake bread, but need it super-fast, have I got a secret for you!

One cup greek yogurt, two cups self-rising flour. It does have to be those two things, but beyond that, you can add your own things and just go with it. Herbs and spices, dried fruits, cheese, whatever. You mix it with your hands until it combines into a dough. It does form a dough, and not a batter, like banana bread, so you can then form it into shapes.

I added cheese to the dough while mixing, formed it into spirals, brushed it with olive oil that basil has been infusing in, and topped them with more cheese.

I baked these for about 15 minutes on 350.

Here’s the finished product with the rest of my dinner.))



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Crossing Knives, Chapter 1: Amuse-Bouche, California Style

Well, here it is at last! After a few non-inspired weeks, it seems I got my mojo back this weekend.

I must warn everybody that this is my first time writing AU Tom, and after so much Loki it still feels a little weird to not have an established character to write about. But I’m really excited about this story! I’ve been doing research on cooking techniques, designing several supporting characters… I even have pictures of every main character’s home (but that’s stuff for a later post).

One thing I want to ask of my readers this time is this: if you send me feedback, tell me what you like about the story, but also what you don’t like. I don’t want to become complacent, as if I didn’t have anything to learn. That ‘don’t like, don’t read’ thing doesn’t apply to my fanfiction. You see something you don’t like? Splendid! Please tell me what it is so I can fix it / discuss it / whatever.

Chapter 1: Amuse-Bouche, California Style

“Luke! Why aren’t you here, mate? You’re missing the party of the century!”

Luke Windsor recoiled a little from the avalanche of sounds coming from his phone. First, his friend’s voice on the other side of the line was unnaturally shrill and harsh, maybe because he was trying to make himself heard above all the noise. There were other voices around, mostly women’s voices… competing for his attention, no doubt. And then, to complete the assault to his ears, a background tapestry of loud electronic music, not exactly Luke’s favorite.

He looked around him, still feeling a bit groggy. He had been enjoying a quiet evening in the peace and calm of his elegant Mayfair flat, until… Realizing that he had fallen asleep on the sofa, and that his neck was suffering from it, he went back to the conversation with a groan.

“Tom, it’s almost two in the morning, so I think the relevant question would be why are you partying on a Monday. We run a restaurant together, remember?”

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From this kitchen witch’s cabinet:

Lemon and Basil Infusion for everyday wellness. Both lemon and basil are anti-inflammatory and support the immune system. To make, slice half a lemon. Squeeze the juice from the other half into a pitcher. Add agave for sweetness. Fill the pitcher with water, the sliced lemons, and a handful of basil leaves that you rubbed between your palms. Let steep for an hour.

Drink to support your health and to bring a little extra luck and protection into your life.