Most herbs are not put into the broth until the broth is simmering, to prevent burning. The exception to this rule is bay, which is put in at the beginning. BEWARE of pepper! The longer the pepper cooks in the soup, the spicier the soup will be!
IF YOU’RE ADDING MEAT:
- Do not cut your vegetables with the same knife you cut meat with.
- Cook meat beforehand, but remember that it’ll be cooking in the broth for a time afterwards, or be careful not to overcook.
- Most meat is diced into half-an-inch-squares.
- Stir clockwise to create, counter-clockwise to take away.
- You can carve sigils into some vegetable slices.
- Cook with a crystal near your pot to boost a spell’s effectiveness.
- Fire and water are prominent elements here! Draw upon their power.
And that’s it!! Have a lovely winter full of great company and nourishing meals!
**if there are any additions feel free to add, and if there are any corrections, message me! :)
Change your clothes. Even if you’re already wearing something comfortable, change into something else that’s still casual and comfy.
Eat your favorite food. A bowl of rice, ice cream, pasta, make a sandwich, anything that makes you happy.
Eat some fruit. A banana, apple, peach, pear, some berries, fruit is always a good option.
Eat some protein. Cheese, meat, eggs, rice and beans, ect. Something to give you energy.
Drink lots of water. Fill up a water bottle and keep it with you, but remember to actually drink it.
Find as many pillows and blankets as you can around the house and pile them on your bed. THE MESSIER, THE BETTER!
Bring your acquired snacks into your room. Even if you don’t make a habit of eating in your room, make an exception this time.
Bring a couple of your favorite stuffed animals to share your nest with.
If you have cats, invite them as well.
Watch an episode or two of your favorite show GUILT FREE. Nothing sad! Watch something that will make you smile and laugh a lot. And ENJOY IT. Give yourself this time to decompress without stressing over a million other things. I know it can be hard, but YOU CAN DO IT
Hang a sign outside your door, letting family members/roommates know that you are currently unavailable. Be polite, courteous, and take their needs into consideration if they need something from you, but it’s okay to have a little chunk of time all to yourself when you’re having a tough day. We’ve all been there.
Turn off your phone. Just for a little while so you can completely relax. Stay off social media too - you don’t need any drama right now.
Once you’ve finished your show and eaten a healthy amount of food, do something productive. Even if it’s just one or two little chores - sweep, do the dishes, tidy up your room, dust, reorganize the bookshelf, whatever. Do something that will make you feel like you’ve accomplished something. Even if it’s little, be proud of yourself for each task!
Listen to music while you’re working. iPod, record player, radio, etc. Make it something up beat with a nice and lively tempo.
Dance and sing. I don’t care if you dance like a fish out of water and sing like a dog whose tail was stepped on, you are a beautiful contribution to this world so don’t be afraid to shine!
Alternate in doing tasks throughout the day with doing things you enjoy. Paperwork and then a walk (fresh air always helps!), mop the floors than read that book you’ve been wanting to explore.
Talk to a friend if you need to. If you don’t think you have anyone to talk to, let me be the first to tell you, YOU DO! There are thousands of kindhearted people on here who would love to get to know you and want to help you and hear about your day if you are feeling under the weather.
Remember that this is today. Every tomorrow is another chance. Everyone has rough days, and sometimes we get a whole long string of them, but life is so much more than just the bad days. Go to bed knowing that tomorrow is a new start.
Cook rice with the water lightly salted with a pinch of salt in a small pot. Once the rice has finished cooking add the lime juice and the chopped cilantro and set aside.
Drain the beans and rinse, then set aside. In a large pan add 1 tbsp of oil and cook the vegan taco meat until it’s browned. Then add the beans and the corn. Cook for about 2 minutes on medium high. Then add the seasonings with ½ cup water. Let it cook on low with a lid on.
Slice the avocado and prepare your wraps. Start of with some mushed up avocado slices, taco meat and bean mixture, add the rice, the cheddar cheese and roll into a burrito.
Heat a pan with some vegan butter and once it’s melted place your burrito in the pan and let it brown on both sides to seal it.
The root chakra is the first chakra and is located at the base of the spine.
It is the root of your being and establishes the deepest
connections with your physical body, your environment and with the
The Root Chakra is the most instinctual of all chakras - it is
your survival center. Your fight and flight response is initiated from
this chakra. This is your primal, animal nature.
The energy of the Root Chakra allows us to harness courage,
resourcefulness and the will to live during trying times. It connects us
with spiritual energies of our ancestors, their challenges and their
The Root chakra carries our ancestral memories, basically everyone experiences challenges or blockages within this chakra.
War, famine, natural disasters, and any events that threaten
our basic survival, are all recorded within energies of the first
These memories are imprinted in the subtle body and are
passed down from generation to generation creating unconscious
It is our work to take responsibility for our own lives and bring to light that which is unconscious.
All of the seven chakras are important and interconnected
with each other. Usually, balancing one chakra will create change in
It is important though to balance the root chakra first,
before we proceed to others, or we will lack the stability and
rootedness necessary for true transformation and personal growth.
We cannot grow and change unless we feel safe and secure.
Root Chakra at a glance:
Sanskrit name: Muladhara - root support Element: Earth Color: Red Shape: Square Petals of the lotus: Four Seed sound: LANG Vowel sound: O Rights: To have Endocrine gland: Adrenal cortex Physical association:
The skeletal structure, teeth,large intestine, kidneys, blood Psychological function: Survival and self preservation Identity: Physical identity Developmental stage: Womb to 12 months Challenge: Fear Plane: Physical plane Planets: Saturn, Earth Deity: Brahma, Dakini, Ganesha Mythological Animal: White elephant with seven trunks Sense organ: Nose Predominant sense: Smell Incense: Cedar Herb: Sage Sephira: Malkuth Tarot suite: Pentacles
Root Chakra Affirmations
Affirmations are a great way to begin to heal negative programming that can be embedded in our subtle body.
I feel deeply rooted
I am connected to my body
I feel safe and secure
Just like a tree or a star, I have a right to be here
I stand for my values, for truth, and for justice
I have what I need
I am grounded, stable, and standing on my own two feet
I nurture my body with healthy food, clean water, exercise, relaxation, and connection with nature
I am open to possibilities
I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me to grow and transform
I trust in the goodness of life
I make choice that are healthy and good for me
I trust myself
I love life
Root Chakra Crystals to Carry
Red Carnelian — Light red to orange — Semi-precious — Historically
worn for strength and courage, red carnelian is used to cleanse and
Red Jasper — Earthy red — Semi-precious — Known as the “ring bringer” stone, red jasper is used to cleanse and balance.
Bloodstone — Dark green with red spots — Semi-precious —
Traditionally worn to promote self-esteem and repel negativity, it is
used to cleanse and balance.
Black Tourmaline — Black — Semi-precious — Used for spiritual grounding, this stone is good for cleansing and balancing.
Obsidian — Black — Organic gemstone — A stone of protection, obsidian is good for cleansing and balancing.
Cleansed and charged healing stones and gems are most effective when
they’re in close proximity to the affected chakra. Commonly, they are
worn as jewelry or placed directly over the chakra in need of healing.
There are numerous ways to incorporate healing stones into your
lifestyle and environment. For instance, you may place them around your
home and office space, carry them on your person, or even wear them as
Whenever there is a blockage in the chakra system, physical and
non-physical signs manifest. However, since the root chakra is where
energy is initially raised, any disruption in energy flow through the
chakra makes it impossible to achieve balance in the remaining six
chakras. Signs of a blocked root chakra can include:
low blood pressure
digestive and bowel problems
Traditional recommendations for root chakra healing include dietary
changes and regular exercise. But when these steps aren’t enough, you
may want to consider using the healing properties of crystals and
gemstones to restore balance. As with any approach to energy healing,
remember, it can take a while for symptoms to completely subside.
Feed the Root Chakra with:
Root vegetables like carrots, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, beets,
onions, garlic, and protein rich food like eggs, meats, beans, tofu, soy
products, peanut butter. The spices that suit it are chives, paprika
Tips To help open your Root Chakra:
When you’re feeling less than grounded stand with your feet
shoulder-width apart and relax your upper body. Let your arms rest
comfortably at your sides and allow your hips to rest slightly forward.
Breathe deeply and with each exhale feel your connection to the earth
Simply taking a shower can help cleanse and balance the root chakra.
Be aware of your physical body as you bathe, Mindful awareness is a
tremendous tool for healing the first chakra.
Everyday physical movement, from running to
completing chores around the house, is a great way to heal your root
chakra. The key is to be aware of your body and feel the sensation of
movement. Awareness is crucial to healing.
Whether you are walking out in nature or down a crowded city street,
be aware of every step you take. Concentrate on your breath and every
footfall. With every step take note of the sensation you feel each time
your foot touches the ground. Mindfulness of something as mundane as
walking can activate the root chakra and ground you to the earth.
Wearing the color red or incorporating it into the decor of your home
environment or workspace is a gentle reminder to be aware of the
primal, core energy of your root chakra. You can even take this one step
further by visualizing, or meditating on, the color red. For instance,
take a few seconds or even a few minutes to visualize a radiant, red
ball of energy at the base of your spine. See it brighten and radiate
downward as it illuminates your lower extremities and grounds you.
Dancing is a great way to open up your root
chakra. Whether you dance in public or behind closed doors, the key is
to let the rhythm guide you. Allowing the body to be free to move
uninhibited will dispel negativity, open and balance the first chakra.
Stretch and Breathing Exercises
Adopting a regular yoga routine is another great tool to open up,
heal, and balance the root chakra. Introducing simple forward bends and
standing positions can help stretch your legs, back and spine giving you
a strong foundation. To ground yourself and activate your root chakra,
try these poses to foster balance and focus:
Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Wide-Legged Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana)
I come from a Hungarian family, and we put this stuff (paprika paste) in everything. Soups, salad dressings, meatloaf, beans, meat seasoning/rub type things, and sandwiches.
I never really cared about it, but since becoming a vegetarian, I’ve realized its P O T E N T I A L
IT MAKES EVERYTHING TASTE GREAT. YOU ONLY NEED ONE PEA-SIZED SQUIRT AND EVERYTHING TASTES DELICIOUS. I MISSED SANDWICHES AFTER GIVING UP MEAT BUT NO! I EAT SANDWICHES WITH THIS STUFF, RADISHES, TOMATOES, LETTUCE, AND CARROTS AND IT’S BETTER THAN MEAT SANDWICHES! SO GOOD! I’VE EATEN FOUR TODAY!
It comes in regular and spicy!! The spicy tube has a flame on it, or it will say ’csipos’ to tell you it’s spicy! There’s also another tube that looks really similar but is orange and instead of just having paprika in it, it also has red peppers and spices and is the base for Hungarian goulash, which I have slowly started vegetarianizing for my personal enjoyment.
THE BEST PART? THE TUBES ARE ONLY LIKE $3!! I live in Canada, and I find them in Polish/Italian/other ethnicity specialty stores. They last FOREVER because you only need tiny amounts! AND (at least the red one) is both vegetarian and vegan!! Really, we’re covering all our bases!! You need to refrigerate it after you open it, but it lasts forever.
Prompt: Sebastian meets his newest neighbor and immediately finds her to be an interesting and genuine person. Before he knows it, he’s developing feelings for his much younger friend that he tries not to act on because of their age difference, only the proximity of their lives has other things in store for the couple.
Sebastian decided to stay at the coffee shop for a few more minutes after (Y/N)’s phone call, but a few minutes turned into a few hours of intensive research and pouring over the script while occasionally smiling for fans selfies as they recognized him slumped over in the corner, angrily chewing on a pen cap. Just as he was about to lose all track of time, an older, retired woman who worked as a barista full-time made her way toward the table he sat at.
“I overheard your conversation, honey,” she said while placing a gentle, maternal hand on his shoulder. “It’s five-fifteen. You don’t want to keep your wife waiting.” Sebastian’s throat constricted as he looked at the array of empty cups scattered on the table in front of him. Frantically, he checked his phone, realizing that the woman was right.
“Thank you very much for telling me,” he began while folding his notebook closed, shoved his script inside, and jammed his pen into his back pocket, “but I wasn’t talking to my wife; I’m not married,” he awkwardly explained while showing her his ringless left hand.
“Oh, well then your girlfriend,” she tried again.
“She’s not my girlfriend,” Sebastian uneasily laughed. “She lives in my building below me; she’s just my neighbor” he tried to explain.
“Well people don’t talk to one another so domestically with someone who’s ‘just their neighbor,’” the woman smirked before helping him toss the cluttered cups in the trash. Once he finished, Sebastian hurried toward his building, only a couple blocks from the coffee shop, and made his way up to his floor.
Seb Stan:Just got back
He hurried to open the door to his apartment and left it unlocked as he kicked off his shoes and took his belongings into his bedroom. He tossed his notebook on the desk beside his bed and dropped his shoes in the closet before quickly tidying up the few misplaced objects in his living room and kitchen: a few newspapers he picked up, a couple of books left lying about, and the dirty cereal bowls that he intended to wash that morning.
Cute Neighbor:Mind if I show up early?
Sebastian had just finished drying his hands from washing the dishes in the sink and a tiny smile formed in the corner of his mouth without him realizing.
Seb Stan:Fine by me :)
Cute Neighbor: Good, because I’m here
Just after he heard his phone go off, there was a knock at the door. He pulled it open and couldn’t help the soft smirk that rose to his lips as he shook his head at her. “You’re a dork,” he laughed.
“I’m the dork?” she laughed while entering his apartment for what had to be the hundredth time. “You’re asking me what one of the most self-explanatory sports on earth is,” she laughed. “Drive fast, turn left, don’t crash.”
“Thanks for the info, I guess you can leave now,” he teased while pressing himself against (Y/N), pretending to force her out of his apartment.
“Nooo,” she called out. “I walked all the way down the stairs for this, don’t make me leave.”
“Oh my, you took the stairs for me?” Sebastian huffed mockingly.
“The elevator was already on the first floor again,” she grumbled as Sebastian stepped aside and closed the door with both of them inside the apartment.
“Well,” he sighed as he walked into the kitchen, “I guess you can stay.” (Y/N) smirked as Sebastian leaned back against the kitchen counter beside his stove.
“Thanks for making that sacrifice,” she laughed while wandering toward his pantry and scouring for something to cook. “Why do you have a shit-ton of beans?”
“What do you mean ‘a shit-ton of beans?’” he asked while walking toward her. (Y/N) pulled out two massive cans of pinto chili beans and held them up to him, displaying her case. “That is not a shit-ton of beans,” he huffed. “Do you even know what a shit-ton looks like?”
“Well if you eat this many freaking beans, you’re sure to shit a ton,” she explained while setting the cans on the counter and started to rummage through his spices.
“Why do I hang out with you?” he laughed as he started to manually open the chili beans as (Y/N) gathered a huge variety of spices, some of which Sebastian hadn’t even opened yet.
“Who else would tease you about your bean collection?” she laughed while pulling ground turkey meat out of his freezer and beginning to defrost it in the microwave.
“Fucking weirdo,” he laughed while taking a step back and watching her.
“You’re the one with a bean collection, ya fucking weirdo,” she laughed, mimicking Morgan O’Mally’s voice from Good Will Hunting. “Okay, that probably made me weird,” she laughed at her attempt to draw reference to the movie.
“Just a bit,” he laughed in response. “Did you finish all of your homework?” he asked.
“Yes, Mom,” she grumbled at him, rolling her eyes the whole time. She hurried to cut up an onion and threw it and some garlic into the cauldron she had heating up o the stove.
“Sorry I care about your education,” he muttered while smirking at her from across the kitchen.
“You’re forgiven,” (Y/N) laughed and looked over her shoulder toward Sebastian. Again, the smile of admiration and gentle nod of disbelief flooded her sight. Quickly, she turned her face back to the pot of chili, hoping she could play off the blush on her face as the heat coming from the stove.
“Can I help?” Sebastian asked as he made his way closer toward her. Gently his hand traced along her back as he passed her.
“You can brown the meat,” she offered, trying to hide her now red face from him. Glad to help her, he completed his task and then added the meat to the mixture of beans, onions, garlic, tomatoes, green chillies, and spinach. (Y/N) then added the spices as Sebastian handed them to her.
“Cumin? Tumeric? Chili Powder? Cholula? Do you really use all of this?”
“Is it sitting on the counter?” she asked back sassily.
“Did I ask for sass?” he teased, a smirk on his face as he handed her the glass bottle of cumin. (Y/N) finished adding the last bit of spices and grabbed a bag of corn chips from a cupboard as Sebastian starts to dish out their dinners. “I figured we could watch a thematic movie,” he said while settling onto the couch and grabbed the remote that (Y/N) found less than a week after them meeting.
Slowly, she lowered herself beside Sebastian on the couch, feeling his hip against hers as they leaned against one another’s shoulders. Instantly, her head dropped as she saw his choice of movie. “Really, Seb,” she grumbled. “Of all the racing movies in existence you chose this one?”
“What’s wrong with Talledega Nights?” Sebastian asked with a laugh.
“You could have picked one of the eight Fast and the Furious movies, Days of Thunder, I would have even taken freaking Cars over this,” she grumbled.
“I didn’t know you were so picky, (Y/N),” Sebastian smirked while nudging her with his shoulder. (Y/N) laughed as Sebastian put his arm around her shoulder and rested his dinner between his knees.
“I’m not picky,” she groaned while scooping chili with a chip and popping it in her mouth.
“My movie just isn’t good enough for you is it?” he asked while teasing her and scraping the chili from his bowl. “This is really good, (Y/N). Thank you very much,” he added.
“You’re just trying to flatter me so I’ll give in to your stupid movie,” she grumbled. “You can look at me with those big blue eyes all you want, Sebastian, but I’m not going to say this movie isn’t shitty.”
“I wasn’t trying to do anything with my eyes,” he said with a smirk, “but since you’re looking,” he said with a sultrily teasing tone. Suddenly, (Y/N)’s heart pounded in her chest as she realized their proximity to one another. His arm rested across her shoulders, his tight muscles and tender skin grazing the back of her neck as she folded neatly into the side of his body, like two pieces of clay moulding together. Her side was pressed against his and she could feel his obliques tighten with each laugh, and she was certain Sebastian could feel the wire of her bra poking into his ribs. Part of his thigh covered hers as she slumped into the curve of the couch cushions and their legs were twisted together and propped on the coffee table in front of them. Quickly, she pulled herself up onto the cushion and sat on her feet, trying to keep herself from touching him and invading all parts of his personal space. “Is everything okay?” Sebastian quickly asked as (y/N) readjusted her position on the couch.
“Uh, yeah,” she said softly. “I thought I was going to spill,” she tried to laugh through the tension she caused and chastised herself for not being more careful. This had started out as being friends and she had intended for it to not go any further. It didn’t make sense for them to be anything besides neighbors. After all, she was hardly twenty-one and he was almost thirty-five. It wasn’t as though she had an issue with age gaps when it came to love, but she figured it would be easier for her to just be friends with Sebastian. He was more than she could handle in more than one way. She didn’t want to hold him back from anything he hasn’t accomplished and she still had a few years left in her before settling down would become a serious thought and not a ‘maybe someday’ ideology. Quietly, she continued eating until her dinner was almost gone.
“Oh, um okay,” he tried to chuckle. “We, uh…we don’t have to watch this movie if you want to,” Sebastian tried to change the conversation as he wondered what had caused (Y/N) to start acting strangely. The night had been going well and he was excited to get to be spending time with her. He was fascinated with her dry humor and sassy personality and the continual banter kept him on his toes. He liked to listen to her talk even if it was to tease him, and wasn’t quite ready for her to leave him.
“No, it’s fine,” she said as she hurriedly scraped the remainder of food left in the bowl. “I actually forgot I have a group paper due Wednesday and I have to work on my half.”
“Wait, are you leaving?” Sebastian asked, his voice faltering as (Y/N) rose to clean her dish. “(Y/N), what’s wrong?”
“Nothing’s wrong, Seb,” she said softly. “I just forgot I have some work left.”
“(Y/N),” he said in a soft, almost begging tone.
“I promise,” (Y/N) told him, turning back around and flashing him the largest smile she could muster. “I’ll see you tomorrow, okay?” Hesitant to believe her, Sebastian agreed halfheartedly.
“Okay,” he managed to say loud enough for her to hear him. Upon leaving Sebastian’s apartment, (Y/N) hurried downstairs and locked herself in her bathroom. After filling the tub with steaming water, she lowered herself in, allowing the water to float along her skin and travel up to her collarbones. Slowly, small tears of frustration trailed down her cheeks, mixing with the beads of sweat formed from the steam. Falling for Sebastian was all too easy and she knew that immense pain would come from forcing herself to deny her heart that happiness, but she would take the pain of denial over the humiliation of rejection any day, and if she continued to pursue Sebastian Stan romantically, she was sure rejection would be all she received.