5 medium bananas (frozen overnight)
1tsp bourbon vanilla
1/2tsp ground star anise
a splash almond milk
The night before prepare the bananas by cutting them to a 2cm pieces and freezing them at least overnight. In the morning defrost them for 5-7 minutes and place in the blender / food processor with the rest of the ingredients for the nice cream. Process until creamy. Move to a bowl and add your chosen toppings.
I used ROOBAR cacao bar chunks , star anise , frozen blackberries , raw cacao bean nibs , raw buckwheat groats ‘n carob syrup.
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After spending all morning paying bills and submitting resumes and other boring, excruciatingly Adult tasks, it is necessary that you reward yourself with the best dirty chai latte in town and a whole pile of new used books.
Dungeons, Dragons, and Dives: Pulled Pork and Hero’s Rest
Welcome back to the Barbarian’s Loincloth, a humble tavern in a small hill village that offers all the typical fare adventurers might eat when they stop to rest. Today’s menu is pulled pork on a bun, a garden salad, sauteed mushrooms, and the perfect beverage to wash it all down on a rainy night: Hero’s Rest. You can listen to these recipes in DD 17: The Great Mushroom War of ‘17.
½ onion (or minced onion)
other seasoning as preferred
Sweet Baby Ray’s bbq sauce
other sauces as preferred
Pull out your slow cooker for this one, folks. Season the pork shoulder and put it and the onions into your slow cooker on high for 5 hours or low for 8 hours. When it’s done, you should be able to shred the pork with a fork easily. Add your sauces - I don’t measure these out, so it’s helpful to know what taste you’re going for. I don’t like mine to be overly sweet or overly spicy, so I go with a lot of bbq sauce, a little ketchup and mustard, and for this batch, I also added a little hot sauce and a little honey chipotle bbq sauce. Mix all this together so the pork is thoroughly coated. Serve on bread or bun and enjoy!
Mexican cheese, shredded
Shred your romaine with your hands. Dice the tomato into ½ inch cubes. Add a sprinkling of cheese and a small handful of croutons, toss salad, and add the dressing you prefer. Enjoy!
Baby Bella mushrooms
Add just enough olive oil to cover the bottom of your small skillet. On low heat, brown whole mushrooms until tender - about 7 minutes. Salt and enjoy!
8 oz Hot Water
2 oz White Rum
.5 oz Irish Whisky
1 TBSP Honey
1 Spiced Black Tea Bag (I used Teavana Organic Chai)
Steep the Tea Bag in the water for 3 minutes, pull out, add the rest of the ingredients and stir in! Delicious, and it’ll warm ya from the inside!
(Note: If you don’t have access to a good spiced black tea, make your own by adding black tea leaves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves to a tea infuser, and steep it in that!)
This past new moon, I did a few witchy things that I want to share with you all.
Early in the day I got myself a snack of ground cherries from my garden. I think ground cherries are the most magical food that I grow. Aesthetically and energetically. There’s something lovely about a little paper lanterns enveloping a golden, sweet fruit.
And then all my witchy doings started because I wanted a cup of tea, so the tea that I made to drink that night was this:
Spicy Renewal Chai
1 part Organic Saigon Chai (david’s tea) or any spicy chai, (energy, motivation, circulation, forward momentum)
1 part Coco Chai Rooibus (david’s tea) or any coconut tea (sweetness, fulfillment)
1 part Slippery Elm (healing, soothing)
1 Juniper berry for each area of your life you’d like a boost or change in. (attracts good luck, to keep the changes positive)
Raw (unpasteurized) local honey to taste (sweetness, abundance, motivation)
This tea was delicious, and when you use slippery elm, or other mucilaginous herbs like marshmallow root, the tea gets this viscous texture that gives quite a luxurious mouth feel.
You can do a ritual with this recipe if you like, or just make it as a tasty beverage. Most of the time my tea rituals just include focusing on my intent when adding ingredients, visualizing pouring the moon’s energy into it as I pour the boiling water over it, and then stirring in in my own energy as I stir in the honey. If you’re using tea bags, and you use sigils, writing a sigil on the little tag of the tea bag is a great way to add an extra boost.
Herbal Refresh and Renew Tea
And then I was on a tea-formulation kick, so I made 500 ml of another, more herbal, less beveragey, tea. I feel at my most witchy when formulating herbal or medicinal teas. ** Remember not to use any medicinal herbs without talking to an herbalist or holistic practitioner first. Even ‘mundane’ herbs can have an adverse effect or drug interaction if you don’t know what you’re doing. I formulated this tea specifically for me, and have been studying herbal medicine for 2 years.**
2 parts Peppermint, fresh * (refresh the mind/body/soul, energizing)
1 part Lemon Balm, fresh (energizing, soothing)
1 part Stinging Nettle (nourishing, protection, banishing negativity)
1 part St. John’s Wort ** (attracting happiness, mood boosting)
1 Part Slippery Elm (healing, soothing)
½ Sage, fresh (cleansing negativity from your life)
½ part Rosemary, fresh (memory, work ethic, motivation)
1 Clove for each area of your life you’d like some heat/motivation, or if you need any pain relief.
1 Juniper berry for each area of your life you need some renewal in. (attracts good luck, to keep the changes positive)
I would personally use about 2tbs of this mix to 500ml of water. This will make a 2x concentrated infusion. After combining the ingredients, pour in your boiling water, visualizing pouring the new moon’s energy into it, and then make sure you put a tight lid over it to keep all the volatile oils and energies from escaping. Then set it outside somewhere it can absorb the new moon’s energy. Then in the morning, mix half tea, and half boiling water to make a warm drink and add honey if you like and enjoy!
*All the fresh herbs were harvested that night, under the new moon.
**St. John’s has /many/ drug interactions, do not use it if you’re on any other medications and without the advice of an herbalist.
I’ve also been thinking a lot about why I feel more energized and tend to notice New Moons, rather than Full Moons, recently and I think that I’ve come up with a rather solid reason. I think that if you feel the new moon’s energy more, you’re in a part of your life where letting go and starting new is important. Letting go of old habits, maybe toxic people, maybe let go of your own doubts and fears or any number of other things. And starting new projects, starting new jobs, friendships, a new mentality or outlook is what you need.
Conversely, if you feel the full moon’s energy more, I think its a time in your life when you’re on the right track and maybe you just need an energy boost. Or it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Keep going in the direction you’re headed, keep your current goals in mind and use the energy the full moon is giving you to reach them. Don’t forget to enjoy the benefits that being in the right place gives you.
So since I’ve been feeling the new moons way more than the full moons for the past few months, I figure I need to do some banishing and refreshing. I created this sigil to help with the banishing part, and decided the teas would be for the renewal part.
I Banish Everything that Keeps me from my Greatest Good
So next month, maybe keep yourself from paying too close attention to the moon phases, and instead focus on your own energy. When you feel a day of particularly strong or different energy, look at what moon phase it is and maybe that can give you a hint as to what you need in your life right now.
It’s been 2 years I’m selling tea in my place and it works very well :P
I want to sell :
1- Sun tea (japanese green with 50% more antioxydant + you absorb more the solar energy) 2- Moon tea (chinese white tea dried in the moonlight + good to remove headache + anti-inflammatory) 3- Buddha tea (chinese yellow tea helps concentration + meditation) 4- Red tea (remake liver cells, antioxidant, no cafeine) 5- Chai red tea (helps digestion +
remake liver cells, antioxidant, no cafeine) 6- Pu’erh (remove toxins in digestive system) 7- Lavender (helps headache, sleep) 8- Jasmin gree tea (helps to reduce anxiety) 9- Rose buds (helps acne) 10- Chamomille (helps periods + boost the immune system + anti-bacterial + anti-inflammatory) 11- Mint (analgesic + helps digestion + nausea + sleep) 12- Verbena (helps to reduceanxiety, depression and have digestive benefits)
I CAN MAKE BLENDS ALSO!
+ SPECIAL CHAKRA TEA :
13- The spicy red tea: Ginger (root chakra) Calendula (sacral chakra) Cinnamon (plexus chakra)
14- The flowery green tea: Rose (heart chakra) Eucalyptus (throat chakra) Jasmin (third eye chakra) Lavender (crown chakra) + (if I can find lotus i’l put it in the mix)
DRIVING WITH YOUR PERSIAN MOM / NAZANIN NOUR. rp sentence starters. change pronouns/text as needed!
1. ‘ oof, my hair. ’ 2. ‘ mom, put your seatbelt on. ’ 3. ‘ i don’t want to wear one, i don’t like it. ’ 4. ‘ it will ruin my shirt and, we don’t have iron in the car. ’ 5. ‘ what kind of thing is that? ’ 6. ‘ hold on! don’t go yet! we have to kiss the quran. ’ 7. ‘ mom, i don’t wanna kiss it. ’ 8. ‘ take it, you have to. ’ 9. ‘ you take it. ’ 10. ‘ fine just give it to me. ’ 11. ‘ one kiss, two kiss, three kiss. thank you! ’ 12. ‘ ugh, i’m so hot! ’ 13. ‘ can you turn the AC on a little bit? ’ 14. ‘ yeah, turn it higher– higher! higher, lower. lower, higher. a little higher? lower! ’ 15. ‘ no that’s too high. ’ 16. ‘ actually, turn it off– turn it off. we open window. ’ 17. ‘ you are seriously driving me crazy. ’ 18. ‘ i said don’t go over bump like that! i’m putting my lipstick on! ’ 19. ‘ be careful! ’ 20. ‘ ugh, so hot. ’ 21. ‘ look at this, i went to lord & taylor– brand new michael kors! ’ 22. ‘ top designer, brand new! ’ 23. ‘ they had twenty-five percent coupon, then they gave me ten dollar off, michael kors bag two-hundred! ’ 24. ‘ everything is in it– are you hungry? ’ 25. ‘ do you want food? ’ 26. ‘ you want water? you don’t want water? ’ 27. ‘ you want tea? ’ 28. ‘ you want water? i have water. ’ 29. ‘ you want my coffee? ’ 30. ‘ you want banana? i have banana. ’ 31. ‘ it’s in my michael kors bag. ’ 32. ‘ organic chai, since you are so healthy. ’ 33. ‘ i have red one! it’s cherry! ’ 34. ‘ you want pistachio? ’ 35. ‘ i’m not gonna get it in your car, calm down. ’ 36. ‘ i brought you koresh! ’ 37. ‘ banana, clementine, it’s good! vitamin, potassium. ’ 38. ‘ eat! ’ 39. ‘ eat the pistachio! it’s persian pistachio from iran! ’ 40. ‘ oh, you’re not proud from iran?! ’ 41. ‘ you want pistachio from california, organic. ’ 42. ‘ be careful when you drive please. ’ 43. ‘ no hormone– which is good because you have too many hormone already. ’ 44. ‘ ya-ali. ’ 45. ‘ eh! eh! slow down, stop! stop! it’s ___! ’ 46. ‘ ___! ___! hello! ’ 47. ‘ hi! how are you? how is your husband? ’ 48. ‘ how is your son? how’s ___? ’ 49. ‘ well she’s driving me somewhere, driving me crazy, i dunno– we’re never gonna get there. ’ 50. ‘ how is school? are you having graduation party? ’ 51. ‘ when is the party? ’ 52. ‘ yeah we’re gonna come! everybody gonna come! ’ 53. ‘ mom, i don’t want to go to the party. ’ 54. ‘ yes you are going to come, you are going to come. ’ 55. ‘ okay! i’ll be there. ’ 56. ‘ of course she is going to come, she’ll be so happy to come! ’ 57. ‘ okay, you look beautiful! ’ 58. ‘ tell everybody hi! ’ 59. ‘ tell everybody bye! kiss everybody! ’ 60. ‘ did you see what she was wearing? ’ 61. ‘ turn music on– can you put the music on for me please? ’ 62. ‘ i dunno– something nice, something persian. ’ 63. ‘ maybe– googoosh? can you put googoosh on the radio? why not? you can’t put googoosh? ’ 64. ‘ what about andy? what about shahram shabpareh? shahram solati? sasy mankan? ’ 65. ‘ what’s hip-hop? ’ 66. ‘ you make me want to hip-hop out of the car. ’ 67. ‘ what about a little googoosh– ’ *starts singing* 68. ‘ SLOW! Slow. ’ 69. ‘ STOP! ’ 70. ‘ put your signal on. ’
the aesthetic i’m living right now: sitting at my desk, cinnamon candle lit across from the sunflowers my sister gifted me, the rain on the roof has been a constant from the early morning, i am warm and snuggly in my rose embroidered jumper, the most gigantic mug of organic chai tea already half drunk in front of me, soft electronica playing quietly, reading a second hand book of lesbian poetry and prose, i am happy
Just got out of class after presenting my speech on the fundamentals of hip hop. It involved demonstrating the elements of hip hop. “Twas fun but I must get to some serious work after some serious procrastination. This is today’s set up with my Sugar Paper Weekly Planner, Sharpie Highlighters, Pilots, and some amazing Chai Milk Tea Boba. 💕📚
I’m not going to support the incessant debates over things between young Muslims, that’s why you all are so angry, because no one has just let something go.
Whoever you’re fighting with this about, doesn’t care about your opinion, or mine, so who cares? Move on with your life, skip in a field in slow mo, pray in nature and feel spiritual, then drink organic green chai tea while you eat your naan bread.