red zest

ARIES: To incite passion in an interest

Best performed outside under the view of Aries at a new moon.
You will need:
A small jar
A small piece of paper or bay leaf
A pen
A red ribbon
Matches/A lighter
Orange zest - Creativity
Cinnamon - Passion
Ginger - Success
Thyme - Courage
Tourmaline - Protection from negative energy
Birch leaves/twigs - Beginnings

1. On the piece of paper or bay leaf, write your interest or new hobby
2. Place your ginger, thyme, cinnamon, tourmaline and orange zest into the jar, then place the birch leaves and twigs on top.
3. Burn the paper (or bay leaf) in a heatproof container or directly over your jar, clearly stating your intent (I.e. I am free of art block, I am dedicated to learning the ukulele, I have the ability to finish writing this book) out loud, or in your mind. Repeat your intent/chant until all paper is turned to ash.
4. Sprinkle the ashes into your jar.
5. Place on your lid and tie the red ribbon around the top of your jar.
6. Keep the jar in your workspace, charging under the sun or full moon when you need a boost.

I finally wrote my first spell of twelve! It was quite a challenge, but I’m hoping it will get easier from here and any constructive criticism is more than welcome. I have to thank @eclecticfawn for reading over it and helping me to improve it, and @stardvstprince for help with cosmic witchcraft <3 I thought it was a fitting spell to start my project with. I’m hoping to get the 11 others written up by the end of tomorrow, so that I can design and bind my final spellbook by Monday. 

Red Grapefruit White Chocolate Blondies

Add some citrus to satisfy your sweet tooth! These blondies are studded with white chocolate and topped with a creamy, sweet red grapefruit frosting. 



10 minutes prep, 25 minutes baking.


½ cup unsalted butter, melted

2/3 cup light brown sugar

1 large egg

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour

½ cup white chocolate chips

1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

¼ cup unsalted butter, softened

2 cups confectioner’s sugar

2 ½ tablespoons juice from a freshly squeeze Paramount Citrus red grapefruit 
Zest of 1 Paramount Citrus red grapefruit

Pinch of salt

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with butter or cooking spray.

2. To make the blondies, add the butter and sugar to a medium-size mixing bowl. Stir until smooth, about 1 minute. Stir in the egg.

3. Add the baking powder, salt and baking soda. Stir until all ingredients are combined

4. Add the flour and stir just until a batter forms. Fold in the white chocolate chips and walnuts.

5. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the edges of the blondies are browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely.

6. For the frosting, add the butter and confectioner’s sugar to the bowl of a mixer. Mix on medium until the butter begins to combine with the sugar, about 90 seconds.

7. With mixer on medium, add the grapefruit, juice, grapefruit zest and salt. Turn the mixer to high and beat for 1 to 2 minutes, until the frosting is smooth and creamy

8. Frost the blondies, cut into 9 squares and serve.


Nauman Arfeen, Carpe Diem, Fashion Pakistan Week SS16

“The spirit to live in the moment, making the most of it. The palette of Brick red and cerulean signifies zest for life. Playing with natural fabrics such as breezy semi linens, cascading and raw silk, Nauman gives wings to fly free. While digitally printed scarves add vibrancy, camel hued bags give a touch of strength to the collection. Check prints and accessories are there to balance the look. Carpe Diem is for the one who flies solo and has the strongest wings.”