salt flakes

hey guys here’s a life tip: learn at least the very basic cooking skills and like your top 3 seasonings, you will be so amazed and proud at how gosh darn good a cook you can be. i just made a soup with literally 4 ingredients and 5 seasonings and i have cured my own depression it is so damn good i legit have never tasted a soup this good and i made it with my own two hands with zero recipe just my brain and my hands.

Crystal Safety, Revisited

There’s an awesome post going around by @prettycitywitch that discusses crystal care and toxicity. I noticed a few errors in it, just due to the source that was used, so I contacted her and got permission to rewrite it to ensure the most accurate information possible is spread around in the witchy community. I’ve gone through every crystal in her list and added a few others. 

Everything in this list has been confirmed by the Gemological Institute of America Laboratory (one of the foremost in gemological research), multiple published mineralogical sources, and/or at least two online mineralogical databases. Crystals of particular concern in each category have been bolded; the other listed crystals have a bit of wiggle room.

Crystals affected by sunlight or heat
Most crystals (including nearly all in this list) are safe to expose to sunlight temporarily - you can wear them in jewelry during the day, for example, but don’t leave them in your windowsill for weeks. In general, colorless crystals may be left in the sun indefinitely, while colored (especially pink) crystals should be stored in a place that doesn’t get direct sun all day. Heat, on the other hand, can easily affect many crystals, but usually only at high temperatures (steam or a jeweler’s torch), so I’ve only included the ones that could be damaged by relatively low temperatures.

  • Amber - may crack in heat
  • Amethyst - may fade over time; safe to expose to sun temporarily
  • Apophyllite - heat can cause flaking; sunlight is fine as long as the specimen is kept cool
  • Maxixe (dark blue beryl) - fades extremely quickly to pale brown in sunlight; color can only be restored through irradiation
  • Azurite - will fade over time with exposure to sunlight; store in a dark, cool environment
  • Celestine - fades in long exposure to sunlight
  • Chrysoprase - may fade in sunlight; restoration of color sometimes possible through prolonged storage in water
  • Fluorite - occasionally can fade in sunlight
  • Hackmanite - exhibits tenebrescence, a temporary change in color due to sun exposure; will return to original color if kept in a dark area
  • Hiddenite - unstable in sunlight and heat to a lesser degree than kunzite; however, some darker green hiddenite is much more unstable than kunzite and great care should be taken, as it can fade in a matter of minutes
  • Kunzite - will fade drastically in sunlight; indoor incandescent light can also slowly affect this stone
  • Larimar - fades over time when exposed to sunlight and heat
  • Morganite - deeper colors or more lilac hues can fade in sunlight
  • Opal - fading is minimal, but sunlight, heat, and changes in air pressure can cause internal fracturing called “crazing”
  • Pearl (& mother-of-pearl) - may lose color or turn dull in sunlight or heat
  • Sulfur - extremely heat-sensitive; crystals may fracture or burst if left in the sun or held in your hand
  • Topaz - irradiated stones may fade in direct sunlight
  • Tugtupite - exhibits tenebrescence, a temporary change in color due to sun exposure; will return to original color if kept in a dark area
  • Vanadinite - may darken and lose transparency in sunlight
  • Zircon - heat-treated stones may revert to original color over time in sunlight; avoid exposure to UV lights (tanning beds, nail salons, etc)

Water-soluble crystals
Though many crystals will eventually be worn away by water mostly due to tiny particles of other substances suspended in the water, there are very few that will dissolve in water in any significant way. Contrary to what some believe, most crystals with the suffix ‘-ite’ aren’t water-soluble; ‘-ite’ simply means ‘stone’ and is part of most mineralogical names. 

  • Anhydrite - not water-soluble, but instead will absorb water and convert to gypsum; store in a dry environment and do not submerge
  • Boji stone - not water-soluble, but may rust due to iron component
  • Calcite - somewhat soluble in slightly acidic water; neutral or slightly alkaline water is usually safe; negligible dissolution in air due to gaseous carbon dioxide
  • Celestine - very slightly soluble
  • Chalcanthite - easily soluble in water, but must be stored in a humid environment
  • Chalcopyrite - not soluble, but may rust due to iron content
  • Fluorite - very slightly soluble
  • Gypsum - somewhat soluble; solubility decreases in warmer water
  • Halite - easily dissolves in water; moisture from your skin or humidity in the air can eat away at crystals
  • Hematite - not water-soluble, but exposed rough areas may rust
  • Magnesite - slightly soluble; solubility increases with presence of salt
  • Magnetite - not water-soluble, but may rust due to iron content
  • Malachite - slightly soluble in water containing carbon dioxide
  • Marcasite - water may trigger decomposition into melanterite, which contains sulfuric acid
  • Mica (muscovite, fuchsite, lepidolite, etc) - plate or sheet-like specimens may absorb water into cleavage planes and begin to break apart; aggregated crystals are safe in water
  • Pyrite - exposure to water, including high-humidity environments, can trigger breakdown
  • Rhodochrosite - slightly soluble in water containing carbon dioxide
  • Selenite - somewhat soluble; solubility decreases in warmer water
  • Sulfur - soluble in warm water; may form sulfuric acid over time if left in a wet or humid environment
  • Ulexite - dissolves in hot water; slightly soluble in cold water

Acid-soluble crystals
A large number of crystals will dissolve in acid. Many only dissolve in strong acids, such as hydrochloric acid - I won’t list those here because it generally won’t be a concern. There is very little information on mineral solubility in weak acids, such as vinegar, so this list is incomplete. But really, why are you soaking any of your crystals in acid?

  • Amber - “young amber” is soluble in a large number of chemicals
  • Aragonite - easily soluble, even in dilute acids; effervesces
  • Atacamite - readily soluble in acids
  • Azurite - may be slightly soluble
  • Calcite - easily soluble; effervesces
  • Lapis lazuli - composed of a number of minerals, including calcite, which may be acid-soluble; acetone and other substances may remove dye
  • Magnesite - slightly soluble in acids
  • Malachite - readily soluble in acids; color may also be affected
  • Pearl (& mother-of-pearl) - soluble in acids; surface will become dull and pitted
  • Rhodochrosite - slightly soluble in warm acids; effervesces
  • Smithsonite - effervesces and dissolves in acids
  • All water-soluble crystals

Crystals affected by salt
Salt is a dehydrator, so any hydrated crystal may be damaged by it. Salt has a hardness of 2 to 2.5 and may scratch any mineral softer than this. It is safe to put non-hydrated crystals of a hardness between 2.5 and 7 in salt, but very fine scratches may occur due to impurities; don’t put cabochons or faceted stones in this hardness range in salt.

  • Apophyllite - may dehydrate in salt, resulting in flaking; usually not an issue unless combined with heat
  • Cavansite - may dehydrate
  • Chalcanthite - dehydrates easily, forming potentially dangerous powder; store in a humid environment
  • Gypsum (including selenite) - hardness of 2; may be scratched by salt; may dehydrate to anhydrite
  • Opal - will dehydrate and develop internal fractures called “crazing”; store in a wet or humid environment
  • Pearl (& mother-of-pearl) - may become dull and pitted
  • Stilbite - may dehydrate

Potentially dangerous crystals

In general, crystals are pretty safe - handling them is usually okay. Many crystals do have somewhat dangerous elements, such as aluminum-bearing garnets, but they’re “locked” in the crystal structure in a way that prevents them from harming us unless the crystal is powdered or dissolved and inhaled/ingested. The occasional garnet or moonstone gem water won’t hurt you in the slightest.

Because there’s no way for this list to be ‘complete’ - I don’t know what unusual stones you might have - I advise you to never make gem waters with or otherwise ingest

  • powdery, very fine, or fibrous crystals;
  • crystals which you have not identified;
  • metal ores;
  • metals, with the exceptions of gold, platinum, tungsten, and titanium; and
  • stones composed of a variety of minerals.

Don’t use these crystals for gem water, elixir, massage oil, etc. Don’t put these crystals in your mouth or otherwise insert them into your body.

  • Adamite - contains arsenic
  • Amazonite - generally safe, but the color is usually caused by traces of lead; don’t use flaky or powdery specimens in gem waters
  • Atacamite - contains copper
  • Aurichalcite - contains copper and zinc
  • Azurite - contains copper
  • Boji stone - composition can vary, so some stones may have dangerous components
  • Brochantite - contains copper
  • Cerussite - ore of lead; wash hands after handling; do not inhale dust
  • Chalcanthite - contains copper; wash hands after handling; do not rub eyes after handling; do not inhale; do not ingest
  • Chalcopyrite - ore of copper
  • Chrysocolla - contains copper
  • Cinnabar - ore of mercury; always wash hands after handling; do not inhale dust; never ingest in any form; do not heat; massive (aggregate) cinnabar can contain elemental mercury which is very easily absorbed by the body
  • Conichalcite - contains copper and arsenic
  • Cuprite - contains copper; do not ingest
  • Dioptase - delicate, may break or crumble into powder; contains copper
  • Eilat stone - contains copper
  • Galena - ore of lead; wash hands after handling; flaky/crumbly specimens are common, be careful not to inhale dust
  • Malachite - contains copper
  • Marcasite - decomposes to melanterite, which contains sulfuric acid; do not ingest; wash hands after handling; do not inhale
  • Mohawkite - contains copper and arsenic; may contain other toxins
  • Psilomelane - contains barium
  • Pyrite - broken-down pyrite can contain sulfuric acid; do not ingest; if pyrite appears blackish or crumbly, wash hands after handling
  • Realgar - contains arsenic; wash hands after handling; never ingest
  • Serpentine (sp. chrysotile) - safe unless fibrous; do not inhale; asbestos
  • Stibnite - very soft; contains antimony
  • Sulfur - can form sulfuric acid when in contact with moisture
  • Turquoise - usually safe unless powdery; contains copper
  • Vanadinite - contains lead; may have traces of arsenic
  • Wulfenite - ore of lead and molybdenum; do not ingest or inhale

A few final safety reminders

⚠️ Never swallow any crystals, because some otherwise safe crystals can interact with your stomach acids and produce dangerous chemicals.

⚠️ Never crush, powder, or dissolve crystals with the intention of inhaling or ingesting them - fine powders and solutions make elements more accessible to the body.

⚠️ Wash your crystals in water and gentle soap before making any gem waters, elixirs, etc. with them. Even if the crystal itself is safe, it may have been in contact with other dangerous crystals or chemicals.

⚠️ Never make gem water, elixirs, etc. with crystals that are on/in matrix (the base rock the crystals grew from). You don’t know what the matrix is composed of, and it may contain dangerous minerals or elements.

⚠️ Never burn, hold in a candle flame, or intentionally heat your crystals. Intentional heating should only be performed by a jewelry or gemstone professional in a controlled environment.
The sole exception to this is anhydrite without matrix, which may be carefully raised to 200°C (~400°F), dry heat, to dehydrate it and change any gypsum components back to anhydrite. Be aware that this process can occasionally result in fractures, breakage, or internal damage to the stone.

Keep yourself and your crystals safe, everyone! There’s no way for this list to be complete, because there are thousands of minerals out there, so please feel free to contact me if you have questions about any particular stones!

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HERB WITCH APOTHECARY

I’ve been spending the last week assembling my very first herb witch starter kit!

My friend gave me this fantastic cubbyhole box and as soon as I saw it I knew what I’d be using it for. 

This is my first attempt, so I don’t have everything I had my eye on yet, but it’s as complete as it’s going to be for the time being.

I have 54 herbs and resins in my kit, some that I purchased and others that I pilfered from my parents spice cabinet, or my own. 

- Blessed Thistle         - St. John’s Wort         -Vervain

- Mugwort                   - White Horehound     - Juniper Berries

- Lady’s Mantle           - Motherwort               - Damiana

- Red Clover               - Calendula Petals      - Gardenia Fruits

- Agrimony                  - Mullien Leaves         - Licorice Root

- Honeysuckle             - Nettle Leaf               - Dandelion Leaf

- Ground Ivy                - Buckwheat Herb      - Jamaican Dogwood

- Lavender                  - Chamomile               - Hibiscus

- Neem Powder          - Rose Petals              - Pink Himalayan Salt

- Jasmine Flowers      - Linseed                    - Fennel

- Black Salt                 - Paprika                     - Chilli Flakes

- Safflower                  - Cardamon                - Tumeric

-Cinnamon Sticks       - Thyme                      - Oregano

- Rosemary                - Parsley                     - Basil

- Mulukhiya                - Chives                      - Nutmeg

- Ground Cumin         - Ground Ginger         - Cayenne Pepper

-Ground Chia             - Dammar Resin         - Amber Resin

- Vatican Mix              - 4-Star Resin             - Frankincense 


You can probably tell which ones came from my kitchen and which ones I bought. I’m having a lot of fun reading up on elixirs, spells and teas you can make with these herbs as well as planning out my herb grimoire. If anyone has any tips for a baby herb witch send them my way please, I have so much to learn!  

How to Make Coffee - a guide by Tim Drake

*Warning: Do not drink unless you don’t mind accumulating major medical issues and probably brain damage. When drinking this coffee, use caution, and pray it does not burn through your esophagus and devour you from the inside out. Do not drink if you are younger than 15 years old, have any health problems (besides no spleen. I don’t have one and I drink this anyway so it should be fine, but if you’re a normal person with no spleen then I wouldn’t recommend this, just in case), take medication, are pregnant, have a low caffeine tolerance, are not a hardened vigilante, know Alfred and might tell him about this semi-fatal cup of coffee I drink regularly, or wish to live a long life* 

*Side effects include: Either a good caffeine boost for the day or a coma. There is no in between. 


Ingredients

• Extremely strong Death Wish coffee grounds 

• Redbull 

• Splenda 

• A few flakes of salt (to ensure you’re bitter enough to face the world) 

• Tequila 

• Three drops of hot sauce (to strengthen your pain tolerance) 

• A few caffeine tablets (for maximum caffeination) 

• Love 

Directions

• Make a pot of coffee with the grounds and Redbull instead of water 

• Pour into a large mug (for best results, invest in a giant mug that fits multiple cups of coffee to enhance the experience) 

• Take everything else and mix it all in until the coffee looks just a little poisonous (I assure you it’s not as deadly as it looks. I drink this twice a day and I turned out alright) 

• **Do not add milk (this coffee must be black as your soul)** 

• Try not to die 

Dragon’s Hoard

Originally posted by zavassilissa

Hello all!  It’s been a bit since I put out a draconic spell!  We all know how dragons are fiercely protective of what is theirs, so here is a spell to protect your personal belongings and even your personal space!

Things you will need:

  • A space to set up a grid of sorts
  • A symbolic item that represents your valuables
  • A sheet of paper with an overhead sketch of your room lay out if you are protecting your space
  • Black Lava salt or Black Ritual Salt
  • Thorns
  • red pepper flakes
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Incense (Preferably Sun or Dragons Blood but this is up to you!)

First step:

Mix together your salt, red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper focusing your energy into it in a fierce protective wave.  Place your mixture in the window on the night of the new moon to charge it up with it’s banishing and protective energy. Place your thorns here too to charge them up as well! Light your incense next to it (although half of the incense will suffice - if you can’t burn incense, leave your mixture in the window for an extra night to get an extra boost in energy).

If you are protecting your valuables and personal belongings

Grab one or two things to be a symbolic representation.  Like maybe a few gemstones or some jewelry.  Preferably smaller things because otherwise you will have a mess to clean up later.  Pour a circle of your salt and spice mixture around your chosen items, focusing on that strong protective energy encompassing your personal belongings.  Next arrange your thorns, points facing away from your items all around it.  

If you are protecting your personal space

Draw out on a sheet of paper the lay out of your room (or full house/apartment).  After that is done, lay your thorns on the outer most corners of your space, pointing outwards.  Then draw a line between them with the salt and spice mixture.  Focus on it encompassing your entire space in a protective barrier and anyone who dares cross will be ravaged.

The final steps

Light your incense again (this would make it better to use half of your incense on the first step and then the other half here).  Focus on it consecrating and “locking” your protection spell into place.  After your incense has finished burning, here comes the waiting part.  You need to let these things sit for a few days to really “sink in”.  Three days is ideal.  After your wait is up, you may clean up your spice and salt.  I would throw it out at this point since most of the energy you charged it with will be gone at this point.  However, if you really want to you can recycle it and recharge it.  But all and all you are finished!  You will have to recast this spell as time wears on because its effects can fade.

Safe Travels

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Protection spell bottles I made because I’ve been feeling like something outside is trying to get into my household. I think also its been watching us outside too, my mom and sister say that they also feel off and my nephew will randomly point in directions and scream “OH NO!” Or just start freaking out in general.

They’re small but if anyone has any idea how to make them stronger please let me know.

Ingredients:

Sea salt
Crushed chillie flakes
Black pepper
Cinnamon
Chilli powder

While making, chant

“Protection for the windows, and for the doors. No evil may enter, so bother no more.”

Cork the bottles, and lock with wax. Place at the doors, or any place that can be used to get into your home.

"Igniter" Curse

A curse inspired by Butcher Babies’ “Igniter”, a spell for someone who can’t keep your name out of their mouth and likes to lie and rumor monger.

Now it rips me it fucks me it tears me apart
Just one push and I will ignite
This coiled up anger on you
So be my guest
Stand down, it’s my game and I say you’ll burn out
Your time is on loan
Silence your bullshit, your voice I despise
Don’t say another word, you hemorrhage lies

📌Gather: construction paper, black salt, red pepper flakes, chili powder, a burnt match, crushed glass, a pushpin, red or orange crayon, taglock

📌Perform on the waning moon if possible. I also recommend playing the song while you do this, but it’s not necessary.

📌Make a poppet using the construction paper, making sure to draw a face and mouth. Draw flames on the poppet with the crayon, pouring all your anger into the drawing, and then put the other ingredients inside the poppet. 

📌Put the taglock in last, or, if you don’t have a taglock, write their name on a piece of paper and burn it, imagining that their foul words turn to ash in their mouths. Put the ashes into the poppet.

📌Close it up and stab the poppet in the mouth with the pushpin, saying “Speak ill of me no more, all your lies are needles and ash, to be kept behind your teeth”.

Bury the poppet, or store it in a dark spot. Cleanse yourself thoroughly afterwards and maybe have a nice little treat for yourself.

Foodie Friday: Garlic Rosemary Chicken

Ingredients:
- Skinless, boneless chicken breasts
-Rosemary
-Black Salt (the edible kind, not the witchy kind)
-Pepper
-Garlic, crushed
-White Wine
-Lemons
-Olive Oil

1) If you have the flaked black salt, gently crush it into workable pieces. If you’re using dried rosemary instead of fresh, grind it with the salt in a mortar and pestle (or food processor - I prefer working it by hand so I can have more control over the consistency). Preheat your oven to 450 degrees (Fahrenheit).

2) In a baking dish, combine olive oil, rosemary, salt, pepper, garlic, and zest from the lemon*. Place your chicken breasts into the dish and coat them with the oil blend. Slice up your lemon and give it a nice squeeze over the dish, then add the slices to the pan.

3) Place your chicken into the oven to roast until done - the internal temperature of the chicken should be at 165 degrees (Fahrenheit). About halfway through roasting, add a splash of white wine to the pan (both for flavor and to help keep the chicken moist).

4) Serve, garnished with a sprig of fresh rosemary and a slice or two of grilled lemon. Excellent with rice!

*Tip: If you want to ensure plenty of flavor in your chicken, it’s best to make the oil blend ahead of time. In a jar or other container, add fresh rosemary, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon zest, and a slice of lemon. Cover this with olive oil and allow it to rest. By infusing the oil in this way, you’re guaranteeing a flavorful chicken!

Magical Ingredient!

It sometimes amazes me how sometimes a single, seemingly simple plant can do so much for us both magically and practically. And sometimes, these very same plants are used as much for decoration as they are used for medicine, food, and magic! It’s difficult to see anything to dislike about rosemary, and many witches are agreed that rosemary is one of those “necessity herbs” - that is to say that if there had to be any kind of herb in the cabinet, it should be rosemary.

This hardy shrub has been used for medicine and food for about as long as humanity has lived in the Mediterranean and Asia, and has been cultivated worldwide because of its survivability. It is fairly resistant to cool climates, and thrives in areas with milder climates. Various cultivars have been developed, either to increase flavor and leaf size, to increase flower production, or to allow it to grow as ground cover.

Its medicinal properties are varied. As a tea, rosemary is excellent for providing relief for mild headaches and congestion. As such, this herb is a great cold and flu remedy. When made into a tincture, rosemary can help with migraines and can help regulate menstrual cycles. The tincture can also be used to help with heavy blood flow during menstrual cycles and can be used to help alleviate the symptoms of menopause.

The Greeks and Romans made use of rosemary for helping to improve memory, as well - wearing a sprig of fresh rosemary or sleeping with it under a pillow is said to help a student retain more information. This tradition continues today, so much so that rosemary oils are bought en masse by students during exam season.

In food, rosemary has many uses, but is typically used to flavor stuffings and meats, while also imparting a strong aroma. The flowers are also edible, and sometimes used both as a garnish and cooked. 

Because of its characteristic scent, rosemary is also frequently used in cosmetic products and incense, as well as cleaning products, further enforcing its versatility!

Traditionally, rosemary is worn in remembrance for fallen warriors and soldiers, giving it an association with both memory and death. This goes back into the past as well, with sprigs of rosemary added to a casket before burial to protect a deceased loved one in the afterlife and to protect the grave site.

Rosemary has a strong association with protection, and is used in incense much like sage for smoke cleansing and purification. Its shape naturally lends itself well to making brooms and besoms, adding an extra punch to cleansing spells involving those brooms. On top of all of that, it has been used to assist in exorcisms! Because of these associations, rosemary can be used as a substitute for frankincense!

During the middle ages, rosemary was used as a love charm, worn by all attendees to a wedding. For bride, it was also a fertility charm.

For sympathetic magic, rosemary can be added to poppets, bags, and jars for fertility, love, luck, lust, protection, cleansing, money, so on and so forth. Taking dried, powdered rosemary and using it to feed these spells is particularly helpful, and is fairly easy to come by.

All of these same associations can be used in the kitchen for tinctures, oils, and foods. For new witches, rosemary is not only potent, but also very easy to enchant as it takes up intention very well!

The list goes on and on. In short, rosemary is exceptional for nearly any spell and purpose. Whether experienced or new to witchcraft, spend some time with rosemary and see what kinds of benefits it can bring to you! It is certainly an herb perfect for witches of all paths!

May all your meals be blessed! )O(

Bonus Recipe: Yellow Curry

These images are from one of the first quests you’ll receive in the game during the Spring. I’ve been playing through the game again to try and snag screenshots.
Difficulty: Easy, 1 hour (shorter if you have yellow curry paste). Serves 3.

-2 tablespoons oil
-2 chicken breasts, thawed and cut into small chunks
-½ cup bamboo shoots
-½ bell pepper, cut into pieces
-½ small zucchini, cut into slices and then halved
-½ a head of cauliflower florets 
-½ cup coconut milk
-¾ cup water
-2 teaspoons fish sauce
-1 tablespoon sugar
-¾ cup of rice
-3 tablespoons yellow curry paste*

*If you don’t have any, you can make some:
-4 cloves garlic, chopped
-¼ onion, chopped
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-1 tablespoon lemon juice
-2 tablespoons of turmeric, curry powder, crushed pepper flakes, and salt
-2 teaspoons of ground coriander and mint
-3 tablespoons grated ginger

If you’re making the paste, start by placing the chopped garlic and onion into a small, tin-foil lined dish. Drizzle with the olive oil and bake at 375°F for 25 minutes.

After the garlic and onion has cooled, place them in a food processor with the ginger and lemon juice. Blend until fine. In a bowl, combine the garlic mixture with the rest of the ingredients listed and stir until well combined. 

In a small saucepan, combine the ¾ cup of rice with 1 and a half cups of water. Bring to a boil, and then place the lid on the saucepan and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes.

In a large saucepan, pour in the oil and add the curry paste. Cook over medium heat until you can start to smell the flavours well, then add the chicken, cauliflower, zucchini, bell pepper, and bamboo shoots. Stir to distribute the curry paste over the meat and vegetables. Cook for a few minutes. 

Stir in the coconut milk and water, and then place the lid on and continue to cook over medium heat until the chicken is fully cooked and the vegetables are soft. Depending on the size of the pieces, this can take up to 25 minutes or more. Once finished, add in the fish sauce and sugar, and stir well to combine before serving over rice. 

This recipe has appealing colours and rich flavours. It’s not too spicy for those with sensitive tastebuds so you can add more spice to your liking if you wish. This recipe can be made vegan by excluding the fish sauce and chicken.

-SVR

Tofu Cream Cheese w/ Summer Veggie Hash: My challenge this week was no eggs! I always have them! It’s almost that time of year where the bounty of summer is fast approaching. This hash offers a variety of micronutrients and beautiful colors while still providing the mouthfeel you’d enjoy from the more traditionally used potato. Tofurky is also utilized here to pack it with protein and spicy flavors!

The tofu cream cheese is not really designed to fool anyone, but rather be a delicious spread that can very much stand as a pleasing option to bagel and toast lovers who have to skip the dairy. If I were being super legit I would have probably wanted to add nutritional yeast, and I probably will try it at some point–but, I’m very pleased with the initial results! 

Green Onion & Garlic Tofu Cream Cheese

  • 14-16 oz of firm tofu
  • ⅓-½ cup plant-based milk
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • salt, to taste
  • 1-3 small cloves garlic (depending on how garlic-y you like it; I like vampire immunity)
  • 3-4 green onion sprigs, greens only
  • Optional: If you would like an undeniably cheesy flavor, try 1-2 TBSP of nutritional yeast

Directions: Roughly chop the green onions and garlic. Combine the tofu (drained and pressed), lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, salt, garlic, and green onions into a food processor and run on high until it is snowy and fluffy. Run on high again and slowly feed your milk substitute through the feeder until you have a smooth and whipped texture. You may not need all of it. Ideally, you should allow it to refrigerate before serving. 

Summer Veggie Hash

  • 1 package Tofurky Italian Sausages, cut into coins
  • 1-2 TBSP oil of choice (preferably one with a high smoke point)
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 medium summer squash, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 oz white mushrooms, diced
  • ½ large yellow onion, diced
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flake
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 oz dry sherry
  • 1 TBSP white wine

Directions: Prepare all vegetables. In a large frying pan, heat up oil on high heat and sear the coined sausages for 2-3 minutes. Remove temporarily onto a plate, and add all of the vegetables. Toss and stir until al dente. Add the salt, pepper, red chili flake, and the Italian seasoning. Stir to coat and warm up spices. Hit it with the sherry, add back the sausages, and finish it off with a dash of the vinegar. Allow to cook off until vegetables are desired texture.

One-Pot Pasta Primavera by Tasty

Servings: 4

Ingredients

4 cups broth of your choice
10 oz uncooked linguine
10 oz broccoli florets
1 pound asparagus, chopped into 1-inch pieces
1 small onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp red pepper flakes
Salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp olive oil
4 oz mushrooms, sliced
¼ cup heavy whipping cream
½ cup grated parmesan
3 Tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped

Preparation

1. In a pot over high heat, combine broth, linguine, broccoli, asparagus, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Stir.
2. Add the mushrooms and bring to a boil.
3. Once at a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook the pasta for 10 minutes, continuously tossing with tongs.
4. Add the heavy cream, parmesan, and parsley, and toss for an additional 3 minutes.
5. If the liquid hasn’t been completely absorbed, let the pasta sit off the heat for an additional few minutes.
6. Enjoy!

Witchy Supplies on Amazon Masterpost

Amazon is a really great place to buy things in bulk or get items you could otherwise not really acquire, sometimes directly from witchy sellers! I shop from there all the time. These are some things I recommend:

(These are prices and items current at the date of my posting. I will update later if needed. Also, if you like this, please let me know, I’m thinking about starting a website/store for these and more items.)

Books

Wicca For One: The Path Of Solitary Witchcraft - $10.55

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner - $14.95 $10.03

Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner - $10.33

The Inner Temple of Witchcraft: Magick, Meditation and Psychic Development - $14.18

Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft - $13.09

Practical Candleburning Rituals: Spells and Rituals for Every Purpose - $12.03

Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic - $10.57

Earth, Air, Fire & Water: More Techniques of Natural Magic - $11.60

Grimoire for the Green Witch: A Complete Book of Shadows - $12.75

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs - $10.13

The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews - $13.62

Earth, Air, Fire & Water: More Techniques of Natural Magic  - $11.60

A Witches’ Bible: The Complete Witches’ Handbook - $21.41

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health — Beauty — a Safe Home Environment - $21.95 $14.92 

Indoor Gardening: 15 Steps to Design a Successful Indoor Garden + 20 Easiest Indoor Plants You Can Grow  - $8.95

Candles & Candle Making

Search for Various Sets of Colored Chime Candles - Varying Prices

(4) Sets of 10 Spell Candles (40 Candles) & (1) White Ceramic Mini Candle Holder $28.00 $13.64

Mini 4" Chime Spell Candle Magick Set: 20 Candles - 10 Assorted Colors! - $6.85

Star Chime Holder - Blue Color - $2.79

Blue Ceramic Starry Chime Candle Holder - $7.25

White Chime Holder - $5.50

Zodiac Chime candle holder - $10.99 $8.59

Reversible Glass Candleholder - For Chime and Taper Candles - $3.50

Mini Candle Holder Pentacle Black - $4.35

Brass Chamberstick for ½" Chime Candles - $8.95

Candle Making Beginner Kit - $22.98

The Candlemaker’s Store Natural Soy 444 Wax, 10 lb. Bag - $29.99 $17.95

CandleScience 50 Piece Natural Candle Wick, Large - $9.79

Candle Crafting Candle Dye - $7.56

Jars

50 Mini Glass Vials w/ Cork - $10.99 $7.96

12 Spice Jars w/ Label Set - $19.99 $14.99

Set of 24 Glass Spice Jars - $33

4 8 oz Ball Jelly Jars - $9.99 $9.55

12 Ball Jar Mouth Pint Jars w/ Lids and Bands - $10.99 $6.79

6 Purple 100th Anniversary Vintage Ball Jars - Pint - $12.99 $9.60 (they have blue and green, too!)

12 1 ml Amber Glass Vials w. Orifice Reducer and Black Plastic Cap - $4.86

Amber Glass Bottle with Roll On Applicator and Black Cap - 10 ml - Package of 6 - $7.99 $6.50

1 oz Amber Boston Round Glass Bottle with Fine Mist sprayer 6/bx - $5.93

1oz Amber Glass Bottles for Essential Oils (4 Pack) - Mini Boston Round Bottles With Lids - Black Plastic With Phenolic Lid Top Cap - $19.99 $6.02

Premium Spray Bottle 500ml - $3.87

Essential Oils & Diffusers

Calily™ Premium Aromatherapy Essential Oil Basic Starters Gift Set - 100% Pure (6) - $79.95 $17.95 

First Aid Essential Oil Set of 6 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Kit  $40.99 $19.99

Relax & Rejuvenate Set of 6 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Kit - $40.99 $19.99

Silky Skin Set of 6 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Kit - $40.95 $19.99

Love & Passion Set of 6 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Kit - $40.95 $19.99

Best of the Best 28 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Set - $229.99 $99.99

Wooden Essential Oil Box - Holds 25 (5-15 ml) Essential Oil Bottles -  $29.99 $19.95

Heart Necklace Aromatherapy Diffuser w/ 4 Essential Oils - $40 $20.99

Celtic Cross Ball Necklace Aromatherapy Diffuser w/ 4 Essential Oils - $40 $20.99 (Bronze & Silver Colors)

Hollyson Electric Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser and Cool Mist Humidifier - $49.99 $19.99

Folk Art Porcelain Teaqr Drop Oil Warmer - $5.77

Herbs

Search - Bulk Herbs - Varying Prices

Indoor Culinary Herb Garden Starter Kit - $39.95 $34.95

Deluxe Wicca Starter Kit - $101.99 (This includes 75 herbs plus lots of other supplies!)

Wicca or Hoodoo Herb Spell Kit - 30 Witchcraft Herbs + Magickal Herbs eBook - $33.99

Wicca or Hoodoo Herb Spell Kit - 92 Witchcraft Herbs + Magickal Herbs eBook - $83.99

Incense

White Sage Smudge Stick 3-Pack - $10.99 $7.00 (comes in various quantities)

Charcoal for Incense: Pack of 10 Rounds (33mm) - $10.00 $1.99

Mixed Assortment of 100 Indian Incense Cones: 10 Different Scents! - $9.95

Wooden Pentacle Incense Cone and Incense Stick Burner, 5" - $6.49

Celtic Cone Incense Burner - $5.79

Set of 12 Nag Champa Sunrise Sandalwood Midnight Patchouli Celestial Fortune Blessings Romance Super Hit Jasmine Blossom Rain Forest By Satya - $16.99

Set of 6 x 15g Boxes Incense Nag Champa Sunrise Sandalwood Midnight Patchouli Celestial - $9.36

Gift Set of 6 Nag Champa Sandalwood Patchouli Rose Lavender and White Sage Incense Kit(incense Holder Included) - $9.99 $8.99

Tibetan Incense Burner - $12.79 $5.75

Wooden Coffin Incense Burner - Black Sun and Moon 12" - Brass Inlays - Storage Compartment - $10.00 $7.95

Incense Burner ~ Traditional Incense Holder with Inlaid Design ~ Approx 10 Inches, Variety of Designs  - $10.00 $3.90

Gems/Minerals

Search - Wiccan Gemstones - Varying Prices

2 Pounds Brazilian Tumbled Polished Natural Stones Assorted Mix - Medium Size - 1" to 1.5" Avg. - $31.95 $15.99

Break Your Own Geodes - Set of 12 - $19.95 $11.53

Other Supplies

Rosewater - 8 oz - $8.79 $8.50

Sea Salt Flakes, 8.5 oz box - $6.70

Food Grade Himalayan Crystal Salt - Dark Pink - (Coarse) - 1 Kilo - $8.95

Morton Iodized Salt, 26 oz - $6.34

Natural Sources Sea Water, 32 Ounces - $12.11

Graveyard Dirt - 1 oz - $4.60

We had an eggplant and it needed to be cooked. I was also in the mood to try something different-Welcome the birth of the Eggplant Lasagna Tower.

Ingredients:
*1 Eggplant, Peeled and Sliced about ¼ inch thick
*4 eggs Beat
*Grated Parmesan Cheese
*2 Tablespoons each of Oregano, Onion Powder, Salt, Red Pepper Flakes, Italian Seasonings, Adobo Light, and Black Pepper
*Trader Joes Rustico Sauce, or other low carb Marinara
*2 Tablespoons Butter
*½ Cup Heavy Cream
*3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
*2 Cups Half and Half
*1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella

Instructions:
*Preheat Oven to 375F.
*In a bowl place the beaten eggs. In another bowl add the parmesan and all spices.
*Take an eggplant slice and cover with the parmesan cheese, then dip it in the eggs, then back in the parmesan cheese.
*Place that slice on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper.
*Repeat for all the slices.
*Bake the eggplant for 20 minutes, if needed flip halfway through.
*While the eggplant is cooking make the cheese sauce.
*In a large saucepan on med-high heat, place 2 tablespoons butter and minced garlic and melt.
*Add In half and half and heavy cream and bring to a soft boil.
*Add In Mozzarella cheese, lower to medium-high heat and stir constantly. Once the cheese is melted turn to medium heat and let it simmer, stirring every few minutes.
*While the cheese sauce is simmering heat up the tomato sauce.
*Once the eggplant is done take a large slice and place it on a plate. Add a spoonful of marinara, and then a spoonful of cheese sauce. Repeat for how high you want it. End with some more marinara and cheese sauce on top.
*Repeat for how ever many towers you need.
*Enjoy!

Kevin really enjoyed this recipe and I enjoyed that it was lower in carbs. Please be aware that Eggplant isn’t completely low carb, just lowER carb, so I made my tower smaller with the smaller pieces.

Thanks for reading and please send me photos of your tower pictures!

XOXO
erinariele

anonymous asked:

hello, hello, helloooooo!! i'm a witch who's starting out, and i'm unfortunately rather,,, unfortunate?? haha, i'm pretty poor!!! but, but, but!!! i'd like to know what kind of cheap witchcraft things you'd recommend to a beginner!!! thank you, ms. death-witch-envy!!!!

Hell yeah! No worries there!! Most of us can’t afford to spend loads of money on things. I’m sure many people have different recommendations, but here are mine that I can think of at the moment:

  • paper, for writing spells, sigils, and runes
  • COLORED paper for boosted intent
  • pen, for above. color corresponds to intent
  • matches/lighter. Burning things, even paper, has powerful magical properties.
  • birthday candles can be a good substitute for those fancy giant candles.
  • common household spices with magical properties: salt, pepper, cinnamon, chili flakes, basil, thyme, rosemary, onion, garlic, ginger, mint, bay
  • common household foods with magical properties: any fruit or vegetable, bread, cheese, meat, any food, honestly anything for reals
  • household liquids to consider: coffee, tea, water (easy-made moon water), honey
  • learn what plants are outside your house and use them.
  • dead leaves can be used for moving on spells, endings, and curses.
  • ask of burnt paper or incense can be saved for resurrection or moving on spells
  • paper clips. Easy access to steel wire, which gives you mainly iron. Nails can also work for this.
  • use old pill bottles as spell bottles.
  • you can buy cheap jars/spell bags at the dollar store.
  • buy herb plants instead of bags of the herbs; they’ll clean the energy in you home and last longer. Lavender, rosemary, basil, thyme, mint, jasmine and marigold are good outdoor plants to buy.
  • salt + pepper = black salt. Black salt + dead leaf + bowl = an easy spell to soak up negativity in a space. Get rid of the leaf afterwards.
  • use your mirrors for spells
  • lotions and body washes can help cleansing spells
  • I recommend investing in a fire-proof bowl if you don’t already have one. You’re gonna need it.
  • Save your eggshells and grind them up. Easy protective powder.
  • Save wax drippings to make more candles.

I feel like I’m missing some things but that should work for now. Hope this helps! ( ´ ∀ ` )

Foodie Friday: Marinara Sauce

Serves: About 4
Ingredients:
- 8 large roma tomatoes, washed, then roughly chopped (save the tomato juice!)
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 7 garlic cloves, peeled and slivered
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 large sprig basil
- 1 cup water
- Pinch (or more) oregano

1) In large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. When hot, add the garlic. (A large skillet or saucepan is recommended; in the picture, I have it in a pot after I had finished making it, so that it could stay warm while I prepared eggplant for eggplant parmesan.)

2) When the garlic begins to sizzle (but before it begins to brown) add tomatoes with juice and water. Add oregano, salt, and pepper flakes. Stir.

3) Place the basil sprig on top of the sauce and allow it to wilt. Then submerge it and allow the sauce to simmer until thickened and the oil on the surface is orange (about 15 minutes; stir and taste occasionally, and adjust salt and oregano as desired).

4) Remove the basil sprig and serve warm! (Alternatively, remove the sprig and replace it with basil chiffonade.)

*Chef’s Note: When I make this at home, especially if I’m planning on using it for chicken or eggplant parmesan, I use an immersion blender to quickly smooth out the sauce - keep it chunky, but if the tomatoes are still particularly big after cooking, definitely do this to cut them down to size!

Magical Ingredient!

Among the cuisines I was raised on, Italian has got to be one of my favorites. It is beautiful in that it is simple, and lets the ingredients shine. But at the same time, there’s plenty of technique and a broad range of ingredients which helps keep Italian cooking alive as a standard in the culinary world. I grew up eating various pastas, lasagna, a range of meat dishes, and more in Italian style - some days, each meal would be from a different cuisine! (Mom has a bit of fun playing with Italian, German, and Irish cooking methods and styles).

When we go to the store in search of making a quick pasta or something of the sort, we often reach for that jar of ready-made marinara sauce. And while delicious, they’re still not as wonderful as garden-fresh or homemade sauce. Tomatoes, garlic, and red pepper shine in this recipe, but what makes it so amazing in my eyes is the fresh basil - something that you don’t really get with jarred sauce.

These wonderful herbs are flavorful, aromatic, and are easy to grow at home (when I was still living with my parents, my ‘baby’ was a potted basil plant that I grew from seed - and we cooked with it anytime the leaves got large enough to safely harvest without killing it). It’s easy to see why they’re a staple of kitchen gardens!

But basil is more than just a cute little plant that we use to season or garnish our food! In magic, it has garnered quite the reputation for being a useful and easy herb for spells related to money, love, and protection. Its properties are potent enough that historically, this plant is somewhat polarized - believed to be both a bane and lure to negativity.

Some traditions, such as Eastern Orthodox Catholicism and Hinduism, hold basil to a sacred degree - in Orthodox Catholicism, it is used to prepare and sprinkle holy water, while in Hinduism, it is considered sacred to the goddess Tulsi. Meanwhile, in western European folklore, basil was used to ward off harmful magic or presented as a token of affection.

In Ancient Greece, however, basil was praised as anathema to snake bites and venom. It was connected, at least by name, to the basilisk, but more so to venomous serpents which often were believed to be related to hate and malice. As such, it was believed that the most potent basil could only be grown when the seeds were sown on soil that has been cursed or insulted.

In money magic, the large leaves of basil can often be associated with paper money, making it ideal for working prosperity spells. Meanwhile, in some regions of Central America and Mexico, basil is grown near the front windows of shops in order to invite fortune.

When adding basil to food, it can be used for money and prosperity spells, but also can be incorporated into romantic foods for love spells. On its own, it can also serve as a magical food - the leaves can be deep fried, or the flower buds cooked and served. It is one of those herbs which is best if used fresh, as the flavor can easily deteriorate, but that doesn’t mean that dried basil doesn’t have any use!

Consider incorporating dried basil into money powders, bags, or sachets. Add a pinch of basil to love spells or incense. Grow basil in the yard to invite fortune, love, and to ward off harmful magic! Like rosemary, basil is easily one of the more versatile and useful herbs in the kitchen witch’s arsenal!

May all your meals be blessed! )O(