Dairy and Gluten Free Chocolate Crispy Squares

These dairy and gluten free chocolate crispy squares are suitable for vegetarians and vegans and make a delicious treat at any time. the mini marshmallows melt easier but if you have trouble finding these, normal marshmallows can be cut into small pieces using scissors.

To vary the recipe different types of chocolate could be used including those that contain nuts or dried fruits, These dairy and gluten free chocolate crispy squares are great made using a milk dark chocolate.

Dairy and Gluten Free Chocolate Crispy Squares (Vegan/Vegetarian)


Crispy Cakes

3 cups of rice crispy cereal
5oz (140g) mini marshmallows
¼ cup dairy free spread
½ cup dairy free chocolate or chocolate nut spread
Chocolate Topping

1 cup dairy free chocolate or chocolate nut spread
1 ½ cups dark chocolate (or dairy free milk chocolate)

  1. Measure out the cereal into a bowl ready to use. Line a 15cm baking dish or pan with greaseproof paper or clingflim.
  2. Place the mini marshmallows and butter into a pan and heat gently. Keep the heat low so that they do not burn and stir often until almost completely melted.
  3. Keep the heat turned down low and add the chocolate spread to the marshmallow and butter mix. Stir well to combine.
  4. Stir in the crispy cereal and mix well so that they are all coated with the chocolate marshmallow mixture. At first it may seem like there isn’t enough but as you continue to stir it will cover the cereal fine.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared dish and allow to cool slightly. Press the mix down to firm up the crispy cakes.
  6. Put the chocolate topping ingredients into a pan and heat gently, stirring until melted and smooth.
  7. Pour the topping over the crispy cakes and spread with the back of a spoon. Allow to harden before cutting into pieces with a sharp knife to serve.


Super Easy Homemade Dairy and Gluten Free Chocolate Nut Spread

300g dark chocolate (or other dairy free chocolate)
454g jar of peanut butter

You will also need a lidded container large enough to hold approximately twice the amount of peanut butter.

  1. Empty the peanut butter into a large bowl.
  2. Break up the chocolate into small pieces and melt it, either slowly in a microwave or in a suitable dish over a pan of boiling water. Stir the chocolate every so often.
  3. Once the chocolate is melted and smooth pour it onto the peanut butter. Begin stirring the mixture straight away to combine the two.
  4. The spread can be used straight away but can sometimes be a little soft and even runny. Do not    worry about this as it will return to a soft peanut butter like texture.
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Seven Egyptian Deity.

The ancient Egyptians had many gods and goddesses and many are associated with aspects of nature or natural phenomenon. It was believed that they were capable of influencing events on Earth as well as the lives of humans. The Egyptians built many temples dedicated to the gods and goddesses and had an intricate series of myths telling many stories of the deity. Many where depicted as having the body of a human and the head of an animal.

Some Egyptian gods and goddesses include:

Amun – God of air and his consort was Ament. Later, during the twelfth dynasty he was adopted as the King of the gods and Mut was his consort. They had one child who was known as Khonsu, the moon god. Amun was associated with a number of animals including a goose, ram, crocodile and ape. The earliest known temple dedicated to Amun was found in Thebes and is believed to have been built during the 11th dynasty.

Amun was thought to represent completely holiness and it was believed that it was the invisible force of air that allowed his growth into this supreme form. Ancient Egyptians believed that he was self-created and was able to regenerate himself by becoming a snake and shedding his skin.


Ammut – Ammut was a creature that lived in the hall of Ma’at awaiting the judgement of those who had died. If a soul was found to be unworthy of passing into the afterlife it would be devoured by Ammut. This decision was made by weighting the heart of the deceased against the feather of Ma’at. If the heart was heavier than the feather the ancient Egyptians believed that this meant it was heavy with sin, impurities and wickedness.

The goddess Ammut was depicted as having the head of a crocodile, the fore body of a lion and the hindquarters of a hippopotamus. She can be thought of as the personification of divine retribution and a force for order. Although she was never worshiped as such, her image is believed to ward off evil and a reminder that all should live by the principles of Ma’at.


Anubis – A jackal headed god that assisted in the journey into the afterlife. He was also believed to be the inventor of embalming, a process he created in order to preserve the body of Osiris in the hope that he may live again. Early in Egyptian history he was the god of the dead and underworld. Later he oversaw the embalming of bodies, received the mummy into the tomb, and performed the Opening of the Mouth ceremony and the Soul in the Field of Celestial Offerings. Anubis also monitored the scales of truth to ensure that each soul was treated fairly and protected from deception.

Anubis was depicted mainly as a man with a jackals head or as a black jackal. His fur was black rather than the brown of actual jackals because the colour black was closely associated with fertility, rebirth and the afterlife. He is the patron of lost souls and funeral rites.


Isis – Isis is the goddess of magic and healing and patroness of women and children. In the book of the Dead she is regarded as the giver of life and food to the dead. She was famous for her magic skills and created the first cobra.

Isis is thought of as a loving wife and mother and incredibly pure. She was a wise goddess who used her powers to change the world and to teach the people of Egypt how to cure illness. Isis was kind to all and was a friend even to those seen as lower class in ancient Egypt such as the slaves, sinners and the poor.


Ma’at – The goddess of truth, law and justice. She was also associated with harmony, morality, balance and order. Egyptian myth tells the story of how Ma’at brought harmony and order when the universe was first created. Ma’at became the concept of truth and harmony and was part of ancient Egyptian laws. The principle of Ma’at was used in order to judge if a person was worthy of passing into the afterlife or not. The deceased heart was weighed against the feather of Ma’at (truth) and must be lighter in order to avoid eternal death and pass into the afterlife.

As a personified goddess Ma’at regulated the stars, season and the actions of humans and deity within the universe. Under her watchful eye order was preserved and the universe was prevented from returning to a state of chaos.

Eygpt at the British Museum

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Common Herbs and Spices and Their Magical Uses.

Magic does not have to be complicated or require expensive items and supplies in order to be successful. Many of the herbs and spices people keep at home for cooking can also be used as magical herbs and spices. As well as being delicious in cooking these herbs and spices also have many magical properties that can be tapped into and used in a great number of ways.

Magical Herbs and Spices

Common Herbs and Spices and their Magically Uses

Allspice – money and attracting good luck

Anise – Protection and purification

Basil – Attracting wealth and good luck

Bay – Protection, healing, purification and strength

Caraway – Health, protection and mental powers

Cardamon – Lust and love

Chilli pepper – Encouraging fidelity, hex breaking and love

Chives – Protection

Cinnamon – Prosperity, spirituality, healing and happiness

Cloves – Protection, love, stops gossip and money

Coriander – Love, health and healing

Cumin – Protection, fidelity and theft protection

Dill – Security, protection, love and lust

Fennel – Protection, healing and purification

Garlic – Protection, purification, healing and protection from theft

Ginger – Power, success, love and money

Juniper – Protection, love, exorcism and health

Mace – Can be used to increase psychic powers

Marjoram – Love, happiness, health and money

Mint – Prosperity, protection, travel and money

Mustard seed – Fertility and protection

Parsley – Protection and purification

Peppermint – Purification, sleep, healing and psychic powers

Rosemary – Healing, love, purification and sleep

Sage – Wisdom and longevity

Star anise – Psychic powers and good luck

Thyme – Health, healing, sleep, courage and love

Turmeric – Purification

Vanilla – Love and passion

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Magical Symbols for Your Book of Shadows

These magical symbols can be used in journals, Book of Shadows or in spells and other magical practices. All the images I have drawn myself and are free to be used by anyone (Public Domain). Alhough if they are used or shared online I would be grateful if a link back to this page or credit is included (Claire Pearcy, [Public Domain], via Elderberry Arts). To view a larger copy of the symbols, click on the pictures. These can then be saved to your computer by right clicking them and choosing ‘Save Image’. The small versions can also be saved in the same way directly from this page.



magical symbol -AirAir is regarded by many as a universal power or pure substance and is one of the classical elements in Ancient Greek philosophy.

In astrology, people born under the signs of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are though to have personalities dominated by air. People with air personalities tend to be kind, intellectual and social, though they may also posses less positive traits such as being selfish and insensitive.

Air and the other classical Greek elements are often incorporated into magical and pagan traditions such as Wicca. As an element air is often invoked during rituals and spiritual workings. It is associated with the colours yellow and white and with communication, wisdom and the mind. Items that can be used to represent air in rituals, spells or on altars include feathers, a fan or incense.



magical symbol - EarthAnother of the four classical Greek elements, earth is commonly associated with heaviness, matter and the physical planet. Due to this the earth symbol is occasionally used to symbolise Mother Earth and the element is associated with abundance, prosperity and fertility. The colours of earth are brown and green.

Astrologically, earth personalities are found in the signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Characteristics of this personality type include being calm, brave, hardworking, practical and stable as well as well as a tendency towards stubbornness and becoming possessive.

Earth, along with wind, fire, air and spirit are elements commonly found in forms of witchcraft, Paganism and other nature based belief systems.



magical symbols - WaterWater is commonly associated with emotions, the subconscious, femininity intuition, purity and the colour blue. It is a healing and cleansing element and substance that is vital for life. Water can be used in scrying as well as to cleanse crystals that have been used in healing or other energy work.

Cups, chalices, cauldrons and other containers can be used to symbolise and hold water on an altar. Items directly connected to water such as sea shells could also be used.

The water personalities of astrology are found in the signs of Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio. They are considered to be emotional, nurturing, empathic and sensitive. However they can also become overly emotional or sensitive or have a moody, escapist and even irrational side.



magical symbol - FireThe element of fire has creative and destructive properties. It is a powerful force that can be used to benefit us, for example in providing heat and hot food. However, if it is not used with care and respect it has the ability to bring great harm to us, our property and lives. Fire is thought of as a masculine element and relates to the colour red, sex and sexuality, strength and authority.

This classical element can be used in spells for binding, protection and healing. Fire can also be used in scrying.

In astrology, fire personalities are found in the signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Common traits of fire personalities good leadership qualities, extroverted, passionate, brave, easy to anger, snappy and stubborn.



magic symbols - SunThe sun is the star in the centre of our solar system and all of the planets revolve around it. It is connected to the astrological house of Leo and represents male energy, masculinity, vitality, authority and health.

The sun is associated with orange, bright yellow and gold and many things of these colours. these include gemstones such as amber, carnelian and citrine, gold and flowers such as sunflowers, marigolds and buttercups.

In magic it is beneficial to call upon the sun for assistance in any matter concerning change, creativity, friendship, power, promotion and vitality.


Crescent Moon

magical symbols - Cresent MoonThe moon rules the astrological sign of Cancer and its gravitational pull creates the ebb and flow of the tides. It is connected to emotions, femininity and intuition.

Those who practice moon magic believe that the outcome of their work is influenced by the phase that the moon is currently in. Magic can be more or less successful dependent on the phase of the moon and what sign it is moving through. Event is our lives are also believed to be influenced by the moon and a better result can be achieved by carrying these out at a certain time. For example: buying a new house or looking for lost items is best done at the time of a new moon, bread dough is believed to rise higher during the new-waxing moon phase and canning and preserving food should be done during the period of the full-waning moon.

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Vegan Masala – Vegetable Gluten Free Curry.

This recipe is based on a vegetable masala recipe in Jack Monroe‘s cookbook, A Girl Called Jack. I have made and vegnised a few recipes from the book and am loving the simple and quick approach of the recipes. The recipes in the book are also very budget friendly while still being varied and full of fresh and healthy ingredients.

This vegan masala doesn’t require any complicated or expensive ingredients but still tastes great and is completely free of animal products. As the vegan masala is also gluten free it also ideal for anyone who is following a wheat or gluten free diet. The recipe can be made used fresh or tinned vegetables and I have also made it using potatoes and carrots leftover from another meal. If using leftovers keep an eye on the cooking time as these will be reduced. Using fresh vegetables to make this vegan masala style curry will require a longer cooking than is needed for tinned or leftover veg.

I have created the recipe to serve 4 and it also can be frozen as a whole dish or in portions for a later date. These can then be defrosted and reheated when needed and are great for quick meals or for families where only one member is vegan or vegetarian. The vegan masala can be served with rice or other accompaniments such us cous cous, millet, quinoa. Alternatively it can be eaten with breads such as naan, pitta, chapattis or flatbreads. If you decide to serve the curry with these then it will share between more than the specified four people.

Vegan Masala Curry Recipe

1 onion, chopped
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 small red chilli, finely chopped (remove the seeds to reduce the heat if desired)
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp ground cumin
500g (17.5oz) of tinned or fresh potatoes, chopped into bite sized pieces
200g (7oz) tinned or fresh carrots, chopped into bite sized pieces
2 tsp dried parsley
2 tsp ground coriander
200ml (7 fl oz) vegetable stock (check for gluten ingredients if using bought, especially if from powder or cubes)
170g (6oz) frozen or fresh peas
1 400g (15oz) can chopped tomatoes
175ml (6fl oz) soya yoghurt


1. Gently fry the onion and chilli until softened. Add the garlic and cumin and stir well to combine.

2. Add the potatoes, carrots, coriander and parsley to the pan. Pour over the stock and tinned tomatoes and mix well.

3. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes (or longer if needed for fresh vegetables). If the stock starts to dry out add a little more or water can be used instead.

4. Stir in the peas and cook until tender.

5. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the yoghurt.

Vegan Masala

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Potato and Sweetcorn Vegan Curry (Gluten Free)

This vegan curry has a combination of spicy and sweet flavours and is delicious and quick and easy to prepare using just one pan. The recipe is gluten free and also does not contain nuts or soy. Don’t be put off my the long ingredients list as the recipe comes together quickly and easily and does not require any complicated techniques or specific equipment. The curry can be made using one pot and prepared and cooked in less than twenty minutes.

This vegan curry is delicious served on its own or with breads such as chapatis, chickpea pancakes, naan or pitta breads. This dish would also be great as part of a buffet or simply served with rice.

Recipe notes
  • Fresh potatoes could also be used in this recipe but would need to be boiled until almost cooked before using. Leftover potatoes from another meal would be ideal to use up in this vegan curry recipe.
  • Frozen, tinned or fresh sweetcorn cut from the cob can be used successfully in this recipe.

Serves 2

170g (6oz) tinned potatoes, chopped into bite sized pieces
170g (6oz) cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
2 tbsp of fresh mint, finely chopped
1/2 small red chilli, finely chopped
115g (4oz) sweetcorn
85ml (3fl oz) tinned coconut milk
Pinch cayenne pepper

1. Heat the oil in a pan or wok over a low heat. Add the potatoes, tomatoes, mustard powder, garlic and ground cumin. Stir well to evenly spread the powders.

2. Add the coriander, mint and chilli and stir fry for 2 minutes.

3. Add the sweetcorn, coconut milk, cayenne and lemon juice. Stir to combine all the ingredients and cook for 5 minutes or until the sweetcorn is tender.

Vegan curry - Potato and Sweetcorn



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Munchy Mix – Dried Fruit and Nut Mix

Fruita nd nut mix

An unusual and enjoyable mix of dried fruits and nuts that can be made in advance ready for use. This mix is ideal as a healthy snack or trail mix when at home or on the move. It can also be used in cakes and cookies or added to granola and other cereals.

Store the fruit and nut mix in a sealed container or jar and it will last for several months at least.

 Munchy Mix

You do not have to have exact cup measures to make the mix. Any container is fine as long as you use the same one throughout.

1/2 cup of dried pineapple, torn into pieces if required
1/2 cup of dried cranberries
1/2 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of dried papaya pieces
1/2 cup of dried apricot pieces
1/4 cup of whole almonds
1/4 cup of cashews

1. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix well to combine.

2. Pour the mix into a suitable container and seal.

You can also label the container so you know what is inside and with an ingredients list if desired.


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Delicious Banana and Chocolate Wrap

This delicious and quick to prepare wrap is great for adults and children alike using simple ingredients. Many health food shops and supermarkets now sell gluten free wraps that can be used. Some of these are also suitable for vegans.

banana and chocolate wrap

To keep this recipe vegan you will need to chose a chocolate spread that is free of animal and dairy products. There are also several varieties of these available online, in health shop and supermarkets now. Instead of the chocolate spread you could also use a nut butter or a chocolate nut spread. There are several of these that can be bought including those made from almonds, cashew, peanuts and hazelnuts.

 Delicious Banana and Chocolate Wrap

1 wrap
1 small banana, sliced thinly
Chocolate spread
1 tbsp of rice crispy cereal

1. Spread the wrap with chocolate spread. You can use as little or as much as you wish.

2. Place the banana is the centre of the wrap and sprinkle the crispies over the top.

3. Fold over the bottom of the wrap and roll it up.

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The Sacral Chakra

Sacral chakra

The sacral chakra is the second of the major chakras and is the centre of creativity, desire and sexuality. It can have an effect on our relationships with others, energy levels, independence, confidence and natural bodily cycles. Some traditions believe that this is where we store healthy energy so that it can be used later.

Imbalances in the sacral chakra can lead to problems with the intestines, kidneys, spleen and gallbladder. Gynecological problems, lower back pain and sexual dysfunctions can also be the result of an unhealthy sacral chakra. Healing this chakra an help to regulate menstrual cycles and lessen cramps and premenstrual tension.

Balancing the sacral chakra will help to balance and energise every area of life. It will make moving forward easier and help you take opportunities that come your way.

Crystals to benefit the sacral chakra

Orange calcite
Red jasper
Fire opal

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