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Why yes there is a demon interested... Chapter 7

Jul. 25th, 2017 | 04:18 pm
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frosted door

Title: Chapter 7 - Conferring
Part 6 – Liaison - http://charisstoma.dreamwidth.org/1310597.html
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 952


“Drat!” She followed up with a hand cradling her forehead, “He called me his mate while he was poked up out of the summoning circle trap.”

The Liaison twisted his chair around with a smile. “Oh that does make things easier. If Ezz is willing to claim you as his mate then that’s one problem we don’t have to deal with. It won’t be a case of just seduce and release,” he coughed into his fist. “Sorry. That one was too good to not share,” he grinned. “Release. Get it. Don’t worry you will and love it, speaking from experience.”

Carefully she set the bottle of Starbucks Coffee Mocha down so as not to spill it on the book she was reading. The Liaison had warned her about taking extreme care with any of his books she decided to peruse while she waited for him to research her case. She didn’t want to think about what Associating with Demons and their Magic hyped up on coffee and chocolate might be capable of doing. Placing the book even more carefully on the chair she had just left, she set her hands more carefully still on the Liaison’s desk that didn’t have any computer equipment on it.

“Now look,” she calmly spoke through clenched teeth. “Regardless of his intentions, they aren’t my intentions. I don’t know him, anything about who he is other than his being a demon. Is he a good person that in 5 years, 20 years, 50 years, 150 years, I will still be able to say ‘this is my mate, it was the best day of my life when he claimed me’? Or, in 2 days will I be looking for sharp pointed objects to kill him with?”

The Liaison’s eyes had rounded slightly at the last part. “Maybe I should be more concerned for the welfare of the demon.” He made a hunt through one of the desk drawers and pulled out what looked like a dull black stone plaque. “Here, put your hand on this and hold it there ‘til it changes color.”

“What if it doesn’t change color and why am I doing this?”

“It will change color and you’ll just have to keep your hand on it until it does,” his smile had teeth in it. “It won’t release your hand until it does,” he shrugged Read more... )

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Why yes there is a Demon interested ... Part 6

Jul. 25th, 2017 | 02:52 am
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Oxford - checka


Title: Liaison – Part 6
Part 5 - Perilous Path – http://charisstoma.dreamwidth.org/1306027.html
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 1048


‘Oo-kay,’ she mentally drew out the word, they’d told them in her intro to Demonology class that the Demon Liaison Office was located in an open double entranced hall. She dithered outside the ornately decorated stone archway to that passage. The Demon Liaison Office door was so close she could practically touch the door. It was right there on the left, maybe 5 steps past the archway. There was a chip out of the stone entrance, about knee level and she wondered, guessed what could have made it. Something substantial to make that big of a chip, she didn’t want to know considering its proximity to the Liaison Office. All the wizard scenes from Harry Potter, were not real … were they?, flashed before her eyes and she did a quick compare and contrast. Nah, couldn’t be. The movie wasn’t real life… but then again most people didn’t think demons and other magical beings were either.

Taking out a handful of pebbles she tossed them one after another into the corridor tracing out her path. Before she got there the door opened and an annoyed man stuck his head out to frown at her.

“I do wish you would stop doing that. I understand why but the Liaison’s Office is protected so gather up your,” he regarded the small rocks, “protective pebbles and come in.” He glanced out the door behind her and his frown grew.

His growled, “You too,” to that someone had her practically jump up from her gathering to stand and turn toward the doorway. There was nothing there and she quickly turned to look at the man who had an amused grin on his face.

“Gotcha. Come on in and tell me about it.”

She barely kept her own growl sub-audible, well maybe not sub-audible because the man’s grin grew. Demons and their liaison, made of the same cloth.

“I heard that.”

“I didn’t say anything.”

“You thought it really loud then. Come on.Read more... )

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Cap-IM Bingo 2017 Round 1 Round-up Post

Jul. 24th, 2017 | 10:05 pm
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Don't mind me; I needed a place to put my Cap-IM Bingo fics. These have all been previously posted.

Card and story list under cut... )

Ta-da!

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Prompt - Sleeping Whale Shifters?

Jul. 24th, 2017 | 12:11 pm
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sleeping sperm whales sleeping

https://www.livescience.com/59910-sleeping-sperm-whales.html?utm_source=notification

Whales in quantity all sleeping vertically. It's eerie seeing them.

"The animals were inactive and unresponsive, even when the scientists approached them in a boat, but all the whales awakened quickly and swam away when the boat brushed against one of them and woke it up, the study authors reported.

Further observations revealed that the sperm whales entered these sleeping states by first descending head-down to a depth several times that of their bodies, then passively turning head-up and drifting closer to the surface. The findings showed that sperm whales around the world practice this vertical sleeping posture — but infrequently, spending only about 7 percent of their time asleep, ..."


Whales shifters with their pod?

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Probably All Hallows Church doorway

Jul. 24th, 2017 | 10:59 am
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church door

Sanctuary?

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Jul. 24th, 2017 | 07:48 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

Anon reminds us that the 2017-18 school year is coming, and [tumblr.com profile] positivelypt has a post up with links to wishlists for underserved classrooms. You can check out the list, give, and reblog here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and has a fundraiser running to cover living expenses, previous medical bills, and a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.


Help For Free:

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] globalsextrendsproject, who are working on an independent research projected aimed at establishing whether there are global trends in stimuli for sexual arousal and the content of sexual fantasies. You can read more and reblog here or fill out the form here. I took a quick breeze through the form and it's primarily short-answer rather than multiple choice, once you get past the demographic stuff.


Activism:

[tumblr.com profile] stabulous has a post up about Welcome Blanket, a project initiated by the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago and anti-Trump craftivists. They are asking people to send handmade blankets to be exhibited at the Smart and afterwards distributed to refugees and immigrants arriving in the US. The hope is to create 3200 blankets to equal the length of the wall Trump wants to build across the US-Mexico border. You can read more at the link above, and find out how to participate at the official site, which includes activism resources whether you want to actually send in a blanket or not.


News To Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to Creative Commons, which is offering grants of up to USD$1000 for small projects ("Salons, campaigns, translations, e-books, printing, collaborations, and more") which grow the global commons. They want help increasing discovery, collaboration, and advocacy towards their mission. You can read more and apply for a grant here.

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] dr-kara's new comic available on ComixOlogy, [Super]Natural Attraction! Kara is well-known to me as a groovy artist who does cool stuff so while I haven't read this yet I wholeheartedly recommend her work. She has a rebloggable post about it here and you can buy and read it here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

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This could be good...

Jul. 23rd, 2017 | 09:59 pm
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In fandom-related news, in case you are not breathlessly following the various SDCC announcements, Marvel Comics finally announced the last of the post-Secret Empire comics... a Cap comic. A Cap comic by Waid & Samnee!

I think a lot of people who don't generally read comics are mostly just thrilled that Steve won't be Hydra and that Nick Spencer is off the book. And I think people who do generally read comics are thrilled because it's Waid and Samnee. They had what were apparently good Daredevil and Black Widow runs recently (I've never read them) and Waid is currently on Avengers (which is decent but not spectacular) and Champions (which is mediocre)... but everyone really likes his Cap.

I have never read Waid's actual Cap run -- although I guess I could, because it's shorter than I thought (v1 #444-454 and v3 #1-23) -- but I have read the Cap/IM '98 Annual (as have all 616 Steve/Tony fans), Sentinel of Liberty (a fun miniseries), Cap #600 (the story about Tony buying Steve's ID card), the Avengers x.1 mini recently (Kooky Quartet! so much fun!), and of course the Man Out of Time mini that obviously everyone loves and that I think we have all decided to rec to everyone as a great place to start reading Steve & Tony comics. So, I mean, he's got a good grasp on Steve's character (and especially, I think, on classic Steve), so I am... optimistic. (I know, I know, we were all optimistic about Bendis taking over IM and now Tony's dead and his characterization has gone in weird MCU directions, but... I am somehow more optimistic? They're BRINGING THE HEADWINGS BACK.)

In MCU news, I am mostly just thrilled that my fave JANET VAN DYNE is going to be in the universe (even if I am eh about the casting and still sad she'll never be a founding Avenger now) and also that the Captain Marvel movie will be Carol fighting Skrulls in the '90s. (I like how fandom is already taking bets as to who has secretly been a Skrull.) I thought MCU didn't have Skrull rights but maybe that's just the Super-Skrull. Maybe it'll be the Kree/Skrull War? I guess we'll find out.

Fannishly related to the above comics news, now that it's officially open I guess I should mention that [personal profile] kiyaar started a Discord chat server for 616 Steve/Tony, membership 18+ only. There are a lot of dick emoji. And a weekly book club -- we're kicking things off with Man Out of Time in honor of the Cap announcement. More information (and the server link) is available here.

I owe a bunch of people comment replies/emails (sorry!), but I should probably just say that if you liked the story I posted yesterday, Caz drew some art for it and it is BEAUTIFUL. EEEEEEE.

(Now I just have to finish my Anniversary Zine story ASAP. *deep breaths*)

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Nine Patch + Fence Rail Quilt

Jul. 22nd, 2017 | 08:27 pm
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Nine Patch + Fence Rail Quilt
64" x 76"

1/4" seams

42 x 10" squares (layer cake) - lay dark square on top of light square, cut into 2 1/2" strips = 4 strips
1 1/4 yd background - cut 6 1/2" squares (make 12), 2 1/2" inner borders on either side of '2 1/2" remainder squares' border
1 1/4 yd outer border - 4" border


Make:

Fence Rail block of 3 strips ( make 31)
For each 2 colors = Sew 2 same color dark with 1 light in the middle and 2 light same color with 1 dark in center. Cut each of these sewn together strips into 6 1/2"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H18g6Skyl3s


9 Patch Block (make 20)
Take trimmed remainder of Fence Rail into 2 1/2" strips = 2 strips*
From the 2 extra strips (1 dark/1 light of these strip colors) sew 2 of one color and 1 of the other to form a strip that matches one of the 2 1/2" strips*.
Assemble and sew these strips into 9 Patch Block.


7 blocks across:
9 Patch, Fence Rail, 9 Patch, Fence Rail, 9 Patch, Fence Rail, 9 Patch = Fence Rail done horizontally.
Fence Rail, Background, Fence Rail, Background, Fence Rail, 9 Patch, Fence Rail = Fence Rail done vertically.

<2 1/2" Patch Border
Use all the left over squares, sewing them into one long strip to make next border.
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Easy Fence Rail Diamond Quilt

Jul. 22nd, 2017 | 07:17 pm
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Easy Fence Rail Diamond Quilt

jelly rolls (2 1/2" x 44" strips of quilting fabric), sew 3 together into one strip, cut into squares
2 1/2" square to snowball same position corner of 3 strip block (solid)

additional option: 1 1/2" square to snowball opposite corner (solid)

(Using scraps of Batik, a jelly roll and 5 strips of a solid, you can make your own (beautiful) fence rail diamond quilt.)

50" x 62" = 4 x 5 = 20 blocks
75" x 87" = 6 x 7 = 42 blocks

6 3/4" blocks doesn't do dimensions hmmmm 12" square blocks if no borders or add 12" width for borders
work in progress

fence rail with diamonds
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Northwind Block

Jul. 22nd, 2017 | 05:34 pm
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Northwind block

Northwind block 2


Northwind block 3

Northwind block 4


Northwind block 5


Northwind block 6


Northwind block 7

Northwind block 7

Northwind block 8
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Lentil & Rice Soup

Jul. 22nd, 2017 | 04:52 pm
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Lentil Soup
Recipe by Lidia Bastianich, co-owner, Lidia’s Kansas City, reprinted with permission from Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine

lentil & rice soup
http://www.feastmagazine.com/cook/starters_and_sides/article_b04d731c-b016-11e6-89d1-f3b1cc2e798f.html

Serves | 4 to 6 |

4 oz pancetta, cut into small chunks
4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
2 medium carrots, peeled, large dice
2 stalks celery, large dice
1 small onion, large dice
2 cups loosely packed fresh Italian parsley leaves
1 28-oz can San Marzano tomatoes, crushed by hand
2 bay leaves
4 quarts cold water
1 lb brown lentils, rinsed
1 Tbsp kosher salt
1 cup long-grain rice
freshly grated Grana Padano (to serve) cheese

Preparation

In the bowl of a food processor, combine pancetta and garlic, and process until smooth. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, and add olive oil. When hot, add pancetta mixture, and stir until fat renders, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in the bowl of food processor, combine carrots, celery, onion and parsley. Process until slightly chunky. When pancetta mixture has rendered, add processed vegetables to Dutch oven, and cook, stirring until dried out, about 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes; fill emptied can with water, and pour into pancetta mixture. Add bay leaves and cold water to Dutch oven. Bring to a boil, and simmer rapidly, uncovered, until soup is reduced by a fourth, about 1 hour. Add lentils, cover and cook, 15 to 20 minutes.

Add salt and rice to Dutch oven, and stir. Simmer until rice is al dente. Don’t overcook – rice will continue cooking in soup as you serve it. Remove bay leaves. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of cheese.


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Lentil & Rice Soup
http://www.wgbh.org/blogs/recipes/Rice--Lentils


Ingredients
2 ounces pancetta or bacon, cut in pieces
1 cup onion cut in 1-inch chunks
1 cup carrot cut in 1-inch chunks
1 cup celery cut in 1-inch chunks
6 fresh sage leaves
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
½ cup dry white wine
8 to 10 cups hot water
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 ½ cups lentils, rinsed and picked over
1 ½ cups Italian short-grain rice, such as Arborio, Carnaroli, or Vialone Nano
1 cup chopped scallions
½ cup grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for passing

Directions
Drop the pancetta or bacon pieces into the food-processor bowl, and pulse several times, to chop the meat into small bits. Scrape all the chopped pancetta right into the heavy saucepan. Put the onion, carrot, and celery chunks and the sage leaves into the empty food-processor bowl, and mince together into a fine-textured pestata.

Put the butter and olive oil into the saucepan with the minced pancetta, and set over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, as the butter melts and the fat starts to render. When the pancetta is sizzling, scrape in the vegetable pestata, and stir it around the pan until it has dried and begins to stick, 4 minutes or so. Clear a space on the pan bottom, and drop in the tomato paste, toast it in the hot spot for a minute, then stir together with the pestata.

Raise the heat, pour in the white wine, and cook, stirring, until the wine has almost completely evaporated. Pour in 8 cups of hot water and the tablespoon salt, stir well, and heat to the boil. (Add all 10 cups of hot water if you want to serve the rice and lentils as a thick soup rather than a denser riso.)

Cover the pan, and reduce the heat slightly, to keep the water at a moderate boil, and let it bubble for 20 minutes or so, to develop the flavors.

Stir in the lentils, return to a gentle boil, and cook, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until the lentils just start to soften, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the rice, return to a bubbling simmer, and cook, cover ajar, until the rice is al dente, 13 minutes or so. If the dish is thickening more than you like, lower the heat and cover the pan completely. If it seems too thin and wet, remove the cover and cook at a faster boil. When the rice and lentils are fully cooked, turn off the heat. Stir in the scallions and grated cheese.

Serve in warm bowls, passing more cheese at the table.
Serves: 8

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AHHHhhhhhhh! It was supposed to be cooler today.

Jul. 22nd, 2017 | 04:01 pm
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104.9°F 41°C
Feels Like: 113.2°

So Far Today
Hi: 105.2°F @ 4:46 pm
Low: 78.6°F @ 6:47 am
Humidity: 32%
Wind: 5 mph
grill coals

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Porthcawl

Jul. 22nd, 2017 | 12:22 pm
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beach Porthcawl
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FIC: Convention Exclusive (Avengers, Steve/Tony, T)

Jul. 22nd, 2017 | 07:16 am
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Convention Exclusive (5545 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Artist Steve Rogers, Secret Identity, Conventions, Fluff, Avengers Vol. 3 (1998), Community: cap_ironman, Cap-Ironman Bingo
Summary: "I'm interested in commissioning a sketch," Iron Man said. He leaned forward, edging into Steve's personal space, splaying his gauntleted hands on the table. "I'd like you to draw me wearing only a tiny thong, with Captain America staring at my nearly-naked body in horror." (Or: Steve Rogers, former artist for the Captain America comics, is signing autographs at a comics convention when he meets his biggest fan. Not an AU.)

IT IS SUPER FLUFFY.

Yay! Last square ("occupational hazards") for a line in Cap-IM Bingo! Hooray! I can now write like the wind and try to finish my Steve/Tony Anniversary Zine story as fast as I can! (And then Cap-IM Big Bang and Magic's FTH story and my STH story, yes yes.)

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photo - bridge

Jul. 22nd, 2017 | 02:39 am
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Oxford - checka 7
Oxford's Bridge of Sighs

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Bunny Harvestman

Jul. 22nd, 2017 | 02:10 am
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Bunny Harvestman
http://petslady.com/article/creepy-cute-bunny-harvestman-could-give-arachnid-arachnophobia

Creepy Cute Bunny Harvestman
Posted by Creature Features on July 20, 2017

This bizarre looking “Bunny Harvestman” from the South American rainforest looks like a mad scientist grafted a rabbit's head onto an octet of spindly spider legs.

Metagryne bicolumnata, to give it its official scientific name, was beautifully photographed on July 11th of 2017 by Flickr member Andreas Kay (Ecuador Megadiverso).

Though members of the Arachnid class, harvestmen (also known as “daddy longlegs”) are not spiders though they do have eight legs. We're sure that factoid makes you feel better, assuming you haven't already run off screaming.
Bunny Harvestman 1

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Mackinac Island Fudge

Jul. 22nd, 2017 | 01:52 am
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Mackinac Island Fudge

fudge
http://12tomatoes.com/mackinac-island-fudge/?utm_source=glp-12t&utm_medium=social-fb&utm_content=Link&utm_term=&utm_campaign=mackinac-island-fudge

40 minutes to prepare, Servings 16-20 depending on size of slices/pieces


INGREDIENTS

8 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup milk
½ cup granulated white sugar
½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups confectioners’ sugar

PREPARATION

Mix butter, milk, salt, brown and white sugars in a heavy pan on medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir continuously for 6 minutes.

Remove from heat and cool briefly, then add vanilla, cocoa powder, and confectioner's sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until fudge is smooth and thick.

Pour onto a buttered baking pan. When cool enough to touch, use a spatula to help roll mixture into log form, wrap it in plastic wrap and place in freezer for 20 minutes.

Slice to serve. Enjoy!

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Photo- Cerberus

Jul. 21st, 2017 | 11:07 pm
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People Who Tried to Take Panorama Shots and Ended Up Opening the Gates of Hell
http://www.sadanduseless.com/2017/07/panorama/#i27YPgdmPqEiT15c.01


cerberus
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Chewy Nutty Squirrel Bars

Jul. 21st, 2017 | 10:33 pm
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It says:
These are super easy to make, and come with a sweet and salty combination of flavors that we absolutely go nuts for! A crisp cookie base is covered with a chewy filling, and that chewy filling is topped with a delightfully delicious swirl of caramel and nuts. Our secret here is to toast the nuts before they go on top of the bars. Toasting really brings out that nutty flavor and makes the cookie taste a little more decadent and rich than it would otherwise.


Chewy Nutty Squirrel Bars

chewy nutty squirrel bars
http://12tomatoes.com/chewy-nutty-squirrel-bars/?utm_source=glp-12t&utm_medium=social-fb&utm_content=Link&utm_term=&utm_campaign=chewy-nutty-squirrel-bars

40 minutes to prepare 24-32 bars

Ingredients

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened and divided
1 cup powdered sugar
1 ¼ cup flour
⅓ cup cocoa powder
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup caramel baking chips
½ cup chopped almonds, pecans or walnuts
4 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon salt

Preparation

Set aside 2 tablespoons of butter.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, beat sugar and 1 ¾ sticks butter until fluffy. Slowly add cocoa powder and flour and mix until well incorporated.

Transfer batter to baking dish. Press to spread around baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes.

In a medium saucepan on low heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter with sweetened condensed milk. Stir until thickened, remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour sauce over top of baked crust. Return to oven and bake until golden brown, 8-10 minutes.

Toast nuts in a dry pan until fragrant. Cool slightly then rough chop and set aside.

Melt caramel chips in microwave with 4 tablespoons heavy cream; 30 second intervals, stirring each time, for 2 minutes. Fold nuts and salt into caramel sauce, and pour over top and spread out to edges. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

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photo prompts - academic scenic

Jul. 21st, 2017 | 09:10 pm
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Oxford - checka

Oxford - checka 2


Oxford - checka 3


Oxford - checka 4


Oxford - checka 5


Oxford - checka 6


Oxford - checka 7

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MINI COCONUT CAKES

Jul. 21st, 2017 | 06:51 pm
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MINI COCONUT CAKES

Minicoconut cakes
http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2015/03/mini-coconut-cakes/#bOyOLbbgFS0liJS4.99

Coconut and almonds star in these sweet, simple, and delightful Mini Coconut Cakes.

yield: 24 MINI CAKES prep time: 15 MINUTES cook time: 18 MINUTES


Ingredients

1 1/2 cups unsweetened dried coconut 355ml
3/4 cups granulated sugar 151g
1/2 cups all-purpose flour 63g
4 large egg whites
1 pinch salt
1/2 cups unsalted butter (melted and slightly cooled) 114g
1/4 teaspoons almond extract
2 tablespoons sweetened coconut flakes
2 tablespoons chopped almonds (or sliced)


DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 24-cup mini muffin pan.

Combine the unsweetened coconut, sugar, and flour. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites and salt just until smooth. Add the butter and almond extract, and whisk until combined. Whisk in about half of the coconut mixture. Then gently fold in the remaining coconut mixture.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, filling each cup about 2/3 full. Sprinkle the sweetened coconut and almonds over the top of each cake.

Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until the cakes are golden brown and set. Transfer the cakes to a wire rack to cool completely.


Nutrition
Calories 160
Sodium 2% 45mg
Fat 14% 9g
Protein 4% 2g
Carbohydrates 6% 17g

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PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE

Jul. 21st, 2017 | 06:32 pm
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Pineapple Fried Rice

Pineapple fried rice
https://www.yummly.co/recipe/Pineapple-Fried-Rice-604402?prm-v1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=popular-searches-email

30 min

SERVINGS: 4
Ingredients

3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoons white pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 onions (diced)
2 carrots (peeled and grated)
1/2 cups frozen corn - 41g
1/2 cups frozen peas - 67g
3 cups cooked brown rice - 3/5kg
2 cups pineapple (diced, canned or fresh) - 330g
1/2 cups diced ham - 113g
2 green onions (sliced)


DIRECTIONS:

In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger powder and white pepper; set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add garlic and onion to the skillet, and cook, stirring often, until onions have become translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in carrots, corn and peas, and cook, stirring constantly, until vegetables are tender, about 3-4 minutes.

Stir in rice, pineapple, ham, green onions and soy sauce mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Serve immediately.



Nutrition
Calories 400
Sodium 45% 1090mg
Fat 22% 14g
Protein 22% 11g
Carbohydrate 20% 60g

Posted Comments:
Easy to make. Will substitute chicken for the ham next time. Added some pineapple juice for extra flavor. Will make again for sure.

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Greetings from Hell or close enough

Jul. 21st, 2017 | 06:06 pm
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103.0°F 39°C
Feels Like: 108.5°

So Far Today
Hi: 104.1°F @ 4:53 pm
Low: 79.7°F @ 6:52 am
Humidity: 31%


About that Global Warming claim... nah must be untrue.
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Book Review: A City Equal to My Desire

Jul. 21st, 2017 | 02:58 pm
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I still have to review Extra Virginity as well, but I actually liked that one, so it will take longer to compose….

One of the things I did get done yesterday between work, the ball game, and the Epic Sunburn, was finish a slim book of short stories called A City Equal to My Desire by James Sallis. This wasn’t a book that was recommended to me, which means I don’t have to feel bad about truly disliking it. I found it in a keyword search on the library website for books about ukuleles, and it has a short story called Ukulele And The World’s Pain, which admittedly was one of the better stories in the book despite still not being very good.

From what I can tell, he did pick the best story out of the book to develop into a novel, “Drive”, but it is very obviously unfinished in short-story form. Sallis has a couple of ongoing problems in the short story collection, one of which is that he tends to skip the vital information you need in order to know what the fuck is going on. And not in a “the blanks slowly get filled in” way, or in a “your imagination is more terrible” way (though there is a little of that) but just in a way where like…he says something that you understand to be vital to the story but which is missing context, then spends like a page describing the fucking diner someone’s sitting in, and by then any context forthcoming doesn’t get linked back. It’s like being in the middle of a paragraph when you hit the photo plates in an older book – yes the photos are very interesting thank you but I need to finish the thought you were sharing with me before I go back and look at them. I think maybe he thinks this is challenging the reader but it’s not, it’s just annoying and makes what are otherwise interesting premises totally opaque. I shouldn’t need to work this hard for a story about a hit man who decides not to kill a politician. 

If the book had a more cohesive theme in terms of the stories, it might be more readable – he clearly enjoys building worlds and then doesn’t quite know what to do with them once he’s built them, so if this was an entire book of “weird and different worlds” ala Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, I would buy in more fully and I think he would have put a little more elbow in. But it’s not. It’s mostly “here’s a really interesting world and a person living in squalor in it does something while being in it”. Also he appears to be fascinated by describing things that are shaped like pi. And a lot of times it feels like he read a wikipedia article on something and wanted to share some knowledge, so he just kind of built a half-assed story around his wikiwander. 

And all of this I would probably let go if say, it was something I was noticing in a fanfic writer, or someone who was just starting out, or someone I felt was genuinely trying to get a point across. But there’s this inexplicable sense of arrogance to the collection, a sort of smugness to it that in professional writers drives me up the goddamn wall. Stephen King sometimes falls into the same trap, where it feels like the author believes they don’t have to respect their readers because they are The Writer. 

The thing about volumes of short stories is that you keep reading it because sometimes there is a real gem. And there are one or two good stories in the volume, but I don’t know if they’re worth the rest of it. 

So my review I guess is mostly me being annoyed, but it boils down to “If you like short stories in the SFF Noir genre, give it a whirl, but if you’re bored with a story none of them get better, so feel free to skip to the next one.” 

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Why yes there is a Demon interested ...

Jul. 21st, 2017 | 01:01 am
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Master List - http://charisstoma.dreamwidth.org/1302810.html



Title: Perilous Path - Part 5
Part 4 – Research - http://charisstoma.dreamwidth.org/1305043.html
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 304

‘Step into the water,’ the cheerful splashing fountains said or so it seemed as she walked by them.
‘Nope. Nope. Nope. Not going to,’ she sped up as she walked by the long line of vertically dancing water.

Slightly ahead of her, like 3 steps and she had already angled her path to go around the person, a student bent down to rescue some bug or penny or ‘something’. With a cry the student fell sideways into the grey, blue, and white roiling length of water to seemingly disappear. Just as quickly they reappeared gasping, bobbing to the surface and levered themselves out and a couple steps from the water feature’s edge.

“You okay?” she asked him,

“Wha..? Um yeah, I think so. I could swear the water just molested me. It um felt me up back and front.”

“Oh...” she paused, how to explain, “you should sit-in at one of the Demonology lectures.”

Wide eyed, “Wha…? No Way. I’m not into that fantasy stuff. Engineering student,” he said as if that explained everything.

She smiled, “that probably explains why the fountain burped you out then,” and she quickly continued on staying on the furthest portion of the walkway away from the water.

‘So water too is dangerous.’she thought and connecting some dots groaned. ‘No bathes? Showers?’ “Argh! What next, a gust of wind,” she paused mid step, the wind had picked up sending swirling eddies of leaves. Reaching into her pocket, she pulled out one of the landscaping pebbles and tossed it at the largest mini-dust devil…leaf devil? The stone disappeared but from the midst of the leaves she heard a distinct, “OW,” and the wind dropped scattering leaves upon the ground.

With more speed she power walked towards the Campus Demon Liaison Office, totally avoiding the larger water feature along the way.


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